Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Week to Myself

The kids arrived safely in California and are having a great time with their Grandparents and Cousins. Yesterday they went to the beach and today will be going to play mini golf. I spent my first day of freedom doing what I do best. Thrifting. I decided to head on over to a neighboring town to check out a few thrift stores there. As usual I found some great things. Here is a picture of my spoils.
I found the two mirrors, sampler, sewing box and large pc. of floral fabric at Goodwill. Next I went to the Goodwill outlet to do some digging. There I found the blue chenille spread (big holes, good for the chenille bundles I sell), rachel ashwell shabby chic sheet, down ticking pillow, pink cami, blue with pink roses duvet cover and some other miscellaneous clothing items (not pictured). I also hit a couple antique stores in the area, but didn't find anything great to buy.

This is something I didn't buy. Do you think I should go back for it? I don't know. But look, it has a pink rose on it.

After dropping the kids off at the airport, we made a quick stop at Monticello where I dropped off a few more items and took these pictures to show you how our booth looks now.

My side of the booth

Isabel's side.

It was really hard to get good pictures because of that big window. Okay, maybe it was just me, the bad photographer.

I wanted to show you what my sweet Isabel gave me for my birthday last week. All my favorite Rosy things, a cute piece of fabric, vinyl apron with roses, porcelain rose pin and the oh so lovely roses painting.

I have to tell you the story about the painting. On Friday at Expo after we got set up, I did a little walking around and spotted that very painting in a booth. Since we just started I thought I would wait and see how much money I made and if it was still there later I would buy it. Well, I went back on Sunday and it was gone. I talked to the dealer about it and she said, "oh yeah, that was a nice one, it sold." Well, I was a little bummed, but I do have a lot of nice rose paintings so I just had the attitude that it wasn't meant to be. I had told Isabel about it after I first saw it and apparently she went over and bought it for my birthday present and had to have Joy hold it so I wouldn't find out. So sneaky, but I love that she did that. The more I look at this painting the more I love it. Right now it is sitting on a cabinet in my entry until I can find the perfect spot for it.

Aren't bloggers the best? I wanted to acknowledge a couple awards that my blogging friends have given me.

First, my BFF Timi gave me this award. She is so sweet and just lives a few hours away. You may remember that I met her at Farm Chicks and she was so sweet to buy one of my lined shopping carts. Timi has some great vintage things for sale on her blog right now. Hop on over and check it out.

Another new blogging friend, Stacy, contacted me to let me know how much she enjoys my blog which she found out about from her Mom, Niki who lives here in Oregon. Stacy was kind enough to give me this "Fantastic Blogger" award.

Stacy says "I have spent probably a year researching blogs every Friday to pull inspiration for my own work. And even though I am not able to be in the pacific northwest, after visiting "a thing for roses", its almost like I am there. The reason I mention this, is I don't think we give enough credit to the people who influence us in our daily walk, and I just wanted to say "thank you." "Isn't she the sweetest?

I am constantly amazed and inspired by so many blogs. It just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that I am actually inspiring others, little old me. Who would have thunk?

Today just gonna stick close to home. Do a little housework, maybe work on a project. The weather is cooler today so I probably should work in the yard a bit, but my bedroom is on the top of my list to get cleaned up right now. It looks like a laundry bomb went off. Hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Oh, I almost forgot. Isabel and I went to see Mamma Mia! the other night and it was fabulous. I highly recommend you go see it right now. Make sure to stay and watch after the credits roll. You'll be glad you did.


Adrienne said...

Hi Lisa -
You found some wonderful things at the Goodwill. I've never been to the Goodwill Outlet but I think it's about time I made a trek up that way and 'discover' it for myself.

I love that yellow rose painting in your booth at Monticello. I'm going to the airport to pick up my cousin tomorrow morning. Maybe she and I will have to stop there on our way home. We could have lunch there and I could check out that painting and your booth! I'll let you know if we do that.

Love the way you got that painting. My little mother and I do that to each other all the time.

Enjoy your time alone. Glad the kids arrived safely and are having a good time.

Kim's Treasures said...

Hi Lisa~such great finds! I look for great linens like that and never have luck. Your booth looks great and what a pretty birthday gift! Enjoy your kid-free time!

Angie said...

wow..that cabinet you found at the barn sale is amazing. i would have a hard time parting with that. i loved looking at your parade pictures..i really enjoy parades. we have a great one every Fall here...it is a tradition to always take the kids! enjoy this time to yourself!


The Farrier's Daughter said...

Lisa, it was so great to meet you at Old Stuff. Looks like you have been very busy since then. Love your booth at Monticello...I am way past due on a visit to that wonderful place ;-) Happy late birthday!


Alison Gibbs said...

Enjoy your time alone.
Great shopping goodies.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your time solo without your kids. I usually try for that this summer with their camps, but it didn't work out for me this year. But oh the peace and quiet!!!! I think you were wise to pass on the clown pict - don't let that rose entice you!

Timi said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH your so nice. Thank you
Great finds girlfriend! What are you going to do all week with no kids??? My mom always says when asked that question "whatever the heck I want!" Hope your getting to do whatever the heck you want.
HEY! That smokin deal I found on the half bag of charcoale bricketts I thought you would like should show up on your doorstep tomorrow! :-) Everyone can use some bricketts right?

sita said...

You are the goodwill queen! wow! I need to go more often, thanks for sharing all your gorgous finds! Your booth is lovely too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,
I'm glad I found you this morning. My goodness, you found so many treasures while out thrifting. I just don't find that much when I go. Your booth is lovely. Happy Birthday... and enjoy your beautiful painting and your sweet friends! Hugs, Patti

Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

Lisa - You made quite a haul. I hope you enjoy every day of the week the kids are gone and that you don't miss them TOO much!

I think that clown pic is SCARY! Leave it where is is!!

Anonymous said...

lisa you are the ticking-stripe-feather-pillow QUEEN! you have a little magnet inside you that attracts them :)
your booth looks fab...and as for the clown...i vote no, too. like nancy said...clowns are scary!

Debbie Kay said...


There ya go again, finding those awesome treasures!!!! Man o man, I wish we could shop together sometime. Let me know when you are gonna visit your dad in Temecula, I would love to connect....

Debbie Kay

Seeb said...

you are really lucky in finding beautiful stuff, and great rose present;).glad to see you again

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Sneaky Isabel! I love that you got the picture you wanted afterall! And to think Joy was up to no good, too. You gals are so cute!

Enjoy your quiet time. I love mine when I get it. Seems though that it goes too quickly. But that is okay with me because I love the energy that the home has with everyone here.

Your girls' booth looks fantastic. Someday I am going to get up there!!! Hey, gas is going down in price. whooo hooo!

Have a lovely day and stop by for a visit...hint hint.....


ShabbyInTheCity said...

What a nice friend to sneakliy get that painting for you!
I sold one in my booth and now I'm wishing for it baaaack!

Anonymous said...

what a lovely blog, so pleased to find you. I do miss Goodwill! (I am from the US but live in the UK) What a pretty painting you received and such a nice surprise!