Friday, November 22, 2013

Foxes and Deer and Ravens, Oh My!

Hi'ya Poodles! Sorry I've been MIA… Parky's has been kicking my butt!

So this past weekend I headed up to Fort Bragg for some rest, relaxation, and retail! Haha!

Tippy moved to Fort Bragg with her parents a few months ago,
and this was my first visit to her new home. Given
that this is the view out her kitchen window, I can almost
forgive her! Almost… ;)
Hello Mr. Fox!
Young bucks frolicked outside the living room window!
I may be feeling more forgiving… Hehe!
Besides my regular favorites (Paul Bunyan/State of the Ark), I visited the most darling antique shop, Todd Farmhouse!

Why do I heart the Ark?
Because it holds gems like this: an early edition of
A Little Princess! Beautiful!!!
I can't believe I've never visited this historic location before! It was filled with the very best in vintage treasures, and reasonably priced! Shop owners Jill and Judy are exceptionally warm and hospitable. I adored the farmhouse, which was built by Judy's great-grandfather! Instead of the usual shop displays, Todd Farmhouse invites you to explore it's rooms, each one staged with the shop's vintage wares.

A plethora of treasures awaits you at the lovely
Todd Farmhouse!
After the joys of Todd Farmhouse, I made my way to Laurel Street and the scent-sational delights of Bella Mia! My favorite for bath-time bubbles and luscious lotions. (Owner Sheila Struckmeyer is a genius with scents and skin care!)

Bath-time delights!
Had to stop in at fabulous Mendocino Vintage and treat myself to some beautiful (and affordable!) bakelite!!! I highly recommend this well-stocked, well-organized, and wel-comeing shop! I came in about ten minutes before closing, EEK, and owner Gloria gladly assisted me. As well as allowing Tippy and I to peruse her gorgeous goods!

Why yes, that is an armful of bakelite! EEK!!
The three red are on "long-term loan" from some dear friends,
and the gorgeous remaining bangles were found at
Mendocino Vintage!
Then Tippy and I headed on over to Tangents for some laughs and kitschy home goods.

"There's no place like home," especially when home
includes cozy socks and a warm fire!
On Sunday I took a break from my shop-a-thon, and made my way to MacKerricher State Beach. I soaked up the sun's rays, breathed in the ocean breezes, and visited with winsome wildlife. (Ah, Alliteration! HA!)

The waves were amazing that day! But by far, my favorite part
was making friends with this handsome raven! He was a dear!
It has long been a dream of mine to have a pet raven;
they are such intelligent birds!
I headed home Monday, but first made a stop in town to see cute Sydney Jayne at her new job; she now works at Pippi's Longstockings- a fantastic little sock shop. I got Spock Socks!!! They crack me up!

As always, Fort Bragg was the restorative respite I needed! Love that town!!

With this comfy pink bed, and a cat called Salome waiting,
I can't wait for my next visit to Tippy's place!


  1. Aw! Glad you had a good time away!
    I never knew that The Little Princess had gone by an alternative name.
    That's a fun fact!
    I have lived in the country most of my life but have never seen a fox!
    You're lucky!

    1. Wasn't he too cute? ;) I've never seen one before, and he was so close!
      I have a couple children's classics for you! :) I'm in Portland, but I'll email you when I get home.
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  2. That fox is too adorable! They are one of my favorite animals.

    Congrats on the Bakelite score!


    1. I'll have to show you more pictures... He had the fluffiest silver tail!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  3. Nice to hear you headed out for such fun! PLEASE tell us where you found those adorable socks ~ I need them!

    1. We got our socks in the picture at Tangents in Fort Bragg, but they had them at Pippi's Longstocking's too. Pippi's may offer shipping, but I'm not positive.
      You'll just have to come to CA for a visit! ;)
      ~Xoxo, CoriLynn

  4. Just stopping by to say hi and hope you aren't getting your bootie kicked! Hang in there, girl! ♥

    1. Hi Holly! It's getting a little kicked, but I'm ok ;)! Thank you for checking in!!!
      lots and lots of hugs,

  5. You're welcome, sweetie! Hope you're able to blog hop and see all the fun decor this year. ♥

  6. Isn't it amazing what a little retail therapy can do for the mind, body and soul? The only one who ends up hurting after is your wallet! :) Jokes aside, I really do believe in the importance and rejuvenating power of experiences like this. I will be forever floored by, and grateful for, how much our trip to Calgary this year helped me mentally, physically and spiritually. All were bettered by a brief escape from the daily grind and some much needed retail TLC. :)

    ♥ Jessica

    1. That is exactly how I feel about our trip to Italy! Of course travel can be exhausting, but being somewhere new and lovely, where the day to day concerns of life are gone, can truly refresh the soul! (I think that was a run-on sentence. Hehe!)
      I'm so very happy you were able to take your trip this year! And I am ever grateful for your support and encouraging comments. Thank you Jess!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn