Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A Magic Fairy and a magical place...
I have been artistically frustrated lately. Not a lot of time to create and when I do find time I feel my head is just full of too many non-specific ideas! But I did create a little something- my Shopping Fairy. I have had so much luck at the Goodwill stores I knew there must be a little someone magic helping me. I call her the Shopping Fairy. She is a cutie, isn't she? I thought you all might like to see my little buddy. Since I don't have my sweet Mama to shop with here in Texas, at least I've got this little lady who helps me find all the best Goodwill goodies!
Just have to show you my new dress. Sadly, I haven't worn a dress more than once in the last 6 years since I had my little guys. I am such a girly girl it is nice to be dressing pretty again and I am going to keep it up.

My parents live in a small town in California and there are NO good places to shop. They finally have some of my favorite discount stores (Ross and Marshalls!) and a few good fast food places (In and Out!) , but absolutely no good antique or just pretty stores- except this one. It's called "Vintage House Nursery". It is a charming old house with the most amazing overgrown (in a good way!) garden. It reminds me of one of my favorite books, "The Secret Garden". It is beautiful with all sorts of paths to follow and get lost in. And the best part for the kids is the garden is full of funny looking chickens and baby chicks and a sweet friendly kitty to pet, too!Once you step through the door, there is more magic to behold. Every room of the house is filled to the brim with vintage and new (vintage inspired) goodies. There are decorations for every holiday and season! I'm better be off now to "play house" as my sweet online friend Jo would say. If you don't know Jo, you must go visit her blog. She is one of the most charming people you will ever "meet" online. She lives her own little magical world in Australia called "Fairy Cake Pond". That is why I love the internet. You can meet kindred spirits from all over the world that really "get" you when the people in real life look at you as if you have lost your mind when you buy a chippy piece of furniture, a mirror with the silver backing nearly gone, or a vintage dress form (and name it and dress it up!) And when you show them (gasp!) your artwork and they say "I don't know what I am looking at". LOL! (Yes, sweet husband said that! But he meant it in the most sincere way!) It's nice to go online and know you are not alone. :) Love you guys!!

23 comments:

Connie said...

Well, lovely dressy chick, give us the name so when we go down to visit with the kids we can go visit the nursery. I have one here that I MUST get pix of! It is Greenhurst Nursery and the most fantastic place also!
Smoochies,
Connie

Ohhhh, and I'm going to go visit Fairy Cake Pond right now!

Myrna said...

Love the pics of the store! Where is it? Anywhere in Nor Cal?
Your dress is lovely--and YOU are beautiful--inside AND out!! :-)

I totally get what you mean about online friends "getting" you..about romantic homekeeping, shabby chic, and ART!!
I'm here if ya ever need to talk about it!! (I'm kinda in the same boat..) ;-) --I'm off to visit Jo, now!
Blessings!
Myrna
myrna1958@yahoo.com

Lori said...

Michelle, you look gorgeous in your pretty dress!!!
love the store pics, it looks like a fun place...
your artwork is really sweet, the shopping fairy is tooooo cute:)
LOL about your hubby's comment...i hear that all the time...phrased just that way too...my hubby is really SO supportive...he just doesn't get what i do!!!

Beth Quinn said...

you look so lovely in your dress !!! that house store looks like so much fun !!! i think alot of hubbies don't get it so your definitely not alone-LOL!!!
xo,
beth

Linda Crispell said...

Very pretty art!

Karin@creativechaos said...

Love the shopping Fairy!! I so get the time vs creativity crunch. The story of my life :) .....I just started wearing dresses this summer with it being so hot. I have no shorts and don't like any styles that are out right now. I'm loving the dresses and skirts....

flutterby said...

michelle, thank you for the lovely comment. once again i have to say what a wonderful (blog) world this is.
i can undertand your artistic frustration...i seem to be more artsy in the fall and winter, that's when i HAVE HAVE HAVE to make things. so in the spring and summer i hunt and gather to have a wonderful bounty of goodies to play with!
kim

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Michelle-

You're right, that store is magic! So are you, my friend! You have such a beautiful soul-that shows on the outside too! It's not only hubbies that don't get it and you're exactly right, that is what makes our friendships here so priceless! xo-Mel

LadyJaneVintage said...

Hey there chickie! Thanks for stopping by my blog!:) I'm new to blogland and I too live with "all boys"!;) Geez, I think the last dress I wore was my wedding dress.:( Let's chat more soon! Love your blog!:) Jen - ladyjanevintge

Natasha Burns said...

Michelle! You look gorgeous all girly girl in your dress! Dresses absolutely suit you! You should wear them often I say!!! I have tons of dresses, can't help myself in Summer time... And your little shoes are SOOOOOOOOOOOOo cute!

Secondhandrose said...

Yes, I so wish I had a real friend...as in one I could touch ...that gets my style and all my goodies. For now, they will have to be in my computer. Come for a visit.

oldflowers4me said...

you look so over the top divine in your dress-i want to come shopping with you and then we will go to the best cake shop and have afternoon tea-........

Vicki C said...

Your dress looks fab on you girl!
The shops look like they are fantstic.. I wish I was there shoping in them right now!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

It is so nice to e surrounded by people (virtual) that get us! The three children art at the end of the post is wonderful. The fairy girl is pretty cute too! Looks like a great store. I'm up North and great shops are few and far between!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Forgot to say you look beautiful in the dress.

Monique Griffith said...

Hi Sister!
Well, aren't you just the pretty lady in your girly girl dress? (I already knew you were, though!) I just love seeing your blog and keeping up with your adventures. You have such class!

Love you tons!!!
Monique

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Michelle,
So good to be home isn't it? I would love to visit that shop...I'll have to find out where its located looks so fun...I thought about your when I visited Glass Beach. Many peaceful hours spent there. Its one of my favorite places...Pinkie Denise

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Lori,
Oh my gosh~ Your doll theatres are just absolutely stunning! I love them and think they turned out so beautifully..Wow Pinkie

malphi said...

Love the photos...gets me in the creative mood. I also get so many ideas at once then can't keep up. Susanah x

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful picture of you in your pretty dress!!

Love that shop, my goodness, it looks full to the brim with wonderfulness!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Thanks for wishing me well this weekend. I to wish you could make it out to the sale. Gas is down a bit in my area, but maybe not Austin. Have a great day, Theresa

Cathy said...

I just love this story. I can't wait to run over to visit Fairy Cake Pond. Thank you for letting us know.

xo Cath

cindy said...

Love the shopping fairy...how cute is she! And your dress is pretty too. And what a fab shop!!!! How come we don't have anything like that here. It looks wonderful.

c