We had a family wedding in Dallas last Saturday. HH and I left on Thursday to spend as much time as possible with family members we haven’t seen in a very long time.
What’s better than spending three evenings in a row with family you’ve missed so very much? Nothing. But, two full days of wanderlust in Dallas were a pretty close second.
It’s interesting what wanderlust does to you. Can you believe we drove two hours to Waco the next day after traveling nine hours getting to Dallas? HH and I meandered that direction around mid-morning on Friday.
Joanna and Chip, here we are!
And, that’s when it happened. Surprisingly, we went to Magnolia Market, but we didn’t go in! (Shocking, right?) Here’s why.
I recognized the silos immediately. But it was different. I’d pictured the location on open spaces away from town – on land. The setting was – dare I say – a disappointment.
The market and silos are on a city block, hemmed in by streets and sidewalks. There wasn’t a parking spot available for blocks and blocks. Cars and people were everywhere!
All I saw was commercialization, people scampering to get in – not my cup of tea. Can you imagine not even getting out of the car? Not taking one picture? Just driving away? I know!
We weren’t in the mood for lines and crowds (plus I wasn’t feeling well). We stopped at the next Tex/Mex Mom and Pop diner we saw, shared a delicious plate lunch, and drove back to Dallas. Does that surprise you? It still seems odd, even to me, that I would skip the whole thing – especially after traveling the extra two hours.
Hey! Who squashed my wanderlust???
We later stopped at Wal-Mart for cold medicine. I looked around a bit and was amazed at things my Mississippi Wal-Mart stores don’t have.
First stop…the dish isle.
I passed up the snowflake plates but couldn’t pass on Santa. Isn’t he cute?
Milk for Santa strikes a DIY plan.
Red felt chargers sparked another DIY idea. I have some Christmas red pinwale corduroy in my stash. Hmm…I wonder if it would work as well as the burlap chargers I made.
I eventually made my way to Michael’s. They had loads of wide Christmas ribbon at 70 percent off. Score!
This sign caught my eye – the theme for our weekend.
HomeGoods was next. Fun, fun!
The felt-trimmed tartan pillow inspired me, but fur-trimming is out since I have no fur in my stash. I love the fur trim, though!
Someone just might have one from Santa this year. (Wink.)
This yellow sweater pillow was so soft and plush! But, I passed since I have old sweaters, and sweater pillows are so easy and fun to make!
Are you crazy for Christmas tea towels?
It’s another trees on trucks year.
Red birds are so pretty in the snow!
Last stop…downtown at Neiman Marcus. Isn’t it wonderful? (Cover your eyes…the prices could cause eye injury.)
On closer inspection, there are dishes and tea pots on this huge tree.
I wonder how they secured the plates in the tree so they don’t fall. I love the splashes of glittery poinsettia among all of that black and white check. It was a wonderful finish to a fine Dallas day.
What happened the last time you were struck with wanderlust?