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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Buster Welcomes You to White Wednesday

Welcome to White Wednesday, hosted by Kathleen at  Faded Charm.
And please say hello to "Buster", too.

Buster has been on lay-away at the posh antique shop downtown for a couple of weeks, and was anxious to get settled in his new home. He made the trek back with me to Casa de Twig just this afternoon.

I had admired him for several months, and each time I'd pop in the shop, would be relieved to find him happily perched in his regular spot...until one day a few weeks ago, when I was dismayed to find that my darling little boy was nowhere to be found! There was a new lady working the desk, and she had no idea where he was, nor had she even seen him prior. Saddened, I left and vowed to be a better follower of my own advice in the future....

This little pearl of wisdom that I designed is displayed on my side-bar. So why the hey didn't I listen to myself???  I'm tellin' ya, there's no regret quite as bittersweet as the one you feel when you pass up that one special something that just speaks to you. You try to rationalize that you don't need it, that the price is bound to come down, that it'll still be there next week.
T'ain't always so. Sometimes, you miss the boat altogether.
But other times.....

You get a second chance!

Turns out Buster had been relocated by the owner, and after inquiring as to who purchased him, I was happily made aware that he was still available and was simply hiding, as capricious young lads are wont to do.

He had actually belonged to the owner himself. He had purchased him in England many years prior, and had carried him in his lap all the way back home to the US on the plane! I asked what he had named him, and was shocked to hear that he didn't have a name.
And that was when I knew.

Buster had never really, truly belonged to the kindly owner of the antique shop.
True, he had discovered his young charge and had transported him safely overseas those many years ago.
But to have never named him? How could that be?
I am a firm proponent of anthropomorphizing those "objects" which speak to your heart...of giving a name to that which calls out to your senses and provides you with delight, with enchantment, with wonder.

That was when I knew that Buster had always been intended for me.

He has a proper name, but he has yet to reveal that to me.
He has shared that Buster is his nickname, and that's how he prefers to be addressed until he gets a bit more settled. I told him to take as long as he likes, and to make himself comfortable. He has a forever home now, no more living on a shop shelf or in an overcrowded mall booth. Buster is here to stay.


He looks happy to be home, doesn't he?

Please visit Kathleen at Faded Charm for links to all the other White Wednesday participants.


Please pay a visit to Cindy at My Romantic Home, she graciously allows us to play Show and Tell each and every Friday on her lovely blog!


LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh I am just LOVING Buster!!

You find the most wonderful things!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Anne sweetie...
I love Buster. I am afraid I would have had to purchase him too. How could so many people walk by and not have wanted him to come home with them? Oh my gosh. I think Buster suits him fine for his nickname, but I think he is a very dignified Thadius. That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw him. Call me crazy, I know. I don't even know where it came from?

I am so thrilled you rescued him. I know he so wanted to be adopted.

Have a beautiful day sweetie. Country hugs, Sherry

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Hello are a doll!!!


Theresa said...

Oh Buster, If I wasn't already married! You would be my honeypie:) He is too cute, ANNE! Love it and happy to see that you didn't give up on something you wanted really bad! Enjoy your evening!

stefanie said...

he has personality!!!

Chickens in the Basement said...

I thought you had named him Buster because he looks like Buster Brown. His picture used to be on all of my shoes when I was a little girl. Why Buster wore black patent leather, I can't explain. But anyway, his head looks the same, just lacking a little color!


Michelle Hughes said...

You are a kook! I like him. I think he looks like a James or William personally... let me know what he ends up telling you. But, if he REALLY starts talking, don't tell me. ever. This chica doesn't mess with haunted stuff!!


Mindy said...

He's fun alright. And it was meant to be...him living with you. Congrats! ~Mindy

Debra@CommonGround said...

Personally Anne, I think he looks a little like you, especially in your thumbnail icon. Just a twist of the head and a winsome smile. You do have a tad more coloring, which is good.
He's a real sweetie, that Buster! Glad you didn't lose him!
big hugs,

Rebecca Nelson said...

Oh Girl...I just about did this during Christmas and nearly had to pay the ultimate price for DRAGGING MY FEET!

My hubby saved me! He of course tells a slightly different tale in my comment section...still...I nearly lost out on something I LOVED because I was being STUPID!

Sweet Post. Love Buster!


Anne Lorys said...

Just a tad more coloring, eh? ;-)

Well Michelle, I can't name him James, 'cause that's Mr. Twig's name.

I was thinking Graham or something like that. But it's not on me to name him, he has to tell me what his name is, remember?

And yes, I am a kook.
You say that like it's a BAD thing. :-P


Faded Plains said...

How cute is Buster...and by the smile on his face...he's glad to be home...Oh...and I'm a follower too now :o)

Six divided by two..... said...

