Monday, June 1, 2009

it's a small and shabby world

Yesterday on a slightly belated anniversary date, my husband and I visited the southern part of Rhode Island and strolled, dined and shopped our way through Wickford, Jamestown and Exeter.

In Wickford we found a very cool shop. I am not even sure of its name but it definitely made me GASP! Fortunately, we had the camera with us.

Since becoming quite the shabby-gabber I got chatty with the owner/artist Jules Macher, while making my purchase (a pretty blue glass bottle filled with sea glass). Turns out Jules' hand painted paper mache bells are featured in the current issue of Romantic Country magazine and are also available online at Tutti Chic.

Little did pretty Jules know that a camera-toting blogger would be visiting her shop. I asked her to pose with her copy of Romantic Country. You can see the bells at the left.

Another beautiful issue!

Jules hand paints her shop's bags and then signs them. How cool is that? {If you're visiting Wickford you can find Jules' shop on the path to Wickford Gourmet.}

Thanks to my hubby for being such a patient guy during this girlie portion of our afternoon.



Beki said...

WOW, what a beautiful place, glad you had a great day!
Beki xxx

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

How fun! It is a small and shabby world. I love that area you were shopping in.

Ursula said...

I'm glad you got away...but poor Fran!!!

Lisa said...

Lovely!! I'd love to visit! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Lisa

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

That looks like my perfect date! What a darling shop.

Sonia said...

Wow, isn't that amazing?? Its a small world. I read your post and had to fetch my magazine to look her up. She has a gorgeous store. I just wish there was anything like that around here.
Glad you both had a wonderful, easy day.

cupcake studio said...

Oooh, looks like a GREAT shop! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Natasha Burns said...

That shop is truly beautiful but my jaw dropped when I read that she paints her bags?!!! Wowzers, that really is attention to detail!

debi said...

It sounds like you and hubby had a nice day. Gorgeous shop! tfs

Cottage Flair said...

That looks like such a great shop. I;'m close to RI. I think I may have to take a ride! Thanks for sharing those great photos.

the wild raspberry said...

what a great shop!

Lisa said...

What a charming shop! I know you had a great day!

Unknown said...

Elyse, you are so lucky to have all of these beautiful shops close by! We dont have places like that close to me :( I loved that issue!! Chris is a friend of mine. Those bells are wonderful!! I have been admiring them on Chris' blog since that issue came out! How neat to meet the artist. I love how she paints her bags! That is a piece of art in itself!!

Jessi Nagy said...

hey there doll,
ooohhh i want to go to there!! tee hee.
have a great week

Rhondi said...

Hi Elyse
What wonderful shop! I'm glad you had your camera along. Thanks for coming to my porch party yesterday.

Unknown said...

Hi Elyse,
I love visiting Jamestown, and Exeter. I ususally stop by Jamestown on the way to Newport. But I have never been to Wickford before and now after seeing that cute little shop Tutti Chic, I must take a drive there. Looks like you had a wonderful time.


VA Boutique said...

Oh goodness how lovely.
What a wonderful shop.

Betty Jo said...

Oh gosh what I'd give to take that trip. We don't have shops like that in our area either. So glad you had such an enjoyable anniversary date. ♥

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

What an awesome shop!!!!! And I just adore your blog! So glad you commented on mine, it led me to you and I love it here! Thanks friend!

Tales from Bloggeritaville

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

What a nice trip and to happen upon a great shop is even better! Thanks for the virtual drink for my evening in the back yard tonight!

lorhen82 said...

Whoa...I can't believe she hand paints her bags! What a great touch! I wish I lived near enough to visit her shop. ~Lori

fairiemoon said...

Lovely, lovely daisies! Did you take those pictures. I love the top one! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Erin :)

ps. I cannot imagine painting every bag. I try to make my Etsy packages special but I think I spend as much time wrapping some of my merchandise as I do making it.


Oh how cool! Sounds like a fun day(;

Stephenie said...

Oh my goodness!!! That little shop is just so beautiful...I wouldn't of been able to contain myself in there.

Unknown said...

Oh! What a fabulous shop! Thanks for taking me shopping with you! ;)