Every year on the day after Christmas my sisters and mother and I have a tradition that we never miss.
We shop the after Christmas sales.
Because hope always springs eternal and you never know what you can find on a 75% off rack.
Like the time I scored all the glitter reindeer a tree could ever wish for marked down from $6.99 to .19.
Now the glitter has faded and turned a strange shade of pewter and the reindeer have lost an antler or two and several of the reindeer decided the weather was too warm and left for the north pole….
…..but does any of that really matter?
For .19 I think I got my money’s worth. 🙂
I wish you could go shopping with us.
Someone always gets inspired and says I’m making that or this or a few of those and it shows up on a mantel.
Someone always dances.
Someone always sings.
And someone always finds a bargain that we all wish we would have seen first.
If you had been there we would have walked arm in arm through the vintage shop aisles and ooooohed and ahhhhed and pointed and been inspired and when we saw this sign…..
….I would have started singing.
“Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.”
And I’d then I would have made up my own lyrics.
And you would have laughed….
….and started on the second verse.
And as we walked we’d have looked up at the second story and then stared together at the ceiling and at that chandelier made out of a tomato cage.
Seriously….you would have said.
And I’d have said that I almost like it better than the tobacco stick ceiling but that I wasn’t sure.
And you’d agree.
Because that’s what friends do when they look at amazing ceilings together.
As we passed this wreath display made from two grapevine wreaths and burlap ribbon I would have told you I was going to make one for the outdoor picnic space at the farmhouse.
And you would have told me that you didn’t know I had an outdoor picnic space.
And I would have told you I didn’t…..
….but I will now.
We would walk upstairs and we’d pass this newel post and we would have paused…..
…. and look at each other and we would have asked why don’t they make staircases like this anymore?
And I would have told you I saw one almost like it at a salvage store in Nashville.
And that I totally needed it for my house.
And that you could stop by and visit it any time.
And I would have been so inspired by all that shopping and laughing and singing and amazing newel posts that I would have grabbed my camera and started taking pictures.
And I would have never noticed the mirror.
Until you reminded me.
And then I would have introduced you to my friend, Donna.
And we would have laughed and talked painting and decorating and she would have told you the history of the square and her store, Doozie’s Corner, and how they have brought back it to life…..
….and then we would have all gone down the street for sweet tea.
Or maybe hot chocolate because it was cold.
And then we would have shopped until we dropped….
…..and looked for more of those glitter reindeer along the way 🙂
PS All these pictures were taken at Doozie’s Corner in downtown McKinney, Texas. It was an amazing day of shopping and laughter. You can follow along with Doozie’s Corner on Facebook here or if you live in the DFW Metroplex stop by and say hello!
PPS If you were watching the news in Dallas and saw a blonde haired DIY’er with red lipstick showing you how to make a pillow from a reusable shopping bag….yes….that was me. 🙂
PPPS Wish me well….today I’m saying I DO to a pair of brown twinkling eyes….
…..for the second time. 🙂