Sunday, October 2, 2011

Warrenton is Party Central

One party that I really don't want to miss is Theresa Cano's blogger party that she hosts during the Antiques Show at Warrenton. I am already looking forward to the next one. I even stayed an extra day so that I could attend.
Robin of Magnolia Pearl stopped by to hug Theresa's neck. If you haven't seen Robin's designs, then do yourself a favor and check them out. She has a style all her own and it is magnificent.
Malisa of Pent Up Photos and Theresa. Malisa takes some really cool vintage-looking photos.
During our party, Michelle Delgado of Wonderfaux Studio gave us a demonstration of how to use Annie Sloan chalk paint. The paint, along with her techniques, gave a nice look. I may have to give it a try.
Karen and I had a nice chat and I hope to see her again at the next party.
I also had a nice time visiting with Carolyn LeCrone of CarLe Etc.
Carolyn was a special guest of Theresa and displayed her treasures at the party.
Photo courtesy of Anne Lorys
Me, Theresa Smith (TOT) of Time Worn Interiors, Anne Lorys of Fiona and Twig, and Amy Boland from Gypsy Chix.
Dixie of French Lique had just purchased this awesome frame. Do you see the hint of green around my eyes? LOL

I met several other fantastic ladies, but it got dark and I don't get good pictures without good light. Oh, well! It's really surprising that I got this many pictures. I am usually too busy gabbing!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

HGTV at Warrenton

Look who I ran into this time at Warrenton: Emily Henderson! For those of you who have been living under a rock, Emily is the 5th season winner of Design Star on HGTV. She was here to not only promote her new series, Secrets From a Stylist, but to help promote a new HGTV show featuring Junk Gypsy. I figured that she would be absolutely melting in our Texas heat, but she held up pretty good. I enjoyed visiting with her and found her to be very personable and welcoming.
HGTV's tent had all kinds of creativity and SWAG. I picked up a pink hat which came in handy with the scorching sun we had.

They offered an old door for us to make our mark on. I signed my name just above the H. I rather enjoyed that.
In November, HGTV will premier the new Junk Gypsy show. I can't wait to see it. I really love their style.
If you ever get a chance to go to Warrenton, do it! It is so much fun. They always have a Fall Show and a Spring Show. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gypsy bag giveaway

Just thought I would tell you about a wonderful giveaway - Jill of Gypsy Brocante is having a giveaway that I'm hoping to win. I'm a good sport, so I am giving you a chance, too. Of course, I have ulterior motives. LOL

Friday, July 22, 2011

More door parts repurposed

In my last post, I showed you how I repurposed the door panels. Yesterday, I repurposed the narrower horizontal portions of the door. I made them into coat racks. I just love the old wire hooks. They are so cool. I figured out a way to make the ends look more finished also. I cut the end of the board at a 45 degree angle then wacked it off straight again so that I could have something to go on the end. I cut another 45 degree angle on the end then nailed the piece to the end. I did this for both ends.
Do you know the trick to getting your hooks evenly spaced? Well, you measure the length and divide that number by how many hooks you are going to use plus one. Therefore, if you have 3 hooks, divide the length by 4. The number you get is the length of space between the ends and each hook. Just like that! I think they would look great in the laundry room or by the door.

Beyond The Picket Fence

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Door panels repurposed

When I bought the door, I was planning to make a hall tree out of it. Unfortunately, it didn't survive the trip home. In case you are ever hauling several doors, take my advice - do not stack the doors. The ones on the bottom stand a good chance of getting broken. The constant bumps just pounded and pounded away.

Since I deal in salvaged materials, I am accustomed to looking at junk vintage treasures in a different way. I banged the door apart the rest of the way and pulled out the panels. I put all the pieces in the shop for another day. Well today was another day. The panels spoke to me and here is what they said:

LOL. They both said that they wanted to be coat racks. Didn't you hear it too?

Beyond The Picket Fence

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Food, glorious, food!

