5.21.2012

Cool to Drool ~ Part I

thank you for following along on this lengthy post today.   And I do hope you will visit my May Day Cottage Give-Away.  All comments on this month's blog posts will be thrown in the hat for the win. 
PART I
I wish I could say "it's just over the river and through the woods", but unfortunately it's more like "flying the friendly skies of United", to visit my son and his family.  With visits so far apart though, it makes each one that much more special! 


 Welcome sign when we walked in the house.  Now I know why I suffered to get here, in that tiny little plane.......stuffed in my seat like a pimento in an olive.
:)   :)    :) 

We visited the famous Gethsemane Garden Center in Chicago (a heady experience) and had brunch at Ann Sather's,  serving Swedish cuisine and the most amazing cinnamon rolls (and that's an appetizer!) 

We shopped and shopped and shopped some more.  I purchased a fabulous red polka dot chiffon scarf ala Audrey Hepburn and Ms. AL found the perfect pair of pink sunglasses. :)
( Happy Pink Saturday! )
We built a spa and patio in the fairy garden and pushed Papa in the swing.


We climbed trees and planted flowers

 We finger painted and..... played "school".  I got a big fat red "F" on my paper. :( but now know where the thorax of an ant is located. :)

 And had high up rides on Papa's shoulders


 I even had a hard back book written and dedicated to me!  Ask me if that didn't cause a little teary eye.

And we sat on the thinking spot and chatted and shared kisses and hugs and laughter  

It Was A Good Day! 

For Mother's Day, my daughter-in-law, her Mom, and I had a special treat.  We attended the Shop the Shed event founded by the delightful Joy of Savvy City Farmer.  We were so charmed by her displays and creations, I have a new name for her now.....Queen of Vignettes.  Everything and everywhere you looked, you were greeted by something so special, so captivating and so inviting. (Not to make you jealous or anything but I got a tour of her home....oh WOW!  and the reason this post today is called DROOL )

The beautiful "Queen of Vignettes and Creativity" and Me

It's cool to drool  when you see displays like this........galvanized metal dreaming!

We're drooling again!  My daughter-in-law (don't you love that gorgeous naturally curly hair!?) Oh yeah.....we bought this one :)  Gorgeous vintage pink roses painting.  You should see it now hanging in her living room displayed in a grouping  of old frames and mirrors!

 Ms. Joy in the Shed!  Look at all that vintage goodness.  See that washtub with the restaurant ware in it.  My d-i-l bought that too.  They are remodeling their bath and she has plans for that old tub.  It stands on gorgeous chippy green painted legs.

Another fabulous vignette (and that pretty lady....my d-i-l).  Joy's garden is so special.  See that arrow?  It's pointing to a chandelier outfitted for the garden with terra cotta flower pots and moss.  I wanted that piece but Bobby G. insisted on sitting in the seat beside me on the plane going home instead of the chandelier.  I just don't understand that! :)

While there I got to meet some other pretty special people.  Guess who this is?  It's Rosemary from Villabarnes.  And she was just as I imagined her from reading her blog...so gracious and charming.  Rosemary shares with us the most gorgeous painting techniques and her fabulous repurposed items

I may not have been able to get that garden chandelier in my carry-on but these macarons........oh yeah baby.... went with me.  Funny thing ......they never made it on the plane.  Angela from Parisienne Farmgirl made these gorgeous confections.  The flavors were out of this world and the taste.............can you say double drool?!!!  Check out her blog.  She's on that French thing diet.  Don't know why though.  She's adorable and looks perfect as is!

After leaving the Shed, we hit a farmer's market, antique shops, yard sales and had a fabulous luncheon.  

It was a Good Day!  :)
 
 
I have to show you one more thing today.  I have had this gorgeous vintage drool worthy French lamp for some time, meaning to sell it on my website, but a month or so ago I decided to keep it.  (that happens sometimes :) The old lamp is worn gold and black marbled onyx and rest on little feet. Been searching for the perfect lampshade ever since.    And then I spotted it on our shopping spree.  Can you guess what it originally was? I love it!!!!! 

