Phew! I really needed a break from ‘creating’ after my sale. I took a week off and am back refreshed!
It would be a little misleading to imply that I sat around and drank cocktails on the deck the whole time. Over the last week I put my workshop back together, revamped my front garden, and followed up on some exciting new prospects for the Q.
I did find time for some other fun stuff too though. My sister and I took a trip down to Afton to check out a couple of darling local vintage shops, Eye Candy REfind and 3:17 Vintage. If you are local and haven’t been down there, get on it! And in addition to the vintage shops, you can also check out Squire House Gardens. I absolutely love that place!
We visited on a rainy day, but I find a particular beauty in a rainy garden, don’t you? Especially when it means you have it mainly to yourself.
They have some unique plants for sale, and some really great garden ornaments. I came away with Frankie the Frog. I’m not normally a ‘frog’ girl, but this guy is a charmer, am I right? I’ve nestled him among the sedum.
And while in Afton, be sure to get some ice cream at Selma’s. Debbie and I shared a root bear float. We both have fond memories of the root beer floats that our grandfather used to make for us when we were kids.
We also had tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra last weekend. I had bid on them at a silent auction for my favorite charity, Wingspan Life Resources.
I won the tickets, and so Debbie, Mr. Q and I went to one of their “Inside the Classics” concerts. If you haven’t been to see an orchestra lately (OK, well, or never) things have changed! Their concerts are much more informal. We found it very entertaining. I also found out that Pink Martini will be performing at Orchestra Hall next year, so I’m definitely getting tickets for that.
Any other Pink Martini fans out there?
Well, enough of all of that! The break is over. Here’s what’s coming up on q is for quandie.
I’m entering a couple of new partnerships! I’ll be selling some pieces at Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater. If you haven’t stopped in there yet, be sure to check them out. I headed down there last night with a few pieces of furniture and a pile of “grow.” plates.
I’m also going to be working with Lacy Vreeland of Eye Candy REfind on some upcoming events. She’s asked me to be a ‘featured artist’ at the grand opening of her Hastings store! How cool is that? That will be coming up later this summer and I’ll be sure to share all of the details with you as it gets closer.
I’m also working with Ashley of Dinosaur Stew on developing a new logo for q is for quandie! I decided to splurge on this as a treat to myself. We are in the early stages, but I’m really excited to see what she comes up with.
Even with all of that going on, I’ve been finding some fun pieces to work on. We drove into the wilds of Wisconsin (well, Somerset anyway) to pick up this piece …
And Mr. Q picked this one up a few weeks back, and it turned out that the seller was a fan of the blog! Now the pressure is really on to do something fantastic with it.
I’m developing a love/hate relationship with those drawer pulls. Don’t they remind you of an old car door handle? Do I love them? Do I hate them? I’m not sure, but I have to say they are kind of growing on me. I have a plan percolating for this dresser that will play up those funky handles. Maybe.
And I hope to get to work on the settee soon.
Plus Debbie and I will be heading to the Minneapolis neighborhood that our parents grew up in, Nokomis, for some sales tomorrow. Wish me luck hunting for more fabulous finds!