Cup without handle, made in Belgium, Good for hot or cold beverages, White with hand-drawn black image
So happy! Made in Belgium hot or cold drink cups. Perfect for wine or a cup of tea.

I have said before that I am bad about paying attention to detail. I brag about how I am a “Big Picture” person, but frankly, I often miss that too. The question is where is my attention? I can’t answer that, but images get trapped in my head and swirl around and take flight. My mind is in a dream state much of the time. When I was in Elementary School, I was always in trouble because I was not paying attention. Our wooden desks were nailed in place, connected to the hard wood benches we sat on, but if you lifted the desktop, you could tumble into a fantasy world of your own creation. I kept small toys and coloring stuff in there and always had the top tipped partly back and was lost inside the desk. When the teacher called on me to read aloud from the Social Studies book, I had no idea where we were on the page. Besides, listening to my classmates stumble over words as they took their turn to read was torture. My report cards were always a disappointment to my parents. Margo Penny who lived next door always had straight A’s, but I had C’s and negative comments about daydreaming. 

real dried leaves, handsewn into a long garland, home decor, Chifferobe Home and Garden, $38
These 11-foot garlands are carefully sewn out of dried leaves. We have Gingko, Dogwood, Japanese Maple. They are delicate and beautiful. $38

I have not improved and have also made being impulsive into a way of life. I make instant decisions and get myself in trouble frequently because not only do I not read the fine print, I miss even the bold print. I buy things for the shop on because they look nice, and I make a snap decisions that yes, I must have this thing! (Mostly because I have a weird barometer in my gut that tells me what’s great.)  What I choose is wonderful, but not always what it appears on first glance. (The only glance!). Sometimes I buy something for Chifferobe and neglect to read either the dimensions or the fiber content, and when the boxes arrive and I pull the merchandise out of the wrapping paper, I wonder what in the world I was thinking. I often question whether the delivery was meant for someone else. 

Tiny teak and glass creamers, small porcelain spoons, small cotton napkins in faded colors, tiny brushes
These are the items I bought without reading the size of each. When will I start paying attention?

A prime example is a collection that recently arrived. The pictures made the merchandise look attractive. Recycled teak creamers and small glass creamers seemed to be the perfect size. Ceramic spoons looked like a great addition to anyone’s collection of kitchen cooking spoons. Cloth napkins were in vibrant colors and looked plenty large enough. Everything that came in this shipment was a disappointment, however. The creamers are so small, they might hold barely enough for one cup of coffee. The spoons, too, are tiny, and so are the napkins. The biggest shock, though, are the brushes. In the photo, they looked like whisk brooms, but they are only about 3X4 inches. What in the world would they be used for? I didn’t want to go to the trouble of sending this stuff back, but just put them out for what I paid for them. I hope they sell soon, as I feel queasy when I look at them. 

Hand-turned recycled teak bowls, food-safe, about 12", $40
These recycled teak bowls are great for salad or any other food. Beautiful grain. Only $40!

Another time I bought a really cute jean jacket on eBay. I didn’t even take the time to look at all the photos, but jumped at the chance to buy a jacket short enough for my short stature. I missed the part where the seller stipulated that returns were forbidden. Imagine my surprise whenI took the jacket out of the box and saw the letters across the back of the jacket that spelled in big letters “Skank.”