Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Visit To Magnolia Market

This past weekend I had the joy of going to visit a place I have been dying to go, literally. I had a vicious stomach bug right before the trip and nearly didn't get to go. I won't go into more detail about THAT but up until we were in the car and on our way, I really wasn't too sure that my dream would come true for a little longer.

Living in Oklahoma City only puts me a small four hour drive away from this little piece of paradise. We normally spend a little time in the spring in Dallas, we go to Ikea and visit some of the local attractions, like the Dallas World Aquarium. But this year, knowing silo heaven was nearby, I asked my husband if we could do something different.

I've been a fan of Fixer Upper since the first season aired, Jo's taste goes right along with what I love and I enjoyed watching her and Chip work through the renovations. They inspire me and trust me, that wont be the last time I say that.

We didn't have cable, still don't, but anytime I visited my parents it was almost a guarantee my Mom would have it on, if it was on. Or I would try to turn it on myself. And then a magical thing happened, Netflix picked it up and now Fixer Upper heaven was only a click away and I quickly got my husband addicted.

So when I asked if we could change our plans and visit Waco, he didn't hesitate to say YES. Especially after I read The Magnolia Story and wouldn't stop going on and on about how their whole life story just speaks to me and inspires me.

And then the stomach bug hit, I got it the worse and barely recovered in time to go. I spent one evening in bed, I spent a lot of time in bed actually, but this specific time I'm already exhausted and tired of the bug, realizing that my whole trip was going to be put off. I'm being all weepy and devastated about it all, but my husband kept encouraging me that I would get to go and he was going to see to it.

The next day, he booked our hotel for the stay.

Two days later, we hit the road at four in the morning and made the pilgrimage to Waco. With every mile that passed, my excitement grew. As we came in to Waco, I kept pointing out things I recognized while listening to Siri tell us where to go.

And then we arrived. Despite the rainy weather, it was quite busy, people were walking up from all directions. Instead of trying for free parking, we went ahead and pulled into the church parking lot that is right against the Silos and give them $10 to let us park there. Worked for me!

Walking up to the Silos. I took a quick snap to send my mom.

We go out, unloaded the children and began walking that way. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard so much about how busy it can be and had prepared myself to spend a hour or two just waiting to get in.

Walking up to the store front and NO LINE.

We were pleasantly surprised to approach to see people walking straight in, no wait. The sun may not have been shining, but I was beaming inside!

My husband decided to take on the kids and let me enjoy the shop, let me tell you how much I LOVE him. So as I skipped up the steps, he rolled the stroller up the side and caught up to me. I mean, I was excited, but I still waited for him before going in. I'm not heartless!

It's no surprise, the store is amazing inside.

We walk in, and frankly, I'm overwhelmed. There is stuff everywhere and this is just upstairs! To my right is the kitchen, to my left the flower market and everything else inbetween.

Over there, past all of those people was the kitchen. My favorite part of the store.

Copies of Magnolia Journal were place all over with Jo's smiling face inviting you into the space.

Downstairs is filled with so many treasures, tees and Chip's Corner.

We spent a little time up top and then ventured downstairs, as I told my husband I wanted to be sure to get a Silo tee while he opted for a #Demoday hat. He spent a little more time with me here before deciding to retreat outside to the lawn with the kids, leaving me to my own devices.

So here area few more of the things I loved!

Lots of galvanized metal in the shop, talk about LOVE.

These French inspired holders caught my eye for sure. Love some black and white.

 
This huge side board filled with even more galvanized metal, in letter form.

Magnolia paint, in all the pretty shades for your home. I didn't need any this time around.

All of the displays were beautiful, whether for candles, infusers, hats, totes or mugs.
They were all beautiful!

I really enjoyed even the smallest details, like this Magnolia wax stamp on the diffuser box.

This "greenhouse" is filled with florals and vases for a plant lady. [I'm horrible with plants]

I made my purchases after walking through everything multiple times and visiting the kitchen area too many times. And then I ventured outside to find my family playing out on the lawn. Maeve was just going crazy with her freedom and Izzy was playing ball with other kids that had been dragged along by their mothers.

The outside area was certainly made with families in mind. Plenty of seating and
games to play. Food trucks nearby with drinks and food, plenty of places to sit and eat!

Silos looking pretty.

This Airstream acts as a second bakery on busier days but it was closed today, probably due to the impending rain.

The garden area is so pretty!

After the kids played a little, we followed Maeve over and eventually ended up by the Seed + Supply. I forgot to go in because I was chasing a little lady around trying to give her dad a break. It just didn't cross my mind to come back to it.

 
She loved the garden area, maybe she's a plant lady,

Probably a plant lady. ;)

Bluebonnets! Reminds me of living in Texas as a kid. 

All of the vegetable beds looked amazing!

From here we spent a little more time just enjoying the grounds, we shared a fresh pressed lemonade and I just sat the adoring those rusty silos.

Probably going to frame this one.

I just love what they did with something most people probably would've torn down.
Magnolia.

Sharing fresh pressed lemonade.

