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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My Day in Pictures

This morning after dropping the boys off at school I met my friends Leslie and Dawn here...
This is Leslie...
Which happens to be inside our new Target...I resisted the urge to spend $100 on stuff I don't need, which is what usually happens there...That is Leslie above, Dawn wasn't there yet. At which time they both informed me that they "don't really drink coffee"....WTH!!!! Had they answered this question on my friendship application I may have had to turn them down, I mean who ever heard of such a crazy thing...(just kidding really..)



I don't drive in the city (the city being St Louis) if I can help it, the highways are crazy here and people drive like maniacs (at least to me they do, because the highway is kind of scary...don't tell, okay? ) it makes me all sweaty and cranky...so Thank Goodness Dawn volunteered to drive.



First we went to For Keeps Sake, this is a really great store in South County that is in the process of becoming even bigger. I love my LSS, but it's nice to go to other places too, they had a lot of stuff there that I haven't seen in the stores around here...


Leslie was very excited about the whole section they had for firemen...she's married to one...and no, don't get any ideas, you can't have him. I swear we were walking around the store squeaking over all the great stuff...especially all the monkey stuff...Les is crazy over monkeys...me and Les that is, not Dawn she's not really a squeaker.. and I was so over my head about the "Creative Cafe" I had heard of these but have never seen one....



I really want to come back for a crop, I hope to sometime soon so I can play with all the stuff in the cafe...It makes my heart beat faster just thinking about it..










Next we went to a store called RED LEAD about 25 minutes away in West County...


OH MY HOLY SWEATY DANIEL DAY LEWIS (in The Last of the Mohicans!)

I'm so sorry if you don't live here and can't go to this store...it is Utopia, I'm pretty sure I heard angels singing when I walked in the door and the co-owner (it's owned by 2 sisters was soooo cool) I can't wait to go back! I might have to quit my job so I can take classes!







First here's Dawn, (she didn't really want me to take a picture) but can you see that paper back there hanging ON THE WALL!!! They have all these vintagey prints it's sort of wrapping paper but so much more! and the stamps, did I mention the stamps?? they have their own designs...this place is like mixed media heaven....they have all this painted, decoupaged old furniture...










See all these cards on display...???? they are being held on CHICKEN WIRE!!! with CLOTHES PINS!!!! The Chicken Wire is mounted on an old rickety ladder I am so stealing this idea...that's not all...


















These fun vintage images ready to decoupage are displayed on a rusty old mattress frame... and the images....I so want to learn the whole mixed media artsy thing...I have to take a class...



















Are you looking at this...?? This just makes me want to go foraging right now at garage sales, thrift stores, antique shops...everywhere...old postage marked stamps, WATCH FACES!!!, little charms, antique swizzle sticks, vintage used greeting cards...oh my







These ladies found everything that makes you say "I so never would have thought that" and put it in a store...I can't wait to go back!!




Les again....









Of Course-- all this shopping made us hungry so we stopped off for lunch, I don't have any pics of that though because I was too busy eating...and we did stop off at Making Memories in Columbia but I didn't take any pics there either...


Our shopping excursion over...time to pick up the boys...








Landon first





Britain next...















and my LOAD Challenge for the Day! Got those tickets at Red Lead...


This layout also serves as my 30 minute Thursday Layout for Lain's Challenge and was inspired by Christy's Creative Prompt ( I think #22 or 23)...

Today I'm grateful for:
1. 1 more day until my crop weekend...!!!!
2. my awesome shopping trip today with my friends
3. Dawn driving...thanks Dawn!
4. Red Lead...what a great find!!
5. Getting my blogging done before 8pm, think this might be a first!

Oh and Red Lead's website has a store you can order from and a blog (with tutorials!!!), so you should go check it out!

Thanks everyone and have a great night!

14 comments:

Crockpot Lady said...

oh what a fun day! that store looks amazing. it would be a ball working there.
-steph

Carolyn said...

