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White on White on White…

Thinking about what to blog from my recent trip to Johnson City and Round Top, I realized that so many of the cottages and little historic towns are actually full of vintage white buildings! When I went through all the photos I shot, I notice the theme and thus my title! Round Top and the surrounding areas are really like nothing else around. Driving into Round Top always makes me feel like I’ve just driven into New England.

burton texas, antiques in Burton,Round Top week, katherine hershey photography

Bayberry Antiques open during Markets

One of the highlights of my trip to Johnson City and the Karen Divine workshop at
the A. Smith gallery was getting to visit one new place in Round Top,
VRT or The Vintage Round Top
After driving up and seeing one of the owners on the porch, I decided to stop
and check it out!

Well, sweet Smoot, invited me in even though during Antique Week, they actually stay in the cottage themselves. So I was really intruding into their home but he was nice enough to have a brief chat with me and let me snap a few photos of their fabulous interior.

Another special treat was when my Air B & B host mentioned that she could get me in
to see the historic Catholic Church I had mentioned being so beautiful up on the hill.
So we met the morning I left for home and I got to take photos of the beautiful, ornate
alter and statues. I certainly covered a lot of ground in about 5 days but it was a ton of fun!

Places visited and photos above:

St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Ellinger, TX
A.Smith Gallery-Johnson City
Fayetteville, Tx.
Bird Bakery-San Antonio
The Vintage Round Top-Round Top
Rancho Pillow-Round Top
Bayberry’s Antiques-Burton
Round Top
Burton, TX
Johnson City, TX
Hill County Science Museum

Karen Divine-iphone artist

Through the eyes of a stranger…The American Dream unfolds

I arrived a little late to the bloggers luncheon at Royers cafe in Round Top
just in time to grab one of the few remaining seats.

We were soon served our plate of margarita pie and ranch salad with cilantro
dressing by the Royers staff, just as we had been at the first luncheon a
few months ago out at the Prairie. We ate, getting to know those seated at
our tables, and to learn just how they too ended up here at the luncheon,
mostly from blogging connections.

Soon after we were served our Junkberry pie with vanilla Blue Bell ice cream,
the program began.

I wondered to myself after just a few minutes… just where else does an
“industry” such as the phenomenon of Round Top come from? From the time
you reach the towns near Brenham driving through Carmine, home of my friend
(Emily BarringtonSellers) or Burton where Linda and Ludmill of
Willow Nest Farm live and working your way down one of the roads leading
into Round Top. Passing through Shelby and the Shelby Inn and on down to
The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell just a few miles north of Round Top and all
along the way, one farm after another, you see vendors, all set up out in
their fields…and this happens over and over again…for miles!

Where else in the world is there a place like the Round Top Antiques Fair held
twice a year plus two smaller shows where people come from, all over the
world, even Corey (Tongue In Cheek Brocante, in Provence…and others
(Martha Stewart and Mary Emmerling) in years past to buy and sell?

Hearing all of this for the first time and seeing it for himself must have
been amazing as the visitor from New York city sat there as his friend
Bill Winsor (CEO) of the Dallas Market Center told about the new
Vintage showcase at market. The DMC was sponsoring the bloggers luncheon
this time along with Marburger Farms and Royers and making sure we all knew
about the involvement now that the DMC had on this thing called “VINTAGE”?
The Dallas Market Center has opened a whole new section just to showcase
all of the dealers in one place, the old Market Hall-with food Airstreams
outside and tons to view indoors!

We heard as Bill told about Dallas’ involvement in the vintage market and
Carol Hicks Bolton from Fredericksburg tell us how Homestead started and led
to her eventually, at 40 starting a family and leaving the business for a while
to raise her 2 children, home schooling and all! We heard about being true
to ones self no matter what you do and “Knowing who you are” in your home
and life.

We heard all about the importance of home and making it yours…uncluttered,
having it all…and things that you love, not just stuff to fill a space.

Dwell with Dignity was again featured as a great outlet to help those with less
be given a new start and chance at life, but in beautiful settings that give
a boost and purpose to starting over.

After lunch as I drove south out of town I began to come to the farms set
up for business…from the covered wagons perched out in one field to the
abundance of Texas and American Flags…

I realized then, just what a phenomenon this place truly is…
the land of opportunity, the American Dream of owning your own business
as most of these people do who set up here. Just as Carol and her husband
did about 25 years again Fredericksburg with Homestead and now with
“Antiquites Laboratoire de Design” and how Bud and his wife Karen did with
Royers Cafe and it’s growth and popularity and mainstay in Round Top.

I realized this is what it is all about, being true to yourself, your dreams,
hard work,making long time friends and making a life for your family.

It took me a long time to finally find my way down to see this place called
Round Top Antiques Fair, being born and raised in Texas, I have known of
this place for years. But it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to come a
few shows back and shootas a VIB, “Very Important Blogger” for the
Marburger Farms show that I also got hooked into coming every time to see
what was in store and to experience the greatness of the
American free market and life in Texas!

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Another Bloggers Luncheon at The Prairie!

How lucky can one girl be? Pretty lucky I would say!
This time we have our luncheon with Carol Hicks Bolton
from the original Homestead in Fredericksburg… now
at Antiquities and Laboratoire de Design in the same
place but with a whole new design and look!
Bud from Royer’s Cafe will be providing the delicious food
again and his famous pie for dessert! So watch out blogging
world, here we come for another fun time at the wonderful
Rachel Ashwell Prairie B&B!

