Good morning, my friends, and a most happy day to you!!
Yesterday we celebrated my Birthday
and there can be no better place to start
than at Cracker Barrel!!
The porch is filled with wonderful rockers
and even an old barrel or two!
The menu has an array of delicious suggestions but our favorite is
It has a bit of everything and is the perfect size to share!!
We decided to order a side of pecan pancakes too!! They were delicious!!
Now we were ready to start the day!!!
Several of my friends have told me about a shop that is a MUST SEE,
so off we headed to
It is located in Mesa, about an hour from us, and is well worth the trip!!
The minute you walk through the door, you are transported to
So many things to see!!!
I was greeted by some lovely ladies who chatted with me and made me feel so welcome!!
Jean Lea, the owner, graciously allowed me to take some pictures!!!
I apologize for the quality of some of them, but I guess I was just so excited, I must have been shaking!! Sadly, some of them were just too blurry to use! Next time I go, Jeff will be taking the pictures!!! lol
Sweet grouping of lovely models and samplers around a fireplace!
Another lovely grouping!
Wonderful tree with ornaments, even if it is blurry!!
I loved this painted box on the mantel!
Flosses galore!!!! I will take one of each, please!!
More lovely colors!!
They have special classes and events that take place here!! Can't you just hear all the chatting and laughter?
Lots of room for everyone!!
Lots of windows and light, contrary to what this picture is showing!!! Sorry!!
This must be someone's hubby who waited too long for his wife to finish shopping!! At least he had a comfy chair to rest in!!!
Prairie Schooler patterns galore!
Sweet Halloween grouping!
More lovely models and books!!! I want them ALL!!!
I loved this cool display with the graduated cubbies!
Jean (right), and Beth (left), one of her employees, both graciously posed with me! Carolyn, another employee, was busy with a customer or she would have been in the photo too!! Next time, Carolyn!! Jean was getting ready to leave for the Market show in Nashville and will be adding more exciting pieces to her beautiful shop! I was so happy I was able to meet her before she left!!
Beth took the time to give a little tutorial on stitching and helped me pick out some linen and threads for two patterns I bought!! It has been sooooo long since I have done a cross stitch piece and I am excited to try my hand at it again!!!
They are both small projects, but will help me get started! Wish me luck!!!
Many, many thanks to Jean and her staff for your kind and gracious welcome and help!! It was so lovely to meet you and I can't wait to come back for a visit!!!
You can visit THE ATTIC, here!!!
Our next stop was a wonderful antique shop called Market Square Antiques!!
Isn't the storefront amazing?
This place is HUGE, and so well set up!!!
Each booth has a little brick front divider and is decorated beautifully!!
I was so busy looking that I failed to take lots of pictures, but hopefully you will get a feel for the size of this place!!!
It was really fun to look around and we certainly did get our walking in for the day!!! It is definitely a place I will want to come back to again......and again!!!!
By this time, we were ready to call it a day and ended up at Outback Steakhouse for a nice meal, which we again shared!!! We were so hungry we forgot to take any pictures!!!!
Since it was my Birthday, Outback treated me to a small Birthday dessert, complete with two lighted candles!!! If you have never had the Chocolate Thunder From Down Under Brownie Sundae, you will want to try one!!! It is WONDERFUL!!!
Thank you so much for sharing my special day with me!!! It truly was a lovely day and even though I am one year older, I don't mind a bit!!! Who can complain when you get to end it with Chocolate?
Wishing each of you a day filled with a Barrel of Fun AND Chocolate~