It's Tuesday already!!! I'm feeling totally unoriginal today, so I thought I'd share my weekend with you! I spent ALL day yesterday cleaning, and organizing EVERY kitchen cupboard, my linen closet, and my 'junk' cupboard. It literally took ALL day!
How was your weekend? I had the opportunity to spend ALL day Saturday with my mom and sister. We don't all get together very much because of our crazy lives, so it was SO MUCH FUN to spend the day together shopping, antiquing, EATING, and giggling.
Here we are! Of course I forgot to bring my camera on Saturday(GAHHHH!), so this older photo will have to do!
Our first stop was at the antique show up in LaCrosse at Logan High School. I LOVE ANTIQUES. I love the history behind such simple objects and the stories that come with them. I love the utilitarian pieces that were necessary for everyday life that I can treasure and still use again today. I love the hunt, the friends I've made, and I love, love, love a bargain! This show wasn't huge(which was a good thing), but I managed to come out with a treasure...
Isn't it fun? I can think of LOTS of things to do with this beauty! It's just what I needed(hahaha) for my spring decorating to take FULL swing! :-)
Our next stop was at a Spring gift and craft show(which is totally not my thing), but we had some good laughs there. My sweet sister also bought me a new purse. I love it!
Then we headed to Holmen to check out some local shops there where I scored a SUPER COOL find! A vintage stool for $10!!!!! These babies sell at antique shows and shops for LOTS OF MONEY! SO, in typical Mary fashion, I snagged it quickly and loaded it into the back of my mom's smallish SUV. I cannot WAIT to clean it up and poly it so I can bring it in. It is still in the back of my car, so I'll post a pic of what it looks like until I can show you the before and afters.
This actually looks exactly like mine...I LOVE IT! I love to mix industrial antiques with country pieces and of course modern, too. I can't wait to glue, clean and finish it all up!
After an amazing lunch at Panera Bread(YUMMMMY!), we headed off to MY FAVORITE STORE OF ALL TIME(retail, that is).
Whoever came up with this store is BRILLIANT!
We spent HOURS meandering through all of the aisles and thousands of items that suit hundreds of individual tastes and personalities. This is THE perfect store for us. My mom, sister and I have pretty different taste when it comes to decorating and clothing. This store fits us all! My sister scored a pair of sweet ORANGEY/CORAL shoes(her LOVE), haha! She got several other things too, but I think the shoes took the cake! NEVER attempt to open her shoe closet...we may never find you! :-)
My mom found a super cool garden planter...I wish I had a pic because it is SO cool! She also found a VERY COOL cast iron tray with birds on it, and a BEAUTIFUL floral picture for her bathroom that my hubby just remodeled for them. I am going to post pictures about that project later! If you need a fantastic remodel, he's your man!
I had some birthday money to burn from my sweet husband, so I dove into the day and spent every last penny of my birthday inheritance! I have been totally inspired lately by so many creative people and ideas. My mind just goes crazy with never ending visions and possibilities. Having vision is not always a good thing. lol Seeing potential in things can be good, but when you see potential in almost everything, your garage can start looking like a storage unit(hence my HUGE garage sale this summer). I have gotten pretty good(ok, that's a stretch) at buying things that have potential that I only absolutely LOVE and will use in my house. I just don't have much time to 'redo' things right now and sell them like I used to.
Here are a few pics of my treasures from the day...
This European inspired metal basket with super cute fabric by my back entrance! My mom bought me the
dragonfly wind chime! You can't see the dragonfly though...OOPS! lol
Cute picture board that I haven't decided where to put yet! I found the same one online for $15 MORE than TJ MAXX! Love it! Oh, yes, and my ALL TIME fave...ticking stripe towels on CLEARANCE for $2!!!
A cuuuute pillow for my bed made out of a gauzy/burlappy material! I LOVE burlap!
Clearance fabric tablecloths that are going to make SUPER cute curtains for my bathroom(potential!)...
Ginger Brew for the road...EW! is all I can say!!! I love a lot of this company's soda, but this one won't make the cut, so it's fair game for any of you. :-)
Our favorite preserves...can't leave there without it!
And on Sunday, a dear friend brought me this HUGE ball jar full of pussy willows! She sure knows me!
I am so blessed to have such great friends!
Notice the daffodils have opened!
This was a totally unusual weekend for me, because I hardly ever go retail shopping! My husband was so sweet to keep all of the kids while I went out and played for my birthday. It was a truly special weekend! All of the things that I was fortunate to get are just MAJOR added bonuses to how God provides for us everyday. Not essentials, just extras.
On Sunday, I taught my Kindergarten Sunday School Class on God's provision and how He cares for us(I hope they got something out of it, because I had some pretty peppy little fellas in there!). lol It was such a simple story, yet SO relevant to our lives everyday. His promises are SURE. They are TRUE. We can count on them! It really encouraged me that no matter where we are in life, or how tricky things seem to get, God cares, and He has PROMISED to take care of us.
Here are the verses we talked about...
"Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?"
"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
God WILL take care of you!
I hope that you had a great weekend, too!