Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September Ketchup

At the end of August, I had the chance to attend Oprah's Lifeclass in Dallas with Bishop T.D. Jakes as the teacher.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was on the fifth row and going to ask a question, but they ran out of time.  Disappointing, yes but I had such a great weekend that the disappointment lasted 2 seconds.  I also had a fabulous dinner at The Porch the night before. 
Found these baby shoe molds in Canton
Since I hadn't been to Dallas in a while, I wanted to check out the square in old McKinney and made my way north as soon as the show finished taping.  I had a great time checking out the shops and actually ran out of time, because I wasted time eating!  I fell in love with Happiness is Quilting - lots of beautiful 30s reproduction fabrics.  They're famous for their Dutch chintz and she had plenty of it.  I loved the look at Ambrosia and spent some time at Homepieces talking to the owner.  She has a gorgeous piecrust mirror that I wanted but walked away.  Now I'm obsessed with piecrust mirrors (scallop) - hopefully I will see one at Round Top this week.  Another very cool and trendy place was Patina Green - loved looking at their shop.  Take a look at their blog and tell me if you don't agree.  Awesome. 
On Friday I headed over to Canton for First Monday, something else I haven't done in a while.  If you've never been to Canton, it is something to see - prices are good and there is plenty to see.  I found some goodies but it was absolutely too hot and after a couple of hours I rented a scooter so I could get around and see everything.  I found 4 wooden shoe molds, some typewriter keys, printer blocks and small insulator knobs (great for box feet). 
There was something new at Canton that I haven't seen before - LauraAnna's, an amazing shop down the street, towards I-20.  It's vintage meets new, if that makes sense.  I bought some papers, a clear plastic milk carton/creamer and dog creamer.
I spent the night in Gun Barrel City (eat at Hector's) and headed over to Waxahachie the next morning.  And boy, am I glad I had the opportunity to spend the entire day there because there was alot to see!  Obviously, I was going to Crafty Scrapper - one of the best scrapbook stores in the world with the largest stash of May Arts ribbon.  Next month Paula Cheney will be teaching three classes and I'm going to miss that, boo hoo.  Next door is the Dove's Nest and I finally got to eat at the tea room - something that has never happened before.  The chicken salad was yummy.  I started, however, at Cozee 's Little Cottage on the next street and found a TON of stuff that I love, and I bought some of it too!  See below.  A red rimmed enamel cup, baby shoes, cutter quilts, a book and two Dutch figurines - and that's only part of it.  They had great displays and there wasn't much in the store that I wasn't attracted to!  You know, sometimes how a place just speaks to you. 
They suggested that I go over to the Red Barn (one street over) early since it isn't air conditioned and I'm so glad I did.  I found this beauty sitting on a bench and when the girl said $10, I couldn't run fast enough to grab her.  She is really big and yes, the bottom of her shoe is missing some paint but she is perfect otherwise.  I love her and don't think I'll sell her - she's huge. 

So, long story short, I made my way until about 5 pm up and down the streets of downtown Waxahachie and had a good time doing it.  It was Labor Day weekend so I still have two days at home to unpack and enjoy my new playthings.  The End.