Friday, January 30, 2009

I met a new Blogland Friend for Lunch!

A few weeks back I met new Blogland Friend named Candy
We visited back & forth & laughed about finding a fellow Texan here in Blogland. A few days later Candy sent me a message & said "you need to meet this other gal I have gotten to know, I think she lives near you". Well, I visited Pat & found out that we do indeed live close by. Yesterday we met & had lunch. We went to eat Mexican Food & when we walked inside we couldn't help but love all the colorful bottles they had displayed on this HUGE window. I wanted to share the colors & thought it might give one of you an IDEA! Imagine that!

Isn't this prettier than a big old blank window? And the food was yummy! Pat & I just chatted up a storm. In all this chatting we found out that we had both had a shop in the same Antique Mall years ago but, had never met. Small world isn't it? We went down the street & into a Antique Mall on old Hwy 377. In one of the booths I fell in love with the little display of LIDS that this dealer had hung so cleverly. As you can see from the nails with missing lids... this is a successful way to display these little beauties. So often the handles on sugar bowl or tureens are broken. But, the lids are often charming. Again I hope this gives someone an idea!
The owner of this Mall had done a lot of little store fronts to dress up the shops showcased in his mall. This is one that I thought was really clever. Don't you love the fake windows up above the shop? Simply old windows set in the wall to look like a second story.
Inside this fun green building the dealer had some BRIGHT PINK furniture. A bed, armour, dressing table you know the typical. The pink was a little tooooooo Bright/Pepto for me (& I like pink) but, they were show stopping. She had also made a puppet theater that was so clever. It is a little difficult to see with the sign on it & all the other stuff but look closely & maybe you can see some of the details.

It was made using vintage doors. The glass is out of the front one (& that tacky tray is hanging in the middle) the sides are two solid doors with hinges so that they can move & be positioned. Then there were corbels (turned upside down)used for flair & drama as well as posts or table legs underneath the corbels. A wonderful old finial on top finishes it off. I don't think I would use this as a puppet theater but can't you see it a shop as a dressing room (stained glass window installed).

And in the middle of one of the isles he had this wonderful old truck. I have always loved these old trucks with the wooden beds. They had a really cute display set up in the back.Here is another store front to make a booth/shop look cute. I just love the way he did the bay window. There was no glass in it but, the look was adorable. Come back Sunday for a few more cute shops full of display ideas. Also, I want to share with you some of the goodies I bought. I'm soooooooooooooo not telling my honey how much I spent. Have a great Saturday.


Candy said...

I am so jealous (but happy)for the good time you ladies had. Can't wait to see what you bought.
Happy Friday, Candy

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

I just lived our fun day all over again. Can't wait for everyone to see all your treasures.
Have a great weekend.

The Feathered Nest said...

How cool is that!! I love that you were able to meet other bloggers Charlene ~ I so wish one day that I could meet you too! What a wonderful antique mall ~ I love the lid display too...have a great weekend, xxoo, Dawn

Allie said...

What a fun afternoon ya'll had! That's a great antique shop. Where on HWY 377 is it? Can't wait to see all of your treasures!!

:D Allie

Blondie's Journal said...


What a cool post, first to meet a blogging friend in person (my dream with so many nice people that I would love to see face to face!) and your visit to the antique mall. Great idea's. I once bought several colored bottles from IKEA & had them dispayed on a window ledge for a looong time before they faded-they were beautiful when the sun hit them!!


I would also come up with some great idea's for the fuax window frames (shadow boxes?)

Thanks so much for a gvreat post!!

Vicki Chrisman said...

OH how fun for you girls! That place looks amazing!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am so glad you had such a great time! YAY!


clustres said...

Hi, Charlene!
What great fun you girls had! I too love lids. I have several displayed on a wall and I also use a large one as a topper for my "in" basket.

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