Friday, July 29, 2016

{Travel} Coffee Date in Doylestown, PA

Here's another entry from my Stay-cation Summer activity log.   We took a short drive to Doylestown, PA in search of some coffee.
I'd read about this place on Yelp but I'd never noticed it in all the times I've been to town.  It's called The Zen Den and it had fabulous reviews.  I always love discovering independent coffee shops (though I do love my Starbucks!).  The decor was funky and fun.
We ordered cappuccinos --mine with almond milk and LOTS of cinnamon.
 There were lots of seating options and it felt like we were in someone's cozy living room.
 Once we finished our coffees, we walked around town and I wandered into a cool store that repurposed old items and gave them a new life. I can't remember the name now #bloggerfail but I did snap a quick Iphone pic of this globe covered in travel stickers.  I think it would be a fun DIY if I could find a source for the stickers.
 The old movie theater in town is still going strong.

We ran a few errands on the way home and listened to some Yacht Rock on SiriusXM, a favorite summer station that adds to our vacation vibe.  What have you been up to?
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mom's Garden Tour 2016

Right after we got back from our beach getaway it was time for our annual lunch and tour of my mom's gardens.
 This year we assembled quite a large group of ladies for the day.
 We always meet for lunch first at a restaurant and this year it was Bar Louie.
 After lunch, we head over to my mom's house and she gives us a tour of her house (for any newbies).
 Then we go outside to see her beautiful gardens.
 The bright greens were really popping this year.
 The side of her house.
 My mom is great at explaining all of the varieties of plants and flowers and how to care for them.
 There's always a feast of color for the eyes.

 

Pretty views...
 Capturing a bee doing it's thing.
My mom is an artist in the garden.

 Gazing ball peeking out behind some flowers.
 

There's so much to see and something is always blooming.
 This plant makes a great filler in bouquets.
 Japanese Red Maple
 Hydrangeas.
 Peeking into her front porch.
 Can't get enough of those hydrangeas!
It's become a tradition that the ladies and my mom look forward to every summer. What's your favorite part of her gardens?
Previous Garden Tours:
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Monday, July 25, 2016

My Favorite Local Thrifting Spots

In keeping with my Stay-cation Summer theme, I'm teaming up with Invaluable (an online marketplace that carries everything from collectibles to fine art) to share the best thrifting places in my area and some of my favorite acquisitions along the way.  You can check out their blog for more great tips.
Goodwill has always been of my go-to place for quality thrifting.  We have a few in our area that I try to hit up on a regular basis.
When I first started blogging way back in 2010, I starting documenting my thrift scores and how I used them to decorate.  Adding flameless candles and some shells and starfish to this bamboo birdcage gave it a summery vibe. See it's latest transformation here.
I'm always a sucker for shiny silver pieces. This Pottery Barn mini ice bucket wasn't so shiny when I found it but after I took it home and polished it..wow!
Spray paint is another way to spruce up thrifted pieces.  I spray painted both the lantern and the the candleholder black to give them a fresh, new look.  
Another thrift store that I like but don't get to as frequently is the Holy Redeemer Hospital Thrift Store.  That's where I found this vintage dress that would be perfect for a summer wedding or shower.
Our absolute favorite places to find treasures is Bryn Athyn Thrift Shop aka BATS.We don't usually leave empty handed with fun things like this old camera up for grabs.
Miss High School started collecting these Wade pottery pieces after a trip to the store yielded a very reasonably priced starter collection.
BATS has come through for me with summer decorating.  I've found lots of patriotic decor there.
Unique artwork can be found in the big old barn that houses the shop.  Meet Steve the rhino.
Upstairs at BATS is full of clothing (like this summer skirt) and larger furniture pieces.  
Another sweet summer thrift score was this handmade patchwork quilt.
We're lucky that we don't have to go far to find great thrifting spots. Where are your favorite places to find treasures/bargains?
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