Monday, October 20, 2014

Diminutive Door

I told you about a trip that Bill and I took to Arkansas this past summer.

We went to Mena, Arkansas.
The architectural salvage store was a pleasant surprise. 

I promised to show you my finds but I'm not sure I did.
One of them was an old door. 

It must have been on a little pump house or shed because it is smaller than a regular door.
It was a little more than I wanted to pay and the glass was broken, so I almost didn't get it. 
Then I realized how silly that would be.
I would have kicked myself all the way back to Texas. 
It still has remnants of original paint and the size is perfect for wall decor. We had some plywood that worked for the opening. Two quick cuts and a coat of chalkboard paint and it was ready to hang. It's taken two months to figure out where to hang it. 
My three dollar shelf display had to go to make a wall for the door.

I've been trying to figure out a message for the chalkboard. 
I thought of the following:
"Door to nowhere."
"Welcome to Narnia"
"I don't know what to say on this chalkboard."
In the end I decided on a picture of a bird similar to one I saw on Pinterest.

One of the shelves fit on the door.
I filled it with some of my favorite items from the old shelves.

A milk glass plate, 

a bank I've had since I was a child

and a picture of me in a playpen at the beach.

We had the shelf display in three houses throughout most of our marriage. I'm not sure we can cope with this new look.

There's some other stuff to show you in this room. 
I'd needed a distraction from all the bad news last week.
Decorating is a great escape.

I'll show the rest of the room in another post.

Hurry to Walmart. The Full/Queen comforter at the end of the bed was only $21.00.
It's perfect for these transitional fall nights.
See you soon,

Linking with,
Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style
French Country Cottage 
Coastal Charm

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fredricksburg, Texas

Hello Everybody,
I just wanted to pop in and tell you about our fun stop this weekend. 

Bill and I were on a weekend getaway with two other couples. 
We made a quick stop in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas.  The area has cute shops along Main Street. My favorite store to visit over the years was called, Homestead owned by Carol Hicks Bolton. I loved that store.
She sold that one but opened a new one about three years ago.

 I had to see if they were still open even though we got to town very late in the day. They were for about 50 more minutes. We did a quick Google search and got directions but the GPS program sent us the wrong way. I was nearly running and I never run unless I'm being chased by something or I have an escaping toddler at the school.
We made it with 35 minutes to spare. Whew!

It was like walking into an antique wonderland crossed with a science lab. 

This store is 14,000 square feet. It is amazing. 
I was completely transported and inspired.

I've read about the Bolton's for at least 20 years. They are like Fredericksburg (and Texas) design royalty. 
They've been featured in magazines many times over the course of several decades. 

If you would like to see more head over to Fiona and Twig. 
There are several posts about Antiquities.

The Hill Country of Texas is a great destination. There are oodles of little historic towns tucked in the unique, hilly landscape. We've been several times over the years. Each time we see something new.

The weather was gorgeous. 
The fellowship was wonderful.
We had a great weekend.


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