Road trip adventures down the California 101

One week.   2500+ miles.   Lots of pit stops. 
Big family fun!

I have been aching to do this trip for over 2 years!! And we finally made it happen for spring break.
I really tried to scale back on all the photos, but there's really no way to edit without leaving a lot out, so here we go! Picture heavy!

Highway 101 is one of the most scenic drives in the country. We hopped in the car last Friday, grabbed a Starbucks breakfast, and made our way down I-5 south. 
First stop: the K and R Drive In.

This little place is kinda famous on I-5, but most people just call it by the town it's in: Rice Hill ice cream. A "small" is two scoops.

Lots of yummy flavors! 
Definitely worth the stop.

Next, we cut over to the 101, and made our way over the California border. What's a road trip without quirky roadside stops? 
The Trees of Mystery was a fun photo op with the giant "Paul Bunyan and Babe" statues. 

The northern California coast was so pretty.

We stayed the night in Eureka, and then got back on the road to make our way through the Avenue of the Giants in the Redwoods.

Before we did that, my dad had told us to take a slight detour to the town of Ferndale.  So adorable.  Cute little Victorian homes on farmland.  Norman Rockwell would have had a heyday here.

Hopping back on the highway, we arrived at the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants.
'Amazing' doesn't even begin to adequately describe these monsters.

Because we're from Oregon, we decided to pose for a tree hugger shot. ;)

It smelled amazing here.  We could smell the cedar in the car.
You can start to get an idea of just how big some of these trees are when you see the size of our pickup next to one.

So much magical beauty. We loved listening to 'The Mission' soundtrack driving through.

One more quirky roadstop: the One Log House.

This was a giant tree house!  It took several months to hollow out this log, but it was 7 feet tall inside, and housed a kitchen, bed, and living area.  It toured the country for a bit and then landed here as a roadside attraction in the early 90's.

Next stop, Carmel!
One of the main reasons this roadtrip was put together was so I could see the Comstock Cottages in person! I had read about these charming historical houses in an issue of Cottage Living (RIP) a few years ago.
We stayed at a quaint little motel called The Carmel River Inn.  I was so excited to have my own dutch door- even if it was only for a night! (and in my favorite color!)

The Comstock Cottages were just as adorable in person as I've seen online and in print.  The only problem is that they were very hard to find!!!
It would have been better if we'd done a walking tour instead of driving around.  The houses in Carmel are not numbered, they only go by the cottage names.  I had found a list online of where they were all located, but man! Once we started driving to find them, it wasn't so easy.
bummer.  But, the houses in the area are all so incredibly charming, we just enjoyed all of them.

If you've never heard of the Comstock Cottages, you can read here about how they came into being.  I love the story as much as the structures themselves!

We ate at some amazing spots in Carmel- Flaherty's, where I had the yummiest crab BLT.  I am salivating just thinking about it again.  To. die. for.

Breakfast was at the Carmel Bakery and Coffee Company where they display all of their goodness in the windows just like in the olden days.  Best pretzel and breakfast burrito ever!

We hopped back in the car, and made our way down to the L.A. area.
We passed some gorgeous vineyards, and I could not resist snapping this one in passing:

And then, about the time we hit the San Francisco area, we ran into this:

Serious depression setting in, because I had plenty of this in Oregon!  C'mon!
Where's the sun, California??

It was pretty bad.  Torrential downpours. The good news is that it cleared up the next day, and we had great weather for the rest of the trip.

We were able to meet up with our friends Andy and Jenny and their kiddos for dinner.  They braved the last of the weather to meet us! They were the ones who visited us about a month ago, when I wrote about it here.

Monday was a busy day! We went to our old college, Azusa Pacific University, and did a drive thru of campus.  Jon and Hannah both got sweatshirts at the bookstore.
Then we stopped off at a Goodwill.  :)  I can't help it.
I got a couple things, which I will show you later, but I gotta say- the Goodwill's in California were pretty disappointing.  90% clothing!

