Ok, so I like flea markets, yard sales and antique fairs. I've bought lots of stuff (some of which I DO NOT NEED) but just couldn't walk away from......empty ink bottles, "vintage" dinner plates, fabric and lots and lots of greeting cards, ribbon and wrapping paper.
On the first Sunday of every month, there is a great outdoor antique market in Alameda which is located at the former Alameda Naval Supply Center. I went last month and if you have the time, you should stop by (Alameda Point Antique and Collectible Fair) and take a look at all the interesting stuff.
This time I was shopping for:
metal cafe tables
I have no idea why I want/need any of this but what the heck................
P.S. Take comfortable shoes and while it's part of the game to negotiate prices, you might run across a vendor who won't budge. If you have time to spare, you can also visit the USS Hornet which is next door.
The gates open at 6 am (!!) but I got there at 8 am....come early if you are serious....
There's lots of french stuff - pillows, linens, posters....
Lambs, coffee/tea pots, angels..they've got it all...
Throw a comfy mattress on this and you have a country day bed....would you paint this too??
Need a chandelier??
See....lots of "french" stuff.....
I found a box full of embroidered fabric...
..wait - I think I have something like this at home.....?
Bring a big bag for your loot.........
I admit it....I got a sandwich....
How would you get this bird house/motel into a tree???
Heading out until next month...........or the next garage sale....
I was out grocery shopping this weekend and noticed holiday wrappings on lots of food items. The one that really caught my eye was the Panforte (aka Italian fruitcake). What makes it really stand out is the wrapping...it fits the season, don't you think?
You can have your Panforte with coffee........
Or with dessert wine after a meal.
Panforte is made of 17 ingredients!!
For sure, it has sugar, honey, nuts, fruits and spices.
Panforte (which means strong bread) is a specialty of Siena, Italy
This what Panforte looks like under "wraps" - better than fruitcake!
The clock is ticking....Christmas is around the corner and I haven't done much of my usual holiday decorating. I did manage, though, to start looking at/for my holiday stuff and found my greeting cards....
The best part of sending cards (for me) is using my cool pens. I've got calligraphy, ballpoint, fountain, even mechanical...I'll use them all! Here's some of my collection
Next, I found reindeers...............and Commander Marco!
I carefully unwrapped ornaments and peeked at what I could use this year...not too bad....
I wonder if I can get my table to look like this???
I am tired of pre-decorating..I think I'll just put my list Santa list together.
This weekend I drove across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco and saw this poster of the Fab Four not once, but 5 times!
I think this is a great photograph of the Beatles. At first, my favorite Beatle was Paul but then over the years George took first place. In this photo, George looks extra fabulouso.
My favorite Beatle songs are:
I am a Walrus
Twist and Shout
I want to hold your hand
P.S. I love you
So what's your favorite Beatle's song OaklandBreakfasters?
Along with Louie and friends, I recently visited Reid Family Winery (jkirkwood) in Napa and spent the day bottling a entire barrel of 2007 Merlot. It was fun to go through the bottling process, especially since we were bottling under the direction of someone who knew what they were doing.
Our "job" began at 10 a.m and when we finished a few hours later, we had bottled 120 bottles of wine. Maybe you'll find a bottle at your table next time I visit!