that time we pretended we were green day.

we might have been just slightly too excited about our little green day airstream project….or maybe just a little too “into” the whole thing…

i’m not sure what happened here. but it is slightly feasible that we maybe got caught up in the moment.

maybe. just a little.

but truth be told, we were really, really honored and pretty darn speechless to be included on anything that had the 2 words green & day in the same sentence. because, like 31 million other people in the world, we LOVE green day.

if you missed last friday’s episode, you can catch it again this FRIDAY (5/29 at 10:30/9:30pm CST)…but in the meantime…you can shop the collection here.

keep scrolling to see a grand tour of the finished product. april pizana‘s photos are a little thing i like to call magic.

and although we were worlds away from the sand and surf that this airstream is intended for…

but while the longhorns were watching through the windows of the airstream…

we were definitely getting in the groove…

the zen-surfer-rockstar groove…

as many of you may know, amie’s a little pinterest happy ALL. THE. TIME. and this project was no exception…for our inspirations, look here. AND CLICK HERE to shop all the goods!

be sure to hop on over to april’s blog for even more pictures! and don’t forget to watch the airstream transformation in action on great american country this friday at 10:30/9:30pm!


May 28, 2015   4 Comments

green day – the time of our life.

there’s this picture. that we just can’t quit staring at…

because it feels very, very surreal.

yes, that’s billie joe armstrong of GREEN DAY standing by his JG airstream.

maybe it’s because the memory of listening to my dookie tape (you read that right…the cassette tape…in a tape deck) is so vivid…and sitting up late, late at night watching insomniac theater on VH1 just to catch their latest videos. it’s because there is something about GREEN DAY that makes them larger than life. because they are the kings of punk rock. the rock ‘n roll hall of famers that are not only one of the best selling bands of all time but they are also a testament to the american dream and to the fact that really, really, REALLY big dreams really can come true.

because i know you agree with me when i say that it is wildly RANDOM that we received a call one day from billie joe armstrong’s wife, adrienne armstrong. i mean who in the whole entire world could have ever predicted that? green day is calling US? us little ole junkers out here in texas? i remember the day amie called to tell me she had just hung up the phone with adrienne armstrong…i was at the roller skating rink…ummm, yes that’s right…i was at the roller skating rink. apparently adrienne was wanting a very special gift for billie joe for their 20th wedding anniversary….and we were just the ones for the job.

here it is in her words…

“Billie Joe & I met in my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 4, 1990. Four years later on July 2, 1994 we married in the backyard of our Berkeley, CA home. We have been on an epic adventure ever since – raising kids and animals, creating a home, working and traveling and experiencing the many ups, downs & in-betweens of life together as a family.

As our 20 year wedding anniversary was approaching, I knew I wanted to get him a vintage Airstream.  We had talked about getting one over the years and how fun it would be to travel the coast, stopping at surf breaks along the way. I started looking online for interior ideas and Miranda Lambert’s and Dierks Bentley’s Airstreams kept coming up in image searches.  So I tracked down The Junk Gypsies. I would have tried to do the project myself but I didn’t know the first thing about Airstreams. I was hoping they could fix it up and make it work for him. This has been such a fun experience working with them. They truly got  what I wanted to do for Billie Joe. To create a surf shack on wheels.  A cozy, laid back space to hang out & drink his morning coffee while  listening  to his favorite records. This cute baby is going to be with us for this next chapter in our family adventure.  And I am so grateful to Amie & Jolie for making this happen.

here’s their sweetest-ever wedding picture from 20 years ago…

and here is billie joe and adrienne with their kids when GREEN DAY was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame last month…

and here’s proof that amie and i are much better airstream renovators than we are rockstars…although there is some serious inner-rockstar wannabe action happening here…

i won’t mention the fact that while filming this, i think i threw out my neck (how do they do it??….maybe i’m not rockstar material….i’m also tone deaf).

but in all seriousness…we’ve spent about a year getting to know adrienne, and their love for each other is really so amazing and so authentic. we’re in love with their love story. it is the REAL DEAL. and, there is no doubt that adrienne is possibly one of the sweetest souls we’ve ever known…and that, together, they have conquered the world. and we are so incredibly thankful from the bottom of our texas hearts that we were able to be a part of this story…because it has added such a wonderful, inspiring, and sublimely beautiful piece to our junky puzzle of life.

we’ll be posting lots of pics soon so y’all stay tuned!!! and get ready for tonight!!! #TGIJF with us and green day!!! wooo-hoooo!!!


