Sunday, May 29, 2011

Touches of Annie...

This stone bird was one of my first purchases
...from that wonderful day...
the day
i
 happened
 upon... 
This beautiful reminder also came home with me that day.

They've been a part of my screen porch for a few years now....
The first 
"Touches of Annie" 
to grace my home.

Since then
just about every room in my house
has obtained something 
that reminds me of Annie...
...in the house
in the garage...
...in the pool house
the garden shed...
...and in the yard.

...Touches
Of
Annie...

S
i
m
p
l
e
...Touches of Annie...

This weekend i helped her husband and best friend
organize a sale of the leftover inventory
from her fabulous stores and events.

It.was.Bitter.Sweet.
...being surrounded by all her fabulous finds...
but
 not
 being
 able
 to hear her infectious laugh...

...touching things that triggered sweet memories...
"remember that road trip when we bought these"...."remember how she couldn't resist this..."
..."Annie always gasped when she spotted these"...

A few more of Annie's treasures 
have come to make their home on my screen porch...
{i carefully chose items i knew were dear to Annie
Perfectly patinaed column caps
...waiting for cloches

...a collection of creamy vintage twine...

...worn and tattered books...

...a wavy old mirror now sits behind the stone birds...

And of course...The Sweet Smell of Lavender...
...ALWAYS an Annie touch.

So many friends and customers...
{admirers, really}
came by
hoping to purchase
 just
one
more
"Touch of Annie"

They had stories to tell...memories to share...
and even some tears were shed...
...they all miss her so.

Thank you, all of you, for your over-the-top response....
I hope you're treasuring your
"Touches of Annie"
as much as i am.
xxo-j









Sunday, May 22, 2011

NaDa Farm & other weekend fun...

Went to the Na-Da Farm event this weekend....
me, Lori and Karen (Interiors Anew)

Met Fifi....Got my book signed

...Nabbed an awesome piece of architecture from Chippy Shabby...
..first thing! 
I know better than to hem and haw in Jeanine's booth
nothing lasts very long....she always brings the bEsT pieces

Loved her vintage 'bo-ho' dress

Mark & Tracey's space was a 'feast' for the eyes
--as always--

Mark's creation...The peacock dress form

It was a beautiful evening....tho a bit windy for the outdoor vendors

Carrie & her hubby from HotHouseMarket

Diane Passi
(find her on FaceBook and at Kane Co Flea Mkt)

I was fascinated by the paper flowers used as wall art and on the barn 'chandeliers'


 Ok, can you say Boot Envy?...
I WANT THESE!

fuN FUn time with the girls.....can't wait for the Fall event!

For more pics and stories....
THE NEXT MORNING......
The WebMaster had a 'gig' in West Chicago
at the Blooming Fest

LoVE it when he plays festivals...
because where there's a festival....there's shopping!
so that's what i did....

bought a headband from
Clare and Amy

And...
 i bought some Vintage Glass garden art
from Julie--"Glass From The Past"

my 'flower' stake looks so pretty in the garden

As i was working on this post
the tornado sirens started going off.
aaaagh!
...we dodged another bullet here in the midwest...
What's with all these tornados?!
Hope everyone had a safe and fun weekend!
xxo-j

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