Monday, July 9, 2012

Welcome to Week 23 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

Welcome to Week 23 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs

Hi Friends,  it's Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls here.  
I hope you all are enjoying your summer!

Time is flying around my house. Between camps, dancing, swimming, and fun with friends-- we are keeping ourselves pretty busy. Most of my projects this summer have involved my kiddos and creating a cozy home for us to enjoy.  From the looks of the party last week, it seems that incorporating family into your creative time is the name of your game too! So with that said, let's take a look your great posts. 
10 Creative Tips for making 
a House into a Home

1. Create a beautiful gallery wall using meaningful objects. "Art" doesn't have to be limited to photos or paintings. Try using fabric and embroidery hoops like Carolina Country Living did in her craft room. 

2. Break out the power tools! From book shelves to benches, you can do it all. Miss Kopy Kat shares a ton of great tips for using power tools to transform your home-- courtesy of the infamous Ana White.

3. Shop in the hardware department. Some of the best home decor can be found where you least expect it. Take for example this mason jar light by Vintage Prairie Style.

4. Don't make it obvious! Check out how Meeha Meeha created a light, airy beach feel without the use of dolphins, star fish, or boats. Themed decor doesn't have to be cheesy.

5. Re-purpose old items. Jed and Ivy used a little TLC and some mod fabric to transform a vintage suitcase into an entertainment center 'catch-all'.

6. When in doubt, paint it. Nothing brings a piece of furniture to life like a fresh coat of paint. 
"Bella's Crafty Mom "shows how she brightened up a $9 night stand with the help of a brush. 

7. Don't give up. When a piece seems 'beyond repair', think outside of the box. You have to click over to "Somewhat Quirky" to see the 'before' image of this chair! A great example of an amazing transformation.

8. It doesn't have to "match". "The Ironstone Nest" reveals her dining room and shows that furniture does not have to be bought as a 'set'. Often, the most beautiful rooms are full of coordinating furniture that has been collected over time.

9. Accessories make life better. Even when decorating your back porch, don't overlook the little details.  I love this outdoor vignette by "Sullivan and Murphy". This styling makes the patio seem as cozy as a living room. 

10. Dream big. Keep your eyes open for inspiration and ideas. Like "Town and Country Living" you might just find that one day your dream home will become a reality!

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Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also.

Now about the party...
You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.
More exposure, less time.
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, 
ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. 
Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration. 
Doesn't get any easier than that!
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls
The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs. Awesome!
* Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
* Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.

Pictures,Pictures,PICTURES! "Antiquities" Showroom...

Carol Hicks Bolton's "Antiquities"

I tried to pack as much antique awesomeness as possible into my short little weekend in Fredericksburg,TX.  I've shared a tour of the adorable shop Smitten with you, and a tour of the Lavender Cottage B&B that I stayed in on a previous trip. I'm sad to say that I drove past this cottage and it has been turned into what looked like an antique book store.

I couldn't wait to explore the new Carol Hicks Bolton showroom/warehouse/museum/store! The place is an adventure for the senses, let me tell ya! I could have meandered through it all day. Pictures do it no justice and the scale of this enormous store is something that doesn't translate in photos. The music was really cool too!

I was even lucky enough to meet the beautiful pixie-like designer herself. She was the most kind-hearted, down to earth lady ever and I really enjoyed visiting with her. She even made lunch AND dinner reservations for me and my husband at her favorite eateries. Now that is customer service and beyond!

I've overloaded this post with gobs of photos for you...I couldn't narrow them down so you'll get the whole sha-bang! 

Please visit Carols Store! I promise you will LOVE it!!!


Friday, July 6, 2012

EAT and ANTIQUE in this TX hidden gem!

If you have the opportunity to venture out west on I20 near Fort Worth,TX  to an area called Willow Park, make sure to stop for lunch and shopping at David's Stove Shop. I have loved this unique little country store for years, and with the recently added bakery and sandwich shop that offers absolutely delicious goodies and lunch options, you can bring your whole family!

All of the pastries, muffins and sandwich breads are baked fresh. 

 The atmosphere is so fun! You'll eat in a time-worn room surrounded by shabby antiques and interesting vintage eye candy...

After eating, stroll through the rooms of antiques. You'll find farm equipment, kitchen and farmhouse wares, weather vanes, wind-chimes, patio furniture and rooms of stoves of course!

I love finding neat, original little establishments like this. You won't regret stopping in for a bite to eat, I promise!

Click here: David's Stove Shop  to go to the website.


Feel free to check out all of the blogs!  Here are the links

Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog
Korrie @ Red Hen House
Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Debbie @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls
Missy @ Lookie What I Did
Linsey @ The Farmhouse Porch
Pamela @ From My Porch to Yours

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