Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weekend in Waco (Places to Shop + Video)

My mom and I took a trip with Katie and her mom to Waco this past weekend.  I have been to Waco once for my old job but didn't do much while I was there.  If you watch HGTV, then you're sure to know about Waco, thanks to the show Fixer Upper.  If you've been living on a deserted island and don't know about Fixer Upper, it's a show where the husband and wife team Chip and Joanna remodel homes in/around Waco.  Last year they moved their retail store to a bigger space that has become a mecca for fans of the show.  We decided to drive down to check out the Magnolia Silos and see what else we could find in town.

We got to Waco a little before noon and headed straight to Magnolia  Market.  We stayed for a couple hours and took our time walking around the grounds.  It was very, very hot, so my suggestion is to go when the weather is cooler.  When we got there, we walked around outside and then headed into the store, which by the way is not in the silos.  I may be the only person who thought the silos were functional and not just for looks.  The store was crowded with people, which made it hard to really shop.  It was neat to see Joanna's products in person.  I've looked online, but you can't always get a feel for what the items looks like online.  The store displays were inspirational but also reminded me a bit of Anthropologie, which I also love.  It was a bit stressful with all the people.  We were there on a Friday, so I can only imagine what  Saturday is like.

We ate lunch at the food trucks on the grounds.  I had a jalapeño popper crepe.  It was delicious!  We also waited in line to see inside the tiny bakery, and I had a bite of Katie's espresso cupcake-- also delicious!  We walked around the garden and in the little garden shop.  I just wish it hadn't have been so hot!

A part of me was a little disappointed that there wasn't a little more to the retail space.  The space is large, but there was a repeat of some items in the store, and it was too hard to move around with all the people.  The merchandise was also on the expensive side.  The space is beautiful.  I just don't know what I was expecting, but I've talked to several people who felt the same way.  It's definitely worth the visit if you're in Waco, but I don't know that it's worth the trip alone.

Cute tea towels at The Findery that I texted to Colin-- ha!

From Magnolia we walked to The Findery, a beautiful two-story retail space with clothes, accessories, decor, and kids items. The items are on the higher end, but I did snag some stuff for Harlow and my nephew.  It's definitely worth the walk over if you're at Magnolia.

Lots of cute clothes here!  The store was filled with college girls, and the style caters to that age.  Hopefully it's okay that I liked it too even though I'm 31 ;).  I got a tunic, and Katie got some fringe boots.

I've been to stores of this same concept before, but this is the largest collection of trendy booths I've ever seen.  This place is huge.  It's filled with booths of clothes, accessories, decor, kids items, and gifts.  You could spend a lot of time in here.  This place was hopping, but it's large enough that you don't feel crowded by other shoppers.  It's in the same building as Roots Boutique.

We finished up Friday night with dinner at Chuy's, one of my favorite restaurants!

We woke up Saturday to start a marathon day of shopping.

This adorable store has a mix of old and new.  From furniture to decor, you might find an eclectic piece that's perfect for your home.

We made a quick stop by this cute candy store and walked down the road.

We spent more time here than we did at any other place.  The store is filled with booths of jewelry, clothes, baby items, and more.  We even ate lunch here at the little cafe.  This is a must if you're in Waco.

We didn't know about Laverty's when we got to Waco, but several store owners told us about it.  It's only open on occasion, but we lucked out, and it was open while we were there.  I got an antique chair for Harlow.  It's a flea market with lots of interesting pieces at good prices.  There was another store next door, but I forgot to take a picture or jot down the name.

Shades of ShabbyJunk in the Trunk, and The Junky Monkey (all on La Salle Ave.) were our last stops, and each have a mix of old and new items to help you get the farmhouse look in your home.  It was 5:00 when we wrapped up, which is when the rest of the stores on our list closed.

We didn't get to make it to every store we wanted to see.  Here are a few more places we wanted to check out:

and so many more!

If you're in Waco, I hope this list helps you pick some fun things to do and see!

Here's a little video of our trip:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monogrammed Express Shirt

Who says monogramming is only for kids?  Not me!  Here's an Express shirt with a slight hi-low hem.  I did a simple monogram in the bottom corner on the front of the shirt.  The font is from Boutique Fonts.

Note: At a quick glance, I wasn't able to find the shirt on the Express website, but if you do find it, be sure to go through to get 2.5% cash back!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Embroidered Arrow Shirt

Today is the first official day of fall!  I'm a little sad that summer is over, but we still have warm weather here, so it doesn't quit feel like it's gone yet.

I have started working on fall projects and planning new outfits for Harlow for the new season.

Her second birthday is a month away, so I'm busy with projects that I'll be sharing a month from now!

Yesterday I embroidered this shirt to start transitioning into fall once it's cool enough for long sleeves.

The Arrow Alpha design and Natalie font are from Planet Appliqué (click HERE for 20% off).

The shirt is from Children's Place.  I have embroidered on a few of these shirts.  They are affordable and usually on sale and embroider better than shirts you'll get from the craft store.  They also are softer and fit better than those craft store shirts.  I sometimes remove the pocket from these shirts using a seam ripper but decided to leave it on this time.  They also have a shirt without a pocket-- order it online through ebates and get 2% cash back!

I am in the middle of several projects and will share when I can!

Enjoy the first day of Autumn!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monogrammed Baseball Tee

I foresee this tee being a staple in my fall wardrobe.  It's long enough that I might even be able to pull it off with some black leggings...the ultimate comfort combo!

I stole this shirt from my husband, but you can pick one up from Walmart here or here for less than $10!  (Use ebates and get 1% back!)

I embroidered it with a font from Boutique Fonts.

Quick, easy, cheap, and comfy!

Friday, September 09, 2016

65th Wedding Anniversary Embroidered Pillow

This is the second of two commission projects I did for a 65th wedding anniversary.  Yesterday I shared the chalkboard art I did for the anniversary.

The fabric for the pillow is Waverly from Walmart.  The numbers design is from Herrington Design on Etsy, and the dots are from The Itch 2 Stitch (free!).

Thursday, September 08, 2016

65th Wedding Anniversary Chalkboard Art

This is a commission project I did for a lady that wanted a gift for her parents' 65th wedding anniversary.  The idea is not my own.  There are paintings like this all over Pinterest.  The one twist is the chalkboard, a suggestion from the client.

The chalkboard is from Hobby Lobby.  I painted the frame white.  The white lettering is a chalk marker from Hobby Lobby.  The heart is red craft paint.

To write the numbers and words, I first typed everything out on my computer.  I used a projector to project it on the chalkboard and did a rough trace.  Then I sat with the board and filled everything in.

The next blog post will be the other gift she had me make!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Embroidered Banners

These banners were a fun project.  Both fabrics are Waverly brand from Walmart.  The pineapple and fonts are from Boutique Fonts.  The anchor is from My Sew Cute Boutique.  I'm sure you'll see more of these from me in the future.  The possibilities are endless with these!

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