Since we moved into Cedar Cottage, I’ve been trying to decide which space is my favorite. And now that Spring has sprung and the property is becoming nice and green, I’m really enjoying our outdoor spaces. We’ve enjoyed fluffing and … Continue reading
I was thrilled to get this month’s copy of Old House Journal in the mail today. Then I turned to page 64. Lo and behold, there is my antique corbel shelf! And my name! Craziness. I had a great time collaborating with OHJ putting … Continue reading
When we moved into Cedar Cottage, the hubs began researching the home’s history. Today’s treat? The fruits of Dr. Kyle’s research labor, starting with how we connect to Abilene’s past. Like, with citations and everything. Enjoy, history buffs!
When Camille and I were in graduate school, we had a chance to live in one of Historic Waco Foundation’s homes as caretakers. As grad students living upstairs in a Greek Revival built in 1868, we always felt like part of a much longer history.
So when we had the opportunity to move into our new home at Cedar Cottage, I started looking for ways to learn more about its particular history. I dug into old copies of the Abilene Reporter News and ACU student newspaper, The Optimist, and continued to unearth more and more about 1618 Cedar Crest Drive.
One of Abilene’s most notorious early stories played out in our backyard. In 1880 as the Texas & Pacific Railroad began charting its westward route through west Texas, it was at a meeting here at a dugout on the Hashknife Ranch that they agreed to create the city of Abilene. A 1970 article in the Abilene Reporter News described the meeting: Continue reading
Today we’ve had a sunny, cloudy, rainy,hail-y, and sunny Sunday. Just your average Spring day in west Texas. I managed to dodge the hail and gather these blooms from our back garden. I couldn’t ask for anything better to wake … Continue reading
Morning coffee, a peaceful house, and budding spring out my window. Happy Saturday, friends!
Who am I kidding. Everything I do lately is a hot glue edition. It all started back in college when I needed a brightly colored skirt for a one-time event and didn’t want to spend big bucks on it. Oh, and I … Continue reading
Yes, local friends, it’s that time again-consignment shopping at its best! My Sister’s House, for those who may not be familiar, is a consignment sale of fabulous proportions. Clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, and HOME GOODS! Yes, lots of great stuff for your home, too! In fact, they’ve just called for a second drop-off, so there’s even more great stuff. Check out the goods I scored:
The top portion of this piece came from this local furniture store (thanks, Tom!), but the black buffet on the bottom is from MSH. It had my name written all over it! Better yet, it belonged to the mom of the sisters of My SISTER’S House. Got all that? I loved hearing her tell stories of pulling linens out of the drawers to set the table for Sunday lunch. Don’t you love pieces that have stories associated?
Next, I found this little green number:
(someone likes to autograph the furniture and then claim it as his own), AND it was not the most comfy of chairs. Since it is “my second desk” this spot needed to be easy on the eyes and easy on the fanny. This sweet little vintage chair ticked both boxes for me. Win-win.
Finally, you know I can’t resist checking out the shoe offerings. The selection didn’t disappoint.
Check out sale hours and locations here. And if all the goodness of a second drop-off wasn’t enough(that means fresh finds, friends), the half-price sale is looming, as well. What did you find? Inquiring minds want to know! What’s that? You haven’t shopped yet? Drop by, my friends! You’ll be glad you did!
Dr. Kyle has been in England and Germany for the last two weeks teaching, interviewing, and lugging camera equipment all over creation. Suffice it to say he’s been working extra hard. Meanwhile, My Dude, Blondie and I have been holding … Continue reading
Lately, as I have been culling my wardrobe (and gearing up for My Sister’s House sale), I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of my “buy once, buy well” philosophy. Ok, so I don’t always adhere to that philosophy, … Continue reading