Tuesday, April 13, 2010

~A PEEK AT OUR TRIP...and a Little Bit of Sweet Shabby Cottage Shopping~

On April 1st my hubby and I pulled out of our driveway and began the eleven hour drive to my sister Linda's home.  Between my Mr. AGPMan and I this would be our third trip to the beautiful state of Tennessee in less than a year.

Our visit last June had been unplanned but we just had to see our brother-in-law while he was in the hospital recuperating from a serious stroke.  Last August my hubby returned with my brother to do some remodeling work on Linda and Greg's home.  You may remember my blog post from last summer about how the two of them worked for about a week to make their home wheelchair accessible.  Seven days wasn't long enough for them to finish all the work that needed to be done so my guy and I made plans to return in the spring.

Our drive out was uneventful (thank you, God!)and after resting that night we got straight to work.

We did stop to enjoy Easter Sunday and it proved to be a lovely day.  We lunched at my niece's charming home after church and I loved seeing her all grown up with a house to call her own!  Below is a picture of my gorgeous blue-eyed sister and her two beautiful girls, April and Cathrine.
 
 Handsome Greg

Every year since I became a Mom my Mr. AGPMan, if at all possible, would snap a picture of me with our children on Easter Sunday.  Since this is the first time away from them on this special Sunday he took my picture alone.  Gosh I missed them and my Miss K!  Maybe I can PhotoShop them in!  :) :) :)

During the week my guy worked on things like this:
And this:
 While my sister and I worked on things like this:
 
And this:
Between Linda and I we managed to finish window treatments, paint tables and accent pieces (like mirrors, frames, candlesticks, etc.) and haul furniture to the upholsterer!  Thanks to my hubby's talent he was able to rebuild walls, floors, ceilings and trim and also hang new lighting fixtures and install a new oven.

The last two days of our visit my sister and I were able to get away for a little bit of fun!  We made our way to FRANKLIN, TN for a day of antique shopping and junking.  This is what we looked like as we walked out the front door:
(Gotta LOVE the ROOSTER COMB
on top of my head?  GAG!)

We visited this darling neighborhood on the way...
 A Westhaven Street
Franklin, TN

And...it is in THIS little community that you'll find the truly breathtaking house that St. Jude's Children's Hospital (located in Memphis) is RAFFLING off for charity.  Cost for a raffle ticket is $100.  The  value of the home is approximately $550,000 and is just fabulous.  I just loved seeing it in person!  If I win I just MAY have to move there (wonder how my son and daughter would feel about that...not to mention my Miss K!?).
St. Jude's 2010 Charity Home
Westhaven Community, Franklin, TN

After meandering our way around the neighborhood for about 30 minutes we drove on into Franklin and stopped at THE IRON GATE.  This darling shop has been showcased in Romantic Homes Magazine from what I understand!
The Iron Gate 
(Front Window)
Luxurious Linens
 Stunning at $4,500+
 
Rebecca's in Franklin
(Fabric, Upholstery, etc.)

Even though I have no desire to EVER own another brick and mortar store, I must admit that if I did I would have to have a window sign just like this one!

My sister and I returned to her home with LOTS of treasures.  I found a darling pair of hand painted, pink rose salt and pepper shakers, old laces and crochet, three fabulous vintage chairs (two that are 2die4), two sweet chest of drawers and one darling little dresser with a mirror...plus so much more!

Like I told you yesterday...we hauled it all home in this:
I'm a Die-Hard Junker
(Did You Know That?)

I'm a wimp when it comes to pulling a trailer...so, Mr. AGPMan did MOST of the driving!

Tomorrow or Thursday (still tired here!) I'll give you a peek at what's inside!

Golly...I sure missed you!

Blessings~

36 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

Rebecca, what a great trip! To have time with your sister doing the things you love to do is just wonderful! Okay, can't wait to take a peek at all of your treasures!!

Nancy

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

You are a very kind sister and you and hubby got a lot of things done!!! Wanna come to MN and see what little projects you could do with me??!
Warmly,
Deb :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Rebecca, you can take a trip to my house anytime, and bring your handy husband! What wonderful relatives you are to do so much work! What a fun place to have a shopping spree! I would need a u-haul too! I was so nice to stop by your beautiful blog this evening.
Yvonne

Ginger said...

Can't wait to see what is in the trailer!! Wow, you all did a lot of work, do you hire out? LOL I'm sure your sister and her husband are so thankful for you and Mr. AGP man. You have a beautiful sister and nieces. You look lovely as always too. Love the house they are raffeling off. Bet Miss K. is having the time of her life getting caught up with you since you have been gone. She is soooo sweet. Look forward to seeing all your goodies sweety.

Hugs,
Ginger

Stacey said...

