Canceled Plans but Not a Canceled Life

All the Canceled Things

Before COVID-19 entered our vocabulary cancel culture was a newer term that made me feel more middle aged that I would like to admit. Now that almost every single thing has literally been canceled we are living in a different kind of cancel culture.

We must remember that events have been canceled, very important events that we were all so excited about, and we are so disappointed to miss, but our life has not been canceled. Love and learning and creativity have not been canceled.

I am speaking to myself here as I sit home with 4 kiddos that are missing their teachers and friends. I love these kids, but I had also decided NOT to home school them for a reason. There is also a husband working from home, taking calls all day long! Look for photos of my new home office space on instagram.

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I am looking at the calendar as we inch closer to what would have been Round Top Antiques Week Spring 2020. I was all set to sell at Marburger Farm again this spring. I have so many treasures collected for my shoppers. I also have so many friends that I only get to see during the show and now we are going to have to wait another 6 months before we get to catch up on all of our stories.

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Resources During Downtime

While we are all finding a new normal I have decided to set a low bar, but a bar none the less for what I would like to accomplish during our canceled time.

Here are a few resources for online learning that I am using. Right now there are several offering freebies to get started.

Hopewriters.  I was a member of the HopeWriters community for a year and while I have taken a step back from the organization I absolutely value the learning and encouragement they share. If you have thoughts and feelings that you would like to share in the written word then spend some of the time you have on your hands learning from Tuesday Teachers and taking advantage fo the other resources they are sharing this week.

Mercy House There is a free Gratitude bundle from Mercy House. If you and your people need a check on your newly rocked world and a place to direct your focus then jump on this limited offer.

Jeane Oliver This incredible community of artists is an intimidating group for me. I do not consider myself an artist on the same level as some of these talents, but I love that welcome that Jeanne gives to so many. I have found ways to grow my artistic abilities through comprehensive that Jeanne offers and curates. Joining the community is free and there are free classes you can try out. There are always new classes being offered up.

 

Emily Lex A new website for Jones Design Company has offered us a new space to get to know Emily and take advantage of artistic education for the family. A few freebies are available, with classes for purchase as well.

Crossway the Bible verse I shared on Instagram this morning was a part of a bible verse card download.

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Thrive Blogging Community If you are looking for a community to educate and encourage you while you build your blog audience there is a virtual conference coming in April. I was looking forward to attending this conference in person, but I will still be there at my computer learning all I can to help bring you the best product I can.

I can’t wait to see all of you again when we are able to gather together.

I am spending more time than I should over at @BrocanteTreasures on instagram.

Round Top Recap

Hello Everyone!

I wrote this Round Top Recap way back in October, and then I forgot to post it! Then I forgot to post anything for another 4 months. Ooops! I have been posting regularly over on Instagram @BrocanteTreasures.

I think that I have finally recovered from the adventure that is Antiques Week in Round Top, Texas. This Fall 2019 show was another HOT, HOT, HOT event. Spending 10 days outside in 90+ degree heat took its toll, but the fun was worth it all.

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I had so much fun putting together my space at Marburger Farm Antiques Show. It is a labor of love for sure to bring all of my accumulated treasures under this tent and arrange them beautifully.

I had some special help early in set up, my husband and my daughter came out and helped me move furniture and unearth my inspiration.

After some time working hard we did make a stop by the Junk Gypsy Headquarters. Addie found herself a vintage suede jacket that is nothing short of amazing. The truly spectacular part will be when Texas cools off enough for her to enjoy wearing it.

 

One day during set up, my sister and I made our way to The Vintage Round Top for another installment of their Business, Branding and Social Media Workshop. I have attended 4 of these workshops, and I said I wasn’t going back this year, but the speakers fo the workshop were so good and I love Paige and Smoot. My friend Becki Griffin, did a great job talking about photography and styling, Julia Drake spoke about her PR firm in New York, and the fascinating work they do. Rachel Barrett spoke about her job being in the editor in chief at Country Living. The woman right here, Annie Sloan, of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was amazing. I traditionally have not enjoyed painting furniture, but Annie made me feel like I could transform anything with her paint.

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Rachel Barrett came by to say hi at the show.

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The real star of the show for me was my sister, Laura. Any time you see me at Antiques Week and I have fun full head of beautifully braided hair it is all thanks to Laura. Hair is Laura’s full time gig, I love that she comes out to Texas to help me and she works her magic on my hair while she is here.

There were so many beautiful treasures, some of them found new homes, others are still waiting for the right place. I so enjoyed being around all my beautiful things and getting to share their stories with my customers and friends.

I was so pleased to get a visit from Jeanne Oliver. I have been so inspired by Jeanne and it meant so much to have her make a visit to my corner while she explored Round Top.

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It was a magical time of creativity and connection with fellow treasure hunters.

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Until the Spring!

Just a month until the spring show. I will be back at Marburger Farm in Tent A March 31-April 4. Check back for a preview.

Family Halloween Ideas

Two years ago, when we lived in England I was in charge of organizing the Boot to Boot (the British version of a Trunk or Treat). As I planned the event I also started working on our family Halloween costume. Up until this point we had not done a full family theme for our Halloween costume. I had so much fun coming up with an idea and seeing all of the costumes come together. Now that I have two years of family costumes I thought I would share my tricks for having the whole look come together.

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It seems like an obvious choice, but we went with Harry Potter. My oldest had finished reading all of the books and she was a little bit obsessed. The baby has super blond hair and was our vicious little Draco Malfoy. We taught him how to say “My father will hear about this.” Garrett was our Harry Potter, Bennett rocked the orange hair as Ron Weasley, Addison was the perfectly precocious Hermione. Jon went for Snape with enthusiasm and I enjoyed being Bellatrix Lestrange.

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We might have had too much fun with this costume. Snape’s wig and cloak was from amazon. I found black velvet blazer at a charity shop. fullsizeoutput_e81d

Living in England made the uniforms for the kids pretty easy. I just went to Marks and Spencer and bought uniforms. It should be easy enough to find a white button down and a uniform style pants or dress. The ties and capes were an easy find on amazon too. The orange hair spray helped complete the whole look. Don’t skip the little details!fullsizeoutput_e81f

 

Last year we were back in Texas and we were ready for another family costume idea. We went through quite a few fun ideas, but most of them were a little pricey for 6 people.

We decided on a family of pirates as we already had a few pieces. Bennett’s Captain Hook costume and a few of the swords came from The BOOtique Costumes. My jacket and skirt and both of our head scarves were thrifted finds.

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We had too much fun, but so did our kids and that is what matters most. At one point as we were dodging thunderstorms and racing from house to house Malachi looked at us and said he was having the best Halloween ever.

 

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These mannequin legs were an antique show cast off. My family thinks I am crazy for keeping these legs in our garage through the year, but this pay off is so worth it. A pair of striped tights and cowboy boots and our front door looks festive and fun.

Our bucket of candy waited for trick or treaters while we were out and our turquoise bucket held non food treasures so everyone was included.

 

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For this year Halloween will be here before we know it and I am already working on putting together our best look yet. I will go through our existing costume stash, start looking at thrift stores and estate sales for specific pieces and make sure to visit my favorite local Bootique.

 

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Do you dress up with your kids? Do you have a family theme? Do you have a favorite source for costumes?

I can’t wait to trick or treat with this crew again this year!

Top Ten Tips for Round Top, Texas Antiques Week

Top Ten Tips for Round Top, Texas Antiques Week

TopTenTips.pngI love Antique Week in Round Top, TX. The first time I showed up in Round Top I had a pick up load of treasures to sell and I was just figuring it out as I went.

From the first time I drove down highway 237 I felt an excitement and a peace that I had found my place. The first time my husband came to visit me he realized I had found my people.

As I have continued to shop and sell in Round Top during Antique Week I have met so many amazing people and found so many fun things. Here are my Top 10 Tips for a great experience.

1. The first thing you will need is the Antiques Show Guide. You can visit roundtop.com to find a way to get a copy of your own. Be sure to follow @goingtoroundtop on instagram, sign up for the newsletter and daily texts with the show schedule. The magazine has a comprehensive set of maps and show dates. It is also a beautiful collection of photos.

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2.  Antiques Week in Round Top is all about the antiques, but as more people make their way to Round Top there are more activities to enjoy too. Special dinners, workshops, and gatherings are all over the area and there is something for everyone.

The Vintage Round Top Business, Branding and Social Media Workshop

Dinner and Dancing at the Boneyard with Local Roots Food Truck

The Gathering at Round Top

Farm Girls Supper Club @farmgirlssupperclub at @MarburgerFarm, benefiting @Dwell with Dignity.

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 Junk Gypsy Gyspyville, Practical Magic, Front Porch Series and PROM!

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3. La Bahia opens Friday September 27 at 8 am. If you turn off of 290 onto 237 La Bahia is one of the first shows you will come to. One of my good friends was a dealer here and that is how it got added to my itinerary. I realized that every time I stopped by I found a treasure or two. My sister has had good luck here too. I still have a couple fo friends that set up here and they always bring a fun set up.

4. If you are looking for a place with gorgeous merchandise, air conditioning, bathrooms, and food trucks I would point you to the Compound. There are great vendors and great amenities.

