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Keep or sell? That is the question…

10 Feb

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A couple of years ago, I brought this statue home with me because someone broke her feet completely off at the shop. She was pretty pricey. And I was plenty miffed.

 

I had found her at an estate sale. Purchased on the discount day, she was still a little spendy. So I had to charge more for her. Then tragedy struck. Since she was no longer able to stand, I rescued her and brought her home with me to live out her final years. She got quite comfy resting on her side on a tea cart in the corner of my pink room.

Then I bought a “crown” from vintagesue. (Her blog is on my blogroll, but she doesn’t use it anymore. She’s now selling through her Facebook page, aptly called vintagesue. You should check it out.)  I thought the crown would look so smashing on a cement statue, but the only statue I had was a gargoyle. That wasn’t quite the look I had in mind.  So I decided to place the crown on a dress form instead.

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And I loved it there. By the window. In my pink room.

Until I remembered my footless statue.

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I think she was born to wear that crown! It seems to have lifted her spirits. So tonight I planted the footless girl, topped with the lovely crown, in a mid-century tulip. So far she hasn’t toppled over and broken the planter. She is quite heavy and I am known for making bad decisions that end up putting someone’s eye out. (Okay. That may be a BIT dramatic.) Tomorrow I’ll fill in around her with moss. Then I must decide whether to keep or sell. I always meant to sell the planter, but I’m rather attached to it now. And if I took my creation to the shop, I’d have a huge hole to fill in the pink room and in my heart.

The 2012 Peep Show…

31 Dec

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The New Year. It always starts with a clean slate, which fills slowly but surely.   This past year wasn’t much different from any other year. Travel and friends mixed with art and junk to create a very good time. Also this year, I opened an Etsy shop, bought a cargo trailer for hauling all my junk, graduated a kid from high school and sent the same kid off to college at the University of Chicago.  You won’t see any of that personal stuff here. This is your tour of my junking year, with a few art stops along the way. So strap in and get ready for a LONG ride. Maybe you’ll see some familiar faces along the way or make some new friends. Hope you enjoy the trip. I know I did! {P.S. This was posted mostly from my phone. They have updated the app, and now I can edit it online. And, most importantly, you can click on the photos to see them at a larger size. You are welcome, Theresa Cano.}

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The photo above is from the Peacock Park Design showroom in Dallas. January market is actually a holiday market, with previews of new Halloween and Christmas merch (none of which is pictured here). Peacock Park had a Christmas line for the first time. It was TDF (to die for).

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Fab farm sale in early March… I made three trips to this sale (full price day, 25% off day, and half-off day). The final day, I was determined to get everything in one load. As you can see, a bookshelf had to be lowered in through the sunroof. This was hands down the best sale of the year. On two of my trips out, I saw the awesome mom-daughter duo of Accumulations. In fact, I gave up the coolest canvas seed spreader in exchange for their undying friendship. LOTS of familiar faces shopped this sale. It was huge. I think I bought 10 antler mounts, among loads of other things.

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Over spring break in March, I hit the well-worn trail to Waxahachie for A Paper Cowgirl art retreat. (I made that crown above!) Petticoats on the Prairie had taken their West Texas show on the road and set up shop that same weekend. It was a super fun weekend, and hopefully no one caught the bacterial infection I was unknowingly harboring. Steroids made me feel up to making the trip. Yay for good drugs. And good friends, like the rockin’ women below…

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That’s Karla, Beth and Lisa, three of the Paper Cowgirl teachers. And this is some serious foreshadowing for another art retreat I went to in April.

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Dear Amy And Betti (above). Betti travels all the way from NYC to come create with Paper Cowgirls. Secretly I know she comes just to see me. I had the chance to visit her in NYC a few weeks ago. She’s a fantastic hostess. She and I may get to spend some time together in Warrenton this spring. My fingers are crossed. Amy is my good neighbor. We love to make plans, but they almost always fall through. We need to work on that in 2013. I think I see some juice bar dates in our future!

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See Troy. See Robelyn. See Troy hug Robelyn. See the cutest picture ever. These two are my favorite Waconians…together at last at the Petticoats show. Junk brings out the best in them, don’t you think?