May 22, 2015   16 Comments


it’s official.

season 3 is comin’ at ya. NEXT FRIDAY, may 15th. mark your calendars. set your DVR’s. call your cable company and make sure great american country is on your package so you won’t miss our great american friday marathons allll summer long!

because you seriously aren’t going to want to miss this season….

hint: miranda lambert (girls at work in this one…and me and miranda sew a masterpiece!),  marcus luttrell (we were humbled beyond belief),  rachel ashwell (our shabby chic design idol from back in the early days),  GREEN DAY (yes, you read that right. the uber rock star hall of famers. OMG. GREEN DAY)….

and SO. MUCH. MORE. full kitchen renovations. a home sweet treehouse makeover, we restore a historic texas dance hall here in round top, AND we have a biggo charity garage sale with the school.

it’s all happening. this season.

tgijf, y’all. (thank gawsh it’s junky friday)

May 8, 2015   23 Comments


we’ve been busy doing a photoshoot around here….which we always get excited about…we find ourselves not eating, not sleeping. not checking the mail or returning phone calls. not showering… ok, maybe we get a little too excited. we tend to get completely immersed in our latest inspiration. our latest vibe. yes, some people may call it obsessed…but we like to call it immersed. (and no, we are not in denial. really. we’re NOT.)

it’s new inspiration. new looks. new stuff.

and for those of us that get distracted easily (squirrel!)…new inspiration is always a good thing.

it’s a new vibe.

a chance to play dress up and channel whatever is inspiring us at the moment. whether it’s beat up old tires at the corner gas station, or a cactus shaped like a heart in a tin bucket. whether it’s janis joplin or willie nelson.

here we go y’all…

day 1: we were banditas in a border town …

in search of wild cacti & texas tumbleweeds at the wander inn…

and here’s a little outtake…amie (aka, the stylist) adjusting archie…


yes…that’s pretty much the way we roll. some companies have hair and make-up artists, 2-3 photographers, camera assistants, a videographer, stylists, and other random folks on set of a photoshoot. i guess you could say we’re a little more ‘basic’ with our photoshoots. there’s amie (the stylist), archie (the model), ranell (model), (who both, by the way, do their own makeup and hair), and then there’s me (photographer) with a step ladder. but y’all. it’s a fancy step ladder. it has grips on the handle.

day 2: we found ourselves busted flat in baton rouge channeling janis joplin & me & bobby mcgee….(and clearly, we were actually at the round top service station…but busted flat in round top doesn’t have the same ring to it)

and just because…


all at the round top service station.

where they still pump your gas. from an old school gas pump. into your john deere. which you drove up to the gas station. yes, this happens. and yes, this is why i love everything about this picture.

that’s it for now, y’all. but stay tuned for more…because we just kept on shooting…for days.

the way we look at it, inspiration is a good-gawsh wonderful thing. and when it strikes, you can either take it for a ride or you can walk away. and this time, we were ridin’ shotgun.

April 28, 2015   23 Comments


when the idea of the JG world HQ was just a little dream of ours, we always knew we wanted it to be a friendly ecosystem for the unique species of troubadours to migrate. a place for singers and songwriters to find inspiration. a place where they, along with junkers, roadtrippers, and dreamers could all live symbiotically in sweet, sweet harmony.

and now, that little dream of ours is coming true…i’m very,very excited to announce…drumroll please…. the first ever JG FRONT PORCH SERIES: unplugged!!!

it’s gonna be a biggo time! seriously y’all….we are so honored to be hosting some of the finest singer/songwriters around!! they’ll be pickin’ on our front porch! and we sooo hope all of y’all can come!

in case you’re not picking up what i’m putting down, let me spell it out for ya… longhorns grazing in the pasture next to the HQ, bluebonnets blooming roadside, the big blue country sky up above, junk as far as the eye can see, and inspiring music that’ll make you wanna pull up a rocking chair and stay awhile! and oh yeah, i forgot to mention miranda lambert wine on select days! does it get any better?

here’s the lineup…and i promise, you don’t want to miss any of these!!!

haley cole…playing saturday, march 28th & tuesday, march 31st…

jamie wilson…playing SuNDAY, march 29th…


kylie rae HARRIS playing monday, march 30th…

tina and walt WiLKINS playing wednesday, april 1st.

cody canada playing thursday, april 2nd…

gabe wootton playing FRiDAY, march 27th & friday, april 3rd…

kimberly kelly playing saturday, april 4th…

ummmm, yes. all of those amazing artists are going to be on OUR porch. and we are so, so honored to have each and ever one of them. picking it old-style. back to the basics. unplugged.

and lest us not forget…the amazing JoHN EVANS band thursday, april 2nd for JUNK-O-RaMA prom at the JG tent at ZaPP HALL! it’s vintage finery under the texas stars!

P.S. did i mention that all of the above is FREE???!!!!

March 24, 2015   1 Comment