Many tales to tell and happiness to share with you fine folks but do you ever feel like you need to hang onto certain stories or photos or memories and keep them a little longer for yourself before sharing them with others? I hope I am not the only one who feels this way. I also hope it is not seen as a necessarily selfish feeling just one of savoring longer before sharing. That’s all. While in Texas with my treasure of a sister and two nieces, we did go on a few adventures. As you can see from a few entries ago, we went to one of our favorite stops, The Living Desert Cactus Ranch. While all of my glass pieces and rocks are home here in Chicago, they have yet to find their actual homes within my apartment. I’ve had laundry, dishes, weed pulling, concerts, sleeping and dog walking to do upon returning to town but homes for m’stones will come. If I remember, I’ll post their new homes. That is, if y’all wanna see.
Katie made sure that I was able to get into Austin, specifically to my favorite store in Austin, on South Congress. I love this place so much it is silly that I can never remember it’s dang name. I took a picture of the sign to help cement it in my brain.
Tesoros is a dream come true for this Lady of Worldly Tastes - in terms of home decor and fashion. I could spend hours in this store. This store is a lot of fun. I think. It is not so much my sister’s sensibility but being the gracious girl that she is, she makes sure I get to linger here as long as possible. AND - for the record, Katie did make a few purchases here for herself the day we went! She will purchase presents for me here (thanks, Sis!) but rarely does she find something that suits her but she did! Yay! I, on the other hand, found way too much. I didn’t get everything I wanted but I did go a little overboard…
I bought this round trivet made of pine needles. Shoot - now I don’t remember which country it is from but it was not made in the USA. Sorry. I also bought this little 8”x10” Zapotec weaving. It is a thick wool and kind of border-line in terms of my taste but I just really loved it. The little pops of the ‘Fish Story blue’/cerulean blue (our wedding color) is what made it jump into my hands and my suitcase home.
I’ve had my eye on these soft hand stitched vintage blankets from India for a few years now. I’ve been pricing them everywhere, too, and Tesoros is very reasonable. There were so many wonderful patterns to choose from but this pattern really grabbed me. It is a deep navy blue, with a burnt orange and golden yellow. I loved it. Katie helped me flip it over to see the other side and we both instantly fell in love with the other side even more than the first side!
It is a beautiful bright yellow with pink and orange and little flecks of green here and there. These pictures don’t really do it justice but every inch is so different, I don’t know if close up pictures will fully capture it, either. Needless to say, I am glad Katie enjoyed it as much as I did and the fact that we were there with the girls (it was their first trip to Tesoros!) makes this blanket all the more special. It looked nice on the guest bed in my sister’s house but I brought it home with me! Now to find it a home home in my home…
I bought a few other little things but they are potential gifts so I will not post them. Katie and I walked out of Tesoros with our new treasures. It was all I could do to NOT walk out with one of these gorgeous round metal pieces. I just got a shot of them instead.
Now, y’all should really do yourselves a favor and go shopping with two adorable one-year-old girls either in a double stroller or while wearing them in a Baby Bjorn because you will be The Talk of the Shop - whatever shop you walk into or by. Liv and Elin were stopping all kinds of traffic! They were smiling and waving at everyone. They were even singing their little songs. It was adorable.
While Katie was talking to a small crowd that gathered around her and the girls in their stroller, I got a shot of this mural on the side of the store.
We popped into a few other stores. That we all liked.
Although, I saw this in one of the stores and opted to just take a picture of this because… I was too scared to do anything else.
I mean, I know “One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Treasure” but who in the hell would treasure this? I have no idea what the actual doll looked like. I have no idea why this doll was made? I am a little too young to know the whole Archie Bunker relationship to his grandson. I cannot believe what is written on the side of the box “A little girl will love playing mommy to a baby boy for a change…”
What in tha….?
Why in tha…?
And again, what in tha hell?
I did not and do not know what to think of it. I did not ask the girls if they will love playing mommy to a baby boy for a change. I did not want to bother them with a silly question on our fun shopping day.
The girls were rock-stars, in the heat, the sun, the crowds, they were wonderful! We headed back to the house after a few hours. All four of us girls were hungry! And we had new treasures to enjoy (and one ‘treasure’ to forget about)! Uff da.
Speaking of treasures, this is one moment and memory I will always treasure. This was on one of our hang-out-at-the-house-days (hence my Phish Chicago flag t-shirt and glasses) but Katie was making dinner and the girls wanted to help but with onions being chopped and sauce simmering, it is just not an ideal situation for two almost one-year-old-girls so I took them to the living room to play on the couch.
These girls do not get to play on the couch very often. So it is a Very Big Treat to play on the couch.
Because they are One-Year-Olds, they love tearing paper. They also love to carry the little bits of paper around with them all the time. Katie will ask them, “Oh, do you have your treasure?" when they come crawling in the room, with torn paper in tow. Paper is just the Ultimate! It is so much fun for them, I mean, why were toys even invented when there are Restoration Hardware catalogs to rip? Well, Elin just needed to be held and I didn’t want Liv to feel left out or fall off of the couch, so I grabbed the catalog they had been ripping up earlier and started to tear the paper really fast and assertively. For some reason, the sound of the paper ripping and the frequency of the shreds delighted Elin to no end. She got the giggles. So hard! So hard, that Liv started to laugh at Elin laughing. Liv’s giggles fueled the fire for Elin to laugh even harder! Now, these sweet girls can be pretty giggly, which is so sweet but nothing in the world makes them laugh harder than each other.
It. Is. The. Most. Precious. Sight. And. Sound. In. The. History. Of. All. Time. And. All. Things. Ever.
Katie came out from the kitchen wondering what all three of us were laughing so uncontrollably. I could not answer her, I was giggling so hard at these goofy girls. Katie took this shot of us giggling at our ripped up treasures. What silly sweeties!
These girls are the bestest treasures!