Monday, January 4, 2016

Long Way Home, Via Nell Hill's

Lots of flooding going on in Missouri, which is how we normally go home to Texas from Illinois. 
 To avoid the flooding, we decided to take the long way home. West to Iowa, Southwest to Kansas, and then down through Tulsa to Texas we drove. Luckily the route was close to Atchison Kansas, so we took a little detour there.
One of Nell Hill's stores is located in Atchinson. We were there waiting for the store to open at 10 on Saturday morning. As luck would have it, the store was having a 50% off Christmas decor sale.
The reindeer cloche and stand was less than $10. The metal holiday ornament signs were less than $3 each. 
 I bought two of the metal ornament signs--not to decorate with-- but to use as inspiration to make a wooden sign for the kitchen wall next year.
After I got them home and saw how cute they looked, I regretted not buying more to decorate a tree with.

Ribbon was 50 % off and I couldn't pass up this plaid, with wire sides, for just $8 for the whole roll. The reverse side of the ribbon has a chalkboard look saying 'BELIEVE'. At Nell Hill's, they had a Christmas tree with this ribbon wrapped 'round and 'round in a spiral.
The horse head hooks were not on sale, but I couldn't pass them up. I have been on a quest to find something similar for our bathroom hand towels to hang on and look forward to finally hanging them up.
 I fell hard for this rejoice sign, which was considered Christmas decor and 50% off. I'm going to hang it up for a short while, even though Christmas has passed. The metal angel goes out to the front and the signage part has brackets to the right of the words, which is where it will attach to the wall. The colors are perfect for me, though I may paint the angel a different color so she will show up better.
The rooms at Nell Hill's store are set up with furniture in various room settings. In one area, there's a kitchen setting with a large chippy farm table that has a large old ladder hanging over it, taking the place of a chandelier. Three barn-type lights hanging from the ladder provide light over the table. I was smitten!

I think that will be my "word" for the year. I've downsized clutter, spent 6 months going to the gym almost daily, lost some weight by eliminating "white foods" from my diet...surely it's time for a little rejoicing this year!

As we pulled away from Nell Hill's in Atchison last Saturday, I was a little sad. I knew I would not be back to that out-of-the-way area ever again...but, then I remembered there are more Nell Hill stores over in Kansas City, and you just never know where we'll end up on one of our future road trips.

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  1. You got some great things! It seems like you went at a really good time, too. I'd love to visit one of the Nell Hill stores at some point. I've got some of her decorating books and love looking through them over and over.

  2. I'm so jealous! Glad you got home safely. You never know what to expect with the weather these days.

  3. I love the things your found! It will be so fun getting the new things out newt Christmas. Congratulations on losing a few pounds. I had worked so hard and lost eight pounds before Christmas and now can tell that I gained a few back.

  4. You do really well, so the rain put a silver lining in your cloud.

  5. Good detour! You do have reason to rejoice.

  6. wow , you got some great items.

    I'll be looking forward to seeing them next Christmas..

  7. Rivercrest Cottage,
    You finally were able to visit Nell Hill's!!!
    This is my favorite of Mary Carol Garrity's two stores!!! Of course, there's an amazing B&B in Atchison, as well!!! (wink!)
    You found some amazing pieces at awesome prices, dear friend!!!
    Some times. . .dreams really do come true!!!

  8. You are home!
    I'm so glad you made it safely while dodging the flooding and winter weather!
    Love all your finds.
    Cool signs, and I want those horse hooks! LOL!
    Sounds like you had fun!
    and I think I found those pounds that you lost.
    Ha! Ha!
    (Now that I know you are home, I need to finish up you know what! LOL!)

  9. Hello Sharon,
    Nice to meet you here in blogland hon.
    Thank you for coming by my blog today and for the encouragement. So happy that you came by and that you are a new follower. Looking forward to getting to know you here in blogland. Looks like you scored some really
    cute things at Nell Hill's store. I have only heard of her, and never knew she had stores,
    where have I been? right! lol
    Glad you were able to dodge all that flooding what a mess.......those poor people have really had a rough year and this one is starting out to well either.
    so nice to meet you.
    Blessings for a Happy, Healthy and Hopeful New Year,

  10. These prizes are well worth the unexpected found some wonderful things. Lucky you!

  11. Isn't it great that sometimes the detours on a journey take us to some lovely places? I think your treasures are beautiful and you were very lucky to find this neat little store! Glad you made it home safely and had a great trip! Happy New Year!

  12. How fun that your little detour allowed you to visit Nell Hills and pick up some wonderful goodies!!! I haven't been to the Atchison store in probably three years. Actually I haven't been to the KC store in quite a while either. Will have to put that on the list of things to do :o)
    Happy New Year!!!

  13. Is this weather not crazy?love your finds

  14. Well well well - what a fabulous detour Sharon - I want every single one of those items - that cloche - oh my gosh that cloche - and the ribbon is just fabulous !!! I may have to take a detour the next time I go shopping - right across the border LOL

  15. What fun! Such a treat going in shops like this one, so many unique and pretty your sign!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!