Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Show and Tell
Hello friends! It feels like it's been a long time. I am back from my sisters-weekend at the Jersey shore and have lots to show and tell. However, first I have exciting news to share. I recently won a generous blog makeover from the wonderfully talented, Amber at The Shabbee Chick! So fun (and funny) because I had been attempting my own redesign but wasn't quite getting the look I wanted. Thank you, Amber! Check out her blog and portfolio -- you'll love it! Look at her button with the bespectacled chick. So me!
Okay, so my oldest sister Betsy orchestrated quite the shopping tour de force which began with my first-ever trip to Anthropologie. I think I spent 20 minutes just looking at their unique selection of hardware! Next it was time for lunch at Terrain at Styers, a very cool garden center and greenhouse cafè. Delicious everything! Beautiful plants and pots everywhere.
Back in the car we headed to a small shop called Primrose. Owner Michelle Joy has been featured in a Country Living that I linger over so her store was a must-see. If I had a truck with me, I would've been carting home pink shutters and more.
The next day we headed to a shop called The Dutch Rose where I bought this handmade item crafted from an outdoor faucet. How fun for me because the June issue of Romantic Homes was for sale and it was the first time seeing my article in a store. My sister Dede bought a copy. Also fun was discovering that the owner Susan, likes to blog (see link above).
Continuing along we stopped at one of our perennial faves Nest, where I bought this wire garland at 50% off. I think it has possibilities inside or outside.
And what visit to the Garden State would be complete without time to wander around the always-GASP-awesome The Painted Cottage? The mirror was made from old floorboards!!!
Betsy said, "this has you written all over it." I agree!
These were the price tags! How clever is this? Tea-stained and stamped paint chips! I am so in awe of Valerie, the artist/owner that I get very shy around her.
Thanks for hanging on for this super-long post. I'm sure I'll keep you posted once I find places for all my new treasures! I'm looking forward to visiting everyone's blog to see what's new!