Sunday, April 26, 2015

WAXAHACHIE: QUITE A CRAFTY LITTLE TOWN


Every time I drive back and forth from visiting family in Dallas, I pass the exit for a little town called Waxahachie (wok-suh-hatch-ee). And, every time I pass it, I say "I really need to stop there some day." Well, guess what? Yesterday I finally did!

My main reason for stopping was that I kept hearing about a little shop called The Crafty Scrapper. Now, my version of "scrapbooking" was to finally get all our photos stashed in shoe boxes, sorted by country, and yell "Hallelujah!" However, there is a good bit of crossover between the supplies that scrapbookers and art journalers use, so I thought it might be worth a visit. Indeed, it was!

My first big surprise was that instead of the cozy little nook of a shop I was expecting, it took up half of one side of the town square.


The second big surprise came when I realized there was some kind of class going on at the back of the shop...


and the person conducting the workshop? None other than internationally renowned art journalist Dina Wakley!

But, the biggest surprise of all was all the other crafty goodness I discovered while wandering around the square and its side streets. Such as this fabulous quilt shop...


with a liveried doorman! Or this awesome shop where you can make your own mosaics.


Of course there were oodles and oodles of antiques, such as the shop called Paris Market, but there were also some pretty hip spots like this...



As for dining options, well, you have your quintessential ladies-who-lunch-and-shop venue, The Dove's Nest.



But, I also spotted a funky Tex-Mex spot, an upscale pub, the Courthouse Cafe, a soon-to-be-open vintage drive-up burger joint, and a swanky-looking Japanese restaurant in their historic hotel.

 
So, I guess it comes as no surprise that, instead of my usual four-to-five hour trip from Dallas to Wimberley, it took me eight and a half hours to get home yesterday!


Waxahachie -- it's worth a visit!

9 comments:

Shelly said...

I LOVE Waxahachie!!! A friend of mine stages The Doves Nest and has a booth there. I was there in 2012, and we had SO much fun! Hope you go visit again!!!

Hill Country Hippie said...

Shelly, how on earth did you end up with a friend in Waxahachie, TX!

Donna Lange said...

So glad you finally stopped to check it out! Lots of goodness there it looks like. I have wanted to go up there to the Texas Country Reporter event but have not yet made it.

Hill Country Hippie said...

Donna, I'm familiar with TCR, but I've never heard of this event in Waxahachie. What's that all about?

musingegret said...

Becky, this entry was as entertaining and informative as a "Daytripper" episode! Keep up the good work.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daytripper

Hill Country Hippie said...

Haha! I felt like a daytripper when I was writing it.

Donna Lange said...

Becky, every year Texas Country Reporter (TCR) has a festival there featuring some of the artists/people they showcase on their weekly program. They have live music and craft booths and food. This year it is held on October 24.

Hill Country Hippie said...

Sounds fun!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Cute as ever and I bet you will stop again! xox