Sunday, November 1, 2009

Planters, kitties, and goodbye Halloween...

My aloe vera has become a wild and crazy plant of late (said with a Steve Martin accent ... am I showing my age?)

It's growing leaps and bounds, hanging, curling, and looping around... There's no stopping it!

Just last December it was a tame and demure little thing, able to stand upright in a cheap plastic pot...
But no more.. Ever since sprouting this Medusa-like growth, the cheap plastic pot didn't stand a chance, constantly tipping over with the weight of the plant... Definitely time to find something a bit more substantial.

Just look at the crazing on this gorgeous robin's egg blue heavy ceramic pot I picked up. (The garden centers are having crazy sales right now, so if you're in the market for a birdbath or ceramic pot, now's the time to grab one!)


It's perfect in every way - just the right size for the bay window (can't encroach on the kitty cushion!) and just the right color for our little cottage living room!!


And most of all, Spotty approved! He thinks he looks quite handsome with his black & white fur offset by the blue planter, and I must agree!

Who's out there, Spotty? Anybody? Oh, you say it's just the leaves falling... How I wish our maple could stay this color for at least another month or so... but like everything else, it has peaked and has started losing its leaves... Can winter be far behind? I'm afraid not...


I also had a heart-to-heart talk with Spotty today, and as you can see, he tried tuning me out. I explained to him that his friend, Lamp Bandit (who he has grown quite fond of over the past month), was going away until next October...


I then gave them some private time to say their goodbyes before packing away Mr. Bandit Mask until next year... Don't worry, Spotty, you have your new blue planter, and it won't be long before all the Christmas goodies come upstairs. I've got a vintage angel that I think you're really going to like!!


And that reminds me! Ronda at Tempting Textiles is having a 20% off sale through November 8th.... Just enter the promo code Cozy November when you check out to receive the discount - she has lots of fantastic Christmas goodies in the shop, as well as her slipcovers and vintage finds!! Happy shopping!
Thank you to Cielo at The House in the Roses for allowing me to share my cottage blue planter with you! Please visit Cielo to see her cottage post and to find a list of others participating in "Show off your Cottage Monday."

Donna

18 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Oh, that's a lot of Aloe Vera going on there. You did find a pretty pot for it. Now that little Spotty is a very handsome kitty! I'm just in awe of your beautiful window and those gorgeous Fallen leaves out there. How pretty! I have to live Fall through blogs like yours since we don't have any pretty leaves here.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I hate to say it, but I think your crazy plant is due to the "ghost" milling about your house...
Brenda

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a pretty robins egg blue planter! Happy day after Halloween!
I was looking at your better me weight loss log and I've been inspired. I am going to experiment with my blog and keep record of what I eat for the next 30 days and see what I learn about myself. Thanks for sharing your success!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I love your homage to Steve Martin's "wild and crazy guy"! One of my favorites.

The bay window with kitty, aloe and lovely golden bush outside is so pretty.

Chatelaine said...

Poor Spotty. He's going to miss Bandit Lamp. Maybe because it looks like him?

I love Steve Martin too. Such a talent.

Your plant must like it's space, that's why it grew so large. I envy you, I kill plants.

JC said...

Your cats look so cute ...

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Love the color of your planter! Told the hubby yesterday that I wish we had some maples just because of their fall color...
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Claudia said...

That aloe vera plant looks great in your new pot. What a pretty shade of blue!

Poor Spotty! I love Spotty's nook in the window - it looks so cozy. Do I have to put my fabric pumpkins away already? I want to keep them out through Thanksgiving!

Willow said...

Hi Donna,

Beautiful pictures. I just love those heart curtains.

Willow

jeanne said...

Hello Donna, your cottage post is so charming and I love the cats. the aloe plant is in great cottage glory now. Love the plant and the pot.

Happy cottage day to you.

Hugs, Jeanne

GWENDOLYN said...

Love the pretty new blue pot. The leaves outside your windows are so pretty. Ours are pretty much bare now. Love your kitties!
Have a blessed day!
Gwen

Teresa said...

Beautiful blue pot- Love the little chair- so fun!

Donna said...

Spotty and the bandit lamp are just too cute for words! And your description of the crazy aloe plant go me going first! Thanks for the fun post!

Esther said...

I coulda used some of your aloe vera to put on my BAD sunburn on the backs of my legs. I was looking for some to buy but couldn't find any anywhere. Of course, I put suncream everywhere else but there at the weekend netball comp two weeks ago. Now it's starting to peel and itch like crazy.

Ginger said...

Your plant must love being by the window.Maybe it does so well because the pot it's in is so pretty:)
Blessings,
Ginger

CIELO said...

I have so enjoyed this cute post! the cutest of kitty blends so well with the surroundings... ;) Thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"...

May God grant you always... a sunbeam to warm you and a moonbeam to charm you!

cielo

Vicki said...

Hello, Donna,
I, too, love that sweet planter. Robin's egg blue and pink are two of my favorite colors. You kitties are so so sweet! You have a charming cottage home. Sweet autumn blessings to you! Vicki

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh I do love the color and the design of that pretty pot. What a cute idea to put the mask on the lamp shade. laurie