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The Silos: A Peek Into Our Past

Our Magnolia Silos have long-since been a special place in our quickly-growing city of Waco, Texas. Ask anyone’s grandparents, and they’d be able to tell you how they clearly remember the silos standing tall back when they were just kids.

On Monday, May 11, 1953, an F5 tornado hit Waco, Texas and caused irreparable damage to the downtown area. Over 1,000 homes and buildings were destroyed, and 114 lives were lost. It was a dark time for Waco, and many native Wacoans think back to the days that followed the tornado, and remember the sadness and rubble that covered the city. The majority of the homes and buildings that fell were never rebuilt, and the area surrounding the Silos still remains sparsely populated compared to early 1953.

Recently, we were gifted with some beautiful and symbolic pictures taken by a well-known Waco photographer, Jimmie Willis, following the tornado in 1953. See below, the buildings surrounding the silos fallen, but our silos standing tall.

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Photos courtesy of the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute

The big move from our current “Little Shop on Bosque” to the Silos has been a long time in the making. For those of you coming to see this property firsthand for the grand opening, or even after, we hope you will appreciate, as we do, the beauty of our Silos’ past. Half of the fun of this project was getting to see this old property come right back to life, and we love learning about their history.

We’d love to see your pictures of our Magnolia Silos! When you visit, be sure to use the hashtag #magnoliamarket and #magnoliasilos.


DIY Garden Planter Gift

As we officially close the chapter on summer and begin the annual fall outdoor chores of pruning and mulching, it also happens to be an ideal time to plant a few spring flowers. That makes this craft perfect for this time of the year. These garden planter packages make a sweet little ‘thank you’ or even ‘just because’ gift.

unnamed(11)These packages contain tulip bulbs, or substitute Paperwhites instead.unnamed(10)During the fall, bulbs are readily available for purchase in most local nurseries and garden centers.
To create these sweet gifts, you will simply need some linen or burlap, twine or ribbon, and the bulbs of your choice.
unnamed(9)Cut a piece of linen or burlap and make a little nest out of Spanish moss in the center, before placing the bulbs on top.
unnamed(8)Gather linen and secure with twine or ribbon. Add foliage from your garden for some movement and color, and place in a little terracotta pot. That’s it! You can add a little handwritten tag, indicating color or type of flower, and tie it to the bundle. Here are some tips to consider when planting your bulbs – you could even type these out and attach it with your tag as well!

1. Plant bulbs before the first frost. Or late October/early November is an ideal time to plant.
2. Plant bulbs soon after purchasing.
3. Plant bulbs generously, in case some do not sprout or get dug up by critters.
4. A general rule of thumb is to plant bulbs at a depth of three times the width of the bulb.
5. Water well after planting. Cover with mulch to keep weeds down and hold moisture through the winter.

That’s it! Super simple. This would make a thoughtful housewarming, teacher or hostess gift. As always, make it your own and enjoy!



DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter

One of the most effortless ways to decorate for fall is to use natural elements, and after all, isn’t half the fun of fall the beautiful colors outside? For this project we wanted to bring the outside in by incorporating pumpkins. Pumpkins are festive and fun while bringing a pop of color and adding a little texture. We wanted to create something soft and simple to decorate your table for the season, but that would also look great sprinkled around your porch, or even used as individual place settings.

The trick to making these last longer than your traditional pumpkin planter is in the wax coating. Here’s how to make them:

You will need:
Mini pumpkins
Serrated knife
Wax candles
Gold spray paint (optional)
Tin or pop can
Popsicle stick
Small plants of your choice
Potting soil

1. With a small sharp knife, carve a hole into the top of a pumpkin that is large enough to fit the plant you’ve selected.
2. Once the top is removed, carefully hollow the inside of the pumpkin. To ensure the pumpkin remains fresh, scrape down the flesh as thoroughly as possible.
3. Spray paint with favorite gold spray if desired.
4. Cut candles into small pieces and place inside a tin or soda can and place in a pot with boiling water. Use tongs to hold can and stir wax with popsicle stick.
5. Remove can from the pan and spoon or pour the wax into the hollowed pumpkins. Swirl the wax around to ensure the interior and lip are completely coated, then set the pumpkin aside until the wax is cool and dry.
6. Fill the sealed pumpkin with potting soil and place a plant inside. Fill out the edges of the planting with moss as needed. Repeat for as many pumpkins as you’d like.

pumpkin4These look beautiful stacked on top of vintage books, but you can also display them on top of a wood slice for a more rustic and natural feel. Remember to tag #magnoliamarket in your social media posts! We can’t wait to see these succulent planters in your home! Enjoy.