Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Perfect Day


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…

DSC02227_edited-1 {my photographer daughter, finding the perfect view}

…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. 


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…


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…


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…


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


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


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

No extra charge.


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


“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…


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


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.


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

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


And then I saw these two…and, gosh!


What’s a girl to do?!?!?

And last of all, such a beautiful treasure…


…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…


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!


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………


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  1. Well, Happy belated Birthday you sweet young thing! I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. Hugs, Debi

  2. What a wonderful day you had to celebrate your B'Day & all those delightful little treasures you were able to take home with you. I'm sure most of those mother of pearl buttons will be added to your journal pages/cards etc.. The autograph tin box looks like it will be put to a very use. Love it.

  3. Tillykke med din fødselsdag, jeg viste ikke du havde fødselsdag, og din perfekte dag lyder også som sådan en jeg ville kalde perfekt, der er ikke noget som "antikmarkeder" knus morkaren.

  4. Oh Julie, what a perfectly beautiful day you had!... made even more so by those you love... your treasures are all just fabulous!... I cannot choose a favorite, I love them all... but I guess if I had to choose, I would say the lovely autograph book.. your countryside is so beautiful, and I miss going there... I have not been there in sooo many years... thank you for sharing your special day and special treasures!... xoxo Julie Marie

  5. Your post made me homesick! I do love Cambria (where my in laws lived) we had Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, family things there many times. Growing up on the Central Coast many years ago was so much fun. Mimi

  6. It looks like you had a great time celebrating your birthday!! What fun!! Like you it has been years since I've been to Cambria!! And to think I live fairly close too!! Your post has perhaps inspired a little day trip!
    Happy Birthday! chris

  7. I can see that you had a wonderful time, Julie! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! :)


  8. What a beautiful day that you had! So many treasures and memories. Love the small little album. Have a great day, dear friend.

  9. It truly was a magnificent today. Beautiful weather and all the treasure seeking. Goodness you hit the mother load with that shop. So many sweet and pretty things made their way home with the birthday girl. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  10. Wow!!! It looks like your day was about as perfect as it gets. Great weather, great company, and great finds. That's perfect!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  11. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday - how fun your new treasures are. The little scotty dog pin is precious! Happy Birthday!

  12. Beautiful pictures - sure wish I could have been with you - you hit the jack pot with some wonderful finds!!

  13. Happy Happy Birthday Chic! You are a young at heart fun friend and I'm glad you treated yourself to a day of shopping and recreating with your girl! A new year, fresh pages to be journaled and a heart full of happy memories to you!

  14. Cambria is a well kept secret around Central California! I grew up in SLO and we visited Cambria often.........Now that I live in Oklahoma the only time I get to visit is in the summer on our yearly trip to SLO! They do have some lovely little shops! Thank You for sharing your trip with us!

  15. Happy Birthday,
    beautiful girl!

    I only chose one
    blog to pop into
    before I am out
    the door this morning,
    and so glad it was
    yours. I think us
    '62's must have a
    special connection : )

    I hope today is just
    as wonderful as the
    perfect vintage shopping
    day that you described.
    It would be a perfect
    one in my books, too.

    Have to run ~ enjoy your
    special day!!

    xo Suzanne