these days i am finding the products and things I use often have the words "renewal" ,"rejuvenating", or "revitalizing" on them......obviously this is the stage of life I am at where i need these things.....to help diminish those lines, and give lift to the spirit, or various body parts.
this weekend was ALL about renewal., revitalizing, & rejuvenation.
I worked all day on saturday at the shop until 6pm and then came home and packed to go overnight with my friend Molly to the Allegan antiques market.
We drove 3 hours in the rain.... at night... and arrived at 11pm at this adorable little bed and breakfast.
the poor woman had been up waiting for us to arrive after we repeatedly called her to help us find our way.
can I tell you I absolutely HATE driving at night. i swear I start to hallucinate, and my vision gets all kooky. it was the white knuckle express the entire way.
we got lost in construction, and laughed our way past exits we needed to take.....then stumbled upon a tiny grocery store in the middle of nowhere for a much needed bottle of wine, ... saw some scary men with coondogs and missing teeth ...and finally.........
pulled up the long and sweeping driveway to our destination where I promptly slammed on my brakes, flinging the un-opened, and much treasured wine bottle and mollys head towards the dashboard so I wouldn't run over a giant bullfrog.
The woman graciously welcomed us into her home , then left us to have the ENTIRE house to ourselves. It was HUGE.....we drank our wine on this beautiful screened in porch on lovely wicker chairs. it was idyllic.....relaxing, listening to the insects hum, and the cool breeze blowing through the trees.
we collapsed on our giant featherbed and promptly zonked out then 6 hours later popped out of bed for the antiques market at 7 a.m.!
we got there in the pouring rain, but it didn't dampen our spirits, the place was great! you gotta love a place that greets you with a giant chicken! how fun is that!
this place was huge, nicely laid out and had wonderful vintage goods, and nice people. we scored BIG and came home with not an inch to spare inside and outside the truck.
the wonderful thing about this show is that they have a concierge service where these guys in a golf cart will load your stuff up and schlep it to your car for you, including hauling giant dressers and bungy-cording everything! we were so packed the guys told us not to buy one more thing!
4 giant rosemary topiaries
1 chalkware squirrel
1 LARGE vintage red TEA sign
1 red cross sign
1 green side table
2 vintage folding wooden chairs
1 small metal childs chair
8 pairs vintage 70's glasses
1 super cool retro phone
1 vintage cart
1 vintage dairy separator
1 vintage american flag
1 red gingham tray table
2 large wooden side chairs
1 vintage wicker picnic basket with plastic serveware intact.
... and renewal in faith that you can still find a good antiques market out there!
we raced home and unloaded the goods and i then went to my friends house....
A group of us had been organized to help my friend Karen, who recently lost her husband..... we were there to help her do landscaping ,plant a memorial garden, and clean out her pool and do other general home maintenance.
She lives on over 2 acres of property, so this was quite the endeavor.
we had friends fly in from out of town, and people come from all over to help. it was a wonderful thing to see, the transformation of her home was amazing!
there were beautiful gardens installed, mulch laid, patio installed, planters filled, pea pebble spread, shutters hung, trees chopped....it was an amazing lift to the spirits to see what longstanding friendships can do.
my heart breaks for her, but I take comfort in knowing that she will never be alone, she is surrounded by loved ones.
I went back on monday to finish up helping with things ...I was on burn pile duty and really enjoyed chucking wood and dead trees into the fire.
I must be a closet pyromaniac, but it was fun.
I was so physically exhausted when I was done I could have cried, but i kept going, and because I was so filthy I came home and pulled 5 wheelbarrows full of weeds out of my back yard.
I am NOT kidding.
now usually my carpal tunnel would be flaring up and my hand would be numb....but i swear the accupuncture is working!!!!!
i have had NO problems with numbness or tingingly, have lost 8 lbs, and my bags under my eyes are a little less puffy.
I highly recommend it. trust me, I am a person who HATES needles, and can be quite skeptical, but this seems to be working!
So well in fact that I pulled MORE weeds today, planted up a vegetable garden with my daughter Fiona, and planted Topiaries in giant blue pots.
SO needless to say, I am a little garden obsessed and haven't been great with email lately.
I apologize. just know that i read every one of your comments and really appreciate you taking the time to leave something.....i'm just a tad bit behind at responding.
tommorow I will be hard at work making pillows, for all of you crafting/sewing locals.....Viking Sewing center on Jackson Road has the new Heather bailey Freshcut line of fabrics in.
I bought a ton of it today, and will be continuing to work on more pillows tommorow.....of course it will be in-between kids in the deck pool, and tending to my weeds, but with all of this renewal and rejuvenating I am BOUND to produce somethings soon!
so on that note, I should put this mile long post to bed......hope I haven't
talked your ears off!
thanks for checking in!