29 September 2009

The First Days of Autumn ~ Time in Gig Harbor

Earlier this month I packed my bags...



filled my carry on luggage...



...and headed to the cool and refreshing and sunny Pacific Northwest {Gig Harbor, WA} for a visit with my parents.




My little guy was my companion for the week and was a perfect non-stop talking travel partner the entire time.

After all the fun activities planned for their grandson ~ fishing for sharks with my Dad on a boat in the Puget Sound with a captain named Doc; the wild Olympic Game Farm in northern Washington where buffalo and bison came to our car window and grabbed some food while the llamas stuck their wet noses in and wanted some of the action too; then heading to the zoo at Point Defiance where he took a ride on a camel and had budgies eating from his hands; and the last day spending some time at the small private community beach playing with the dogs and looking for sea glass...







...it was time for my Mom and I to do a little antique shopping in
Historic Gig Harbor.




We knocked on some doors...




and found some pretty things ~ new and old. I purchased four of the flax coloured monogrammed linen tea towels and am going to use them in my dining room this fall. The lady in the foreground reminded me of my friend Jennifer.




This chandelier did not even have to be illuminated to make this pretty old glass fixture sparkle.





I loved how the crocheted doilies were displayed haphazardly in the glass urn. And of course, the rose coloured velvet hat is so stylish.




These rustic silver votives are not old, but their patina is lovely with the vintage clock and shabby frame.





What a wonderful way to display random crystal beads and chandelier pendants. Just tossed in a tarnished silver bowl. So effortless on the part of the designer, yet a deliberate and an intentional juxtaposition of elegant elements.




I found these vintage pearl and rhinestone chandelier pendants for my ears and took them home with me.





Pretty cotton coverlets hanging on a simple curtain rod. The layers created such an interesting pattern with the light coming through the window.




More of these doilies tossed in a tiered wire basket. I have so many of my own put away in a drawer, that I am going to have to do something creative with them like this. Maybe I'll save that idea for my Christmas table or mantle.






I do not know why I did not purchase some of these wood block rubber stamps. The patterns would have been great to use on notes and in my booklets or something.





The clock was ticking...we were with the short one and I had run out of Tootsie Rolls so it was time to go. It was fun to do this with my Mom ~ she's the one who got me started in my love of antiques in the first place years ago when I was a young girl. Now whenever I go to their home, I ask her if she "is tired" of anything yet...hint, hint.




Bye for now. Thank you for your visit.


Ciao amici,
Suzanne

3 comments:

6p00e54f0fcbb98834 said...

Oh wow! looks like you had an amazing time! I love those towel!! can't wait to see what you do with them..
XO
~Christine

Wild Somerset Child said...

Oh what a FABULOUS trip; how I wish I had been looking over your shoulder and doing all that you obviously love doing. (Shame about the stamps - they are gorgeous. Maybe your Mom could go back and get some? Or have I misread your post.)

BailiwickDesigns said...

What a wonderful antique store yoiu visited! It sounds like you had an altogether lovely trip. I hope you found a lot of sea glass! ::Jill

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