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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Where Gypsies Shop

My friend Mary lives very close to Venice in California. She took us shopping on Abbot Kinney Blvd. which was definitely my kind of place~adorable shops and restaurants tucked into darling old homes. First up: Tumbleweed And Dandelion.


I knew I was going to fall in love with this sweet shop when I read owner Lizabeth McGraw's message board. I like her thinking!

Pure bliss.

Ooh the chandelier!



I love what she did with the kitchen.





What do I adore the most~a linen lampshade, the hand painted walls or the gorgeous mirror?


In the backyard are bits and pieces of wonderful salvage~ perfect in any garden.


Next, we ventured into Bountiful.



Where do I look first?



My heart almost stopped when I spied these chairs. They had to stay because alas I have no where to display their beauty.



The next morning we were up bright and early to go to the Long Beach Flea Market. I first spotted this wee deer who was begging to live in the fairy woodland that is the Fashionista's apartment.


You know how I love these vintage trays. I have more than I probably need but this one was a steal at $5. Of course it did take awhile to clean it up.



Christmas in July?


Yes, if it is 1940's loveliness.



Two pillowcases that have long ago lost their mates. Perfect for an apron I am currently sewing. More of that to come in a future post.



I am always so saddened when I see old photo's for sale. Probably because I have so few of my own family. This sweet mother and babe came home with me for $1. It has the old domed glass in the frame.



A few vintage patterns for the Fashionista who adores Pucci and Vogue.



A vintage piece of tin for my friend Heidi. Her birthday is this month.



And the biggest box of vintage trim and notions that you ever did see! It took me hours~ no days~ to sort through it all.


Come back on Friday to see a few of the projects that I am using this yummy deliciousness on.
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37 comments :

Carrie said...

What fun shopping. Love your finds. I bet the notion bag was for to sort.

Heather said...

Laura,
Love This shop Truly Fabulous.. I am a milk Glass Collector and saw a lot in that shop. I love the saying on the chalk board it's amazing Selfless acts of kindness. Got to love it! Great picks and I truly Love the Deer a Fab find...

XO,

TFF

Check out my Giveaway just added.. many more to come..

Maggi said...

Wowowowowow, what treasures! My kind of places!

The DIY Show Off said...

What fun! Lucky you! I love your treasures and I enjoyed the tour! Thanks!
Roeshel

Wanda said...

You did great and you look like you had the best time ever. I can't wait to see the apron. :)

Dreamgirl said...

I loved that Shop!
I wish I could go....

Just dropping by to wish you a Happy Wednesday and tell you that I'm giving away a subscription to House Beautiful magazine at www.sweeterliving.blogspot.com

Coastal Sisters said...

You got some wonderful treasures! I loved those chairs..they are just todie4!

Glad you had a great time :)

LuLu~*xoxo

Rebecca from A Gathering Place said...

Love all your amazing finds my friend. Can't wait to see what you CREATE!

Now...just a another note regarding your comment on my LOVE IS Clipping on my Blog...

I was on the floor laughing hysterically. That is SOOOOO what my guy did as well! Men just don't get it!

Rebecca

Jennifer said...

Have you ever been to the Round Top Antiques show (I think that is what it is called), you would be in heaven.

Linda said...

Oh my goodness - I love all of the cute items you found and that shop - to die for. Thanks for sharing. :)

aforestfrolic said...

What a great shoppe, definitely my style...love all the photos!

Jamie :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Like a kid in a candy store! I wouldn't know where to look first either!

LiLi M. said...

Oh I love to look around in such shops! You had a great haul, you bet I will be back on Friday!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a beautiful shoppe! Love that kitchen!

Lisa said...

Ooooh, just looking at the photo of notions has set my heart pitter patter...rickrack is my favorite.

ScrappinAway said...

I love that she used the whole house as her shop including the kitchen!

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit. Wow, great finds! Love those vintage Christmas baubles.

I just know that your new creative space is going to be fantastic! Have fun creating it. Can't wait to see what you are up to with all those yummy supplies.

Brenda Jean said...

I'm drooling at everything but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the kitchen. The color, the style-- oh, my.

The Consummate Hostess said...

Lovely! I especially like the vintage Christmas decorations.

Liz said...

Oh Dear! I could do some major cc damage here! What fun. Your crafting party looks like a hoot. Who wouldn't kill to have a whole studio like that. Gracious!

~Liz

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This looks like some fun shopping, and I love everything you came home with! But those chairs you left behind - oh, those are so beautiful! laurie

Mama Mel said...

Super cute stuff! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Have a great day! :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Talk about eye-candy. Thanks for sharing these lovely pics with us.
And thank you for visiting my 'Studio' post from Karen's Party. I'm the one who converted her daughter's room into a Studio when she got married. There has to be ONE consolation to having a daughter move out...I guess this will have to do. Good luck with your plans and space.
M.L.

JennyMac said...

Great pics of the place. And I love that sign!

Mildred said...

Morning Laura, What a quaint place to get lost in shopping! I love that little deer. Wishing you a great day!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I would be truly inspired in a kitchen like that. SO adorable. Everything is!!!!

You have a gorgeous blog, very inspirational.

Thanks for coming by!

Toddler Crafts Julie said...

I really love the decors and i really wish to be there and such a wonderful decors..

Tamara Jansen said...

What a fabulous shopping trip! Now, do we get to see what your vintage trim looks like now that it's all organized?

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the Christmas trees!

delightfullysweet said...

I love the message board! I wish that I had enough room in my small kitchen to have one!
Great blog!

Femin Susan said...

What a beautiful shoppe! Thanks for sharing...

Emma said...

I'm falling in love with this shop too. Great post!

Anny said...

Looks like you got some amazing deals!

Morning T said...

Looks like heaven to me! I'm SO jealous, we don't have anything like that in Houston. Great photos.

Yansy said...

Great Finds! I just found your blog and I'm loving it. I wanted to invite you to participate in my giveaway, you have until Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Oh my! I don't want to leave! So many things I'd like to put in my "cart".

I'm glad you bought the mother/son pic, it is beautiful.

LOVE that kitchen!!

....and the tree quote...

Little Page Turners said...

I LOVE that quote! I'm off to write it on my own hallway chalkboard... Thanks for the inspiration!