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   54 Comments

homegrown happiness.

there once was a guy named jason…who fell madly, deeply, and fiercely in love with a girl named lynsey.

and these two…well they decided they wanted to be farmers. and so they did.

they wanted life to get back to the basics with their 4 little girls. they wanted people to KNOW their farmers. to KNOW where their food was coming from…

YonDER WAY FARM is an organic meat farm here in fayette county….where the only thing better than their homegrown organic goodness is the authenticity of their hearts and their lives. they believe in honesty. in hard work. in dirt under your fingernails. in getting up at sunrise with the chickens and then making sure all the animals are tucked in safely at sunset.

and most importantly, they believed in good things and in being good people.

i absolutely CANNOT wait for y’all to meet the kramers of YONDER WAY FARM on this week’s episode of junk gypsies. because we know that y’all are going to love them just as much as we do.

jason, also known as @yonderwayfarmer, and lynsey, aka @fivechicksandafarmer, as they are known to their legions of instagram followers. (if you don’t follow them on instagram, let me tell ya…you are missing out!). and of course their 4 little chicks…kk, laney rae, ruthie, and exie jo….all make up yonder way farm.

this farm is their dream. their passion.

this is the good stuff, y’all. we are proud to call them friends and country neighbors. this week, you can watch as we visit YonDER WAy FARM, dig around in the barns for all kinds o’ lost junk, and give them the farm store they so deserve!

{and here, the kramers give me a little surprise of my own…}


and oh yes, we did….because who could resist? american gothic…yonder way farm style.


we’re so excited for y’all to meet the kramers and to see the transformation of their country store this week! tune in this thursday, AugUST 7…9/8C on GreaT AMERICan COUNTRY!

watch the sneak peek here!!!

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and go catch up with the fam on facebook and instagram for all kinds o’ homegrown happiness!

yes He did. GoD made a farmer. and GoD bless those farmers.

and from jason’s favorite song…let’s all take a moment to really…i mean REALLY absorb these lyrics…

“take your time… don’t live too fast,
troubles will come and they will pass.
go find a woman and you’ll find love,
and don’t forget son,
there is Someone up above.”

-simple man, lynyrd skynyrd

and finally…thanks to april pizana, lynsey’s instagram & matt blair for these pics!!!

(after reading this blog, be sure you hop on over to april’s blog for even more pics of YonDER WAY FARM)

August 6, 2014   29 Comments

ain’t nothin’ small ’bout this dream.

through a series of VERY fortunate events that took place last fall, we ended up working on the biggest project of our JG lives. a project that really felt more like a dream.

it was a serendipitous day. the day that PB teen walked into our store…and that day embarked us upon one of the most exciting & creative adventures we’ve ever been a part of.

so we are proud to announce….coming this FALL…an EXCLUSIVE junk gypsy collection for PB teen!

yes i said it. POTTERY BARN teen, y’all! pottery barn teen!

we’ve sketched and designed and re-sketched and re-designed.

PB teen has made several trips to texas as we’ve brainstormed into the late hours of the night and we’ve trekked to the POTTERY BARN headquarters in san francisco, we’ve had endless emails, phone calls, conference calls, and product testing….and nowwwww….coming this fall…the finished products will be ready to be in your home! and i promise, this stuff isn’t just for teens…it’s for ALL ages.

we’ve dug deep on this collection. deep in our creative souls. we’ve spent hours upon hours thinking of all the elements and colors and symbols that we feel most represent JG. that most represent the things we love…all things vintage fleamarket. LOVE of life. love of the road- wanderlust. the south. independence. rockstar. and that most represent the 3 messages we want to convey with this line.

DREAM big.

follow your HEART.

BLAZE your own TRAIL.

this really is a dream come true for us…we’ve had to pinch ourselves through this whole amazing process. we’ve been allowed to be as creative as we wanted to be. we’ve been allowed to dream big. the sky REALLY was the limit with this collection. the pb teen team has been the most amazing group of folks on earth to work with. we have met our creative kindred spirits.

read their press release here!


and be sure to sign up for email alerts here to know all the release deets of the JG/PBteen line!

come see the FULL collection at the JG WORLD HQ during antiques week THiS FALL! sept 26-october 4!!!

(available for purchase at our store for a limited time only)

CLICK HERE ..for pre-sale items!!!

AND here to see our JG/PBteen pinterest board!!!

WatCH this for a little MiRANDA LaMBERT & a bigggg SNEAK peek into the entire collection…

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and to think, this little business started at the fleamarket… ain’t nothin’ small ’bout this dream.


July 29, 2014   17 Comments

junkcation, airbrush awesomeness, & a BIGGO GIVEAWAY!

