Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Show Spotlight on Shelby, Obsessed with Glass and a Great Idea

Shelby Antique Show, 2nd oldest venue in the Round Top shows

On FM 1457 at FM 389, 8 miles from Round Top in the historic Harmonie Hall

Not to be missed, the Shelby Antique show is tucked away in the small community of Shelby away
from the heavy traffic of Warrenton .  Housed in charming Harmonie Hall, one of the great historic halls that Fayette County is known for.  Covered outdoor space and air conditioned indoor space plus easy free parking adjacent to the hall makes a great shopping experience.  The vendors are personally selected by show promoter Victoria Pierce,
owner with her husband Tim, of Victoria's House.  Victoria took over management of the Shelby show about three years ago, bringing in local and out-of-state vendors.  Victoria's beautiful displays of fine jewelry fill the center of the hall. Each case is organized by type and period, spanning early Victorian through the 1980s, all elegant high end pieces. The show is open 9-5 daily until the last Saturday, April 4th when they close at 3pm.  We have always loved the Shelby show.  The hall is open and bright and the vendors have their pieces beautifully staged.  We saw everything from gorgeous silver, vintage "mantiques", all types of furniture, vintage kitchen ware and handmade quilts.  In the foyer, the local ladies are selling homemade baked goods
and serving up home cooked meals.  The outdoor space is covered and on concrete, a breeze keeps it cool.  The vendors outside have a great variety of items.  I spotted some great vintage hats (Prom?!), cobalt blue bottles, and some great furniture pieces by Larry's Reclaimed Wood Furniture which he makes from salvaged wood out of Galveston.  If you missed it this Spring, put Shelby on your show plan for Fall, they will be open September 26th through October 3rd.  For more information:  www.antiqueshowshelbytx.com  or www.AntiqueWeekend.com for dates and a map to the show.


Gorgeous Glass

Bar W
The early rains have given way to bright sunshine during the Spring Antique Weekend shows.  It really seemed to make the vintage glass bottles and demijohns sparkle and shimmer.  The shows this Spring have an abundance of brilliantly colored glass.  I have seen vintage glass insulators in cool sea water blues and greens.  Even though American Pickers call insulators "hillbilly stained glass," I don't care I still love them. There are several things you can do with old insulators, line your flower beds with them and let them bring color to your garden, or turn them upside down fill them with flowers and hang them on the fence with a piece of wire. 
At Ex-cess one of the
Demijohns, North Gate, Warrenton
dealers had huge stacked glass industrial insulators.  At Clutter they have several more refined displays with antique bottles in soft greens and clear glass.  Some are medicine bottles, others old vanilla bottles.  They are great for creating a table-scape on a spring table, with individual stems in multiples of bottles, or just tuck one onto a window sill or bathroom counter with a single stem.   I have seen small collections of bottles, big wine jugs, throughout the show sites, plus an amazing collection of blue Ball jars at Jimmie Johns booth in Bar W.  Easy to carry, a small, vintage glass bottle could be your AntiqueWeekend treasure this spring.

 You Can So Do This!

As seen on HGTV Blog: Design Happens

Photo from Under the Sycamore blog,
I love gardening, although sometimes the extreme heat of a Texas summer makes it a little hard.  I love having fresh herbs outside my kitchen door, in big pots which I can cover if the grasshoppers get a little out of control.  The plastic pots most nurseries use get tossed away, but the traditional terra cotta pot just has to be saved.  It has so much potential!  I have lots of them around the place, tiny to oversized, and can't imaging getting rid of any of them.  I am always attracted to a new idea and this one just jumped off my computer screen on the HGTV blog, Design Happens by Chelsea Faulkner.  I immediately thought of the basket of small terra cotta pots I saw at Texas Rose Antique Show last week.  They would look so cute wrapped in fabric like these.  Although this project is not designed for outdoors, think how cute they would look in the center of your table, or lining your kitchen window sill or on a desk holding paperclips and rubber bands.  Ashley got her idea from www.christinechitnis.com.  Christine provides the following directions: "This works better in description form, rather than step-by-step: Start by cutting a length of fabric that will wrap once around your pot. Leave extra room for
Tiny terra cotta pots at
Texas Rose Antique Show, Round Top
folding it over on the top and bottom. Cut slits in the fabric around the top, to avoid puckering as you make your way around. Begin by coating a small section of the pot with Mod Podge. Stick the beginning of your fabric length to the pot and once it is in place, coat the fabric with Mod Podge. Continue doing this all the way around, without worrying about the top or bottom of the pot. When the outside of the pot is finished, trim your fabric so that less than an inch hangs over the top and bottom. Begin at the top, folding the fabric into the pot in pleats so that it lays nice and flat around the rim. Coat in Mod Podge. Do the same for the bottom, folding the fabric in pleats so that the bottom edge of the pot remains smooth. Coat any loose flaps of fabric with Mod Podge. Now let your pot dry." 
I think this is a great project for my granddaughters to try with leftover fabric in my scrapbag and those extra pots out on my screen porch, just in time for Mother's Day.  If you hurry, Vicki Davis may have some left at Texas Rose Antiques! 

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