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5. Junk Gypsy Store, Amie and Jolie have created a special place in Round Top. There are fun t-shirts, amazing boots, and vintage finds. You never know exactly what you are going to find when you make your way into Gypsyville. There is a Practical Magic event on Saturday, September 28 from 6-9. Midnight Margaritas, Free Witch Hats, and lots of fun. The Junk Gypsies have started making a show t-shirt with a special design. You can get the design on a travel cup, shopping bag or sticker too.

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6. Warrenton, The Fields.  This is a different kind of shopping. The displays are not as fancy, but if you are adventurous in your treasure hunting this is a great place to visit. Zapp Hall, Renck, The Chicken Ranch, and Bar W are just a few. My good friends and amazing dealers are at the Vintage Station on Pond Road in Bar W. I usually find a place to park and walk as far as a I can at any of these fields. The shopping starts at least a week sometimes 2 before the big shows start.

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The Vintage Station, Bar W, Warrenton, Texas

 

7. Marburger Farm Antique Show is my home in Round Top. This is a special show, every dealer here is held to a high standard of vintage and antique pieces. The energy invested in the collecting, curating and display has always been a source of inspiration for me. There is a charge to shop at Marburger, $25 for opening day, October 1 from 10-2. $10 for the rest of the show. IF you are shopping opening day the gates open for parking at 8 am. From 8-10 there is tailgating with coffee and pastries, the local radio station, a photo op #marburger, and a few fun extras. If you come by Marburger stop by and see me in Tent A, spot a2.

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8. Are you ready to shop yet? I recommend checking the weather, if there is any rain in the forecast I would recommend rain boots. I never enter the fields without some kind of boot on. My first show I heard someone say they had just killed another baby copperhead. Between the snakes, spiders and ants that normally inhabit the cow pastures filled with treasures I have always found cowboy boots to be both stylish and protective. Keep in mind there is a lot of walking if you do Antique Week right so make sure your shoes are comfy.

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I would have sun screen, water, a tape measure and cash. Many dealers will take cards, but not all. There will be ATMs but you will pay fees. If you bring cash you can’t go wrong. If you think you might need shipping there are companies that can pick up and deliver bigger pieces of furniture, but you need to make sure you understand the costs before you have purchased the furniture. Antique shows are Final Sale situations. Distinguished Transport is one option that I know works through out Round Top.

 

9. If you want to eat at Royer’s Cafe during the show you need to make sure you make your reservations now. My personal favorite are the shrimp and grits. There is always Royer’s Pie Haven where you can get a slice of Pie.

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Market Hill – Paul Michael has an amazing kitchen and hosts music acts too. Dinner and a show and plenty of friends make for a great end to a Round Top day. I am still friends with a woman in Austrailia. We sat that the same table for dinner and a concert, exchanged instagram handles and keep in touch. Antique Week people are my people.

10. Not too far from Round Top is a town called Carmine, (pronounced Car mean). Here you can find more shopping, great kolaches and coffee at Weikel’s Bakery and JW’s Steak House. Burton is  home to The Blue Willow Cafe and The Brazos Belle restaurants.

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Blueberries and Sunflowers

I have collected and used antique and vintage pieces in my home for a long time. As I write this I am sitting at our kitchen table. A table we bought from Goodwill in Colorado Springs 15 years ago is still the table where we eat almost every meal. I am sitting on a vintage church pew that I bought from a local resale shop a decade ago (just one of several pews in our home).

Today I wanted to show you how I use some of my gorgeous vintage pieces for a beautiful tea and muffins minute. All of these antique and vintage items are available and will be making their way to Marburger Farm in just 3 weeks so you can create your own moment to share.

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This pewter tray makes everything look more elegant. Literally lay whatever item you would like to highlight on this heavy, gorgeous French tray and it will look so fancy. fkOe47HeS6a2IyRV9ZmP1Q

A small bouquet of sunflowers, a few sprigs of limonium, and some clippings from the back yard fill a vintage enamelware piece in such a fun way. This flour enamelware container is direct from England and oozing with British charm. The ironstone plate is simple and elegant and makes a few simple muffins ready to serve.

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This green mug is a vintage piece, made in Japan. A great size with amazing color. This green can go through every season depending on what you pair it with.

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I am currently reading Placemaker by Christie Purifoy. I first heard about this book on the podcast, The Next Right Thing, with Emily P. Freeman. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this book has been so helpful for me. Having moved as many times as I have it is easy to feel rootless. Placemakers has helped me look back at the value every place we have lived has had, and as we prepare to stay put for a while I look at our situation here in Texas with more intention.

See what I did with the book here, I just put the book on the pewter tray and a sprig of flowers and doesn’t she look fancy?

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Polka dotted tea pot, vintage creamer, antique green glass jar for sugar and a copper stand make a tea and muffin party complete.

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Do you like to put together a tea party? I love a tea party and I am embarrassed at how many of these muffins are gone at this point.

