Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SoCo in Austin

It is hard to believe one of the hippest art areas in Austin began as a rural road in the 1850's.  Last Sunday my camera and I (and Dory of course) took a morning stroll through the district to enjoy the quiet before the crowds.....

Austin - SoCongress
Art and Vintage are the name of the game on South Congress!
The eclectic store fronts draw you in
to peek at the treasures waiting inside!

Austin - SoCongress
Goody Two Shoes,  a trendy shoe and jewlery mecca!

Austin - SoCongress
Inside The Turquoise Door you can find a myriad of Southwestern
Folk Art

Austin - SoCongress
The Yard Dog Art Gallery shows both "old school and outsider," along with contemporary art!

Austin - SoCongress
Who wouldn't be drawn to the Uncommon Objects  as it blends
together the feel of an ancient general store and
retro treasure shop. Make sure to get a look at their awesome web page!

Austin - SoCongress
Every Texas shopping district needs a boot shop! SoCo has
Whether searching for new boots, or a new western outfit to go boot skootin' in, you are sure to find it here!

Austin - SoCongress
New Bohemia is a great little store to find Vintage clothing and retro jewelery!

Austin - SoCongress
Another purveyor of Folk Art is the Tesoros Trading Company.

Austin - SoCongress
Looking through the windows of the Big Top Candy Shop had my mouth watering but my waist rejoicing that I decided to do a morning stroll before the store opened!
Full of every kind of "penny candy," this store brought back great memories of my baby-boomer childhood. Featured on the Food Channel, this is a must visit!
So much to shop for and so little time, make sure you give yourself at least a day, or 2 if you just love to browse, to meander through the
Next post, we'll take a look at the restaurants on South Congress.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

01-09-12 Frosty With Scarf


01-08-12 Star Ornament

Another Attic 24 pattern!


01-07-12 Round Ornament

One of my favorite places to craft-wander is at Attic 24. She knows how to brighten up the rainiest of days...holiday season or not!

 Today's and tomorrow's, along what I am sure more than a few of my Christmas crafts to come will come from patterns that she provided. If you have never visited, drop by and visit her. A warning tho, be prepared to get lost in the color and beauty of the things she creates!!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

01-05-12 Another Small Ornament

Looks like this will be the trend this week.

Before-Packaged All
This is from another package of ornaments that I purchased during the off season.

Before-Package Single
I chose to do the easiest first....the star ornament.

It took about an hour to complete.  I am learning, all be it by error, that I need to improve upon my running stitches and my outline cutting.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

01-04-12 - Little Ornament

Due to having the "icks," because it just can't be the flu (because of the flu shot I received), the past...and future few Christmas crafts will be of the small and fast type.
01-04-11 Kit Pieces

I bought this little ornament on sale few years ago and am glad I go the chance to finally put it together! It only took about fifteen minutes!

1-4-12 Fun with Ornaments

Monday, January 2, 2012

1-2-12 Dog Ornament

With 4 minutes to spare, 4 quick shots of my Doggie Ornament with promise to edit in the morning.

Ornament Before

Last Christmas Chocolate and Crafting

1-2-12 Dog Ornament


Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012 - Christmas Wreath

For Christmas this year my fantastic in-laws gave me the number one book on my Christmas list:

Noah Scalin

A fantastic book, Scalin challenges you to "make something every day and change your life". I am going challenge myself to make one
Christmas item each day for the next year. I can't guarantee that it will be an elaborate item....but I am going to do my best!

Today I went with the suggestion from the book and make something small and started with a small Christmas Wreath:

Christmas Wreath

Using a bangle bracelet as a form...and 2 rows of single crochet, 1 row of double crochet, and a finishing frill of single crochet/chain 3 about 2 hours later I had the finished product:

Wreath Completed

Happy New Year!