Getting Sandy

We snuck off to the beach over Memorial Day weekend to spend some time with John’s family (at their amazing beach house near Bethany Beach, Delaware) so we thought we’d share our house-related adventures. A while back a reader (thanks Ann!) recommended checking out The Old Screen Door in Lewes (about 30 mins from Bethany), so we took a drive out there and it was the cutest little town (which boasts that it was the first town in the first state). Here’s the front of the shop:

It’s not very big inside, but there’s a collection of really fun old stuff going on (mixed with some new stuff to keep things interesting).

And Clara loves bikes. Well she loves lots of things (birdies, duckies, doggies, kitties, cars, blocks, her stuffed giraffe that she affectionately named Gee, etc) so it was no surprise to us that she honed in on this cool metal tricycle as soon as she saw it.

So like typical parents with no willpower we bought it for our office (since it’s really not meant for riding, but it’s fun to look at and we’re all in there all the time). At thirty beans it wasn’t exactly free but we like to pick up one or two “house things” whenever we travel (that way they have a vacation memory attached to them, which seems to make them more special). Here are some better shots that we snapped of it back in Richmond yesterday:

We don’t have a specific spot for it in the office yet, but we figure once we add more storage and cabinetry it’ll look pretty sweet in there. Of course, no sooner had we put our purchase in the car did we look at each other and simultaneously realize that it kinda reminded us of the creepy tricycle from the Saw movies:

So even though it should give us the heebie-jeebies it somehow makes us laugh (and thereby love it a little bit more). Ah random quirkiness – gotta have some of that to make a house a home.

But back to our visit to The Old Screen Door. I was also head over heels in love with this tiny outdoor chair (it was the best weathered gray color) but at $65 (which isn’t bad, we’re just cheap) we decided to leave it there for the next baby to enjoy.

Then we drove over to downtown Lewes which is a gorgeous tree-lined street full of shops and goodies (like a store called Cake Bar). Clara had a ball in Kids Ketch (a toy store packed with fun stuff). Here she is perusing the monster collection that hung from a clothesline across the entryway:

She especially liked a small green doll called Groody. Let’s just say that Groody’s tag cracked us up (if you can’t read it, it says: Groody is a pretty relaxed, easy going, energetic, stressed out, moody broody mess! Aaaaaahhhhh! Did I just close that door? It was a ghost! Did I send that e-mail to the wrong person!!??? You get the picture. If you are willing to help him on his quest for inner peace he will help you on your quest for whatever dealio you got going. His first though).

Hilarious. Oh and remember snap bracelets? I wore one as a scrunchy in grade school. Oh yeah, I was that cool. Anyway, they had snap bracelet watches that brought me back.

But we left without Groody or the snap bracelet watch (sometimes it’s just fun to window shop and spend a few bucks on ice cream as you walk around). Oh and speaking of window shopping, I spied this cute little pig planter through the window of a flower store. Totally my idea of a good time. In the words of A.C. Slater, “oink, oink babe.” <– audio clip here

One of the most fun places that we popped into was this little alley marked “Antique Mall”:

Inside were some of the most amazing collections of cool stuff that I’ve seen in a while. Like these pretty oversized mercury glass finial-like accents and the fun antique bronze porthole mirror:

And this insane to the membrane (well, to mine at least) wood horse. He was $250 firm, so I hugged him and then moved on. Not without telling him I loved him first (see, he made me go crazy).

I also fell in love with this amazing print about Kalamari (at over $200 I had to pass it up, but I still daydream about it for at least twenty minutes a day):

And this tin whale thingie was, in the words of my girl Bethenny Frakel, amazeballs. It’s hard to explain but you could rock the whale back and forth and the mouth would open and close and the eye would move from left to right. In short, he was cooler than my snap bracelet scrunchy.

And then there were these baskets. I loved how tightly they were nested (the whole set was muy expensive, but they also sold them individually).

What did we get? Well, right as we were about to leave we noticed a little stand of iron birds and sea turtles for $6 a pop. And you might remember that I have a thing for sea turtles thanks to our moving-day experience and a certain necklace from Cougartown (more on that here). So we decided to take this little guy home with us.

