antiquing/junking. When we left my house early this morning we didn’t know
we would be driving into such high heat...106 degrees to be precise.
We had been planning to take this Saturday and just relax and check out a few
places, both old and new to us. We drove down to Escondido, Ca to the grand
opening of La Maison Rustique Urban Barn. They have just moved into their
new location which is about 8,000 square feet of vintage pieces. This was an indoor
and outdoor event today. They had over 20 vendors and all kinds of festivities for
the opening of the new location. Did I mention it was 106 degrees!?! My hat is
off to all the vendors set up outside in the parking lot in the hot sunshine. I'm sure
you can feel how hot it was just by looking at the pictures.
Among the vendors was Rita Reade with her Mammabellarte art signs. Rita is
absolutely the nicest person and everyone loves her work...
More to see...
Can't you just feel the hot sun and heat on the pavement!
Going inside now...
Let's take another look outside again... Here is Retreat Style...
Some of artist Denise Adams Chafin's handpainted work...
We had a grand time and found a few special things (don’t we always???) and then
realized it was time to grab an ice tea and drive on to our next stop.
We headed out to one of our favorite places which is Matilda’s Mouse on the old
Betty Crocker Estate in Valley Center, Ca. “J” and I always spend lots of time
when we visit this location. Matilda’s Mouse is named after a Wire Hair Fox Terrier
who is always the hostess for the day, but it was just too hot for her to be outside in
this heat. The location is fabulous. It’s an old huge barn on what is known as the
“Betty Crocker Estate”. Betty Crocker was/is a fictitious person but the woman
who lived here was actress Agnes White who created “Betty Crocker” and
developed and tested recipes in the kitchen here. She had turned it into a commercial
kitchen which has now been restored to a kitchen with beautiful copper countertops.
The barn is the place for antiques! Everyone who works here is fabulous and helpful
and fun. We walked in looking hot and sweaty and right away they offered us ice water
to help refresh our spirits. Many thanks!
I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves. But to be honest, my camera was
really beginning to feel the heat. Even inside the barn you can see the much too bright sun
streaming in through the upper windows. Did I mention it was 106 degrees!?!
Matilda is so famous that she has her picture painted on the barn. However,
I understand she doesn't like to sign autographs...
Let's go inside...but please remember that it's hot and my camera is really not enjoying
I think I'll sit in this big wicker chair while you look around...
Of course we found several special things (don’t we always???) because this is one
of our favorite places to visit and you can find Matilda's Mouse HERE.
Well, it was time to head out and find a cold ice cream. We made a few other stops
along this Saturday's antiquing/junking adventure and naturally found a few other
treasures (don’t we always!?!)!
It was a 12 hour hot, hot day of fun and we were so tired and now glad to each be
heading to our own homes...exhausted, hot and having had a fun day.
Thanks for coming along with us.
I also want to thank A New England Life for the guidance she gave me in enlarging
my pictures. Her blog is beautiful and I get homesick each and every time I view and
enjoy her posts. Take a look HERE.