Road Trip!

This weekend I took a quick road trip up the coast. After a 3 hour drive to Solvang it was time for a pit-stop!This was the cutest little town - I had never been before and hope to go back soon so spend a little more time exploring.Breakfast at the Belgian Cafe was yummy and the staff was so polite and helpful.Our journey led us here to Remnants of the Past. Judy Watkins puts on a wonderful show twice a year at the Dana Powers property in Nipomo, CA. About 90 miles North of Santa Barbara.This is the exterior of the barn the day before the big show. Magic was taking place as deales set their spaces like you've never seen before. The barn is a popular venue for weddings and it was magical with twinkle lights and lanterns. The dealers were wonderful and worked extremely hard to make sure that everything was just perfect!The property is nestled among lemon and orange orchards and the rolling hills.Just a sneak peak of what was transforming inside... Saturday morning was a gorgeous sunny day and the crowds gathered to begin their shopping adventure. As guests entered the property they were given a 2009 calendar from Susan Branch. She used to have the most adorable shop a short distance away in Arroyo Grande but it has since closed. I wondered if she was there Saturday shopping...I think I may have spotted her but I did not want to impose and ask the woman if she was Susan Branch.

Judy really puts on a first-class show. Top dealers, wonderful food, the setting could not have been more perfect and she invited Kaari Meng of French General to be there and teach a charm bracelet class that afternoon which I registered for. This is the bracelet that I made. She taught us techniques that we can use to create our own pieces which I plan to do very soon - I really want to create some re-purposed jewelry from vintage pieces that I have collected. Kaari was extremely nice and very patient with all of her students. Some of the wonderful booths that were ready for shoppers bright and early Saturday! Here is a sampling from Coco - lot's of vintage French treasures.

Georgann had some really lovely merchandise. I love the half moon window!

I love this and think many ladies read this little sign and shopped their hearts out.

Lovely flowers were everywhere!


The Flea Market recap

Pam "the Sewing Queen" and I had a great time in Irvine! Her canopy's are the best and the one shown here sold! It's Patriotic themed and is so darling! Her creations are wonderful and she'll be at The Attic in Coronado on May 2nd taking custom orders for her delightful hand embroidered pillows! Some of the goodies below that I was selling...

More of Pam's pillows

The curio below and most of the other items below all went home with happy shoppers!

I think that I'm going to paint the wood ironing board below a light shade of pink and take it to Piecemakers in Costa Mesa on May 2nd. I'll be brining plenty of treasures there with me including some items to be painted and foofed up!
It was a gorgeous weekend here in So Cal. Have a great week! Erin

Lucky 7!

Thank you for all the sweet comments that you left on my 100th Blog Post! I wish that I could send each of you a special'll have to just enjoy the flowers below from Martha Stewart. The winner is #7 ~ Rebekah of of Little Byrd Vintage! she said... "Ohhh - it ALL looks wonderful! Found your blog through Sammy Girl's and looking forward to seeing more!" Please check out her blog - her Etsy shop is wonderful too! Rebekah please send me your address and I'll get your package into the mail.
Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!


100th Post Celebration!!

This is no April Fools joke! With sincere appreciation for your visits to my blog I'm having a special give-away inspired by some of my favorite things! Please leave a comment on my blog and I will pick a WINNER on April 11th ~ I know ~ why so long ~ but we have a track and field invitational this weekend and the Irvine Flea Market on Sunday and then a trip to Palm Desert for a little well-deserved R&R!! If you put a link on your blog to mine mentioning the give-away and let me know I'll add your name twice to the drawing.This great little bag can be used for toiletries, cosmetics, knitting needles, just about anything and it's made to look like it's from an old flour sack

A sweet vintage postcard

This wonderful cake pedestal!
A YUMMY cake from Neiman Marcus ~ what's a celebration without cake?!
A lovely floral vintage hanky
An inspiring Flea Market Style book
We've been busy working on the backyard ~ getting the garden planted and creating a cozy space to relax on warm evenings! I hope you are having a wonderful week and I thank you for coming back to visit my blog!
Pam "the Sewing Queen" and I will be back at The Groves Antiques Market this Sunday! Row 5, Space 5 Irvine Valley College - just look for the gorgeous canopy's!