The first stop on my lovely "cuisine cruise" was the Gasthaus "Kur-Schänke in Bad Soden. I had arrived in the morning and napped on and off most of the day so that jet lag would be well behind me. Once Howard got home back to the hotel from work, we walked to get some dinner. This lovely restaurant was about a block and a half from our hotel and we ate there often, usually with others from the project.
The food was good and the menu is fairly extensive. Unless we were handed an English menu, we had lots of guesswork to decide what to order. Click speisen and see what I'm talking about. Porkchops with a baked potato and herb butter sounded wonderful and it was!
On another trip to the Kur Schanke, I decided to try their rump steak. I'm not really familiar with that particular cut of beef, but it was very good.
A couple more blocks down the street was the My Thai. I really do not know what else was on the menu here. Once I ordered the 610, that is what I ordered each time we dined there.
We even cooked our own dinner at one of the restaurants. It was the Corner Steakhouse in Raunheim, Germany. This restaurant was very near the hotel that the project guys stayed at when they first arrived to Germany. It was good, so we drove back over there. It was about 30 minutes away and you take the autobahn to get there. They bring your steak out on a sizzling hot piece of granite and you cook your steak to your own liking. It's kind of like using a fondue pot.
Not all of the food we ate was from the restaurants. Sometimes, we would stop by one of the many lovely bakeries. One morning, I was particularly lazy and slept in a little too late for the hotel breakfast. Not to worry, I walked to the corner bakery and found a wonderful apple pastry.
Most of the time, I ate my breakfast in the hotel. They kept a wide variety of items to choose from. The first morning that I ate there, I was by myself and wasn't all that familiar with the choices. I decided to try things that had been "hit hard" meaning that I selected items that previous diners had already taken large portions from. One of those things was some kind of oatmeal made with yogurt with fresh fruit on top. I also made sure I drank one of those Dannon live culture yogurt drinks since they are so good for you. I would also select a piece of sliced ham and sometimes some cheese. The ladies would bring me a nice pot of coffee which made a perfect breakfast. Since I speak so very little German, I would say "Morgen" when I sat down and "Danke" when I left. They were all so nice. I really miss them.
I'm not sure if you have noticed it, but most of my meals were enjoyed with a glass of wine. There really is no such thing as iced tea since none of the drinks have ice and ordering water was a little iffy. Even though I would order still water, meaning no gas, I would still sometimes end up with some sort of seltzer water. I am not a fan. Well, I solved that problem right quick. Order wine!
If you are not much of a fish eater, I realize that you will find this fish absolutely gross, but let me tell you, it was wonderful! We went to the Gran Sasso Italian restaurant for this baby. Most of the seating is out on the patio which was quite lovely during the time we were there.
For our 3oth anniversary, we ate outside at the Ristorante La Cucina in Bad Soden.
Howard ordered spaghetti, but it had seafood in it. Otherwise, it would have been a bit dull.
I had the scalopina al vino e limone or in German, the kalbsschnit zelchen in weißwein-zitronen sauce. It was as delicious as it looks.
It was so good that I ordered something very similar when we went back to Raunheim to eat at Michelangelo's. This is one of our favorites. They would always give us grapa shots before we left. Can you say throat on fire?
Howard ate here several times a week when they were staying at the NH Hotel. It was that good.We were treated very well here.
Before my trip, I would almost always order ranch dressing. Over there, they served their salads topped with balsamic dressing. It is now my new favorite.
Nice view, huh? This is from the Chicago Steakhouse in Köln, Germany.
The steak was pretty good, too!
My favorite pizza has to be the Hawaiian. I love the combination of ham, cheese, and pineapple. It makes me smile.

My favorite place where we ate outside was in Antwerpen, Belgium. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was heavenly.
The night before we took off to Paris, we ate at this nice Indian restaurant. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but it had a lovely tree out front that was dripping with flowers.
Since my return, I make my own fresh pizzas. I wasn't too keen on the frozen ones, but know I see no need to even bring them home.
I know. I know. Why would you go all the way to Germany and eat at a Mexican food restaurant? We live in South Texas for crying out loud!
It's not the style we are accustomed to, but it was still quite good.
Need I say more?
. . .and this is what I look like when I can't eat another bite.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Heidelberg Castle

Can you believe that construction on this castle began in the beginning of the 13th century? That was a looong time ago and that is a whole lot of rocks to haul. Since castles are built high on a hill, lightning strikes are an extreme possibility. This one was hit hard at least a couple of times. I bet that was loud.
Now, that was a lot of wine! Problem was, it was tax wine and it didn't taste very good because it was all the wines mixed together. Of course, the king had his own private stash. This vat was for everyone else.

The town of Heidelberg is very picturesque. It's even prettier when you hear the church bells.
Scouting out castles can be exhausting.