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. Jessie says

    That bike is awesome, and only slightly creepy. And is it just me, or does Clara look JUST like Sherry in the third Clara photo?

  2. says

    Awesome that you guys went to Lewes. My fiancée and I are down in Rehoboth a few times a summer and always make a trip out to Lewes.

    If you have a chance, try Agave Restaurant in Lewes. The steak tacos, guacamole and Margaritas are amazing.

  3. says

    I love Tina Fey’s ‘Prayer for My Daughter,’ so funny!

    We usually grab audiobooks for the road. I used to read out loud, then I realized that 1. it made me carsick and 2. I lost my voice doing it one too many times. Guess those trips were a bit long for me reading out loud!

    Looks like you had a great time on your trip!

  4. says

    Sneaky weekend break! love it.

    Looks like a nice quaint town, love being at the seaside.
    Love the turtle, where will it reside in your house?

    And OMG you totally creaped me out with the saw puppet… *shudder*

  5. says

    We were DIYing and doing yard work all weekend. We want to get stuff done so we can spend quality time with our 18-month-old son this summer. One of the things we worked on was his very own toddler-sized Adirondack chair! I’m on the painting phase right now. It’s going to be awesome!

  6. says

    Clara looks so much like you, Sherry! Precious! Where did you find that bathing suit on her? I have an 18m old daughter who doesn’t need another bathing suit, but does sort of.

    And I fall asleep giggling about “I hope you marry her and I hope she has a cavernous vagina.” most nights.

  7. Melissa says

    I read Bossypants a week ago. Or rather had Tina Fey read it to me. I gave in to ultimate lazy when I sat with my book and listened to the audio book as I went along. I think it was so much better than imagining her voice in my head.

    Super book.

  8. Paola says

    I am starting a jewelry business and I was wondering if you can advice me on a nice easy to use ( i am not into electronics at all) photo camera I remember you mentioning the one you use but I can’t find the post.
    Thanks sooo much,

    • says

      We use a Canon Powershot as our point and shoot (very easy and affordable) and a Nikon D3000 for house and project pics (it’s a DSLR so it’s not as easy and a bit pricier). Hope it helps!


  9. says

    my boyfriend just got me Bossypants and as we’re driving down to San Diego today for my brother’s wedding I’M reading it to HIM in the car, lol!!! :)

  10. Laura says

    If you head out on another road trip anytime soon, I’d definitely recommend renting Bossypants on audio book. Tina Fey reads it and it’s so funny listening to her tell the stories. I’ve already read the book, and listened to the audio with my husband to and from work. Although with the audio you don’t get the wonderful visuals of her photos…

  11. Theresa says

    Surprised we didn’t run into you…we were too! My in-laws live in Milton, just 10 minutes north of Lewes. LOVE Lewes and the Antique Mall. I purchased a turtle this time around too! Funny. I know you guys are not big drinkers, but the next time you are in Lewes, you must try Agave Tequila Bar & Rest. on second street in Lewes (same street as the Antique Mall)for the BEST mexican food you have ever tasted! If you like margaritas, they are the BEST too. But one will do ya ;-)

  12. says

    I have heard a lot about Dewey beach but haven’t been there – looks beautiful. We were at the good ol’ Jersey Shore. Luckily Snooki and the gang were nowhere to be seen!

  13. says

    My boyfriend lives in Milton, which is the town right next to Lewes, and I love getting to visit the totally adorbs little downtown in Lewes whenever possible! They have the best little high-end pet boutique, hehehe. And did you get your ice cream from King’s? I think that’s the name of the ice cream shop there. It’s the BEST.

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