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No trip would be complete without a Debbie and Cat Daddy sighting.  Even in Waxahachie! Just between us, they are terrible at following driving directions. With them is Lisa Love Harris, who has the best smile I’ve ever seen. She moved back to Texas this year after living in the Pacific Northwest for far too long, IMO. So glad she’s back.

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On the left in the photo above is head cowgirl, Cindy (we’ve since talked about her strange arm pose. She promises to correct it next time.). Susan is in the middle. That’s NY Betti on the end. Can you tell it was St. Patrick’s Day? Betti had just spilled an entire cup of coffee on her brand new white ruffled leggings, but New Yorkers are tough enough to live with a huge stain out in public for an entire day. Watch for my meet up with Susan down the road in April. After this breakfast, Betti, Cindy and I headed to Ft. Worth for the Cowgirl museum and flea market shopping. Also we consumed some bundt cakes. Yes. Plural. They were small.

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Amy, Cindy, Betti and me… at some famous burger joint in Ft. Worth. Amy’s mom, Terri, took this photo. I think this was after we had shopped the Cattle Barn flea in Ft. Worth. I taught them a little something about ordering animal style.

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Now it’s the end of March, and we’re in Warrenton and Round Top, Texas. Ah, Happy Belly’s final Warrenton show. Gone are the days when I would bookend my Antiques Week visit with luch at Happy Belly. Oh, how I miss the meatloaf sandwich. Deb, you promised me the recipe. Don’t make me come to Florida to find you!

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Blue Hills show in Round Top. I’m in love with Love Train Antiques.

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Queen Lisa took the tiara theme seriously at Theresa’s blog party, bless her heart. She’s the coolest thing ever. She sells at Zapp Hall field in the teepee tent.

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Amy and Ms. Blends of Georgetown. I have made the most of my velvet jacket and pants this holiday season, D.

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This really dark shot looks to be Kim of City Farmhouse (middle) and the blog party host herself, Theresa, on the right.  Please help me identify the woman on the left! {BTW, I don’t know any of these people. I just show up and take pictures so I can brag on this blog. Ha.}

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I made her wear that crown. It was in her booth, and if I was expected to wear a crown, the hostess with the mostess was going down with me.

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Things sometimes get a little nutty after hours during Antiques Week.

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ToT!

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Shelley and Christie. Did I just botch the spelling? I’m just now realizing how well-represented Florida Is during Antiques Week and how long this post is! Hang on. We’re just getting started.

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The two Pacific Northwesterners invade Warrenton… Pam, of Plucky Maidens fame, and Lisa, the Garden Cat. Lisa has one murder mystery under her belt and is working on her second novel.

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Betsy and Elaine of Sisters Treasures joined in on the blog party fun. You can find their wares for sale at Fredericksburg Trade Days.

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ToT and Sweet T… and they seem to be behaving.
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Sandy came all the way from the west coast to enjoy our hot, humid weather. With her is Charlene and Lisa. They are all artsy girls.

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Happy. The only word to describe how Cindy makes you feel. Well…maybe not the only word. For reals I have no idea who the man is. We just liked his sign. And he was happy to pose for us. Why wouldn’t he be?

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You know trouble’s brewing when the sewing circle gets this large and the sun starts setting. That’s Lisa, me, Pam, Janie, Lynn, Elaine, Lisa, Cindy and Betsy.

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Kim, Debbie and the man who would like to be the next Cat Daddy. Goodluckwiththat.

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And speaking of CD, here is a gang of imitators…except David, who seems to exist in his own hot little world.

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Paparazzi shot. All that’s missing is a hand covering the camera lens. She did throw me to the ground after this was taken…as a warning.

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Luncheon at Royer’s, featuring Carol Bolton. That’s Charlene and Cindy with Carol in the photo above.

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Junk haul from Warrenton!

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Sweet Talk/Rubbish’s sweetie, Janet, at Marburger Farm. You should see this girl pack. She has serious skills.

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Stephanie’s junk at Marburger. She and Janet both sell in Dallas At a KILLER shop called Curiosities.

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Now it is some other month and we are in PLANO, TX. Yes. That is me with my BFF Tim Holtz.

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And now we add Susan to the mix. She later took me to lunch in her sweet convertible. Tim, sadly, did not join us.

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More art fun. This time with KC Willis in Ft. Worth. Somehow I didn’t get a picture of her. But this is the cover of my class project, a fabric collage book.

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And the art tour continues with Cami and Lisa, as we traveled to Kansas for Karla’s Birdsong retreat We got sidelined in Oklahoma for a few hours…junking.

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Karla in her element… at her home in Kansas. That is a blog post itself. She has an amazing home and is such a generous host. Her cooking skills are mad.

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The Texas  Birdsong crew… Me, Nicki, Tammy, Cami and Lisa. Tammy flew. On a plane. The rest of us carpooled Nicki is a drivin’ fool.

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I love this picture of Beth. Looks like she’s leading the art zombies to drink some kool aid.

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New friend from California, Dottie, who I plan to visit, with Karla. Yes, Dotti, I’m a known couch surfer. So don’t ever offer up your home — especially in Cali — unless you mean business.

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Karla poses for us, after we are loaded to go home…

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Then she somehow falls from the bumper to the ground, causing thunderous laughter. She wasn’t hurt.

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Now it is the end of May and we are in Hico, at the  Homestead antiques show.

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Brenda and Mike, the lovely owners of Homestead. All the Hico show vendors RAVE about how fun it is to vend at their shows. They cherry pick the best vendors. It’s a beautiful show.

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Random: My bedroom, sporting some Red.Neck Glam on the wall.

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Major junk haul over the summer from Lisa in Ft. Worth. Now she has more for me. She is threatening to send her sweet baby daughter to work the corner in her ‘hood if I don’t come claim the new goods soon.

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Citywide in Austin…Debbie and Theresa

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Cat Daddy and Cruz at Citywide…

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Antiques Week, Warrenton/Round Top fall show…shopping in the rain with funk and junk queen Nancy.

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Oh, David… Thanks for sharing him with all the rest of us, Kim. You are a trooper.
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Another decent Warrenton haul…

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After hours in Z app field with Debbie, ToT and Robelyn… Rex and Shelley… I think some tequila may have been consumed prior to this meet up. I won’t tell who consumed it.

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Awww…Marburger…

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Yep. Back in Warrenton.

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Now it is October, and we are back in Waxahachie for Paper Cowgirl Wicked Tea. New instructor Binky was a huge hit. She is junk + art. Bonus! You can find her shop in Llano, Texas, right next door to Whimseys.

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In October, my mom and I drove to Colorado City for the Petticoats show. I bought this, along with a trunkful of junk. Why there are no pictures, I’m not sure.

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Then there was the Rusted Gingham barn sale in Gonzales, first weekend in November, where I actually sold for a change. Okay, I bought there too. But this is some of my stuff. It’s a fun show. It was huge this year. And I think it was hugely successful, too. Why don’t you add it to your junking calendar. First Saturday in November, and the evening prior.

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Final junk purchase of 2012. When my sister brought her to me, her hands weren’t posed like this. I can’t show you that picture. One word: Nephews. I can’t decide if I’ll part with her or not. Right now she’s still pretending it’s Christmas, with a wreath around her neck and some sheet music in her hands. My cats love that she’s now wearing a fur coat. They are bonding with the fur.

That ends my “what I did in 2012” XL blog post. I hope it was a good year for you, junk-wise and personally. May 2013 be full of joy and prosperity! See you again soon. Next time, maybe you can be my co-pilot!

The booth that threw up Christmas, or how NOT to put all your eggs in one basket

28 Dec

So I had this whole idea for a post: talk about how, if you are an antiques dealer, you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to holidays — unless, of course, you are that quirky space everyone flocks to when the seasons change. OR…if you don’t care to sell a blessed thing other than Christmas merch at Christmastime. Then, and only then, be my guest. 

BUT… then I thought that post would be a bit pushy and bossy since I’ve been MIA for a few months. {Even my husband noticed. That’s when I know I’ve let things go a little too far south.}

So instead, I thought I’d throw in a few pictures of my pink room, which is where I sit when I’m computing. It’s also where the cats do their business, so sometimes I avoid it. It also houses two sofa beds that can’t be folded out into beds at the same time. And there’s a stunning view of the trampoline in our backyard and the junking mess I’ve amassed on the patio. Sounds perfectly inviting, doesn’t it?

Sometimes the pink room is filled with music. When I look above the computer screen, I see my children’s artwork from many moons ago. I also glimpse a tiny inspiration board full of family photos, art workshop name tags and other odds and ends. There’s a killer new dress form I haven’t been able to let go of and the coolest coral-colored arm chair with matching footstool. I also have a horse-hair quilt from France that was bought for resale, but has found a home on the back of one of the sofas. See? Not all bad.

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This is a corner in the pink room. The magnet you can hardly see on the wall says “my house is cuter than yours,” which is only true most of the time.

Truth be told, blogging became a hassle for me. I was taking photos mostly with my phone, so I would blog from my phone. But I don’t really like the keyboard on my phone, so my writing was brief. And when I started this blog, I started it as a place to write about junk. So I was hating that I’d stopped doing that. In addition, I hate uploading photos. I’m not sure why I found it to be such a nuisance, but I did. Maybe I’m over that phase now. I got a new camera from Santa, and I’ve been having fun messing around with it. And the uploading really hasn’t been bad at all. BUT…there may be times when I’m only writing a post. I may skip photos altogether. I realize that breaks a cardinal blogging rule, but I really couldn’t care less at this point. Rules were made to be broken. Right?

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I LOVE pin cushions. These were purchased at the Magnolia Pearl garage sale a while back. In the background is a LONG Victorian pyrography box, covered in old wallpaper and purchased from Willow Nest. These sit on a coffee table in the pink room.

So, looking forward, I’m still planning to publish my year-end name-dropping post where I brag about all my cool junking peeps and the fun places I’ve been during 2012. That post will probably be from my phone because that is where all the photos are! New this year: I’m mostly doing away with links. You can look them up yourself, right?! I’m too lazy to link up. Also, I’m following in the footsteps of Debbie from Talking White Trash and turning off blog comments… when I get around to figuring out how to do it.

It’s not that I don’t want to hear from you. I do. Really. But you can shoot me an email or visit me on Facebook if you’d like to chat. I’m that close. All the time. 24-7. 

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The only kind of flowers I can grow : metal ones on a chandelier.

And this concludes my strange but true blog post for this evening. I have a BIG January planned. Somehow I need to work in a trip to Ft. Worth to pick up a load of stuff from Lisa with Tarnished and Tattered. My across-the-street neighbor is pressuring me to pick up the cabinet I purchased from her back in the summer. I still have a couple of pieces of furniture, including an antique wheelchair, to pick up from a friend who lives pretty close to me. There’s a crate and some sewing machine drawers waiting for me in New Braunfels. Dallas Market is RIGHT around the corner. {I LOVE going to market, to market to buy who-knows-what.} And finally, look for news here after January 30, when I’m sure to be announcing my upcoming nuptials to Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, who I’ll be spending time with in San Antonio. {Apologies to my current husband for having to find out the news on my blog.}

All the junking news that’s fit to print. Right here. For you and you alone. Hope you are enjoying a fabulous holiday season! Cheers!!

The rest of the Warrenton/Round Top story

17 Apr
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Legs! One of the most photographed spots in Warrenton...right outside of Cole's. These body parts belong to Meloney and Brian of Seed Box Antiques.

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When staying at my Deluxe Accommodations in Brenham, I always stop at this small show on my way back to the fields. I don't know what it's called, but it's close to Burton. This year I bought some galvanized stuff from them.

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In Round Top...

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In Round Top, next to Royer's!!

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I've SEEN this photo everywhere, too... Warrenton...

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Junk Gypsy tent...

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Pardon the blur, but see if you can spot what's wrong in this picture (besides the blur). Taken at the Fayetteville show, where dealers are open late every night.

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On the road, literally, leaving the little cabin in the woods, outside of LaGrange. I found it a bit unsettling the way the look you straight in the eye!!

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Sweet Talk/Rubbish, Janet's brain child! At Marburger Farm. When you visit her booth, make sure you ask her to find a very specific word. She has THOUSANDS of flashcards. Also suggest that she lower her prices. She'll be your new best friend.

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More Rubbish...

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More Rubbish...Not only is Janet the flashcard queen, she also has cornered the butter pat market.

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More Rubbish...

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Rubbish again...

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Willow Nest at Marburger Farm

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The low-color beauty of Willow Nest once again...

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Willow Nest again. Linda spent some time in France recently and brought back all kinds of treasures...

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Willow Nest...

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Willow Nest

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Willow Nest...I love these fountains.

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Willow Nest...Yes! It's for sale!!

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Quite possibly my favorite thing: Conveyor belt. At Marburger in Fluff's space...If you haven't met Stephanie, you need to!

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French Fluff...I did bring a few of these home with me.

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Fluff...Beautiful bed!

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Fluff...I adore this lamp...

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Fluff

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More Round Top scenery...

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Snapped this while stopped in traffic on the highway!

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Janet of Sweet Talk/Rubbish had these gloves on the wall outside MFHLR (that's the OFFICIAL name of her location)...

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Part of my haul...

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Mom's meatloaf from Happy Belly: I like to bookend my trip with Happy Belly...a perfect way to start a junking adventure, and a sweet ending to a great week, too.

The goods. The scenery.

When you mix it all together with the food and the people and the events, you get the entire Antiques Week picture.

It’s all happening. Twice a year. In sprawling Texas cow pastures. See you there in the fall?

Springing forward

6 Mar
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spring table setting in all its glory

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I love the patina on this old scale. The measuring cup was missing, but it's a perfect resting place for a little bird's nest.

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I'm so in love with these chairs. I recovered them in old barkcloth. I wasn't sure how the fabric would look against the white, but it's perfect. I just want to stare at it all day.

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Easter place setting...colorful gloves for napkins, and handmade flowers for napkin rings.

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Close up...I love all the colors of spring.

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SPRING! It weighs a TON. And a lovely prize ribbon with quite a travel history.

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Thankful for the quick sale of the big piece in this photo!

It must be close to time-change time. I’ve been waking up to bright light this week, thinking I’ve somehow overslept. It seems to happen overnight. Well, I realize it literally changes from dark to light while I’m asleep. But I swear it was still dark when my alarm woke me up just last week. And suddenly? It’s bright and shiny before my non- grocery store feet hit the floor in the a.m.

Slowly but surely I’m springing forward at the shop, too. Yes. Those are springs — big, heavy springs– on that table. Get it? SPRINGS?!

And I’ll be re-doing that wall soon, too. That big, heavy piece sold the very second I brought it in. It’s unbelievably heavy cast aluminum. An outdoor piece in a former life, it’s going to a great new home.

Time to start packing

2 Nov

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I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for Rusted Gingham’s barn sale this Saturday in Gonzales, Texas. Well…that’s not entirely true. I still need to price. And pack. And load. And maybe wax and distress a couple of things. That sounds like I’m not ready at all! Egads. Maybe I shouldn’t have put it down in words. I feel behind now, thankyouverymuch.

Having never sold at a show before, I’m a bit nervous. I’m afraid I’ll forget something important — from clean clothes to cash for change. I’ve had nightmares of the minivan breaking down on the way. And what happens if I sell zilch?! (I realize that statement doesn’t jibe with The Secret. Please don’t rat me out.) But I’m also excited. I know I’ll be among some excellent vendors. Oh, the stories we will tell and the laughs we will laugh.

Care to join us?

Gearing up for a scary Halloween

28 Sep

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What do you think?

I found the scary doll at Clutter in Warrenton. Her hair was a matted mess, so I freed her from it. The enamelware fountain was at the County Line show in Carmine. Put them together and you get a fab yet frightening Halloween display. Now all that we need is a change in the weather! I’m heading back to the fields for a couple more days. When I return, watch for an antiques week giveaway and a peek at Rachel Ashwell’s B & B.