It finally happened!! I got to meet and hang out with a blogging friend and she was just as I had imagined from all of our email correspondence. Roxie makes and sells the prettiest bulbs that she calls CandyLights. You must click on over and pay her a visit and see what her confections are all about. I met Roxie when I first opened my e-boutique. She was one of my first customers. We just automatically "clicked" thru our emails. She was my mentor when I joined a very special online shopping mall called Make Mine Pink. We had been talking about catching up with one another as she only lives about 2 hours from me. So Roxie came on down this past Friday. She was just as sweet, thoughtful and fun as I had imagined. As soon as she arrived we took off for my fave little eatery out here called Becky's Tea Cafe.
Becky's is a darling little place. The front is a wine and gift pantry and in the back just six tables for Becky's place. Her gourmet sandwiches and teas are fantabulous. Both Roxie and I had fun and a lot of laughs wearing just one of many vintage hats Becky has on the walls while having the best panini sandwich called the Florentine aka the Million dollar panini. Along with all the vintage hats, she also has lots of colorful feather boas and jewelry. (I apologize for the quality of some of these photos. My camera was not co-operating with me. It sure wasn't the photographer's problem.... ha! :)
After our lunch we drove on over to "Gather". "Gather" was a feature article in last month's Victoria magazine and the most darling shop located in an old historical building. The owner, Melissa, has the shop downstairs while her painting studio occupies part of the second floor. Don't you just love the cute little boxers hanging on the front porch?
Next, we went to one of my favorite antique malls. Sorry, but once again I have no photos. Usually I am a pretty good photographer but a lot of these turned out blurry for crying out loud. But Roxie found the most fabulous find for her new home and some darling butterfly nets for her girls. (Roxie let me know about those gorgeous blue shabby drapes and I will go get them for you). And I found some wonderful finds for my boutique. Some of the cutest vintage floral juice glasses and tray, the cutest little New Year's Eve vintage apron and this fabulous vintage pearl tiara. Tomorrow I will be frantically trying to get everything listed.
Then it was back home for a little R & R poolside and a frosty yum yum drink.
That evening there was a Barn Party at my neighbor Dr. Ron's home or barn I should say. There was a live band in the hay loft, a delicious country dinner of barbecue chicken, deviled eggs, green beans, ham biscuits, macaroni salad, potato salad, baked beans and peach cobbler and an open bar. It was so much fun but it was so hot that evening Roxie and I kept sneaking in the tack room that was air-conditioned to cool off.
The next morning there was a lot of coffee chat before Roxie had to leave. I was a bit sad when the weekend ended and feeling a bit blue. Meeting Roxie was proof for sure about all the fabulous ladies I meet in blog land but the mailman brightened me up with the ring of the doorbell and a left package. Proving once again that bloggers are the BEST in the world. A couple of weeks ago sweet Michelle over at I'm A Little Teapot blogged about the cutest bird house her husband Rob had made from bits and pieces and found objects. I left a comment and casually said " Hey Rob, can you make me one too?". I was just teasing when I said that but lo and behold look what I got. Michelle and Rob I am dumbfounded and thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's just charming and will have a place of honor on my summer porch.
Happy Monday all. xo Lynn