Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sightseeing and Antiquiing in Seattle with Vanna!

I am so excited to post today for Sightseeing Saturday, Beverly's Pink Saturday at
and Laurie's A Few of My Favorite Things at for today, I get to show you one of my most favorite and exciting trips. I am also linking with Scenic Sunday at John and I went to Seattle for a business with pleasure trip (Business for him and pleasure for me!) this past week and we got to meet a good friend of mine who I have chattted and got acquainted with on line for the last 3 years. Finally, I got to meet her face to face. Isn't that so exciting?

And of course everybody here knows the famous lover of antiques,Vanna of . If you have not visited her blog, you are missing a lot so you better hop and go see her as soon as you can.

Vanna and her dh Michael met us at Sheraton hotel where we were staying downtown and had coffee there, as we chatted non stop while we waited for the stores to open.

Then we drove to an antique store after promising John to pick him up at noon when his meeting is over.

I thought this picture is so cool. Here you can see Vanna taking a picture of the pretty screen and boy statue. But do you see me in the mirror taking a picture of her?

Isn't Vanna just lovely?
She looks exactly as I envisioned her, so sophisticated and classy.

I don't think we missed seeing any of the booths in the store for it took us more than 4 hours shopping, while keeping John waiting. We did not go back to pick him up until after 2:30 PM. Yep, we were only more than 2 hours late, lol. But can you blame us? We were having so much fun. I knew he would understand.

Isn't this frog the cutest little, actually big thing? I thought I found my Prince charming! I love his crown. I also fell in love with these 2 chairs and I wanted to take the bust home but as you know, luggage room and weight is very limited when you are flying, so they all had to stay. We really had so much fun, trying not to outdo each other in our total purchase so we stayed pretty close. You should check out the awesome items that Vanna purchased. I hope she posts them too.
This is the first time I have seen a bridal dome in person such as this, which was actually introduced to me for the first time on Vanna's blog a few weeks ago.

I wanted all these religious items. If only they would fit in my little niche.

What about this mirror? Isn't it gorgeous?

This photo is for those who collect white ironstone. I know there are a lot of you around.

There were so many lovely things and so many that we wanted to buy. I had to control myself.
After we picked up John, we went to the Sony store and then stopped to see this Fremont troll. Also called Troll Under the Bridge, it is a mixed media colossal statue. He is clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle with a California tag, which he swiped from the road above.
And look! There is sun in Seattle! We were so lucky to have a good weather while we were there. But as you can see, I was ready for a cold weather.
After driving around, Vanna and Michael took us to the Space Needle where we had a dinner reservation at 5. OMG! You should have been up on the observation deck. The view was truly spectacular! Built in 1962, it is 605 feet tall and 138 ft. wide. It can withstand an earthquake of up to 9.1 in magnitude.
We all had smiling faces.

I took a lot of pictures from the observation deck. The site was breathtaking no matter which side you were on. Here is a view showing Mt. Rainier.

As you can see, the sky was pink when we got there.

The view is just spectacular! The weather was perfect and the food was delicious too. Sorry, I forgot to load pictures of the food.

The sky turned an intense orange in color. It was so beautiful!
The best table in the restaurant and it was ours, right where the sunset was showing, cause even though the restaurant rotated, the sunset would have been gone if we were seated somewhere else.

I just could not get over looking at this breathtaking sunset. Vanna and Michael couldn't have picked a better place to eat. And as if the evening was not perfect yet, this amazing full moon just suddenly popped out.
We were all the way to the top in the rotating restaurant and yet because of the good visibility, we could see all the way down to the streets.

Thank you so much, Michael and Vanna for the perfect day and evening.

But before I sign off, let me show you the linens that I bought from the antique shop. I bought other things too but I have not taken their pictures yet. I am still unpacking, lol.

I bought these beautiful vintage linens, a square Navy Army tablecloth complete with 12 matching napkins. I rarely see a square tablecloth this big. I plan to use it as a topper for our round kitchen table for a special occasion. I also bought a set of 6 pretty Battenburg lace napkins and a table runner with yellow and lilac embroideries.

Here's a close up showing the details of the embroideries.

Thank you very much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed both our sightseeing and shopping tour for today and meeting my very good blogging friend, Vanna and her charming hubby.
Thanks to our hosts. Don't forget to visit them.


Jane said...

Wonderful series of shots, I love the cityscapes and the one with the plane landing. Thanks for sharing:)

Lynn said...

Wow, looks like you had an amazing day Christine! The troll is too funny! Thanks for sharing:@)

Martha said...

What a treasure of a store! And your pictures are beautiful!

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures Christine! I enjoyed the 'virtual' shopping trip! I will have to check out Vanna's blog! said...

I do love your travel posts, I don't have to get out of my p.j.'s and off the couch to travel myself! Those linens are beautiful, I know you will put them to good use.

