No doubt about it,
even though we enjoyed ourselves while on a well needed vacation...
traveling by car 2500 miles... Ohio, NewYork, Pennsylvania...
5star hotels (Shawn is an online bargain hunter extraordinaire) and the cutest Bed & Breakfast...
yet, it is so wonderful to be home.
VERY photo heavy posts to follow but for now I will jump straight to the items that make me smile after the vacation.
My antique treasures.
Anyone surprised? No? Keep in mind we did not take our tow behind trailer. So I had to be very good cause there was very little room, but we got creative, and truth be told, the kids were massively
cramped cozy tucked amongst my 'goods' on the way home. But OH did I find some cheap, fabulous happies!!
Got this white kitchen scale and the below black scale in New York. Thought they would be precious in the kitchen... and I was right. I am on a crock 'kick' right now so this bowl was SOLD the second I saw it.
More wonderful crocks... I'm quite loyal to my collections!
Ummm, when does a collection become an obsession... here's another cutey!
These baskets are EVERYWHERE up north, which thankfully makes their price tiny compared to what we pay here. I found this large one...
and this small one in the same place, so fun.
And yes, that blue trunk was a find in New York too... see why I had to be creative to get this stuff home.
These blue jars were a dime a dozen in Amish Country.
I store so many items in jars and use them as vases too... so I gathered a few (Shawn would debate me using the word 'few') that were my favorite shapes and they will now hang out in my laundry room window sill.
The above blue jar is the one I paid the most for... but I just couldn't leave it in the basement of the store, in a box with old hats and boots... it needed me... and it needs a beautiful flower in it... I will take care of that immediately!
I told Shawn 2.2 seconds into this trek... "I am going to buy 2 big, honking, humungo birdhouses from the Amish."
Yep. This farm needs big scale birdhouses and I am NOT paying $300 for one which is the going price for this size. I trusted I would find a little Amish shop in PA and they would have what I needed.
I'm going to paint these white and one will go in the berm by the old Barn and the smaller (relative term cause even the small one is l.a.r.g.e.) will go in the circular planted bed.
They are going to be amazing, tickled pink, seriously. Big SCORE!!
And I have saved the best for last.
Found this blue cuteness the first day in New York.
It is a little paperboy's bike. It is sized for a child no older than 6 or 7 years old, but that is how old little boys were way back in the day when they would deliver the newspaper.
Awwwww! I saw it, loved it, Shawn was hesitant, I went back to hotel and dreamed about it, next morning convinced Shawn it would do fine strapped to the top of the truck, Shawn surrendered, shop owner grinned when I re-entered his shop, and I left with a little blue paperboy's bike.
It makes me smile!
So I'll warn you, the next posts are going to be doozies... we took a lot of pictures and I'm sure to be extra 'wordy' so you can fast forward for the next few posts if your sanity just can't take it. I'll understand and not judge you a bit.