Next Time on The Vintage Nest blog :   Part 2 of Cool to Drool as we head to Washington for more vintage goodness
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White Wednesday at Faded Charm,  
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Cowgirl Up at  Farmhouse Porch
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ,
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and Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

(In case you didn't guess...........it's a vintage hat complete with fabulous flower) :)


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39 comments :

Shirley said...

Oh Lynn,
How nice to see your family. The children are so beautiful and they look like they were having a great time. Your D-I-L does have beautiful hair..How lucky! And how cool to meet Rosemary. What a wonderful Part-1..can't wait for more..too funny about the plane seat..guess sometimes you just have to let them have their way!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I was just thinking about you the other day and wondered what was up....Now I know! Your grandbabies are adorable! What fun you had. Love all of your junking and your DIL bought the best stuff....so, what was the lamp shade originally?

Carol

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I know you had a wonderful time with our family. Your granddaughters are so adorable and I love the book they gave you.
Hugs, Sherry

It's All Connected said...

Could this trip possibly be any better? Wonderful times with delightful grands and visiting with blogging stars!!! You must have been wild with excitement. ~ Maureen

savvycityfarmer said...

oh wow ... re- living this all over again ... makes me need another nap!

this is the most special tribute ever!

thank you for such an underserved mention!

I KNOW where those porch post came from!

it was a PLEASURE meeting you after years of scheming! heehee

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Lynn,
It was so nice to meet you. You're such a sweetheart. Thanks for the compliments. Your grandbabies are absolutely adorable, and what sweet messages for grandma. Wish we could have visited longer.

mimi the zookeeper - said...

it didn't look like a good day....it looked like a GREAT day! i'm so envious of the shopping and the cinnamon rolls.

and cutest grandkids ever (besides mine)! :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Was the lamp shade a hat? It really fits the lamp. I got a personalized calendar for Mother's Day and believe me, I cried too!

Jody and Stan said...

What a dream come true trip, not only seeing your family but going to Shop the Shed and meeting Joy from Savvy City Farmer and Rosemary from Villabarnes.
I'm so jealous. I'd say have a great week, but I know you will with all your wonderful new finds.

Jody

NanaDiana said...

My gosh, Lynn, what a great post. I LOVE those pictures of the kids- What a beautiful family there!!! Love your dil's curly hair, my youngest daughter has hair like that, too.

I love that you were able to meet some bloggers while you were out and about. And that rose picture? LOVE it!

I think that lampshade might have been a hat?

chateau chic said...

Sounds and looks like you had a very special time with your son and his family. We lived in Wheaton for several years when our children were young and loved the Chicago area.
Mary Alice

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

What fun you had! Your grand babies are adorable. Your DIL got some great stuff. That wash tub is sweet!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh I know you had a fantastic time .... you have a beautiful family.
looking forward to hearing about the rest of your adventure ! (())

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

What a wonderful day! I am seeing so many things I want in the pics...

Hugs,
Linsey

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

Oh Lynn, It looks like the perfect vacation! I love, love, love the sign your grand baby made for you. I know you were just proud! Family time is just so very precious. It looks like you had wonderful thrifting adventures as well. We are just now getting to explore our new hometown some, so I hope to find great shops soon!

Happy Hump Day!
Jennifer
oursoutherntable-jen.blogspot.com

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Wow this post is packed with special family times, an awesome field trip, and other bloggers. Loved reading it.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, sweet Lynn. I appreciate you always making Pink Saturday special. It would never be the same without you.

I am sneaking a peek from work, and now I have drool all over my monitor. So many pretties and macarons. Please pass me a whole box. Sorry, but I don't think one will do the trick.♥

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Looks and sounds like you had a marvelous trip, Lynn! Love all the pics, especially of those sweet children! They sure can make us feel extra special, can't they?!? I'm so happy that you are coming to the WEDDING BLOG PARTY!! and thanks ever so much for helping spread the word by adding my button to your sidebar!! See you soon!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie

Suzy said...

Looks like you had a lovely and special trip. It's hard to beat spending time with grands that love you so much!

