Ok... maybe I didn't lose my Minnesota accent that much but I did come home with a vintage cowboy hat and a David Barbosa belt!
I have been wanting to come down to this great show in Texas for years now and when Jo Packham invited me I jumped at the chance. Jo is the chief editor and founder of "Where Woman Create". We met last year when she came to shoot my shop and studio. (which will be in the next issue) Jo is an inspiration, not only is she a marketing genius, she shares her life with other women and supports them. She is not threatened by women but lifts them up and helps them to achieve their dreams. She is my hero. She and Gina were here this week to shop and and sign magazines and books. I will feature Jo's new book in another post.
The week started on the 26th where I met Jo at the Austin airport and we jumped in a little rented Nissan that took us 4 days to figure out we were driving it in second gear most of the time. Not to mention the fact that neither one of us knew how to get to Round Top. It had been 10 years since Jo had been there. So after a quick stop at the first Best Buy we saw to buy a GPS...we were on our way. Did I mention that I was born without a sense of direction and personally I think I met my twin in Jo.
We pretty much stayed confused once we hit Round Top and perpetually turned the opposite way of the show we wanted. Just a thought here...it wouldn't hurt to put signs up pointing to Marburger, Warrenton from Round Top!
The Texas countryside was beautiful and we were just in time for all the wildflowers to put on their show. The Texas Bluebonnets were in full bloom and thanks to Ladybird Johnson I got to see a magnificent display.
I loved the trees here, they are magnificent...big and gnarly with lichen and moss hanging (don't know how good it is for the trees but perfect for affect). I believe these are Live Oak, I loved them, we do not have them in the midwest.
Moving along... we met Gina Galvin of Peacock Park and her posse' Kelly, Carol and the Nugget in RT. Gina was on the cover of "Where Women Create" last issue. She is a powerhouse...
We didn't waste any time hitting the first show. The shows openings are staggered daily so one gets to shop them thoroughly, I think it is a great idea.
I am going to need help here... I did not take notes and since I spent most of my time lost or not knowing where I was... Anne? Theresa? I forgot the name of this show...
The French Antiques here were incredible... I have to say I was overwhelmed for the first couple of days but this old junker got her balance back and did some shopping.
After shopping we headed in town to the steakhouse... I want to tell you that I did not know everything in Texas was deep fried! Now I love it but I don't eat it since it started going to my hips a few years ago.
Have you ever had fried pickles?
Apple pie anyone?
After a very long day we headed to what was going to be our home for the next week. Trails West is about 15 minutes outside of Round Top off a red dirt cemetary road. Dell and Betty have acreage with cabins to rent. Gina has stayed here several times and got us the "Hangar".
Isn't it cute? The French doors open to our bedroom, with a cute upstairs with 3 beds and a kitchen off the downstairs bedroom. Dell even built us a fire pit and cut logs for us to sit on. We sat out one night under a bright full moon and roasted marshmellows!
I have to tell you that there were lots of parties every night at this show, I couldn't begin to name them, but the first party we attended was at a place in the middle of nowhere called "Leftovers". I couldn't begin to describe this huge wonderful antique store owned by a couple of fellows that I apologize I forgot their names. This fabulous shop has a full kitchen and wonderful Texas women that do all the downhome cooking. The food, wine and elegance flowed endlessly all evening.
This place was packed all evening!
Gwen from French by Design
Don't you love the phonograph horns hanging from the ceiling.
My favorite, brown transferware and look at the details in the display!
The detail on all the displays were amazing... I loved this little touch
to the table.
Loved these Urns...
A silver trophy filled with sewing strawberries.
So simple but WOW factor! Love the book page...
I have so much more to show you... the blog party, my favorite booths, great stuff we scored, WWC booth, celebs and of course Magnolia Pearl!
Stay tuned we will be back after this short interruption from our sponsors! In other words I don't want to overwhelm you!