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Friday, December 18, 2009

Hudson Escape


Amidst the oodles of holiday orders and endless shipping -- along with the wrapping, the baking and all those holiday chores...me and Kathy decided to give ourselves a much needed and merry break. We went on a little jaunt, an oh so festive morning out, antiquing and browsing the shops in Hudson, NY with our friends, painter Jennifer Lanne and Stephanie Lloyd, design diva...

We've been talking about getting up the The Hudson Supermarket for months and well, today was the day. It's a 7,000 square foot former grocery store laden with vintage and artful finds, featuring showcases from 12 designers and dealers...yes, antiques, but also some cool body products, groovy contemp finds and a wonderful cafe called "taste".

Our Gal Pals Stephanie Lloyd and Jacqueline Flansburg Diehl have wonderful displays and offerings (we know these gals from Bournebrook Antiques Center in Troy, NY too!).

This is Stephanie's booth...her personal style and aesthetic send me...
Here are some clsoeup shots of her offerings...ohhh ahhh...



Here I am with Jackie among her treaures...(for those of you that follow this blog, my big sis Roseanna found my 3 matching metal and wood kitchen stools in Jackie's booth at Bournebrook...). Jackie's Mom, Ida was with us too but too dark in her booth for pics and no tripod...boo hoo...


We noshed and shopped and exchanged some small and handmade gifts (love that honey cinnamon butter!)


...and then, me and Kathy made the mad dash back to Warwick to fetch the kids from school -- with yes, a big green hat makers cabinet -- soon to be a dresser -- loaded in the back of the pick up! We're both surely making up the chores lost to the time we spent adventuring but happy to have had a merry escape...

Stephanie -- thanks for our wonderful lunch with Ken, Aidan and Ida too! You had a fab little, impromptu party...the best kind...and that food...ohhh ahhh I am already pining for more of that poblano soup and guacamole...

This is one really cool town, with oodles of fun and funky shops....not that you can walk around much when it's 25 degrees, but we have promised ourselves a visit in the spring. (To All: It's well worth the trip if you are in the area or you can always grab the AMTRAK from Manhattan.)

And here are my fave shots of the day...


...my adventure pals watching Stephanie's hubby, Ken, unload new things for their booth.

So glad we took time out to play girls...I might be up all night with work and elf-like chores, but it was soooo worth it!
xxooo Jen
Earth Angels

5 comments:

Laura said...

Hi Jen,
Very cool dresser! Hudson is a great destination but I agree....20 degrees warmer would help!
:) Laura

Elma said...

Oh I want that day bed!! Please ship it to me:) Oh what a hoot!! You guys have the most fun!! Can't wait to see the dresser in your home!! What a super buy:)

katydid said...

A joyful adventure and wonderful day of memory making (friendship, fabulous shopping and scrumptious delights)! It surpassed my greatest hopes - which were quite high! I can't think of a more festive band of merry-makers and kindred spirits... all brought together by "earth's angel" you dear Jen! Can't wait until next time!! xoxo

Rosanne said...

Wish I was there....looks like a lot of fun and a lot of fantastic treasures!

jennifer lanne said...

Holy moly....that guacamole!
So many good things to see in Hudson...and, well eat!
It is a must do...
Can't wait to go back

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