Some of my favorite booths all decked out for Christmas at Lone Star Antique Mall, Haltom City, Texas.
We’ve lived here almost 30 years and we’ve never seen this much snow.
Joe took the photo above around noon. It has snowed several more inches since then.
On New Year’s Eve, Joe and I shopped for a bit in Lone Star Antique Mall and I decided to focus my picture taking on hats.
Isn’t it charming? This little number reminds me of one that Lucy might’ve worn; maybe with that navy blue dotted suit of hers.
With little organza flowers covering it, this one reminds me of ones that ladies wore to Sheridan Road Baptist Church in Tulsa in the early 1960’s.
Although most of them were vintage, one booth featured new hats.
Some of them were quite lovely.
How perfect for a wedding or a Sunday morning church service in the spring. It needs a white linen suit and a turquoise rhinestone brooch on the shoulder.
We don’t live in a Victorian mansion, a Craftsman cottage, a Prairie house or a 1920’s bungalow.
But I can dream.
The houses are usually old (although Decatur had almost all new houses in 2001) and grand; some a little too grand for me. I’m not a grand person – probably more Jane Darwell than Joan Crawford.
The owners decorate for Christmas, some lavishly, some just a few accents.
Opulent decorating (like Traditional Home magazine) is not my cup of tea, although it’s beautiful. What draws me is the cottage look, very vintagey; country style kitchens, old family photos, rocking chairs on the porch and as few changes from the original as possible. I don’t know why, but more often than not, there’s just one house each year that stands out among the rest.
Here was my favorite this year. It had been a full day by the time we even started the tour. We had driven over to Mesquite to have lunch with a really lovely Christian couple, then drove back home, went to the radio play production “It’s a Wonderful Life” by the Off 380 Players in Bridgeport then on to Weatherford. (That’s almost 200 miles of driving by the time we started the home tour.) My joints were protesting and I was fairly fatigued. Joe asked me if I wanted to skip the last house and go on home, but I said why didn’t we first drive by and see how it looked.
We were greeted at the door by a gentlemen in an 1800’s striped suit and top hat. He was the father of the husband and very cordial. The owners were a fairly young couple who had kept the house as original as they could, but it looked like a real family lived there. They said their goal was to show that a normal family could live in an old house without it being museum-like.
Ceilings were the original height and soaring. Over the tops of the kitchen cabinets, the lady of the house had displayed her collection of old children’s domestic toys (like stoves and cooking equipment); on a narrow wall, a bookcase held a large collection of cookbooks. The window overlooking the back yard was curtained with a vintage tablecloth.
Upstairs the younger girl’s bedroom was like something out of a story book; there was a very low closet that had been outfitted kind of like a hidden playhouse. My guess is that it was originally a suitcase storage.
The wife’s sister was the docent in that room and she pointed out the cloud ceiling and the small hand painted mural of the Parker County Courthouse. What a fun room for a little girl.
And out in the hallway, were framed pages from the oversized Dick and Jane readers that teachers used.
A lovely home and gracious people.
I’m already looking forward to next year.
To see more photos of another beautiful, old restored Texas home , click here to go to Hill Country House. This link is for that particular post, but her whole blog is interesting.
These are probably from the 1940’s, all made in the U.S.A.
This one is outlined in shiny silver (not glittery).
The green background is crinkled foil, the gold is shiny and the ribbon is embossed.
All these cards came from Dealer 033 at the Lone Star Antiques, Haltom City, Texas. As I’ve said before, this is one of my favorite places in North Texas. The booths are beautifully decorated, there’s a wide variety of antiques, the staff is very pleasant and the tea room is nice. It’s not as lacy and frilly as some others, but that’s good because my husband is willing to take me there. He’s not so happy about going to the really feminine ones.
My sister was surprised the first time I took her there. She said it just looks like this large metal building (it was built as a Sutherland’s Lumber Store). But when you walk in, it’s completely different. A real delight. I guess you can’t judge an antique store by its metal cover.
Just walking through the store is a real treat for me, especially when they decorate for the next season or Holiday.
This booth is the first one seen as you enter the front door, and it’s one of my favorites. The dealer is a friendly man. He gave me a discount for buying several of the cards. Also available are lovely handmade cards by his wife.
The only time I had ever heard of a singing convention was when Joe talked about his grandmother going to them. Then 2 years ago our friend, Patti invited us to the one which is held every October in Decatur.
Unlike my husband’s family, I’m not very musical. I wish I could sing, but I can’t really. My voice is too low to sing soprano and alto is a little difficult to learn. But I enjoy listening.
Singing conventions are centered around shaped notes music, 4 part harmony, Southern Gospel and incredible pianists. A brief overview of shaped notes: each of the 7 shapes tell which tone of the scale it’s on. People who are familiar with it can sing parts (bass, tenor, alto, soprano) music they’ve never seen before and change keys without a problem. Heavenly Highway Hymns is a shaped notes book.
That’s about all I can grasp. For more in depth information, you can go here for a History of shaped notes in Southern Gospel.
Very talented musicians are still writing this style and publishing new books about every year. Texas Legendary Music lists some of the publishers and also has the 2010 schedule of events all across the U.S.
Several of the attendees were songwriters. And the pianists are incredible. One man, Cecil is 90 years old and it’s a joy to hear him play. When I get permission to post the other songs, I’ll upload them to youtube and do an updated post.
Click here for a youtube video of the Decatur convention. The song is “Vacation Bible School”, a very clever, catchy tune by one of our talented local musicians, Blake Boyd. The chorus incorporates lines from several of the wonderful old songs we learned as children.
Meetings are still conducted very much like the description in the link above. Anyone who desires to sing, play or lead the congregation is given the opportunity. It isn’t dinner on the grounds anymore, but there’s a covered dish lunch on Saturday.
Admission is free, but an offering plate is passed to cover expenses.
I highly recommend it.