Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blog Surfin'...

Since I discovered Blogger-land in recent years,
I have opened up a whole new world of women with the same interests as mine.
If it has anything to do with flower gardening, decorating, genealogy, or scrapbooking,
your blog will catch my attention.

But I also love to read the day to day experiences & happenings in your lives.
I love the little personal stories...the funny stuff, the experiences that help us grow spiritually,
& the sometimes heart wrenching happenings.

So, in the evenings, when my days work is done, I spend a little time in looking at my favorite blogs. I have learned to use the RSS feed and that way I don't have to check each site everyday, but am notified when there is a new posting. And if I really don't have anything to do, I find my favorite blogs & go from there...looking at some of there favorites.

That lead me on a trip last Saturday!

At some point, I stumbled on to a blog way out in Washington State (
& it has become one of my favorites.
From there, I randomly glanced through
& "Indiana" jumped out at me.
Checking it out, I found that this lady had been there recently on a photo shoot.
It just so happened that I had a Saturday to myself & had planned on a shopping trip on the north side of Indianapolis. I wasn't quite sure just where Tipton was, but quickly went to Mapquest & found it was also north. I was in luck!
I did my shopping early & punched in my destination on my GPS & off I went. was a little farther than I had hoped...but it was my day!

Horton's is on the town square in Tipton, Indiana...
and is actually a Hardware store!
It is set up in the front section & are a shabby chic lovers dream!
It was amazing that someone had set up such a shop in the front of a hardware store.

I also learned that I had missed the second annual

French Flea Market

held in mid-July.

Believe will be on my calendar for next year!

Did any of you attend???

You can check it out at

The shop is actually called "The Secret Garden".

Besides hardware, there is a small area with treats such as homemade fudge,

and also a garden center.

Donna is the power behind all of this & she has her own blog, describing her own home re-do.

"Everyday Elegance" at

For some of you girls that live on the north end of Indy, this would be a nice little drive for you. And I also realized that it isn't too many miles away from Frankfort.

After posting this I received a note from Donna explaining that this is all the owners merchandise...not booths set up by vendors. Sorry about that! I misunderstood you have any special blogs you like to visit?

Do you have any special little shops or tea rooms that you enjoy?

If so, we would love to hear about them!

And just a note...

My computer had to be rebuilt so I have been sort of off line for a few days.

I did borrow my brother's laptop but didn't want to "infect" it, so did very little clicking!

Now I'm having to re-install most of my programs and what a pain it is!

I still need to upload a photo shop program & am trying to decide what would be best.

Anyone have a favorite?


The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Sheila,

That looks like my kind of place! I wish I lived closer and could have gone with you. But then again, sometimes it's just nice to get away by yourself, isn't it? I love those kind of shops, I don't have a particular favorite...I like to explore them all!

As to a photo shop program, well I'm not the best one to answer that since I have so much to learn myself. But I have Picnik, which is a free download, and have used it and like it. Also, Photo Shop, but it's a bit more involved and I haven't done much with it yet. I use Picasa the most. Sometimes it annoys me tho, when I can't get it to do what I want...couldn't be me, could it? :)

I'm still trying to figure out how to make the sidebar pictures larger. If you know how, please let me know. I like the look of your blog and your header is very pretty!

Blogging is a lot of fun. You meet so many nice people and I get lots of ideas for gardening, decorating and cooking. There are some incredibly talented people out there.

Glad you had a fun shopping trip!

Take care,
(whose flowers are wilting in all this heat we've been having)

Karen Walden said...

Looks like a place Jenny Grissom would like to visit with ya! :) Ask her for photo programs as well. I have no clue!

Jenny said...

I used to live close to Tipton...looks like fun!

I recommend for a photo editing program. I use Photoshop for my photography, but it's very extensive!!...took me awhile to learn and I still don't know it all.

Sheila said...

Thanks girls. I'll check out "Picnik". And Cheryl, I made my header on my blog by using Picasa & doing a collage. It wasn't hard...just time consuming. I know there is a way to make the sidebar photos larger but I've forgotten how. I'll try to check it out.

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Hi Sheila!
I'm Donna...the store's creative director and visual merchandiser. We are so glad you made it to our little corner of the world and enjoyed your visit.
We are always working on the store's vignettes but...We do not have booth space! Sorry! The store owners fill every corner of it! I wanted to clarify that since I have already gotten requests for a space! I am the only outside vendor at the store who's wares are sold as an artist.
It is alot of work...but less paperwork and less problems when you are trying to create a certain feel...when you own everything there.
I hope you come back and I hate that you missed the Flea Market... I should tell you though...The biggest event of the year is our Christmas Open House! It is pretty cool!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Angie Davis said...

I'm very close to Tipton and just told my husband I want to go to that shop!

Vee said...

Hi Sheila! Thanks for becoming a follower. Now I'm one of yours, too.

What a moment of sheer serendipity that spilled right over into real life. That sounds like so much fun.

Gosh, isn't my computer acting up these days, too. I'm hoping that it was a temporary thing and that it's "healed" now. Ha!

Joycee said...

Shelia, I've had a "journey over the last couple of years since I started blogging. Completely lost all my pictures at one point when I "accidentally" deleted them from Picasa. There's hardly a day goes by that I don't find yet another blog that I love. So many good people out there and want to share good things!