Friday, February 26, 2010

Pink Quilt, Summer Purse and Ybor City in Tampa

It's Pink and Sightseeing Saturday again so don't forget to visit Beverly at You will be amazed a all the pretty pinks circulating around Blogland today.

Last weekend, I took a break from babysitting our newborn grandson and his brother.

John flew to Tampa for a meeting so I drove to the Bay area to pick him up from the airport and spend the weekend with him.

On my way back to Fort Myers, I passed by a Marshall's and a Ross and naturally, I had to check them out. I never come out empty handed when I visit those stores and I am sharing 2 items for my Pink Sat. contribution.

I bought the printed quilted throw from Ross, only $12.99 and I really love the colors. I thought I would use it for a tablecloth on our game table to create a springy tablescape when I get back home. It is also reversible. Pink, yellow and blue flowers and green leaves on a white background on one side and green and white stripes on the other.

The canvas Tommy Hil. purse came from Marshall's for $19.99. It's mostly green and orange but it has a pink interior and on the plaid pockets. I think it is perfect for summer and spring but I couldn't even wait for those seasons to come so I am using it now. After all, weather here in FL right now feels more like summer. We already have the air conditioner on.

Now, back on my Tampa trip. The meeting was in Ybor City so after picking up John from the airport, we went there and checked in the hotel. The location is very convenient because it is only a block away from shopping and restaurants and very close to 7th Ave., which is recognized as one of the "10 Greatest Streets in America". I love the old paved roads.

After checking in, we walked to find a place to eat. We ate at Iguana Grill and Bar. I had a grilled blackened mahi with mango salsa and fried plantains and John had a Caesar salad with blackened mahi. We enjoyed the food so much that I forgot to take pictures.

While John was at the meeting, I drove north of Tampa to my other daughter's house to pick up AJ. She was ready to spend the weekend with us too.

We went back to the hotel to pick up John after his meeting and then we went to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to watch Wicked. AJ loves this Broadway and everytime she hears it is playing, she calls us and asks if we could see it, again and again. We have seen it twice in Tampa and twice in NY. John bought her the book. It has really nice pictures of the cast and the script and she was following the script while it was being acted. And for $50 to be donated for a good cause, you can have a poster autographed by the entire cast. Of course, AJ had to have that too. She was so excited to have pictures taken with the Munchkin and other casts. She wanted a pic with Elphaba and Galinda too but we could not find them

John's daughters and the 3 grandkids also came to see us. We all walked around Ybor City downtown while John was in a meeting again the next day.

Ybor City is a charming old historic town in Tampa founded in the 1880's by cigar manufacturers. It used to be occupied by multi ethnic groups mostly Spaniards, Italian and Cubans, who rolled millions of cigars annually. After World War 2, they started abandoning the area and it got neglected for decades. It was finally redeveloped into a popular night club and entertainment district.

We went to the marketplace and they were having a craft show. We also visited the Ybor City Studio. The kids had a great time playing and walking around and listening to music.
Here's another of my pink contribution. Zoe is wearing pink! Isn't she a cutie?

Ybor City is so alive at night so if you are looking for a fun night life, it is the place to go. I did not take pictures but all the night clubs had long waiting lines outside as we passed them.

After the meeting, we took the kids to the Florida Aquarium. I will show you pictures of that next Sightseeing Saturday cause this post is getting too long. Thanks a lot for coming along.

And thanks to Beverly for hosting another fun Pink Saturday!

I hope you all have a nice weekend!


Sue said...

That throw will be great as a tablecloth!

You have an interesting, fun life! Busy, I get tired reading all the things you do...but, it seems really fun. You make me miss Florida:)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christine my Dear friend...what a fun time you are having...Loved seeing your cutie pie AJ again...
Now girl that quilt is so spring can't wait to see your game table all done up...girl I'm so ready for spring time and sick of this white stuff here ha ha!! Love the Tommy Hill purse I have a few of his jeans and they are wonderful to wear as they don't show my fat belly ha ha!! Hows that baby doing girl..I have another one coming in June WOW!! just toss them my checkbook I can't keep up with them all ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend...Oh come by and toss your name in the hat for my give away for Amazon as I think you like to shop ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with John, AJ and John's grandkids. What a great group. The shopping in Ybor sounds like so much fun. Of course I never heard of it, but would love to go.

I love the coverlet, the colors are very spring like and I like the purse, too. I also wanted to mention I love the outfit you are wearing for the Wicked play. You look fantastic in black! :-)


Nancy said...

