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Harvest Tingling - Part II

October 25th, 2008

Following our trip to Barn House, we ventured where the signs told us to go next.

Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

Second stop was a place where I had trouble remembering the name.  I still can’t remember, and will edit it in later.  I do though remember it was in Battle Ground, WA (don’t get too homesick Nanna Jamma).  Super-size-me photos on a slide-show here for flickr peeps.

After many turns and twists, we are lead down this drive-way not knowing what awaits us.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

A little enchanted forest with a village (someone’s home with lots of little buildings and goodies to buy inside them).
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

The doorway to Autumn paradise.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

A cute little “shop” with folk artsy goodies.  Karen picking out for each of us a darling felt pendant with a cute Halloween critter on it to remeber our fun day together.  I could have gone to town in here. Actually, I did.  I had an armful of stuff to buy, got the counter… and the didn’t take debit/plastic (oh well, I was tightening the belt anyway).  Paula and I both did manage to get some adorable little fabric pumpkins (I see pumpkin making in our future).
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

An enchanting little grove and parts of it were lit up with twinkling lights.  I can only imagine how magical it must look at night.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

And THIS is what brought me to my knees and prompted a 100+ photographs.  Amanda, you better sit down - hope you didn’t get a new barn yet.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

One more time:  I.  LOVE.  THIS. I love this. I love this. I love this.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

I took 100’s of photos to show my carpenter - for him to draft up a work order (aka my hubby and a honey-do list). I would LOVE to have this little sanctuary in my yard. I could envision so clearly friends coming over… having tea (or margaritas), stitching, yacking. Just being together hanging out and having respite, creativity, laughter, and of course… snacks.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

Right side of the sanctuary:
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

Left side of the sanctuary:
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

Next stop… Beyond The Garden Gate, also in Battle Ground. Impressed with myself for remembering the name… I got lucky and captured the sign in one of my photos.  The highlight of this stop was nature’s wonders and farmishy stuff on the property. LOOK at this tree!!! I ’bout drove off the side of the road when I first saw it (shhh… don’t tell that to Robin).
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

My girl gang accused me of a reach-a-round.
And I did.
And I liked it.
And it felt like cherry chapstick.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

Barntastic art.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

New stuff inside to buy, but I’m more into vintage pre-loved stuff or handmade.  I did like their window box with the pumpkins (the mint green star on The Juice, not so much).  Something else to put on my “work-order”.  I see a trip to Lowes in my hubby’s future.  Okay, okay… I love the star too, and want it on the side of my one-day barn sanctuary.  And painted in aqua.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

I did manage to drop some cash and picked up some cute iron gardenishy stuff. Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

After our vintagepalooza through Battle Ground, off to lunch we went.  For dessert we went to Kalama for antiquing and scored, scored, scored. If you’re ever traveling up the I-5 between Portland and Seattle, and you love antique shopping… Kalama is a great little town with many little stores to choose from. The locals here call it “ka-LAM-a”. But I know better and refuse to buckle to inaccurate pronunciation… it’s “ka LA ma” when I comes from my mouth, mahalo very much.

Paula and Robin getting ready for Halloween at the antique mall.
Battle Ground & Kalama, Washington

And before we knew it… it was time for dinner, and even more fun was had. And then it was time to make the trek back to the coast. I got home just after 10pm… and off to bed I went, dreaming of the magical day with the best friends ever… while sugar plumbs and little barn sanctuaries danced in my head.

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21 Responses

  1. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Cherry chapstick, indeed. More fun! It looks like it was an absolutely wonderful place.

  2. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Even MORE fun! You lucky girls. :-)

  3. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    Battle Ground AND Kalama! Ugh!! You’re killin’ me, girlfriend! I MUST come down for a visit, mustn’t I? I digress…..I love every place you visited, and all the goodies you saw! You’re right - that is THE bomb of a sanctuary! Love. It. I’m pretty good at the idiot end of a hammer - I could help build it! I’ll bring the margaritas….I mean for AFTER the constructing!! LOL Nice reach-a-round - I will never look at cherry chapstick the same way again.

  4. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    What a feast for the eyes! Wow!

  5. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Gorgeous pictures! Thank you so much for sharing. A day out with the girls is absolutely the best medicine!

  6. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Oh what fun!

  7. The fabulous Susan allegedly said:

    the barn thing…i would love it as a greenhouse! mark has talked about building me one. will have to print and enlarge the photos to give hime some ideas. what a neat place to get away to…i miss my studio so much! and that 72 degree pacific ocean…i miss swimming everyday in the ocean….

  8. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    oh sp i soooooooooo want to come on a girls day out and pinky promise, when you have the barn i am there - margarita please!!!!
    i am loving all the day tripping with you. i am so inspired xxx

  9. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Dang it! I sooo want to be part of your girl gang! Look at all the fun I’m missing. Love your “reach-around and yank” photo. LOL! You expression is UDDER-rific! LOVE it!

  10. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Wow! How gorgeous!

  11. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    OMG I love that sanctuary. I may need one of those too. Will ya come for margs at my sanctuary??? I’ll come to yours if you come to mine.
    And loved the tour of your whole trip. What a great place that is. I must head up your way and quick.
    Where can I find a cherry chapstick tree for my yard?? What is the name of that tree.Do you know?? Cause it is NOT cherry chapstick. LOLOL
    And what were you doing to that poor cow??

  12. The fabulous Emilie allegedly said:

    and im printing those sanctuary pics (if you don’t mind) to show my carpenter / hubby.
    no kidding.
    i LOVE this !

  13. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    What a fun place! I love those old masks. They bring back memories. And everywhere you look there is something to behold! Amazing adventure Monica.

  14. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    What a fantastic way to enjoy Fall… loved seeing these pics, so nice to see Paula joined in the fun too!

  15. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    And what a day it was! I’m so glad you did such a fantastic job posting. I don’t think I’m ever going to get mine done~it’s okay. What more can be said?! Love your pic’s again!
    Randall Woods ~ that enchanting driveway and those awesome outbuildings were at Randall Woods.

    Does the T-man have that barn built yet? What’s the hold-up? He might want to add a fireplace in the corner for those rainy days. Wouldn’t want your friends getting cold now, would he?

  16. The fabulous Debbie allegedly said:

    Hey……..I was at those same sales!! The Barn House….and Out on a Limb at Randall Woods!! So fun!! I bet our paths crossed that day!! Great photos!!

  17. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    OHMYGOSH, finally seeing the photos.. you’re killing me.

  18. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    I love, love, love the barn cottage. I have always wanted a my own little cottage for getting away and quilting, even if it was in my back yard.

    My husband has been pricing the cost of building a barn. We were surprised at how expensive it is. I’m sure a barn cottage would be less expensive so maybe I can convince him!

  19. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    I am SOOOOOOO glad I checked your blog again! I was trying to remember the name of “Randall Woods”! That was a very fun place, too, and the people were soooo friendly! My daughter and I got some neat things there, and I wonder how to find out for sure, but I am sure she said they were having a December show?? Ring a bell? Karen

    PS I love the design of your blog!

  20. The fabulous jacoline allegedly said:

    It looks great you must have great fun!!

  21. The fabulous Jodi Renshaw allegedly said:

    Awesome photographs. Gave me such joy to look at them.

    I was thinking of you today and wondering if you were planning to host any swaps this holiday season?


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