Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Week in Round Top, TX

Yeeeeeee haw! Imagine this....

a full day of nothing but shopping for antiques and found objects, bling and beads, with friends, then eating great meals, playing and no work!   You get up the next morning, and start all over again, for a whole week!

That's what it was like in Round Top, Texas.  As you can see from the pics, we had no fun whatsoever! Round Top is just one of the cities that takes part in this event.  There are a number of surrounding little cities, with hundreds of vendors, buildings and tents, at all of them.

I made some wonderful new blogging friends.  This is a great group shot of the gang I hung out with.  From the top left, Sandy Navarro, Charlene Gray, Susie Hibdon, Karen Valentine, Joy Campbell.  Next row is lovely Rita Blanks, Cindy Crain, me, and the darling Diane Cook, my hostess for the week.
Thanks for your warm Texas hospitality to those of us visiting ladies.  A handful of us traveled from California, and Arizona.


Here is a typical lunch, with Texas sized ice tea, with free refills.  I must have filled that thing up about four times on the 91 degree day.  I almost melted!  But luckily, the weather improved.  Man was it hot and dry.  Then it rained, of course!


Here's Diane shooting one of our favorite Lace Lady booths.  This is a typical booth under a tent, and the tents went on for miles!  If you found something you liked, you had to get it then, because you might not find that booth again!  Or at least I couldn't.  


I just loved this mirror!  What a great idea, to attach vintage baby shoes to a round mirror!  So darn clever.


There are so many shots I took, it was hard to choose.  So many booths went to a lot of work creating those special touches, eye candy everywhere.


Here is Diane set up for a blog party on Sunday night.  Doesn't her display look wonderful?
Beautiful job Diane.  This woman is a saint, putting up with me for so many days, and is married to the nicest man on earth!  Thank you Allen, hope to return the hospitality one day soon.  Love you guys.


Have ya'all heard of Magnolia Pearl? 
NO???
Well, I had heard of it, but didn't really understand the attraction to the clothing, until I saw it in person.
I fell in LOVE, deep love, expensive LOVE if you know what I mean?

The lady that owns and designs this line of clothing, knows the art of display. I could have taken a hundred shots in her booth (which was six stalls, not one).

This sign is painted metal, with lights, and LOTS of burlap, everywhere.


This dress form with wings, was set up outside of her display, with live doves.  Is that cool or what?  Her theme this year was birds, so there were live birds everywhere.


This is Robin of Magnolia Pearl, with Susie (Vintage Susie) who helped me redo my blog.  I coined the phrase "getting Pearled" after buying some of her fun pieces.  Check out the website for a lot of romantic clothing, and darling models.


Sorry for not posting about this sooner, a cold got hold of me and tried to rip me apart when I got back last Wednesday.  I'm finally able to concentrate, and share the story.  

I have some pics of some of the goodies I bought.  They were hard earned, pawing through hundreds of booths, boxes, dust and then negotiating for a fair prices. Whew.  "I'm just sayin"... (that's Texas talk) I was tired by the end of seven days.

27 comments:

Barbara Lewis said...

Oh, man, you guys have the most fun on your shopping trips! Thanks for sharing your incredible photos!

diane cook said...

Riki....you are just the best my friend! You helped me in ways you will never ever know =)
We must have been separated at birth, as I just know you are my (tad bigger) sister!
I'm just saying....
xoxo

Charlene said...

Reliving the wonder of it all through your fabulous post sweet Riki!!!! WHAT FUN WE HAD!!!! Sorry you got a cold. Hot to Cold.... that's Texas for you in the spring. Remember, we warned you! So glad you love your Pearl. It is a culture to learn about. But, so comfy! That's a pretty good photo of her & Susie... HUGS to you & Maddie. Elle says she'll send you a photo of her in the new outfit soon. And she LOVES the little toy!!!! HUGS!
Charlene & Elle

stregata said...

Looks like is was suuuuuch fun. Can't wait to see your goodies. Will you show your 'Pearls' as well?

farmlady said...

What a great time. Other than the heat it sounded perfect. Talk about shopping 'til you drop.
I have gone to Magnolia Pearl's website and I love her life story... her wedding, her home etc. She has been in Magazines too. I love the feeling of what she does.
I'm not sure that I would look good in her clothes. I would probably look like an elephant in them... all the lace and fluff. But you, my little friend, would look great in them. Hope you bought something wonderful.
Glad you're back...

Diana said...

