ArtSpark Chalk Festival

This past weekend, my daughter, Nik, got to participate in the ArtSpark Festival held each year in downtown Raleigh. She worked in a team of 4 to create a 4’x4′ block drawing done in chalk pastel on the street. Regional artists, as well as students from local middle and high schools were invited to attend. This year’s theme was “Bug Bites”, and the artists were asked to create a work of art representing that concept. Nik had such a good time, and I had so much fun watching the students at work. I’m so proud of my girl for applying for and making this team, and I know she was proud, too.

The ArtSpark Festival is held downtown on Fayetteville Mall, just steps from the State Capital building. The streets were blocked off for the event, and the entire mall was filled with street artists and colorful blocks of chalk drawings.

Unfortunately, storms passing through our area washed away some of the artwork started Friday evening. We, ourselves, got rained out on Saturday completely. Even covering the art with tarps didn’t save much. Sure felt bad for those folks.

Sunday was no rain…….but lots of wind and cold. It was, by far, the coldest day we’ve had since last winter. I was bundled up in a chair, trying to find a spot out of the wind. But the kids didn’t care. For me, all I can say is, thank goodness for Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes. 🙂

The girls drew a praying mantis, sitting down at table to dine on a delicious looking crickety bug. As you can see, the mantis has proper table manners with his checked tablecloth and neatly tucked dinner napkin.

He even uses silverware.

Yes, proud mommy moments for me. And a ton of fun for the girls.

How about YOU? Do anything fun this weekend?


Rusty Bucket

Hi everyone! Happy, happy Saturday to you! I am such a happy camper right now. A couple extra hours of sleep, no alarm clock jarring you awake, and a leisurely cup of coffee= one happy girl. I wish every day could be a weekend day!

Last night, the official fall-activity schedule kicked off in our neck of the woods with a Fall Open House at one of my favorite local shops, the Rusty Bucket. I look forward to this every year, being the serious Halloween-lover that I am.  I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Of course I brought my camera along, so I could share it all with you. ‘Cause I know you all love Halloween as much as I do, right? Snicker, snort!

The Rusty Bucket is known for their early-Americana, county-style primitives. They fill their shop with antiques found on old farmsteads and one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items from local artists. There’s always something unique and special, every time I visit.

Such a fun, happy place! Charming on the inside, and welcoming on the outside, for those who’d like to just sit a spell.

Thanks so much for visiting with me! I’m off now on another of my favorite adventures, a day of antiquing. Hope your weekend is filled with wonderful adventures, too.

The Rusty Bucket

Good morning, sweet friends! Are you all having a fabulous weekend so far? Any fun plans on the agenda? I have been having the most wonderful time. Last night, one of my favorite shops in town kicked off their annual fall open house, and of course I wouldn’t have missed that for the world. I look so forward to this event every year. You all know how I love fall…….and Halloween……and decorations. Sigh.

I brought my camera along. Would you all like to take a little tour with me?

Here we are outside the shop. And the outside is just as charming as the inside. Don’t you love this vintage car? Picture also several old wooden barrels outside with painted checker boards and checker sets with stools to go around, and townsfolk spending a lovely evening hanging out together. Picture also a wooden wheelbarrow filled with autumn flowers and windows filled with glorious displays. Now you know just where we are.

Let’s take a peek inside now, shall we?

A little somebody from this next photo made his way home with me last night. Can you guess who it might be?

This wooden pumpkin came home with me, too, as an early birthday present from my dear friend. Thank YOU, Kathy! thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!

The owner, Pam, told us it had been crafted by a local man in town and is truly a one-of-a-kind piece. That’s just one of the things I love about the Rusty Bucket. So many of their items are hand-made by local craftsmen and artisans.

I hope you enjoyed our little tour of the Rusty Bucket as much as I have! Their fall open house continues all weekend, for my local friends who would like to stop by. Or you can visit on the web. I know Pam and Mack would be happy to meet you.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Yesterday we had a fabulous day here in sunny California. Mom took us on a visit to one of her favorite places, and I have fallen in love with little downtown San Mateo.

What a quaint and charming place to shop and dine.  I loved walking the streets taking photos and window browsing.  I could so image owning a small home around the corner from such a place.  How I would adore that.  Think I would never leave.

Of course we had to stop and get a little ice cream treat in one of the shops. 🙂

But mainly we came to go here.

We’ve been lucky enough to have my daughter’s best friend visiting us! Aren’t these two girlies the cutest?

These buildings have the most amazing detailing and architecture. Don’t you love the patina on the old metalwork? I took a few photos inside, too.

This little gal caught my eye.

But I think Crissy would be jealous.

I will miss you, little San Mateo.  Can’t wait to visit you again!

So what about you?  Are you a downtown kinda gal, too?