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

the wind beneath my wings.

there is no denying it. there is no better place on earth than texas antiques week in the spring.

hashtag awesomeness.

hashtag i’m not even kidding.

it’s like the sky opens up and the sun comes out to play for the first time in many, many months. it’s wildflowers and fresh buds on the trees. it’s hills of green grass in the wild blue yonder.

it’s. the. bluebonnets. which are always, always worth the drive (as roger creager so perfectly says in his song, “fun all wrong”)

and nestled among all of this God given glory, is the world’s greatest fleamarket. the motherload of junk. the wind beneath our wings. texas antiques week.

and what is it that’s so great you ask? well, of course there is the obvious junk for miles and miles…as far as the eye can see. there’s the PEOPLE…God bless the junkers and all of their eclectic, unique, soulful personalities. there’s the food…did i mention the zapp hall crackers, the legal tender pimento cheese, the coffee bug iced coffee drinks?! holy moly. honey hush. i’m hankering for some of all that righttttt nowwwwwww. get in my belly!


but there’s also something more. something oh so much more. it’s something in the air. it’s electric. and everyone feels it. it really and truly is a happy place. everyone is happy because everyone has chosen to be here. junkers and shoppers alike. and everyone is grateful for being here. instead of shopping under fluorescent lights or sitting at a desk, you are out in the great wide open surrounded by junk. where you park in a pasture instead of a parking garage. where you don’t use your cell phone because you probably don’t have reception. where you let your free spirit loose and you channel your inner junker.

there’s a reason we call it junk therapy. for those that have been, you know why. if you haven’t, then what in the heck are you waiting for?

the fleamarket beckons…

here it is y’all!!! all the vitals on this texas antiques week: BIG INFO you gotta knowwwww!!!!

  • PAINT!! we have a newwww and long awaited paint line debuting at the show!!! seriously y’all, this has been a BIG DREAM of ours for a VERY long time and we can’t WAIT for y’all to see it!! (more info coming soon…this pretty much deserves it’s own blog)
  • TUNES!! the 1st EVER JG front porch series: UNPLUGGED happening EVERY DAY during TEXAS ANTIQUES WEEK featuring some of the finest singer/songwriters around! seriously…you DO NOT want to miss this! it’s FREE!! click HERE for more info! BLOG coming soon with more unplugged info too!
  • CORNBREAD! that’s right, y’all….gypsy daddy’s cornbread is NOW IN THE HOUSE!!!! because the ONLY thing better than gypsy daddy’s buttermilk BISCUITS is gypsy daddy’s biscuits AND cornbread. honey hush.

  • TRUNK SHOW!! our dear friend, marti agassi will be having a trunk show in store! stay tuned for more info!!!
  • JUNK-O-RAMA prom! and lest us not forget, JUNK-O-RaMA prom….the best time this side o’ the mississippi!

don’t forget to read past #texasantiquesweek blogs here!!!!

we’ve redecorated the entire JG world HQ & we have tonssss of new and awesome stuff! lots of great vintage stuff on the cheap!!! we can’t wait for y’all to see it!!!

call us with questions! our girls are amazinggggggg!!!! 979.249.5865


March 19, 2015   13 Comments

shake ‘n bake

first of all…let me just get it out there…THANK YOU. come on let’s hug it out. for reals. thank y’all for your comments on my last post… from the bottom of my heart. i read each and every comment and every last one was like a biggo high five.

or a fist bump…with a ‘blow it up’ at the end.

or maybe a shake ‘n bake, baby!

of course there is a slight possibility i’m a little too dramatic and over-enthusiastic but that’s pretty much how i translated them. and to each and every one that commented on the blog, i’m high fiving, fist bumping (and blowing it up), and shakin’ n’ bakin’ back at ya!

sooooo to catch you up….there’s sooooo much to tell. where to start?

i’ll start with the question we get daily. Q: when are new episodes airing?

