Trip Report – Magnolia Market

If you follow me on facebook then you know that on our last trip to Houston we stopped in Waco, Texas to visit the Magnolia Market, the retail establishment of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame.

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I had heard that on the weekends the area was very crowded and that you need to stand in line to get into the store.  We planned our visit for a Thursday afternoon and although I was surprised at how many people were actually visiting during the week in the middle of the afternoon, we did not have to stand in any lines.

Magnolia Market

The store was awesome and pretty much as I expected, you could almost envision Joanna walking around with her creative eye adjusting each display until it was perfect.

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Next to the actual store is a large play area complete with yard toys for children and adults to enjoy.  There are several picnic tables around and even a row of permanent food trucks.

Food-Trucks

On one corner of the property is the little cottage that will soon be the Magnolia Garden Store.   The raised bed plantings are very structured and vibrant causing a little green thumb envy on my part.  There are even fairy gardens scattered throughout.

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There are also goats to pet and a wooden teepee sitting area for children complete with children’s books.  In another corner of the property is an under-construction bakery shop.  Overall it is a very family friendly area.

Had the hubby not been with me I probably would have spent much more time in the store and subsequently much more money, however  I did manage to pick up a few treasures.  My daughter had requested a specific metal wall sign and a tee shirt for her husband.

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The #shiplap shirt was especially appropriate for my son-in-law since they live in a 100 year old renovated Texas house and on their backporch is a stack of authentic shiplap waiting for a project.

For myself, I bought a candle, a US Map that you will see later in the grandkids room I am working on, plus this gorgeous bud vase.  I had to go right out and pick up some flowers from our new Sprouts Market to complete the look.

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This will be a good excuse to have fresh flowers all spring and summer.  In case you can not make it down to Waco, Magnolia Market has an on-line store with many of the same items that were in the physical store.

The Magnolia Market was a really nice stop on our drive to Houston.  We did not have much time to spare  in order to check out other parts of town, but I do know that the Gaines also recently opened a bed and breakfast in Waco.  What a great girl’s trip  that would be!!!

I already know what the hubby and mine’s next side trip will be on our next drive to Houston, Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile Store in Oklahoma scheduled to open this fall.  Good thing I have an accommodating husband!

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peak

Six weeks ago I sent a quilt top I had made to The Missouri Star Quilting Company for machine quilting services.  You can read the story behind this particular quilt here. Today it came back to me and I am soooooo excited.  I love how it turned out…..here is a sneak peak.

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This weekend I will be making my binding and completing the quilt.  It is funny but binding a quilt is one of the task of making a quilt that I really enjoy.  I am not sure why, maybe because it signifies that the quilt is complete.  The original vision and all the detail work are finally coming together.

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Now that the quilt will soon be done I need to get into high gear and finish up the grandkids room that I have been working on including making some window treatments.  There never seems to be enough hours in the day to work on all these fun projects!

Hope to share the finished room and quilt soon.

 

It started with a set of sheets…..

I had been thinking about updating one of the bedrooms in our home where the grandkids usually stay when they come to visit. It was still decorated in high-school-girl turquoise and lavender from several years ago when I still had a high school girl living here. I had seen a set of sheets at Target that I liked and had considered buying them but just was not ready to commit to a color scheme.  Then one day I walked by and saw this…..

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A 40% clearance sticker! Decision made.  I picked out a soft grey paint  ( Essential Grey by Sherwin Williams) and had the Mr. start painting the room.  I also  knew I wanted to make a quilt for the room and since I had never made a star quilt before thought this might be something to try.  As usual, I started with my graph paper and dimensions and came up with a design.  Someday I will wise up and just use a pattern but I actually like doing it myself.

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Then, just to be sure my design and dimensions would transfer appropriately to fabric, I made one of the quilt squares.

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Satisfied that the design would work, I determined the size of all the pieces I would need and started cutting out the fabric. Cutting fabric is my least favorite part of making a quilt, but I love having it all done at one time.

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Dave was getting ready to go out of town for a few days so I set up my sewing machine in front of the tv and each night after work I sat down to sew and literally watched 14 back episodes of Fixer Upper. My kind of fun!  In this picture I had sewn all the squares and attached the inner borders to make rows.

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I then sewed the rows together and attached the outer borders. I knew when I started this quilt that I was going to have it machine-quilted but at the time I was not sure where I would take it.  The last time I asked the person who had machine-quilted three other quilts for me,  she had a six month long waiting list.  Then I remembered that the Missouri Star Quilting Company, a place I visited last year (see that post here), will do machine quilting for a very reasonable price.  On their website all you do is enter the dimensions of the quilt, pick out a quilting pattern, batting and a backing fabric if needed.  You can also have them bind the quilt although in this case I want to bind the quilt myself.  Then you just pack the quilt up and send it to them.

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about sending the quilt top through the mail, however within just a couple of days I received the nicest email from Sarah at the Missouri Star Quilting Company;

Dear Theresa,

Your quilt top arrived safe and sound. We have delicately hung it up and it will soon be mingling with the other wonderful quilts. The final step in the journey to becoming a masterpiece is getting closer every day! Your quilt displays wonderful craftsmanship and precision. You should be proud! Thank you for letting us be a part of this beautiful quilt! We will handle it with great care and treasure it as if it were our own!

I am sure this is probably a canned response they send to all their customers but just knowing they had received it and would be handling it with care set my mind at ease. Now I cannot wait to get it back…..they say it will take 4-6 weeks but I am sure hoping it will be sooner. In the meantime I need to make about 24 feet of binding so I will be ready when it is returned!  Pictures coming soon of both the room and the finished quilt.

The End of the ABC Dinner Club

Four years and ten months after starting the ABC Dinner club we finally reached the letter Z. To read about our final dinner, “Z is for Zocalo” click here.  If you have been following along you know the story.

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We are a group of twelve who have known each other  for twenty-five plus years and raised our children together.  We have been eating out together since the kids were in high chairs.

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Almost five years ago we decided to put some structure to our eating out adventures and use the letters of the alphabet to decide where to eat.  We are all amazed that it took five years to get this done.

The rules of our club were simple, we tried to find restaurants  where none of us had eaten before,  but that was much easier said than done given how long we have all lived in this city and how often we eat out.  A few in the group would research the next letter and put an email out asking for votes.  We also tried to find a date where all of us could make the dinner.

Overall we are a pretty easy group to please, in short we all love to eat out.   We definitely found a few new favorite restaurants and also a few where we will never return.   It would be virtually impossible to list our favorite  out of the twenty-six we visited but I did try to poll the group to see if we could at least get a list of our top five.  I am actually listing six  that we all loved since a few received the same number of votes.   These are not in any particular order.

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Q39

Osteria Il Centro

Osteria Il Centro

Anthony’s

Anthonys

 

Beer Kitchen

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Tavern @ Mission Farms

Tavern @ Mission Farms

Yard House

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On the flip side, we also voted on our least favorite places.

Domo Sushi and Grill

Ixtapa Mexican

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and Grill

Unk’s Burgers

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The ABC Dinner club has been a fun way to try new restaurants and get out of our same old place rut. Hopefully we have also been able to guide some of you to try some new places in Kansas City.  Let me know if you decide to try your own version of the ABC Dinner Club, we would love to hear where you go!

What’s next for our dinner club?  We have a few ideas……stay tuned to find out!

A designer before my time…..

The Novogratz design family posted the upper left photo in this collage on facebook this week and I immediately thought about my bedroom when I was 16 years old back in the 70’s.    I begged my parents to let me pick the colors and paint all by myself.  I am pretty sure the carpet which was the exact color of the walls (dark navy blue) was never the same.  These photos are VERY old so the quality is not very good but I sure had a good laugh when I looked at them.  Notice the yellow princess phone and the matching yellow pillow.  One of those pictures is my little nephew who is not so little these days and another is my parents. And yes, that is my sixteen year old self with a friend….some of you may recognize that guy!!!  Wow…look at those fancy pants I have on.  Thanks Novogratz for the memories!

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Y is for Yard House

Visit this link to read about the ABC Dinner Club’s selection for the letter “Y.”

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Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays 2015

X is for Extra Virgin

Check out the latest chapter in the adventures of the ABC Dinner Club here, where one in our group ordered the octopus salad.  A unique and upscale experience!

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W is for Webster House

Click HERE to check out where the ABC Dinner Club recently lunched!  Definitely one of my favorites so far!  Only three more installments to go until this series comes to an end.

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Color Block Quilt

I recently completed a color block quilt for my soon to be born third grandchild.  The parents decided not to learn if their newborn would be a girl or boy so they chose the neutral colors of grey and mint for decorating the nursery.  I love this combination of colors and since I had made a grey strip quilt a year ago (see that post here) I actually had some leftover fabric I could use.  The mint fabric I ordered from Carousel Designs where my daughter had picked out this fabric for some of the nursery linens.  You can bet I made sure it was 100% cotton quilting fabric before I ordered it so as not to have the issue I had with my last quilt (read all about that here.)

I cut out all the pieces including the white borders.

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For some reason I did not take any pictures of piecing this quilt but did get one of the basting process.

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The hand quilting went very quickly since I just quilted “in the ditch” around each of the blocks.  I made the binding out of the mint fabric, sewed it to the quilt on the machine, then hand finished it.  I really like the binding process and I think that is because it just finishes the quilt so nicely.

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Baby quilts are so fun to make, they go so quickly and I always think about the sweet little newborn who will be using it.

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