The luncheon again benefits Dwell with Dignity, and is
sponsored by The Dallas Market Center and Bud’s – Royers
After the luncheon, I will spend a couple of days for
Marberger Farms as one of their “VIB” bloggers posting
about all the goodness around Round Top and Marberger!
April is really going to be a busy month in Texas
after all the fun and shopping at Round Top, the Country
Living Fair is coming to Austin, for the very first time!
I would say Texans love their antique fairs, that’s for sure!
Country Living Fair
Royers Cafe
Marberger Farms
Dwell with Dignity
The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell

Those silly little animals overheard my story…

They overheard me chatting on the phone about my trip
to Round Top and The Prairie luncheon with Rachel Ashwell! I
casually mentioned that I had been to a fabulous and fun party
and well, they decided to have a party of their own! They wanted
to check out all of the fun gifts I received in my parting bags so they
took it upon themselves to dress up in their finest and decorate
themselves in cards and gifts! Lot’s of fanfare was in order and
everyone was there, Bunny, Horse, Sternsey Rabbit, Rag Doll and
more! Miss Molly must have been sleeping as she never appeared!
Party Bear said he would model the T shirt from HGTV since it matched
his hat and fancy collar! Leave it to him to steal the show! Oh well,
hope they got everyone in the photo as we don’t want any hurt feelings!
We got soap by Favorito,a bright pink cork screw from Junk Gypsies,
Hermann’s in Brenham donated a tissue pack, HGTV gave us a T with the
Junk Gypsies logo, some bubble gum from the Busy B gifts
in La Grange, and then we have a wooden coin for a
free drink from Buffalo Creek in Bellville! So many gifty items!
Royers has a card in there about his Operation Desert Pie which
sends a pie overseas to a soldier… really a nice idea,
and Texas Living magazine gave us a couple issues so we can catch up
on all the happenings in this part of Texas! What fun to be a
photographer for them, that I would love! Rachel gave us a
“hot off the presses” Idea Map that will be fun to hang for inspiration!
There’s even a package of coffee from Independence Coffee in Brenham
Mimi Bella, Beau’s Best soap in Round Top donated a teeny, tiny bar
of Lavender soap that smells so good you could just eat it! And finally
we each got a box of zip lock bags called Tili Bags, each decorated in
a different pattern so easy to distinguish one from another, great
for travel, etc!
Whew! I don’t know if the animals will ever recover from such a fun
party! They may want to take a road trip down to the Prairie just to see
for themselves what all the fuss was about!

Bloggers in Heaven???

I guess blogging is about the best free advertising one could
hope for! Especially when you get 45 lovers of Shabby Chic, dying
to meet Rachel Ashwell, clustered in one location with lunch
catered by Royers Cafe along with chocolate chip pie and Amy’s ice
cream for desert, my oh my! Bud told the story
of how he met the ladies from Dwell with Dignity at his cafe one day
and decided right then and there to promote their vision and ask
a bunch of crazy bloggers to spread the word with a luncheon
and chance to meet Rachel at the Prairie! Hence, Kelley from the
Hidden List blog to pull it all together and well, the rest is history!

Dwell with Dignity was feature on the Nate Show and from that exposure
other cities are hoping to start DWD in their own towns. Helping to
re-design some needy homes, it gets people back on their feet when
they need so much that we take for granted. Donations are coming in
from some pretty major sources so it looks like they are on their way
to something big!

Royers certainly doesn’t need any recognition since he is well established
in Round Top, except that oh yes, he does have a new coffee spot there on
the square in Round Top ….. And Rachel’s place open less than a
year is already a big hit with b&b’ers, film types doing shoots, and small
events…well it just may be hard to secure a room there!
I was fortunate to stay back in June and had the pleasure of being able to
tour all of the cottages and snap a million photos! All I can say, is what
a perfectly shabby yet CHIC place this is, so peaceful and serene, I can
hardly wait to go again. So, what a perfect meshing of talent to pull
this luncheon all together!

Another fun thing in the day was meeting as many of the bloggers as you
could and running into some that you knew 12 years ago or more,(KK and her
b&b called the lazy T)with whom you had lost touch! and also meeting
new friends you’ve read about in magazines(vintage trailer restoration)It was just a great day full of inspiration!

It makes for a highlight of one’s year, whew! and then having Rachel give
you a personally guided tour of the Prairie where each room is better than
the next!

What more could you ask for this September 27th day???

Royers Cafe
The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
The Hidden List
Patina Green
The LazyT

Coming next time, a story about the gifts in our gift bags!

Unforgetable…that was my day at The Prairie

I don’t know what it is about Round Top and the whole antiques week
experience… it just seems to draw you in, making attending each
time, a must do, no questions asked! Just go. For whatever reason.
As one of the bloggers said at my table, “I would give anything
to move to Round Top!” I know exactly how she feels, as I often think
the same thing – then glancing at real estate for sale…

Maybe it’s getting older? and ready for a change, a great
place to retire to??? or maybe it’s just the feel of Round Top
as you drive through the hills, around the little square
which is not really square at all… past Royers Cafe and all of the
other little shops around the circle leading out to other areas
around Round Top, down Hwy 1457, 458 or 1291. Or maybe it is the German
settlers and others who built the log cabins, the stone homes,
and the trees, the rolling hills, the neat and tidiness of the
whole place. I don’t know if there is another place on earth quite
like it. But whatever it is, it draws you in to where you must go back
time and time again.
The Hidden List
The Prairie
Dwell with Dignity
Royers Cafe
the tattered style
more to come…for a very special day not to be forgotten!

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