A Year Ago in Italy

A year ago our family was enjoying 10 days in Italy. We stayed in an Airbnb across the street from the coliseum and we had an amazing trip.

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We had a guided kid-friendly tour of the Vatican with Europe4Kids.  I loved getting a more kid focused tour of this amazing location.IMG_5974

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The view from our apartment. That’s Addie and Jon down there. DSC_0794

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One more absolute favorite from our trip to Italy was our last stop, Castiglione del Lago, in Umbria. There were only a couple of other tourists, gorgeous views, amazing food and a great selection of Italian made souvenirs.

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This year I was at Marburger Farm in Round Top, Texas for Antique Week. My amazing sister, Laura, came out again to help me set up and share my treasures. 9473E535-B784-4EAC-8910-D48B5280C5A7

We worked hard and played hard during our time. Don’t worry, I will do a full Marburger recap soon. XApwsov3T4SDXTD2umgD9w

After sharing so many stories from my travels during the antique show I thought I would share some of my favorite travel tips. I hope they are helpful.

My Next 6 Months

It has been 6 months since we moved back from England. When we moved to England I jumped into my life there as quickly as possible. I taught Sunday school and joined the board of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the kids’ school. I knew that we were only there for a short time and I needed to make the most of our opportunity. I am so thankful for how involved I became, all of the experiences I had and the friends I made.

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When we moved back to Texas I knew it was a different kind of move. We are not planning on moving again any time soon. We are looking at putting down roots here in this area of Houston. We have had roots started in this area for almost 10 years now, we first moved to Texas when Addie was 2 and Ben was just 3 weeks old. We have lived here off and on through the last decade, through some of the busiest times for our young family and with varying levels of enthusiasm. This time as we came back to Texas I knew we were meant to be here and meant to be here for a while and that made me look at all of the opportunities to get involved and serve very differently.

Emily P. Freeman shared a quote on The Next Right Thing Podcast last week.

“You are in this time of the interim where everything seems withheld. The path you took to get here has washed out; the way forward is still concealed from you. You cannot lay claim to anything; In this place of dusk, your eyes are blurred; And there is no mirror.” — John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us

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I got to meet Emily P. at Nest Fest in North Carolina last year.

Just a few months ago I would have been able to claim this quote in a very personal way. Moving back from England and closing a door on our expat life made me question what I wanted to do next. I walked through our first 6 months back in Texas putting one foot in front of the other. I worked hard to get everyone settled in their new routines. With a husband working and starting graduate school and 4 children I had my hands full.

I set up at Marburger in the fall. I had a good show, but not a great show and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing. Having a home based side hustle is dangerous because you can take things really slow if you need to or want to. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be an antique dealer or vintage vendor anymore. I have had to wrestle with the idea of what to do with my business, to see how much time I actually have to commit to my customers. I love interacting with my customers and I love talking about old things.

One thing I knew, was that I wanted to write more. I have always had a blog, but finding the inspiration and discipline to make posts happen has been where I always struggle. Then I saw that Hope*Writers was open again. Hope*Writers is a place for writers, or people that want to call themselves writers, can go for education, support and a good kick in the pants. I joined Hope*Writers and I started learning. I started writing. I have written more in the  last months since joining H*W than I have since college. I have a lot of stories about my treasures and treasure hunting that I never knew. It turns out I can write as much as I talk about my treasures.

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My headshot for the Houston Mom’s Blog website. photo credit Eighty Two Photography

I started looking for more opportunities to make new friends and write more. I submitted to an open call to be a contributor for Houston Mom’s Blog. I was thrilled and slightly terrified to be selected as one of their 2019 contributors. This is a fantastic opportunity to write with a deadline and get to know a beautiful group of ladies. My first post will be going live some time this month. There are so many fantastic writers and a ton of information for Mommas in the Houston area.

 

Getting Ready for 2019

I am so excited to see where Brocante Treasures goes in the coming year. Right now I am working on my next 6 months. My Etsy shop is open and I am working on adding items every week. You can see what I have available now here. If there is anything you would like to see please feel free to reach out.

Antique Week is coming soon to Round Top, Texas. Antique Week (it’s actually 3 weeks) is one of my absolute favorite times. I work harder during this time than any other, but I love it all. I get to share my treasures, meet customers and visit with old friends. If you are coming please stop by and say hi! You will be able to find me in Tent A at Marburger Farm in Round Top, Tx from April 2-6.

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Brocante Treasures – Fall 2018 at Marburger Farm

You will also find me in Dallas April 26-27 at the Flea Style show. I got to visit the Flea Style store in Dallas over Christmas and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. Brittany Cobb has created such an inspiring brand, the podcast is a must listen.

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Good Things Happen Here – Flea Style, Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX

 

Happy Monday Everyone!