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Friday, October 22, 2010


 Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite purchases on our mini road trip.  I really didn’t JUST shop on this trip, but I did cram a LOT of shopping into a  three day trip!


Y’all are not going to believe how excited I get about seeing hills!  The area of Arkansas where I live is COMPLETELY flat.  You can see for miles without any obstruction.  Sometimes (like when the sun is rising or setting), that is nice, but I am always in awe of hills and mountains when I see them. 

The views from our redneck pool house (the RV) made me feel like I was looking out at Cindy’s (Applestone Cottage) view from her pretty home.  The views also made me think of Pat (Back Porch Musings) and Coty (Styling By Coty Farquhar), because I was wishing I could take beautiful photographs like these two bloggers. view mos

 Just look at this beautiful stemware! I bought a set of  five – (I’ve told you before that a bargain hunter does not find sets of even numbered tablescaping items, but I look at it as a blessing. An odd number is always priced a little lower then an even number, and I might break one, and then I would have a set of 4.)  As I was bargaining with the dealer to buy this set of five, I was thinking of Bill (Affordable Accoutrements) and Cherry Kay (Entertaining Women), and all of you other bloggers who have gorgeous stemware. 


 All of the way home, I was thinking of my vintage Paris hat box.  I was imagining that I was returning from a trip to Paris, and it reminded me of   Sarah (Hyacinth for the Soul), Debbie (Confessions of a Plate Addict), Maggie (Normandy Life) and all of the other lovely bloggers from the Quimper Club International blog.


 When I saw this candle holder in a gift store, I knew I had to have it, because I had admired several of them on Sue’s blog (Sullivan and Murphy).  I think I’m going to have to do a better job of arranging something in the bottom of the glass holder. CANDLE HLDR

 Of course, when I see wonderful pieces of china, I am reminded of all of you bloggers, but transferware especially makes me think of Nancy (Nancy’s Daily Dish).  I bought this platter, because I love that it was fall colors, but it doesn’t have a turkey on it (I already have a couple of turkey platters).  I don’t feel like I need to reserve using this platter for Thanksgiving or other turkey holidays.  (No, I’m not just serving duck on this platter).  The platter has no markings on the back.


 This bread box that came home with me makes me think of Brenda (Cozy Little House) and Sue (It’s A Very Cherry World), and a lot of other bloggers who love red and vintage as much as I do. 

BREAD BOX The bargains that I brought home, which I already showed you on a previous post, remind me of some amazing bargain hunters in Blogville, including Linda (A La Carte) and Diann (The Thrifty Groove).PREVIOUSLY SHWN My tour of the Jack Daniels Brewery reminded me of Marty (A Stroll Thru Life) and Kim (Savvy Southern Style)!  Sorry Marty and Kim, your secret is out now!  [No they do not drink excessively, but Marty does love cloches, and Kim does love demijohns.  So do I, but these weren’t for sale.]


You may have noticed that I love china that has village scenes on it, and since this $9 plate was marked half price, it jumped into my hands before I made it to the checkout.  Village scenes remind me of the “village” that is our corner of Blogville. We have the most wonderful citizens in our Blogville village.  My recent post “Do Odd Things Happen to Odd People” did not really invite kind and loving comments, but somehow, my fabulous blog readers were able to come up with kind, generous and lovely comments to leave on that post.    


 Being a part of this wonderful corner of Blogville is definitely one of those amazingly wonderful (and a little odd) events that have occurred in my life.  Thank you so much for being such a special a part of my life.  Please go visit the other Favorite Things posts shown below.  laurie


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my goodness Laurie, you did find the most amazing things. I love it all. Your crystal is stunning and the plates, flatware, platter and all of your goodies are so much fun and fabulous finds. Don't you just love a little time away to just relax, browse shops you havn't been to and have fun. I am so glad you two got a chance to get away. Wonderful treasures. Hugs, Marty

Ginger said...

It looks like you had a great getaway. I love your pictures and think you do a good job taking them.
You sure found some nice things and told a good story along with posting the pictures.
The stemware is beautiful, and who cares that there are only will put them to good use, I'm sure.

xinex said...

Oh Laurie! I wish I could go bargain hunting with you. I love everything you bought especially the plates and crystals....Christine

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Laurie, that is quite o.k. My secret was bound to come out some time. My son lives in Nashville and we have never toured that brewery. Looks like a great trip and great stuff.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie any trip that includes beautiful scenery, shopping and bargains like you found is my kind of vacation! The glasses are so pretty and I also really love that red bread box and that platter and all your great finds.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh you did it again found some great stuff to go with your GREAT stuff ha ha!! Girl I linked up today...Hope you have a GREAT week end my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting this favorite weekly party!
Your finds are wonderful. The search is as enjoyable as the find, if you ask me!
The dishes, the breadbox, the stemware, the scenery. Lovely.
Glad you had such a great getaway!

Olive said...

I can only speculate at what you could do with an entire week off! That would be a bigger bargain hunt and a hoot. Love that stemware. hugs♥olive

Anonymous said...

I love this post Laurie and all the wonderful things you found on your getaway.

Thanks so much for the mention!:-)

Happy Weekend!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, you always make me smile Laurie!
Coming to your blog and reading your posts are really one of my favorite things!
Great deals and it was fun to see my name!
Hugs and I need to go read the post I missed!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OOOH Laurie,
I just read your Halloween table post!!! What an awesome and creative table! I think it may be the most spooktacular table ever!
Hugs my friend,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi sweet lady...

