Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Home Again

We are back into the swing of things.  What a great few days we had!  Who knew you could have that much fun and still be working?!  Paula flew into Phoenix and then a short road trip up to Prescott.  Before we left town we stopped at Design Lab in Mesa.  Paula wanted to check it out since she hadn't been there before.  I certainly didn't have a problem with that.....love that store....here are a few things we saw -
Love this poster, you can buy rolled up and frame yourself.

great wooden pins with numbers

Cool light from School House Electric

of course the "get inspired" bulletin board....you have to go and study it

love these!

We are happy to leave the valley and find some cooler temperatures as it's been hovering around 115 degrees here the past couple of weeks.  When we arrive we dig right into the business part of our trip.  There was lots to cover in a short amount of time, but we managed to make it through the list and get all that we needed to get done over several days.  It was a pleasure working with Rana and Tracey from Advantus, those ladies know their stuff and how to get things done!

I can tell you one thing.....food is a VERY important part of the creative process!  We enjoyed some fabulous food including italian at Rosa's Pizzeria, mexican at Tito's and a burger and fries at Five Guys.  It was at the latter that we found out just how much Tim and Mario like their ketchup!
Paula's ketchup on the left, Mario's ketchup on the right!

All the food was so good, but the absolute best were the home cooked meals by Mario.  Sorry, no photos to share...but, that guy can cook!!  THANKS MARIO....and we need recipes!

Visiting Tim's house was a treat.  It is a warm and cozy home nestled a semi-rural area.  
out side photos taken from tim's blog

Inside, his home is a visual FEAST!  High ledges around the living areas are packed with the coolest antiques and found objects.  You have to spend some serious time looking at everything to appreciate all his fun finds.  I especially love the fact that every item has a story behind it...and I'm talking some really great displays!

Entry way....

entry - loved the chalkboard and school desk display.... 

up close

Great subway sign....

Fun music display, but the Whistler's Mother on the wall was so good!

love the ladder.... 

Here's a snippet of the ledges I was talking about....oh, and Tim loves large clocks...this was my favorite.


Tim's Studio - 

 I know...it was hard to concentrate on the meeting, so much stuff to look at!

Great paintbrush collection.
On a side note, Tim's studio is EXTREMELY organized.  
He has a LOT of stuff and can find anything very quickly....amazing!

Speaking of amazing...

Our last day Tim showed us some of his favorite places to antique in historic downtown Prescott.

It was so nice to be able to walk around outside without melting.

Fun, fun....

What do you think....we could wear them next CHA in the booth!

We each found a treasure to take home....it was a great morning!  
The rest of the day was filled with our own personal demonstration of Tim's product lines...I know, people would pay for that.  
Then Tim wanted us to have some product to have on hand... we had plenty to take home. 

Paula brought an empty suitcase....it went home very full!

It was a wonderful trip.  We really did work and accomplished lots, but still loads of fun....
Thanks Tim and Mario for a great time!



  1. LOVE the tour....but who the heck dust all that stuff?
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for sharing the visual delights at Tim's! I've always wondered how many incredible treasures he had and I can't even imagine how wonderful it was to see everything :) I love Prescott - we drive up from the Valley several times during the summers to escape the 100-teens degree heat! And there's no better place to escape to than the amazing antique stores in Prescott!

  3. What a very nice blog post!
    Love it all!

  4. Love the tour of Tim's home and of Prescott! Looks like you all had a great time.

  5. A visual feast. Thanks...I have my dose of inspiration for the day now!

  6. Sigh....a dream come true. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for the tour! What a fun place to work.

  8. Thanks for the "tour" of Tim's house. It looks as awesome as ever!!! Can't wait to see what you have "cooking up" for us in the near future.

  9. What an awesome trip. Thank you for sharing the various parts of it with us. And the look inside Tim's house - well..... it would make the head spin forever. Loved it!!!!!

  10. Wow, Wow and WOW! I'd like to be a stowaway on your next trip to Tim's house!!

  11. I'm drooling! Thanks so much for sharing your trip to Prescott with us!!

  12. Creative heaven!!! Thank you tons for sharing!

  13. OK, being that I am a big Lord of the Rings Dork, I gotta know-what was the goodie that the tag under the "Cool light from School House Electric" referred to? The tag is as clear as day in the picture....you are such teasers!

  14. Sounds like a dream trip! I have a question. What did you two bring home from the shops?

  15. Anne,
    the "tag" is not really a tag at all. All the books on the wall were covered in heavy white paper with the stamp on the spine. Jen the store manager is the one with the fabulous writing. See more pictures here on our May 18th post on Design Lab - http://www.2gypsygirls.com/2012/05/places-to-go.html

  16. I haven't been to Prescott in 26 years! I met and married my husband there! It looks like it sure has grown! I wonder if Tim lived there 26 years ago?!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

  17. It's great when you can mix a business trip w/R&R, fun and shopping, isn't it?!? Sounds and looks like you had a great time. So glad. TFS all the pics. Nice to see a glmpse of your travels, as well as, a peek into parts of T&M's home and life, as well. :)

  18. Wow, great photos of extremely cool stuff, especially at Tim's.

  19. Wow, I probably would have a tough time concentrating on a meeting there also. So much for the eyes to take in.

  20. Fabulous pictures! Thank you for sharing a little peek into TH home, love it all but would hate to clean it! LOL Fantastic, thank you for sharing.

  21. thanks for the peeks!!!!
    so interesting and wow, fun stuff for sure.
    {are you coming to the CL fair in columbus this year?}

  22. kara,

    funny you asked because i just looked up on the map to see how far Ohio was from TX where my sister lives...a bit too far to drive I am afraid.
    I have never been to one of the country living fairs but they seem great!

  23. holey Moley, how much fun would that have been! K I wanna come, Please???? lol so glad you girls had a fabulous time and his place looks absolutely incredible!!!

  24. Wow, you are very lucky people. I would never be able to concentrate being in his house -- visual overload but fantastic.