A: we just wrapped season 3 a few weeks ago.

we filmed for about 5 weeks in october/november and then picked back up in the glorious, temperate climate of january and filmed for about 5 more weeks. it really was glorious. sun-filled days, the warmth on our shoulders as we worked, and after the sun went down, it was really, really awesome. it was pretty much like we were on a beautiful tropical island. ok wait, that was in my self-inflicted 85% dark chocolate overdose dreams. it was freezing. and raining. every. dang. day. which just meant throw on your carharrt, pull on the work gloves, and get to work.

ain’t nobody got time for being cold.

we are really, really proud of this season. there are so many cool transformations and so many pretty amazing collaborations. we forged real bonds. we were inspired. we are forever changed and forever grateful.

consider this your junk gypsies season 3 trailer in words & iphone pics (come on y’all, work with me)…

we team up with our favorite partner-in-crime, miranda lambert, and pull off a super covert heist on her mom for a pretty amazing reveal.

we do an airstream for one of the biggest rock n’ rollers of all time (i still can’t tell ya who…buttttt it does involve a obligatorily necessary trip to the texas beach)…


we partner with one of our original inspirations in the junk world, rachel ashwell for a momentous event…

and….we are forever changed by working with marcus & melanie luttrell. marcus, the american hero, dad, husband, patriot, and all-around die-hard texan. (yes, THE LONE SURVIVOR…THE WAR HERO)…there is ┬áSO. MUCH. MORE. to tell.

we transform a 1900′s smokehouse into the coolest bunkhouse ever, give a 1960-something kitchen an entirely new look, give gypsy archie her dream closet and patio, do an epic garage sale for charity, dance the night away in an historic texas dance hall and moreeeeee!!!

and yes, we cried in EVERY single one. as much as i try, i just CANNOT keep it together.

no offiicial air dates yet…but most likely early june. the entire season will air on great american country, and about half of the season will cross over on HGTV! because what’s better than 1 network? 2 networks!

shake n’ bake, y’all! i can’t wait to hear what you think of season 3!!!

March 13, 2015   58 Comments

hello world.

are you there, world? it’s me, jolie.

when one hasn’t written a blog in oh, say almost a year. that’s right. almost 12 months. not quite 12. but almost. where does one start? does one start month by month? or does one start where one left off? or does one pick up as if no time has passed?

these are the questions i have pondered for the past few weeks. these are the deep and profound philosophical questions that i like to think have plagued academicians since the beginning of time. and just like them, the answer to these questions elude me. i’m at that point of no return. that point of feeling like it’s quite pointless to pick up anywhere. that point of feeling like i’ve fallen deep, deep, deep down the writers block canyon….and clawing my way out is almost unfathomable. insurmountable. impossible.

but alas, i defy to let this overwhelming passage of time defeat me. i refuse to surrender to the power of the blogger champions (you knowwwww who you are). someone must represent the back row bloggers. the blogger dropouts. the less-than-stellar blog-posting cyber writers. those with noble ambitions but yet, they somehow fall short of the finish line. those that have so much to say, that sometimes, they just don’t know how to say it all. those that really and truly are bloggers in their heart and soul. no matter what their BPR is (that’s ┬áblog publish rate for the newbies and yes, i might have just made that acronym up). because they are good enough. smart enough. and by darn, people like them.

so today, yes TODAY. i will not be defeated by the mere 9 months it’s taken me to write a blog. i will not wave the white flag of waning writers willpower.

i. will. prevail.

hello world.

i’m back.