Laurie, I'm still just so tickled pink that you and your honey were able to get away for a few days!!! It sounds like you had a fabulous sure did see some beautiful scenery! Thank you for sharing those gorgeous photos with us! Girlfriend, you found some awesome treasures!!! I just giggled as I was looking through all of them...and was a good thing that ya'll had the RV to pack everything in! wink! I love your pretty village plate...another one to add to your fabulous collection! I always enjoy seeing those! Love, love, LOVE the transferware platter with the ducks as well! It really has such pretty colors on it! Ohhh...and I love the etched crystal stems...absolutely gorgeous!!!

Laurie, I just smiled as I read your sweet post! You know, I do the same thing...when I'm out and about...or shopping...I'll often see something that I just know one of my dear bloggy friends would love! This has been such a sweet journey! I'm sooo glad that we met back at RMS, sweet friend! You know, it's been over three years now...can you believe that?

Thank you so much for sharing your treasure finds with found some awesome things, my friend! Also...thank you so much for hosting another "A Few of my Favorites Things Saturday"! I appreciate you, Laurie!!!

Love ya,
Chari @!Happy To Design

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did find some treasures! I do that also - see things when I am out and about and think "So and So" would really like that. I was in an antique mall today and did not see a single demijohn. :( Which is probably a good thing, since I don't have room for one. Judging by the price of everything else there, it would have been to expensive anyway.
You know vintage bling is one of my favorite things so I am in again this week.
Have a great weekend.

bj said...

ummm, you really bought some great things. Glad you had fun.:)

Thanks so much for letting us all get together and share our favorite about grands. Can't help it...they are my MOST favorite things..:)
xo bj

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great post, Laurie!! I'm happy you found so many great buys on your trip. Don't you just love finding new places to shop and then finding little homes for them? Love everything!! :-)


Sarah said...

Laurie, I'm thrilled for you and your husband that the two of you got to enjoy some time away from the office and your busy schedules. Looks like the sceenery and the shopping were stellar. I do love that Paris hat box. Great find! ~ Sarah

Unknown said...

Oh, those are all treasures Laurie!! I have that EXACT bread box :)


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a fun post, Laurie! I love the goodies that you brought home! My favorites...that wonderful hatbox (you had me pegged! lol)and that village plate! I don't know why, but you just put people in regional or old-fashioned dress on a plate and I will love it! lol Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Christie said...

Laurie, I love the story you told! Blogville is a wonderful place to be! Just a little happy place with people who love old things and love to create! I can't believe I have just found Blogville this year! I love your treasures! My favorite it the bread box...would steal it if I could! As always, thanks for hosting! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

Sweet European Dreams said...

Beautiful finds and of course my favorite is the Parisian hat box - that's right up my alley! -Diane

Anonymous said...

You found a lot of wonderful treasures! The stemware is so beautiful and I love the vintage bread box!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Thanks for hosting Favorite Things party! You sure found some wonderful treasures to add to your "favorite things"! I really like the candle holder. It is so fun to decorate those type of holders when you can add things in the bottom - I like the leaves too. DD

Debbie said...

What I love about this one is that you not only highlighted a few of your favorite THINGS, you highlighted a few of your favorite blogs. You mentioned several of mine too!

I would love to give a shout out to a favorite of the things, but there were so many that I liked. It *might* be the bread box. That one gave me the warm fuzzies!!

Bill said...

Hi Laurie,

I'm glad you had a nice buying trip ... oops, I mean enjoyed the beautiful autumn scenery! ;)

As I saw Pat's name and Coty's, I thought, "Oh they really ARE super talented" ... then I saw that you'd mentioned ME in the company of so many of my favorite people in Blogland. I was honored. Thank you.

I like your "half full" approach to shopping for stemware. I do that too -- I'll think, "This is a service for six, with a spare," not "This is a service for eight, with one missing!" Plus, mixing and matching can often make for a much more unique, stylish table. I think your new stemware is Libbey/Rock Sharpe (1930s/'40s era). Not sure of the pattern. If I find out, I'll let you know.

Bye for now ...

DogsMom said...

You have such a generous soul! To be thinking of your blog friends on your break, then to come back and acknowledge them. You are so sweet.
It shows how big your heart is that you know your friends so well.

The Tablescaper said...

Such finds! Looks like you had an amazing day.

- The Tablescaper

Lynn said...

Sounds like you really had a fun trip Laurie! And coming home with a few goodies is just the cherry on top:@)

The Muse said...

Laurie! ~ I am swooning over your hatbox :) what a treasure, my friend...
Sure hope you have a great weekend!

Lady Katherine said...

You always find the most wonderful things! I do love the platter from Nancy! I been in bed for weeks on end Hoping to get better soon, Doc says it going to take another month from my 3 accidents. But then when I go back he talking surgery.
Terry says I can't be sick, for we have a new adventure going on, can't wait to tell all about it!

Entertaining Women said...

I totally agree with you about some of the wonderful bloggers that you mentioned. I think of them as I'm out poking around in antique shops, etc., too. Your stemware find is beautiful! Thank you for the mention and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Savannah Granny said...

What an awesome trove of treasures. I enjoyed admiring/envying each treasure. The Stemware is a major find. So beautiful. Did I miss the name of the flatware. It looked fab. I really loved the hatbox. Every lady of high standing should return home from holiday with her hatbox in her lap. You did good girl! Ginger

Anonymous said...

So many great finds and isn't it fun shopping with friends even if they aren't there with you! I am always thinking of this friend or that friend when I meander through the shops! Wish I had bags of money so I just buy everyone fun little things to make each one feel special!
Maybe one day though I have no idea how it will come to be since I don't play the lottery!!
bee blessed

The Charm of Home said...

Laurie you have such neat collections. Love the duck platter!