Monday, April 27, 2009

Shopping Extravaganza

If you needed to find that special something to add to your home, vacation cottage, garden -- whatever -- the Whimsical Wishes Show in Camas and the Home and Garden Show at Monticello certainly provided an abundance of temptations and treasures. At both events, there were so many things that called out to me. If you know me very well, you know that I'm not usually a shopper. But Saturday was a different story! I filled the back of Diane's van. Poor Diane! She was so patient. God bless her.

I found several pieces to use as props in upcoming events: two chippy, white tables, a frame which will become a large chalk board and two fabulous, old, tall shutters. I haven't taken pictures of them, but trust me, they are great! I can't wait to put them to work at the next show.

Julie and Christa did a wonderful job at their show in Camas. Loved the warm banana bread. How did they know it is my all-time favorite? The showers and wind didn't deter us. So many great vendors. I was caught up in a little shopping frenzy/fog and didn't get everyone's names, so you need to visit Julie and Christa's blog for vendor information. I did take a few pictures of things that caught my eye. I can't believe how I'm drawn to the cream and sepia color palatte.

I guess the pictures prove it! I did manage to walk away from this great chest full of storage and cubbies. It was tough though! I still love it ... hmm... wonder if it is still there?

After a stop at the Camas Antique Mall and some lunch, we headed to Monticello. Shopping was still in full swing there! We "fluffed" our space, added a few new items, then did some serious browsing. Everyone did a outstanding job providing the most wonderful stuff. I was particularily drawn to Melanie Corson's space. Once again, I didn't take any pictures, but take my word for it - it was the best. I felt like I had stumbled into the most lovely, old garden filled with chippy, white, old iron garden pieces, ferns, etc. This sweet terrarium has a new home on my coffee table. My hubby even thinks it pretty special! Melanie has a shop on NE Fremont (All My Favorite Things) and a space at STARS. I plan to visit her shop during my next trip to Portland this Saturday.
Melanie is the sweetest gal. Several months ago I won her blog give-away and received three doll heads. I have to admit that I haven't been a collector in the past, but I love these three. I keep moving them around in my workroom and switching out their crowns! They even inspired my to make a whimsical piece that is currently for sale at Monticello. Again, I didn't take a picture but it is the only doll head in our space with a nest full of eggs on her head! My husband says it's creepy, but it makes me laugh. Don't worry Melanie, your doll heads are safe in my workroom. I'm keepin' em!

Now it's time to get to work. I have a mannequin to put together and I will take a picture when I'm done! Take care and have a good week! M. PS: I am having problems adding blog links, so you can visit Kindred Roses and All My Favorite Things through links in my list of favorites on the left.


Gail said...

How fun! Yes, I agree Melanie is the "sweetest gal" but I'm a bit biased since she's my best friend. Sounds like you found some great treasures, I love what you've done with the doll heads you won from Mel, they look great!
With any luck I'll have a dress form to put together today too, I won one on ebay and am anxiously awaiting her arrival, will post pics soon....

Florence said...

I loved your booth at Monticello it was awesome. I understand the blog list thing. I figured it out then one day I lost them all and had to start over. Good luck.

Anne Marie said...

those crowns are so great...and I don't collect dolls either, but those faces would make me reconsider....

Lisa Johnson said...

So good to see you last weekend Martha! I'm glad you found lots of good treasures to take home.


melanie said...

thanks for the nice comments...and the terrarium looks great at your house! I have brought bunches more to Monticello- so it will look different next time you are there!
I will be at the store on Saturday until 4pm- have a child to pick up at the coast after that.
hope to see you!

maryboys said...

such beautiful things! and a lovely blog, in general:)

Barbara Jean said...

Just poppin' by to say hi and hope the sale is going great.
Still hoping to get up to see Monticello, and maybe some other Portland stores.

Any good flea markets or second hand up there??

Barbara Jean

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