Great finds, Christine! And, I agree, Ybor City is one of my fave places, too.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Kerri Deitsch said...

I LOVE your mosaic of Ybor! It really captures it perfectly! Will send pics soon of the plates. . .

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice finds - really like the purse! Sounds like you have had a wonderful trip from start to finish and thank you for sharing it with us.
Enjoy your weekend.

Regina said...

How wonderful. Great family photos!
Such an enjoyable trip.
Thank you for sharing Christine.
Happy Pink Saturday and lovely weekend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You bought some nice things.
You keep showing places that my family takes me to when I visit them in Florida. I think I need to make a trip to Florida.

Donna said...

Hi, Christine,
My traveling friend. :)

I love that pretty throw. Can't wait to see how you use it in your tablescape.
P.S. I always wanted to try "mango salsa" :)

Teri said...

Love that blanket! Looks like you had a fabulous time! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my post! I'm off to peruse your other posts. Love the tea-set photos below, by the way!! :)

Debbiedoos said...

Christine it looks like you had a wonderful time! We loved Wicked saw it Chicago, it was awesome! Have a great weekend:) Debbie

Kathleen said...

Nothing but the best for you, Girl! What fun!
I love that quilt..great colors!!

Suzie Button said...

You're one busy gal! Your goodies from Marshalls are wonderful and your pictures show how much fun you have in life! Happy Pink Saturday! Suzie

Grace said...

What a pretty throw. I have not visited in a while so have been so busy catching up on your wonderful adventures! Happy Pink Saturday. Grace xoxox

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wonderful mosaics! AJ seems to be growing up faster and faster!

How absolutely awesome to spend time with your grandchildren and have such wonderful experiences in such interesting places.

Blessings & Aloha!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I love that the colors of that quilted throw. How perfect for a tablecloth. Great purse, too. So great to see you having such a good time with your family. Have a great weekend...Kim

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That purse it really great! I haven't found a summer bag as yet..and might just not do it this year. Yours is PERFECT!
We have a Ross near us and I might just stop in.
Most of the stores mentioned in blogs are not here..not near by anyway.
Your little granddaughter looks like she had a fantastic time! I would love to see WICKED! It sounds like your weather is doing beautifully. Spring is certainly arriving there!
The little throw is beautiful! Be sure and show us how you decide to use it! I would love to see.

Melissa Miller said...

Christine you all always have the most amazing time everywhere you go! I have heard "Wicked" is just wonderful. I loved the book. Gorgeous photos. :)

Sherry said...

Love that quilt!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Maggie said...

What a great quilt!

Happy PS!
Maggie Mae
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

What fun everyone had! And I love the lining in that bag..I'd like to have some yardage of that alone. :0)

Happy PiNk to you....may the PiNk bliss follow you through your week.

♥ Love & Faerie Dust ♥

Duchess of Tea said...

Glad you had a nice family holiday darling. I love the pink rosy quilt. Wishing you a lovely Sunday and a wonderful week.

Love & Hugs

Unknown said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Christine! Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time! I loved Ybor City. I use to live in Tierra Verde, so we went to Ybor often! Great nightlife! So much fun!

Love the quilt and the tommy bag, great finds!


PAT said...

Looks like lots of fun, Christine.

I love your finds! I'm going to look around for a pretty quilt, to use for a table. The one you found is wonderful.

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Kat said...

What a fun post Christine! I love the throw that you found, the colors are so pretty. And I really love that purse! Ybor City looks like a really fun place to visit. Glad that AJ got to catch Wicked again, she is such a doll. Enjoy the summery weather there, it's still a bit chilly here. But not as bad as some places! We will be heading to Mississippi next weekend for a family wedding, but it's the northern part of the state. Hope it's not raining and cold. Kathy

Debbiedoos said...

Christine, I have something special for you at my blog, please go pick it up! You have been so kind and so supportive on my new journey, and I wanted to thank you!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I loved your post today. It was so nice to get to meet more of your beautiful family. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I see Deb gave you this, too. I have something for you too. You have been so nice to me since day one of my blog.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Nothing like being with family. And little Zoe is the cutest pink post of all!

susan said...

Christine-Somehow I have been missing connections with you! Hope all has been going well with the new grandbaby and glad you got a rest! I am envious that you got to see Wicked again! I'm with AJ-- I could see it again and again!

Its So Very Cheri said...

We are going to Tampa tonight for a couple of days-we are taking the kids to Busch Gardens.

I came over to let you know that my blog has moved and I would be ever so grateful if you would come to the new site and RE-sign up to follow me there.

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