Posted on June 11, 2016
It has been a long time since I’ve used my DSLR and even LONGER since I’ve photographed a band. However, when a few of my coworkers said their band had a show, I wanted to check them out! I decided to dust off my camera and travel downtown to watch The Banisters at The Lucky Lounge.
Posted on July 8, 2015
Want to do something completely overwhelming? Visit Texas Antiques Week. Twice a year, a collection of cities near Round Top, Texas, put on the largest antiques fair you’ve ever seen. The next one runs from September 18th- October 4th.
I was a little confused about how it all worked, but now I hope you can benefit from my first-hand experience. Basically, there are 50+ antique fairs happening simultaneously (some only operate on certain days, but luckily there’s a handy schedule for that!) throughout the cities of Round Top and Warrenton. There is no one place it’s happening – it’s happening everywhere. Look at one show for a bit, then drive down the road to the next show that looks interesting. So to start, just set your GPS for either Round Top or Warrenton and as you get closer, you’ll start to see the antique shops lining the streets. This was a little difficult for our family, because we like to know exactly where we are going, but we made it just fine. Here is a little map that might help you, from the Texas Antiques Week website. We stumbled upon the Blue Hills at Round Top show and spent the majority of our time there, eventually heading over to the County Line shows. Most of the shows are free, with free parking, but a few are paid. See my comments below, but I’d suggest sticking to the free shows. There is PLENTY to look at. As you can see, I was so overwhelmed, I only took a few photos.
Based on my experience, I have a few tips I’d like to share. Please remember, these are my tips – it’s what I’d say to a friend. I’m sure everyone has a different way of doing Texas Antiques Week, but these are my suggestions:
1. Unless you have some pressing reason to, avoid the paid fairs. After talking to a few people who run the smaller* antique booths, I learned a lot of the people come and buy from the free places, then take the items (marked up, of course) and resell them at the larger paid fairs. Based on the chatter I heard, the paid fairs just aren’t worth it. *This is the TEXAS Antiques Fair, even the ‘small’ booths are overwhelmingly huge)
2. Have a list of things you’d like to purchase in hand. Otherwise, you’ll be like me – wandering wide-eyed at all the items for sale – and you won’t buy anything. If you say, “I need a unique coffee table for my living room,” you’ll have a much more successful day.
3. Similar to #2, set a budget. If I’d said, “I’ll spend $50,” I could have found something I liked and purchased it. Basically, you need a game plan. Whether you become a deer in the headlights when faced with the sheer amount of antiques, or you become a shopaholic, a game plan will make for a smoother, more enjoyable day.
4. Don’t worry about parking, you’ll find some. Most of it is just in dirt lots, but its there. Everyone has a car (or trailer), so there are places to park at each show.
5. Be ready for a long day. If you’re doing it right, you’ll be there all from sun up to sun down (maybe even several days). Plan accordingly. Bring lots of water, comfortable clothes and shoes, and food/snacks. The larger shows sell food (Blue Hills did), but the problem is that EVERYONE wants to eat there. We had to wait in line for about 45 minutes to get our food. Round Top and Warrenton are little towns, so you’re not going to stop at the local Denny’s or anything like that. I would suggest bringing a picnic style lunch to eat at your car. OR just keep an eye on the food lines. Eating lunch at 12:30pm probably wasn’t the smartest idea on our part.
6. Leave the pets at home. There are so many people and the shows are packed with antiques. It’d be pretty difficult to walk a dog through the narrow aisles.
7. Serious about antiques? Bring a trailer or U-Haul. Pretty much everyone had a large car or truck at the very least. People don’t mess around at Texas Antiques Week. If you plan on doing some serious shopping, bring the U-Haul. Don’t be embarrassed – plenty of people do it!
All that being said, I’m really looking forward to this fall’s show. Now that we know what to expect, I know my family and I will have a much less stressful, more enjoyable day. If this will be your first visit to Texas Antiques Week, I hope this little guide helps you! Just take slow, deep breaths, drink your water, eat your snacks, and admire all the beautiful things you can buy. Let me know how it goes!