Next I wanted to stop in Glendora and see Knot Too Shabby's shop.  So cute! She is a blogger that I've been following for a few months now.

Lunch was at one of our old favorites in Pasadena;  Burger Contintental!

I've mentioned this little place before here on my blog.  They have great Meditteranean food, as well as sandwiches, burgers, and THE most amazing baklava.

After lunch we hit another favorite location: Newport!  We love Huntington Beach and especially Balboa Island.

The boardwalk is so fun, and we always take the short ferry ride to see all the gorgeous beach houses.
A churro for boat ride was a must for me!  :)

This is the view from the other side, once we were off the ferry.  We had a lot of fun drooling over the beach houses, and being inspired by their gorgeous patio areas.

Most of these houses are literally a step away from the sidewalk- so taking photos was a little awkward, but I got a few!

Loved the bright aqua door on this one:

The homes here are so pretty.
We enjoyed our afternoon, and then headed back to Pasadena for dinner.  At 10pm, we went to the late showing of "The Hunger Games".  Jon and Hannah have both read the books, and I'm a lazy pants and haven't yet.  I should.

The next day we packed up and headed to Carlsbad.  My best friend from high school lives here with her family, and I was so excited to see them!

It's been 6 years since I last saw her, so it was great to stay with them for a couple days.  She also has a Hannah, and they have been pen pals for a few years.  This was their first time meeting in person.  So cute! They live right across the street from the beach, so that evening we enjoyed the sunset.

The next day we headed over to Sea World!  I haven't been there since I was 8, and it was such a fun family day.
We went on this first:

....and then enjoyed several of the shows and aquariums.

They are such a sweet family- we love you guys so much!

(Wendi, don't kill me for posting this photo!)

It seemed like every stop wasn't quite long enough for us to enjoy everything fully, but we crammed a lot into one week.  Such a fun trip, and I'm so thankful we were able to do it.

We ate at In N Out every chance we got, and had our first taste of Chick Fil A!  YUM!
I gained four pounds on this trip.

Thanks for letting me indulge on all the photos.  :)
And again, a huge thank you to all my guest posters who filled in for me while I was gone.
You are all awesome!!

Guest Post: Girl In Pink

My final guest post this week is my buddy Amanda from Girl in Pink!  I'll give you three guesses how we found each other, and the first two don't count.  ;)
Amanda and I live about an hour away from each other and we have had a few opportunities over the last year to meet up.  She is truly one of the nicest people you could ever know.  
Amanda is a furniture and vintage enthusiast, and she has some serious paintbrush skills.
I hope you will enjoy getting to know her today and visiting her blog!


I was so honored when Denise contacted me about doing a guest post on Pink Postcard while she was away on vacation! 

 It seemed to be the perfect opportunity to dive into a little project that I have had set aside for far too long now!  I came across a lovely file folder months ago at Camas Antiques, where I have my booth space.  I loved the images on it and couldn't imagine that anyone would stuff it full of papers and file it away!

 I knew that I wanted to frame it and display it somewhere in my kitchen, and decided to go ahead and put it in a safe place until I came across the perfect frame, at a bargain price.
Months later I have in my possession a beautiful wood frame with green velvet mat that is just the perfect size!

Lovely color that it was, the green mat just wasn't right for the print and I wanted something with a little more depth and richness than the flat white frame.

I started the makeover by removing the glass and mat from the frame and painting the wood frame with 1 coat of an ASCP mix of Old White and Paris Grey.  I did a little bit of dry brushing on the raised parts with Old White and added just a bit of Antoinette Pink to the little details.

Unfortunately the pink doesn't show up well in my photos.  I completed the look I wanted for the frame with Annie Sloan's clear and dark waxes.  Next, I used a piece of scrapbooking paper to cover the velvet mat.  To do this, I cut the paper in strips and adhered them right to the mat using a simple glue stick.  If I was a perfectionist or a math-minded gal, I might have used a ruler to measure the exact pieces I needed to cover the mat, but I am not, so I just estimated and did my best with a pencil and my handy paper cutter.

