Every now again Kat and I devote an entire day to Ladybird-related shopping. Basically what this entails is visiting antique and thrift stores attempting to score some amazing finds. We had not done this in quite some time so I was campaigning pretty hard at Mother’s Day dinner to make yesterday a Monday Funday. Long story short, Kat totally gave in. What made this trip extra special is we left our usual country environment and opted for a visit to my favorite city, Madison!
We squeezed in a lot of stops, which made for a long, but fantabulous day. We may or may not have gotten a bit sidetracked with a super special pit stop, but I won’t ruin the surprise yet. Check out our ridiculously fun day (and cute outfits):
Our day started at Odana Antiques, which by the way is the primo spot for antique shopping in Madison. Kat spotted an amazing cabinet that shall have a new home at Ladybird come this weekend!
We are always on the lookout for fancy ladies to hang in the store. This print is of Kat and I in our Sunday best gathering flowers. Can you guess who is who?
Our second and incredibly spontaneous stop was to the zoo! Seeing as how I was just teasing Katherine about her favorite zoo animal it was perfect timing! Here she is having a lovely conversation with Mr. Grizzly. The conversation was pretty one-sided with Kat just yelling “bear!” over and over.
Now, we all know my favorite animal is the otter so why am I posing with the flamingos? The otters weren’t out (sigh) and these guys were a beautiful color. I was kind-of-sort-of okay with this.
Having a Harry Potter moment with the boa constrictor at the zoo. We couldn’t quite remember what HP said to the snake to make it break out of the cage (spoiler alert!) so we just stared and hissed.
SURPRISE! OTTERS! Just as we were leaving, I requested we swing back over to the otter exhibit. As we were nearing closer I noticed many a people crowding around. I knew what I was in for. A little bit of budging and I got to the front of the glass just in time for some otter laps. At one point there were two and they were water wrestling. Unfortunately, that photo didn’t turn out the best. It was oh-so-cute.
Our next stop was to Savers, a handy little thrift store. Kat found these amazing pants that were the perfect length for her. Although she paraded around in them for a bit, at the last minute she decided to put them back. Whoever picks this little gem up is one lucky gal.
On the way home we stopped through Mineral Point to the Pendarvis Historical Site. If you have never driven down to those parts it really is a must! It’s a little community of old preserved buildings offering fun workshops, garden tours, and home tours! Near Pendarvis are also some old barn shops filled with crafts and things. Unfortunately, the barn shops were closed a this point, but in true form Kat became filled with glee when she saw the street sign. Merry Christmas Lane. She may as well build a house here, start her own bird calling workshop and live out the rest of her days.
We did make a few other short stops. One being to Noodles for lunch (you know how we looove our Noodles). We also made a surprise visit to my wonderful mamacita at the best restaurant in Cottage Grove, WI, 1855. I would say it was the best (and last) stop of the day! Kat rounded out her stay at 1855 by drinking an ice cold draft beer. I opted for three glasses of ice cold water. Mmmm.
All in all it was a splendid day!