What a fun time you had, now if I knew you were going to go shopping, I would've gave you a shopping idea list to take with you. Of course I would not be responsible for any overspending that would of happen, because of said list. Which of course isn't in writing yet, so we are still safe there, but if said list would've of been written, maybe a "warning" label should be attached. I do know of the one store you went to, some ladies I know go there often, and I have heard they are about to get bigger. It's good to have good lss to shop at. We're pretty lucky here too, and it doesn't hurt having a Mom with a store.
Exactly what did you buy?

You can give me a holler when the next road trip happens, I will take an ice mocha capp. (I only do ice coffee's)but hey it's a form of coffee..LOL

Lisa said...

I may have to take a road trip, your stores sound awesome! I'm green with envy. I know you can buy anything online, but it's not the same as seeing and touching in the store!

Kellan said...

Hi Amy - you are a hoot! What a fun and funny post! What a fun day at some great shops with your fun friends. Cute pictures too - you had a big day!!! Glad you had fun and shared all of it! See you later. Kellan

Dianna said...

RED LEAD....HOLY COW*!*
Just added that to my favorites~LOVE IT*!* I will HAVE to see that place next time I'm up there. Sounds like everything I LOVE :)

Believe it or not...no scrapbook stores here~only big chain craft stores (they booted out the little privately owned shops~it's hard to compete with those huge sales the big stores have I guess)...getting SO tired of the same old stuff all of time...sniff sniff

pssst...I don't drive on the interstate~scares the poo out of me!

Maria said...

Amy, this was my favorite post of yours! I loved seeing the pictures of your day. You have Starbucks at Target? Lucky! I would have drank it with you! I liked seeing the pictures of Leslie, too, but why don't we see you? I have to admit, though that cafe did look pretty cool. I'm still waiting to put my picture on mine. No one will take a serious picture of me. My sister took one and later I realized there was Peach Schnapps in front of me, and a bottle of Gin behind me with a paper coming out of my head. Then my daughter took one of me. It showed all my dirty dishes in my kitchen. I'm going to do it soon!

Lester R.N. said...

why do I always look like an idiot in pictures! I need to get skinny so I can look like a super model on your blog. I had a great day though! See ya in a day

Kylie in Warsaw said...

OOOh, can I tell you how jealous I am about EVERYTHING you did??? I LOVE Starbucks, so you started my day with jealousy:). Red Lead is an AWESOME scrapbook store, I'll have to check out their website!

Kitty said...

Craft shops just make my mouth water - thanks for the lovely photos.

Oh and I hate driving on 'big' roads too - everyone teases me about it. *blush* x

Christi Snow said...

love seeing these photos! I have had the red lead blog stored in my faves for a couple of months now...I seriously cannot wait til we are in the area and I can go shop there!!

gorgeous layout, once again my friend!! smiles...

Melissa said...

That looks like a super fun day!! I honestly can't believe they don't drink coffee though!! Haha. :)

I love your layout with the tickets!! Too cute!!

Melissa said...

P.S. I'm totally steeling the ladder idea too!! :)

Kelly said...

Sounds like an awesome day!! Red Lead does look like a cool place. I knew Dianna would go crazy over it when she saw it!! Amazingly St Louis is the only big city I don't mind driving in, probably because I've been there a million times and know my way around. Now driving in Chicago....WHOA! No thanks!! We just finally got our first Starbucks here a couple of months ago and I was so excited. I'm definitely a coffee girl, with an occasional hot tea thrown in on the side!

Deanna said...

Hey Amy! I didn't know you were sooo close! I live in South County about 5 minutes from For Keep Sake (those are my good friends over there) and about 15 minutes from Red Lead (classes there are a must for EVERYONE)!!! I'm sooo glad that you found these two places... And Starbucks in Target!!! OMG... We have a 24 hour Starbucks and it is terribly difficult for me to resist the urge to grab my cropping supplies and hang out there 24/7!!!