March 26, 2013

Spring Paper Lanterns

 (look, my yellow orchids regrew themselves! I take no credit, they just like this location in the window.)

Hello friends!! My friend Gretchen thought up the most brilliant word for the new season so many of us have been having: SPINTER. I love it! She's so clever! (not to be confused with sphincter, Andrew wants you all to know.) Anyway, up until this week (it's supposed to be several days worth of sunshine this week!), it's been dark. Rainy. Hail-y. Snow-y. Or ish. We didn't get much at our house though. And as some of you know, especially since I get sad from S.A.D.,

I like my lights,

my glowy things,

and my Japanese paper lanterns. These kind of lanterns and also this kind!

This year, I did something different. I bought myself a paper lantern garland. I have Many Things To Say about my new lanterns. Here they are:

1) I LOVE THEM SO MUCH

2) They are not worth the money I spent on them

3) Overpriced (see above)

4) %$#@!*&% difficult to put together, making the #2 and #3 thoughts particularly acute

5) Several of them broke while I was putting them together, because they are made out of PAPER and the wire inserts were NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to put into the lanterns, so I had to tape them back together; also getting the assembled lanterns onto the light strand was VERY DIFFICULT.

All of this was not helping my S.A.D.


Mimi'lou, French company of Extreme Cuteness and Extreme Aggravation? I shan't be buying this product again. (but if you want to advertise on my site that's ok, b/c I'm morally ambiguous that way.)

DESPITE ALL OF THAT, I love them, I love them, I love them. They are so pretty! They glow in the most lovely pastel way. I love them so much that it almost makes up for the hassle and the overpricedness. I had justified the price to myself thinking that I would love them and have them forever, not knowing that I would instantly break half of them during the putting-together process, gah.

If you want to love them too and DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU about how hard they are to put together, you can order them here from Olive & Cocoa. Handmade in France my #@*. I almost sent them back and was going to demand another set, plus a merchandise credit, but I wasn't wearing my argumentative lawyer hat that day. Pickle. I totally should have done that.

Ooooooh but the lanterns are so pretty.....they needed to reinforce the paper somehow, or use another not-as-rippable material, maybe a sheer fabric or something? When I'm done with the lights in the kitchen, I think I'm going to hang them in Julia's room.

Here they are at night:


Love hate love hate love hate.

21 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the lanterns so much! They say Spring/Summer/Fun to me!! The colors are gorgeous and so is the soft light! Now if I can just find a less expensive version for my kitchen window or maybe out on my patio!

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    1. I know I've seen such things before for patios!...I'll bet come summer there will be more durable and more reasonable options popping up out there...:)

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  2. They are quite pretty!! Maybe Cost Plus has something similar?

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    1. They ARE really pretty! Why with the flimsy?? Great idea about Cost Plus, they might get something similar in the summertime!

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  3. Well... if this isn't a post in total opposition of itself I don't know what is??? ;) Cause you very well know all those lovely pictures just make a person want that very exact set hanging in their own kitchen... but then all your words make a person realize the ridiculousness of ever getting said garland after all the misery they caused you... haha- great post!

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    1. Yeah, I'm in opposition with myself! b/c I love looking at them and I'm still steaming mad about how flimsy they were, and how hard to it was getting them together. So frustrating! xo

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  4. Your orchids are fabulous!!! I wished I had a green thumb.
    The lanterns are really beautiful. Too bad they required so much work! I think the result was worth it. It looks really dreamy!

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    1. I don't have a green thumb! Pinky swear! I just got lucky with my orchids. They live in my kitchen window and I think they're just very happy there. I moved one orchid to a different spot and it didn't do so well :(

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  5. Ack! These are SO cute, but exactly the kind of fussy assembly that I avoid. I have some plain white little lantern garlands from Ikea (bonus: some kind of sheer fabric, not paper) to hang on the porch in the summer. Yours would make a gorgeous nightlight, though.

    Tell me: Is it really as easy as people say to grow orchids? I don't have a good track record with most houseplants.

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    1. See? SO smart. I love Ikea. Why they wouldn't use a more durable material....confuses me.

      I have had a REALLY good run with my orchids. One I've had for over 3 years and it has rebloomed for me 4 times! Another one I have is on its 2nd rebloom. All I do is water. I think I fertilized once, and that was 2 yrs ago. You don't want to over water. Since they are tropical plants, I read that you should simulate tropical style rain -- like a heavy downpour. So when I water (every week to 10 days), I let the kitchen faucet run into the container kinda gently for about 5 minutes.

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  6. They are beautiful, though! Maybe I'll keep an eye out for a simpler alternative. :) LOVE your beautiful orchids. We still have snow on the ground here. It actually snowed a bit more yesterday! It's melting into nasty brown mud. Easter may be a bit gross this year.

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    1. Yes yes! keep your eye out! and then let me know!! b/c the effect is really pretty, but now I'm worried about how/where to store them. will i end up breaking the rest of them during that process?

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    2. Also, my very best orchid, in terms of hardiness and longevity was my orchid that I got at Trader Joe's for $6 or $7. At fancy nurseries, they can go for $30-40! I got an orchid from a nursery during a big sale, which was then further marked down, and it cost about $15 for what was originally a $39 orchid.

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    3. Sigh. Another reason to wish we had Trader Joe's.

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  7. Well, they are lovely--although I can understand your hatred for them in the hard time they gave/are continuing to give you! I probably would have crumpled them up and threw them in the trash in anger and then cried.....If it makes you feel better--it's snowing here today--definitely spinter in this part of the world as well--which is very unusual for us. I don't like it...no I do not.

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    1. I almost did cry! Actually I kept gasping, everytime my finger would punch through the paper, because my finger kept slipping while trying to squeeze in the metal thingy. I REALLY should have called to complain. Really really. Oh well, lesson learned!

      Today is really great, and I got all excited that spring was finally and truly here, and then Andrew said that maybe we would have a really rainy icky April and now I HAZ A BIG SAD. :)

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  8. Oh - but polka dots and a BIRD? Luscious! They are really really pretty and I am doing my best just to enjoy your pictures and not order and end up aggravating myself

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    1. Oh they are. SO PRETTY! If someone out there must have them, here's what I would do: TELL THEM, that YOU KNOW, that you HAVE HEARD, about the fragility and how hard they are to put together. Ask if they are prepared to send a replacement. DEMAND a replacement or make them put it together for you and ship it in a box of bubble wrap.

      Or maybe there are people who have better fine motor than me? I'm wondering if I should have had Andrew do it for me, stronger hands and fingers. But then he might have just punched a bigger hole thru it, who knows?

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  9. Oooh, those are gorgeous, all sherbet-y springtime colors to make up for this yucky, chilly, muddy brown bowl of slush being served up as spring this year. They sounded beastly to put up, though, which is exactly the last thing anybody needs when already glum over spinter and the lack of evidence of things moving decisively into springtime as they should. I hope the sun shines for us all soon, but in the meantime, those lanterns sure are a good reminder that spring is out there somewhere, waiting to appear.

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    1. By the time it was all over, I was a sweaty mess! Oh well. Spring! Spring is coming! I just know it. :)

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  10. They're lovely.

    I'm suffering from the same thing. I'm in such a rut. I'm working out and cleaning but I feel like all my creative juices are stunted and waiting for spring. Hurry spring hurry!

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