Monday, March 2, 2009

Did You Know That Blogging Changes Your Life?

Well, if you didn't, I'm hear to tell you that it DOES. I know I'm a ALOT little cuckoo, but my virtual blogging friends seem to come along shopping with me every where I go! And no, I don't still have imaginary friends. Not long ago, I was in Michael's and saw some pink heart candle wrapper thingies and had to tell Stephanie at Angelic Accents about them (she got them BTW, and says that trip cost her alot of money!). Or the time, not long ago, that I was in Cracker Barrel, and saw this bird display that reminded me of Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Or the Spode dishes at Tuesday Morning that she and Gollum both have.

So, when my new NC friend, Joanna at Artsy Fartsy, who lives in the Charlotte area, told me about an antique store that she thought I might like, called Oak Street Mill, located in an old mill, in a nearby town called Cornelius (just minutes off I-77, for those that may travel through Charlotte, and just down the road from the Ashley Carol (the store I showed you before Christmas), I had to go and take a look. This is how I spent my birthday! ;O)

Rooty, toot, toot, let's just say it was time for another Happy Dance! All I can say, is it's a good thing I only had an hour in there! I could have heard lots of Ka-Ching!

So, let's go inside, and take a look, shall we?

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this display near the entrance! I wish I had captured the willowy branches above the fireplace.

These next 2 displays reminded me of Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict, and Rose at A Santamaker's Journey. You'll see why...

And this lamp reminded me of something Penny at Lavender Hill Studios would make...

This display reminded me of Shelia at Note Songs, and the rest of you rooster lovers out there.
And this one reminded me of Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, Alisa at Carolina Panache, and Nancy at Home is the Heart's Nesting Place f/k/a Southern Lady.

And Cami at Creating Myself, this one was for you!

Well, all of this Valentine's display reminded me of you really.

Now, I have to tell you that this picture made me laugh. Is he not just the cutest little thing?
Can't you just hear that "WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!?????"

Speaking of cherubs, liked these...

And these curtain tie-back things were kind of cool.

Those red rhinestone earrings were $9, and they made it to the counter, but I left them there. (Boo Hoo!) I would NEVER have worn them...they would have just been for decoration.
This friends picture was sweet. You can probably enlarge it to read it.

And I took these photos for Melissa Miller at Melissa's Heart and Home. She's the Topper Queen! This one appeared to be old and cost $65.

I liked the detail on this one, but I can't remember the price.

Loved this porch railing. Would make a great headboard in the right house. I don't remember the exact price but I think it was around $149.

And look at this architectural salvage. Oh, the possibilities....

A cute little Easter display...

It's a small wonder this little rabbit picture didn't come home with me.

And this little vintage rabbit was precious.

As was this kid's kitchen set complete with baking pans. Can't you just see it in a playhouse?

I love the color of this trunk, and would love to have it for my house. But, I have an aqua one in the garage that I got for $3 at a garage sale, so I couldn't justify the price. So LOVE the color.

Like this plate. It reminded me of Majolica, but it was Made in Chinaca.

I like this botanical, but I couldn't remember what months I have, so it stayed at the store. This was January. (That's a light blocking the upper right corner.)

I think this was the lamp...although the photo was intended to show the cool piece beside it.

Love these needlepoints.

Some furniture I liked. They would make great kitchen islands.

Being that green is my favorite color, you can see why I liked this. Like that blue piece too!

This appealed to my beachy side.

Sorry this photo is blurry. I was trying to get a picture of the cool piece in the upper right hand side of the cabinet.

This chess set reminded me of my husband because it was awfully close to puke Duke blue.

And a few other odds & ends that I thought were nice.

I don't think I ever remember seeing a wheelchair like must be really old!

This reminded me of Norm from Cheers..."sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name..."

I imagine that you can see why I don't need to spend more than an hour in this place.

Do you see what you have done to me?! I can't go anywhere without you! And I wouldn't have it any other way, really! Is there a recovery program for this? If so, someone, please leave me the link....I think I need it! In the coming week, I'll show you what did make it home with me, so stay tuned! Thanks for sticking with me! I know this was a long post! :O)


Artsy Fartsy said...

Girl, great pictures!! Now you have to get to the sleepy poet and check out our new booth, if you liked the Mill you will pee your pants over the Sleepy Poet!! Thanks for mentioning me in your blog, Many Blessings! Chat with you soon! Janna

Artsy Fartsy said...

