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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Hico Antique Show and Wildflowers

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A long-time friend invited me to join her 
and a couple of our mutual friends
for a visit to her Texas country house.

The visit included

Hico, Texas Antique Show, April 26-27, 2013
sponsored by Sugar Moon Antiques


Texas wildflowers.
The view from the back deck of my friend's country house...

Wildflowers and an antique show...
I couldn't say, "Yes!" fast enough.

The entrance into the Hico Antique Show tent...
Yes, that is part of a genuine Texas windmill.
When I first moved to Texas almost 40 years ago,
I saw working windmills on many farms and ranches
pumping water into tanks for livestock.

Maps and globes draw me...
My globe collection numbers about ten.

This display of white stoneware and brown and white transfer ware 
is just stunning!  Looks better than my house!
I love the shabby white wooden awning...

The metal food covers with handles were in all sizes.
Unfortunately, nothing in this booth was in my price range.
I will just have to be content looking at this photo
over... and over... and over.....

Now, I'm studying it for design elements.

The white impatiens in the brown wooden box 
are the perfect complement to the dishes.
Oh, yes, isn't that framed picture also just perfect?

Every time I look at this vignette, I see something 
not noticed before.

Do you think the background is a drop cloth?

Be still my heart.
Blue and white transfer ware in a metal chest with blue interior...

Lots of old metal items including gears...  
See the blue gear on the table in the background?
The attached tag recommended using it as a candle holder.

The old washboard has truly beautiful wood.
The curved wooden frame is one continuous piece of wood.
I love the patina.

Once again, the vendor's vignettes were so much fun to view.
This show was just beautiful with plants mixed in with the items for sale.
Great styling...

After browsing the antiques in the tent,
we went to antique shops in Hico.
One antique mall of several dealers had great prices.

On to the famous
Hico Homestead Antique Store
Started by the same folks that owned the
Fredericksburg Homestead.
The Hico store now owned by someone else.

One of my favorite things in the Homestead store is this 
old iron horse painted white.
I don't think it came from a carousel.  Those are usually wooden.
I think this was used for children to ride.
You know, drop a nickel in a box for about five minutes' ride...

At the end of the antiquing day in Hico,
we drove through beautiful countryside filled with

My friend graciously stopped the car for a closer look
at these wild foxgloves native to Texas.

So beautiful...called for a photo shoot 
with one of my new found treasures from Hico...
The pink ruffled-edge cake plate came from the 
antique show under the tent.

An Indian Paintbrush is just opening in the foreground.
This one's color is a soft peach, not the 
more common bright orange.

We had banana nut muffins in the car with us for a snack.
While I was sitting on the ground taking my photos, my friends were leaning
out the car windows taking photos of me ... taking photos.
Cars passing by s-l-o-w-e-d for a look.
Yes, I was the only one walking around in the flowers taking close-ups,
styling with my new little dish and banana nut muffins.
We were all laughing having a great time! 

I waited until I was home to take photos of the other treasures found in Hico.
This soup tureen has no lid, but I like the yellow foxglove and tiny purple flowers.
It is hanging at the end of my kitchen cabinet.

The green and yellow floral planter will hold an eight-inch plant,
but I like this small lavender plant in it for now.

Back home, the pink cake plate will be great next Easter.

Two small metal printers' stamps will make wonderful little
cards and clay tags.

Who's up for a road trip May 24-25 to Hico?

Homestead is sponsoring another Antique Fair.
Very likely, many of the vendors who were at the
Sugar Moon Antiques' show 
will return for Homestead's fair.

Maybe a second chance at some of the transfer ware
I passed up in April...

But, for sure, there will be some kind of wildflowers
on the road there and back.

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  1. Oh my, what fun! Your treasures are wonderful and the treasures you brought home in the photographs will give you many hours of pleasure. Wish I could join you for the next road trip. Alas, it's too far!

    1. Lois, if you come to Texas to see the bluebonnets and other wildflowers, let me know. We can always find a flea market or antique show to take in.


  2. My favorite kind of trip! Thanks for taking us along. I've never seen wild foxglove. Thanks for the future date. I've put it on my calendar. Who knows, a road trip might just be in the plans. '-)

    1. Hico is surely within your driving range. There are several small towns in the area that are fun to see.
      Plus, there is a Texas vineyard in the area also.


  3. What a great looks like you can spend hours in the store and in the gorgeous fields just enjoying the view! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks, Christine. As you can tell, we had a great time.

  4. Ooo, those wildflowers!

    I'd be tempted to close the lid on that trunk that's filled with the blue and white transferware. I like your blues; thanks for sharing.

    BTW: I'd rather have you leave me a comment on my post.

    Happy Blue Monday!

    1. Sally, I thought I was leaving a comment on the Blue Monday post, but must have clicked on the little envelope for email. :-O I tried to cancel the email, but evidently was not successful. I then left you two comments on the post since I linked two Blue Monday posts. :)


  5. Love Homestead! Love Hico! Sad that I couldn't come :(

    Shared on The Scoop Pinterest board!


    1. Maybe you can make to the Homestead Antique Fair at the end of May.

      I checked out The Scoop Pinterest board about 2 hours after you shared the Homestead photo there and the photo was repinned and liked. That's pretty exciting for my little blog!


  6. Wow, what a fun day! I love that you stopped to take photos of your beautiful pink cake plate in the wildflowers...with muffins staged on top! I was disappointed though not to see the photo of you taking photos! You found great treasures. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

    1. I love this time of year in Texas and love this time of life in my life! Getting to spend fun-filled days with friends, enjoying every moment!

      Thanks for being one of my new blogging friends.


  7. I haven't been to Texas (yet) but I am fast getting the impression (though Marsha's Splenderosa and now your images here) that the wildflowers are truly something incredible. What amazing flowers to be growing wild! Beautiful indeed. And mixed in with antiques....well, that sounds like one perfect weekend to me....

    1. Each week a different variety begins blooming in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. This afternoon on the way home, I saw a field full of Indian Paintbrushes that were just mesmerizing. I did not have my camera, or I would have stopped for photos.



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