Monday, March 30, 2009
For my birthday on Saturday my honey Dave and I went with my sister Dee and her husband Normand to Ponchatoula for some antiquing and flea marketing. It was a fun and relaxing day. The guys had a great time checking out all sorts of oddities while Dee and I mainly focused on the girly stuff. Dishware, glassware and lovely books and serving pieces. We ate a delicious lunch at Paul's soon after arriving in the strawberry capital of the south which is Ponchatoula's claim to fame. For those of you who don't know ... its located between Baton Rouge and Hammond and just a short drive off of the main highway. Next weekend is the Strawberry Festival and its a wonderful event. Check it out here: Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. The downtown area is full of adorable gift shops and beautiful shopping opportunities. We trekked down to the Fresh Market as well and picked up some snacks to bring back to the kiddos. We also found a strawberry vendor who offered us a taste of his wares and Dee and I each bought a flat. The vendor was hilarious and asked where we were from, afterward he made a little joke about Avery Island and said he'd travelled there in the fifties for the first time and that he'd been back there a few times.
The magnolia cups and saucers with the pretty aqua rims and a subscription to Southern Lady were birthday gifts from my sisters Dee and Robin and my parents. Thanks to all of you for making my day special, I love you all so much! The cups/saucers match a platter and serving bowl that I fell in love with in the same pattern. I definately will be on the lookout for more pieces, the color is divine and I adore them.
The soup tourine matches my china, I didn't have this piece and finding it for under $15 was awesome! The Fostoria azure blue June center fleur de lis handle tray is my favorite new serving piece! It will go nicely with my china! I can't wait to use it, I think its the perfect size for bacon wrapped chicken tenderloin stuffed with cheese and jalapenos and broiled with Tabasco Pepper Jelly on top! The RECIPE can be found HERE on the KitchenMirror, a blog I contribute to with some of my favorite YaYas! I found a copy of Life magazine with Henry Fonda on it in the character from Mr. Roberts the movie. This is Dave's all time most favorite movie EVER! I'm going to do something fun with it when we move into the new house. I have a plan for the little saucers that involve party gifts of biscotti! I included a photo of the ripe strawberries we bought in the flat... minus what I managed to eat off of the top of the flat every time Dave opened the trunk to put my treasures inside! I found an old copy of "What Katy Did Next" published in London by Blackie and Son Publishing, written by Susan Coolidge. Books with my name in the title are a rarity and its nice to have this copy (I didn't photography the book). I'm going to be on the lookout for the other two Katy books by Coolidge as well. There's also a bottle of strawberry wine we picked up at Paul's. Can't wait to give it a try! I had a super birthday, good enough for me not to even worry or care that I'm one year older ;) Thanks Norm and Dee for coming along, entertaining me and Dave with all your antics and sharing my special day. Topping the day off with that yummy supper at Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro was the icing on the cake!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
My first stop was on the way to her house and it was at the Goodwill on Albertson Parkway, my sister Deb is always finding goodies there and I figured I'd swing in and check things out. Deb found EIGHT dinner plates, six coffee cups and an assortment of saucers and salad plates in my china pattern at Where Pigs Fly in Lafayette for a whopping $6.50. Today I found SIX more lovely dinner plates in my Blue Whisper china pattern at Goodwill and at .59 a piece I couldn't go wrong, they're in mint condition. Sure they're inexpensive grocery store china, but they're lovely and I've enjoyed finding new pieces to go with them.
Then I picked up Deb, we went to an estate sale on Cantabury in West Bayou Parkway subdivision. I found some pretty glasses, a few baskets, four pretty coral napkins in great condition. Here are pics of these finds.
On to the shopping. We then ventured over to Melanie LaFleur's place on Industrial Drive. She's got a huge warehouse full of consignment and antique goods, she was having a huge 60% off sale on most of items in the store and 75% off of the stuff out in tool shed out in back of the garden equipment and goods. Naturally we found a whole lot of good stuff out there! She's only open from 10 to 3 on most days and the reason for the huge sale is on accounta she's been in Roundtop and is returning on Wednesday with loads of treasures. We're definitely going to have to go over there on Thursday of next week. These are the treasures I found at Melanie LaFleur's.
Afterward we drove up I-10 to Opelousas and found some great things at Crossroads and had a yummy lunch while we were there. These were my treasures from Crossroads.
Traveling farther up I-10 we arrived at the Washington Old Antique Schoolhouse Mall. I picked up a few things there and this is where Dee and I concocted the notion that a trip to Ponchatoula would be the best thing for the four of us, me and Honey Dave and her and her sweetheart Normand should do for my birthday the next day, March 28. We gathered up our treasures and headed back to Lafayette at this time with plans for Saturday. These pics are of my Washington treasures.
Amazingly Deb and I returned home safely without any breakage. Do check out her blog for pics of her treasures. I'm sure she'll have a post up soon about our adventures. You can find her here "Under the Cajun Sun"
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
When the boys woke from their afternoon nap yesterday they were running low grade fever, we gave them some medicine and after a bit they were feeling better. We prepared some berry bowls for them and they feasted on fresh juicy berries. They love strawberries and blueberries the best and ate em up!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tablescape designing is more fun than I ever imagined, now that I have the time to enjoy it I'm always thinking, planning and collecting! It sure does make a home cozy and everyone enjoys the eye candy! Sharing them with my fellow dish obsessed friends and my family on my blog has also been a joy. I love hearing from everyone through the comments and appreciate you leaving one too!
I have a big family meal in the works for Tuesday evening... St. Patrick's Day and Monday is Krista's BDay and Claire's is Wednesday so celebrating smack dab in the middle of them made sense! Have a lovely St. Patrick's Day!