Monday, August 16, 2010

It's nice to get away, but it's good to be home too!!

This is The Raymond House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Port Sanilac, where we stayed on most of our vacation! It is an old beautiful house restored. It has nine bedrooms!! That also includes the Inn Keepers. We had the most wonderful breakfasts!! Christy is the owner along with her husband Gary. Christy and I bonded over creating!! She has a gallery in the back of the Inn. She makes the most awesome things! She is making china plate pins, earrings, and bracelets. She cuts the plates herself and puts the jewerly parts on. Every year Sim and I go to Port Sanilac, Michigan this time of year for the annual Antique and Yard Sale around the Thumb. It is almost 200 miles long! Sim and I only make it to a couple of cities. It takes all day, and it's three days long. We like to go on Friday. The first day. I was on the hunt of course for cool vintage items. Especially sewing, black and white photos, etc. I did find quite a bit. I save up dimes all year for this, and had a yard sale of my own. I also had something new to look for!! Christy showed me everything there is to know about china!! LOL So I found a few items for her too! She said as a thank you, she is going to send me a pin!! There was a plate I fell in love with!! It was gold,orange, and black!! Just my colors!! Sim has even got in on the creative bug now!! She told him he should start making and selling with me! That's what her and her hubby do!! So, he is starting to make very prim wind chimes!! He got the coolest rusty and other type things to start making them with!! I'll show a pic when he gets one done!! After the weather gets better I'll be kicking out some items too! I am so excited about the cool things I got!! My mind is creating but my laundry and house are calling me!! Shucks! Hope everyone is staying cool. It's good to be home!! XO Fran.


Theresa said...

Hi Fran! wow it sounds like a nice vacation! Duane hates thrifting of any sort and so I do it mostly on my own, he will stop if he thinks there is hunting things but even then he would rather me get them for him. Problem is I never really know what I'm looking at when it comes to hunting equipment. I have gotten him to watch American Pickers so maybe eventually he will go to a couple of garage sales too! Your stocking from your last post is so cute! I have made grubby for so long, and like you i just love it. I used to do really primitive craft shows with my sister, our kids would say our stuff was so ugly it was cute! Welcome home, have a great night! Theresa

Amy said...

Can't wait to see what you and Sim come up with! How very exciting! Hope the laundry stops calling you so you can create (I hope the same thing for myself everyday)! :)

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Hey Fran!!

It's so good to hear from you and nice to know you had a fun vacation.

It's nice to take a breather, isn't it?!


Boxwood Cottage said...

Hi Fran,
I got your parcel yesterday and just sent you an e-mail! Thanks bunches!!! :)
What a beautiful house! Glad to read that you had a good time antiquing, oh how I wish I could have come along! And how nice that you became friends with your landlord lady and that she inspired you and Sim to work together. Looking forward to see what he'll create and what you found on your trip.
xoxo Carola

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Fran Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my publishing joy, my 15 minutes of fame LOL! I am following you back, I had so much fun reading your blog, it is great to make new friends. I would love to go to a 200 mile long garage sale, what fun!! Where you stayed and the owners sound like a dream! I love china pins, go for it! I do some broken china mosaics and i am doing some small 12" Christmas trees now. Talk to you soon


Jacqueline said...

Fran my friend,
We seem to walk down the same path in life. I guess we should not be surprized when the good Lord brought us together in the first place.
He knows how to match-make like no other...friend to friend.
I read about the garage sale. How wonderful and fun for you to get away. My first pick would be staying in B & B's also. Len and I stay in them whenever we can.
Please forgive I have not gotten your Aunt Hattie box in the mail. I'll do my best to get to the post office tomorrow. My only excuse new job. Overwhelmed with it all.
Went to see Casting Crowns at the fair last Thursday. Do you like their music. I like East to West.