What a weekend!

On Saturday I was supposed to sell at Tammy I's yard sale but due to back issues, I had to “back” out – not funny! LOL No way could I lift any boxes right now so I had to stay put at home, resting up for my Boo Crew class in the afternoon. At my Boo Crew class, I met Elina, a fellow designer for Candy Shoppe Designs, here on vacation from Greece! How cool is that?! Elina was sooooo sweet, her boyfriend was super nice, and it was great to just chat and hear about Greece. It sounds pretty enchanting!

Robyn was there too, getting all painty and inky from my fun little class.

Johanna even tried to join in on my class:

Okay, not really :) but it was fun to visit with her during the class.

Today I got up with a plan to take it easy since my class that was today was cancelled. I needed to drop of a sample and pick up a sample at a store so I decided to do a little blog reading before I hit the road. Everyone was talking about this Roger's Gardens place in Newport Beach. Candace Carpenter posted it on her blog and then this AM I saw that Susan Bugelli had posted it on her blog. So I googled the addy, got a map, and suggested the trip to Xaver. Off we went!

The trip started a little hot as we were in the sun,outside, checking out all the plants and landscaping goodies. Everything was way out of my price range (a small clay pot for $500?!) so I just got ideas. I felt like I was walking in an article of Sunset or Better Homes & Gardens! LOL The plants were awesome and I got some super ideas for our front yard (yes, we are still working on that).

After we saw all the outside stuff we ventured into the Halloween and Christmas displays. The Halloween display was pretty spare since it was all discounted and HW is like a week away. Xaver got some pesto, that I am enjoying on french bread right now, in the gourmet foods section. Then we went into the Christmas section.

Controlling Mogar was pretty impossible and I was really concerned he would break one of the $60 small glass ornaments (do they have diamonds on them or something?!). Luckily we made it out with no breakages and LOTS of wonderful, inspirational photos. I can't wait to go create something with all the inspiration I got.

I know I am not an Orange County girl by any means but at least I can go there, get inspiration, and then come back home where Christmas ornaments only cost $5. This year, our ornament shopping trip will stay in Riverside cuz that's my speed ($10 per kidlet). I am glad we went and checked it out though! For having been born in California I feel like there is so much I have never seen or heard about, right here in my own backyard. I want to take in as much as I can before we move out of state in a few years or so. Memories are all about the experiences, right?

Happy Scrapping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “What a weekend!

  1. Good idea Jennifer for an insperational day! Yeah go home and make your own!! You are a crafty lady you could make it your own and it will mean wayyyy more that way and it didn’t cost you $60 a piece hehe!!

    Posted on October 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm
  2. AHHHH Rogers Gardens….went there alot as a kid…great place for inspiration…
    My new place for inspiration is the dollar store here in bountiful utah… right when you walk in they have all type of ornaments in purple silver snow white etc…. would love to see a layout in those colors with sparkles….

    Posted on October 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm
  3. That is SO cool that you got to meet Elina IRL!

    Posted on October 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm
  4. A visit to my favorite place, Roger’s Gardens! Didn’t you just love the idea of the birch tree branches attached with the hooks and then hung from the ceiling? Loved that. And they hung the bulbs upward this year instead of the usual downward. With a twist of the hook they rested the bulbs on top of the branches. However, I must admit this year the themed trees were not as impressive as previous years. But you will have to see the Halloween Shop next year and they always do something creative for Easter! Glad you made it out! ~Susan B.

    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm