Monday, October 5, 2015

Three Small Changes

We had such a fun long weekend.  David took Thursday and Friday off.
On Thursday we went up to Round Top for the day.  I showed you pics
from that visit, and there will be more to show you tomorrow too.  Friday
David was on the phone with the office for much of the day and so much
so that he may as well have gone into the office, but thankfully did not. 
He works lots and lots of hours every week.

On Saturday morning we took off for a quick trip to Houston and a
visit to one of our favorite restaurants in Rice Village ~  Rabelais.  We
had a lovely lunch.  I had a grilled salmon salad with a raspberry dressing
and a delicious glass of wine.  David had a grilled flank steak salad with
caramelized onions and mustard sauce and a French beer.  We took our
time and just relaxed and chatted and enjoyed the afternoon in this
charming cafe.   It was as if we were in Paris ~ swoon.

After lunch we strolled around a bit and we each went our separate ways
to visit a couple of favorite shops.  David stopped in the cigar shop and I
went over to Olivine and then onto the British Isles Shoppe where I have
been shopping since before David and I were married.  

I seldom leave the British Isles empty handed and this was no exception.
Let me explain, several years ago I found this blue transferware umbrella
stand at a consignment shop.  I had wanted one for a long time and since
this one was so well priced, I lugged it home with me.  Of course, what's an
umbrella stand without a few vintage umbrellas and walking sticks?  I 
had two vintage umbrellas and one cane, but am always on the look out
for more.  On Saturday, I found this ….

It's a Sherlock Holmes walking stick.  It was love at first sight!!!
I purchased it without a second thought and trotted off to meet David
in the cigar shop.  He loved it too!  

So now our new walking stick is in the umbrella stand in our foyer.
He's ready for all kinds of new adventures :-)

The new walking stick was change number one and I promised you three.
Do you recall how I backed the bookcases in the family room with a red
and white checked fabric?  Well, I decided to do the same thing with the
vintage secretary desk in the living room.  I like it, but I am already
thinking about how great it will look backed in tartan for Christmas.
That will be easily done since I used the poster tape again.

And now finally, small change number three ….

I just moved the Staffordshire pony and rider to the Hepplewhite table
next to the fireplace.  Now it lives with a photo of Bonnie, my beloved
Scottie and Bitterman my very first Yorkie.  My favorite loves, horses
and dogs.

Bentley did not get to come along with us on our trip to Houston.
We were stopping at Costco on our way back and it's still too
hot to leave him in the car for any length of time.  He wasn't very
happy about missing out, but he napped on the sofa and I made
him a very special dinner later and took him for a long walk too.
He quickly forgave us and all was right in his world once again.

Don't forget ~ more pics from Round Top tomorrow.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Antique Week Fall 2015 Part One

I had a wonderful time visiting Marburger Farm this past week.  Here 
is the first installment of my visit.  Enjoy!

More to come later!  Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon
dear friends.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan & Bentley

Friday, October 2, 2015

Let's Go Visit the Junk Gypsies

Hey cowgirls ~ let's go visit the Junk Gypsies in Round Top!
Such a fun store.  Packed with junking gypsy sisters looking for
all kinds of ways to feather their nests.  Fun pillows ….

And fun ways to decorate with them.

A cute little slipper chair covered in a wonderful vintage western print.

Lots of ways to get your glam on!

And feed sacks to haul your finds.

Never too early to think about fun ways to decorated for Christmas!
Pink flamingos and cactus ~ what a fun tree!

I took these pics especially for my niece Kimberly who used to be 
crazy about flamingos.

I fell in love with this adorable bed!

And I was a happy camper just soaking in all the cowgirl fun in this shop.

If I was about three years old, you would have to pry me off of this
pink pony!

It was so much fun visiting this shop.  It was so hard to move around 
because it was so packed full of women and little girls.  Tutus were 
flying off the shelves as you would expect.  There were lawn chairs
and a live band outside to entertain the men who trust me, did not
want to enter this shop and threaten their inner cowboy :-)
I saw Amie, but poor thing was just swamped by all her fans.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  More Round Top tomorrow!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Fall Porch Swing Chat

Today is a really happy day for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, my sweet
husband David has been away on business in west Texas for the past
two days and is arriving back home this evening.  Bentley and I really
missed him!

Secondly, tomorrow I will be headed up to Round Top ~ I will be
wandering and enjoying every minute of the fall antique week.  
I will be taking lots of pics, so be prepared for me to share all of
it with you.

In the meantime, I will be fluffing up the cottage for the rest
of the afternoon.  Thanks for stopping by and see y'all again
very soon!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Equestrian Style

If you come to visit me, the one thing you can't help but notice as
you walk through the rooms of my house is my love for horses.  This
love is reflected in many corners and in various ways.  

From a little bar set up on an antique commode in the family room
decorated with a vintage horse print and a very old shot glass with
a horse's head on the side.

To the horse brasses hanging on the wall.  Horse brasses became
popular in England during the reign of Elizabeth the First.

You can learn more about collecting these basses here

Equestrian scenes depicted on toile.

Hunt masters and horses tucked into bookshelves.

And hanging on walls.

On the antique gate leg table in the entry way.

On tables and ….

In hutches.

It's part of who I am.

Bentley ~ I bet you know what your mama will be looking out
for at the Round Top Antique show!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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