Curbside Rescue in Sarasota

As some of you might know by following me on Instagram, we are on vacation here in Sarasota, Florida at the moment. It has been amazing!
Yes, it's hot, but we don't mind. It's an added bonus to be able to hang out in the warm ocean water.

I'll be the first to admit--I have a hard time doing nothing.
We were going down a street to take yet another picture of a cute purple cottage I had spotted earlier, when BAM! This cute little dresser was sitting curbside, just waiting to be rescued. Syd was like, "You're kidding me, Mom!?!"

But I wasn't kidding. After some research, we found a place in downtown called the Rustic Rooster that carries Annie Sloan chalk paint. Julie was so helpful and even stuck sandpaper and a free paint brush in my bag and sent me on my way as we saw something unfold outside her shop window.

Yep, you guessed it:( The dresser was free, but the paint cost me a little more than I had expected.

I couldn't wait to go back to the vacation house and get started on the DIY project I had envisioned.

This paint was amazing to work with.

Two hours later, it was ready to show off its beauty.

I love how it turned out!

I used the same hinges since I liked the look of them against the cool teal.

I guess we are headed back to the Rustic Rooster soon since...

...tonight on our way to the beach....

...We found another piece. Stay posted for future blogs about the lovely adventure we are on.


Real Housewives of Holmes County go to Fete Blanc in Columbus

I'm so excited to share with you this fun event that my friends and I attended last week. Fête en Blanc originated in France. It's an all-white picnic where everyone is to wear all white and to bring their own picnic table, chairs, food, spirits, et tout le reste.

Doesn't that sound kind of dreamy?

Eight of us girls headed to the city from Amish Country in great anticipation of what the night would bring.

This event took place at the Greenlawn Abby in Columbus, Ohio.

We had no idea that we'd start out the night with a little drama over a missing table. I'm still chuckling at the fact that we were being detectives as we eyeballed the legs and a lifted a few white linens with no success at spotting the missing link to a happy white picnic.

After all, the bike club went without a table, so why not these housewives?

But then some kind souls shared their extra table with us, and these creative ladies I call my friends we were ready to relax and enjoy.

My friend Rebecca from Rebecca's Bistro brought this amazing salad.

There was lots of ironstone...

And generous amounts of burlap and spirits...

Plus plenty of flowers and sparkles...

And friendships! Of course! What more could we ask for as we listened to the Randys Band treat the crowd to some sweet jazz.

I always enjoy walking around and seeing other beautiful people and tablescapes.

Yum! Simple and colorful.

One guy broke the rule and wore a blue shirt.!

The expressions and all white dishes were stunning.

I'm still wondering what were in these wraps!

This sweet lady was part of the bike club that came wheeling in on their rides.

This cheese plate was so stunning.

Trendy and cute with the picnic basket.

These lovely ladies were sweet and friendly.

We drew a lot of attention with the stunning center piece Summer brought. The silver suitcase it was sitting on really did come from France.

The backdrop was so amazing.

As the night closed in, we headed back to the country with memories of a magical experience that only Fête en Blanc could deliver.

Two funny facts of the evening:
The table was left at home in the garage when someone forgot to load it!
There was a big fat toad in one of the cars when the valet returned with it.

I want to thank all of my friends who were part of this event. I'm blessed to call you my friends.
I hope this motivated you to host your own Fête en Blanc in your backyard or perhaps by a pond. Or maybe even close your street and make it a block party! Whatever you do, make it lovely with good food, great friends, and lots of laughs. Au revoir! 


Going to the Mt. Hope Auction, and a Roadtrip to Find Chickens That Lay Green Eggs

This Wednesday, my girls and I went to the Mt Hope auction in hopes of finding a few treasures for ourselves.

We wanted Quinton to go along too, but he chose sleeping over our trip.

As we neared the auction site, we saw buggies toting animals in the back. I guess you could call this an Amish pickup truck.

This auction is not only a place to buy fruits and vegetables, animals and flea market finds, but also a meeting place to visit and chat. 

These antique alarm clocks went home with me.

The girls enjoyed the barn that was bustling with ducks, chickens, and bunnies.

After many times of Mom saying, "No," I can attest that none of these bunnies came home with us.

Bless my daughter's heart, though. She was so touched by how badly this little boy wanted this ride when his Mom, too, kept telling him "no." Felicia asked the mother if she could buy it for him, and the mother was very thankful for Felicia's kind act of the day.

I had never seen this many green eggs in real life.
I just had to ask the lady who brought them what kind of chickens lay green eggs. Long story short, she gave me her number to connect with her later to score a couple of these miracle chickens for myself.

Next, we went to the sale barn's little restaurant to eat breakfast. We got a big farmer's breakfast for under five bucks. We also met an interesting Amish man named Johnny and left feeling intrigued and filled to the brim.

When we returned from the auction, I gave the chicken lady a call. She agreed to sell me a couple of her chickens; however, she lived in Nova, Ohio, a hour away.
I'll be honest--I was probably just as excited for the road trip as I was for my new chickens!

I love traveling down roads that I have never ambled along before. Especially back roads.

I stopped at this Amish farmer's market along the way.

I was so in awe of the originality of this roadside stand. Poison Ivy soap? Yes, please, since my legs are covered from playing in the woods over the weekend. 


...and a sign with no bell.

The next stop was the chicken lady's house. Let's just say this woman was filled with foul words and anger. It was entertaining to say the least to watch her catch the birds.

As soon as I got my two chickens, I was out of there.

I didn't take a lot of pictures because I didn't dare. Yes, she wanted to sell me the chickens, but, no, she was NOT a nice lady.

I'm not very happy with how my ladies are treating the new arrivals.

But we are hoping that, with time, they will become friends. The new ladies have already given us two green eggs so far.

What a day, huh? It was quite an adventure. I hope you enjoyed riding along in our back seat!

FYI: I'm also having an online sale at lenasamishgranola.com. Go check it out! Receive six free GoGo Bars with any online order! It's a great time to try some new flavors! 

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