Virtual October Market

So since the October market in Ganado got cancelled due to weather, I decided to proceed anyway, just digitally. So, I hosted a Virtual Market. Seventeen people went and something at least got sold, so it wasn’t a complete bust! Yay!

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Basically, I just posted pictures of everything that would have otherwise been for sale and had just a few guidelines:

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I may or may not do this again… haven’t decided. Thoughts?

Update 10/13

Today the market was in Goliad, Texas, and it was a freaking doozie. 

It was my first time at the Goliad market both as vendor and shopper, even though I didn’t shop around much. I actually didn’t get to shop around at all since I was flying this mission solo.

And boy, did the weather decide to pic the day I was all alone to screw me. So first of all, I got up at five to get there, which is fine. I’m a morning person, I love what I do, it’s all good. But, it rains. First it’s a drizzle. Then it’s a freaking downpour and my stuff gets soaked. I manage to dry it all off and take care of everything by the time the sun came out, but with the sun came the wind.

I suffered. Physically.

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All in all, it was not a good day. I do like to look on the bright side, however. I got tons of compliments on all the pieces, particularly the skulls and my macrame. “Creative, unique, talented…” I was proud of myself for that, but the winner today was my mom. Her paintings are all that sold, and I’m not surprised one bit because she is amazing. Check out her gallery here.

I was also pumped to debut some new pillows. Since I was in Goliad, I made a pillow for Goliad county and Highway 183, which runs through the town (by the way, please ignore the awkward dimensions of this photo. I do not have the patience, or quite frankly the desire, to crop and edit it).

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Any suggestions on counties, cities, or roads? Thanks in advance! 😉

Speaking of suggestions…

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’ve got some questions. I always get compliments on my work, and they mean the world to me. However, people pay me compliments with their wallets less often, which, as a business owner, is not quite the ideal situation. More importantly, I feel like I’m doing something wrong. As much as this business is my creative outlet, I also want to be able to make things that you can’t find anything else, special things that only YOU can have, and today I felt like I failed in that department.

So in the interest of consumer research (which, by the way, is my PASSION), I’d like to know why you don’t purchase a product that you love.

Is it because you don’t have/don’t want to spend the money?

The style doesn’t fit in your house?

Do you question the quality/value of the product?

Do you disagree with the price of the product?

You don’t physically have room for it?

You’re lying and you don’t actually like it?

Do you really know why or why not you buy a product?

Is there something I might be missing?

 

Once again, thanks in advance!

 

Best wishes and have a great weekend! Love, Hannah

 

 

 

 

Ganado Market 9/22

I must say, it was much better than expected!!

So from the get-go, we battled some serious rain. It was so heavy. Everything pretty much got wet, including a couple things that now have to be re-done, but fortunately, it was short lived and didn’t keep the people away.

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Everyone came out full-force, which was really surprising, given the weather. Last time we had weather, things didn’t go so well. Not this time!

Our best sellers were deer antlers and the deer skulls.

The throw pillows also got TONS of love!

Also, we debuted our door-tables: tables made out of old, chipped doors laying on top of saw horses. They looked amazing! Best idea EVER!!!

 

So the next market is in Goliad on October 13. Hope to see everyone there, and thanks to those who came out yesterday!

#hometownpride

I am so pumped about what I’ve been making lately. I’ve made them before for myself, and finally just thought, “hey, why not spread the love?” So, I started making and carrying throw pillows.

Throw pillows are probably my favorite things besides steak and my diffuser. I’ve got three on my bed, four on my couch, two more in the works to add to my couch, and a few in storage that I rotate seasonally. I think they’re a comfy way to express who you are and a little something something to your space.

All of the designs (except for the Texas one I guess) are 100% original. The “Football Kolaches Red Dirt” pillow is a shout out to my people, where Friday nights are the center of the universe, kolaches are a wholesome breakfast, and red dirt music blares out our speakers. The arrow ones are my own sketches, the files of which are available on Etsy.

My favorites, though, are the ones that celebrate my roots, and the roots of everyone I love:

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I was like a one-woman factory with these babies. I LOVE them. Ganado city limit sign, Jackson county with a heart over Ganado, and U.S. Highway 59, which runs right through town.

As much as I love to travel, get out of dodge, and live a life outside of Ganado, there’s no doubt that I love my little town and all the people in it. It’s where I grew up, it’s where all my people are, it’s what made me who I am. I know for a fact that a lot of people feel that same exact way, too, so these pillows are for them. It’s just a pillow, sure, but you can put it on your couch, your bed, outdoor furniture, or wherever, and be reminded of your roots.

I put every ounce of heart into these that I could. I cut the canvas, sewed it up, ironed on the designs, stuffed it till my couch was covered in stray poly-fil, and sewed the hole up by hand with a needle and thread.

