Sunday, October 19, 2008

Racing through October

What a BUSY month this has been so far! I've hardly had time to spend reading my favorite blogs or posting anything of my own. Had a girl's weekend last weekend with my best friend, Julie. We headed down to my parent's house on the lake Friday night after work. Stayed up until midnight visiting and slept in late on Saturday morning. But not too late that we were out of the house by noon to head to a holiday craft show at the Belton Expo Center. After tasting every dip and soup and seeing some ideas for Christmas, we continued down the highway three exits to Salado, Texas.

Salado is a sleepy little art town in Central Texas. It's old time Main street is dotted with lots of antique shops, dress shops, art galleries, crafts, collectibles and so much more. The weekend we were there, they were having their Christmas in October Christmas Market that coincided with their Chocolate & Art Festival. There's SO much to tell that I'll have to break it up into a couple of posts.Christmas was EVERYWHERE! This is Julie checking out a sparkling, silver and crystal tree which I couldn't capture on my camera very well. There were SO many beautifully decorated trees. I guess that's why I'm having a hard time getting into Halloween and Thanksgiving. I saw a Christmas wonderland and I'm ready to celebrate the season now!I realy like these tall, skinny trees. Maybe this is the year to get a new tree. HMMMMM.......Big Daddy may not like that idea. But they are SO stunning! All of these trees had the coolest tops to them. A spray of sparkling, whispy "things" making the trees look like there were 4th of July sparklers bursting from them.

I love this tree top! Wish someone would come and decorate my tree like this for me........I'm not sure I can do it on my own. The picture is kind of dark but I think you can get the idea.

This tree with the feathers was also stunning. It would look great in my parent's house on the lake. We saw a lot of pheasant feathers everywhere we went on Saturday. I even found a darling cupcake ornament. Had intended to go back and buy it after I had finished looking through the whole store and then got so wrapped up in the holiday-ness that I walked out without buying it. Can you tell I was just a little overwhelmed. It was a fantastic day!

There's more to share from our girl's weekend but I haven't the luxury of time this weekend. More soon! Are you feeling in the holiday spirit yet? ~Allie


Sherry said...

Glad to see you posting Allie!! I know you are a busy woman and it's good to see you come up for air from time to time!!! hee!! These trees are amazing..putting me in the holiday spirit!



Loved your trip!

~ Gabriela ~

rochambeau said...

Hi Allie,
So happy you could spend some time with your girlfriend Julie. Salado looks like an inspirational town! All the tree ideas are great. Can YOU BELIEVE it's almost Christmas?
Well, next time you and Julie want to go on a sojourn, I think I know just the place!


Teresa Sheeley said...

I loved every tree Allie! How much fun. Thanks for sharing everything! :)


Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I use to live in New Braunfels many moons ago. Now I live in Tyler. Glad to find you, fellow Texan. (Though I did grow up in Oklahoma, I seem to keep migrating back here!) I think I'm going to adapt to smaller xmas trees in various rooms, as we're in the midst of a house renovation.

Leslie said...

Hey girl,

It's nice to see these wonderful trees! This stretch of holidays -- well, mostly Thanksgiving and Christmas -- is my favorite! I used a spray on pheasant feathers to top my tree last year, and liked it so much that I think I'll do it again!

Thanks for the eye candy!

Charlene said...

Alie thanks for sharing your trip. Girlfriend trips are the best! Yes,Salado is so special. Last year I went to the Christmas Tour where they opened many of the homes for viewing. I would love to show you some of the photo's sometime. Did you visit Horsefeathers? A couple of the designers that used to work for Susan Stockton(who has passed away) now work there. Their work is over the top wonderful. Have a great weekend.

Alisa said...

How fun and so gorgeous too!

I keep bopping back and forth between Halloween and Christmas. I'll be decorating something for Halloween and an hour later I'll turn on Christmas music! Now with the cold front that came in today, I'm gonna have to bust out the Mexican hot chocolate. Before I know it I'll be watching A Charlie Brown Christmas! lol

Merisi said...

Christmas is around the corner.

(It was about time someone reminded us to start getting ready, though!)

cindy said...

Been ages since I have been there and I do miss it. Looks like it was a wonderful adventure, will look forward to seeing more pics.