Just over 2 weeks ago I packed up 2 very full suitcases and got a plane bound for Houston, Texas. I was ready for my Round Top adventure. Round Top, Texas is the home of Antique Week held in the spring and fall of each year. This was my first time going to Round Top from overseas and I knew it would be challenging. Flying in and getting over the jet lag were just the first hurdles. I rented a 26′ Uhaul to transport my treasures from storage in Houston out to Round Top. I only had the truck and had to run all of my errands in the beast. I am so thankful that everything went according to plan while I was getting ready in Houston.
Besides getting to set up at Marburger Farm for the second time I had another exciting thing happen on this trip. We had decided to buy a house in the Round Top area for me to use as a home base. We found the house online, had our realtor look at it, made an offer, and signed all of the closing documents in England. While in Texas I drove my fully loaded beast of a truck to the closing and dropped off the documents, THEN I got to see our new cottage. Thankfully it all went well. I have had more than a few crazy looks while telling this story. This house is just part of the beauty around our new cottage. It isn’t much yet, but I am looking forward to working on the property.
The beast of a truck became a problem after a heavy rain storm when it got stuck, very stuck. My amazing neighbors tried to help pull me out, and when that didn’t work they let me borrow their extra car. There are still good people in the world that are nice just because they can be. I am so thankful for the new friends I made over this whole adventure. The truck did eventually get unstuck with some help from a friendly and genius tow truck driver.
Have you ever heard of the Vintage Round Top? The bed and breakfast they have in Round Top is adorable and they are a pretty amazing husband and wife team. They hosted a workshop in their newest cottage, Boho. The speakers they brought in were top notch and the networking was a lot of fun. I get teased that I follow (insta-stalk) people, but I just appreciate people that work hard and are good at what they do. At this workshop I got to meet so many people that I admire, including Paige and Smoot. It is worth the time, energy and money involved in growing as a business person. Small businesses are hard and any time you can help or be helped int his business is a good thing. I am looking forward to using the advice I got here to make my business better.
I have seen this cottage photographed so many times, getting to stand here and take this photo myself was so cool.
Here I am face timing with my Mom and my youngest. My Mom is amazing and flew to England for a whole month to help keep our home running. As a stay at home mom of four I didn’t realize just how much I did until I had to write it all down for someone else to do.
I did leave notes for each day for each of my family members. I wasn’t sure if it would help the kids, who I have never left for this long before. It turns out that the short notes were a huge hit with everyone, totally worth the time they took me to write and organize.
This is what a 12′ x 20′ spot with walls looks like at Marburger Farm when you first get there. At this point I was exhausted and still dealing with jet lag and HEAT. I felt unorganized and overwhelmed. The first day was just for covering the walls. I only got about 2/3 of the way done before I ran out of steam and left for the night.
This is what a 12′ x 20′ space looks like when you empty most of a 26′ truck into it. Yikes! On this day I worked for 13 hours unloading and getting things generally into place. It was a long day with crazy weather, but I was safe and dry and able to get so much done. I have more pictures to share of my finished space and how it evolved through the week. That post will be around soon.
Before the show started my reinforcements showed up in the form of my sister, Laura. She is a hairdresser in the Panhandle of Florida and she was a lifesaver. She loves all of my treasures as much as I do and she did some amazing up dos during the week. This day she did a retro look that was so much fun.
As you can see setting up at Marburger is not always fun and games. I have never seen people work as hard as they do in Round Top. I am always in awe of the creativity that comes together to make Antique Week happen. Marburger Farm is a very special group of people that bring their absolute best. I am honored to be among them and work side and side.
There were several really fun things that happened during the show, stay tuned for the next post!