Gentleness

Have you ever chosen a word for the year? ¬†I think it is a wonderful idea to help you focus on a positive change in your life. ¬†This year my friend from B & H Handmade had an offer to write your chosen word of the year with her amazing lettering skills. I spent some time deciding what my word would be. ¬†It is amazing how God’s word speaks to you when you give it time. ¬†What I thought my word would be was no where near what I ended up with. ¬†I have decided on Gentleness as my word. ¬†Gentleness is one of the fruits of the spirit;

Galatians 5:22-24English Standard Version (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 

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I am looking for gentleness with my children, with my husband, my friends and with myself.

If you visit Bible Gateway you can type ‘gentleness’ into the search bar and see all of the places in the Bible this word appears. ¬†You have your choice of so many different translations, it is a wonderful resource. ¬†Seeing all of the different times gentleness is mentioned helps to reinforce how important it really is.

For now I printed a copy of my word and attached it to my planner.  This way I can take it with me. Here in my planner, my favorite mug and my bible with a cover I made out of a vintage tea towel.

Do you choose a word for the month or year? How do you use it to encourage you? I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Round Top in the Off Season

We are lucky enough to live on the North side of Houston, just an hour and a half drive from the world famous, Round Top, TX.  Twice a year this sleepy little town swells for Antique Week.  We drove out last weekend just because we could.  The kids decided to sleep in so we had breakfast in the van on the way out.

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Our first stop was a shop I found on Instagram (@JessieLeeMiller). ¬†White Morpha Antiques and Salvage is the name of the store on Facebook. ¬†The pictures on Instagram give you just a taste of what the store holds. ¬†I was only sad that I didn’t have my truck!

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I had fun shopping while the kids had fun feeding goats.  Every good antique store should have some kind of animal.  This store definitely did.  The 2 goats were a big fan of the animal crackers we brought, so was the dog that was bigger than the goats!IMG_5387

All of the kids got in on the fun.IMG_5431

These animals were so sweet.IMG_5408

I could have left with so many treasures, but this was what I walked away with. The Allen bucket has amazing colors and I could not be more in love with my new vintage quilt. IMG_5505

From Paige, Texas we headed back to Round Top. The Round Top library was hosting a chili cook off. ¬†Unfortunately the weather was AWFUL. ¬†Drizzly rain settled in for the whole afternoon. ¬†We didn’t let it chase us away though. ¬†We found a place to sit under a tent and Jon and I made trips out to get different chilis to try out. ¬†It was all so good. ¬†The rain didn’t dampen everyone else’s spirits either. ¬†The live music kept everyone moving, and the hot chili helped too. ¬†IMG_5414

This chili had bacon and cilantro to go on top with the cheese and chips! IMG_5415

After chili the kids were ready for some dessert, Daddy was their hero with cookies and brownies.IMG_5419

I love this picture of my son, Bennett.  We did not dress appropriately fro the weather, so when we got out of the van they were all freezing.  All I had to give Ben was my scarf.  Thankfully, after living in Paris for 2 years my little French boy did not bat an eye at wearing a purple scarf! DSC_0165

Malachi did his usual exploring.DSC_0177

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We supported the library fundraising efforts as best we could, the book sale meant there are a few more books in my library.  We also made a couple of bids on the silent auction.  I assumed we would get outbid so we left and headed back to Houston.  It was a fun day despite the bad weather. DSC_0178

Would you believe we won the silent auction?! ¬†We got the phone call that afternoon after we were all settled back at home. ¬†So Monday, because it was a holiday, the kids and I all loaded into the van for another quick trip out to Round Top. ¬†We needed to pick up our silent auction winnings at the library we were working so hard to support. I pulled up and saw this gem, of course Round Top would have a converted church from the 1920’s as their library building.

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And just across from the library is this little oasis.DSC_0213

The kids were thrilled to get out of the van and play after a long ride. DSC_0216

This little area reminded me so much of our adventures in Europe.  A beautiful little town with a playground for the kids.  DSC_0225

This view just made my heart happy.DSC_0227

Again, my sweet explorer.  The other kids were running too fast for me to catch any photos.  DSC_0229

I hope you enjoyed our Round Top adventure.  I will have more pictures to share after I visit for the Spring show in March!  It will be here before we know it.

