Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pink Saturday celebrating El Rocio Retreat

Last weekend a group of long time friends gathered in Mission, Texas, for a wonderful retreat. Come through the gate where the pink Bouganvilla are blooming…el rocio and book pages for etsy 041

And choose a path to follow…

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You can start in the courtyard and follow the Fountain Trail…

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It heads out through the brush…clumps of Prickly Pear Cactus line the trail…the red mulch looks pink and inviting in the gray light of early morning…

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I look down at my choice of shoes for the day…

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No rugged path through the Mesquite trees for me today. My flip-flop Clarks won’t do much to protect my bare pink toes…the next trail is even worse…

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It winds beside an abandoned camp site… This seems more appropriate…

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Yes! This path is perfect…

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If you’ve never wandered through a labyrinth, you’re missing a calming, quiet, very pink experience.  I didn’t have a solitary walk… there were birds everywhere at El Rocio…the area is a bird watcher’s heaven.

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I decided to slip inside this sweet pink Hobbit house where I could watch the birds through the window…

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Isn’t it cute? Built in the 1980’s the buildings are very organic and many walls incorporate actual rough-hewn trees.

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Pink details were everywhere…like this terra cotta cross embedded in the wall.

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November is the perfect month for a retreat…Reflection and renewal before the rush and rapid pace of the holidays.  Just like our weekly visits with the Pink around us. Thank you, Beverly at How Sweet the Sound  for hosting our weekly Pink  retreat where we can step into our beautiful pink Blogland  and recharge our batteries with all things pink and beautiful. Leave a comment and I’ll return the visit.

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.