Welcome October!

With open arms we welcome October.  Who else LOVES this time of year?   Here in the Hill Country it even feels like fall!  It has cooled off to a cool 71 degrees, the fog has rolled in and brought the right feel.  Our vendors are feeling it too!

Come get your fall on!  The pumpkin patch is ready for you to do your picking and take your pictures!  It is just an amazing time to be in the Hill Country.

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Let’s have a feast

Guess what is coming?  The most wonderful time of the year!  At least for me, late October to December is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love the holiday season.  I know it encompasses many things for many people and mine often…yes often has tough situations that come along but it is just magical to me.  So, to embrace the magic, let’s get a head start on our table decorations.  If this is something you do every year, or maybe a little extra you want to add to mix we have lots of ideas for you.  Here is an amazing table one of our vendors put together.  It has modern flare with some Texas hill country tradition.

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Color, texture and live plants just make me FALL in love…get it FALL!  Okay, that might have been too much, but this is just so creative and gorgeous!  Have fun and get creative!

Light the funky way!

Something only nature can do but you get to benefit from!  I love the light fixture above.  It is neutral in color but explosive in its statement!  For those of us who love nature and want to bring a little bit with us inside this is an amazing option.  Light, in general, is a major aspect of setting the mood in any room.  It can read “warm and cozy” or “business gets done here”, it can change a paint color or high-light a particular piece in a room.  Use it to your advantage and don’t be afraid to let the light itself be the show-stopper.

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Also, do not forget that with all the light kits available and the ease of their use, you can turn almost anything into that show stopping piece.  Do you want a breath-taking sconce?  This stands on it’s own as art but as a light….wow!  Just wow!!!

For the black thumbs

For those of you who are like me.  Maybe you have killed every succulent and all but one cactus you have owned, maybe your husband gives you orchids and you know you need to replant them in a bigger pot soon (you said that to yourself 6 weeks ago) but have done nothing to make that happen.  Or maybe you set a plant outside 2 weeks ago because you thought it needed some sun, forgot about it and it is sitting on it’s side, dead as it gets on your front porch.  I don’t know what kind of person would do such things, but if you know someone who struggles with the green thumb, tell them to give these beauties a try…

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Still sprouting

Just a few more funky plants…

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Let them grow

This is a really good opportunity to make your grandmother happy.  All of those cans, and containers she has saved over the years can finally be put to use again….add a plant.

In my late 20s I went to live with my Grandie (my grandmother) in Alabama whose health had started fading.  It was a very hard 2 years, but the rewards outweighed the trials by far.  She became my best friend and even though she was loosing her memories she was still able to teach me so much!

I remember when I first moved in I saw a bunch of cans sitting on her porch and asked her about them.  They were for collecting rain to water her garden.  Not because of an environmental movement, not because she felt obligated to help the planet, just good ‘ol common sense.  “Why buy the water when the Lord provides?”.  I have never forgotten that, and the day I can keep a cactus alive, is the day I will plant a garden and is the day I will put empty cans out to be filled with “water from the Lord”.

Here are some more beautiful plants (that I am not in charge of therefore they will survive) and very creative containers you can create or better yet they are waiting for you at The 8th Street Market…

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Funky finds

Conversation pieces are priceless and 8th Street is not short on options!  Let us start with creative, funky plants!!!  Find something unique and plant away….we did!

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You’re grounded

The coffee table can center or ground your room.  It can also be a gathering place.  When I was younger there was an older couple at my church, the Gigers, who would watch us occasionally. We loved going to their house because we would get milk, oreos, and play dominos for hours around their coffee table.  My brother and sister and I would sit on the floor, they would sit on the couch and the competition would be on!  I am sure they let us win, but we were non-the-wiser.

Playing games is still something I love to do!  When my husband and I have friends over, more than likely, we will end the night with games.  And trust me, no one is letting anyone win!

The efficiency of a coffee table meets many needs and the potential beauty can make all the difference in a space you probably spend most of your time.  So if you love your coffee table plan a gathering around it!  If it is time for something different plan a trip to 8th Street and let your imagination go!

So many choices

Outside, inside, mid-century, industrial, rustic, wood, glass-top…it goes on and on.  Decide what your coffee table needs to function as; leg rest, decorative element, to keep food away from your pets?  There is no right or wrong and no end to how creative you can get.  Take this large antique trough, put a long piece of glass or plexiglass over it and cause a conversation when people walk in.

Take a funky metal piece and keep it rustic, or paint it to match your room and let the lines speak for themselves…

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Back in business

And for those of you wondering, there was no reward for being a loyal customer aka, no free phone.  But I do have a brand new phone purchased the old fashion way.  Now the coffee table adventure can continue!

Coffee anyone?

Coffee table basics (according to Wayfair designs)…

“It should be the same height as your sofa cushions or 1-2 inches lower, it should be about 2/3 the length of your couch, and it should be placed about 12-18 inches away from the couch.”

But we are not usually about basics here at 8th Street.  So, apply what you will and just have fun with creating a unique and one of a kind coffee table that will ground your living space and provide a functional area for drinks (or legs if you are at my house).  It is time for the coffee table to take the attention back from the coffee table book!

Too dependent

I never thought I would be a person who stores and depends on their phone for everyday life, but I am!  I think it would be hard to find someone who is active in life, that is not.  All this to say, last weekend my phone decided to die.  It died and I left for the beach!  Not in response…what a life that would be!  I left because that was the plan and there was no time to get a phone.  Pictures, write-ups, to-do lists, numbers, will all be lost when I do get back in the act but I will recover, life will go on and it will fill my phone with new pictures and to-dos.  I am headed to the phone store where hopefully they will say, “You have been such an amazing customer for the past 17 years, here is a new iphone on us, thank you for being so loyal”!  Or at least one can hope!  And then your normal blog will be back in action!  Wish me luck!