So our total spent for the day was around $40 (including our $30 bike, our $6 sea turtle, and some ice cream to enjoy while strolling around Lewes). It was a good day. Oh and there were such cute houses too. Like this one with not one but two giant concrete dogs out front (we were driving so I only caught one):

And this inviting little beach palace with crisp white trim and a picket fence:

And this guy complete with gargoyles guarding the hydrangeas:

Of course we also had our fair share of family time and beach hijinks. Here’s a little slice of that for all you Clara-loving folks (hi mom):

And for some reason Clara really enjoyed yelling at the ocean, so we snagged a short iPhone video of her royal loudness (John filmed it with his own extended arm, so that explains the odd cropping):

Oh and I read a lot of Bossypants aloud to John (he’s the driver for our road trips, so I’m in charge of entertainment while Clara and Burger are in charge of sleeping) and we both thought it was hilarious. So I guess I’ll fill in where Oprah’s Book Club left off and recommend it.

That’s all she wrote. What did you guys do for Memorial Day? Any other beach trips or window shopping excursions? Anyone else who wore repurposed a snap bracelet as a scrunchy?

Psst- Creepy saw tricycle image from here.

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  1. says

    You probably get this all the time…but I have to tell you Clara has to be one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! Those two little bottom teeth are just too much!

  2. Jennifer says

    Your new tricycle purchase reminded me of an episode of Pawn Stars that aired this week, where someone brought in a tricycle just like that one and claimed that they had found it in there grandmother’s attic or somewhere, and that it was from the 1800s… the guy she was trying to sell it to was like, this is decoration, it is not old. It was pretty funny since he had all these reasons to back up why it was fake. Weird that you bought the same tricycle the same week it aired, and even weirder that I watch Pawn Stars!

    Love the blog!

    • says

      Haha that’s too funny! Ours definitely doesn’t look old, just modeled to look old if that makes sence. Too funny that someone was trying to pull a tricycle scam!


  3. Jenny says

    Looks like a great trip… love the turtle. But REALLY love Clara’s bathing suit! Where on earth did you find that?!

  4. Kristen says

    I grew up in Rehoboth (Lewes, actually). My very first job was at Kids Ketch when they first opened on 2nd street but in a smaller location across the street. I am an avid reader, but don’t comment often. But seeing these pictures made me nostalgic for home. Currently living in Fort Lauderdale, but I do miss Rehoboth and Lewes so much.

  5. ginai says

    !!!John is always so sexy, and Little Clara is the CUTEST little baby girl eva!
    Sherry, not leaving you out.. you KNOW ur gorgeous!!! and my golly, that rock on ur finger must weigh a ton!!((:

  6. Cheryl says

    So funny – my family has a beach house in Lewes so we go there every summer and I know all the spots you visited! Kids Ketch is very pricey but the kids love getting a treat compliments of Nana there every year! Our favorite – next time you visit – the puffins at the bakery downtown – they’re a muffin encased in puff pastry and they are the best thing ever. You have to get them in the morning before they sell out though. Hope to see you in town this summer!

  7. says

    This is a little off subject. I see above where you said that you used 7th Generation laundry detergent…didn’t you also say at one time that you used the same brand diapers on Clara? I’m expecting, and considering that brand. I can’t really find many people who have used them so I was just wondering how well you would recommend them?!

    • says

      Yup, whenever we travel we use Seventh Generation disposables and really like them. We definitely prefer cloth when we’re home, but they’re great when we don’t have access to a washer!


  8. says

    What a fun weekend! I love that house with the gargoyles by the way. You really don’t see many of those anymore, but their statues looked pretty cool.

    I really need to read Bossypants soon. Tina Fey is a riot.

  9. says

    Love the video of Clara yelling at the waves! Too cute!

    (PS: There is a tiny typo in the toy description. You want “send” not “sent.”)

  10. Emily T says

    I read “Bossypants” over the long weekend, too! I loved it. While Tina Fey’s description of motherhood was hilarious, I really appreciated her words of wisdom which never seemed preachy. The whole “I don’t like the word ‘nanny'” and overall messages of “be kind to one another” and “think before you speak” made me really happy.

  11. says

    Aww, my family used to vacation in Bethany Beach every summer. I haven’t been there in forever, but now I want to go back so I can check out that antiques mall, it looks amazing!

  12. says

    Oh, the trike is adorable! Love the cute homes you found, too!! And, I loved snap bracelets! I had several and did occasionally wear one around my pony tail. Of course, I completed the look with stirrup pants, a baggy floral sweatshirt one of those buckles you tucked your shirt into. Pure awesomeness, right?

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