CONGRATS to MELiSSA…our completely RANDOMLY selected winner via random.org!!!

melissa { 07.25.14 at 9:04 am }

“My favorite thing would just be able to experience the ocean as I have never been. There has always been something happen that was not able to go. Now turning 37 in September would love to be able to mark something off my bucket list =) Thank you for the opportunity to maybe win.God Bless!”


it’s been a few years since we took a real family vacation griswald-style. so we decided it was high time we loaded up and trekked halfway across the country. along the highways and backroads. through the swamps of louisiana and over the rivers of mississippi.

this was the summer of the JUNKCATION.

we all piled in amongst the myriad of suitcases, flip-flops, auto bingo, sunscreen (have i mentioned we are a FAIR-SKINNED family?), & road maps…wheels down. eastbound. east to destin, florida. where the sand is white, the sun is bright, and the water is amazingly crystal clear.

our good friends over at destin getaways hooked us up with some beachfront digs that made us feel like royalty and of course, NORMAL people would probably have made it to destin in the approximately 10 hours it SHOULD take to get there, but for our griswald style family, it took us a SOLID 2 days.

let’s start at the beginning of our journey…

we fell in love all over again with louisiana (actually we did louisiana adventures on the way TO destin and on the way HOME …more about the trip home in the next blog)…

home of fairy tale-esque cypress trees, creole food, and abita strawberry beer.

back on the road again, we left no welcome center unturned. and never passed up a photo op at every state sign…and then, finally…

hellloooooo florida!

andddddd….by the time we arrived at our beach house haven 2 days later there was no sun left in the sunshine state….just the light of the moon. which was actually pretty dang perfect.

it was magical as it reflected off of the ocean…(and ummmm…yeah. sorry just an iphone pic here…i was roadweary.)

we woke up to this view from the steps of our porch…helloooo powdery sand beaches, clear waters, and waves crashing into shore…helloooo beautiful beach umbrellas and turquoise waters. hellloooo salty life.

let the beach junkcation begin!!!!


we hit the beach like gnarly surfers ready to catch a wave. like duuuudeeeeee…. like we were rad.

ok, so maybe we aren’t surfers or even very good boogie boarders for the most part…but we can build a DANG fine sandcastle (hello drip sandcastles) and THIS view was just steps from our beach house extraordinaire….

so we did a whole lot of this…

seriously y’all…JUST STEPS off of our PORCH…

the essential JG infuser…water with watermelon & lime…

and JG ‘keep the stars in your eyes’ sweatshirt bag…

and then on day 2…sunburned and coated in aloe vera, we decided to venture past the paradise of our beach house…and to do what fair skinned people do at the beach.

they eat at pompano joes

annnddddd then they go bowling at uncle buck’s FISHBOWL

and then, we hit the beach again at dusk just in time to catch more waves and the gorgeous sunsets…

of course…when in destin…this HAD to happen.

because well, because we’re totally hip like that. helloooooo 1992!!!! airbrush in tha houseeeee!!!! we’re bringin’ in BACKKKKK!!!!!

from this porch we watched waves crashing, the sun rising and setting, dolphins jumping in the surf, baby sea turtles getting ready to hatch, a wedding proposal, and 2 weddings.

and on the last day, destin getaways hooked us up (yet again)…with some fam beach shots by the amazing romona robbins

yes, dad and t-smitty wore their cowboy hats (and in dad’s case, boots and jeans) on the beach. you can take the boy outta the country….

and with jen and john of destin getaways…

to whom we owe this awesome jUNKCATION! and lee…you are the apple of my eye! ;)

so with salt on our lips and sand in our souls, we bid farewell to our little haven on the beach…we ate our weight in seafood and soaked up all that florida sun… but alas, it was time to head west…west to texas. but not before another stop in louisiana…but that my land-locked friends, is another blog.

in the meantime, check out our JUNKCaTion pinboard for some salty inspiration!

and now for the good stuff!!!! y’all…thanks to destin getaways, YOU too could be bound for the white beaches of destin!!! that’s right…up for grabs is a FREE 3 night stay HERE!!!

JUST go LIKE their FACEBOOK page and check out their site! …then come back here and tell us what your fave thing is about a BEACH vacay!!! a random {lucky} winner will be chosen monday, JULY 28th at high noon CST!!!

update!!!! just in from destin getaways… EVEN if you don’t win the BIGGO giveaway, you can still be a winner!!!

Destin Getaways is offering a special discount to JG fans only, use offer code JG15 to get 15% OFF any available property at Destin Getaways!!!

use this LINK….(phone: (844)602-5103) !!! wooo hoooo!!!

everybody say amen and pass the pina colada!!

July 24, 2014   710 Comments

you’ve always been crazy.

it’s no secret that we’ve long been inspired by thelma & louise here in gypsyville…


the epic tale of women on the run. living life by their own rules. and breaking all kinds of rules along the way. forming friendships. courage. and character.

we like to channel thelma & louise every now & then…(minus the little part at the end of the movie of course.) and minus the cool convertible…who needs a convertible when you have large marge? anddddd minus cute young brad pitt…wait, i’m beginning to feel less and less like thelma or louise….

we were so inspired, that we designed this tribute tee about 4 years ago.

and then asked y’all what the back should say…and y’all voted this…

which was brilliant really because this makes the shirt just so much awesomer (yep, that’s a word).

and because tees weren’t enough, we decided we needed koozies, chillin’ cups, bumper stickers, and even keychains…

because really…can you ever have too much thelma and louise? i think not.

this week, susan sarandon and geena davis posted this recreated infamous shot…and we love them as much today as we did yesterday. forever legends.

and here, amie & i recreated our own thelma & louise moment while filming for season 2…

and our good friend, miranda lambert rocked out to her new song, SOMETHIN BAD, at the BILLBOARD music awards rehearsals with carrie underwood sporting their very own JG thelma & louise tees…

“just like a real-life thelma & louise
if the cops catch up, they’re gonna call it kidnappin.
got a real good feelin’ something bad about to happen.”

y’all CLICK HERE to check out our pinterest board to see our full homage to the forever legendary thelma & louise.

and HERE to see our products in honor of thelma & louise!!


June 24, 2014   22 Comments