Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Market Days in Gruene...

Okay, so I apologize right off the bat for this being a lengthy post. I haven't done too many leisurely posts lately because of the sale of the house, so this one will make up for that. I'm not going to say anything about the house deal other than things are going ahead and I'm a little tired of thinking about it. The day started out well with an unexpected call from a friend this morning, so I decided to get out of the house and head out to Gruene for this weekend's Market Days. I know I've done a post about that before, but there are always new things to see, and I was looking forward to some fresh air as opposed to cleaning or doing home improvement projects...which I am EXTREMELY tired of. (But, again, they have paid off, so I can't complain too much.)

Whenever I go to Gruene, I always start with the garden store which has some good photo ops. This is the dove...pigeon...bird (whatever) they have in a cage...

I'll start with the Texas "artwork" they have available. Here's your Texas bird house...

And another one. (I'm sorry, but I think this is so totally lame. I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to hang this in their yard. But then again, I am not a native Texan...or a cowgirl, so that may have a lot to do with my choice of lawn ornaments.)

And what do you do with this? Paper weight? Desk ornament? You have to be a BIG Texas fan to want to purchase these items.

Another one. Well, at least it's only $3.00.

Here is Ann Pressly and her mother. They're friends of my brother and his wife. When I told them I'd be going to Market Days, my sister-in-law told me to check out Ann's booth.

She makes purses out of used cigar boxes. Pretty original...and a lot of work has gone into these pieces.

Furry ones...

Artistic ones...

And more furry and artistic ones... You can contact her at pressly@texas.net if you're interested in her purses.

Then we get to the unusual art of Texas. You definitely need a theme to be able to use this guy in your home.

As well as this one. This isn't something that's going to fit in with your Colonial or Early American decor. And having gone for a few bike rides myself, I can see that long coat of hers getting caught under the wheel when she takes off which is not going to be a very pretty picture. Okay, so I'm being WAY too realistic about this one. Just take it for what it is, Deb.

And I thought this one was REALLY weird. John Wayne's death certificate and mortuary bill?? Is that a little morbid?? Would you really want that hanging on your wall? I didn't check the price, but I bet it wasn't cheap. I think I'll pass on this one.

Lots of cowboy things in this store.

Let's continue on to the "lame" items. Tie-dye T-shirts. It's like WHEN are these people going to realize that this time has passed?!

And this is a must. The poor person's version of a bird feeder. I wonder how many Miller Lite's the poor guy had to go through to get a good supply of feeders for the craft fair.

I'm always interested in the photography booths. Nevermind, no, I'm not.

San Antonio missions...at $450???? I don't think so.

These guys were very good. I don't know what those instruments are, but their music was very soothing and ZZZZZzzzzzzz...................oops...sorry...dozed off, there. It was so soothing, it just about put me to sleep. Time to go on...

Lots of the stores and booths had free samples. You could just about have a free lunch going from one to another...

"Guy gifts..." They were some lighter thingies that sparked dry kindling into fire. Definitely a guy thing. LOVE the deer tent material and camouflage.

This was a long-distance shot. Some of these crafty people get kind of weird when you want to take pictures of their stuff because they think you're stealing their ideas. NOT! HaHa!

I did like this dress. Kind of a totally different look amidst the whole Texas deal. (But I think I'll pass on the $95 price tag.)

I went into one of the stores and found this book and had to take a look.

...and found a couple cute quotes...


And they had these really unusual cards...

Here's the inside. I don't know what occasion you'd use this for, but I had to chuckle when I read it.

And a pig in a blanket. HaHaHa!

This was an unusual sight. I don't know if Mr. Monkey was in the corner because he was in trouble or whether....well, I don't think I want to go there considering the positioning of Mr. Monkey's hands. I will say that he could go blind.

I'm not one to post pictures of myself on my blog, but I did have some fun with some mirrors today.


Then I walked down to the Guadalupe River to see what was happening. Lots of toobers...

Then I walked back up the hill to Gruene and decided I could use a cold beer on a VERY hot day in Texas. I decided to try Oma's Secret Garden...a place I've never been to...and am very glad I did because I ran into a friend that I worked with at my previous job from hell. He was there with his wife so we sat and talked for a long time catching up on everything. That was fun and such a surprise. After they left, I listened to the band for awhile...

...finished my beer (love the tablecloth)...

...and tossed my garbage...and my cell phone...into the trash. Fifteen minutes later when I realized I didn't have my phone, I went back and looked in the trash and found it. Okay, so that's the first time that has happened, so cut me some slack.

Finally...there were lots of pretty flowers in Gruene today, so I will finish with a few of those...





It was a good day.

8 comments:

Life's a Beach! said...

Great post Deb! I love all of it! And the photos are wonderful! Love the sock monkeys and your Monkey See, Monkey Do mirror photo!

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of the cold BEER!! I was wondering when we were going to have one again. Ha. As always, enjoying your blog.
carl/debbie

barry said...

All I can say is..'That Was a Good Day...wish I was there ' Sure glad you Where.". Shiner Bock, BBQ and the Guadalupe Tubing.. ...Whoa Nellie.. Next Time

Jamqueen said...

What a great day! You deserved it after all you've been going through! Wonderful photos!

Isla Deb said...

Thanks Beck...how can you NOT love sock monkeys, no matter what they're doing? lol

Carl, I've decided that I'm just going to look for enjoyable places to have beer in Texas and will take pictures just for you. That okay with you??

Barry...next time you will just have to come this way and join me in the Hill Country fun.

Thanks, Ann...hopefully, this house thing will be coming to an end soon. Keep your fingers crossed.

Paul said...

Sorry, Deb. Can't cut you any slack on the 'phone in the garbage' deal. ha ha Would have liked to seen a pic of you head first in the trash can, feet sticking out the top, rummaging for your phone. What do you tell the passers by? ....uh....eh...phone in here some place. Right! Lady, here's a couple of bucks. Go get yourself a sandwich.

Isla Deb said...

Paul - I am not surprised that you're not cutting me slack on the phone deal considering you know me so well. Luckily, the trash can was full, so my phone was right on top. It wouldn't have been much fun to go "dumpster diving" at 100degree temps.

Islagringo said...

Fun or not, a shot of you dumpster diving would have been priceless!