Today was just one of those days you never want to see end. From beginning to end, everything just seemed to fit into place perfectly. The day started when I woke up to discover that our beautiful Hawthorn in the back yard has finally begun its annual blossom. It was a beautiful day for a drive, and mom and I enjoyed our trip to Mount Vernon via scenic roads. And we were greeted at the farm with scenes like the above. The honey vendor in the fourth photo is a family with talented teens who help raise the bees and make the honey, and play lovely music on their violins. How magical and wonderful is that?
There was a plant vendor with really beautiful combined planters. I loved this plant I thought looked like moose antlers.
Mom peruses one of a plethora of displays with beautiful antiques combined in artistic and beautiful ways.
There were a large number of pieces I could have easily taken home. I loved this antique Art Nouveau figural mirror for $25.
And this hand-done crewel-work curtain for $50.
And these leaded glass display boxes for around $12-20 a piece
Everything was displayed so beautifully, it was a joy just to walk around and take it all in.
This foxglove in a bird cage was quite lovely:
Love these! I could just see them with skirts made of trained ivy.
This was another piece I almost bought. It was a weathered plaque with a faded image of a parrot. I was going to paint over the central image and do a new mythic artwork. It was $10.
Mom holding up a bolt of fabric I suspect of being either a Morris print, or definitely inspired by his work. $45, yardage unknown.
A beautiful antique collection of real pressed butterflies. $100
Mom and me posing with an adorable collie dog at the farm.
Modeling a velvet antique slouch-style hat.
The farm plants and greenery were so lush. There were cozy corners and sanctuaries everywhere.
I loved this line of little white flowers along a creek bed.
Here's what I brought home...an heirloom tomato plant for $1. Black Cherry tomato.
Last night we had a visit from my dear friend Lindsey, who brought me Hollyhock seeds from her garden. I love the way that gardening can be about sharing and making connections with other people.
Mom and I also stopped by an estate sale where I got a lovely little frame with black hinges on it for a dollar.
But here's my favorite find of the whole day. This bust is about 1/2 or 3/4 life size, and her smile took my breath away. How often have you seen a smiling classical bust? She was only $12 at one of the vendors today, and her beautiful dried floral head wreath was $3 from another vendor. She wears one of my Parrish Relics and welcomes visitors to our home on our entry table.