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Wandering Country Roads

There’s plenty to do in Houston, but every now and then it’s fun to leave the big city behind and explore the wide open spaces that define Texas.

It doesn’t take long to see what rural Texas is about.  Cattle graze lazily in fields

and the sprawling metropolis is replaced by a series of small towns.

IMG_0456This time of year the landscape colored by wildflowers is spectacular.  No matter how many times I see fields of blue, red, yellow and pink my heart sings in appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Another reason to get out and about now is the Round Top Antique Show which these days is said to cover some 28 miles.  That means a lot of stuff to browse.  Now, I don’t need a thing, but that doesn’t keep my eye from wandering in search of the unusual or interesting.

IMG_0463Bottles never fail to get my attention.  These are truffle jars that when filled with mushrooms and cotton hold in the moisture necessary for preservation.  You can be sure that in my possession they would be filled with flowers to create a centerpiece for a tablescape.

IMG_0472Talk about an unusual flower container.  Take a look at this chemical beaker.  I didn’t buy one, but the temptation was great.  These were $175 each, a little pricey so I’m going to look into finding new pieces and creating the look.

IMG_0474These wooden mallets got my attention because of their varying shapes and heights.  In case you are wondering, they were used for barn building.  I wouldn’t want someone with one of those in their hand to get mad at me!

IMG_0489One exhibit featured lamps and chandeliers made from the most interesting materials.   For a fleeting moment I could imagine one in my eclectic mix of things.

IMG_9777Then, there were those things that reminded me of some of you bloggers.  White porcelain

IMG_0480and blue and white pieces are favorites of many of you.

IMG_0487Exhibits are in fields, tents and enclosed spaces some of which are beautifully displayed.

IMG_0488I have a hard time imagining how much dealers have to sell to justify the cost.   As one said, it’s always a gamble and you have to do a show knowing that you will win or lose.

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A day or two of wandering among the exhibits is about all I can take and then I’m ready to get back in the car and wander the country roads stopping here and there to take a photo.

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Next: The Compound

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClose to Marburger Farm is The Compound, a new venue this spring.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have to confess it was my favorite, thanks to appealing displays and uncluttered spaces.  Also, there was no admission charge, but I’m betting that will change as it becomes more popular.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgain, different ones of you came to mind as I browsed, and it would have been fun to have you along to see if my guesses about what you would like were right on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaybe one of you bought this table that was being readied for shipping.  It is one I could imagine fitting a variety of decors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd, how about this one?  I liked it so much I found myself wishing for a place to put it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt appears that some vendors may be permanent at The Compound.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere were so many interesting and unusual things here that it was hard to leave without making a purchase.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy favorite was this unusual shaped bowl that was used for cheese making.  Once again the price kept me from buying!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShould you ever make it to Round Top, be sure to stop by The Compound if for no other reason than to enjoy the space and have a bite to eat.

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Browsing Marburger Farm

Massachusetts has Brimfield in the spring and fall. Texas has Round Top, and it’s big just like Texas! Unless you plan on spending the week there, it’s impossible to take it all in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI go for one day, mainly to take a few photos and see what catches my eye.  This time I focused on Marburger, one of the most popular venues.

TWalking through the various exhibits, I was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff and couldn’t help but wonder how much of it finds a home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWandering from booth to booth, it was impossible not to think of many of you whose style is French 

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or farmhouse country.

If you are among those who enjoy Texas style, there’s no question you’d have found plenty of accessories.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOthers of you would have found something clever to do with such a piece as this

and I know those with a sense of fun would have found a special treasure here for a guest room.

Some of your kitchens would be perfect for a beautiful collection of copper pots

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand others of you would be tempted by lovely pieces for the table.

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For the gardeners among you, there was plenty here

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand if for some reason you were looking for a pair of cowboy boots, this would be the right place!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor those, like me, whose taste runs to the eclectic

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor whimsical there’s something for you, too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI especially liked these unique fly catchers which would have been fun additions to a table with candles or flowers.  Had they not been $150 each they would have come home with me.

Well, this doesn’t even begin to show you all I saw, but I’ll save the rest for another day.

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Antiquing….again!

Spring and fall, the Round Top Antique Festival is a big deal, Texas’s equivalent to Brimfield in Massachusetts.  It covers acres in multiple locations, and it’s impossible to see everything in one day or even three.  I don’t need a thing, but I can’t resist going for a few hours to take photos and see what’s there. Here are some things that caught my eye this time around and made me think of many of you.

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Can’t you imagine this guy lounging on the porch, maybe staying for dinner?

antiquesAnd how about these wonderful doll head molds?  Clustered on a wall, they would be a striking piece of art.

antique potting benchFor those of you who have a potting shed, this is a most perfect potting bench.  If only it would have fit into my trunk…….

antique gratersTalk about repurposed, check out these old graters converted into overhead lights for a kitchen island or work bench.

antiquesStems from broken wine glasses are converted into ring holders.  Where do folks come up with such great ideas?

antiquesIf the French country look is your style, this table is a real winner

antiquesand surely there’s something here would fit right in.  Me, I love the display rack.

artThis painting stole my heart.  I love its simple  folk art style, bright colors

artand collage elements.  It is a contemporary piece, and I’m still thinking about it or maybe having the artist create a smaller piece for me.  Good idea?

antique dishesHow could I pass by this table set with such beautiful dishes and glassware without thinking of all my tablescaping friends?  Every one of you would do something wonderful with these.

antique seltzer bottleAs hard as I tried to leave it all behind, I could’t help but bring home a couple of things.  I’m crazy about seltzer bottles and this 19th century French version was irresistible.    Have you ever seen one like it?  I know both of my daughters will like this, one because it fits her decor and one who, like me, will see it as an art statement.

tini glassesGlasses I don’t need, but when I saw these I heard the hubby saying, “How about a tiny tini?” and these are perfect for that.  They were all chipped, in fact the vendor wrote them up as “glasses, chipped but pretty”, but a couple of hours this morning with my handy glass file and they are in pretty good shape.

See anything here you like?

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