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Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Rainy Day Outing

Hello Ladies,
Happy Mother's Day!  I hope that if you are a mom, you are doing something special today with your families!  I really miss my mom back home in Michigan!  Of course we can talk on the phone alot, but it's just not the same as being there!  At any rate, I hope that you all have a wonderful day!

Yesterday, hubby and I went out exploring our new area. We had planned on going to a tulip festival, but not only was it freezing cold and pouring rain, but when we got there, we discovered that we should have atttended last week!  All of the tulips were "kaput"!  We did manage to find the cutest little shop in a former barn!

 While I didn't take any photos of the inside (the owner was right there, and I felt funny asking her!!), I did get some shots outdoors of her cute little vignettes.  I really love how she repurposed everything from old buckets and chairs into flower planters.
 Is this cute or what?!
 And I really love this chair (above ) turned planter.  How fun!!
 I was in love with the vintage three tired cart, too!
                                                        Lots and lots of vintage cuteness!
 I thought this was such a fun idea:  old spindles painted vibrant colors, with tea cups filled with bird seed!
 Another fun and creative vignette.  Love the red child's chair!

I also was super excited to discover my first garage sale of the season, and bought several treasures to redo.  I'll save that for another post, though!

Then it was on to the quaint little waterside town of La Conner.  I had several people tell me not to miss it, and I'm so glad we went!
 Ok, we may have missed the tulip festival, but in La Conner, there were gorgeous tulips everywhere!
                                                        And pretty and quaint old buildings, too!
                                                       I loved this "secret" hidden courtyard!
 We stopped here and had the best house made sea food chowder!  My mouth is watering just at the thought!

 I just had to snap this shot of the cute little old fireplace in the restaurant.  Not sure if it shows well in the photo, but it was painted lavender!  Love!
And on the way home, we stopped at a couple of road side markets.  Check out these gorgeous tulips!  
That's it for today, hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!!


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

What a fun day trip!!! I loved the little shop...such cute things. The teacup on the spindle is just what I needed to see. I bought an old spindle at an estate sale a few months ago and couldn't think of anything cute to do with it...Now I know!!! Love all the tulips!!!
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Pamela said...

Looks like you had a fun day Donna!
How are you liking all the rain?
Thankfully it's sunny today!!

Pamela xo

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

so glad you had a nice day. I am sure you did miss your mom today, but she is probably happy to hear about all your new adventures!

Trisha said...

I just love that part of Washington and the Tulip Festival is definitely worth going to next year! So glad to see that you are enjoying your new home! Happy Mother's Day!


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Kaybe said...

That's half the fun of moving is exploring your new neck of the woods. Happy Mother's Day!

Take good care,


NanaDiana said...

Love that you had a nice day, Donna- even if you did miss the Tulip Show! Guess what? Snohomish , WA is the first place I ever got coffee at a drive through coffee shop. My friend, Judy got me hooked. I came home and told MyHero that we should buy a franchise and set up a coffee "booth". He laughed. 10 years later they were on every corner...and we have 4 Starbucks withing 10 miles!
Love that little place you found and the seafood chowder looks wonderful!! xxoo Diana

Love of the Sea said...

Looks like a great day!! And tulips are my favorite...so I would have loved to see all the beautiful flowers!

Debbie said...

Looks like you are finding lots of neat places, Donna. That little shop is so cute!!!
I'm so glad you are out and about...exploring, and having fun.
Hugs to you.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day, I can't wait to see what you found and will redo. It also seems that your and your family are adjusting well. I love the lavender fireplace and it did show well on my lap top. I may try those spindle teacup holders for bird seed! Thanks for sharing and stopping by!


Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your little adventure today, Donna! I really enjoyed all the photos. The tulips are gorgeous!

Love, Karen

Tete said...

Donna, didn't I tell you that you would have fun there? Yes I did! Looks like you found some great new things to explore and discover. That chowder looks so good. Loved the fire place and all the cute gardening ideas!
I wanted to wish you a Happy Mother's Day, because Emily counts and so do you.
Hugs- Tete

Linda said...

Looks like a wonderful day, Donna! You sure live in a beautiful area!

Kim K. said...

What a lovely day for pictures. Just stunning...as always. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Karen said...

I am loving your photos... and especially the blue planter chair!!!... love a place like that with such vintage treasures.

Vintage Home said...

Looks like you where in Laconner...I have never been to THAT restaurant but seems i should. Thanks for sharing!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What an adorable shop! I love all the garden elements. I have one planted chair. I was thinking of doing a wicker one that is falling apart! I love a good chowder. That one sure looks delicious.

Erin said...

Love the shop!!!! I think I would have been going crazy trying to decide what to buy, what to make and where to look! It is all gorgeous! That clam chowder is making my mouth water!!!