Girl, great pictures!! Now you have to get to the sleepy poet and check out our new booth, if you liked the Mill you will pee your pants over the Sleepy Poet!! Thanks for mentioning me in your blog, Many Blessings! Chat with you soon! Janna

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Oh yes I can totally relate! Lately when I go shopping, garage saleing, thrifting I always see something that reminds me of one of my blog friends! It's amazing how kind bloggers are! I haven't had one harsh word ever spoken to me...and in this day that in itself is AMAZING!!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Tare, :)

Okay I am raising my hand and admitting something.
Yes, I officially started talking to the computer screen about the gorgeous old topper.
It is soooo pretty and different! I love it!
The scroll is reminding of what is at the top of my new header design. HMMM...

You're right. I think we all do go virtual shopping together all the time.
Blogging friends are so fun!

What an amazing and awesome store.
I know you had a fun time on your birthday shopping.

LOVED everything!
~Melissa ;)

mbkatc230 said...

This is so true! Whenever I go anywhere anymore I think, oh so and so would love this, or I've got to get that shot for Outdoor Wednesday. It does change your life, but so much fun! Great post, Kathy

kimmcl said...

Well, you certainly know your bloggers! Ha! I'm giggling just thinking of you snapping all of those pictures and wondering what the salesperson must have been thinking! Do you think she knew you have a blog?!? LOL!!

Happy To Be said...

Great trip girl thanks for taking us I could have some fun in that what did you get?? hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lori said...

What a fun post! All of your blogging friends shopping with you. You know I have done that as well.. I see something and go oh such and such would love this..

Have a great week!

xinex said...

You are so right....everything we see in the stores remind us of someone on the blog. I can't wait to see what went home with you. What a neat store! I wish it was closer to where we live but I am sure hubby is happy that it's not..LOL. Thanks for taking all the pics to show us...Christine

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm glad you brought us along! I loved that green table....but my favorite was the crying cherub...that was the cutest thing ever!

funky bag freak said...

What a sweet gal, thinking of yer blogging friends.

lvroftiques said...

Oh my goodness what a great shopping trip!! Who needs a personal shopper when they have YOU?!! *winks* Man I woulda spent a ton of dough (that I don't have) in that place!! Vanna


oh wow great pictures
I want one of everything please(:)
well yup I had those primitive paintings-switchplate pictures on the computer ...almost forgot I had them..painted them afew years back,was fun to do them..
hugs, Patty

Susan said...

If we use monopoly money, can we buy everything in the store?

justabeachkat said...

Boy, I so know what you mean! So often I think of all my blogging friends when I'm out shopping or dining. I see something, whether it be clothing, furniture, even jewlery and I think of blog friends. And restaurants and food remind me of some too. Isn't blogging fun?


Stacey said...

I have to tell you...when I got my new Southern Living in the mail the other day I thought the same thing....this article reminds me of ____ and this article reminds me of ______. We do get to know each other in a way, don't we?

tam said...

Penny girl I am blaming you for this addiction I have! LoL! I feel so much better after that post~Kind of like retail therapy without spending a dime! And how cool is that? I know! Thats why I'm hooked!LoL! Have a nice week kiddo~Tam!:D

Darlene said...

It is absolutely crazy how attached we become to each other in blogland and most of us have never even met. I am constantly thinking of different blogging friends that would LOVE this or that when I am out and about. I LOVED that tour of the antique store. It looks like a really neat place and I can't wait to see what you bought.

Lynette said...

What a great store and thanks for bringing us along - some of those things were gorg!!

Can't wait to see what you actually did buy!!

Beth in NC said...

Wow, you really are a good friend! You remembered everyone's tastes! It does look like a great find! Thanks for sharing those great pictures!


Bo said...

Fabulous post Tar! You were so right about this & that reminding us of so & so...Boy, I'd love to have an hour to browse in that store (without my purse, of course). I'm anxious to see what did follow you home...Hugs, Bo

Lynette said...

It does look like it could be "Carolina Blue" now that you mention it, huh?

Nancy said...

Girl, I need that chandi!!!! Oh, those are some great pictures! I do the same thing when I am out and about...I see eye candi that reminds me of blogging friends!
Thank you so much for mentioning me in your post! Now, I got to go back and look at more of those pictures! Nancy

Raggedy Girl said...