  Part of the reason I chose the paper that I did for the mat was because I knew that it would be easier to match up the cut edges so that they were almost seamless.  It might not have worked as well had I chosen a floral or more defined print.  I now have my completed file folder art on my kitchen counter and am so thrilled with how it turned out!

I love how this blue bird topped candle lantern looks next to it, but unfortunately it's not mine (yet!)  I purchased it at HomeGoods as a prize for a ladies' game night that I am hosting next week.  I think I'll get out some cards and dice and start practicing!
I would sure love to win this sweet little accessory!  
Thank you so much for joining me here at Pink Postcard!

Best Wishes and Blessings,


Guest Post: Our Fifth House

I hope you are enjoying all of the wonderful guests I've had this week for you!  They are all so talented and it is such an honor for me having them here.

I have often thought that Carmel from Our Fifth House is one of the best kept secrets out in blogland.  This girl is so talented!  I first connected with Carmel because of the name of her blog- we are on our fourth house, so I understand the need to nest when you finally feel like you've found your home that you get to stay in!!
I hope you enjoy getting to know her today.  Be sure you check out her blog and see all of the amazing transformations she has done.


Hi all!  I'm Carmel from Our Fifth House, and I'm really excited to be here today!  Denise is one of my very first blog friends, even though we've never met in real life, I definitely consider her a friend.  She and I both started blogging about the same time, and she is one of the sweetest, most supportive bloggers I've "met"!  

With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching I thought I'd share a couple of outdoor paint projects that I completed last year.  I love a good diy project. Although, I'll admit in the summer I'd much rather be poolside which is why I love a good fast and easy project.  What could be faster or easier than spray paint?  

I took this old chair and turned into a plant stand.

When in doubt spray it white - you can't go wrong, right?! 

Although a bright blue can be just as a pretty and add a little fun to your outdoor settings too!  At least that is what I was thinking last year when I sprayed these urns. 

I love what a can of spray paint can do, don't you?  It's quick and fun and gets me back to perusing magazines and sipping margaritas while the pool boy fans me - HA - I wish!  

Thanks so much Denise for having me over today!  


Guest Post: Fresh Vanilla for C

Fresh Vanilla for C is a blog I discovered through a link party! (see? it is worthwhile to join in and visit!)
Cheryl has a beautiful eye for vintage and pretty.
Thanks so much for coming over today and seeing her beautiful home and sense of style.
I hope you will visit her blog soon and see all the beautiful projects she has been working on.  


Hi Everyone~~

I would first like to thank Denise at Pink Postcard for inviting me to be a guest blogger today. It is such an honor and I am so excited to be here. I am a relatively new blogger  (started in July) and I am still amazed that people find what I have done to my house or my ideas interesting.  I have loved decorating and shopping for my house for years and I have always wanted to do something more, but was afraid to jump in and do it. The blog has been such a great way to get my feet wet. I am so appreciative of all the nice comments people leave and I feel so lucky to have met so many wonderful, creative women that I never would have had the chance of knowing if it wasn’t for my blog.
I feel so lucky.

I have often been asked why I love to decorate with vintage items so much. I think that is the polite way of asking, “Why do you like things that are rusty, chippy, tattered and look like they have been left in the rain for a couple of years??”  I love vintage because there is a history there. I wonder where the pieces have been? Who and how many people have owned them over the years? What did it the items mean to the people?  How far has this piece traveled before it got to me???  Of course, I don’t have “Vintage Only” in my house. That really isn’t feasible. But, I will say that my vintage items are the ones I cherish most. I don’t want the cookie cutter look:)

My favorite colors to decorate with are blue, white and cream.
It is the color scheme of my whole house, well not the kids’ rooms. They have their own style and that is ok with me.

