Hoegarden 2011: The Shopping

Well, it’s over. I can’t believe it went by so quickly! This past weekend, four generations of family females gathered for our sixth annual Hoegarden weekend. As usual, it was three fabulous days of food, fun, mani/pedis, board games, shopping and fruity umbrella cocktails. Last year, we had snow and freezing temps as a freak storm crashed the party. This year, it was gorgeous with temps in the low 80’s, a good stiff breeze and beautiful, sunny skies. What a difference a year makes. As is our custom, we spent Saturday shopping. This year, we descended on downtown McKinney, Texas with 12 family members in a 3-car caravan. Our group included our mother, myself and my four sisters, three granddaughters and one young grandson (he was a good sport) and two toddler great-grandaughters. Our mom spawned a large brood, and we took McKinney by storm. It was a blast. Here’s a peek. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Plum Creek Primatives is loaded with antiques, gifts and unique treasures.

Friendliest shop was the Loco Cowpoke; favorite browsing goes to the antique shops.

Happiness is Quilting - it's a great fabric store, and I love this cute owl purse!

Favorite purchase: the antique typesetting drawer I hung in my sewing room

McKinney's downtown square & the family (or most of us, anyway)

To learn more about McKinney’s Main Street, visit their website at: http://www3.mckinneytexas.org/www/mainstreetdefault.aspx

Special thanks to our waiter, Ryan, at Rick’s Chophouse. Lunch was fabulous!http://www.rickschophouse.com/



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9 responses to “Hoegarden 2011: The Shopping

  1. Big Sis

    Great photos!! Glad you took one of the mini garden, I love it!! I’m going to have make my self one. The type-tray looks great!

  2. Looks like lots of fun! Couldn’t ask for better weather and time with the girls sounds like it’s always a hoot!

    I’m not so sure about you Texans after seeing your stoplights – they’re sideways!! Is that how you do things down there? ;)

    • Do sideways stoplights make us crazy, or do they make us practical? I’m voting for practical, although I do know a few crazy Texans. You see, Miss Kandi, our stoplights do not swing in the wind like the vertical version, which comes in handy during strong storms and hurricanes. Crazy like a fox…that’s what we are! And the weekend with the girls was awesome. The weather was glorious!

  3. The mini garden is beautiful! Perhaps my garden will be too, if I start that small? Great use of a typesetting tray. There was a long line of printers in my family, and nary a tray to be found. Shopping with the girls is the best!

    • That little mini garden was unbelievable. Several of us were drooling over it. And I’m thrilled with my typesetting tray knick-knack rack. It’s exactly what I was looking for. You’re right…shopping with the girls is always great fun. We’re always finding stuff to get into or projects to make, and we’re about to do it again. Mom and Big Sis are coming down for a week, and our baby sister is tagging along for a long weekend. Can’t wait!

      • How fun! So Hoegarden continues. I just scored a bunch of fabric remnants in an antique shop today–obviously they bought a “lot” from a quilter’s estate. I have no idea what I am going to do with them,but I was very excited.

      • Oh, man! I’m so jealous! I love to score fabric at estate sales and antique shops. I have dreams of making some big fancy quilt some day. Not that I’ve ever made more than a basic twin-size, but I dream about it anyway. You’ve gotta start somewhere, right? If you like aprons, I recommend using some of your vintage fabric for that. One like this, maybe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanabread/5556998227/ It’s not a high resolution photo, but you can get an idea of the apron style. They still sell apron patterns at fabric stores. And you could cover boxes like Kandi did at http://kandilandblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/sew-fun.html. So many options…so little time.

      • Now those boxes are just adorable! No shortage of diaper boxes around here, so it’s time to dust off the sewing machine. Your apron is super cute, too. I love the piping! Thanks for sharing such great ideas.

      • No problem! I’d love to see what you end up making. Feel free to throw in a photo of the fabrics you bought, too! I’m such a fabric junkie.

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