Rebecca, it was so sweet of you and Mr. AGP to go help your family like that. I know that was a special time for all of you.

Charlene said...

So glad you are home safe. Can't wait to see what all you found in Franklin. Did you eat at the Tea Room there? I LOVE that town. My friends & I spent a little time there but, NOT ENOUGH! Hugs Charlene

Tanza said...

Ooohhh Sniff sniff .. my friend .. how sweet and wonderful to see you altogether, celebrating love and just life !! God is good my friend, and it sounds and looks like you had an amazingly wonderful and blessed time altogether as a family !! I can't wait to HEAR all about it, and I'm so happy that you made it home safe .. I'll let you get all settled in again, before your friend bugs you !! Beautiful pictures you shared ~
huggers ~tea~xo

Lovey said...

Wow! Rebecca what an eventful and fun trip you had! How awesome to travel and visit your sister! She's beautiful as are you! Oh I know you have a lot of goodies in that UHaul! Can't wait to see! Nice to know you are back. Get some rest till next post! Smiles...Lovey

Oklahoma Granny said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time in TN. Can't wait to see what's in the U-Haul.

Sandra said...

Hi Rebecca! I'm so happy that you spent time with your sissy! I think sisters are so special. Aw, She is so pretty as you are, Ms Rebecca. And your nieces too. I can't wait to see what you bought.
Blessings,
Sandra

Terri Smith said...

What wonderful photos! I can hardly wait to see what's inside that UHaul. So glad you're back and well and safe. You were missed!

Blessings, Love and Tuesday Sunshine, Terri

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

YOU missed US??? Are you kidding?? It was us who missed YOU! I kept checking...and checking..and checking..
and...we are glad you are home safe and sound.
The photo of your sister and you is just wonderful! You are two bee-yoo-tee-ful women! I am so happy you had such a wonderful time.
That home is just gorgeous! Wonder who will win.. wow! It's that porch that really to me. How I love a porch, especially one of those wrap around ones.
Sooo..anyway..welcome home sweet friend!
Love and hugs,
Mona

Deanna said...

Dear Rebecca,
May you get rested up and be refreshed soon.

Traveling sometimes eats my lunch!

Sounds like you girls had a blast.
Looking forward to seeing your treasures and what you will do with them.

God bless you,
d

Martha's Favorites said...

How fun! I can't wait to see what is inside the u haul. Blessings, Martha

Marilyn said...

Oh My!!! Now I know why so many from our area has moved to Tenn.!! I could go just for the "junkin'"!! LOL!!
So glad you made it back safely & with so many warm memories!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Rebecca,
So glad to have you back!! We missed you!!
What a wonderful thing you did for your sister and I really enjoyed seeing your family and pics from your trip but I am dying to see what you came back with.....

Debbie

The Rustic Victorian said...

How blessed you are! Isn't God good. What fun Franklin is. Can't wait to see what treasures the trailer holds. I love your blog, and "must" visit more often.
Love
Marcie

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Hello,my dear Rebecca!-)*

Such a beutiful trip and also amazingly nice post hre again,my beautiful friend!!!

You looks great and you sister like many of you!
All you photos are really,really nice and gives me very good feelings,like as I was there...very pretty feelings,thank you ,my sweet friend for sharing these!!!

Much Love,
***Violetta***

Rita said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and aren't sister's great? I don't know what I would do without mine!

Marydon Ford said...

My cup of tea, english muffins & REBECCA in the morn! Yah! Now I can start my day ...

Wow! You ladies all look lovely! What lovely transformations for your their home ... I am sure they not only enjoyed the good company that you shared with them, but the changes you helped them create.

This is a lovely area of TN, we've been there ... St. Jude's is our favorite charity for children ... love the house!

Now you are snuggled back into your home, Miss K will fill your days with delight ... isn't it awful to be away from the kid-lings?, but look at the joy & delight you brought to all in TN.

Anxious to see what all you fit in that trailer, ladybug! TY for using U-Haul ...

Have a beautiful day ...
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Betsy said...

I really enjoyed your post, and like how you did your window curtains with the 3 plates that hang above the rod.
My daughter lives in TN. with her husband and son. Just got back from visiting Big Rock TN. and already looking forward to going back. Such a beautiful state.
Betsy

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rebecca....glad to hear about your trip! Your sweet hubby is so good to help out like this, and I know you and Faith had a lot of fun decorating and reinventing pretties for their house!!
Love the photos..beautiful family!
Rebecca...I have been to Franklin
several times and absolutely fell in love with the whole town! I also have been to The Iron Gate store shopping...isn't it super??!!
Can't wait for a peek INSIDE the U-Haul at all the goodies you brought back with you..I am sure you will WOW us with what all you do with them!!
Rest and spend time now with your family in Oklahoma! I am sure they missed you!
Hugs, Francy

Katsui Jewelry said...

