Saturday, August 7, 2010

Blogger Friends Fun in Calif. - Shopping Part 2

When Bloggers get together, you know there is a lot of shopping. We went through so many fabulous antiques stores and little shops. Wow, what fun that was.

I loved the way they have restored the little town of San Dimas.

Now, I really think Karen needed this dress. She really only wanted the lace though.

San Juan Capistrano. Such a beautiful place and the Mission is gorgeous.

Wow, was this place ever huge and they had absolutely everything you've ever even heard of.

This cloche was probably 2 ft. tall and about 18 in. around. The biggest one I had ever seen. Only $299.00.

Ceekay had to take a rest for a minute. This place took hours to go through.

We all had beach hair at this point. We were at Rogers Gardens. (Where are my sunglasses). I was so busy shopping I didn't take pics. Bad girl. This place is unreal. A garden nursery with tons of gift items and decorations too. I shopped up a storm in here. Gorgeous pottery.

We went to Karen's for dinner, you should see her house. It is so STUNNING. Everything is decorated so beautifully. She made the most wonderful Scallop salad and we had dinner on the patio, such perfect weather in the 70's. I loved it. Of course there were gifts. She made this little bag for me. To die for, antique lace and vintage rose.

Then to top it off there was Almond Champagne inside. That's for my birthday next week. I don't think I'll share. lol

Ceekay and Karen were doing a swap and this is what Karen made for Ceekay. I'll let her show you all the goodies. It is wonderful.

This is Karen looking at all of her goodies from Ceekay for the swap. She got some fabulous goodies too. You can tell by her face that she was oooooing ahhhhing. We are in Karen's craft room. You would not believe this place. It is GORGEOUS. I know she's posted pictures, but in real life it is totally unreal.

We stopped at a couple of other small shops Thursday morning and then at Tai Pan for our last stop before heading home. This place is unreal. A decorating dream come true. Dishes, pottery, candles, pictures, furniture, florals and all kinds of fabulous accessories. We shopped up a storm here too.

A quick lunch at their sandwich shop and all of our goodies all bagged up. Time to say goodbye and hit the road back to Phoenix. Hugs, all around and lumps in our throats.

What a wonderful time, and Karen was the most gracious and fun hostess ever. Ceekay and I had a ball. Can't wait to do it all again.

Part 3 I'll show you all my goodies. I found so many pretty things.


  1. Beach hair or not, you are all simply adorable, sweetpea! i envy you all getting together.

  2. NOW, WHO bought that MOOSE HEAD???
    I'll have ONE of these AND ONE of those, DARN, it's tough being on the Opposite Ocean window shopping!!! Have LOTS of fun ladies and Giant HUGS to the Three of you,
    Donna on the Atlantic Side

  3. Marty, these are so wonderful...thank you for sharing them. You girls are so sweet.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  4. Marty what fun you girls had...I love it...did you notice in the picture with the moose head the light hanging there that say's STROLL on it...was like it came out just for you my Dear friend..Girl friend envy big time here...Next time you guys do this I will be there for sur only 5 hours from me ha ha!! Have a wonderful Weekend my friend I'm off to Candace's baby shower YIPPEE!! Love ya Sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  5. I had heard you were all getting together, & what a grand time you all had! You girl friends look marvelous! Beautiful gifts .. am going to look for tha almond champagne ... ummmm!

    Have a lovely PINK weekend.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  6. OMG,OMG,OMG, Marty!
    Look at all the fun I missed! I am in awe of the shopping you had to pick from! I just can't wait to see the pics of your goodies too.
    I am so happy you all had such a good time and you all look beautiful with your beach hair!!
    What fun!

  7. What a wonderful adventure the 3 of you had, and thank you so much for sharing it with us, I felt as though I was right there with you, so very personal, and loved seeing what you gals look like...very beautiful!!! hugs...cleo

  8. Hi, what a nice day you and your friends did! I loved the shops you are visiting, have objects gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us.I wish we had some store like that around here. I really love,love,love eveything you showed.THANKS.Hugs, Fatima-Scrapart.

