Saturday, February 21, 2009

Standing Room Only

Serendipity is defined as a fortunate accident. It was no accident that Cat Daddy and I went this morning to Laurie Anna's Serendipity Market, but we certainly were fortunate. I couldn't have sent y'all a more perfect thank you card for all the comments you left on my mother, Helen Louise, than to be able to share with you these photos of a beautiful event. All the participants worked their little rears(can I say that?) off making it absolutely breathtaking. I also want y'all to know that C.D. and I risked life and limb making our way through the store. We were surrounded by a sea of perfume as the ladies were gathering treasures left and right! You can't imagine how hard it was not to make the shoppers instant stars. I tried to get shots where there weren't women, but that was next to impossible.
Laurie Anna and her staff were wonderful. They never got flustered and worked the floor and the checkout like the Rockettes, perfect choreography. All the shoppers and guests were welcomed with coffee, noshes, smiles and champagne. Champagne in the morning...absolutely decadent. I loved it!!!
From here on out I figure I'll be talking to myself since I know you are now busily clicking to enlarge. Go ahead. I really don't mind. Y'all know I love the sound of my own voice. I'll just keep myself company. Take your time looking around because there is a lot to see.
If spring doesn't get here real soon, it's not the only thing that will be busting out all over! You can't help but be in the mood for bunnies and a little egg hunting. Her displays put you in the mood!
If you don't get inspiration for an Easter brunch just looking at her tablescapes, well all I can say is no more champagne for you!
Just takes your breath away, right? Linger a while longer. I'll just keep talking to myself. I saw so much I wanted to take home, but I showed restraint...for a while. Then spring fever took over and I dived in with the rest of the lovely ladies!
I adore carpenter's benches and this was a peach of one! See Pam, faux is wonderful!
I could tell a joke here, but I'm afraid it would lay an egg! Get it? Lay an egg! I crack myself up. Oh there I go again....crack up! Again, I can say these things because I know I'm the only one listening. You are probably at the last photo right now and getting ready to start over. Just be sure and pick up your jaw on the way back up because I know it dropped on the way down!
How does she come up with these displays? Her sense of styling is a dream come true for the rest of us.
Patina Green had created a beautiful look on the front porch. I was immediately drawn to this wonderful sink. I was already planning on just the spot for it. We got there at 9:10 a.m. and it was already SOLD! They opened at 9:00. I won't be 10 minutes late for the next event, I promise you that!
I also fell madly in love with these jute smocked drapes. So much so, I think I want to marry a pair. I'm going to think about which room I would like to use them in and measure. They also come in tab tops and other fabrics. The pillows were unique and reflected simplicity with `elan.
Just a wonderful, relaxed feeling came over me looking down the porch. The only thing missing was a mint julep.
They sell these Fab U Lous cot mattress covers as well. Forget the air mattresses for overnight guests. Buy cots and place these on them to treat your guests like royalty. I guarantee sweet dreams will follow.
Am I still talking to myself? I am? Well, I think I'll just sing to myself since no one is listening. "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen Paree'?" (That just popped in my head) This is how! Very french farmhouse!
Willow Nest was, as is expected, beautiful beyond words.
Linda and Ludmil always bring a feeling of calm with their displays.
Aren't these adorable! I just loved them. Is this what is meant by having all your chicks, or ducks, in a row?
Starting to feel your nesting instincts trying to break free? Go ahead, indulge yourself. You can thank me later.
Now here are Cat Daddy's favorites...M & M's!!!!
That is it for now kiddies. OH NOW YOU ARE LISTENING ! I see how it is. Well what would you say if I told you.......TO BE CONTINUED!
I'd like to end this by saying thank you for all the lovely comments that were left about my mother. You all made me smile and cry(but in a good way). Bless your loving hearts. Mother would have loved all of you and you would have loved her. Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Deb , Absolutely Gorgeous photos! What a wonderful presentation. I Love the sink !! And you have a Lovely singing voice. Where are you taking us next?

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Great coverage! Love the photos and vignettes. And you know I love that last picture! They are my friends. Sorry I didn't get to come out and play with y'all today. ~Mindy

Barbara said...

Deb, It was so nice to meet you yesterday. It is so much more fun when you have met the owner of the blog. I think between you and I we took pictures of just about everything there. Hope to see you visit me and maybe we will run into each other again soon.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Wow, Debbie! Thanks for all the photos! You are so lucky you get to go and see all of this! Just a feast for the eyes!

Artsy Fartsy said...

Oh my... looks like you had a blast!! I can not wait for more pictures!! I am livin' on the wrong side of the state and envious of all the good shopping you all have over there!!! Send Cat Daddy on over to pic me up... I will be ready in 30 minutes !! hehehee!
Tootles, Janna

David said...