I love what you have done in your house with the window treatments and picture. So pretty.

I think Tenn. must be where it's at. What a beautiful little town! I cannot believe that house which is being raffled off! I would give anything...well, not quite anything.

And you have sun there, too! MN is just beginning to find the sun again...I am so tired of winter!

Come visit my daughter and I sometime...

Suz
http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

So happy to know you made it back safe and sound. Man, you sure were busy the entire time. LOVE all of the work that y'all did! What a sweet couple you are to your family.


((hugs))
Becky

Gail said...

You are a girl after my own heart. I live in CA and had to purchase a trailer in Arkansas on a trip to east coast because I had filled up our van. I look forward to seeing your lovely treasures. I have sisters so I know how much it means to help each other out. We were in Nashville last year but I missed Franklin so next time I'm planning on a visit.

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca!! I am so glad you had such a wonderful time with family!! And what a beautiful family you have. I love the picture of you and your sister! I just want to hug you both :) WOW!! You all got a lot done! Everything looks just amazing!! I cant wait to see what all you bought!!
Love ya,
Amy

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Sounds as if you had a wonderful time! Looking forward to seeing your antiquing finds!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi there Missy!

I'm so glad to see you're home safely. I was just thinking about you this morning, actually.....I don't like it when you're gone.

You, your sister, hubbs, and nieces are all just adorable...

Can't wait to see your finds. I haven't done well in that department lately.

Yes, one of these days I WILL post a photo....


Huggies, Lovies and more...

Spencer

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Rebecca!

I'm always so happy to hear from you. Your kind comments leave me wanting to get in the car and head right over. I just love them so much. How did I get so blessed to find a friend like you?

I love the pics from you trip. You and your sister really look a lot alike, both of you are so pretty. What a kind thing for your husband and brother and you to do. I imagine you are your family are worn out. It must be so much fun decorating and all with your sister. Love that plaque!!!!

Lots of love, Tracy :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rebecca, Welcome back home safe and sound. I just love the pics of gorgeous you and your beautiful sister and her daughter's and hubby Greg.
Wow you all got so much done and with your guy and your talents, everything is beautiful.
Love the row homes pic. Lubbock has a town center just like it and we visited last Spring. Love it!!

The shops look extra special and what fun you girls must have had. I can just imagine the trailer full of ready to redesign treasures.
Glad you had a special Easter with your sister and her family.
We are going off this weekend to San Antonio, but it is a work function for my hubs. Don't think I'll get any junkin done, but one never knows!!

Love ya, Celestina Marie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I can't wait to see your treasures, Rebecca... :) What fun you must have had..but tiring too I suppose. Please don't work too hard now that you are here...we can wait. (NOT!) :)
Love and hugs,
Mona

Torie Jayne said...

What a lovely trip you had, Can't wait to see what you bought! Have a sweet day!

Dolores said...

Your trip sounds and looks wonderful!!! I love the pictures...... so beautiful!

Looking forward to seeing your goodies that were in the U Haul...
Have a great day!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am still blessed to have one child that I pose for pictures with at Easter. Kudo's to you for taking a lovely one by yourself.

Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers.

Paula said...

Hi sweet Rebecca,
I missed you too! So thankful the Lord blessed you and Mr. AGP Man a wonderful and safe trip! What a beautiful family you have! You are a beautiful lady! Love the photo of you and your lovely sister! I am so glad you all accomplished so much work and were able to go antiquing too. The home you shared is gorgeous! I look forward to seeing all your treasures! I am sure the greatest treasures are stored in your sweet heart~ the happy memories made with your loved ones! Love, Paula

debbie said...

WELCOME HOME REBECCA,
I BET THERE WOULD BE BLOGGER FRIENDS WHO WOULD STAND IN LINE TO SEE WHAT COMES OFF YOUR TRAILER. LOL
YOU AND YOUR MAN ARE SO VERY...SUCH A BLESSING TO YOUR SISTER AND HUSBAND. I LOVED THE PICTURE OF YOU AND YOUR SISTER, I LOVED THE PICTURE OF YOUR SISTER WITH HER BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS.
I CRIED WHEN I SAW THE PICTURE OF YOU BY YOURSELF...NOT THAT YOU ARE NOT BEAUTIFUL BUT IT JUST HIT A SAD PLACE IN ME.
I MISSED YOUR SWEET SPIRIT WHILE YOU WERE GONE AND THANK YOU FOR THE SWEET COMMENT YOU LEFT THE OTHER DAY.
GET SOME REST...I KNOW YOU WON'T BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER TO SAY IT.
HUGS AND BLESSINGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

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