Lizzie Lou at Ex-Cess Two • Warrenton, TX

On The Crush List because...

If you like one, you’ll love two.

Lizzie Ex-Cess Squirrl

Regular readers know how hard I’ve crushed on one of the Antique Show’s most illustrious fields, EX-CESS and many of its individual vendors.  And if you’ve ever visited Round Top with me you know how irresistible I find Lizzie Lou, that wondrous shop of wonders next door to Royers Cafe in downtown Round Top.

Hurray hurray then that last spring both EX-CESS and Lizzie had babies or cloned themselves or replicated or expanded or however you want to think about it.  More to love!

EX-CESS TWO sprang up across the highway from EX-CESS SENIOR just before the 2015 Spring show.  Not every booth was filled (it’s quite a lot of real estate), but the swanky new covered pads featured several enthusiastic new vendors, a few relocated favorites and what seemed to be a bunch of secondary/satellite/staging spaces for some of the Show’s bigger vendors from elsewhere.  Overall it was great digging.

ExCess Twoo Bench Excess Two Wide

Lizzie Lou Two or Two or II or Junior set up shop at the new EX-CESS in an all-star front line space. You don’t need words from me to appreciate Mary Lou’s incredible fantasyland.  Just scrolllllllll.

Lizzie ExCess Trees

Lizzie ExCess Drum Branches

Lizzie ExCess Bear Head

Lizzie Lou Bird
Lizzie ExCess Hats

Lizzie Excess Longhorn

Lizzie Lou Blue Mexicana

That turquoise jacket and sombrero made me think about housepaint colors in Mexico.  They’re so much more alive and vivid, not at all like the Barbie-doll-skin colors we seem to want to paint our stucco.  Here’s how The Gringos Guide to Using Mexican Paint: Part 3 explains it:

Paints made in Mexico have higher pigment concentrations to combat the climatic conditions.  And being so close to the equator, with much stronger sun rays than northern latitudes, the country’s thick, rich paints look fantastic in intense sunlight.  Look at a color strip.  Say that you absolutely love the second from the top; it would be perfect in Canada but would look weak and dirty here in the tropical light.

No offense Canada.

Lizzie ExCess Table
Lizzie ExCess Burro Art

Lizzie ExCess Violin

Lizzie Lou W BDWY

FYI (for those who may not be as hip as you undoubtably are): West Broadway is its own street and cuts through all the chic parts of lower Manhattan; Soho, TriBeCa, Washington Square, Greenwich Village, etc.  It is “not to be confused with Broadway.

Under the Big Top • Round Top, TX

On The Crush List because…

This is a circus town, after all.

Cirque du Soleil tickets

Gone To Texas Pink Ladies

Like most of you, I’ve long been mesmerized by the extravagantly imaginative theatrics of Cirque du Soleil.  I love it all. The fabulous get-all-under-your-skin music…  The inflatable-climbable-disappearable-swimable sets…  The way-beyond-that Jillian woman levels of superhuman physical fitness.

Lucky for those of us in Central Texas, Cirque’s traveling show, Kooza, is on its way to the grounds of Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.  The humongous swirly blue and yellow tents start setting up in August and the shows start September 3. Don’t you think we should splurge on a set of VIP Rouge or Backstage Access tickets this time?

I realized while looking through the show’s website that, hey, I can write a new post about the wonders of my other favorite traveling circus, the Round Top Antiques Show, without actually writing anything.  Love that.  So, without further ado, I present to you an imaginative, mesmerizing, get-under-your-skin, practically inflatable look at the Antiques Show accompanied by copy stolen straight from the Kooza web pages!

The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.


Field Javelina

Snake on a Plate

Triptych Squid

It highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

Lizzie ExCess Everlast

Mickey Masks

LIghted Notes

Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, the show explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power.

CH Original Creation 3

Lizzie ExCess Lion


Charming and sophisticated, The Trickster is a sublimely quick and agile being, a genius who knows all about the world because he created it. He appears and disappears at will and there’s electricity in the air each time he arrives on stage.


France 15th Century Cabinet

Golden Dance Maiden

CH Monk Portrait

The Innocent is a naïve and melancholy loner carried off into The Trickster’s world. Outwardly childlike, ingenuous and simple, he is eager to get to know the new world he’s in, but as soon as he uses The Trickster’s powers he discovers an unexpected and jarring environment, a reflection of his soul.

Toddler and Maiden

Skull and Baby

Nymphs to Satyrs

And then there are the acts themselves, titled:



Patchwork Stool Tower



Lizzie Excess Legs



T Rose Arms



Manicure Chair



Stage Coach



Chairs on the Road



Barb Wire Globe

– dip to black –

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