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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More Inspiration from the Retreat Vintage Market, and a Fun Day Trip

Hello ladies!  Bet you are all gearing up for a fun filled long Fourth of July weekend!  It's not feeling very summery here at the Chateau, with temps in the 60's!  Hopefully the weather man was right in his forecast of a warmer weekend!

Today I wanted to share with you a few more photos of the Retreat Vintage Market.  There were so many wonderful displays and so much talent!  Barn House had an amazing display!!! I just loved these wicker bee skeps.

Poppyseeds, a neat home decor shop in our town, had this gorgeous pair or burlap upholstered chairs.  Love!
And I am totally in love with the vintage French bottle drying rack!  It would be perfect for our house!!!

These photo holders are so neat, and were really popular!  And of course I love keys, I thought these bracelets below were so fun!
Ok, I am also totally in love with vintage silver anything! I thought this was such a fun display in the vintage suitcase!
These little vintage jello molds, repurposed into photo holders (below) are such a terrific idea, don't you think?!
The day after the show, hubby and I took a much needed break and took a road trip exploring our new little slice of the world!  When we first moved out here this spring, I had no idea that Washington State was not only so diverse, but so beautiful!  The bridge below is called "Deception Pass", and crosses over to Whidbey Island.  The bridge is just amazing!
Of course these photos don't do it justice!  There are lots of islands here, rocky shoreline, and  huge pine trees.  It truly is an amazing state!

We walked this beach (below), which was very popular the day we were there!
On the way back, we were able to walk across the bridge, as there is a pedestrian path on either side. This was the view when I looked down!  I am not so crazy about heights, either! 
If you look very closely in the photo below, there is a huge bald eagle perched on a tree branch!  I guess he was feeling a bit camera shy, as he wouldn't turn and look our way!  We see bald eagles nearly every day!  They are incredible!

And here are a few more views from beneath the bridge.
There are so many more places on our list that we want to visit out here.  The San Juan Islands aren't far from here, so they are a must see. We also want to get to the rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula, and visit Mt. Ranier, too!  Sounds like we had better get busy!
Hope you all have a great weekend!


mizdarlin said...

I sure wish i had that gorgeous bottle drying rack..it would be perfect to mount styrofoam heads to display hats..could do a dozen in a small amount of space..I want it!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, what a trip!!! I love everything at the outdoor market and the scenery is unbelievable! it's like being on vacation every day!!! AMAZING!!

Debbie said...

Hi Donna! So, so glad you enjoyed the market. Your displays were beautiful! Love the other booths too.
I am afraid of heights, so the bridge walk would be out for me.
Your pics of the scenery out there are AWESOME!!!
Have a great holiday weekend.
Love ya.

Ido said...

That market had great stuff and your display was awesome, did you get to meet the boys of Barn House?. I'm glad you are sharing with us a little bit of Washington, we are thinking on moving there next year but still don't know to which town, there's gotta be a good school for our son, it's gotta be cold, we love the cold, I don't like the beach but if it's cold I like it, any advice for me?
Have a great 4th of July!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

So many great displays and creative ideas! I know you had a great time at the Market. The daytrip looks like such fun...Wonderful pictures!!! Have a happy 4th!

NanaDiana said...

lol-Well it took me a couple of minutes to SPOT that eagle..I kept thinking...What? Where? Ah-ha..finally!

That show looks wonderful and I would love to see that one shop...LOVE those bee skeps too. I used to have one that finally just puddled itself onto the ground after about 7 or 8 years.

Scenery is amazing. I hope it is warmer for you this weekend. I a working right through the 4th...UGH...I will be happy when this next 2 weeks is over and done! Have a great night- xo Diana

Daniella said...

How awesome is that shopping!!! Like your own little French Flea Market!! We have yard sales but nothing like this!!! Very wonderful!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How nice that the two of you can get out, explore and spend time together! Have a great weekend!

Kim K. said...

Such beautiful eye candy! You are always good at sharing your adventures with all of us. We're home and digging out from beach sand and dirty laundry. It was the coolest week I can remember on Lake MI in our 8 years of renting. The girls were much braver than I in the Lake MI water. We squeezed in as much beach time as mother nature would allow. Have a lovely 4th of July weekend!

BECKY said...

Wow! The show looked amazing! So many great ideas! Love those bee skeps too! How fun to see a Barn House display in person!

And you sure are surrounded with beauty! I would love it there in the summer, but I am a true blue Floridian that must have green and sunshine year round!

Love the shots of the bridge! The metal ones are so cool!

Happy 4th, Donna! Thanks for sharing!