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Painted Brick [Magnolia/Waco Trip Part 3]

Welcome back!

I took so many pictures on our trip to Waco.  But this blog post will wrap up the 3 part series of my Waco trip.

Today I’m going to take you on a quick, but fun tour of Waco and one of my favorite things that I saw everywhere I turned a corner.

Painted brick!

 The signs were all  so pretty! It’s a creative (and easy .  And I assume cost effective) way to gussy up on old brick building.

Here are a few that we came across during our quick trip:


And just a few buildings over,  in the same parking lot, was the True Love Bar.

We ate at Schmaltz’s. Yum! It’s a small – very small – sandwich shop. But if you need a quick bite while you’re in town, please stop in! You won’t regret it.

It was just a few blocks away from the ones above.


This next one is my favorite. I love the colors. And the artwork.  It’s a block away from Magnolia, in the parking lot of another must see home decor store called The Findery.


And some of my favorites were on the Magnolia property itself.

This first one was on the far side of the property. If you didn’t happen to park on this side, you’d miss this little gem all together!  Dan and I went to Magnolia so many times that we found this during one of our visits.


And this one inside the Silo’s Baking Co (which I blogged about here).

I loved all of the painted brick around town. And I’m quite certain there is plenty more than the small representation above.

Thanks for reading all about our trip to Waco!

If you missed Part 1 of our trip, click here.

And Part 2, click here.


Silo’s Baking Co. [Magnolia/Waco Trip Part 2]

Thanks for coming back for more about our trip to Texas!

[If you missed my first post on our trip, you can read it here.]

Today I’m going to show you some pictures darling Silo’s Baking Company.  It’s right on the corner edge of the property. And when Dan and I pulled up the very first day, there was already a line out the door.

Everywhere you turn, there’s a photo opportunity.

And the inside of the bakery, there is an equal amount of eye candy.

There are so many details to soak up….the hand lettered signs labeling the baked goods, the paper the goodies are wrapped in,  the subway tile, the vintage doors.  I could go on and on and on and on. But instead of going on and on, I’ll just let you see for yourself.

Yes, they have a cupcake called ‘shiplap’.  You shouldn’t be surprised! And you also wouldn’t be surprised at how delicious it is!

There isn’t a seating inside the bakery. Just a small space to line up, order and then head outside to this cute area where you can eat and soak up some Texas sun.

And then there is the bathroom….

Dan said he could see me through that hazy glass taking pictures. I’m quite certain I’m not the only person that’s taken pictures inside this bathroom!

That’s a wrap for my second post!

If you missed my first post on our trip to Waco/Magnolia, please click here.

And if you missed the video Dan created, here’s another look.  Click below to watch. You won’t be disappointed!

There are still more blog posts to come on our trip! So come back soon!



The Big Surprise [Magnolia/Waco Trip – Part 1]

In October, we were getting family pictures.  I was nosey as usual and asked the photographer if I could see one of the pictures.  When she showed me her camera, this is what I saw…..

“You’re going… Magnolia Silos”

What?!  I’m going to Magnolia? When? With who?

Dan had booked a trip. Just for the two of us. And we were leaving in a week.

Woo hoo!!!!

This was a momentous occasion for a few reasons. (1) – Dan planned the entire trip.  All I had to do was show up at the airport. (2) – And this was the first time he’d ever done something like this before!  And not for lack of trying.  It was my lack of giving up control and being ok with him booking a trip!  So finally, after almost 20 years of marriage, he just did it.


I’d say de did ok!

And do you know what made a trip to Texas extra special? Dan and I used to live there.  As newlyweds, we moved to Ft. Worth so Dan could attend medical school.  So flying into DFW airport and looking forward to some DIVINE Tex-Mex warmed my little heart.

We flew out really early on a Wednesday, landed in Dallas, got our rental car and drove directly to Magnolia.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be busy? [Well, yes, probably.] Would it be easy to find? What would parking be like? I couldn’t wait.


Right when you walk up, you see the Silo’s Baking Co…which has the most delicious cupcakes ever!

And if you are like me, you imagined that there was actually something INSIDE the silos.  Nope! At least nothing for visitors to see.


The silo’s just provide a rustic backdrop to the Magnolia shops. [That’s how they appear anyway…maybe the employees use them for storage? I don’t know…]


The little eating area sits just outside Silos Baking Company. [I have another blog post about the bakery coming soon…] And it faces the store…there it is….in all it’s glory…MAGNOLIA!


Here are a few more images from our the Magnolia grounds, where we spent hours roaming around, sitting, shopping, swinging, relaxing, chatting…

Look at this bathroom door with the gooseneck light above it!  It’s not often that you want to photograph a bathroom door!

They are genius with their use of turf. It’s looks just like grass but survives the crazy Texas weather. There is no shortage of places to sit and relax on the Magnolia grounds. They have their own bottled water. And food trucks for you to get a snack or meal.  My favorite one was the Silo’s Baking Co. food truck.  It’s an airstream with the most lovely box of flowers and sign.

 And because I have hundreds of more pictures to share with you of the trip, I’ve broken them into a few different posts.  I’ll leave you today with a video that Dan did of our time at Magnolia. I love it – and I’m fairly certain you will too! We picked a song by a Texas group named Caedmon’s Call. It’s a song that I listened to over and over when we lived in Texas almost 20 years ago.  And I think it fits the theme of our trip too.   I hope you enjoy watching!!

Come back for part 2 of my Magnolia/Waco trip in a few days.  There are a lot more great pictures to come!



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