Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lakewood 400 - November 2010

Back in May I did a post on one of the most outstanding booths I have visited at any antique fair. I like it because you feel like you've walked into a real boutique! The hostess is Carlotta Stapleton and not only is she a wonderfully gracious person but she has an outstanding memory, remembering your interests and what you have looked at in her booth from previous visits.The next few shots are of vignettes she has set up...

She has clothing dating back to the Victorian period...
And as recent as the mid-20th century.
Glass and mirrored trays which catch the light are placed throughout
Hats anyone? This is one of the Victorian Parlor's favorite past times.
This one is especially glamorous...
Looks like something that royalty might wear
She even has a man's beaver hat...
A sweet vignette (notice the mirror once more)
Hatpins, some of which are from the Victorian era
Jewelry is showcased everywhere

You can never go wrong with rhinestones, their many facets catching the light...
Or cameos,
Exquisite pieces displayed on glass shelves
Purses are available

A pair of sweet children's shoes from days past, buttons still intact
And of course perfume bottles for a lady's vanity

Frames abound throughout the booth with photos from the Victorian era to the present
The hat on this woman is amazing!

A beautiful painting
And a sweet doll
A beautiful Cobalt blue Fukagawa vase!
Tea anyone?
Lots of pink glass, but don't forget the lamp next to it!
Salt and pepper shakers
This light is beautiful against the mirror

A white whicker seat
And of course a tribute to Carlotta's Grandmother Ella - she lived to be 109 years!
Thanks Carlotta for another wonderful visit!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A step back in time...

St. Augustine, founded in the 1565, is one of the most historical and enjoyable places to visit - again and again! Below are some of the photos I took on our recent day trip.

Where should we start? Why not the Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone for St. Augustine to San Diego, CA!

History is certainly well established in cemeteries. I was able to snap a few pics from outside the wall.

Most of the headstones were in the 1800's, but I remember some years back of seeing a small cemetery that I believe dated back to the seventeenth century.

Along with the old is the new...

Once you get into Old St. Augustine, you can walk down St. George Street (for pedestrians only) where you can visit the shops and restaurants. The side streets allow vehicles.

The old drugstore...
The St. George Inn...
The oldest wooden schoolhouse...
Lots of shops dot the main thoroughfare...
We stopped for lunch at the Columbia Restaurant. These beautiful tiles greet you as you enter the main eating area
Beautiful architecture graces the center of the restaurant
With a skylight and fountain

At the entry are several statues

A patio area is also available if you wish to eat outdoors

If you're waiting for someone you can either sit or study the numerous photos
My lunch - a 1906 Salad and half Cuban sandwich - was absolutely scrumptious! The salad was the best I've ever had.
Back outside we continue our walk
Later we stop and take turns taking pictures next to a large cannon...
Hi sis!
Flagler College founded in 1968
The Casa Monica Hotel which opened in 1888
I just love the Spanish influence
The Lightner Museum (see earlier post)
An interesting parking meter! You put money in the meter and it gives you a card that you place on your dashboard. Not a bad idea if you park close enough and don't have to walk far, but then St. Augustine is all about walking!
Of course you can take one of the Trolleys
We came across this fountain and of course I love to take pictures of running water...
I like to capture the water droplets as they bounce around

Remember earlier, when I said St. Augustine was a place you can visit again and again? Below are two photos from our trip in 1968 taken at the Castillo de San Marcos fort, one of many wonderful attractions in St. Augustine.

Yours truly and the Victorian Parlor (and we wonder why she loves history!)
The Victorian Parlor and her dad
Thus ends our tour of St. Augustine. Lots to do and lots to see! Make sure you bring your walking shoes:)