He's smiling, but he wasn't a huge fan. It's not a very sweet lemonade,
personally, I loved it.

She loved it though.

The view inside the canopy we were sitting under, avoiding a small rain storm.

 
He tried, I give him that. She just wants more.

Had to do the touristy thing and hit up the Miles To Magnolia sign.
270ish miles for us!

There was only one thing left for us to do while we were there and that was the bakery. The bakery had a line outside when we arrived and still had a line at this time. But we came here to see Magnolia, so a line was not going to deter us!

The outside is beautiful in white with all black accents. We started in line all the way at the
rear of the building.

Generally, I don't like standing in lines for anything. I would normally announce that something was not worth waiting in THAT LINE and go on my way. But getting these cupcakes was a part of the trip and spoiler warning, worth the wait.

While waiting in line, a bakery employee brings you a card and a pencil so you can mark down what you want and how many, it helps cut down on the wait inside. They simply ring you up and pass the card on to the next person, who packs your items for you and gets you back out quickly.

I'm sure the wait depends on what the people in front of you are getting, today it moved quick enough. It took us about ten minutes from the time we got in line to get our goods and coffee.

The promise of a cookie keeps a smile on her face.

The window boxes are full of pretty purple pansies.

I was absolutely in love with the outdoor details.

Selfie while we wait! Maeve is starting to get tired.

Made it from the back to the front corner, so close to our goodies.

And then we were suddenly in front and inside before we knew it.

Of course, inside was another line, but we were that much closer!

Once our order was place, we simply waited for our box to be filled. So much respect for the bakery staff, they're quick and efficient and keep smiling even though it's hectic all around them.

Once outside, we grabbed a patio table, they were all wet due to passing rain.

Cupcakes! Mine on the left; Lemon Lavender. Izzy's on the right; Good 'ol vanilla on vanilla.

Cupcakie. Cupcake selfie, get it?

A picture with my kiddo. He was a little disappointed, simply because
despite me telling him we wouldn't, he thought he'd get to meet "The Fixer Uppers."
I tried explaining how they couldn't walk an inch if they were here, but as a kid
all that just doesn't even make sense to him. Why would everyone want to talk to them?
The same reason you want to kiddo, that's all. He lived, I got him tacos for lunch.

Forced into more photos, so I could send one to his Mema.

Why yes, that is a look of pure joy on my face.

I cannot begin to tell you what this little adventure meant to me. I've been walking through a difficult place in my life recently, trying to come to grips with some things. I always enjoyed the show but it wasn't until my birthday passed and I picked up the book that I really wanted to come here. I don't think I can explain how much Chip and Joanna inspire me, their life and their story, how they arrived here.

Obviously with a four hour drive here and four more back the next day, I had plenty of time to talk to my husband. It sounds silly, but I was in tears, probably because I was tired but I'm also just an emotional person. I tried to control myself but I was crying, telling him about what I'm wanting to do and the journey I want to take. And how Joanna just wanted to run a little shop because she enjoyed decorating, she never dreamed people would come from thousands of miles away to see it. And yet there it is! As a creative person, I just couldn't help but feel so inspired being in that place.

I actually went back a second time that evening. It started raining after lunch and it continued fairly steadily through the rest of the day. So I announced I wanted to return and everyone wanted to go with me. We arrived a hour before it closed and it was way less busy, I'd still call it busy, but I could actually move around and see things. You can tell in my photos above that some have fewer people in them because they're actually from that evening.

I actually crossed paths with the same woman several times that evening until she finally apologized because she kept "getting in my way." And I told her it wasn't a big deal at all! Since I had been there in the morning, running into the same person a few times wasn't a problem versus dealing with the immense crowd I had faced.

So would I go again? You bet! The store was fun and I know the inventory will change with the seasons. I can't visit that often, but maybe I can make it back again before the end of the year. I'm sure its magical during the holidays. The spring festival is coming up soon, in just a few weeks. And a few of my favorite vendors on Instagram will be in attendance.

Magnolia is doing great things for their own community as well as the community of makers and creators worldwide. It's exciting watching them change and grow, I'm certainly rooting for their success!

With the love of my life, my soulmate and biggest supporter! I'm so blessed
to be on this life's journey with him.

Lastly, huge shout out to that handsome man above. I wasn't going to come because I had been so sick and it had left me so weak. So many other things went wrong and threatened to take the funds I saved for this trip. Broken thermostat and broken dryer to boot, but HE got me here. He worked hard to make sure this trip happened for me and I will never be able to properly express how much that means to me and how much HE means to me.

We had a blast and I'm looking forward to our next trip in the fall. We'll be visiting his Mom in Idaho and his Dad in Oregon. We plan to catch many beautiful sites in-between and make a trip up the Oregon coast to Astoria where The Goonies was filmed. It's my turn to take him to one of his dream places, this guy watches The Goonies at least 5 times a month. Astoria is also where Kindgarten Cop and Short Circuit were filmed, so it's a total geek out trip.

Until then, I look forward to sharing more of my creative side with you!
- Amanda 

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