It has been a long time since I have been able to spend the day with both my mom and my sister---just us three girls :) We decided to spend our time together at one of our favorite places Pittsburgh has to offer. I have written about this place called The Strip District several times before but for those of you new to my blog I will briefly explain about this wonderful place. The Strip District is an area just east of the city known for it's wholesalers, restaurants and fun funky shops. There are so many ethnic groups represented in the Strip and the street vendors are plenty as well selling everything from food to T-Shirts. We woke early and arrived at one of my favorite places for breakfast --Raymond's. I always order an amazing omelet filled with red onion, spinach, and feta cheese.
After breakfast, we took our coffee to go and began to visit all of our favorite shops. I couldn't wait to get through the doors of a shop called Roxanne's. It is filled to the ceiling with floral arrangements and all things shabby but chic. There is even an outside patio with a mix of antiques, living plants, and the most amazing garden accessories.
We were really excited to find the organic open air market. This market is a perfect new addition to the Strip. My sister is a wonderful cook---always trying new recipes with interesting ingredients. She knew exactly what she was looking for and how to cook each item. I am not that adventurous when it comes to cooking so while she shopped I snapped pictures.
What a fun day we had enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather, the sites and smells of the Strip and eachother's company.A perfect break from my craft room---a perfect way to spend a Saturday.
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.