The designs took a bit of work, too. For the county and the highway, I was able to just find an image on the Internet to work with. For the city limit sign, I had to get my boots on the ground. I took the dogs to the KJT Hall parking lot in town and stood on the side of the road taking a picture with my iPhone of the sign!
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From there, I ran the images through Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Cricut Design Space, then through the Cricut machine itself.

Like I said, one-woman factory. But, it was sooooo much fun! Any time I get to be creative and let my imagination (and my craft supplies) go wild, I’m a happy camper.

I hope everyone else loves these pillows as much as I do, and if not? That’s fine- more for me!

See y’all in September!

~Hannah ❤

 

Steak Hooks

How to make steak flippers (or hooks, but I think “flippers” is more fun to say). If you don’t know what those are, keep reading!

 

This is one of my favorite things that we sell. I had nothing to do with it, either; it was all my dad! Steak flippers or turners are a tool used for flipping steak, as the name suggests. It’s just a long stick with a hook at the end- perfect for Labor Day down the road!

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This is how my dad made it.

To make the flipper, he used a deer shed and- get this- an old hay rake. I think that’s awesome!

First thing he did was cleaned the rust off the rake. He did this by soaking it in vinegar and buffing off the excess, shining it up. Then he took it to his forge (he makes knives) to heat it up and bent it so that the hook would more sideways. While that cooled, he moved on to drill a hole in the base of the small deer shed to fit the rake into. He also drilled a hole in the pointy end of the shed to tie leather through, so that it could be hung when stored. Once that was done, he put the two together, twisting and whatnot so that they securely fit together.

 

And that’s it! Easy peasy, but not too speedy to put together (that attempt at rhyming is just disgusting).

 

Happy grilling, y’all!

 

~Hannah ❤

A Little Note on the Deer Sheds

This post is going further in-depth about deer antler sheds: what they are and how to find them.

 

Last week, I wrote a piece on how I make jewelry holders made with deer antlers. I said to not freak out because no deer were harmed while getting the sheds, but many of you probably know that since they are sheds, meaning the deer naturally shed these antlers off. Still, I felt like it was necessary to post a short informative piece on what they are, why the exist, and how I get them.

 

Deer sheds are the antlers that a buck naturally shed during the early part of the year. It’s like losing your baby teeth; they fall out in one piece and a new set grows in. With antlers though, it happens every year. They lose last year’s antlers and grow in a new set.

 

These sheds, obviously, are just left out there. I mean it’s not like deer have an antler fairy that leaves them money under some bushes. They are just out and about and left for us to find. They come in all sizes and shapes, which opens so many creative doors.

 

To find them, you just have to look. We have found that buying them from someone who has done the treasure hunting to be much easier than walking around and looking ourselves. That isn’t to say we won’t or don’t, but for all intents and purposes, it’s better.

 

Hopefully this article was useful. I’m not an expert on this kind of thing, but I know that what we use in our jewelry holders, wreaths, and other pieces was not sawed off a deer or something. We just pick up after the deer. We are the antler fairies, but we don’t leave them anything.

 

If this article was a waste on you, I apologize! Next week’s content will definitely be a lot less concentrated. Thank you for reading anyway!

 

Until next time…

 

~Hannah ❤

And so it begins…

Welcome! 

Making with Texas

Hi! Welcome to my first real post.  A few months ago, I wrote a little something to sort of explain why this site existed. It probably wasn’t necessary since no one had a reason to come to wildflowersandcharolais.wordpress.com but nonetheless, I did it to make things look normal, if not just to legitimize whatever it was that I was doing.

As I said in that first post, my name is Hannah, and I have a business with my parents, Kevin and Christy, in which we sell hand-crafted home decor that is made with materials we go out and find, like barn wood, or is inspired by Texas-y things.

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On this website, people can find what markets or events we’ll be at next and can contact us for any reason, and it’s a blog where I can talk about what we make and all things that go on “behind the scenes.” 

 

First of all, why “Making With Texas”?

Because I needed to call it something.

Just kidding.

Of course I needed to name it, but I wanted it to matter. It’s like a tattoo, in that way.

I decided on “Making With Texas” because that’s essentially what we do: make crafty home decor and other such things with things that we find out and about where we all live. The pieces are literally made with part of this state.

Almost every week, there will be a little something written about the things we’ve made, things we do, places we go or anything else that has to do with crafts or making things, such as organizing your crafts and schedules, for example. Hopefully it’s fun for us and for you, the customers and readers.

Thank you all for jumping on this wagon!

 

Happy belated Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

~Hannah ❤

Bear with me…

So, as the last post said, the blog is in the works. Well, this post is part of it. I’m linking up to Bloglovin (a great site to get all the blogs and content you want in one place), and I have to do this real quick:

 

<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/19096585/?claim=bq22c34anf7″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

 

Thank y’all for understanding!

 

 

 

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