I started writing this post a couple weeks ago but I never got to finish it…until now.

Today was Brian’s last track meet of his senior year of high school, which made both of us a little sad.

   black dog 4We decided that we needed some happiness to counter-act our blue moods so we started by having lunch at “Steak ‘n Shake” where we enjoyed amazing cheeseburgers and yummy Nutella milkshakes.

   After we were full & happy we hit one of our favorite shopping spots in Roanoke, Black Dog Salvage, and oh, the fun we had!

    I love going to Black Dog Salvage because it’s packed full of really cool vintage stuff. It’s also loaded with tons of inspiration that makes me want to go home and make something.black dog 2
 Brian was inspired by the artwork so much, in fact, that on the way home we bought a canvas so he can start painting right away. 

I was inspired by the painted furniture – who knows, maybe I just might start painting that chest of drawers I bought over a year ago.

brian atlasBrian and I both decided that walking through Black Dog Salvage is like walking through one of Walter Wick‘s “I Spy” photographs – a visual playground!

black dog 3Where else but Black Dog Salvage can you relax in a rocking chair made from a car seat or pretend to be Atlas and a unicorn all in the same day?

Of course I couldn’t leave without buying something for the house. Thanks to Mike Whiteside, co-owner of Black Dog Salvage and co-host of the diy network show, “Salvage Dawgs,” I was given a sweet deal on a 12 foot fiberglass sign which now hangs in my kitchen.

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Thanks for a wonderful day Brian – it started out a bit stressful and a little sad but it ended up to be one of those perfect days that will be forever stamped in our passport of memories.

I had the best day with you today!















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