No recovery program is necessary. Feathering the nest is important work and requires many trips to the woods looking for treasures. I loved your sweet post today.

Have A Terrific Tuesday
from Roberta Anne

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I want to shop there! It is not that far from Hendersonville, just about 2 hours is all.

Thanks for mentioning me!! I am glad you think of me when you are out shopping!

santamaker said...

Hey there girlfriend!
Thanks so much for the heads up, I'm fixin' to head right up there and snatch those blue and white plates, right now!
Yep, I do the same thing! I went to antique mall yesterday (without my camera, shame on me!) and kept seeing stuff for other bloggers!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

What a fantastic blog you have going here!! I just love your things!! I collect vintage art, antiques and Carnival Glass.
Bless your heart darlin for being a Tarheel.......Reggie Girl and Prince say ROLL TIDE BABY!!
Oh I'm so happy to have someone from there to spar with when football season starts :)
If you have a minute or two to waste, please drop by to visit me at my blog and say hello :)
Take good care and.......

Steady On
Reggie Girl

jeanne said...

Wow, Tardevil, that was a long post and I enjoyed every bit of it to the end. Shopping with all your blogging friends sure was fun. I agree it is something we bloggers do alot. It can't be avoided because we are so connected to these friends we have never met but friends that we know so much about through reading their blogs. It is a whole different life once you start blogging.

Love your post today.


Rhondi said...

You are right that blogging changes your life. Where is that antique shop that you've shown today?
Wouldn't it be fun to get togehter with all the bloggers in Charlotte area? I'd be glad to host something maybe when the weather gets a bit nicer.
I'd love any other suggestions of good places to shop.
Hugs, Rhondi

rebel said...

Loved seein' everything. Can't wait to see what you bought.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I didn't think this post was long enough! I loved that store! I wanted to see more! Great pictures. laurie

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I MUST find this store!

Shabbyfufu said...

Oh my goodness, so much to see in this post! I have family in Charlotte and have been there many times to shop:-)~ Janet~

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh wow, looks like my kind of store. Thanks for sharing all the eye candy with us.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Great pictures.. how nice all these beautiful things remind you of all your blogging buddies..hugs ~lynne~

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Thank you for stopping by my "trashy frame" post last weeek and leaving such a sweet comment! Plus, now I've found you...and I looovvvveeee this post!!! Looks like a place I went to this weekend in search of a pew or ling benchie luck...I didn't get to spend top much time there, though, because my "better half" dozed off on an antique settee, lol. :-) Why he came with me I have non idea...'s a pleasure to "meet" you. Sweet blog!

Laura @ the shore house.

JudyBug said...

Great post! If there is a recovery program, I don't want to know about it. This is way too much fun!

Judybug said...

WOW - Love this store. I think I could spend hours in there looking through the treasures. You're lucky to have gone here! Thanks for sharing all your photos -they are wonderful!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Tardevil, you need to come and visit my shop before it closes in the next few weeks! I have antiques and vintage, prim and country, and gifts and collectibles...all at 30% to 50% off right now. I'd love to meet you, and you should find some things that remind you of our blogger friends! LOL

It's called "Antique or Not", located right next to The Crystal Shopped on Hwy. 74 in Indian Trail. We're just 4 miles from I-485. Here's my website if you'd like to check it out:

Hope to see you soon!

Miss Janice said...

Thanks for the tour...I saw a couple of things I want!

Ashley said...

Just checking with you...How's your weekend?

I would have just died at all that architectural salvage! I went to THREE different shops this weekend looking for any kind of old door frame or window frame and ended up sulking the whole way home!

Great pictures ...looks like you had a blast!

Christine Devoe said...

Hey there! Just discovered your blog by accident/through a link from another. I read A LOT of blogs dealing with vintage items, antiques, junking, crafting, etc... and got excited when I saw you are from Lake Norman...cause I live in Cornelius NC! Then I almost fell off my chair when I saw your photos from Oak Street Antiques Mill!! I have a booth there and you showed two of my items! (the roosters are sitting on my hoosier cabinet, and the old wheel chair is mine) How cool! My booth is Vicky & Al's at the back of the first aisle. Thanks for sharing Oak Street with others....y'all come on over to see us!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Boy, do you know all us gal-pals well or what?!?!

I am soooo loving that white piece that you said would make a great work island for the kitchen! I'll be dreaming about that tonight!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents