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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 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?

Antiques week obsession

15 Apr

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I could easily become a stalker of Love Train Antiques. They are from Atlanta and sell at the Blue Hills show, just outside of Round Top. I’m in love with their wares, with their southern charm, with the cute kids running amok through their tent. They are what draws me to the Blue Hills show. I can’t afford or haul any of their massive European pieces, so I load up on smalls. I don’t even know if they intend to sell the smalls in their tent because they don’t have sacks! Still, I love them so. AND…bonus…this year at Blue Hills,  I met the Methodist men. And their BBQ. I might have to add them to my list of antiques week must-eats.

Faces in the fields

9 Apr
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A tribute to Cat Daddy, who had to go back to Dallas for part of the show. We were trying to do his famous pose.

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That's Theresa Cano (Garden Antiques) on the right and Kim Leggett (City Farmhouse) in the middle. Help me out with the person on the left... Oh! And that's Lisa (Adornments by Lisa) in the background.

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The queen of flashcards ... Janet of Sweet Talk/Rubbish ...Dressed in one of her signature Mexican dresses!!

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Zapp Hall's Debbie (Talking Trash) and Robelyn (Redneck Chic), doin' the Cat Daddy pose.

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Kim and Debbie and...Calvin? Is that right? Or am I only thinking Calvin because of the white undershirt?!

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Say what you will...this is a fun group o' women!

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Sandy, Charlene and Lisa...Sandy came all the way from California!

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TOT and Sweet T (from Timeworn Interiors & Garden Antiques)

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Sisters Treasures (Betsy and Elaine)...this was there first time selling in Warrenton, Dillard's field. They also sell at Trade Days in Fredericksburg.

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Pacific Northwesterners ... Lisa (Garden Cat) and Pam (One Gal's Trash and Plucky Maidens Junk Fest)

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Shelley (Sweet Pea Home) and Christie, who has an excellent name (!) that I may have misspelled. She refuses to blog but sells in Sommerfield (which, again, I may have misspelled) in Warrenton.

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Debbie...striking a pose with the hawt guacamole.

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Lisa (Pix Up Stix)...some people were just born to be queen.

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My homie Amy (Amy Boland photography) and Diane (Blends of Georgetown)

I MAY have mentioned in my last post that it’s the people that keep me coming back to antiques week. The photos above capture just a handful of the characters you might encounter while hunting for junk. Some are dealers. Others are perennial shoppers like myself.  If you’re a blogger, there are events held just so you can mix it up with your comrades. But that’s another post for another day.

Hope these photos won’t scare you away. I hope they make you want to hop in the car, catch a plane or even thumb a ride to the next show — where all these faces will be around to greet you!

My happy place

7 Apr
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That's my friend Cindy and some random man. I wanted a picture of his "Happy Place" sign, but he said it was heavy so I snapped the picture quickly, cutting off the word "place." (Beware of Cindy. She will steal your cell phone and offer a pink pen in its place.)

Truth be told, there are many places that fall into “happy place” territory for me. I love the beauty of an old church sanctuary, the majesty and stillness of the mountains. And right now? My son is strumming his guitar loudly, which makes my heart sing.

And last week? I was at my happiest once again, chasing down good junk in the dusty cow pastures of Warrenton and Round Top. I spent a record eight days in the fields during this show, which I realize is more than a week so don’t go criticizing my math skills.

I was sweaty. My hair was HUGE and frizzy from the humidity. My ankles were swollen and are still covered in mosquito bites. I got very little sleep. Still? I was (and am) happy. It’s a kind of junking high, I guess. I know I’ll eventually come down, but I’m trying to take advantage of it while I can. My car is almost entirely empty already. And my space at the shop is getting full!

But the best part of antiques week isn’t the vast collection of goods. Yeah, there’s always great junk. But it’s the collection of personalities that keeps me coming back for more. Even when the temps soar past 100. Even when it’s rainy. Even when it’s so windy the sand whips at your legs like you’re on the beach.

I adore and admire so many of the dealers that sell in those cow pastures. And I’m amazed that they return show after show. With smiles on their faces. I wear out my welcome bending their ears and sitting in their chairs and stealing the breezes from their fans. And still they smile. They generously offer gum and beds and discounts and gifts. They don’t have to do it. It’s just the kind of people they are. And I love them for it. And I’m so fortunate to know each and every one of them.

Then there are the other junkers. I get a lot accomplished walking the fields alone, but I love the company of fellow junkers. Of like minds. Of shared experiences. We talk a little shop. Dream big. Laugh loudly. And eat well.

And after hours? More talk. More laughs. More mosquito bites.

That’s antiques week…the junk, the people, the food, the gatherings. Always something new to see. Always someone new to meet.

To my friends, both old and brand new, I’m already looking forward to seeing you again in six short months in the fields of dreams. My happy place is your happy place. Am I right?

The Pie Man Sayeth

8 Mar

When Bud Royer talks, I listen. He said to post this, so I am. I can’t run the risk of him withholding my pie…

If you’re a blogger and  you’re interested in attending, just follow the directions… I attended the luncheon last year at Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie. It was beautiful! The food is nothing short of divine. And the proceeds benefit Dwell with Dignity.  Hope to see you there!!

Happy birthday, Rachel Ashwell

30 Oct

I knew I had yet to publish these photos for a reason! I mistakenly thought it was because I was too lazy to retrieve my memory card and upload all the pix.  But, really, all along I was waiting until Rachel’s birthday to share them with you. {That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!}

We owe Rachel a HUGE thank you, you know…for her inspiration not only in design, but as a successful business woman;  and for making it okay to surround ourselves with beautiful things, despite their imperfections. Whether or not your style meshes with hers, you can’t help but admire how she’s turned a style into a recognizable brand. AND, how shabby chic means something different to everyone. {Don’t believe me? Search for it on C-list. Then instantly forget what  you saw.}  I typically subscribe to the notion that once something is available in stores such as Target, the market is saturated. It’s time to move on to something new. But, no matter what the naysayers are spouting about shabby chic, it’s here to stay.

It is comfort.

It is beauty.

It is understated elegance.

It is in Round Top, Texas, at The Prairie.

Hope you enjoy these photos of Rachel Ashwell’s Texas digs:

Three flags over The Prairie

Home on the range

Shabby chic gets junkified

In the dining room

Mix-and-match chairs as seating in the dining room

Yet another dining room chair

A touch of shabby chic in the dining room

More fresh roses in the dining room

Structures on The Prairie:

Isn't she lovely?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful inside…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was at first an eyesore to Rachel and prompted a "What have I done?!" moment. She now calls it the chandelier of acceptance, a symbol of making things work.

 

 

 

 

 

… and out

 

 

 

 

SO smart to have your staging ground and clearinghouse for your shops smack dab in the middle of antiques country!

 

 

Happy birthday, Rachel!