March 10, 2015   65 Comments

home sweet gypsy kitchen.

ok. so it’s no secret we kinda like to junk gypsy-fy spaces…and ummmmm….it’s probably also no surprise that we love to cook. (opening a restaurant is pretty much our back-up plan if this junk gypsy thing doesn’t work).

so it was super exciting when WHERE WOMEN COOK called wanting to merge the 2 things we love to do in one beautiful article. this summer, we are like totally stoked about being featured in WHERE WOMEN COOK magazine…a fantabulous print publication that features women in their spaces…and the recipes they love most.

it’s a culinary journey of food, stories, and creative ideas.

the icing on the cake, is that the pictures were taken by the one and only april pizana….which makes this article a feast for your belly and for your eyes.

the one little problemo about this photoshoot was that me, my husband, todd (a.k.a. t-smittY, and our son, cash baker had just moved into our new house a few months prior…anddddd like lots of loco-in-the-head business owners, we tend to put our own needs/spaces as the lowest priority. (i.e. we have decorated everythang in our lives EXCEPT our own houses). that said, the photoshoot was on the calendar and april was headed to round top in just a matter of weeks which put us seriously under the gun…which i always consider a really, really good thang…because mom, amie, & i always work best under pressure.

it took a few truckloads of fleamarket junk, a couple of really tall ladders, and lots of the essential elbow grease…but i think we pulled it together (thank you, mom & amie!…the family that decorates together, stays together)

and although no other room in the house was decorated at this point, at least the kitchen screams JG (which equals love in my book).

april arrived. and it was time to cook…

and of course…we wanted to incorporate the things most important to us. pizza, biscuits, and a real texas flair.

in case you’re new to our story…we grew up in the pizza restaurant business.

{tune in for more pizza throwing this thursday, 8/14 on JUNK GYPSIES on great american country!!}

thus i present to you our original recipe – fried GREEN tomatillo pizza with goat cheese & basil pesto…a little bit of tex-mex, a little bit of southern, and a little bit of italian.

featuring our homemade, hand-tossed pizza dough…

and of course, we can’t do a cooking segment without including dad’s homemade buttermilk biscuits

which of course, mom then made into strawberry shortcake with mint julep whipping cream. (honey hush.)

yes, these recipes and so much more (including KoRIE RoBERTSON of duck commander and LynSEy KraMER of YONDER WAY FARM to name just a few) can be found in THIS ISSUE.

which you MUST have. you’ll keep it forever. i promise.

andddd for ALL the pics of my kitchen shoot…check out april’s blog, EAT*JUNK*LOVE, here!

now, let’s talk about those turquoise cabinets…

yes. turquoise cabinets. from the get-go i wanted turquoise cabinets…the only problem with turquoise cabinets was that i had never, EVER seen turquoise cabinets in a kitchen before. so it was a bit risky…i mean, if i committed to turquoise cabinets and then freaked out and hated them, the only fix would be to paint them. which i really, really didn’t want to do. i wanted STAIN, not PAINT. i wanted to see the knots in the wood. to really keep a natural element of rustic in them.

and did i mention that we have commitment issues?

but in the end i decided…

no guts, no glory.

operation turquoise cabinet proved to be a 547 step process…

on possibly the hottest august day in TEXAS in 2013

and just when my biceps couldn’t make another stroke, just when the volume of sweat couldn’t possibly get any greater. just when i thought i was broken. beaten. and defeated….then, and only then… the seas parted, the skies opened…and turquoise glory poured on out…all over my kitchen.

and i, am. in. LOVE. no really, i love those cabinets. they are perfect in every way to me. turquoise. knotty. rustic. and completely JUNK GYPSY.

in fact, i love the whole kitchen. it makes me happy. from my chippy, peely 20 foot restaurant sign i scored at antiques week to the old architectural store counter salvaged from THE PEOPLE’s store in lambertville, new jersey (both bought from mark dooley at EXCESS). from the tractor seat stools to the mason jar lights.


it’s my dream kitchen in every sense of the word and really it’s oh so much more. it’s happy. it is my home sweet gypsy kitchen…full of re-purposed, homemade, and fleamarket goodness.

it’s where we feed our bellies and our souls. god bless that gypsy kitchen o’ mine.

LOoK here to see lots of goodies i used in my kitchen!

and cliCK HERE for a SNEAK peek of tomorrow night’s episode!

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August 13, 2014   55 Comments