One of my favorite things to do when I have a free afternoon is to browse through little boutiques in the Seattle area where my husband and I live. I also love going to antique and thrift shops, as well. When my husband, younger son, and I moved from Florida to the Northwest, I was thrilled to discover that each little community in our area has their own unique strip of shops! Like most people, I do frequent the malls and major stores, but I find the most unique things in the little quaint shops in the historic areas of the towns around me. I love shopping these little stores because I also enjoy supporting the local businesses.
Not long ago, my sister came to visit and see the beautiful Northwest area we now live in. She lives in a small beachtown in Central Florida where we grew up. My sister shares a love of browsing so I took her to some of my favorite shops and to a wonderful place I love to go for lunch near the water. We always have a great time when we are together! I miss living close to her!
In a previous post, I shared about how much I love the baskets my Mother made and how special they are to me...especially now that she is gone. I treasure each and every one, and I am always looking for unique things to put in the baskets.
While my sister and I were strolling through the many shops, we came across this unique find.
I could visualize the little porcelain letters in a small basket on my bookcase in my den upstairs... and, of course, we had to go through the display containers to find each letter for our names and the names of our husbands! Why have letters if you can't spell anything, right? We knew you would agree! So....
We came up with the letters we needed and felt as happy as Vanna White as we headed off with our little find! Now, time for lunch! What a fun day! Part of the fun of shopping is that you just never know what you will find.
Like most mothers, I have saved things that my two sons made in school when they were young. These reminders of their childhood are precious to me! When I saw these handcrafted and typeprint stamped creations, I knew they would be perfect to place in one of my son's little clay dishes he had worked so hard on in art class.
I love the little lettered porcelain balls, and when I look at them, I always think of the special day that my sister and I had together. The little lettered porcelain balls will always remind me of my sister and her visit. I love how the porcelain looks in the baskets but the true pleasure is not in what you find but in the hunt! The time you spend chatting, browsing and enjoying each other's company is the true treasure!
I hope you experience many happy moments with those that you love! Enjoy your time together browsing, having lunch, or just sitting at home and chatting. Fill your baskets with love! xoxo Have a "bluebird day!" Hugs! Kim