Hi! It's not snowing today! That's great news. In fact, it was 60 degrees yesterday and I took advantage of the almost Spring like temps and dry conditions to go treasure hunting. I never really experienced the term 'cabin fever' but boy oh boy I know what it means now. That's me in the ponytail.....my usual day to day "get it out of my face" hair style. Behind me is my vision board and it's full of sweet cards from a lot of you and my customers. It's a daily reminder of how lucky I am to get to do what I love. Right there I am working away on one fantastic SALE for the boutique starting March 1st. And you all are invited. A huge array of selected items will be marked down so mark your calenders. Here's a preview of the announcement I made.....I am so proud of myself and how it turned out.
So back to the treasure hunt I did over the weekend. I went hunting for "stuff" in Mr. Blankenship's attics. Unbelievable! First I have to tell you how I ended up in Mr. Blankenship's attics. I would frequently drive by this old red building. It had an antique sign out front BUT it was never, never open. It was the kind of place you just knew was full of treasures aka "stuff", all jumbled up everywhere. And I was dying to get inside.
Well...finally I stopped and knocked at the house next door. It's an old country farm house....you know....the kind with a tin roof and wonderful old out buildings out back. I was greeted by the nicest fellow. He explained to me why the shop was never opened which I won't go into right now. ( Eventually he does plan to open.) He invited me in and I met his sweet wife. He gave me permission to browse through the shop and take my time. I was in heaven. I found fabulous vintage 70's flower power hippie "stuff" and adorable old Valentine "stuff" and Easter "stuff" and the cutest Easter Bunny cupcake picks.
I went back to the house to pay for my "stuff" and we got to talking about all kinds of "stuff". (there's that word again). He's a big Civil War buff. Eventually he told me about all the "stuff" in his attics and asked me if I wanted to climb up and take a look. Did I? ha! Have we had our fair share of snow this winter? You bet I wanted to climb up there! As I was climbing around in his attic totally stooped over, watching that I did not fall through the floor as he only had boards in certain areas and most of those were piled high with boxes and boxes of "stuff". I also had to watch that I did not knock my fool head off, since there were a lot of low cross beams.....good for holding onto though. Oh....did I say also that there were no rails on the steep narrow steps going up there so when you got to the top I had to sit down on the floor and swing my legs up? LOL...not a pretty sight. But the trepidation was well worth it. Again, I found some real sweet old treasures up there. Wait until you see the vintage Christmas wrapping paper. So cute for wrapped presents but perfect for altered art too. I am working all week in getting all this great "stuff" listed in the boutique. :)
After leaving the Red Store I was hungry and tired and dirty dusty. Traveling on down the road about 40 miles I stopped at this old diner/restaurant. Look at the red tiles on those floors and the old red swivel counter stools at the counter. This is the kind of place that is sure not fancy but has great food and low prices. Prices so low you almost feel guilty.....hence a nice big fat tip.
45 minutes later with a full tummy and clean hands I was off to my next stop. Now I am on a mission because there is something specific I am looking for. This place is called Motley's. Not sure if it is called motley's because it's just a motley of stuff everywhere or that was the owner's name but this place has just a little bit of everything. It's a big building made up of lots of little rooms that just meander all over the place, with no rhyme or reason and it's not heated except for one wood stove in the main room. I have only been there in the winter time so I always hurry through before my toes freeze up. :) Here is a photo of what I was looking for. It was right there on one of those shelves. See it? :) I can't tell you what it is because it's for something special I am making for the boutique but I can tell you it's most decidedly Frenchified. :)
When I am wandering through a place like this I always forget to look up. Always look up....because you never know what is hanging from the ceiling......maybe a fabulous old chandelier and like here.....some wonderful old chairs. And speaking of chairs, I thought this made a great shot. Love the old saddle thrown across the two old white wicker children's rocking chairs. I use an old chair like that in a bath to hold magazines. (light bulb moment) I think the chairs and saddle make a great addition to Kathleen of Faded*Charms White Wednesday blog posts. And I thank her for doing it too. Go right ahead and click here to see more fabulous white "stuff". (after you finish reading this of course) :)
Delighted to find what I was looking for, among some other fabulous old "stuff", I was happy as a clam and decided to call it a day. Heading home I came across this curiosity and had to turn around, go back and take pictures of it. That post was only like 20 feet in the air. These are the kinds of things that make you say: Hmmmmm???
And to end a perfectly wonderful day I came home to find this award waiting for me. Thank you Debra and Nicole of Capers of the Vintage Vixens for adding the last warm rays to a beautiful day. And with that I bid you a sweet week and I will see you Saturday.
P.S. I would love for you to visit Etsy Cottage Style this week. We are having an Alphabet Party and parties are always fun especially blog parties. Here is the link.