Anne, Buster is awesome!! What a great treasure. I like his smile.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

It was supposed to be, I guess! But bext time, don't take chances!!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Anne:
My father-in-law's nickname was "Buster" - later shortened to "Bus" for his whole life. You post really spoke to me today. Thank you for inspiring some nice memories.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, (tears in the eyes) Buster was my first dog! I could see him beyond the window screen waiting for me every day as I came home from school. Ah, sniff. Buster looks real happy. I think the same thing about all my "antique mall relatives" (framed photos of someone's family) that ended up in the antique mall and now sit proudly on my shelves. My family!


Anne, What a fun post! I think Buster's ears must be burning by now...maybe he's ready to cough up his name soom....something old and estately, I would imagine.
Have a great day!

red.neck chic said...

I don't know why... but I am totally belting out "busta move" right now and dancin' all around my dining room. That Buster is a mover and a shaker!!! LOL

Anne - he's a cute as you are!!! I'm glad you have the perfect spot for him and he finally made it home!

Now, I'm resuming my dancin' position...
"busta move" la la la la la la

;-) xoxo

north pal said...

Buster, is quite the lad. i have never seen one like him before and am happy he is with you. he would love it here also. i think he would have scampy fun with my naughty c.c. Bestest,Denise

Faded Charm said...

That cupboard has just been waiting for the perfect thing to complete it and that has to be Buster. What a sweet story and statue.

Enjoy your week.


Vicki said...

Hello, Anne,
I am so glad to meet you and be able to visit your White Wednesday. I am participating in White Wednesday for the first time. I am so happy you bought that wonderful Buster. He was truly destined to be yours. I, too, live in the Texas Hill Country. If I ever make it to Kerrville, I will visit your shop. Sending many happy thoughts and blessings your way! Vicki

June said...

Well Anne I think he looks as contented as he can be. As contented as an Englishman can look on this side of the pond.

trash talk said...

You must be bustin' your buttons that you didn't lose him in your delay. Gotta go...Robelyn needs a dance partner.
BTW...girl...the hot deals would be my merchandise!

Unknown said...

Hey Anne. If I didn't love Buster at first sight your story telling would have made me fall in love. What a fun post. I love the way your waiting for his name to be reviled to you, but I'm just crazy about his nickname. Very good advice by the way!

I know you'll treasure him forever. Lots of good wishes...Tracy :)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hello Buster, You have found a wonderful home with a sweet person who really cares about you! So, just be nice and don't cause any trouble ;)!


Lee Weber said...

Anne- he is really lovely! Usually doll heads, and the like, freak me out, but he is so sweet. Maybe it's because I have two boys of my own. Great find!!

alice said...

Anne, You and Buster are such dears!!! I am not sure which one is the sweetest. I am sure Mr.Twig would have no problem! You again have made me smile and I have sooooooooooooooo glad we met!
smiles, alice

Claudia said...

What a cutie Buster is! Congratulations on your find - and thank goodness he hadn't been sold!


Anonymous said...

Wow... I've never seen a statue that didn't look a bit creepy to me. THis is a first. These pics of Buster look totally at peace. Kudos to you for opening my eyes. Great post. I too, have a horrible love for antiques.

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh man!!! I was seriously for sure thinking Buster was going in your Etsy shop!! He's too adorable!
Thanks for your funny comment this morning regarding Sadie & the wood floors! Clever aren't I? You can't imagine how hard it is to potty train & then un potty-train to accomplish this sort of timeline! ha ha! Good little pooch :o)

Have a great day!


Chemin des Muguets said...

That Buster is a cutie! I don't blame you. Glad he's safe at home with you.


The Flying Bee said...

He does look so happy to be home. I have a similar "Buster" that I have been eyeing for a while and hope I don't miss out on bringing him home. Glad you got him.

Carole said...

Cute all your are. Buster's the perfect name for him.

AuroraSuzette said...

Lucky Buster! Glad he's got such a fantastic new home!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I'm glad Buster has a new home!
Jamie and I always name things... she has a scary man (painting) that she calls Bartholomew (?)
I love the apothocary jar with the scrabble tiles.

Jane said...

I think Buster looks like he has a little mischievous streak...and I think he has the look that says he knows he found his home.
I named the dress form I have in my studio. My husband thinks it's strange but I figured a girl has to have a name!

manon 21 said...

Belle ballade chez toi.

Bonne année 2010


Hootin Anni said...

Buster....clever name!!

My Show n Tell, HERE, ---it's 32 degrees out, and I have one lone iris blooming!!! Come see the rich beautiful purple!! the dead of winter.

Happy Friday!

The Rustic Victorian said...

He was just meant to be yours.Good story.
Your banner is wonderful!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

I love the photos - especially the alley way - I like Buster too - but he creeps me out a little (a have a doll thing- I think its the eyes) Anyway - I think that photos are all you need to get the point out there.

Lauri said...

Didn't have a name?!? Incredulous! You are right...he never really belonged to her.

Like you and Jane (above), I have to name everything, too. I have a dressform that I have unofficially named Jane. I haven't been able to spend that much time with her in this last year since I got her, so it may change once I get to know her better. She doesn't have a face, though, so that makes it a little harder. lol!

As for Buster...I've been looking at him a while...what do you think about 'Elliott'?

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