Sue said...

What a wonderful experience you must have had, Christine! That antique mall looked like it had oodles of good stuff. You certainly came away w/some beautiful linens, that's for sure. Love your pics of the Needle and its surrounding vistas. Such fun to meet friends like this. :-)
Your John is a very good sport when understanding how time got away from you and you were 2 hours late meeting him! LOL
hugs, Sue

Donnie said...

It's always great fun when you can meet up with other bloggers that you feel you know already. Looks like you all had a fabulous time. Great photos.

Erin said...

Spectacular pics and how awesome that you and Vanna could hang out! Love that frog too, so adorable!!

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

Such lovely pictures! Looks like you ladies had a great time : )

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, I love Vanna's blog and her home is stunning. She is such a sweet lady and how wonderful to meet her in person. She is very pretty and I am sure you had a great time. She seems as gracious as you. Love your beautiful linens, they look gorgeous. Great day and beautiful pictures. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great time.
What a beautiful view. I have to admit I would have a hard time enjoying a meal up there - I have issues with height. :D Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Enjoy your weekend.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you all had a great time, the photo's are amazing!...would love to go to Seattle,I must make this a go to!..Love blogging and blabbing with you and I have posted a "sightseeing Saturday" on my blog,LazyonLoblolly.
Thanks for sharing.

lvroftiques said...

Christine it was so much fun playing all day with you!If I lived closer to you I bet we'd cut a rug through the South! *winks* Ummm but it might take us awhile if we take more than 4hrs per store lol!It was very sweet of John to understand. I really loved this virtual tour...and I was there! Such great pictures! And truly Mother Nature shared Seattle in all her splendor just for you! Unbelievable! Vanna Vanna

Sarah said...

Christine, I think you travel more than anyone I know. Looks like a terrific trip. I've always enjoyed visits to the north west. ~ Sarah

Kat said...

Oh Christine, I'm so glad you got to meet Vanna! Looks like you both had a wonderful time. Didn't it just drive you crazy to have to leave those chairs? They are gorgeous. I love the linens you found, they are just beautiful! I'm going to hop over and see what Vanna posted! Kat

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, it looks like such a fun trip, and how great that you got to meet your friends! And I loved seeing all of your goodies you bought and all the sights on your trip, too.


Sheila :-)

Richard Cottrell said...

Thanks for droping by my blog. I am sure you and Ms. Vanna had a wonderful visit. It looks like the antique shopping there is wonderful. I love natchez, and it is one of my favorite spots in the world. I hope to get to hear from you more and more. Richard at

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How fun for you both C/X...Vanna is truly a petty woman and Michael is a Hotie I think maybe she hid that one from us ha ha!! I loved the wedding dome WOW!! and only $700.00 such a deal..I have one coming that I bought from Richard and just holding my breath that it gets here in one piece and so is he ha ha!!
I had dinner at the space needle in 1976 was a blast to see where the world's fair was at...Hope you have a GREAT Sunday my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, my green eyed monster is really out now! Your photos are wonderful. Vanna is so pretty, and her husband is so cute. The antique store looks like such a wonderful place to shop - I can see why y'all were there for 4 hrs! The photos from the Space Needle are glorious! The 3 of you look so great. Even though I am extremely jealous, I'm so glad you linked this post to Favorite Things. laurie

Shelia said...

Hi Christine!n I see two beautiful ladies! What fun you two must have had! I've eaten in the space needle too! Our daughter and her husband used to live in Bellevue right by Seattle. It's gorgeous up there looking down at the city. Your linens are so pretty you found!! :)
thanks for popping in to see me,
Shelia ;)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Christine, sounds like you had the perfect visit! The view was simply stunning and your photographs are marvelous!

Nothing better than meeting blog friends and shopping! Love your linens!

Lou Cinda

Traci said...

What gorgeous views! How fun to finally meet someone you've been talking to!

BTW - still no boots!

Kathleen said...

I thought it was going to be Vanna White, LOL
You kept John waiting 2 hours! OMG, I would be in trouble, and he would too if he kept me waiting, You have a saint there!
Love the linens, you didn't say how much! That always influences my buying decisions!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a wonderful trip you took. I can't believe all the beautiful items. Those chairs were gorgeous. Love that first picture with you in the mirrow! That Troll is amazing and the views from the Space Needle are awesome. So glad you had such a great time.

Gloria said...

What a great trip that looked like! And it was so nice that you finally got to meet an online friend. And you must have been in your glory looking at all the antiques with Vanna! You also did a fabulous job with your photography at the top of the Space Needle. Very impressive!
P.S. Oh, and your husband is a saint, if he waited for you for over two hours. If that would have been me, I would NOT have spoken to you for the rest of the day! LOL!

Pamela said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! Those views are breath taking! Also love your Valentine touches! Thanx for stopping by earlier!

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