The Pickin' Pair said...

Oh Wow.....I am drooling. I am longing for a trip like that. Except I usually take them with my honeybear because he is my pickin' partner. Love your blog. I'm visiting you from www.mycreativelyvintagelife.com and www.thepickinpair.blogspot.com. Now following you as well.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

You have a beautiful family! And you rock on those photos! :o)


Gabriela

bj said...

Looks like a great time. So glad.
Happy Pinks...

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a special time! Worth the flight indeed! 'Specially the notes and pink sunglasses! How fun to visit the great places! I am so glad you had a wonderful time!
Ruth

LV said...

Flying today is very frustrating and costly. However, with a trip like this one, it was worth it all. Great family.

kay Ellen said...

Looks like had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing:))
Happy PINK Saturday!

and a blessed Memorial day too :))

Kay Ellen

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What a great trip you had and what a beautiful family you are blessed with!
I enjoyed reading every word and looking at all the wonderful pictures!
HPS!
♥ Jil

Holly said...

Oh Lynn~ What a special time that you all must have had! Your grandchildren are precious!! Thanks for sharing the pictures of those great memories!

Susie Jefferson said...

Where do I start? Just fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! What a wonderful time - and what great photos. That one with the pink sunglass is beyond adorable!

Happy Pink Saturday from the UK! (I'm back on Blogger again - no more WordPress!)

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

i'm thinkin' that was MUCH better than just a GOOD day :)
awesomeness.. thx for sharing :)

ps- i want the wt tub w/ the hyancinths !! [nxt to your outdoor chandy] !

dana said...

I think my little "spill" the other night rattled my brain cells. I thought I'd left a comment on this post already..but I don't see it if I did.

I LOVE this share of your visit to Chicago and spending such amazing time with your darling family...and those gorgeous little grand girls. I love the book you received...and the little pink Converse shoes and grandpa getting a "push" in the swing! Oh and that sale...OMG.....what an amazing place!!

My hand isn't working well..so I will stop.

HPS....L, Dana

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

I just drooled and double (triple drooled if you count the cinnamon rolls and the macaroons,okay and the chandelier and the lamp (hat!) and ....
What precious grandbabies! I love the thinking spot photo and those pink glasses -- but the rides on papa's shoulders and the swing. I literally thought I'd cry midway through your post. You must be very proud and blessed, and that has blessed me so much! Thank you! Smiling away! Hug & Love, Jenn

Zuzu said...

Your grandbabies are so beautiful! This was such a fun post to read - wish I could have come along with you in person! :)
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Zuzu

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Loved your post, Lynn. Stopping by via Beverly's to mingle with the her pink guests. I thought I'd say hello to the rest of us gals who couldn't resist bringing along a party favor. ;)
The cinnamon rolls are making my mouth water, and of course you needed that polka dot scarf a la Audrey. :) The girls are simply adorable.
Thank you for your lovely gift opportunity.
Wishing you a HAPPY FOURTH PINK.
Marcia

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

I simply had to come back and tell you how tickled I am at that little pink sun-glassed face every time I look through the pink links. SO precious.

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Ok Lynn, I am drooling like crazy. Your post is absolutely drool worthy. I don't know what to mention first. Your grands are beautiful. Your DIL a true JOY!!! Yes, I love her hair and style. What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day. Your pics you shared were worth a double look. Lovely every one.

I am looking forward to Drool #2. Big happy smile here.
xo, Jeanne

Angie said...

That precious little lady's picture with those pink glasses drew me to your blog. What a sweet Mother's Day trip! Loved reading your blog.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello! Loved this post! Your grandbabies are so very precious -well worth the trip - shopping looked amazing! So glad you were able to meet these fabulous bloggers and to have such a great time - I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

chubskulit said...

Happy family times!

Visiting late for Pink Saturday.
My PINK
Have a blessed Sunday!

Annesphamily said...

Oh Lynn your family is beautiful! Your shopping spree was marvelous! I am off to see if I can finish visiitng all the pinkies today! HPS Love our post! Happy week to you!

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