Well boo hoo you got a cold. Glad you are feeling better now. I have been patiently waiting for your post to read about your adventures and it was so well worth it. So good to see everyone in their finery, velvet and lace. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing all your finds.
Hugs
Diana

Esther said...

great post with beautiful pictures!! what an awesome meeting!! love it!

steufel said...

Wow . that looks like so much fun!

La Dolce Vita said...

looks like you had a fabulous time!! great photos!and I will check out the link!! xx

trash talk said...

Riki,
It was wonderful to get the chance to meet and visit with you at SweetT's blog party. You are a hoot and a half! I love "getting Pearled" and may just have to steal...oops...I mean borrow that one! Glad you got home safe and sound, but sad you ended up with a cold. Sure hope all that Texas dirt and dust wasn't the guilty culprit!
Come back and see us now...ya hear!
Debbie

connie said...

wow!! what an amazing trip rikii!! I am so glad you had a blast, your pictures are wonderful I would love to see them all!! can't wait till i go to texas... you getting me very excited!
lots of hugs
connie

Gwynnie B said...

I'm so proud you got "pearled"!! Aren't her pieces of wearable art to die for! So glad to hear you had a ton of fun and happy you're feeling a bit better now :)

Btw, I may not ever make it to Alameda, but I'm going to Paris next month! How's that for priorities!?!?!

xo
Gwynnie

umelecky said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Wish I could have been there.

Beatnheart said...

ok Riki...show us everything...do us a fashion show with the clothes being modeled. Texas just sounds like another world...I really, really want to go to Roundtop. I would just go crazy and have the best time...please so share your finds and fashion...

Alice said...

What a fun trip! Yes, yes, show us photos of your treasures!

Suz said...

Wow, great little trip, Riki! And people that I know, admire, know from afar and love. Now I must go discover Magnolia Pearl. I hear great things about here.
Hugs,
Suz

romantic decay said...

Looks like you had incredible fun!!! Would love to see Magnolia Pearl in person (i border on stalker as it is)

The Joy of Nesting said...

Wowzers Lady R,

It looks like you had as much fun as Lady Dy!!!! And yep I know Magnolia Pearl! I have her book. To say the least I lust for her pieces. Maybe not to wear all of them at once but one or two together would be awesome!!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh! Your blog is a joyful display of jewelry and fabrics and art. I have to see more! Thank you...
roxanne

Holly Loves Art said...

Such gorgeous pictures Riki!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Great to see some of my friends like Joy, Charlene and a new friend Sandy. Looks like you girls had a blast. I love Magnolia Pearl too. I don't have any of their beautiful clothes but lots of friends do and I think they are wonderful. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend.
Cheers,
Holly

Jen Crossley said...

WOW what a amazing trip I loved looking at all the eye candy.I would loved to have been there .
Jen

mairedodd said...

wowzer! your enthusiasm makes me want to go! though i would be a terrible shopper because i get so overstimulated... but i would be great at looking and taking pictures! so happy you had such a wonderful time doing all of the things that you did...

Julie Pishny said...

Rikki - First - you look fantastic - love your hair and you just look so happy! Oh what fun you girls must have had in Round Top. I have friends that go every year and I have threatened to go many.many times but, I am still a RT Virgin - maybe next year.

Diane's booth was uberfabulous - love her!

Glad you are over your Spring cold...too much fun in Texas? Maybe it was the rainy day...

Hugs all around - Julie

susie said...

Oh what fun we had, but the pic with me chewing...aggggh. LOL
I love the pic with me & the PEARL, I thought someone had taken one, but I couldn't remember who...I so glad to get to see it. I might add it to my blog if it's ok with you Miss Riki!!
Hugs darlin & as we both now know, once you've been PEARLED, you can never go back!!! ;)
Smiles,
Susie

Cindy said...

Riki, I've been enjoying tales and photos from the TX trip from Susie and Diane's blogs, and now yours too. What a DREAM trip - antiquing for not one day but a whole week?? *sigh* only in my wildest dreams. :-) I just loved the photos - that baby shoe mirror is so very sweet, and I love the picture of Diane in her beautiful booth. Wow. What fun times you had!

Stephani Gorman said...

Wow Riki, Looks just too fun! Can't imagine all the good laughs you had. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful pics. I look forward to seeing what you brought home. Hugs, Steff

Shari Replogle said...

Hi Riki!
Wow , so jealous I have always wanted to visit Round Top. And, love Magnolia Pearl as well. It looks like you all had so much fun! Thanks for giving us a chance to see it with your wonderful photos : )
~Shari