Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Autumn Traditions, A Blog Tour


I'm joining a group of Texas bloggers
for our annual Fall Blog Tour.

Last year I shared fall Texas style around my home.
You can view that post here.

Touches of fall added here and there around the house
are a nod to my favorite season of cooler temps
and the earthy colors that I'm drawn to.

Today's post is more about favorite fall traditions
that I thought I'd share with my readers.

If it's fall in Texas, that means it's time for me to head on over
to the beautiful area around Round Top, Texas
for the annual Antiques Festival.

Photo ~ 
Big Red Barn ~ The Show That Started It All
This year was the Golden Anniversary of the antiques show
that started the incredible phenomenon of the biannual 
Round Top Antiques Festival.

Two favorites I left behind.
I admit that I haven't been attending for fifty years, but I can 
certainly say I shopped Emma Lee Tourney's original show at the Riffle Hall in the 1980s when it was the solo venue.

Gorgeous Display of Copper and Staffordshire Pieces
Over the years the original show grew, eventually moved to it's current location at the Big Red Barn, and spawned hundreds of other antique venues which open around the same time.

The Garden Company, Marburger Farm
Marburger Farm is one of those shows, and it's a favorite.
I wouldn't miss this show!  There are over 350 unique dealers  from across the US and Europe, and all offer quality antiques and
vintage finds.  Each space is styled with amazingly original and creative vignettes, tablescapes, and displays, all there to inspire.   

Cottonseed Trading Company Main Display
One of my favorite vendors is Cottonseed Trading Company from Alabama.  Marsha and David Smith are the creative duo behind the incredible visual treats one finds when visiting their space.  
Last year most of their booth was sold out within 
hours after the show opened.  

Cottonseed Trading Company Tablescape
Each show Marsha sets several creative and inspiring tables.
Click here to see a post on one of her spring tables from years past. 

More Gorgeous Copper For My Chef
Yes, shopping Marburger is a unique experience, 
one that reminds me of shopping the wonderful
antique markets in France and the UK.

Another tradition is the annual purchase of bittersweet and pumpkins.  These seem to signal that fall has arrived, and that it's time to add those special fall touches to our home.

This year I added bittersweet to my MacKenzie-Childs three tiered stand, topping off each Courtly Check planter with a baby boo.
The Heirloom Needlepoint Pumpkins are the creative offerings from SM Wollman Designs sold online here.

 This darling pumpkin from my friend Patti @ Pandora's Box
is the perfect touch in my home.  If you click over to Patti's link above, you'll see lots of fall inspiration in her home.

The cooler temps of fall inspire me to spend time in the kitchen. 
 I like to bake mini loaves of quick breads to take
to friends as a "Welcome Autumn" gift.
It's a favorite fall tradition.

 I also like to tie a bow on the stem of a special pumpkin
and deliver that instead of flowers.

A complete post on this 
banana nut bread is found here.

Last but not least, pumpkins and fall annuals are always added to
our front porch to provide a festive fall welcome at home.
Simple fall traditions!

Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour
Be sure to stop by my fellow TX bloggers' tours.
Just click the links below.

Day 1

Day 2 

Day 3

Also joining

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. So many beautiful items. It's a good thing that it's in Texas and not in SO CA LOL. I would be in the poor house. Love all your pretties in your lovely home. Thanks so much for sharing. I also love Fall.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  2. There is so much eye candy at Marburger, love their displays. Your home is filled with beautiful fall pieces, and I love fall. I borrowed your idea to tie a bow on the stem of a special pumpkin and delivered to a neighbor to welcome their Lil Pumpkin into our world. Thanks for the wonderful tour!

  3. Sarah,
    Oh, I love your fall traditions. Marburger and Blue Hills are my two favorite Round Top venues. I would love to be eating some of your bread at Round Top. Beautiful post!


  4. Sarah, this is all so pretty but I knew it would be. You have a way of making everything beautiful.

  5. I would so enjoy a walk through your home and that market♥
    So many inrteresting and beautiful things!
    You do have that eye..for certain.Pretty everything.

  6. Marburger certainly looks like a fun way to spend a day! Your home looks so warm with your autumn decor - I especially like your 3 tiered display with the bittersweet and checked pots (I might use that idea if i can find some bittersweet!!) The needlepoint pumpkins are stunning! Happy Fall!

  7. Sarah, I would love to attend Round Top, but I would see so much that I would want to buy, and I am trying to stop my habit. Your beautiful and warm vignettes are the perfect autumn style MC flawlessly! Happy Wednesday!

  8. Oh, dear Sarah, your styling is impeccable (your MKC tiered stand with bittersweet & boos, and those n'point pumpkins!), and so is your taste in antiques! Drooling over the ones you left behind - what exactly is that handled item with hound? Was that ivorine? What was its original purpose?
    I think I could handle a show with 350 dealers quite well, but 3,500 is overwhelming, as so many of these venues have become! Any favorite of yours (such as Cottonseed Trading) would soon become a favorite of mine, I'm certain.
    Happy [finally] Fall!

