Archive | May, 2011

Mama’s got a cheese box

20 May

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I know. Cheesy title. But I couldn’t resist … I finished my first project for Paper Cowgirl!

We were challenged to create something out of a Velveeta box. The rules were simple: the bottom of the box had to keep its shape. Use of the flimsy top was completely optional.

If you know me at all, you’re probably aware of my love for typography. So it’s only natural that I turned my box into a letter “T.”

And I think a “T” is especially fitting for this project, since the proceeds raised through silent auction of the boxes benefit the Tina Wright scholarship fund. Tina was a co-founder of Paper Cowgirl. I never got the chance to meet her. And I’ll admit that I feel kind of like I’m crashing a reunion by attending a retreat with so many repeat customers. I think that alone speaks volumes about the quality of this event.

I’m nervous. 

But I’m thrilled to finally have an opportunity to participate. I just hope my work is good enough.

Anybody wanna buy a “T”?

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LLANO GETS CANO!!

18 May

Yes, the news is SO BIG that it requires all caps!

I’ve been bursting at the seams in anticipation of Theresa’s announcement, just so I could throw that awesome headline at you! But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t convince her to let me break the news.

So now that we’re next-door neighbors, I’m hoping to see a lot more of Theresa, which means I may be making more trips to my far-away space. (Photo above courtesy of Donna Goss.) Word has it that my mom was Theresa’s first customer! Good taste runs in the family…

More Llano news is on the way, as Whimseys is about to get a new vendor… at least that’s what I’m hearing!

Happy, happy Wednesday!

House Wren in Hico

16 May

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Theresa once again gave me a photo assignment, and once again I botched the job. (I’m lucky she doesn’t fire me! If she were like The Donald, I’d be long gone.) I left my camera at home. So you get to visit the lovely House Wren through the awesome lens of my cell phone.

Since I was sans camera, that’s it for photos by me of the Homestead Antiques Fair in Hico, Texas. And that’s a bummer since it is such a beautiful show. It was great seeing some familiar faces and meeting a few dealers in the flesh for the first time, including Denis of Ruby Grace’s and the delightful owners of Lonestar Antiques in Ft. Worth. And I can’t say enough good things about the talent behind House Wren. Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves, even though they are courtesy of my phone.

Fun in Hico, Texas

14 May

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Successful road trip?

I think yes!

It’s been almost two weeks…

10 May

…time for another road trip!

Okay…that image is awfully small… but you get the picture.

I’ll be swinging through Llano early Friday morning to fetch my mom and sister for a belated Mother’s Day celebration at the Homestead Antiques Fair.

This will be my third time shopping the show in picturesque Hico, Texas.  There are always top-notch dealers, such as Girls Gone Junkin’, selling there. Usually The Seed Box is there, but they’ll be in Houston for Urban Market this time, which completely bums me out. I SO enjoy seeing them. But the Houston Urban Market is a nice show as well, so if you’d rather swing that way, you won’t be disappointed. Actually you could pull a Theresa (that’s what I’m now calling ALL Texas junking road trips) like I did a couple of weeks ago! You could travel to Hico Friday and/or Saturday and then hit Houston Sunday!  (Maybe I should be a junking travel agent on the side! Yes??? YES!)

And … BONUS …  if you’re anti high-fructose corn syrup, you can score some Dublin Dr. Pepper ON TAP in Hico. Pure Cane Sugar, baby. The way nature intended soft drinks to be made.

I’ll be spending Saturday in Llano, hopefully adding some merch to The Shop That I’ve Forsaken. Seriously. And I have a feeling Saturday will be a surprisingly great day to be in Llano. 

Hope you’re enjoying a fantastic week! May the junk be with you…

P.S.  SHUT UP! I heard that Maggie, of The Veranda in Canton, will also be setting up at the Hico show. AND … I met Pamela Grayson in Ft. Worth during my most recent junking adventure. She’ll be vending in Hico as well. AND Pamela told me that a couple of dealers from Lonestar Antiques will be in Hico, too! Like I said, it’s always such a beautiful show… Hope to see you there.

Fresh junk

7 May

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Some pieces are fresher than others. Some pieces are junkier than others. But it’s all good!

Happy weekend. And happy Mother’s Day to all you moms and mom-ish readers!

More Tour o’ Texas shots

5 May

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The first three photos were taken at Lonestar Antiques in Fort Worth. I really want that $600 piece lifted straight out of a sweaty locker room. The seats lift up…perfect for storage in the mudroom that I don’t have!

The next three pictures were taken in heaven, also known as Golightly’s. I bought a metal cart there which required me to junk up their parking lot while I rearranged the car. But they were very nice about it.

The last picture is of Janie, one of the Rodeo Queens responsible for the outstanding Petticoats on the Prairie show. Tomorrow I’ll hit you with more pics from that show.