Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Christianson's Nursery in Skagit County had their annual Christmas Open House this past weekend. These wonderfully skilled merchandisers, as always, delighted the soul!!
There are many nurseries out there, but Christianson's is an absolute standout. It's not for the shy-of-pocketbook . . . but there is always something you can find to take home without hyperventilating (except for the awe!!!).
There are several gorgeous out-buildings that house some of the most incredible and hard-to-find plants and flowers around . . . and the small garden shed (door above) is always full of antiques & stunning gifts.
The beauty of the environment was a real stimulus to my Christmas spirit . . . as well as the fresh-pressed hot cider, cheese puffs, baked brie with toasted pecans, ham spread (don't even think Armour!) with pickled onions, and little chocolate "lava" cakes.
Always a great supply of ironstone & vintage silver . . . .
These photos don't do this incredible display justice . . . the twinkly lights on all the trees in galvanized antique pots, urns . . . ooh-la-la!!!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Okay, so not totally functional for those of us hauling treasured junk across the countryside. This 1957 promo-photo presents the little Fiat in a totally different light. Somehow, the juxtaposition of the promo versus the rusty, crusty one embraces the whole vintage passion movement . . . the appreciation of the old, the broken-down-but-still-standing thing. (Kinda like me!)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Flea markets, junk events & shows are unique experiences--one is always different in some way than the next. But one thing is consistent: I have a great time seeing so many wonderful customers & dealers alike!
This totally charming customer was not one of the "conservative" ones, thank goodness! Doesn't she look AWESOME in my Las Vegas showgirl head-dress!? It really should have gone home with her . . . she could truly carry it off!!
My booth was brimming and not very photogenic, as I combined the trip with moving out of Splendid in Sellwood. I was very sad to make this decision, but it was biting off more than I could chew taking a mall space so far away from Bellingham. I totally LOVE Stars & Splendid, both the people and the shops. "I'll be back" . . . to spend money, no doubt!! Thanks to Darwin, Brent, Gayle & Marolyn for letting me give it a go--you're the nicest people!