  9. Don't you love autumn antique shows? All the copper and pumpkins and warm colors? Such fun, how I'd love to join you in your antiquing time!

    Your home is beautiful and I see so many lovely touches. So warm and inviting -- what a joy to settle in each day!

  10. What a welcoming and festive front porch Sarah...we have to wait a bit for decorating outdoors...still too warm! I so enjoyed visiting today and getting a glimpse into all these wonderful places to visit and shop...thank for sharing!

  11. Love your new blog look, Sarah! Oh how I miss Round Top. I've never been to Marburger but it looks like my kind of place!! Can't wait to give you a HUGE hug in a few weeks!! Your house looks so beautiful with all your Fall decorations!!

  12. Hi Sarah! How lovely everything looks ~ your front porch is my favorite and I pinned it! I went to Round Top early and the Red Barn wasn't open yet, but next time I'll have to add them to my list ;) Blessings, Cecilia

    1. Sarah, just wanted to let you know your charming tour is featured at today's Vintage Charm party!

  13. Round Top has been on my bucket list for years...My heart skipped a beat when I saw all of the amazing copper your front porch dressed for Fall....Happy, Happy Fall Sarah!

  14. Oh Sarah this lovely post is chock full of autumnal goodness. I have yet to make it to the fall Round Top show. In an interesting coincidence my it always falls on my sons birthday while the spring show falls during my daughters birthday. She is always game to go. My son, not so much. LOL :)

  15. Round Top is a show stopper all on its own. I love and went this year and still didn't see everything I wanted to see. Your touches are so pretty and I look forward to getting to know you better TX friend!

  16. Thank you for sharing some of the Round Top show. I haven't been to it since moving to North Texas. It is so amazing. Love your front porch for fall!

  17. So much eye candy here Sarah! Round top looks packed full of goodies and such artistic displays! I love how you've woven our favorite MKC touches into your fall vignettes! Happy fall and hope you get some fall temperatures soon!

  18. Adorable. I have got to get to Round Top. Your displays are so cute. Thanks for being a part of our tour.

  19. Sarah, thank you for the tour through Roundtop. I haven't been in a couple of years, but I have some treasured purchases from there. Maybe a trip in the spring? You have some nice fall touches in your home.

  20. Sarah, I love your fall traditions. The pretty pumpkins with MC is fall perfect. Wish I could head out for a day with you to Round Top. Fall is slow arriving here, enjoying what I call my summer with perfect weather. Happy Fall sweet friend...........

  21. Sarah,your home is so inviting for fall. That is such a clever idea to put a bow on a pumpkin and give as a gift in the fall.
    I loved the review of the fall Round Top. I thought I was going to get to attend the spring show last year but it didn't work out. I'm still hoping to go someday.
    Every vignette is styled beautifully.

  22. All of the fun, fun stuff from Marburger Fram is cool, and I LOVE the name! It just sounds like a great place to hang out! My dream is to attend Round Top someday. What an experience that must be! Your porch looks fantastic, and I hope you enjoy your purchases. Happy Fall! 🍂🍁🍂🍁

  23. Thanks for the beautiful tour. I always love to visit your house. One of these years I'm going to go to Round Top and Marburger. Maybe next year! We're heading to Texas this weekend to visit our grandkids in Houston. Fortunately they didn't have any damage from Harvey.

  24. Hi, Sarah! What a wonderful post today. My hubby and I are seriously considering a motorhome trip to Round Top, but I have a question: do all the same vendors stay there whether it's the fall, winter or spring show? We're in So. CA, so the trip will take some planning. But what an adventure it would be!

  25. Sarah, I love your fall traditions. I bet the antique festival is so much fun. Your fall touches are beautiful!

  26. My dear Sarah, I often believe we share one decorating heart. We are drawn to the same things time and time again. Don't you love those round bales of hay in the Texas countryside? When we lived in Middleburg, Virginia in a pre-Civil War built farmhouse, we had many round bales on the property. I used to call them "lawn art". Oh the beautiful copper and Staffordshire too! The Garden Company is one of my favorite spots and I often stop there on the way up to Round Top, or on the way home. Have you had lunch at their Market Cafe? Wonderful! We are so lucky to live here!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  27. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for the tour of the Round Top Antiques Show...It looks so day I will get there. I have to be content with the First Monday Canton Flea Market in Texas for now. The needlepoint pumpkins are just to die for! Very unique. I make my own fabric pumpkins out of vintage beaded evening gowns, so I appreciate an original pumpkin idea!! Thank you for your inspiration.

  28. I want to go, I so want to go to Round Top one of these years, Sarah! I just ooh and ahh when I read your posts on your favorite spots. Those needlepoint pumpkins are spectacular, and I love your tiered CC stand. Bringing a beribboned pumpkin and a mini loaf of bread is such a nice gift. Thank you for sharing your home and favorite haunts with us.

