Monday, October 24, 2011

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggedy Jig.... :-)

Hi Chickies and Happy, Happy Monday!

My darling Hubby and I usually go to Bend, Oregon every year for our anniversary... Well, at least somewhere in Oregon.... This year we decided on Southwest Washington State and zipped on down to Long Beach. It was so pretty, the weather was great and we had some of the yummiest food EVAH! We stayed at a sweet little resort with everything we needed EXCEPT wifi.... even though it was promised, it did NOT work. I was planning to do lots of visiting but simply could not connect... Darn it all.

Some of the concoctions were things I would never have thought to put together. Salmon over three been chili? Oh my gosh... it was so deeee.lish. And, served with jalapeno cornbread. I passed that right on over to the Hubbs. I like spicy, but not catch your mouth on fire hot. :-) Another night I had Roasted Corn, tomato and Shrimp salad and an over the top Beet and Bleu Salad. What a treat. I'm going to be recreating something similar tonight for dinner. I'll let you know how that works out. I am NOT known as The Barefoot Contessa around here.

So, because my dear husband knows I love poking around those cute little shops we took a little day trip over to Astoria, Oregon. We had lunch at The Baked Alaskan (do put that on your list if you ever find yourself in Astoria) and did some shopping at Vintage Hardware in the 0ld Astoria Hotel.

Look at that architecture. Can you believe it? It such a glorious old building, with apartments above. I could move right on in one of them, I'm sure.

They had tons of old salvage and I loved everything, but just check this chandelier out. Have you ever seen anything like it? It was so pretty. Methinks I'm going to start collecting vintage spoons RIGHT NOW!
I totally forgot to notice the price, but whatever it was, I'm sure it was worth every penny. It was yummy.

I was crazy about this little cabinet. All the knobs and handles were different. How spunky is that? Maybe you can see them bettah if you click on the photo.... Add photographer to the list of things I don't do well. :-)

I don't pack light. Really I don't. It's darn right scary the amount of "stuff" I haul with me when I move my domain to a new location. Well, Ellie the Element was packed to the brim or I'd be hauling this little thing right on home with me. Where I'd put it in the eensie, beensie, Bellamere Cottage is beyond me.

That little blue cabinet too!

What I actually ended up with were a zinc bulletin board, a little tin tag with a number five on it and four glorious aqua knobs for a little cabinet I'm re-doing. It all fit nicely into a little space left after everything was loaded.

That little chair was one of two.... and the slipcover was so cute. Love the pillow too.... and the one under the chair with the bitsy ruffle.

This group of pix is even worse than the others.... they were taken with my itouch......sorry, they're really crummy.

Then.......because he's extra nice, the Hubbster took the long way home so he could take me to Camas. LOVE that antique mall there........I didn't even ASK! He offered and was super, dooper patient while I looked at every single thing in that place at least twice.

The chalkboard actually had the birds done in chalk, but were permanent. I have no idea how the artist accomplished that, but I just loved it. Wish I could do that. I'm going to do a chalkboard on the kitchen door, but still haven't figured out what I'm going to add to top of it. Have the paint. Have the trim. Out of ideas.

I spend the entire drive with a pile of stuff in my lap making little hearts and stars.... I didn't make this one, but thought it was so sweet.

What a great idea! Loved this cabinet. Wouldn't it be great for a kid's room?

And, I thought the presentation for this little, vintage rhinestone pin was so clever, I had to share. Just a bit of old ephemera glued to a bit of heavy cardstock. Aren't we chickies all about packaging?

I hope you've all been well. I've really missed you, but having the time to reconnect with my husband was so nice. It seems like time just zips by and we haven't had much time together.

Lots of pictures of the finished dining room cabinets coming up.... and a giveaway. I just need some sunshine to take a picture of the goodies! Keep an eye out for that. Yummy Autumn goodness.

Big huggies and lovies........




  1. Oh Happy Anniversary!!!! Sounds like such a a fun trip. I always love to visit that part of the world. Can't wait to see your projects all done. Hugs, Marty

  2. What a treat to be able to get away with your hubby, and see so many great places! I love all the places that you visited. Thanks so much for taking pictures and sharing.
    Hope this week is a great one for you!

  3. Happy...Happy Anniversary!!
    Sounds like you had a geat time & what a bunch of wonderful eye-candy!!

  4. Happy Anniversary, Precious!

    I hope it was the best one yet!

    Looks like you saw all sorts of eye candy and got some goodies of your own. Can't wait to see.

    Have missed you.



  5. It's been a year already Spencer??? OMG happy day or should I say year to both of you.
    Glad you got away for some TLC time with hubby.
    I've missed you

  6. I'm so glad you were able to get out of town for your Anniversary!!
    Wow it looks like you hit the mother load as well!!!
    I know just what you mean about not packing light. You never know just when that extra stuff might come in handy!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. I send you wishes of a "belated" Happy Anniversary! I read your post about your trip and it sounded like such fun for you all. How i would love to visit Washington and Oregon! Years ago, my family drove from Texas to Seattle for a visit in that area, and being a teenager at the time, did not fully drink in all of the beauty that is there. However, we did spend the night in an antique historic lodge on top of the highest mountain in Washington and I will never forget that even if it was over 50 years ago. It was early summer and the snow there was still more than I had ev er seen! I have seen the chandeliers made of old flatware and have a huge desire to make one. This past summer, I located the "bones" of the perfect chandelier to use for my project. At the moment, I am collecting the flatware....not very easy to find nice at good prices......but not impossible. Thanks for sharing your trip and photos....I needed a good break to just drift away and get lost in beauty.

  8. Hi Cupcake! Wow...what great pics of all that you saw!! Sounds like a wonderful anniversary for you both! Love both of those cabinets, too. I think a u haul would have been in order for me!! I would have had a hard time leaving it!! Just adorable!

    Love and hugs to you sweetie! I haven't been able to visit much but love my visits with you when I get the opportunity!
    Have a lovely day!


Sweet and dear little Chickies....thank you so much for your comments. I read each and every one. I always try to make a return visit........sometimes I fail miserably... but you're alllll soooo special to me!

Many, many hugs!