A little glimpse of green

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The bluebonnets are here!  Though we are still having some nice chilly days the flowers are starting to bloom and pollen is starting to float in the air.  (Allergy friends, you know what I am talking about!) For those of you who need a reminder that spring is near, here is a little green to brighten up your day.  What a great pop of color!  It just screams, “Spring is here!”

Spring is cool

We have experienced quite the weather here in the hill country.  It is currently about 40 degrees.  Last year at this time it was 75!!!  It keeps us on our toes.  Warm or cold we are ready to provide comfort and inspiration to you and your life.  And no matter what the weather, Wander’n Calf has the right drink for you!

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Flying into Spring

Time flies ladies and gentlemen.  We have been busy bees around here and are now flying into spring! Now that you have de-cluttered, it is time to be inspired. LWA_5473

There is a certain personality type that loves organizing naturally.  For me, I have to make it fun and usually that is done by containers.  Unique, wonderful, special pieces that are not only beautiful but also serve needed purposes.  Which is actually the definition of good design; form and function.

I like to shove everything in drawers, sight unseen.  I am not saying this is the best, because it can lead to chaos at times, but my eye does not like looking a clutter.  My husband is about quickest and fastest, which means he wants everything on the counter.  So, to make his junk….I mean, his useful stuff seem like they belong on the counter, I use layers.  A marbled charger or a wooden bread board creates a distinct place for counter items giving it a more purposeful, organized look.  A glass bowl for keys to be thrown into when entering your house is another potential for hitting form and function.  What are some things you have incorporated into the design of your house that makes daily tasks a little more beautiful and fun?

Thankful

We are thankful for our vendors who put their heart into bringing fun, imaginative items to our store and we are thankful to you, who visit us and share with us how these items have brought your home closer to your dreams.

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November, where did you come from?

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Was October a whirl-wind for all or just me?  I cannot believe we are 6 days into November and I am loving it!  I could use longer days for all that is ahead but this season is worth it.  I hope you all are feeling the same!  I know our vendors are feeling the spirit.

Do you know what your Thanksgiving table will look like?  If not, come on into The 8th Street Market for inspiration and items!  It is a good way to get all the good season “vibes” and ideas!

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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