October 15, 2008

Colorful weekend.

Colorful locals on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.

Here it is, the wee hours of Wednesday morning and I'm just getting around to chatting about my weekend I was making such a big deal about in my last post. I've been busy trying to figure out the whole work/life balance thing. And failing. Miserably.

But I digress.

The weekend started off on Friday night with fireworks at the beach. I took these photos from our roof four blocks away, with my little point and shoot digital (freshly back from Sony...who repaired and returned to me in under a week. Nice job, Sony! Though I'm a bit bummed a nine month old camera even needed repair....).
I can't imagine what the fireworks would have been like up close...our walls were shaking (and so was poor Maggie).

Saturday morning our guests arrived and we headed out to the Harvest Festival in town, which I somehow forgot to take many (re: more than one) pictures at. I did catch the pumpkins drying at the kiddies' table. I think it looks like this little Misha person channeled his inner
Edvard Munch:

I did manage to snag a hat and scarf from a table run by the lovely June:

How cute, right? And does that price tag say $5.00? You betcha. All three of the ladies in my group grabbed hats at that price. We don't knit or crochet, and even if I took it up it would take me at least until Christmas to make myself a hat. Christmas 2010.

The scarf was $10 and, unlike myself, is super long and skinny (black and grey - hard to tell from the photos). Love it!

It was quite warm (close to 80 degrees!) so we headed to the beach with the kiddies, and even got to "stick our piggies in the water," to quote my wee friend Sarah.

I poked my head in the little antique show in Ocean Grove, which was closing in five minutes so it was a literal run through. Nice stuff -- not a lot of furniture, though -- but I'm learning as I embrace the thrift that I can get a lot of what I like at a mere fraction of the cost that vendors sell for.

The next day I took a walk through the bigger antique and art show in Asbury Park, held in the old convention center. Take a look at the ceiling:

I can't wait until they finish restoring (some day!).

I was more than a bit tempted by this old arcade sign, but it was sort of the size of a Honda which made it a bit impractical.

But at $125, if you had a big lofty space I think it would be a perfect art piece. Art = justified purchase.

This hat box was a peach, but also $125 (guess that was my magic number) so definitely out of my range. Travel hat box when I don't travel and don't have hats (I do have one good one, actually) = unjustified purchase.

There was a vendor I've been meaning to take a road trip to visit --
Recycle the Past in Barnegat, NJ -- so I was happy to see them there. Their booth was well staged, and I loved this table:

Lots of sold stickers on their stuff (including those chairs) so I think they had a good weekend.

I had a good weekend, too, as did our Maggie who made a new toddler friend.


jenny holiday said...

Such GREAT pics!!!! Yes...we were shocked when we heard the fireworks here in Allenhurst..on our couch! LOL....had no idea what we were hearing for a minute. Mega loud!!

Isn't it soo fun living here?

xoxo Jenny

jenny holiday said...

Such GREAT pics!!!! Yes...we were shocked when we heard the fireworks here in Allenhurst..from our couch! LOL....had no idea what we were hearing for a minute. Mega loud!!

Isn't it soo fun living here?

xoxo Jenny

Hooked on Houses said...

Looks like a great weekend! Can't believe that hat was only $5. If I ever managed to knit a hat, I'd want way more money than that for my efforts! Also love the hat box, which was way cool (and way expensive).

You sure are working a lot lately! You need to blow all that off and spend more time on Twitter with us. Get your priorities straight! -Julia :-)

heidi said...

Picture perfect weekend! You're a great friend to let a toddler invade for the weekend.
p.s...i'm wearing my watch & I LOVE love love it! (even tho I keep forgetting that I don't have to look at my cell to see the time.)

Tina said...

It all looks so wonderful. What a great place to be.
Great fireworks pics.

The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

Looks like you had a fun weekend! I loved that sign, too, and that was a good price on a true advertising piece like that. I have a couple of old signs, and I heart them.

The pics of the fireworks were beautiful. I felt like I was there.

Thanks for sharing your weekend with us,


black eyed susans kitchen said...

