Thursday, December 23

A "Day-out" in St. Peter!

What a great day we had! I met our daughter, Collette, and son Jacob in St. Peter yesterday for lunch at Godfather's Pizza. I love pizza and so does my grandson, Jacob! We enjoyed our lunch and had a good visit. Then we walked across the street to "Playing Possum Antiques"............
I have passed this shop more times than I can count as I drive by it every time I visit Collette or my mom or when I go grocery shopping, etc. I love to see what is setting outside and the items change with the seasons. Skates, skis, and Christmas items set the scene now.........
And inside the shop..............
there is more Christmas fun. I loved that sign about snoring. I would never snore in this store because there was too much cool stuff to look at! Not a thing in the place that would make me sleepy and take to snoring. LOL!
This sign also caught my attention. Wouldn't it be fun to go on an old-fashioned sleigh ride and then top it off with hot cocoa and some caroling? The sign pointed to the back of the shop which was much bigger than it looks from the front of the shop. There were all sorts of nooks and crannies filled with Christmas vignettes. When I neared the end of the shop, I could see something ahead that caught my eye.........you guessed it.........those quilts on the wall.........
I had to get a closer look.............
I liked both of them and think they both are really unique. I didn't look at their price tags because I knew I did not have the money to buy either one. :-) The one on the right is basically a block that I have always referred to as Churn Dash or Hole in the Barn Door. It's my favorite block. In this quilt the use of just two fabrics for most blocks gives this block a whole different look. The green block in the upper right has three fabric colors/patterns and most closely resembles Churn Dash, etc. I think I'd like to re-create this one so that's another project to add to the mile-long "to do" list. :-)

Each of us found a few little treasures. I almost bought these little angels. There were lots of angels tucked here and there. Instead, I bought a couple of vintage gingerbread cookie cutters and an egg beater. When I picked it up and started turning the handle, I could remember the sound when my mother would make meringue for pies. It will go with an old flour sifter that I bought years ago and an antique rolling pin that my mom gave me. I'm still thinking about these angels, though. I may have to go back and get them. They just sort of seem to be singing my name........... :-)
We didn't go into the antique shop next door because we were limited on time. Instead, we walked down the street to Swedish Kontour, a shop that is just brimming with all things Scandinavian! They specialize in beautiful glassware from Sweden and linens and clogs and these little cuties...........
I didn't buy one as I already have a couple for my tree but I did buy some Swedish straw garland and a few little ornaments for a centerpiece for our Christmas table.
In the photo below you can see some of the beautiful glassware and also the cute little cone Santas.......... It was the wreath on the linen tabletopper that I found really interesting. I just loved this and could see a quilt possibility in the design. Oh, dear, another project for the "to do" list.
We had just enough time for one more stop.......the St. Peter Thrift Shop. I didn't bother with a picture as the building is very plain but inside we all found a few little items as the Christmas decor was half-off. I left with several little ornaments that were 25cents each but when rung up at half-off, I spent just $1.07! I don't think I've ever entered a thrift shop and spent just $1.07. Collette spent $2.63 and that included a Harry Potter game for Jacob that was just a dollar. We were really big spenders! :-) We had a great day and here is proof that we were happy shoppers and enjoyed our time together. Then we both headed out to go grocery shopping. It was the perfect thing to do because everyone was in the stores and malls! I did make a quick stop at FireflyQuiltShop for some felt that I needed to go with what I showed you yesterday. I am getting anxious to work on some wooly projects. January can be a long month here in Minnesota, so I am going to be prepared with lots of handwork to keep me from getting "cabin fever". And if I run short on things to do.........well, there is always that "mile-long to do list" where I can find a new project to start!
The weatherman says there could be snow again today. I'm ready for it. Planning to do some baking and a little gift wrapping, then finish the hand-stitching on the quilty gifts I made. I bought a new CD today of Christmas carols by "The Platters". Will have that playing in the background along with a mix of harp tunes and Glen Campbell crooning "Home for the Holidays". Which makes me wonder............what is your favorite Christmas carol? I think mine is "The Holly and the Ivy" but then again I really like "O Little Town of Bethlehem".........and "We Three Kings".........and "O Holy Night"............and the list goes on, just like my quilty "to do " list!
Have a good day everyone!!
Sandi

7 comments:

Pat said...

I'm glad you had such a terrific day with your daughter and grandson. I enjoyed reading about it and seeing your photos. MORE snow?? UGH is all I can say to that!!! As for trying to pick a favorite Christmas song, I can't do it....WAY too many....and I love being part of the church music program so we can do many of them tomorrow night (at the two services in which I'll participate...and hubby, too). Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Sandi...and a happy, healthy year for all in 2011.

Marie said...

ok -- so you were around the corner and up the block from me! but alas I was road tripping it to Lafayette! My office is the one with the huge icicles hanging from it ....

if you get a moment the next time you are at the Thrift Shop -- dash upstairs to the yoga studio -- it's a great space to check out ...

Needled Mom said...

Oh my goodness, but it looks like you had a fun time. I would love to visit that Scandinavian shop. That is my DH's background. His folks were both from Stillwater.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Beth said...

Looks like it was a great day. The shops look like fun places to visit. Hope you have another great day today.

Patty Nordahl said...

I loved reading about your day out. Especially the swedish store. My husband's family are swedish and I have a small collection of the Yul Tomten - the little elves with the red sweaters and hats. And the red painted candle holders. Looks like a great store.

Micki said...

It looks like a great day, and the shop is just lovely. I am sure that you were able to buy some neat things.
Micki

Crispy said...

What a fun day you had!! My favorite song is The Little Drummer Boy :0)

Crispy

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