  29. Fantastic. How exciting to visit these places. So much to see and do. Sarah, your decor style is lovely. The pumpkins and mums add so much fall coziness to your home. love the tiered MC stand.

  30. I love your fall touches Sarah, especially the Courtly Check ribbon tied on that wonderful heirloom pumpkin along with the bittersweet vine and your tiered stand. I would to make it to Round Top one day, I'm afraid I'd hyperventilate and pass out if I ever got the chance :)

  31. I would love to visit Round Top!!! The displays you shared are amazing! I love decorating with bittersweet, too. i haven't seen any out yet, but I'm sure it will be available soon! Your pumpkins around your entry are so pretty!

    Ricki Jill

  32. One of these days I will make it to Round Top. Wish I lived closer!

  33. Looks like so much fun!! I would love to be able to wander around and take in all the goodness!

  34. Oh, Sarah, what a thrill to see these lovely photos, with your exquisite touches. Round Top makes me swoon. So many one-of-a-kind items that make a house a home, not to mention those copper pans! What a delight!

  35. I really enjoyed your post today, Sarah! Your home looks lovely all dressed for fall, and those booths at Round Top -- oh my goodness!! We live in North Carolina, which is a long way from Texas, but oh how I want to go to Round Top. Maybe one of these years Hal and I can get there. I love all the beautiful French copper. :) Also, your vintage needlepoint pumpkins are gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing, Sarah, and have a great week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  36. Sarah, you have done it again! Your Fall decor is so lovely! You can't go wrong with Round Top! Thanks for sharing with us! Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  37. Sarah, I love all your fall favorites. I pinned the first picture. So pretty! I would dearly love to go to Round Top someday. It always looks like such a great show..Happy Fall..Judy

  38. How fun to see! I grew up in Texas, but never made it to Round Top. We often went to Canton and loved every minute!

  39. Do I spy needlepoint pumpkins??? I love those! In fact I love all your decor.
    :) gwingal

  40. There is nothing more fun than seeing hoe people use their pumpkins in so many creative ways to make lovely fall vignettes.

  41. You new blog look is lovely, Sarah! So is all the eye candy :)

    Happy Fall, my friend!

  42. Sarah, thanks for sharing your beautiful fall tour at Vintage Charm--pinned!

  43. What a great post, filled with so much eye candy!! Thanks for sharing!!

  44. Dearest Sarah,
    Always a joy with lots of surprises when visiting your blog!
    Yes, such kind of upscale quality antique shows are worth the time, instead of having to rummage to the majority of junk...
    There are such artistic women that can add a very special touch to an autumn setting.
    But you yourself belong in that talented group of being a perfect stylist and photographer.
    LOVE the idea of baking a small loaf of bread for taking as a gift.
    As a matter of fact, I have several of those special French (yes, made of upscale French fabrics + vintage and made IN FRANCE!) baguette bags listed in my eBay sales... You no doubt know about them and I love such Gifts of Love with a home baked item to indulge in over coffee or tea.
    Sending you autumn blessings and enjoy this cosy time of the year!

  45. Sarah, I fell in love with your home and blog a long time ago and I fall deeper and deeper every time I visit! Your Texas traditions and stylish vignettes are beautiful, I know I've said it before but one day I will go to Round Top with you!

  46. Thanks for for Fall share, i really like the black-and-white effects

    Happy Mosaic Monday

    much love...

  47. I've read about Round Top, but have never visited (it would be a long way to go). The displays you've shown are beautiful. It would be a wonderful way to spend some time (and some serious cash!).
    Fall traditions of pumpkins and baking are great!

  48. Your home is perfectly beautiful Sarah. The sitting scarecrow pumpkin-head guy made me smile ... I have always wanted to build a scarecrow .

  49. Sarah, attending Round Top has been on my bucket list for some time. I love all of the shops that you featured. The straw under the plates in the tablescape made me smile. Your porch is lovely and I love that pumpkin guy in the last photo! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  50. Wonderful post, Sarah! A nice tour of the antique venues and history. I've been hearing about Round Top since the day I started blogging. It would be fantastic to go one day.

    This, mixed with some of your favorite things makes for a festive look at autumn in Texas. I love that you bake for your friends. I'll have a peek at your Banana Bread, my favorite! I recently found a recipe for Lemon Zucchini Bread, and I'm excited to give it a shot. I hope to share the recipe next post.

    Jane xx

  51. What a fun post Sarah, someday I hope to visit Texas and all those wonderful antique venues especially the famed Round Top! Thank you for these inspiring pictures, I really love your porch!

  52. Oh how I would love to visit that wonderful show one year. Love the idea of dressing up a pumpkin and giving it instead of flowers...thanks for the inspiration.

  53. Wow! I enjoyed the tour of your home so much; it is lovely! Gives me something to aspire to! Loved "shopping" Round Top through your pictures, too. Maine is just TOO far away!


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