Posted on June 25, 2015
Last weekend, my mom and I went to Georgetown, TX. Our main plan was to see the Women Painting Women exhibit at the Georgetown Art Center. It’s free and the show is made up of all local Texas painters. The volunteer working was very nice and knowledgeable. It’s a wonderful show – worth a look if you’re in the area.
After the WPW, we walked around Georgetown’s town square, “The most beautiful town square in Texas!” I’ll admit, it’s a pretty cute town square. Their courthouse sits in the middle. Surrounding it are rows of cute little craft shops, thrift stores, and antique shops. Some of the buildings are shockingly old. It makes me so happy to see them being preserved and utilized. Georgetown definitely has an, “Aw, isn’t this adorable” kind of vibe. My mom and I loved it.
One of the shops, Handcrafts Unlimited, had lots of crafts made by local seniors. It was pretty neat to see a shop just for them. The most impressive thing in the shop was a quilt that was under construction. Every Thursday, women (and men?) volunteer time to work on the quilt. When it’s finished, the quilt is raffled off to help fund the nonprofit craft shop. I definitely want to revisit the shop on a Thursday so I can watch them work.
We also stopped in at Galaxy Bakery. It’s a family run bakery just off the main town square drag. We went in looking for some Father’s Day treats – boy, did we find some! We decided on a small cupcake sampler set and a SUPER BROWNIE. If you visit Galaxy Bakery, you have to get a Super Brownie. It will be best $6 you’ve spent in a long time. My dad said it was was the best brownie he’d ever eaten. Basically, it’s two brownies glued together with frosting to create this mega brownie cube. Incredible. I don’t have any photos if it, unfortunately. I was too excited about it when we unpackaged it at home that we ate into it before I could get my camera out.
Other places of note…
If you’re craving breakfast, visit Monument Cafe. I wrote about my fantastic experience there on my Austin blog. There is also a candy shop in the main town square of shops called Sweet Serendipity Inc. I bought some truffles and other candies from there and OH MY GOSH they were delicious. Again, no photos because I did not have the patience! They also have ice cream and various home decorations. After eating everything in sight, hit the San Gabriel River Park trails. It’s very park-y, so bring the kids and the strollers. The trail goes along the river, eventually ending at Georgetown Lake (if you can make it that far!) Again, I blogged about those trails on my Austin blog.
What are your favorite places to visit in Georgetown? Let me know!
Posted on June 3, 2015
While walking around downtown a few weeks ago. The JW Marriott is in full swing and there’s a new restaurant in the lobby – Corner! True to its name, it sits on the corner of 2nd and Congress with an amazing wrap around patio.
We had some margaritas, tacos, and chicken sandwiches. All the food was excellent. As is expected of a hotel restaurant, it was a little pricey. However, everyone was satisfied with the food (the chicken sandwich was SO good) and no one complained when the bill arrived. I’d certainly go back!
Posted on May 30, 2015
A few weeks ago, Brian and I made a quick trip to Corups Christi for his friends graduation. We weren’t in Corpus long (most of our time was spent on a 700 acre ranch!) but I did manage to get a few shots of the coastline.
On our way back to Austin, we kept passing the most beautiful wild flowers. Finally, I made Brian pull over so I could take some photos.
The drive to Corpus is pretty boring… so I decided to bust on Hipstamatic. It has been SO long since I’ve used that app, but I had a lot of fun with it.
Posted on April 15, 2015
The cute cupcake trend has hit new heights – gourmet individual tiny pies. I thought this was such a cool idea, so I went to Tiny Pies on Burnet Road to try them out for myself. They were great! I definitely liked the fruit pies more than the sweeter pies though.
The front of the shop is painted wonderfully. I believe they have finished it since I took these photos.
I got two pies: Peanut Butter Cup and Cherry. Cherry was definitely better. Loved their fruit pies!
Posted on April 12, 2015
A few weeks ago, Brian, my family and I went to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I know it’s always packed with people, making it difficult to attain that “I’m being peaceful in nature” feeling, but I just love it. I don’t mind the crowds at all. And I never as up a chance to get photos of the lake and the downtown skyline!
After walking a good 4 mile loop, we went to The Picnic food trailer park to get some snacks. I got a cocoa/espresso smoothie from Skinny Limits. It was certainly tasty, but the price will unfortunately keep me from visiting their truck in the future.
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