  9. I can handle that kind of shopping. You ladies did have fun.

  10. Now that is what I call a shopping marathon!!! Loved seeing your picture, such a pretty lady and your smile just warms my heart, love you,Kathysue

  11. What a grand time you all must have had! Marty, how neat that you all were able to spend time together and enjoy some great shopping! Your photographs were incredible! Thanks for sharing your special friend time with us!


  12. Oh that looks like so much fun!

  13. I've enjoyed all of your photos of the fun you gals had! Love the beach pics! Wish I had been along!♥

  14. Hi Marty,
    I would say you girls had a heavy does of bloggerette sorority sister therapy. I am envious but thankful that you got to spend time with friends.
    Thanks for sharing all your great photos.


  15. I am thrilled ya'll had so much good fun! olive♥

  16. You all look fabulous! I love that last store Marty. I would have a ball there too. :)

  17. I enjoyed your meeting, even if I wasn't there. Your happiness is infectious and I loved the openness of the antique's mall. Very often they are so enclosed and you're afraid of bumping into things and breaking them. This one looks so light and airy. Looking forward to seeing what you purchased.
    Blessings, Star

  18. The important thing is that apparently you had enough money to get back home! Remember that old saying when someone would leave: "Write when you get work!" I don't know where that came from. Karen looks dazzled by her gift. I can see there was shopping up to the rafters in that one place. I can't imagine temps so pleasant. Ceekay has the prettiest smile. She just lights up.

  19. MArty, Thanks for stopping by! Looks like you and your blog friends had a wonderful trip! The shopping looks incredible! Only about 6 weeks until FALL! Sue

  20. Tai Pan Trading looks like a shop that I could do some serious damage in...looking forward to seeing what you got!


  21. Looks like such a fun time! I enjoyed the pictures!


  22. Oh Marty...I have been scrolling through the last few posts to get caught up and I am loving it! I am so excited for you all! It sounds like you had so much fun! I have to admit I was shopping those photos, too! Wonderful stores! And that area is so beautiful! Love the wild peacocks...except that I know they make a huge, loud noise! I wouldn't want to wake up to that! lol I am so glad you had the chance to spend time with some fellow bloggers...nothing like it! Thanks for taking us along on your trip! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  23. This was such a fun trip you took all of us on with your photos! Beach funny! Thank you the loving comment you left me. Have a great weekend.

  24. There you are!! Great pictures and such great friends! I can't wait to see all of your goodies!


    Robin :o)

  25. Such fun and I am so jealous. Can't wait to see what you bought.

  26. Wow, Marty, you three looked so happy-what a fabulous time you must have had. I loved reading about all the fun things you did-thanks for the fabulous virtual tour!

    Best wishes,

  27. You all look so relaxed and happy. Thanks for taking us on a virtual trip to all of those lovely places. That cloche is H U G E, but I really love the table that it was on.

  28. Hi Marty! Oh, more fun! What a great time you all must have had and the shopping places look fabulous! Can't wait to see what you bought!
    Hope you're having a nice weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  29. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of your trip to CA! Looks like all three of you had a more than wonderful time!! Can't wait to see the goodies you bought!


  30. Looks like you girls had a blast!!! Some of those places looked like they had great things. Can't wait to see all your treasures.........
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Pat

  31. What an awesome trip! It looks like you had soooooooooooo much fun! :)


  32. Marty! That trip looks like so much fun!!!! My credit card would also be on fire!!! lol!


  33. Marty, I have enjoyed looking at all these pictures more than you could know ... thanks so much for sharing!

  34. Miss Marty!
    When did you take that picture of me opening CeeKay's swap? I don't remember it at all!
    Must've been all the wine . . .
    :) HUGZ!

  35. I'm afraid I might have just moved into that last shop...oh my! The gifts/swaps look wonderful and it all must have been so special for you all.