Monday, July 15, 2013

A Visit to Cambria

This past week my friend rented a beach house in the central coast of California in a charming little town called Cambria.  She invited me up for a couple of the days so we could visit the nearby towns.  There were lots of great antique malls to visit and some of the dealers there were very creative.  I asked the shop owners if I could snap some photos to share and got permission.  I wanted to remember the projects so I could recreate them myself with some of my found objects.
The above photo is a bird house with a spoon perch made from an old portable sewing cabinet.
Terrific mail box.  I just happen to have a wooden one that is waiting to be reinvented.
How about these boxes?  I have some pages from some old French periodicals.  I am so going to give this one a try.
I pass these trays up all the time.  Never again though.  I'm sure this is a Maison de Stencil design.
What a great table.  Another Maison de Stencil.
Chalkboard from an old cabinet door.  
This is a Graphics Fairy French graphic.  This gal put some major work into this fabulous drop leaf desk.
I'm sure this cross was patterned after our California flag.  A bear with some metal stars.  Terrific for a boy's room.
Wonderful collection of some old barnyard animals.  I bet some of these are over a hundred years old.
This might be my favorite sign ever.  If you are a dealer in a mall, you totally get this one.
Last but not least, here is the view from the balcony of the house my friend rented.  This quaint little house on the beach is purportedly owned by a television actor although he was not there this particular weekend.  I hope you liked the creativity displayed in these photos.  I can't wait to try some of these projects for myself.

Thanks for taking a peak.
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Art and Sand said...

I love Cambria, but haven't been there for several years. I think we might just have to take a long day trip up for a visit.

Love all the ideas you shared.

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

How pretty....someday I may get to California.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great ideas, Maggie! Thanks for sharing them. I'll pinning these for future inspiration. It looks like a great view from that balcony. It sounds like you had a nice weekend with your friend.

NanaDiana said...

Thanks for the great photos and ideas, Maggie. Wonderful repurposed items. That sign says it all-it should be a fixture in most shops! What a fun place to stay, too. xo Diana

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I haven't been to Cambria in years. I should take a little drive up there. It's beautiful there.
Great ideas from the stores. Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a great time.
Happy Week

Annette T. said...

I love Cambria and go up there about 2x a year. We really enjoy it at Christmas. And they have a lovely knit shop run by the cutest couple now. I know exactly where you are shopping, lots of fun stuff. I really like the bird house. I'm going up next month and can't wait!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh Maggie - that's some gorgeous stuff - can't even pick a favorite ( which I always try to do for some sick reason )
Can't wait to see what this vacation inspired you to do......
AND what a beautiful spot for a vacation - just beautiful!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Thanks for taking us along to the shops! What a gorgeous view overlooking the water! I bet you hated to leave. :)

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh what a beautiful view and so many great ideas! Got a few myself from here!

Bliss said...

I never thought to stencil a tray like that either, hmmmm.... and the boxes, love 'em, but do tell who the actor rumored to live there is?

Cynthia said...

Maggie these are just gorgeous photos and so much inspiration!! Any of these projects you try will be outstanding you are so talented. I really, really love so many but that mailbox is gorgeous!!!! By the way, what a great view too!