My favorite kind of day in the whole wide world is an unplanned one. Can you relate?
I actually had an appointment earlier on April 6th, which also just happened to be my birthday.
Prepared for rain, I glanced up at the sky and the clouds parted. Shadows! Some sunshine! So without a care in the world, after my meeting, I hopped in the truck and just drove towards the mountains.
I was not prepared for a shopping trip at all. I generally tote around my point and shoot camera for blog picture potential, however not today. Armed with just my phone and feeling inspired for a new adventure, off I just went.
My first stop was a little antiques place in Rosedale, BC Canada.
It’s here where I found this fabulous little tulip crate styled toolbox I showed you in THIS POST. So unique!
And I can’t bypass a vintage hanger like this which I use for stencil storage! So these two came home with me.
Happy birthday to me!
Next, I drove towards Harrison Hot Springs BC which I’ve shared a few times over the years.
My first stop is always always ALWAYS Rusty’s New & Used Variety Store.
This place is a treasure trove for those that adore rust. There IS a reason to shop where it rains, my friends.
I just love the fact that there’s always something different to see when I venture out this way.
This old ammunition crate certainly caught my eye. It was HUGE! Larger than coffee table size even. I’ve never seen one that big.
I didn’t need it nor have space for it, so it stayed. But it sure pulled at me!
If I took it home, I’d let it dry, gently scrape off the loose paint, then seal it with Tough Coat (like I did on my chippy barn door headboard) to maintain that fabulous patina as is. Gorgeous!
Maybe I should have taken it home. Oh, the stuff I could store inside that thing….
This bench also caught my eye. I loved the mishmash of unmatched drawers, so inspiring to attempt to build perhaps!
I’ve been wishing to revamp my workshop a little and this gave me some new ideas.
However, it was THIS guy that stopped me dead in my tracks.
You’ve seen these massive antique workbenches sold for a million bucks and a lifelong mortgage on your home in order to get one. However this one was made out of standard wood planks. It was the design itself that looked so old and cool.
This. THIS design is going to be in my home somewhere, some way. I went back to it several times and took pictures all around it.
Inspiration can also come in the most unique of ways.
This little log based succulent planter was a head turner!
What a perfectly cool rustic way to raise a planter box off the ground. Neat! Incorporating this one too.
My next stop was The Back Porch in Harrison Hot Springs which I’ve also blogged about a few times too.
It’s such a neat spot. There’s a pottery studio and antiques / junk shed, plus outbuildings including a greenhouse, chicken coup, etc.
I smiled when I spotted this car parts chicken shelter…
I’m not completely certain why I did not ask if the Canada Egg Crate was for sale but it looks so good here in the chicken coop shed, I’m glad I left it for others to enjoy.
Never mind. Now I want it.
However I did pick up a FABULOUS white chippy cabinet! I plan to clear coat it and hang it up as is. It’s a beauty!
You’re gonna see a peek of it in the movie below…
I love moseying around these grounds. Just the use of salvaged architecture in creative ways is so inspiring, like this outdoor water trough made out of some kind of cylinder.
This moves me to want to garden.
But in THIS yard. Not mine.
Their outbuildings long ago inspired my own junk garden shed out back.
If I could move this guy home on wheels, I would. I adore this old window built greenhouse!
It may even turn me into a full fledged gardener again… hmm…
I share lots of Insta Stories on Instagram, however that doesn’t always mean you see them on the blog! So I clipped together my fun shopping day movie clips into the fun tour below…
Upbeat music and talkative ramblings ahead!
And as always, I end these tours with a stop at Harrison Hot Springs. It’s a lake front resort filled with beachy shops, places to stay, hot pools, you name it.
And a killer view.
I actually went to what I deem the log cabin pub and had one of their amazing burgers, then went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate and got a chocolate dipped apple for my birthday cake.
It was a perfectly lovely day! Just the way a birthday should be.
My day away did a few things for me. It triggered my love for collecting once again (which I had for the most part stopped due to being on a massive purge spree!). And it has inspired some new projects. Yay!
However I also felt these strange nostalgic nudges I didn’t expect. Some things I looked at with thoughts of, “Oh, I remember a million years ago when I use to ……”
Do all these deep thoughts come with birthdays, perhaps?
I’m not exactly sure what that all meant. In some ways, I mourned the way I use to collect. In other ways, I have felt this massive change that I am in a different place now and the pages ahead are waiting for exciting new words and adventures… things I’ve never done before.
I know my mind’s been a little bit all over the place. It’s been hard to focus. But I have made some headway…
I’ve been working very hard lately with the nearly-there launch of my own retailer program for the stencils that will be showcased through the new store that just went live (two years building it!) and it feels good to get something major stroked off the very long to-do list!
And then there was the day I helped a friend plan her time in Maui, suggesting Hana and Lanai’s Cat Sanctuary. It made me feel accomplished that it helped brighten someone’s day with useful info. So I’ll be revamping the travel area of my content soon too so it’s easier to find.
My gut says whatever new is coming, this is only just the start. So I’ll just keep chipping away at all the corners until something just becomes… rounder?
I’m 56 now. Is this old folks humour?
So with that… I have this super cool white chippy cabinet STILL in the back of my truck waiting for a new place to call home. Let the junk dreamin’ begin once again…
Visit my other Harrison adventures HERE