Sunday, October 24, 2010

TRAVELING SOUTH~

to Schulenberg, Texas. Yes, blog friends, I took a few days to travel with my best guy south. It was work days for him, but a little R&R for me. I got to take a break, shop, sight see, and just be~~~ to regroup and revive for the holiday rush upon me!

As we drove along, on the most beautiful Fall days, I could not help thinking once again, how gorgeous our country side is and how God's hand touches it all. From typical Texas farmland and barns, to bales of hay spotted along the acres of open fields.
It was perfect timing to get away and it is incredible how just a few days can leave you rested and ready to tackle many tasks once again.

Schulenberg is a small town of approx. 2000 plus folks and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Small quaint shoppes, the best restaurants and beautiful landscape all around. I was right at home and enjoyed every little minute.
Come share in a few pics I took during the week.

To start with, this is the view I woke to each morning. Simply gorgeous!

However, before that view, this was the country along the way.






Beautiful right? The river above is the Colorado River.

Then, of course the shopping was so fun. I visited some sweet little antique shoppes with wonderful vintage treasures.

Miss T's Boutique was so cute and even painted out the pink carpeted steps to greet the guests.

With Best Guy as my tour guide having been here many times for work, shared with me all the wonderful restaurants including Franks which has been in business for 80 years. It was incredible and the food was fabulous. Including the lemon pie. Oh my!!

The famous sign!


Kountry Bakery was another wonderful spot for morning coffee or tea. Okay, the baked goods were again fabulous.

When our time in Schulenberg came to an end, we then traveled back north passing through La Grange, Texas which had some of the most beautiful Victorian homes.
Here are just a few beautiful homes we viewed.





As we continued homeward bound, we stopped in one of my favorite little towns. Salado, Texas. Here we visited, quaint shoppes and beautiful sights. I was so inspired to return to the studio from all the special art and decorating ideas I gathered while here.


Beautiful Salado Creek running right through town.

As we got closer to home, we passed by Willie's Place. A spot to fill up the gas tank, enjoy a meal, shop the gift store and take a rest from your travels.


Now I must say, my little trip does not end here. I found a vintage treasure at Evelyn's Antiques that I will share next time as well as the fabulous "Ambrosia Tea Room" where we enjoyed lunch.



The owners let me take lots of pictures. The decor was so inspiring and a lesson in black and white which you know how much I love. I even took a few notes and can't wait to incorporate a few ideas I gathered into my own cottage. In the meantime, I just added lots of new hand painted pretties HERE and can't wait to design with the vintage treasures I found on the trip. You will find me in the studio, and as always, swinging my paint brushes!!


So till next time, It's fun to go on a trip, but so wonderful to be home again.
I hope you are enjoying wonderful Autumn days and Blessings to you and yours always.
Celestina Marie

21 comments:

Rose Haven said...

Looks to me that you had a wonderful time. I love all the Victorian houses! Oh my!

:-) Jan

Diane said...

Celeste, it sounds truly wonderful sharing that time with Your Guy and doing so many things you both love, both in your alone times and when he was able to be with you. My Guy is retired and we're blessed to be able to have a weekly "date day". With winter close at hand our travels slow down a bit though, as it's very cold here and always the chance of snow and bad roads.
I'm anxious to see what else you have to share from your trip.
Hugs,
Diane

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, your trip looks fabulous! I love that beautiful countryside, and those old barns and fields... looks like my kind of place for sure... the antique stores would be so much fun to linger through, can't wait to see what you bought! And the restaurants would be a favorite too, I love anything lemon!... those houses are my dream homes... Texas is such a beautiful state, and you are right, God has blessed us with so much... excited to see your next post of photos... I'll bet Miss Beazy was so happy to see you!... xoxo Julie Marie

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Good morning Celeste!!

Oh I feel relaxed just looking at your beautiful pics! You really captured the feeling of pure chill time. And what great places to shop & eat! Thanks for taking me along on your outing... hope I didn't eat too much.

Love & hugs to your & your guy, Sherry

Edie Marie's Attic said...

PS Kissed & hugs to Miss Beazy!!

Mari said...

HELLO SWEETIE,

WOW IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!! AND WHO WOULDN'T THE SITES ARE BREATHTAKING!! AND SOOO MANY GREAT SHOPPES AND PLACES TO EAT....LOL LOVE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL HOMES!! THANKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL TOUR :)

XOX~MARI

Denise@alloverroses said...

What a wonderful place to visit or better yet to live! I can see why you had a good time. Your photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your Sunday!
Denise

Southern Lady's Market said...

Looks like a beautiful place! So glad you had a good time!

Tina Eudora said...

I love road trips too and that looks like it was a fabulous time! Glad you made it back safely and have a great Sunday!
Tina xo

Lee Laurie said...

I love this post! I felt like I was right there with you on your road trip. What beautiful pictures. I love those vctorian houses. So glad y'all had a wonderful time.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Mariette said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

You can tell by the lovely photos that you did have a blast of a trip with your best friend! Thanks for sharing that in the way you did. We ought to appreciate the country we're living in and look around for its beauty in nature and created by hard working people. The town's name sounds German... wonder if there were some early settlers from there? You also found some great food to carry you through these wonderful days together; doing each what had/could be done!

Have a great week and sending you lots of sunshine from Georgia,

MariettesBacktoBasics

Misborda2 said...

Hello! sure was a great trip, all photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing these beautiful places and let us know a little more these beautiful places.
Hugs, and Happy Days, Laura.

A Hint of Home said...

Oh Celeste, what fun for you and your best guy!
I read that you were going south and got excited and thought--could it be she's coming south down my way?? lol I wish you were!
I have been convicted that I haven't called you. I have been meaning to. Really!
My sister comes in from MI tomorrow for a week then our daughter comes in the day after she leaves. She's flying over TX coming from CA. We are going to FL together to celebrate my mom's 85th B-day.
After it settles down I will call.
Your pics are great and looks like so much fun shopping and eating with your guy.
Take care, friend!

E. Charlotte said...

Love all those pictures! The houses are GORGEOUS! Glad you had fun. :) You're right that a little R and R can help you get ready to tackle all the other stuff. :)

Kit said...

What a great trip! I would love to visit those shops and the countryside is so lovely! Thanks for the mini vacation. Kit

ginny said...

Your little trip sounded so nice and what pretty photos you took! It is always so fun to get away, but you're right to say that it is always feels good to get home. I cannot wait for my trip to Texas. I hope we can have an opportunity to visit!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

So glad that you had a lovely trip away and what a beautiful part of the world you live in.
Love all the beautiful homes and the cute Antique shops.
Glad that you are safely back home and yes, it is always great to be home again and inspired to do some more of your beautiful work.

Have a lovely week
Hugs
Carolyn

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It sounds like the most perfect time! Your pictures of the country are beautiful!
Hugs,
Penny

Tammy said...

I love seeing this great country of ours through the eyes of others. so fascinating to the buildings, landscape and differences from state to state. I love all the photos! Hugs. tammy

randi K design said...

Lovely pictures! I miss you!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful photos and a fun trip! I love traveling in Texas, especially this time of year! ♥

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..