Friday, April 30, 2010

inspiration from the fields

Inspiration.
I find it in the fields.
I find it in the people.
I find it in life.
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What I find in the fields, will always stay in the fields.
If I could breath it in or hold it in my hands, I would bottle it up, take it home and place it on my shelf. Then, whenever I needed it I would just reach up and pull it down, using a little here and there.
But, that is not possible.
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I find way more inspiration than I am able to process at the festival in Warrenton, but this time I believe I found so much more, that my cup has been overrunning ever since.
I've been wanting to share it with you, which leads me here today.
Here is where I will begin, right here in this post, by sharing some of the people, places and things that have inspired me this past year, and even before then!
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The funny thing is that I never get to Round Top anymore. We all know THAT is where the festival began some 40+ years ago. But, the venues that have sprung up in the surrounding area, have captivated me and kept me reigned in for some time....years in fact.
Maybe one
day I'll make it back, but in the meantime Warrenton and Marburger, and everywhere in between, is where I will be.
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So, before I leave Warrenton, heading down the road a piece to Marburger Farm, I have to share Garden Antqs Vintage, and show a few pictures of Theresa's booth.
She's an antique dealer who has a shop just north of Houston, in Huntsville, Texas. She seems to be one busy lady. She shared MANY photos & bits of information from the show, so you might want to start here, and then go on to see what inspired her at the festival!
This is part of her booth. Her shabby chic goods always, always catches my eye. Melanie & I have taken pictures together in this booth, in previous years; but it was this time we actually stopped and talked with Theresa. I am so glad I did, because now I know her, and will love getting to know her more, and get involved with her Blog Party at Zapp Hall! Look who was there....talk about inspiration!

Melanie, me and Theresa

I can't begin to tell you how fabulous the weather was this Spring. It made all the difference in the world, as the Texas heat & humidity didn't affect me at all and it usually does.
Yes, I have lived here ALL my life, and it can be brutally hot and humid.
But not this time! What a blessing~


Each year we make it a point to stop by Hope & Glory. Little did I know I would be meeting Kathleen at Adorn Me! And, have her in two of my classes!
Her shop's actually located in Katy behind her house, which is less than a quarter of a mile from mine.
She is a master with a rivet gun.
And, her goodies are pure and simple inspiration.

Lookie, she is wearing the necklace she made in the Rhinestone Dreams class!
What beautiful work, Kathleen. Isn't her smile infectious?

One last shot.
Yes, the mirror shot. Once again taken in Sweet Peas.
This booth rocks my soul.

This is where I bought the German glass glitter.
One day I hope to take home some of their luscious bedding.


Isn't this bed gorgeous? Just sitting under a pavilion, out in the middle of a cow pasture?
What do I call this?
I call it inspiration.

19 comments:

stregata said...

Diane, thanks for sharing. You know how much I love flea marketing and I just love to look at your photos! Always a pleasure!!!

Molly Alexander said...

What a wonderful trip you had. I love reading about your journeys to the antique fairs & dream of one day getting back there for one of them.

:-) Molly

mairedodd said...

this was beautiful! i love experiencing things vicariously through enthusiastic eyes! sounds like your cup is filled with friendship ~

The Joy of Nesting said...

Oh Gads Lady Di,

What fun you must have had!! So much inspiration and so little time to create in!! It has been a dream of mine for more than 25 years to go!!! Maybe even as soon as this upcoming fall show. So I have a question for you the professional :) (Huge grin)If you could only go to one of the shows which one would you go to, the spring or fall???

Have a great weekend filled with a bit of art making time.
Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Is Warrenton just the best place ever. Thanks for stopping by and yes I too look forward to getting to know you more as well. Have a great weekend, T

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh Diane, these are beautiful pictures. I love them. And to see you and Mel together, smiling, having a wonderful time. Fabulous. Hugs, Riki xoxo

Chris said...

Diane~How fun this looks! And as always, the pictures of you and your amazing daughter warm my heart~~I LOVE that you saw one of your student wearing one of the pieces that they made at your class! The piece looks fabulous, and she models it so well. Fun times!

Cindy said...

Diane...what a dream day you had (well, I know it was more than one day!)..and especially to spend it with Melanie too. You two always take the sweetest pictures together. The booths you show here are 100% my style... I looked at those pictures, saw all of the ironstone and cracked white painted furniture and wish I could go one day too!! Thanks for sharing all of the inspiration.

Cindy said...

Diane...what a dream day you had (well, I know it was more than one day!)..and especially to spend it with Melanie too. You two always take the sweetest pictures together. The booths you show here are 100% my style... I looked at those pictures, saw all of the ironstone and cracked white painted furniture and wish I could go one day too!! Thanks for sharing all of the inspiration.

Stefanie said...

Beautiful pictures - you seem to have so much fun. Makes one wish to be there too.

regards Stefanie

Melanie said...

Bravo, they just keep getting better! Our time together too!
I am so thankful for our *precious* Antique Festival moments ...

Daryl said...

I wish I had been there .. what fabulous friends!

Diana said...

Heaven!!! that's all I can say....one day perhaps I will be fortunate to join you. In the meantime I will have to enjoy the festival through your wonderful photos and journaling. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs
Diana

vintagesusie & wings said...

Oh Diane,
You do make me ever excited for the fall with your wonderful words & wonderful photos!!! I dream of me at this amazing festival dragging my flea market cart behind me with a HUGE smile on my face. {there, I see you just ahead...}
Again friend, thanks so for your lovely post, so many of your friends became my friends too & I was so happy to get to meet them.
Big Hugs & a Smile too,
Susie

Marcia Antle said...

Diane, I have bestowed the Sunshine Award to you and your blog will be linked tomorrow from my blog at www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com with the details to pass it on. The award is for "spreading sunshine" and I think you do a very great job of doing that!!!
Loves, QueenMarcy

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Diane, thanks for stopping by tonight. I do believe I spent some time in your space in Fayetteville last weekend! ha! Small world? And if you shopped Zapp, you may have come by my space between Zapp and Royer's with the sheers as walls. I look forward to reading more of your blog and getting to know you. ~Mindy

Stacie said...

Wow! You all are so beautiful to see on the page! Smiles radiant, creativity bursting through the lens...friends are so wonderful to have...what a blessing!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Diane!

So lovely to meet you, thanks so much for the visit.

Wonderful photos, they perfectly capture my friend Theresa's gorgeous space.

And yes, I do hope to meet you in the Fall!

All the best,
Anne

Katsui Jewelry said...

This looks like a wonderful festival. We don't have many in Minnesota, though we do have Junk Bonanza. The weather is just too unpredictable! Those booths are so lovely...

Suz