Monday, February 8, 2016

Tray Menu Sign

Have you started spring cleaning yet?
Recently as I was doing some spring cleaning,
I dusted this large tray turned Menu sign
and thought I would share it with you once again
and how I painted it with the word Menu.

Found at a local antique market,
I loved the large size to fill in space above my kitchen cabinets.

This tray measure about 20" round.
 I gave it a coat of glass and tile medium which I have shared here many times.
Metal primer can also be used
but I was out it so the glass and tile works just as well.
 This step gives the surface some tooth for the paint to adhere.
After applying the medium
it's best to let cure 24 hours before
The Glass and Tile medium is by Folk Art
along with the black paint that I used for the design.
After the background is painted with chalk paint in a light ivory,
  I made a copy of the menu graphic
 The Graphics Fairy
and traced it on the surface
using graphite paper.
and a stylus~
Next I
painted the design by hand.
Sometimes I love to do this over the easier versions of transferring.
It gives a hand painted look and is really a lot of fun and relaxing
a bit like adult coloring.
If you remember the graphic above, it had the shading lines included.
At this point,
 I could have painted those lines too, but I floated the shading instead.
This is a term and technique used to bring a shadow to the design.
Next, the edge needed a little something too.
So I hand painted black and white checks all around and added light sienna shading.
You know how I love checks~~

Here is the tray now on the top of the cabinets with a black and white rooster.

Thanks to The Graphics Fairy
 for always sharing the best designs to create with.

Have you painted anything lately??

I'm on to redesigning some bedroom pieces from the 1940's.
More about that soon.

Have a great day
 Happy Creating!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

And the trip continues~

Hi Friends
and welcome back to 
the rest of my Fixer Upper 
Waco, Texas Trip.

If you missed the first part Feb.4th,
you can catch up 
to see 
The Silos
and The Magnolia Market.

We had such a great time and as we continue today
with more from the shows location,
I first want to just drive on down the road
from the market to
share with you another awesome shop
The Findery~
It is not affiliated with Magnolia Market, but if you visit,
it is so worth the stop.

The staff was so nice and also allowed us to take photos.
I always ask like I did at the market.

This is the front of the vintage building but you use the door in the back to enter.
Plenty of street and side road parking as this is located on a corner.

So  many treasures to browse through.

At The Findery, 
you will find many home decor items 
along with antiques and furniture treasures.
I loved this shop too and had a wonderful visit.
They open in November 2015.

On the next stop we headed to
Harp Design Co.

You've seen this building and sign on the show.
This is the  workshop of Clint, the designer for 
many of the wood items used on the show.

The front building is the showroom and sales floor.
The workshop to the right is often seen on the show 
where the creations are planned and designed.

Here's the sales floor  and showroom with lots of wood creations used in home decor.
Letters, candlesticks, foot stools, ornaments and much more.

The staff was so nice and offered to take our photo.
We didn't meet Clint, I'm sure he was working on a project
and very busy in his workshop!

Do you recognize this sign from the show?
So much fun to visit here. 
 If you get to Waco, Texas
you  have to take some time to stop by.

Onward on our afternoon we headed next to
The Magnolia House

You may remember the Christmas episode
when The Fixer Upper duo shared this  remodel with their parents
for a Christmas stay and visit.
It was gorgeous inside and will open for stays with the public starting spring 2016.

We were told the bookings are already set and filled 5-6 months in advance.
We also got the price for the one night stay.
Let me say, it is a lot and I don't feel comfortable sharing that price tag here
just in case we were told wrong.
You'll all just have to wait and see when it formally opens.

In the beginning the house  was stated to be a B&B
 but that format
has changed to a whole house stay.

Here are the photos only of the outside of the house,
garage, back building they happen to be working on when we were there
and the gazebo.
No tours allowed inside at all~~Sorry!

Love the fence that surrounds the house and the entire property.

The view on the corner from across the street.
The workman were working on that light green back building.
Not sure what this will be, but a lot of work was going on there.

Lovely vintage style light posts in the yard.

The building to the left is the garage.

View from the side street.
The location is in a business district with more homes
waiting to be fixers!!

The gate had a chain and lock.
Understandable of course!
Don't you love the cornered porch and brick steps?

The house has  a back porch too.
Don't you love it?
The foundation is also red brick like the steps to the porch.

I saw a lady walk by the center top window.
Just a glimpse as she walked by.
Later we saw her leave the house carrying bedding.
She may have been there to clean etc.
No other cars were around or visitors at the time. 
We were all by ourselves taking photos.

Lastly, the gazebo in the back yard.
I love this spot 
 would love to add one to my backyard 
if I had the room.

Loved all the inspiration, even if it was just from the outside.


Next on the agenda, we headed to the shops
that Joanna has listed as her favorites.
This took us to 
The Cedar Chest  Antique Mall
 where filming for the show has taken place.

In fact, this season's Feb.2, 2016 episode was filmed in the shop.
Did you see the show earlier this week?

Easy to find right off the road.

Let's go inside and look around.

The aisles seemed to go on forever.

Each row of treasures better then the last.

It was easy to see why this is on Joanna's favorites list!

We turned  a corner and saw this sign displayed on the wall.

The staff was so nice and talked to us for the longest time.
They told us, Jo and Chip used to come in more often 
but now that they are so famous, they no longer can visit
without the show closing the mall to film and shop.

Thanks ladies for the fun time.
We so enjoyed our visit and shopping the incredible mall!!!

Just outside the mall an extension of the fun
continues in the outdoor market where we met
some wonderful folks who had special shops on site called
The Market.

It was getting late in the afternoon
 but still time to shop and talk to these great Texans.

These shops open up to share amazing antiques and collectibles.

This lovely lady talked to us and shared many stories of knowing The Gaines
and how thankful the market is that Joanna places them on her favorites list.

I so enjoyed my conversation with her and browsing the unique treasures she 
carried in her space.

This sweet couple also shared their wonderful treasures and great conversation.
They too knew the Gaines and we were delighted to visit with them.

I never met a stranger, as my hubby often says about me. 
We both talk to everyone
and enjoy meeting the many folks along our adventures.

This couple shared knowledge about the antiques they carried and the history 
of some of their vintage pieces.

Another special  couple was so much fun to talk with and visit.
They, along with all the others were so friendly and we enjoyed
viewing their many wonderful antiques and hand created treasures.
Loved their space and the decor they had to offer!

Thank you to all here at the market for the fun visit and shopping experience 
along with the great hospitality.
We enjoyed it so much and will surly visit again in the future!!

As our long weekend trip came to an end, 
we took a final drive out to visit a few more shops off the beaten path
through Crawford, Texas,
 McGregor, Texas where the Magnolia House is located
and also 
enjoyed all the views of the gorgeous country side along the way.

It was a fun long weekend that flew by too quickly.
As we  hit the road  for home, we were happy and inspired.

Now we're looking  forward to another adventure in Texas soon.
There is so much to see right here in The Lone Star State
and we love the journey.

Thanks for joining me on a trip to
The Magnolia Market 
The Silos
and more!

Heading home ~~ we see Dallas in the distance.

See you soon.
Have a great weekend.
Celestina Marie

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Road To The Silos

We headed south on a cold
 but beautiful crisp morning.

Not much traffic for a Friday.

I love the wide open spaces 
and gorgeous blue skies of my beloved Texas!

Normally this trip is about 2 1/2 hours from my location.
But that Friday, we hit a ton of road construction 
so it took an hour longer
making it later when we arrived at the market.

I know this post has taken me a bit long to pull together.
Just so many photos from our trip 
it took time to sort through them all.

Yesterday in Good Fences,
I shared this pic from the Hilton.
This was the view of The Silos from our room.

I could hardly wait to drive the short distance
to visit 
The Magnolia Market
right in the heart of downtown Waco, Texas.

This area is by the hotel.
The Market is located less then 2 miles away.

As we drive up to the location.
This is the site.
The Silos are behind the little white building
which will be a Something Sweet Shop 
opening later this year
to the left is the old barn turned
Magnolia Market.
Beyond the market is the play area with the food trucks and garden.

A short drive around the site
points us in the direction 
as we pass the garden area.

Plenty of good parking located to the back and side of the
market near the railroad tracks.

 An industrial type area normal for downtown cities.

We arrive to the building with all the goodies inside!!
Yay, I'm here!!

Walking around the building,
this is the entrance to the market floor.

I captured a rare photo, when for a second,
no one was around.

That certainly was not the case during our visit.
The first day on Friday was elbow to elbow inside.

Just up the steps we go into the market.

The crowd gathered promptly before 9am.

To the left is the entry door.
These pics are taken on the second day visit.
It was really hard to even take a photo 
on day one.
I could only get the back of folks heads, it was that crowded.
It was a challenge to get good pics with all the movement and bright lightening.
It seemed to cause a glare against the sunshine from the windows.

This is 9am in the morning and the perfect time to really see the goods.

Olive buckets in great abundance.

You have to remember to look up. Lots of treasures hang from the ceiling.

Among all the neutrals you see a pop of red!!

Signs often used on the show designed by Jimmy Don.

 Today is a Good Day for a Good Day

 A pretty faux flower section filled with spring blooms.

Now imagine the work that went into designing 
this building for a sales floor.
From top to bottom it is graced with
beautiful flooring, display areas, lighting 
checkout lanes that wrapped around the entire front.
When I was there, 
you needed to gear up for a long line and wait.
The checkout line to the left wrapped around twice.

Do you see the magnolia leaf wreath behind the counter to the right?
It is a best seller. I did not buy it however~
I have a huge magnolia tree and I have made them and will make another.

I'll tell you,
the best and worst time to visit is Saturday!!
The Market opens 9-6 Monday through Saturday!
Get there and get in line before 9am when they open the doors.
By 10am and later, it simply fills up with a crowd.
Weekdays might be ideal,
but the excitement and fun is not the same.
Food trucks, music and happy folks all file in from near and far on the weekend.
Closed on Sunday!!
In the parking lot you see cars from all over the country.

My Guy found Chip's Corner
was happy to look through all the manly stuff!!
Hats, thermos's, metal, bolts and more~~~

This section of the market, is one level down from the main sales floor.
I ventured down here once I shopped the first floor about 3 times over. haha

Here displayed are goodies you see on the show and more.
I found a basket I had my eye on.
As you can see, I was happy to find it too.

Joanna's parents were on this level over looking the activity
and busy displaying and adding inventory from the store room
located just to the left of the area.
I recognized them right away from the Christmas show 
that aired in December for the
Magnolia House, which I visited too and will share that tomorrow.

Anyway. I would have liked to meet the parents in person.
But they were so busy running around and working,
I didn't have the heart to interrupt them.
"Jo and Chip are not usually seen here" one saleslady told me.
But I bet they stop in and check things out on Sundays, don't you?.

Most of the items for sale,
are pieces used on the show when Jo decorates 
a Fixer Upper!!
Be ready for lots of goodies, but a bit pricey for mass market.
I did not read the reviews before going on purpose.
I wanted to form my own opinion.
I'll let you do the same when or if you visit!!

As you can see, I found a few treasures 
they have found places in my cottage
 I'll share those in future posts.

As the fun continued,
We walked around to the activities area just behind the market.
Here surrounding the faux grassy play area for kids and families,
are food trucks lining the outer edge of the grounds.

Picnic tables here give a place to sit and relax 
while enjoying the day and a quick snack.

Music plays from morning to evening
adding to the excitement.
The garden area is to the right of the picnic tables
and a beautiful spot for winter plantings known for Texas gardens.

As we walk over to visit the outdoor areas,
we pass The Silos topped with the rusty word.

You do not go inside The Silos.
Just wanted to clarify ~ they
are merely a landmark on the property.

 Here are the food trucks, the faux grassy play area and picnic tables.
The trucks consist of  the food trucks~
Common Grounds
Milo Waco
Luna Juice
Brick Oven Pizza
Co-Town Crepes
Cheddar Box
Club Sandwich

Looks empty here for a Saturday
 but everyone was inside. 
Remember, it was a cold day.

Split rail fence by the garden area.

Next, we walked over to the Magnolia Garden just inside the fence.
You can see the downtown in the background.

Raised beds filled with winter ornamental cabbage
adding beautiful color against the neutral woods.

Surrounded by the pretty white split rail fence
and the walkway also lined with gorgeous plantings.

Love the pretty purple with green in the ornamental cabbage.
Notice the planting in the large olive bucket.

Also in the garden, is a display set up
to purchase locally made jams and juices
to help World Hunger.
My guy purchased strawberry jam.
It is delicious!

Here's a look from the garden back to the market.
Notice the walkway.
Another huge undertaking to build and design around the grounds.
From the fencing around the entire complex,
 to the lightening, music and more,
one can see how this was a huge undertaking to build and open to the public.


Below are a few more photos from around the grounds.

Food trucks line two sides of the grounds.

This building is going to be the sweet shoppe.

Beautiful trellis's like this are positioned all around the building.
When the vines grow tall,
it will be a beautiful building accent.

Remember, The Magnolia Market
just opened last October 2015.
I am sure when all the landscape has 
more time to grow through a summer season,
it will be magnificent.

The famous red truck by the rusty silo.
Everyone was taking time for a photo here.

We got some hot tea from a food truck.
The sun was shining, but it was a cold day!!

I'll take you to the rest of this story 
when we visit,
The Magnolia House,
Harp Design Co.
The shops that Joanna recommends
and another
beautiful showroom just down the road from the market
The Findery.

Thanks for stopping by to join me in visiting 
The Magnolia Market
The Silos
from Fixer Upper!
I know this was a long post.
No other way to share it~~

See you tomorrow with more!
Have a great weekend. 
Celestina Marie