Too funny! I wrote about being at convention center this weekend too. I can't believe that I never looked up at the ceiling. Great pictures of the fireworks. Susan

Linda Lou said...

Looks light there were festivals on the east and west coast this past weekend, with great weather in both places...fireworks over the beach, love that!! Antiquing looks fun and those hats and scarves were a steal!!

Sue said...

Pinch me!!! I've gone to blogger heaven...I just found your blog thru Mabel's House and I am thrilled...You live at the Jersey shore!!! What could be better then the Jersey shore..Can you tell I'm from Jersey. I live in Atlanta and can't wait to move back. We're eyeing homes on Long Beach Island but in the meantime my house is decorated with touches from the garden state. Infact I just posted new pictures last night. I also have great photo's from a few years ago at Asbury Park. In all it's disrepair. I was going to post them then I thought who is going to know where Asbury Park is... I would love to share them with you, if you would like I can e-mail them to you...just let me know...Sue.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I think your weekend pics are great! I love the fireworks!

Fifi Flowers said...

You were a busy girl! Nice post as usual!

Jen r. said...

How fun! What a great time.What a deal for the hat and scarf!

Maya said...

Nice fireworks. I can see fireworks from my home here too but not recently. The painted pumpkins are sooo cute!

Jersey Girl in DC said...

Looks like such a great weekend! Cute hat... great ceiling!... and love that wood table too!

I miss living in the Garden State! :( Keeping my fingers crossed that we move back someday soon...

Nice to see another Jersey Girl wants to move back too - Sue, will keep fingers crossed for you too! :)

Ms. Tee said...

What a great weekend!
I love all the photos - definitely love that table. I've been looking for a new table for ages now. :)

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Looks like you had so much fun! Love the hat and what a deal :)

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

It looks like a great weekend! I love your new hat and scarf.

The ceiling in the convention center was amazing!

Oh and I figured out that when you don't live your life, there's nothing to blog about LOL I had to find a balance too :)


Cherry's Jubilee said...

LOVE the hat and scarf...fireworks...now? You lucky duck.. cherry

Pat said...

Hi Laura

Wow those fireworks photos came out so clear and sharp! I love the parrot too!

That hat was a steal! So cute. I would have loved to have gone to all these antique shows and crzft fairs! Not that I could buy anything, as my house couldn't hold one more item, but I love to browse.

I like Rue's advice -- so true!

Have a fun weekend!

HUgs, Pat

please sir said...

Ohh looks like such a fun weekend! That parrot is GREAT!

Ms. Tee said...

No apple pie! ;) I forgot to say what a sweet last photo that was - oh the soft curls on that new little friend!

j.cro said...

i LOVE the hat!!!

pve design said...

last photo gives new meaning, "putting hair on the dog" - sweet shot.
hang in there, just jeep juggling, one thing at a time ant they suddenly will balance themselves out.

angela | the painted house said...

I, too, LOVE that sign! Only $125? A deal!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Have a great week!

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

love the pics laura, too funny the hatbox, no hats and no travel, exactly like me! huge price for that I think for one who has to use it as decor

OMG the hat is gorgeous, can't believe the price, it would take me 10 years to make that, if I could in fact make that


Fifi Flowers said...

I have to tell you... I went to an outdoor event this passed Saturday and there was a group that was walking around with HUGE parots similar to your first photo. They are so beautiful... and scary!

Please email me your address... I didn't keep it... and I want to mail you your prize!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Hi all!

You ladies know how to make a girl's day, I tell you. Thank you for all of the lovely comments. When I go away from the blog for a couple of days and come back to stuff like this...makes me wish I could do this full time! :-) But I love Rue's comment: "I figured out that when you don't live your life, there's nothing to blog about." SO true, hahaha!

Sue, I agree with Jersey Girl in D.C. -- it's so nice to have another Jersey Girl here!! Yay, team!

I've got some great pics in the camera...need to migrate them to this little blog of mine.

I feel a little like the Golden Girls...but, "thank you for being a friend." ;-)

-- Laura @ the shorehouse.