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Brocante Treasures Spring Events

I post all of these pictures of our house filled with my treasures, and shoots of staged treasures, and people have seen my loot shoots for years now.  If you want to shop for one of my treasures on your own here are the places you can find me in the next couple of months.

The Vintique Flea is a great event in Houston.  A great collection of fun sellers, food trucks, and an animal rescue come together for a 2 day event in a warehouse in midtown.  It is $10 to get in (discounted rates online ahead of time), but the inspiring displays and eclectic inventory are worth coming by. January 30th 9-5 and 31st from 10-5.  I will have a fresh load of inventory ready to go for this fun event!

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The spring Gypsy Market is going to be March 3, 4, and 5.  You can find more information on Facebook at Gypsy Market. This is a great show with a mix of new and old, fashion and home decor.  The show is held in the Klein Multi Purpose Building in Spring, TX.  For my local friends it is a great option to see my treasures and some of my fresh items that I pull out for shows.

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The Rendezvous at Round Top is my biggest event.  The Rendezvous is a smaller show, but if you make it out to Round Top for Antique Week it is worth a stop at the Rendezvous.  The show is across the street from the new Compound and just down the street from Marburger Farms.  This year I will be at the Rendezvous March 24-30. IMG_1350

If you are not able to make it to any of the shows you can always find a collection of my treasures at the Whispering Willow and Co.at 305 Market Street, Tomball, TX, just off the main road. This charming little old house is full of amazing home decor and antiques. The shop is open every day so come in and find something special.

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to seeing you if you are able to make it out!

Little Red French Chair

I found this chair recently on a treasure hunting adventure.  It was a very simple little chair, but the price was right and I had an idea.

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I brought the chair home, wiped it down and took the seat off.  IMG_4884

I used paint that I had left over from another project, Vintage Market & Design in Poppy.  For the seat I used a vintage torchon with the initials TA.  I love the texture of this french kitchen towel and the monogram is my favorite detail.  This towel has been in a stack in my kitchen.  I love the way the stacked towels look, but I feel like I will be able to enjoy this piece even more now. DSC_0114

Thankfully I didn’t have to cut the towel at all to make this seat cover so if I ever wanted to take it off it should be okay.DSC_0119

I love this chair, and if I can find a place for it I might keep it, but it also might be making its way to Vintique Flea with me in less than 3 weeks.DSC_0118

The chair has gotten the seal of approval from Belle.DSC_0099

 

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Pink and Blue Garden Party

Happy New Year! ¬†I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. ¬†We had a wonderful holiday season with family visiting and lots of fun. ¬†Now that the new year is here I have been working on setting goals, both personal and professional. ¬†Last January we new that our year held a lot of unknowns and change. ¬†This year we are anticipating more stability. ¬†With stability comes a higher expectation for myself of what I should be able to accomplish. ¬†Can you tell what one of my new goals is for the new year? ¬†That’s right, BLOGGING! ¬†I am planning on sharing my adventures on a more consistent basis again.

I am starting the year off with a preview of what I am taking to my first show.  These are all treasures that I found in France or Belgium.

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Enamelware is still one of my favorite things.DSC_0057

I would like to introduce you to Max, our newest addition.  He is a sweet lab mix puppy that we adopted from the local Humane Society.  He is about 10 weeks old now.  We had forgotten how much work a puppy is, but he is a great dog and he is worth it.DSC_0047

I love this little pink glass vase.  DSC_0060

Pink and blue are very popular this year, with the new Pantone colors coming out. Rose Quartz and SerenityDSC_0061

This precious pink enamelware tin was one of my favorite pieces.  This transfer ware bowl is a beautiful piece and very functional.DSC_0062

These little pear plates have such a delicate pink on the rim.  I adore them.DSC_0063

I hope you enjoy these photos from my garden party. DSC_0069

All of these items and more will be available at the Vintique Flea. The Vintique Flea is a great event held in Houston. ¬†The next show is being held on January 30 and 31. ¬†There is a $10 entry fee, but the collection of vendors is inspiring. ¬†There are food trucks and rescue animals too! ¬†I had so much fun at the last event and I can’t wait to meet new people at this next show. ¬†Please stop by and say hi if you are there.

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