Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shopping - Lunch and a Winner

Don't you just love those fun days when you get to shop and have lunch with a friend.  Laura of
Decor To Adore doesn't live that far from me since she moved to her new house.  We planned today out so she could come and see my house and then we would go to my Goodwill's (there are 2 near me) and then to lunch.  We had such a great time.  She is such a really sweet person and so fun to be around.

We didn't find too much at either one of the GW's, she got a silver tray and I got a cornucopia full of fall decor.  We also went to a used and consignment shop that had some really pretty things but they also had some really pretty prices to go with them.

After that we were hungry, so we went to Paradise Bakery for lunch.  As two friends do, we ate and talked up a storm.  So fun.  Back at my house and she headed home and I decided to play with my cornucopia.

I loved the floral arrangement inside and thought it might work to hang it on the front door, but it just didn't work, it kept twisting around.  Just not flat enough on the bottom to work right.  It will be pretty on the table though, so I am sure I will get tons of use out of it.

I still need to do something for the front door, so I got out a basket that I had and got to work creating something different.  
This is what was there.

Since I have the aqua and brown cushions on the rockers on the porch, I had a wreath there first, but it got ruined in a monsoon storm.

This was the wreath.

So I took the basket down and redid the floral arrangement.  I put some aqua hydrangeas in it to tie in the porch cushions.

Hangs good and doesn't swing around when you open the door, so I think it is perfect for now.

So how about you, have any fun play days lately.  If not you really need one, they are so good for the soul.


  Drum Roll Plea- - - - - -  PINKY @ DESIGNS BY PINKY

Congratulations Pinky.  email me your address and I will get the books out to you in a flash.  I hope you enjoy them.


  1. How fun that would be to shop you two! Of course I would love to see your homes in person. Blogging friends are such a treasure. Glad you had a great time.

  2. Oh my, love your porch. What beautiful things you've put together. Sigh.

  3. Congrats to Pinky. She will enjoy them for her new home. I would have bought the cornucopia, too. Love the new wreath. xo

  4. Congrats to Pinky, she really is a lucky lady, the books are a fabulous giveaway to enjoy forever. Such fun to shop together with friends that have the same interests and, I'd ove to shop with you dear Marty. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Marty, congrats to Pinky. It's nice that you and Laura live close enough to enjoy time together. What a treat!

  6. Congrats to Pinky, Marty looks like you had a great day.

  7. Congratulations to the fabulous Pinky!

    The new wreath looks great.

    Yesterday was SO much fun. I came home and filled out the info, switched my ads and am hoping for the best. Thank you so much for your help.

    I told Mr. Decor all about your Mr. Stroll and he can't wait to meet.
    I'll call you later this week to set a dinner date.

    See you soon my friend.

  8. What a fun day, sounds like you had a great time. Love how the front door came out!

  9. It sounds like you had a wonderful day shopping and lunching with Laura (I love her blog!). You really scored with that cornucopia! I love it! And the job you did on the door wreath is beautiful. Getting set for fall?!


  10. OMG!!! I can't believe that I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited and the books will have a PROUD place of honor on my coffee table at the new house! I can't get over this, thank you SO MUCH, Marty!
    Your new basket arrangement looks perfect, the aqua hydrangeas are the best color! Did you know that you can SPRAY PAINT faux flowers any color you want.need? I did it all the time at my job:) Love the cornucopia too, I know you will use it alot. Glad you 2 had a fun day. I just spent the day with my daugter and that was terrific! XO, Pinky I will e-mail you my address!!!!!

  11. I wish I lived closer to shop with you two. Sounds like you had an awesome time. Congrats to Pinky - it was an awesome giveaway.

  12. Hi Marty! Oh, I'm sure Laura and you had a wonderful time. She is so pretty and sweet. Seems like there are quite a few Arizona bloggers - lucky lucky gals! :)
    Love your finds and I do love your porch.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. So pleased you both had a good time. It's so nice that you live close to each other and enjoy similar things. Your arrangement is lovely on the table. Lovely Autumn colours. Your new door display looks good too. x

  14. It sounds like a fun day! Glad you both found some things. I really like your new door decoration--so pretty!

    Have a great day.

  15. Congrats to Pinky! Your door wreath is great!I love the Cornucopia too! Great finds!

  16. What a fun time just having girl time even if you didn't find many bargains! Your porch is looking so pretty- the basket you used for your door decoration is really neat! I still don't have a wreath up. David will be coming in a few weeks to help finish the outside painting (hopefully finish- we will see how much gets done!) then I can up up a wreath- Maybe a Christmas one but that time!!

    Congratulations to Pinky! She will enjoy her win!!

    bee blessed

  17. Congratulations to Pinky...YAY!!!!!

    I love all of the flower decorations that you put on your front door. I have a beautiful home and just had my front doors restored but since my neighborhood is in "transition" I have to hold off for just a little bit more before I hang anything beautiful on it. I used to put out beautiful potted flowers on my stoop but then they would get stolen and I would be so upset and start crying. So for right now only my backyard gets beautified with flowers and plants. Troy, NY is a great city. It went through an awful urban renewal period and then slumlords had a field day from the 1980's right on up to very recently. However, like many cities with beautiful Victorian brownstones Troy is making a comeback and rsing again from the ashes like the Phoenix.

  18. How much fun that you were able to get together and have such a great time. I love the new look of your basket.

  19. Congrats to Pinky! It sounds like you had a good day, even if you didn't find much, Marty! Love how you changed up your door basket.

  20. Hi Marty. I love those type of shopping sprees and lunches ! Great horn of plenty ! Why don't you attach it to a wreath, then put it on the door ? That way it won't wiggle around.

  21. Congrats to Pinky...she is a great gal!!....Love the blues you added to the wreath...and great job on the cornucopia..I am sure you gave it life again....beautiful! Glad you had a great time with's so wonderful to meet and get to know fellow bloggers!

  22. I have a cornucopia that is ceramic and I found it at GW, thanks for reminding me to get some floral fall stuff to put in it:) Love yours!
    What a great day you had visiting your fab GW's and a good friend along with you!

  23. Marty,
    What a fun day sharing your "great find" places with a friend and fellow blogger! I can just imagine all the enjoyable conversation @ lunch!!! I adore the change in your hanging door basket...aren't they fun!!! I love my flat basket on the painless window frame on my porch!!! Congratulations to PINKY!!! What fun to view as she's making preparations to decorate her new home! Great resources!!! Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend!

  24. Two of my favorite ladies! What a great day you two had together!
    Love your new cornucopia and your front door arrangement is so pretty too!
    And congrats to Pinky, that lucky gal!
    Big hugs friend,
    p.s. I think I am coming out the last week in October!

  25. HI MARTY!!
    SO GLAD you and Laura live near each other..she suggested I plan the next swap soiree at my house.....which I will...but I live FAR.....way out here.......and maybe in OCT after it cools down a bit!!
    It has to be a Thursday or leaning on friday!!
    I will let you know
    by the way your door looks good!!

  26. Marty it sounds like you guys had a wonderful time! Congrats to Pinky on that great win!!

  27. Congrats Pinky... it's so excited to win from a dear blogger Marty.

    Lady M... you rocks in all vignettes thingies... Love the wreath. Looking at your porch is for me to drool. Seems you have a great summer. Unlike, Sweden. We been struggling the weather, until now.

    Enjoy the week.

    Hugs from chilly Stockholm,