Monday, December 22, 2008

Did I Say......

    No shopping????  Well, a girl can change her mind, and this girl certainly did.  We have just gotten home from a beyond delightful vacation.  There will be LOTS to blog about, but today I focus on the shopping. Oh my!!!!
     San Luis Obispo is a favorite destination.  Jim loves to photograph the vineyards ( and do a bit of wine collecting too), and I love to treat myself to visits to some of my favorite shops.  I love to go into those small and unusual places that remember your name and show you pictures of their grandchildren even before you begin to browse.  Old World is one of those shops.  A must see if you have a love for all things Provencal displayed with an artists touch. I can never leave without a fun purchase, always packaged in a delightful toile bag complete with satin ribbon closures.  So "tres chic"!!!! 
     Apple Farm is a dear destination and again we feel like we are family in ever sense of the word.  We are cared for and spoiled with cookies and kindness.  It is even more dear at the holidays where we are entertained with Christmas Carols and delicious hot apple cider. The shops are inspiring and enticing.
     The Avilla Barn is a rustic produce market/gift shop.  It is a fun place to visit and more so when they close for the winter and put all of their merchandise on clearance.  Even though the sale had begun a week before we got there, shoppers  kindly left me enough merchandise to make Jim groan and me smile! 
     There were the obligatory stops at the Nipoma quilt shop ( sales on everything) and I used up all five of my JoAnne's coupons at Beverlys where I bought enough fabric to wrap around my other purchases to keep them safe for the trip home (G)!!!
    So I hope you enjoy the pictures of things that inspire me and things that I bought.  I didn't think anything could be better than the days of shopping in SLO.....until I got to Montecito.  But I will blog about that after I figure out which of the nearly 200 photos best shows the lovely villa we called home for the past few days. 


mary said...


Dear Sweet Annie,

What a treat to see your lovely photos and imagine the wonderful weekend you had!
I'm glad you are home safe and sound and out of the rain!

I hope you bring a few of the fabric samples to class on Tuesday!



Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

Oh, that looks like too much fun!! Well, I was "bad" and bought more yarn!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG I need to go shopping with YOU!! I love those photos.