Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving could be my favorite holiday. Each year, my husband and our two boys travel from the Ocean State to the Garden State to celebrate with my two sisters and their families. On Thanksgiving Day my brother-in-law Bobby and sister Dede cook the most delicious turkey dinner--my favorite meal of the whole year. On Friday, our new tradition is to all spend the day together in nearby, historic Collingswood, home to one of my favorite places: The Painted Cottage Studio. Thankfully there is a candy store in town to lure the boys along!

The Painted Cottage has three presences in Collingswood: a store (located in an old Woolworth’s building), a cafĂ© (yum), and the studio (gasp!). The studio is located in a 9,000 square foot, late 1800s exposed brick factory, which is used as a work space and retail store. When I wander over to the work space, I get so inspired and excited! It is bursting with creativity. There are bottles of paint, pieces of furniture, stacks of vintage plates … It’s just awesome and it makes me want to make things, try to sell things, and of course, buy things (which I always do).

Whenever I approach artist and co-owner Valerie, I gush like a fan to a rock star. Check out their websites and you just might gush, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Anonymous said...

I hope you have a blast in NJ this weekend! What inspiration this store must be. I can't wait to hear all about it!

tam said...

Enjoy your visit with family-sounds like a really fun time!
Happy Thanksgiving!
~Tam :D

Anonymous said...

Give a wave to my family when you pass exit 160!!!!


I got excited just reading your story and seeing the pic's of it, I can't imagine actually getting to shop and see it in person! You lucky girl!! Any room for me for turkey dinner?? LOL. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your family and the wonderful shopping trip(;

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Oh I wish I could shop there! When I saw the old Woolworth's sign, my childhood passed before my eyes. I remember as a child sitting at the counter with my grandma! Thanks for the memory and for stopping by my blog to see my yard sale bargains!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Omg, Elyse!! what a fabulous store!! I had like 2 minutes to visit and im drooling like a rock star groupie too!! I have to come back for another peek! its crazy busy here, but Friday morning , coffee in hand, im coming back for a longer visit!! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!xoxx

ps: Im going nuts over that blue-ish hutch , wow!!!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Wow, what a GREAT store! Lucky you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Elyse!


Glitter & Bliss said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your shopping...

The Old Painted Cottage said...

This is the kind of store that if I were driving in a mad rush on my way to an appointment, and spotted this store from the road, I would HAVE to stop, regardless. Yumm...


One Shabby Old House said...

I want to climb into your suitcase and come along to enjoy that wonderful shop. I love it.
Enjoy it for me too.
Happy Thanksgiving.
And safe travels!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this gem Elyse.
You must have spent hours in there!
Show us your loot when you get back home. I love the room with the dishes!
Happy Thanksgiving.
xo Roberta

Bethany said...

How fun.
The studio sounds amazing.
Hope you take lots of pics.
Happy TG to you and the family.

Liz Harrell said...

I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tracy said...

Wow I'm so jealous! That looks like my kind of store! I'm off to their website!

Cathy said...


I am thrilled you stopped by my blog. I jumped right over to yours to find "Eyes Full" of treasures. Oh my, what a wonderful blog. I love everything you created and the lovely pictures of the shop. And I so love "Lavender Hills" Mosaics. Penny is the best in the world.

I am going back to read more, but wanted to stop in and say how much I'm enjoying my visit here.

xo Cathy

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