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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Farmhouse Boutique

So one of the many, many perks
of living in a vintage shopping paradise
such as Fredericksburg, Texas,
is that there is most certainly no shortage
of fabulous antique shops and boutiques.

And lemme tell ya,  Fredericksburg hit the jackpot last month
when the gifted Debbie Hedgpeth brought her
creative vision to our little 'burg
and opened up the altogether charming
Farmhouse Boutique
right here in our unassuming little hamlet.

I was positively giddy when I got the call
asking if I would do a photo shoot
for Farmhouse Boutique
( for website and advertising photos ),
and I immediately jumped at the chance.
Not only is Debbie's shop a dream,
but she's a pretty nifty gal, herself.

Enjoy the tour through Fredericksburg's latest
addition to Main Street shopping.
Farmhouse Boutique.

 Debbie carries a large line
of Spartina bags and
I was pleasantly surprised
to discover this lovely line.
Such high quality, and style to spare!

More Spartina...

And I'm loving the pattern
on these black and white
Spartina bags!

The old mixed with the new.
Just lovely.

And never a shortage of
stunning jewelry from which to choose.

Adore these!
But the one below stole my
Texan heart.

Texas Girl.
That's me, through and through.

Debbie also carries a full line of
Lulah Body Lotions and Washes and Mists.
This stuff smells positively heavenly!

And even something for
the little people!
A darling assortment of goodies for
the littlest Fashionistas and Dapper Dan's out there.

And then below...
words fail.

'Cuz that's the only fitting one
I could come up with!
Be still my heart, oh Lordy...

The welcoming vignette above greets guests
behind the counter.

And outside on the porch?

Debbie doesn't miss a beat,
the beauty spills over 
and overflows to the large porch,
beckoning in passers-by.

Thank you so much Debbie, for trusting me
to shoot your shop, 
and I hope that if you're in the area,
you'll make it a point to pay
Farmhouse Boutique a visit.

Here's what ya need to know:

Farmhouse Boutique
405 E Main
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Open Thurs - Sat 10 AM to 5 PM

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

It's a Wonderful Life

If someone had told me five years ago 
that I would be living the life I am now,
I never would have believed them.

Since my very young adulthood,
I had dreamed of a place not too far away.
Just 22 miles down the road, to be exact.

In my youth, I visited Fredericksburg, Texas
as often as I could.
Oh, how I delighted in spending an afternoon
taking in all the beautiful
Homestead family of shops...

Idle Hours, Room No. 5, American Higgedy Piggledy...
and of course, the Grande Dame herself,
the flagship store where dreams came true
and beautiful couches such as my Babette were birthed.
The original Homestead.

I adored the quiet little neighborhoods,
row after row of historic Sunday houses,
a place where time had seemingly stood still,
held her collective breath and said,
"this is good. this is right. this  we shall save and preserve."

And then three years ago,
as though it were foretold, and without question  my
Hill Country birthright, we did it.
I did it.
My dream came true, and I moved to
Fredericksburg, Texas.

I brought my love of all things vintage,
and of course, my love of photography with me.

I began to make many new friends,
many of them amazingly gifted shopkeepers and artists,
kindred spirits who allowed me into their shops,
their homes and their lives.
They allowed me to capture the loveliness
of what they have painstakingly created 
and document it in the pages of magazines,
and here on my blog.

And they have, almost without exception,
become very, very good friends.
How blessed am I, I ask you?

One new friend inviting me into her shop and her life
is the proprietor of the darling new Farmhouse Boutique
here in the 'burg. I'm doing a photo shoot at her fantastic shop
this week, and I am thrilled to once again share the riches of
my new hometown with the world at large.

"Gilded Girl."
Oh, how I love this necklace!
Purchased at a dreamy local shop, Timeless Menagerie.

The shop owner has become a good friend,
and has been kind enough to hire me several times now
to photograph her store for print ads and her website.

Yep, I'm pretty lucky.

Being a Texan predisposes one to sometimes
obnoxious displays of boasting,
but I really do feel that I'm living in God's country.
But more importantly, in His will.
I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing just what
He would have me doing.

I get to see beauty such as this  every single day!
I've truly hit the geographical jackpot
and the location lottery.

And all these many years later,
I still turn into a geeky fangirl when I open up
a local magazine and see this....

A print ad for Carol Bolton's store,
which I have photographed countless times,
and there's my photo of darling Carol right there,
dead center.
Once my idol, now my sister. I love that lady so much.

I love my life.
My home.
The gifts and opportunities I've been given.
I am grateful.

It really is a wonderful life.

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for their "What's It Wednesday" Feature!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

B&B....and Beautiful!

Thank you to Savvy Southern Style
for selecting this post 
as one of the best links in last week's

Well, hello there!

Just coming up for air long enough to share
my latest photo shoot with you.

As many of you might know,
Fredericksburg, Texas is pretty much
the bed and breakfast capitol of the known world.

There are hundreds of cozy cottages to choose from 
when planning your visit to Fritztown,
but I'd like to offer an extra special plug
to my friend Melissa Mabery's
darling B&B, Cotton Haus.

Located in one of Fredericksburg's many
historic neighborhoods, this adorable abode
could not  be any stinkin' cuter.....

Wow, pretty much sums it up!

Are you dying yet?
I don't know about you,
but I'm now scouring local fleas
for car doors of my very own!
Fab wall art!

Be still, my vintage lovin' heart.

Don't forget to sign the guest book!

And if YOU would like to book a stay
at this quaint little locale,
here's what you need to know:

Cotton Haus B&B in Fredericksburg, Texas

501 E Creek St. 


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Have a wonderful week and weekend!
I'll be back sharing details
about my next magazine feature
coming out in just a couple of weeks!

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