Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Perfect Day

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It really was a perfect day, you know…every little thing about it.  From the breathtakingly lovely early-morning scenery all around us as we drove--and a few stops, taking pictures along the way…

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…to the people that went with me that golden day—two of my daughters and my dear friend, Barb…to the gorgeous weather {it was the end of January, my friends!]

Just perfect.

IMG_7332_edited-1 {our first of MANY antique shop stops that day!}

Although it’s only 2 hours away, just down the coast, I hadn’t been to the lovely village of Cambria for almost 20 years. 

Unbelievable.

I had a feeling it was going to be a wonderful day, and boy, was I right!  A little gallery follows to show you just how perfect a day it was…

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An old Kewpie ad from a newspaper.  I loved it so much and the sweet owner was surprised—no one had ever shown any interest in it before!  She was so thrilled that I loved it that she slashed the price…

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What joy!

A sweet little googly-eyed girl from the ‘20s.  I call all these wee ones “babies”.   And I love them, with all their exquisite shabbiness…

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A gorgeous vintage lucite vanity box—just laying pell-mell in a corner.  I fell in love…

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“Do you want the contents, too?”  The same sweet Kewpie picture dealer asked… “Um, sure.”, I said casually.  Little did she know…

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…vintage mother-of-pearl buttons are just about my favorite of all favorite things!

No extra charge.

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And this little guy stole my heart the moment I saw him…can you blame me???

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“Occupied Japan” it says on the old, crooked pin on his Bakelite back.

I love wandering slowly through winding, old antique shops—you never know what you’re going to find around the next corner…

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…and around one certain corner I found this sweet little Victorian print, and into my armful it went…

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I collect German china doll heads {and the rest of them, too!}—but I’d never seen a tin one before.  “Pre-WWII”, it said on the tag.  “Germany” stamped inside of it.  I love her.  Every chipped bit of her.

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I love this style of deer from the ‘40s.

And this style from the ‘50s!  How could I resist this kitschy little deer?!

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And then I saw these two…and, gosh!

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What’s a girl to do?!?!?

And last of all, such a beautiful treasure…

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…filled with autographs & verse from long ago--I’ll share more about this one later.

So glad you could come along with me as I remembered a bit of my perfect day…

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I found lots of treats that day.  I kept telling myself I shouldn’t fall in love with anymore—but when it’s just two days before your 51st birthday, it’s easy to keep justifying things!

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The day ended as beautifully as it began.  Another stop made as we left the beautiful village of Cambria.

Almost 20 years since I’d been there.  A mistake I mean to correct. 

Over and over again………

Julie

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