"Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Antiquing in San Diego

While in the San Diego area, I wanted to do a separate post on a couple of antique stores I was able to visit.  One was Vignettes and the other was Newport Avenue Antiques located right next to each other on Newport Ave.  I have been a follower of Vignettes blog  and had them on my favorites bar for some time. I never thought I would have the opportunity to actually see the store in person, but when I was so close I had to make the trip.  I'm so...glad I did.  I was given permission to take photos of the store for my blog and I can't wait to share them with you.
 So much to look at...where do I even start.
 The intricate detail of these shell creations was so elaborate
 look at all of these amazing chandeliers, there was bling everywhere
 The patriotic theme was so simple, understated and lovely
 I could have spent all day in this section alone.  The handmade items where amazing.

 I always love a great industrial piece with feminine touches
 Any display with old photos is always a hit for me
 The garden elements to this area are right up my alley
 So romantic

This place was truly a feast for the eyes, I wish pictures did it justice. 
I'm just so glad I was able to see it in person after seeing it online for so long. 

I then headed next door to Newport Avenue Antiques.
 I just love this color scheme, it is so happy!

 Such a cute little setting (love the fleur de lis mirror)

 So much wire, love it!

If you live in the San Diego area and have never been to this part of town, you will love it!
You could literally spend a week just on Newport Avenue alone, with all of its quaint little shops.  I wish we would have had more time to explore.  If you love antiquing then you will want to make this a destination for some future trip.  Thanks for joining me.
In Him, RUTH

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trip to So Cal

My husband had business in Southern California, so we decided to make a little mini trip out of it.
We stayed the first day in the quaint coastal town of Del Mar.  And while he was hard at work I spent some time at the Plaza on the beach. 

So many cute little shops to explore, but first...
 I had to find the nearest Starbucks and start there.

 I love the architecture of a beach cottage

Even though it was overcast and cool (reminded me a lot of Monterey, Ca where I grew up)  I spent awhile just watching waves and the occasional train pass bye.  It was so calming and relaxing.  I needed to just sit alone me and the Lord and soak in the beauty of God's creation.
It was so wonderful not to be on any time frame. 
I had hours to explore and reflect, so utterly refreshing.
 The next day we decided to drive the coastal route from Del mar down to Coronado

 We stopped several places along the way, but we spent some time at Cabrillo National Monument overlooking all of San Diego.
 Even though it was hazy and overcast, it didn't dampen our spirits one bit

 This cemetery overlooking water on both sides reminded me so much of being at Arlington Cemetery, so serene and peaceful in a haunting way

Driving the bridge to Coronado

 Finally Sunshine!

We spent time on the Pier eating greasy food and delicious treats from the local vendors, a huge bag of kettle corn was my favorite treat.
 We now headed north again, because no trip to So Cal is complete with at least one of its many amusement parks.  We have been to all of them so many times, but it had been many years since we had ridden the coasters at Magic Mountain.
 My husband and I both LOVE roller coasters and this park has them ALL!
 We payed extra for the fast pass and we are so glad we did, we were able to ride all of the coasters that were open, some several times on a Saturday no less.  Highly recommend the pass if you go.
 Our favorite coaster was this one.  you are laying on your stomach, and when you ride in the front you literally feel like you are flying.

 This one was so...fast we felt G-force

 Like i said, we hadn't been in years and I couldn't believe how many more amazing coasters there were, if you love fast and furious coaster thrills, you will get them there and you won't be disappointed, I know we weren't
When we were leaving the park 3 Chinook helicopters were flying overhead Awesome!
 Our last night we spent down by the water in Venice

 The next morning we got up extra early on our way to the airport so we wouldn't miss having a donut at the all famous Randy's donuts.  I had a Cinnamon roll and my husband had a maple bar. Mmm...I can still taste it.