Ganado: Texas Markets

This post, as well as a few others like this, profiles one of the many markets in Texas. I attend markets regularly as both vendor and customer, and there’s a reason for that: they are so fun!

CANVA Ganado, TX Market Days

Ganado is my most local market. It’s really small- it only takes up the corner of a block. But it’s so cute and friendly and honest and genuine. I love it.

We set up shop there a lot, but there are so many different other vendors. The local bee keeper is there with honey, several ladies are there with kolaches and breads and jellies, there’s a snowcone truck, face painter, a lady that paints yard signs, other crafts, jewelry, more baked goods, crocheted hats and scarves, a variety of food trucks, local fundraisers, and more.

The town itself has a bit to offer, too. One of our treasures is the Rear Window, named after my favorite Hitchcock film. It’s a beautiful, intimate listening room where yet-to-be-discovered artists across an array of genres come to get their music heard.

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On top of that, you can get a meal catered by the Ganado Cafe- a great place to eat in town.

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There’s also the iconic movie theater, which opened in 1941. It’s the first in the country to have an all-digital fiber-optic sound system and is the last of J.D. Long’s theater chain. Once upon a time it even hosted the Grand Ole Opry tour ( http://www.ganadocinema.com/about.html).
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There are several good places to eat: the Ganado Cafe, Estella’s Mexican Restaurant, KW’s (burgers and Blue Bell), Tutti Frutti (sandwiches and Blue Bell), a barbecue joint, and a Dairy Queen. In addition to restaurants, there’s a quilt shop, flower shop, gift shop, and western wear shop, as well as an accommodating hotel and several different churches. There’s also Lake Texana- great for fishing, boating, and kayaking.

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So come see us! We’ve left the light on for you…

 

~Hannah ❤

 

 

***Images/logos are not mine. I don’t own them or have any part in them whatsoever, nor did I in anyway edit or change them. I just wanted some visuals for readers , visuals that I myself could not just “get” at the time of this writing this, which is kind of weird considering this is home. Then again, I don’t exactly play tourist when I’m there. Anyway, I found them from the following sites via Google Image search:

THEATER: http://www.flickriver.com/places/United+States/Texas/Ganado/
GANADO CAFE: https://www.zomato.com/ganado-tx/the-ganado-cafe-ganado
REAR WINDOW:  https://www.rearwindowlisteningroom.com/
LAKE TEXANA: http://wiseabouttexas.com/texas-towns-texana/lake-texana/

Bowl Cozies

How I sew “Bowl Cozies.”

Insulated Bowl Holders

Bowl cozies, or holders, are insulated bowls that you can heat your soup up in, so that when it’s done, you won’t burn your hands when you grab it.

This is, in my opinion, kind of a tricky-ish sewing project. I’ll explain how I do it, so you can give it a go- or, if you don’t like it, can just buy it from me 🙂

 

First, cut two squares of fabric and two squares of insulated batting. I did 9″ squares, but you could do 10, 12, 15, 20, etc.

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Layer them into two stacks: fabric-batting, fabric-batting.

Take one stack. Sew an “X” corner to corner

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Fold it in half. Mark 1″ down from the fold, then 2″ from that corner along the fold.

Sew across. Repeat on other side. Trim to leave about 1/8″ (no more than 1/4″).

 

This is how your project should look so far:

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Fold in half the other way and repeat that marking-sewing-cutting process on both corners.

 

Do all of this on the other square.

 

Now that they’re both done, layer them so that they pretty sides are facing each other. Make sure you align your seams and such.

 

Sew a 1/4″ seam around the edges, leaving 2-4″ or so open on one side.

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Pull it right-side-out through that hole you left.

 

Adjust, and top stitch that hole closed. Continue to top stitch the whole thing.

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Now eat yourself some soup. 🙂

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Thank you for reading! Happy sewing (and if not, happy buying!!)

 

~Hannah

 

 

Fredericksburg: Texas Markets

This post, as well as a few others like this, profiles one of the many markets in Texas. I attend markets regularly as both vendor and customer, and there’s a reason for that: they are so fun!

CANVA Fredericksburg Trade Days

Fredericksburg has a special place in my heart. I love this town so much. As a kid, we used to come up here every now and then. Oftentimes, when we took my sister to camp in Comfort, we’d go on up to the market or to walk around downtown. Once we made a whole trip of it: did all kinds of shopping, went to Enchanted Rock, and got some peaches. It was my first market experience, too, so I’m thinking that’s where I caught the bug.

The last time I went was with my best friend. She had never been to Fredericksburg before, and I felt it was high time I took her. So we made the lovely drive to the market and had a blast. They have so much at this place, with 350 vendors selling foods (I hit the jellies really hard), furniture, paintings and framed photos, soap (one lady almost always has a baby goat with her), candied nuts (buy some every time), antiques (there’s this one place that has old babydoll heads on wrought iron fence spikes- I hate it), cowhides, Mexican yard art, a mechanical bull, old records, signs, crafts, and more. There’s a biergarten if you’re thirsty, and barbecue and more if you’re hungry. I got a delicious watermelon lemonade from a sweet girl and her dad. I don’t know how they made it, but it was fantastic.

This last time I went, I came out with a few things. Jelly, of course. This time I got prickly pear. I also got a cactus from this super cool older fellow and a white metal box for my coffee.

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With all of these market posts, I like to include other things to do around the area. Well, Fredericksburg is a gold mine of things to do. Besides the market, there’s plenty of shopping to do downtown. My favorite shop is Rustlin’ Robs- they have samples for days.

If you’re looking for some good food, you’ve got to eat a German Restaurant. After all, it’s Fredericksburg. The Auslander is fun, but for authentic German food, go to Der Lindenbaum. Also, there are wineries at every turn, and of course, the PEACHES! Picking (or at least buying from the roadside) some fresh fruit is a must. Not far from Fredericksburg is Luckenbach, where ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain.

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It’s such a historic place to go, even if it’s just to stand around. Then, as I mentioned above, there’s Enchanted Rock- a big ass limestone rock, full of so much grandeur and beauty. Climb it.

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Happy junking! And drinking, and dancing, and climbing…

 

~Hannah ❤

Wine Racks

How we make wine racks.

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Everyone I know drinks a little something every now and then. If you like to bust a nice red every now and then (or a lot), you ought to have a nice place to store your stock.

May I present… wine racks made with horseshoes.

{Before I share how my dad made it, I want to share a fun fact we learned when we made this. Some of y’all might already know, but there is a reason why corked wine is stored on its side.

Turns out, the cork acts a barrier to not only keep wine in but to keep oxygen out. If the wine gets exposed to too much oxygen, it loses a lot of its flavor. So, when the bottle is stored on its side, the wine keeps the cork from drying out and contracting, letting in air.

Science.}

Anyway, let’s get into how we made this wine rack.

The only “big” materials used were horseshoes and wood.

First thing that we had to do was prep the horseshoes that we got from a friend. This guy breaks horses for folks all around the area, so he had plenty in stock. They’ve seen better days (and many hooves) and were rusty, so I plopped them into a bucket of vinegar. Once they sat for a while, dad got the excess rust off and painted them.

As for the wood, we cut a small piece of wood we had laying around and treated it. 

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Lastly, he put it all together, two horseshoes on each side, though it could be more or less.

And voila! Let the drinking and decorating begin.

Just out of curiosity… if i do have any readers out there, what are y’all’s favorite wines? I have no good reason for asking- just curious!

 

Thank you for reading this week!

 

~Hannah ❤