My favorite things to decorate with are:
Blue Transferware

Fresh Flowers
Vintage Books

Grain Sacks

 I am a true believer that you can never have enough pillows. They are so cozy and they make a room feel that way to. Fresh flowers add life to a room.  I am not one who loves live greenery in the house so the fresh cut flowers are so important to my rooms. Grain sacks are a newer love, but I love finding all the different shades and patterns of blue and putting them all together. Mirrors are a MUST. Not only are they interesting, but they make a room feel so much larger. I sometimes think when people come over that they must be thinking that I really LOVE myself. I have a lot of mirrors!!

The one thing I feel that is so….. important to remember when decorating your home is to make it the way YOU LOVE IT. You don’t need to follow the latest trend, or decorate the way others may tell you to. Do what you love, that is all that matters. You have to do what makes you smile. You want to feel happy and peaceful when you walk through your doors. 

I have really enjoyed being here today. Thanks again to Denise for having me. I have had a great time. I hope you all have a wonderful day.


Guest Post: Cassie from Primitive & Proper!

Good morning!  
I am so excited to have Cassie here filling in for me!  
I'm not sure when I first discovered Cassie's blog, but it was shortly after I started my own.  Primitive and Proper has been a great source of inspiration for me as a furniture makeover site.  If you like befores and afters, you will love what Cassie has to offer.


Hello Pink Postcard friends!  
I am so honored to be here today on the talented Denise's blog!  She is so sweet and I just love her furniture makeovers!  
I am Cassie from another PP blog... (get your mind out of the gutter!).  It's Primitive and Proper, where I blog all about my home and its projects (we just moved in October, so believe me there are tons), and also share lots of furniture makeovers which is my actual business.  I have been hunting down vintage finds to breathe new life into for about 5 years, and still love it!  Over these 5 years I have done a number of projects.  Since this blog is called Pink Postcard, I thought we would take a little stroll down pink memory lane today with some of the pink dressers I have painted.

This dresser I purchased had such great curves and was already so feminine that I thought a soft pink was just right!
Here it is before..
And after...

This dresser was one of my first times using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  It was painted in Henrietta Pink.
Here is the before...
And after...
This dresser is one of my favorite pink pieces!  I love hot pink! :)  And it was the color of the year last year!
Here is the before...
And after....

And finally, since the weather has been nice, and I feel summer coming on, I thought I would share this fun coral dresser!
Here is the before...
And after...
Coral Cottage Dresser- SOLD

So there you have some of my favorite pink dressers of the past few years!
Denise, I hope you are enjoying your time away, and thank you SO much for having me here today!
I hope you will come visit me at my blog soon!

new stuff in my booth

By the time you're reading this, we will be well on our way down I-5, heading over to the 101 for our spring break road trip! 

I thought I'd leave you with one more post before the weekend- some items that I stocked in my space before our vacation.

The vintage Paris gray dresser sold, so I had to scramble to fill the space.  I was a bit of a slacker this past week and didn't work on anything.  Fortunately a friend gave me this beautiful vintage twin bed, and so I was able to fill in with it.  The photos really do not do justice to the color- it is a much softer green in person.  

 Even though I was a slacker in the furniture area, I did manage to put together this spring banner.  A mix of vintage and paper.  The swirl embellishments have a bit of sparkle to them.

 A few Easter items...

Ok, so I guess I did get one furniture item done- the chair on the right was something I got last weekend. It already had a shabby chic finish on it- I replaced the seat in a French look.  It's actually a replica of the one I did a year ago- you can see it by clicking here.  I am selling the chairs individually or the pair of them for a slightly discounted rate.
It was a lot of fun making up the table as an actual table setting.  

A vintage European mix.
I added in the book of poetry for a fun look.  :)
I really didn't want to cover up the chippy table, but thought it was time to properly show the table linen.  It's very soft, wide weave linen with a cheery blue and yellow border.  Very cafe like.

That's all for now!  Lots of stuff waiting in the wings!

Mark your calendar for April 13- yes, Friday the 13th- for a special event at Aunt Bee's House!
I will be there with my tiara  ;)  and you won't want to miss the yummy food, takeaways, door prizes and sales going on!

Have a great weekend!