Yes, Mindy and I love the M & Ms too!

Antiques and More Blog said...

WOW!!! This was such a refreshing way to start my day, Thank You Debbie! You captured every vignette so perfectly well. I'm going to view the pictures again!


Maison Douce said...

Oh, my goodness, Deb, we all HAVE to move to Texas!!!! Such beautiful displays, I will have to come back and click on the pictures when I have some more time!! Thanks!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Deb, you absolutely read my mind. I did scroll down and look at all the pics before reading, sorry I'm a very visual person! So glad you went and had a great time. I'm really wishing I could have gone, maybe the next time!

Bonnie said...

Hi Deb, exactly how far is San Diego from Canton, TX? Let me grab a cup of coffee and I'm on my way! Thanks for sharing your day, Bonnie

donna baker said...

Deb, you are a hoot. I wish I could have been there. And, I read all through the blog first so now, I gotta go look at the pict....

ajunkqueen said...

I love the creativity of Texas Women!

Sweet Repose said...

Soooo not fair...I can't even get to work today, let alone go shopping. Blowing and drifting it spring yet???


Cher said...

I feel like Lawrence Welk...Wonderful, wonderful!

The Texas Woman

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

I love your posts! Thanks for the great fun....which I were there!

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

You know how to hurt a girl when she's down, don't you? :) These pics are TOO, TOO good! What a wonderful place to go! I am putting this on my list!

It's so good to be back!


Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

I can't believe I missed you!! My MIL and I went this morning and it was AMAZING! Such a beautiful store and found lots of great stuff!

delighted heart said...

Sorry I missed the event. (he wouldn't stop!!) So glad she let you take all those great photos. I had the priveledge of working with her last spring. She's amazing! All the stuff looks great. What amazing comments you left for Kountry and me! You really know just what to say. You are no longer Talking Trash to me are Talking Treasure! Or Talking Jewels Or Talking Diamonds! Take your pick... Cause you always are Talking Fabulous!love ya girl!

JUST ME said...

Thanks so much for posting such great pictures. Wish I lived there by you so you could take me along with you.

Wishing you a peaceful rest of the weekend and
good evening to ya lad......

I appreciate you always visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment.



Jana said...

I was just talking to my friend today and she said that we have to go junking to Texas someday soon...I agree...road trip!! Willow Nest used to show at a show in Seattle and I always enjoyed her booth...she's very creative!
Thanks for sharing--

Anonymous said...

My husband and I went to the Serendipity Market today! It was gorgeous! I got a few little goodies! I love all the pictures you posted they captured the beauty perfectly. I just read the post about your mother. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad two years ago and the pain from that loss is still staggering. It shakes you to your very foundation. Thank you for the comments you have left on my blog! I look forward to getting to know you better.
God Bless!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Well you had me til the sink photo and now all I can remember you saying is "champagne in the morning"! I want to go there so bad I could pee my pants!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Hi Deb,

It was so nice to see you and Cat Daddy on Friday....glad you found some goodies!

Thank you for highlighting the store in this lovely post, your photos are wonderful and you're a sweetheart!

On another note, your post about your mother is so beautiful and touching. You are blessed to have so many wonderful memories to carry with you through your life.

Have a wonderful Sunday sweetie!


ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Great photos, Deb! Almost like I was there! 10 minutes can make a difference, can't it? I love the smocked drapes as well! It's all so beautiful!!!!

carlene federer said...

Wow! There's more eye candy there than in an entire home dec magazine! I'm pea green with jealousy, wish I was there! *

Frippery said...

Any time is time for Champagne. If Canton is too far from Ohio for a "pop in" this is the next best thing. You should be a travel agent with all your great descriptions. Better yet, you could write magazine copy or a catalog like Elaine on Seinfeld.Tee Hee. Thanks for making my day a bit brighter, as always. Hugs, Pam

Marie Antionette said...

Everything is just to lovely,Can't comment on each and everything to many pretties.Great blog,Hugs Marie Antionette

Barn House said...

Thank you soooo much for the kind words of encouragement on our blog. And we also want to thank you for being so supportive and such a good friend to our Ma & Pa of Willow Nest. We are so happy they are doing so well down there and have been embraced by the TX community. :o)

J & J

Anita said...

Holy cow!!! That Easter bunny display was just awesome. I enlarged and looked several times. I would have wanted to buy so much...really inspiring. You gals are killing me here. I'm looking out at snow and cold!

Thanks for the promise of tease.


Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a great place. It's just full of treasures. Thanks for the tour.

Jen r. said...

What a great place! I would love to go there! Thank you for sharing your adventure!

Lou Cinda said...

How unbelievably wonderful this is!! I was clicking and enlarging and taking in every detail, but I was STILL listening to you Debbie! I swear!!


Lou Cinda :)