I got the chance to escape for a little bit this past weekend in West Texas. It’s funny how quickly you freak out about losing cell phone service and then fast forward three days later and you secretly hope your phone doesn’t work again (or was that just me)? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not apologizing for my love of Instagram, I’m just saying it’s nice to not constantly be on a schedule or checking emails religiously.
I think that’s why people love Marfa so much, and I’m no different. It’s got bright, clear blue skies, art galleries for days, and no one stirs before 10am. It may also require special planning in order to have breakfast in the morning, because the people of Marfa pretty much do whatever they want. If they want their shop to be closed one day, they close it. If it’s too busy with tourists, they take naps (in my mind, anyways). I think everyone that visits is secretly a little jealous of their lifestyle, so we keep going back. I think I’m already planning my next trip. As for now, these are a few photos from this visit, you can view a few more from my Instagram, here.
We got a quick tour of the Marfa Public radio station and I snapped this photo from the break room.
In case you’re looking to fulfill you’re inner desire to stay in a trailer, tee-pee, or safari tent, you’ll find all of your hopes and dreams at El Cosmico. I so wanted the chance to say I’d stayed the night in a tee-pee, but we stayed at Hotel Paisano because El Cosmico was all booked.
I found my dream studio space at Wrong, one of the many fabulous art galleries. He actually makes gigantic stereos that are dresser drawers, bars, and more. It’s insane!
Walking down on of the endless, winding roads in West Texas.
As promised, here is the tutorial for the DIY floral headpieces I taught at Texas Antiques week in Round Top! I’m no green thumb or flower genius, so I’m sure there are plenty of tips to make this tutorial a bit better, but it’s simple enough to where anyone can make them.
The most commonly asked question is how long do the flowers last, which depends a lot on the flowers you choose and the weather conditions. If it’s hot and humid out and you choose delicate flowers, it won’t hold up well. The carnations, billy buttons, berries, and baby’s breath that we used held up the entire day in hot Texas weather, which is quite a feat!
- Flowers of your choice
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire twig (optional for aesthetics)
First, make a loop using floral wire that is a tiny bit bigger than where you’d like the headpiece to lay on your head. I think diagonal looks best, but making it a tiny bit bigger will keep it the right size after you start adding flowers which bulk it up.
Next, use things like wildflowers to start filling in the base, by taking a 1.5inch piece of floral wire and wrapping part of it around the middle of the stem and the remaining strands of wire around the base loop. To attached larger blooms, string floral wire through the back of the bloom’s base and then twist each side of the wire onto the base loop, again. Make sure you use the needle nose pliers to push any ends of the wire that may be poking out. They do not feel good!
Continue filling up the headpiece with as many blooms as you’d like. If you have lighter hair that the floral wire shows up on, you can use wire twig to wrap around the entire base to add a more rustic look to it.
A few weeks ago I got to experience my first ever Texas Antiques week in Round Top, Texas. It was amazing! It’s seriously twelve miles worth of dreamy, vintage goodness. I almost passed out with excitement. Instead I refrained and just glue myself to the car window like an overly excited pup as we made our way to the Langford Market tent.
I’ve done several DIY events with Langford before, but getting to make floral headpieces at the show was hands down my favorite event so far. Oh, and we stayed on a horse ranch, no big deal.
Royer’s Pie Haven is possibly the best pie that’s ever happened to me, and I’m not joking. It’s also the most adorable little cafe, which I’m never opposed to.
Check back tomorrow, because I’ll be showing you how to make the cute floral headpieces that we made!
If Round Top Antiques Fair happens to be local to you this weekend, then you’re in luck! Langford Market and Sugar & Cloth are teaming up again for another DIY event at the fair! This Sunday we’ll be making floral headpieces (to help you buy antiques with?), from 2-6 pm at the Langford Market booth in Warrenton. I’d love to meet you there! As usual, if you’re not local, you won’t miss out on anything. I’ll still post the recap and tutorial here next week.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo