I met some friends in Pasadena last weekend.
I spent Saturday night by myself at the Courtyard Marriott in Monrovia. This hotel is right on the 210 Freeway – convenient, but kind of loud. If you’re a light sleeper, this may not be the place for you.
On the upside, the room was super clean, the hotel was nicely decorated, the service was excellent, and this was the view from my room:
I didn’t mind the traffic noise at all and I felt very safe in the area too. There are a ton of large chain restaurants and stores nearby and parking is free and plentiful, even at the hotel.
I thoroughly enjoyed moving at my own pace, wandering around a couple of stores, then going solo to a late evening soup and salad dinner at Mimi’s before heading back to the hotel for the night.
I found these four huge, sparkly ornaments on clearance at Kirkland’s for $1.24 each:
On Sunday, I met my friends at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Have I told you how much I love that place and wish, with all my heart, that I could go to it every month? Sigh.
I picked up an odd assortment of things this time.
First, there’s this:
He is missing a foot (fin?) and has been wrapped in the middle with fishing line to keep from coming apart, but I love him.
He’s made from a gourd or some kind of seed pod and he is filled with little stones that make a very pleasant rain stick kind of sound when you move him.
Um…yeah…if you know me, then you know it was not possible for me to leave without this guy.
I’m not sure what to make of the mermaid and her friend on his back:
I also found my favorite ribbon vendor and picked up a few things in her 3/$5 bin:
I found two more Delft-style milk maids too. I don’t know if I really love these ladies though. Their faces aren’t as sweet and well painted as the other two I have, so I’m not sure I will keep them. For the moment, they are in the china hutch with the others.
I love these little Matryoshka egg dolls:
I’m not sure how exactly to display them, since they won’t stand up on their own, but they amuse me!
I picked up the sweetest little wooden duckling too, but the ten-year-old promptly claimed it on my return. I haven’t seen it since. 😦
My favorite find of the day was this wire cake stand:
The seller wanted $15.
She took the $10! Yea! The silver stand below it is another of my favorites from long ago. Just one more and it’s a collection, right? Uh oh.
When hunger hit us, I wasn’t in the mood for our usual Italian place, so we ate at the Cheesecake Factory. I rarely go there, so I never know quite what to order. This time, I copied my friend – faro salad and fried avocado egg rolls. Oh my, was that ever a tasty lunch!
We wandered the shops for a while and then went to Goodwill and an unexpectedly large and interesting antique store in South Pasadena before parting company. It was a disappointment to find the Out of the Closet thrift store closed for the day, but we all felt pretty good about our other adventures.
What a great weekend! Good friends, good food, good finds, good fun. Thank you, Leighann and Corina!!
Back on my home turf and apart from my son after three and a half long weeks of winter break, I wandered through the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores near my home yesterday.
I picked up a little wooden candle holder:
and I found this amazing little wooden stool:
At first glance, I thought it was painted. It’s actually decorated with beads. They are hammered into the wood.
I would love to know how the artist did this.
The wood seems soft, but surely there’s a secret. The whole thing makes me swoon. It’s clearly hand crafted, an interesting shape, probably Mexican or central American, colorful, detailed and lovingly made – just my taste!
And that’s it!
What did you do this week?