Well, I am off and running again, or should I say flying ...... flying the "friendly skies of United". We'll see how friendly I'll be after this arduous flight. My husband and I are flying to San Francisco. To get there we have to fly from Maui to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Las Vegas to San Francisco. The bonus, a $600 savings in our combined ticket price. Go figure. But, I am excited all the same, to be going to California to visit my family and a few old friends. This was a thoughtfully planned out vacation time as we want to attend Remnants of the Past Vintage Show. This and staying a few days in a quaint California seaside town (this year, Mendocino) has become our autumn ritual. Remnants of the Past, creator and organizer Judy Watson, has moved her show from a sweet little farm in Nipomo to The Madonna Inn just off of Hwy 101 as you head north towards San Luis Obispo. I imagine I will miss the country rustic charm of the Nipomo farm but Madonna Inn will certainly provide more elbow room. Remnants of the Past is a popular event, lots of people, mostly women. So, since I have a busy and short week at home, I am going to keep this week's blog simple and be back blogging in two. Upon my return, I will also be putting much more merchandise up on the Etsy store. There is now a link below the blog title that directly takes you to Ooh La La, Maui! Go grab a cup of joe (I prefer Kona), tea, french style hot cocoa (recipe at the bottom of the blog), glass of wine - but not if you are reading this in the morning - and check out these photos from last years Remnants of the Past Vintage Show.
A few disclaimers ...... I didn't get permission from my family to share their beautiful faces in my blog photos but I am sure they won't mind. Below are a few snapshots of my niece, Jenny with her sweet little .... and I mean teeny, weeny dog, Sophie. So, on that note, I recently read on Judy Watkins blog, animals are not allowed at this year's Remnants of Past. Maybe she should make an exception for Sophie. Sophie is so adorable, a bonafide "people magnet".
Okay, lovers of vintage, shabby charm, antiques, rust and flaking white paint.....brace yourself. One reason I love Remnants is the lure of a "special guest". At October's 2010 show, my home designer icon, the queen and creator of "Shabby Chic", Rachel Ashwell, was there to sign her latest book! When I saw her, I froze. My sister, Vicki, had to take me by the arm and push me in the presence of Rachel Ashwell. She was actually getting her "things" together so set up her book signing table. I felt like an intruder but she was amazingly very warm and welcoming. We look rather chummy in the photos, don't we? She seemed interested that I was from Maui, why I moved there and why I was in this part of California. She wished me a pleasant time with my family, signed my book and took some photos with me. My sister and husband snapped away and finally, I set her free.
That little white mop at the end of the lease is Sophie and her proud owner, Jenny. Also showing off her vintage show logo bag.
There were vendors on every inch of this Nipomo farm (excluding the huge parking lot). Most of them set up shop under those ubiquitous white shade tents, but some vendors had the use of the barn. What a great backdrop to display your vintage merchandise.
Me, inside the barn. I was drawn to the map with topography relief right behind me. I am mesmerized with old maps and world globes. It's fascinating to me how names of countries have changed over the years.
Check out those chandeliers made with wagon wheels and old mason jars.
I thought this was a great ideal, using a vintage aquarium to display a collection. Something this size would not work in my home but it got me thinking. I can never keep a plant alive in a terrarium. Why not fill it with large sea shells, star fish and glass floaters instead? I need to work on that!
Jenny and Sophie
RACHEL ASHWELL, THE QUEEN OF SHABBY CHIC
|"Rachel, would you consider being my BFF"?|
|"Back off lady, she's mine"|
|"No, that's not the paparazzi following me .... that's my husband and sister".|
|"I am sorry, Rachel. Am I squeezing you too tight"|
|"Are you sure we can't be BFF's"?|
SOME INFO ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SPECIAL GUEST ~ Susan Branch! If you are not familiar with Susan Branch, go check out her blog at www.susanbranch.com. She is an artist and a writer of many fun cookbooks with delicious recipes and filled with her watercolors, family photos and small snippets of her life. I am bringing my very first Susan Branch cook book and have her sign it. I will try to contain myself in her presence. Maybe she'll decide to be my new BFF.
|No exaggeration, tons of pumpkins!|