Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Is In The Air

I am off to visit the girls in Connecticut tomorrow!
Each year my special friend Paula opens her heart and home 
 and we spend a day or two together.

This is such a treat for me as Paula's home is magical...
...and especially so at Christmas time!
click here to see snaps of last year!
For me...this visit truly marks the beginning of the season
 and makes my Christmas special.

Besides laughing and chatting nonstop...
 we visit some of our favorite shops in the area for inspiration 
and holiday shopping.

First we will visit our friend, 
 and see her shop all set up as a Christmas wonderland.

I can't wait to see her displays this year!
click here for last year's pics.
And....of course I can't wait to see her and George too!

Next, we will visit Deanna in her shop Gather in Ivoryton.

Deanna's shop is always decorated in a big way
 and full of interesting and eclectic gifts and antiques.
I always find something special.
  In fact, the first picture above
 is of one of the vintage pink ornaments
 I found at Gather last year.

We plan to make the trip to Taken For Granite
in Stony Creek.
  Talk about spectacular displays!

 Do you remember last year's post?

Hopefully we will have time to get to Chester to visit
Dina Varano's wonderful jewelry store
 and Fran's shop The Red Pepper...

which is always full of the most unique and beautiful clothes.

Of course, I will bring my camera
 and take lots of pictures to share with you!

Can you tell I am excited?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Last ET Flea Until April

Dan came with me to the last flea of the season
 at The Elephant's Trunk this morning.

It was freezing cold at 7 a.m.
 ...hats and gloves and steaming coffee were needed...

It was fun...
I spent $8.00 and brought home 8 items.

Dan had an delicious egg and sausage on a roll
 and enjoyed watching me hunt for treasure.
He's a good son!

Hope you have a great week ahead!

Friday, November 25, 2011



I went looking around the house for containers
 to plant some more paperwhites.

These blue and green glass jars are pretty.

Then I spied this old wooden box in the corner of the basement.

I can't quite remember where it came from.
Maybe it was always here...after all...
...this home used to belong to Mr. Flea's grandmother. 

In any case, it will be perfect as a container
 for a mass of pretty paperwhites.

Taking it a bit easy today...
...recovering from too much delicious Thanksgiving Day food!

Once again, we spent the afternoon and evening
 with my sister MaryBeth and family...
She outdid herself...and we stuffed ourselves with all sorts of Thanksgiving goodies.

She even baked me a special chocolate cake!

After dinner...we curled up all comfy to watch
 Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation.
We laughed as if we were seeing it for the first time!

I did get up early this morning
 to go to one...
...and only one...
Black Friday Sale.

Can you guess which store I scored at this morning?

hint: it's my favorite store!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving...

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day.


Take care,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fancy Flea Finds

One of my favorite booths at The Fancy Flea was Gray Branches...

I get weak in the knees just looking at this gorgeous
 blue velvet frame.

Wonderful collection of old watch faces...

And here she is!
I was so happy to meet the lovely Sue (Sue Bee)
 and her partner Kathy
 in their booth Chic and Shabby.
Sorry I did not get your photo Kathy!

They had so many pretty things...

House of Envy

Why oh why did I pass up on this beautiful old tin?
I love this pastoral scene...

Sweet violets.
I bought the same little round paper box
 at a Paris flea market many years ago.

Something for everyone.
The Fancy Flea ...
in Lakeland, Florida

I'll be here again next year!

Denise @The Rusty Gate and Vintage Chic has let me know that the next Fancy Flea is tentatively set for April 28th!!!
Thanks Denise!

See anything you would have wanted to bring home?