A month's worth of grunge washed off the car? Check! One inch of
snowfall that night? Check! Me, giving one bit of thought to keeping
the car pristine by leaving it snug in the garage? No way! This girl
was in dire need of new scenery and inspiration! I had been burning
the midnight oil working on a Valentine's Day swap and was rapidly
approaching the end of my creative juices. I needed new ideas... I
needed new scenery ... I needed to get outta town! My
driver and I got on the interstate and headed to the little midwestern
town of Morris, Illinois. So many small towns are on the verge of
dying with it's independent shops being forced to close due to the
economy. But Morris has figured out the formula that works for
them and just about every spot to park your car was filled. I knew
which store was calling my name...... the one that has this cute
red door~ Ruby Begonia's! Stepping inside, I found home!
A charming store filled to the brim with vintage furnishings, delightful
handcrafted decorations for the home, and clothing
that speaks, not to the masses, but to clients that the designer
seems to know personally. Why, oh why, do I have to travel forty
minutes to find such inspiration?! The sweet, young woman behind
the counter says she hears it all the time. Just when you locate a
shop of this genre, it seems to slip away in the middle of the night.
If you find one of these gems you must patronize it.. make
it a destination to check out on a regular basis. This is why I
made a point to venture here....
Commode painted barn red
Zinc chalkboard.. notice the tiny swagged banner?
Who couldn't use a glittery crown?
Tuck it into a full bouquet of roses!
Hand crafted heart peeking out of an old wooden bucket
Glitter, sheet music and ruffles... yummy!
Creamy white commode: backdrop for a paper banner
Add an angel garden ornament and it makes a perfect vignette
L O V E this!!
Swag across a mirror, bookcase, mantle or doorway
Sorry.... I have only allowed you a peak at their Valentine decorations.
There was so much more tucked around every corner; tucked high and low.
Making you grin when you discovered a vignette meant only for those willing
to take the time to seek it out. I was just soooo delighted! And the
clothes? Well, let me show you what I walked out of the store with....
This darling, lightweight coat with large peter pan collar and three/
quarter length sleeves! The neckline scoops just enough so that it's
charming on all ages. I will have to wait until the weather warms up
but when it does I will pair it with my ruched, grey suede boots and
buttery yellow bag.....
Cute, huh? It was a successful morning! I'm happy knowing I'm
not alone in loving vintage charm like I do and that there is a place
for me to re-energize. My
that there is not a crazy, tense, wife/artist working away in her studio.
And the car? Dirty once again. But it proves that I ventured
out for a much needed get-away and returned a revitalized woman..
.... now, I MUST get back to work!!