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Recharging and Celebrating Friendships

I haven't been doing much since the wedding. Pretty much just taking it easy and recharging after all the work we did getting ready for the big day.

I finally picked up the paint brush yesterday. It felt good - really good to put paint to canvas. I'm determined to finish this painting so I can start something new. I'm looking to stretch myself and learn a new technique or two. :)
(I'm so close to being done! This is from our friend trip last year to Boston and Beyond)

A visit to Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction combined with thrifting was perfect for recharging. Our birthdays are close together so we celebrated with a yummy French toast breakfast my last day there.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.

First of all, Audrey of Timeless Treasures invited the two of us over to go through her linens and generously let us keep whatever we wanted! I found some great pieces - placemats and napkins, crocheted bits, fabrics, and more. Thank you, sweet Audrey! I am looking forward to using them!
our bags of treasures
Audrey had a lot of linens for us to go through
napkins, placemats, and a bit of crocheted lace are some of the things that came home with me
a sweet little red apron jumped in my bag as well
A pretty plate
A cute leaf dish too

Then we hit the thrift stores in the area (75% off at one place and 50% off at another 😮)
I definitely found some good stuff: a green suitcase to go with the red one I found last year (these make great storage pieces especially in a small house with limited storage plus they look good!),

1987 Four Seasons plate (the year my son was born)

 a piano scroll (I see a fun Christmas project with it!)

and this great silver tray - perfect for corralling items on my countertop.
It cleaned up nicely
Such a pretty edge! 

Cecilia made me the cutest pillow from an embroidered find. It's perfect for the farm. Thanks, my sweet friend! It makes me smile each time I look at it!

(And as long as we're on the subject of pillows, another friend gave me this gorgeous leaf pillow. It looks so pretty at the city house. Thanks, Susan!) Both pillows will be treasured as they will remind me of sweet friends.

After hitting the great thrifting sale, Cecilia and I met Audrey for lunch. The food was delicious and the company wonderful!
Cecilia, Me, and Audrey

Then on the last day of my visit, Cecilia and I went to Comfort, TX to shop. Such a cute town!

 At the 8th Street Market, I scored these metal shelf-looking things which Bruce told me were drain grates. I got five - we are going to use them to make industrial looking shelves for the studio.
 I can't wait to set the studio up. I have so many ideas for it and these metal grates are going to be so cool in there!

There was lots of wonderful things to see at 8th Street Market. So much fun to look both in the outdoor and indoor areas! Definitely a fun place to shop in Comfort!
Metal planter and cactus too - love that barbed wire was used for the cactus spines

And inside! So much to see! How about a real stuffed peacock?

I loved the tuba set up as a cornucopia. Just wow!

The tablescapes were so inspiring

What a great way to use an old tool caddy - fork holder!

 More eye candy! I love the columns and galvanized arch! The jack-o-lantern can is pretty neat too.

The carousel horse was calling my name and that round mirror - lovely!

From there we walked down the street to Blackbird Antiques. These cute mice reminded me of a child's book I have - you'll see more of them at Christmas!

This book and children's red boots are perfect for my Christmas decorating! They came from the Comfort Antique Mall.
Nothing like a fun trip to recharge!

Then this weekend, my twin sister and I are off to Canton to celebrate our birthday on Saturday. More recharging!!

I'm starting to get back into the swing of things. :)

I'll be back next week to share a special gift we received from Megan's new father-in-law. (Dylan has his dad's generous nature!). 😊We love it and I can't wait to share it with you!

hugs, Cecilia


  1. You've had a plethora of fun adventures with family and friends, Cecilia! Audrey is a very special and generous friend! How exciting and delightful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love love those sweet red boots. Perfect for you. What a fun time with friends and WOW the treasures found. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

  3. It’s definitely good that you laid low for a while after the wedding, but now you’re back in the saddle in a big way! How nice Audrey gifted you with so many goodies. Sounds like she’s purging, which so many also seem to be doing lately.

    So many unique items you came across it’s hard to pick just one, but I will say those shelves for your studio are a great idea and will look fabulous!


  4. Hi Cecilia! This is Patty, in case the system doesn't show who I am. I LOVE Comfort and go there when I can, especially the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when they have Christmas in Comfort. It's a fun time. But I also like to go when there's no one else around....when I need..."comfort." I don't remember 8th Street....will have to look for it next time I'm there. May go next week when I head to Kerrville for the Vintage Market. Can stop by Comfort on the way home. Have a Happy Birthday !!

  5. You and Cecilia are lucky to live close enough together to plan these little excursions. Sounds like you both enjoyed helping Audrey downsize. I believe I could help her out too. Thank you for sharing your special day.

    1. Yes, three hours makes it doable if not very often. We did enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Such a fun time! Glad you could come! Hugs, Cecilia

  7. Such wonderful treasures and great times! Wish we had such great thrifting sales in my neck of the woods. So glad your had a nice visit! Happy Birthday!
    Xo kathleen|My Hopeful Home

    1. Where Cecilia lives is much better than where I live. It’s fun to go visit and find things there I’d have to pay 3-5x more here. It was a super fun visit! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. What a perfect way to spend a day! I am envious of all those delicious vintage linens. I will have to make a trip to visit those wonderful thrift stores.

  9. I am most certain that you are exhausted! Love your new hairstyle:) What a great way to spend time with a sweet friend!

  10. How fun. What a great day. How fun of Audrey. She is a darling. I love Comfort.

  11. Hi Cecilia ... so happy to see you again this year. Glad you'll had a fun day in Comfort and found a lot of treasures. I think you made some interesting buys at the Antique stores. Anxious to see what you do with the shelves. Love the red boots. Thanks for helping me purge some of my linens. Hope your birthday was very enjoyable.
    Audrey Z.


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