Tuesday, October 26, 2010

hokey pokey

You put your right foot in....you put your left foot in....
you put your right leg in....you put your left leg in.... You turn yourself around...
Doesn't our new bench make you want to do the hokey pokey? Why settle for an ordinary bench on your back porch. Heck, put this on your front porch and we guarantee that you will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Smile- the sunshine is good for your teeth!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yesterday, we decided that today would be a great road trip day. It was a spur of the moment decision.
Those are the kind of decisions that I live for! An adventure just waiting for the sun to rise. This was the view from our lunch table.
This was the view from the other direction.
A sleepy little fishing village tucked quietly amongst the moss covered oaks, swaying palm trees, and pelicans that line the pier posts. This is my memory of a Florida almost Forgotten. Steinhatchee, Florida. A little slice of heaven hidden off of highway 19. We had seafood lunch at Roy's which sits right over the water. If you are craving great seafood, it is worth the drive!

The prettiest little chapel sits in an oak grove near the water. Who couldn't stop and give Thanks in a place like this. After we stuffed our tummies till we could stuff no more and did a mini-sightseeing tour(Steinhatchee is a mini town) we hit the road to do a little shell shopping.
While I am not much of a conventional shopper, I AM a great "fun junk" shopper. Shells and shell art fall in to my "fun junk" category. WORLD OF SHELLS here we come! PS Jay says that this chain fell into his "fun junk", unfortunately, it was not for sale. We filled the truck with shells and to sell. Next stop, Boston, Ga.
We went from quintessential old Florida to quintessential Old South. Nothing defines the South more than a sunset falling upon a cotton field set against a forest full of Longleaf Pines.

After I finally came out of the cotton field, I asked Jay to drive me around the pond to enjoy the last few minutes of the sunset. I watched the sun set and then turned around to see a full moon and its perfect reflection smiling at me. Can you see the moon in the sky and the water? It was breathtaking and the perfect end to a perfect day!
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

potato soup?

Jay has gone and done it again! He built another table today and I think I may like it even better than the one yesterday. The scalloped trim and old column legs make it feel like a quaint little cottage table. Maybe a bowl of potato soup and hot sourdough bread served on some old ironstone; a gauzy white ruffled pillow like Judy Hill from Texas makes in that perfectly aged chair....

Monday, October 18, 2010

guess who had the most fun??

Here is the wonderful table that Jay built for the store today. He used heart pine tongue and groove boards that we salvaged from a home last year. These boards were milled in the mid 1800's before the Civil War. I think he did a great job!
I can just imagine a happy family gathered around this harvest table enjoying a Thanksgiving feast.
Here is what I did today! This is what happens when something sits on my work table for too long. It turns pink and usually polka dotted. All my fish needs now is a pretty pearl necklace.
Who do you think had the most fun today? :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

sit with me!

If I could fall into a picture and spend the day dilly-dallying , this would be where you could find me today.

Sit in reverie and watch the changing colors of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. Henry Wadworth Longfellow

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We met the most amazing folks!

Since Jay and I spend most of our time hidden away in the warehouse and the other part of it on the road, we are not known for being social butterflies. Having the opportunity to meet new people when we are at a show is a real treat for us. Today, I would like to introduce a few very special people we had the honor of spending time with in Texas. First, the truly beautiful Robin Brown. Robin designs the Magnolia Pearl clothing and is tops with Spence(he almost giggles when she takes him over to her booth with her "pearl girls" and treats him like a king).
Next is Jay and his favorite French lady, Corey Amaro from Tongue in Cheek. We met her last year and she is (as my parents would say) just as cute as a button! She even put a picture of us on her blog. I think that may qualify as our 5 minutes of fame!! (willows95988.typepad.com)
Here is the sweet Teresa and Craig of Time Worn Interiors. Her booth is always fabulous and she and Craig are too! She was our first friend at Marburger and her Kentucky kindness made being a new kid on the block a lot less stressful. Thanks, TOT!
Laurie of 2chippy's should have been one of the Sugarbaker sisters (remember those designing women). She is all great things Southern rolled up into one wonderful package of fun. I am pretty sure that she sparkles at night.
This is the sweetest pea in Texas. Shelley and her husband, Mr. Sweet Pea, were an amazing team to watch. They rolled in from Florida and we just watched in amazement as they created one of the most beautiful booths at Marburger. I wish that they would offer lessons on how to pack , unpack, and work their magic.

Now, I would have had more great pictures except for that one bad egg that chewed me out when I asked to take a picture. I understand that everyone doesn't want a picture taken but kind words would have worked lots better than the ones she chose to use. I didn't seem to be able to find those pink big girl panties after I got my hand slapped and all I have to say is "SHAME ON ME!"
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway!

Monday, October 4, 2010

home sweet home

The sunrise yesterday found us on our, 6 state in one day ,trek back home. We had a wonderful time and met so many wonderful(and only ONE not so wonderful) people. I have so much to write about but my age is catching up with me today and as surely as the sun will rise again tomorrow, I will write and share pictures of our adventures beginning tomorrow.
As for today, I want to write about the blessings that made the trip with us. First, my parents! Thanks to you for your never ending support, your tall tales that make life a little more fun, your okra(more later to explain!), your ability to go with our flow(and we flow the wrong way most of the time), and your enthusiasm for living this life to the fullest. Without you, none of this would be possible and we love you beyond words. Looking forward to the Spring!!
"A true friend is someone who thinks you are a good egg even though she knows you are slightly cracked" B.M. Nell, What an honor it has been to have you walk into our hearts. Thank you for making the journey with us. You made our trip so much more fun. Your laughter is contagious and your encouragement is a treasure. We hope that this will be the first of many adventures that we share with you.
"I believe in angels, the kind Heaven sends. I am surrounded by angels, but I call them friends." Shonya, You jumped on our gypsy wagon from Georgia and headed West with us without knowing the road that was ahead! We loved your spunk from the moment we met you but it is your kindness and faith that has left us feeling so blessed. What a beautiful person you are, inside and out! Isn't it wonderful when God takes us out of our own house to introduce us to a neighbor that we otherwise may not have met. Thank you for putting up with our nonsense and we look forward to doing more of these Georgia Gypsy Jaunts together!

Who knows...we may just end up with our own pink gypsy wagon! picture of Jay in front of Large Marge and the Junk Gypsy tent in Warrenton.