Country Living Magazine comes to life in Austin

Country Living Fair Austin Texas

Okay, I’ll admit it. I have a few issues of Country Living magazine going back three states ago. They have been packed among my must-takes for each move.  Certain layouts are still too hard to part with, as I plan my someday-perfect country home.

So when I heard that the Country Living Fair was coming to Austin, I was immediately on-board.  And when I found out that it was to be on my birthday, I knew that this was something special.  So bright and early on my birthday, we headed out to the Fair at the Travis County Exposition Center.

I was not to be disappointed!  There were talks and demos by Country Living editors and samples of just-baked treats. There was a whole area with table-settings, something I LOVE!  And best of all, there were enough vintage,collectible and handcrafted goodies on display and for sale to satisfy even my country-loving heart. Some of my favorites this year included Pinked-eyed Sissies who made charming custom jewelry from optical glass and hand calligraphy on vintage paper, Tobacco Row Primitives  with their amazing selection of Texas-themed cabinets, collectibles and decor, and Stash Style for their AMAZING vintage-styled clothing.

The Fair was in Austin for the first time this year, but it’s been an annual event in Ohio and Atlanta for years.  And the good news is that according to Country Living staff I talked to at the show, they plan to make Austin a regular stop, too!

If you’re planning on going next year, do take advantage of the weekend passes and the early bird pricing. Admission is very affordable, but hey a few dollars saved it a few dollars more to spend on that great vintage fabric or a must-have something for your wall. And trust me, must-haves were all too abundant! (Oh, my poor budget!

One more thing….I have kind of created a “standard” for these posts, with one collage image at the top.  And I like that.  But this time I have to add one more photo…

My husband, co-author and partner in crime Lance decided to pretend to be a part of one of the banners at the fair. And the result is truly post worthy!  Nap time, anyone?

Lance takes a nap at the Country Living Fair Austin

Get “The Story of Texas”

The Story of Texas Museum in A is for AustinOne of the best ways to get to know a new city is to visit the local history museum.  And Austin is no exception.

But the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin is not your average history museum. From the IMAX to the interactive theatre complete with sights, sounds, and even a bit of rain (can this be Texas?  Nah, it never rains in Texas…at least not since I’ve been here!)  it’s genuinely fun!

Even the cafe was good…and cheap!  A major wow for a museum restaurant!

If you’re planning to be around for awhile, join the museum.  The free IMAX tickets alone make it worthwhile, and with three floors jam-packed with exhibits, you may need more than one visit to see it all.