When it’s cold and rainy in a beach town, and it’s the “off season” on top of it….there’s not much left to do other than go souvenir shopping. Matt and I really enjoy shopping for random artsy souvenirs to put around our house. We have two rules when we visit somewhere new. One is that we pick out a magnet for our fridge:
And two is that I must find some kind of local art to buy and take home. Sometimes this can be a difficult task since a lot of souvenir shops feature art from all over the country and not art that was created by someone local. BUT, in those types of situations, I just try to find something unique that I have never seen before. This time around, it happened to be this crazy coffee mug that I spotted in this small antique/art shop in downtown Lake Geneva.
I just love it’s originality and that you can tell that it was definitely hand crafted. Ironically, this mug was created by a famous artist who was also commissioned to do work for Yellow Submarine and has worked for many years with Cirque Du Soleil. Pretty cool.
Since we were tired of the rain, we wandered into a few other shops and found some more keepsakes to take home as well.
We found another cool artsy store down the road that had these adorable owl salt and pepper shakers. We couldn’t pass them up. I think it is pretty fitting though, considering it was our anniversary and they are like “love birds”.
Plus, look how fabulous they look next to my hand painted teapot. Perfect match.
We also found another lovey dovey item to take home with us. For some reason, we seem to be obsessed with hanging signs over every doorway in our home. Not that that’s bad, it’s just funny.
What can I say? It was a lovey dovey kind of weekend. I do smile every time I look at this sign. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that we will have this hanging up for many years to come and that it will always remind me of our first anniversary. Awwwwwwwwwww.
Now that you are all disgusted with me, here is a little something to bring us back together on common ground.
We have a few other aluminum signs hanging in our kitchen and when we saw this aluminum peace sign, we knew it had to be ours.
That’s it for the souvenirs…for now. I think we need to get a bigger house before we take anymore trips or we might not be able to fit in here! Just kidding, there’s always room for more art in our house.