Posts from — March 2010

our JunK diaRIES #2

We’ve got a long ways to go and a short time to get there but here’s a little peek at what’s been going on the past few days… (and by the way, out here in the cow pasture, our internet connection is about the speed of molasses soooo i’ll probably keep this post short & sweet) 

we’ve shopped… 

{amie found this 1951-ish vintage diner-style jukebox-a GREAT find!!}

{we are soooo lovin this cAt CaNVAS!}

{one of my faves...how great would this look in the kitchen?!}

didn’t buy these but i just couldn’t resist taken a few pics…

{old DoLL factory molds}

{we've said it once, we'll say it again...there ain't nuthin you can't find at the fleamarket!}

 we’ve caught up with GreAT friends…

{JoE PeTE...our favorite & ELuSIVE INtERNATIONaL MaN of MySTERY}

and always a priority in our book…EaTING!

{JaniE ordering at LEGAL TenDER}

seriously, their homemade pimento cheese sandwiches are ThA BeST!!! 327 different kinds of cheeses on homemadE BrEAD (and have i mentioned how much i loooooove bread??!!!!)! deeee-licious!!!!

{behind the counter at the LeGAL TeNDER saloon}

and of course…our daily couple o’ stops at the CoFFEE bUG!

{simpLy the best cup o' JoE on EarTH}

and here’s what the tent looks like as of yesterday….

{yep...a long ways to go and a short time to get there...}

at the end of every day, we’re just happy to be here…and finding great junk that makes us smile is just icing on the cake!

**for more play by play action…y’all be sure to check out our twitter page…uploading pics alllll day long!**

March 25, 2010   7 Comments

WaRRENTon AnTIQUES weeK: and so it begins…DaY 1

so here we are … down in WaRREnTON, teXAS … where the antiques are endless, the country air is deliriously intoxicating, and the junKers are all just happy to be here.

every spring and fall, after the trailers are loaded and hitched, the truckbeds are strapped down piled high with good junk, and our umpteen bags are packed…it’s the best feeling in the world to hit the road and head towards WaRRENTON…the homeland, the MoTHerLOAD of all things junky.

DaY 1…and so it begins

{puLL on yer work gloves, girls! it's time to bring on the juNK!}

by Friday afternoon (with a little luck and a lotta hard work), this empty tent will become our cow pasture store…stay tuned for the final producT…or better yet, load up and hit the road! 

we’ve been a little wrapped up in the AiRSTREAM project this year so exactly HOW we’re gonna pull this one off is still a bit of a mystery to me!

We started the day with BuNNY resCUE 911…AmiE happened upon a burrow of baby bunnies smack dab in a high traffic danger zone for the week. So we did a quick little rescue with the help of our neighbor junkers, found a good home, and saved the day! happy EaSTER!

{MiSSIoN: BuNNy rescue...no bunnies were harmed during the taking of this photo}

a little shopping…

{oLd car name plates at Mylissa's}

out on the grounds….

pull up a chair and stay awhile….more to come!

March 23, 2010   3 Comments

AiRSTREaM CHroNiCLES: chapter 4-late night change of plans

soooo as if this AiRSTReaM projeCt wasn’t already a bit of a RoLLER coaster ride, we received a late night phone call the night before our final day of work giving us an OFFiCIAL change of plans.

{we could show ya more, buuuuut.....}

stay with me here…this may get a little confusing…

PLaN A: the AiRSTREAM HAD TO BE completed by TuESDAY, MarCH 16th. A top-secret-undercover-officially-unofficial-operative agent was to arrive at the warehouse at 0600 hours (actually, i have NO idea what 0600 hours is…i just put that to sound MiSSION: Impossible-ish). The driver was to hitch the completed AiRSTREAM to his undercover truck and “dead-head” it (that’s trucker lingo for ‘to move an empty vehicle along a route’) to WeST VirGinIA where it would be officially delivered and revealed to MirANDA for the first time.

BuT when MirANDA heard of PLaN A, she decided that just didn’t fit her fancy.

PLaN B: MiRANDA & a few of her rowdiest friends are gonna load up in her pick-up truck and high tail it to TeXAS southern style. the OFFiCIAL reveal will be somewhere in TeXAS at some point in the near future…

whew! …and the saga continues…..

MeANWHiLE…out in the shop…

{dad's shop...kickin' it old school style}

remember those amazing planks of carved up wood from the one-and-only DiXIE ChiCKEN?

{you just haven't lived until you've carved your name in a table at the DiXIE chiCKEN}

we thought with a little woodworking-prowess, these planks combined with a pair of old band drums would be perfect as end tables.

{old band drum pre-woodworking prowess...this table is soooo gonna rock!}

{old band drum pre-woodworking prowess...this table is soooo gonna rock!}

as oxymoronic (is that a word?) as it sounds…it almost killed us to cut through those grand pieces of history. but we reminded ourselves it was a great way to continue the legacy and the history that those gritty, grimy, old pieces of wood hold.

we held our breaths, we closed our eyes, we held hands and sang kum-ba-yah….

{on the cuttin floor...}

 and then we almost cried…

{our scraps...to be preciously SAvED for another project down the road}

 and then we got back to work…

{DaD's drill press ...used to drill holes in the diXIE ChiCKEN wood}

 annnd his old drill bits…

{his 'old coffee can' organization system...seriously, this gives amie & me warm fuzzies}

last one, i promise……

amie placing the boards…

{now it's beginning to make sense...}

and the FiNISHED product…complete with industrial casters that can be locked into place, repurposed dixie chicken wood, and our fleamarket band drum.

{stylin' & profilin', baby...(unlike amie in the above shot:))}

it’s been a FaST & FurIOUS past couple of weeks but the AiRSTREaM project is complete!

we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve had a blast as a family and as a company…we’ve received all kinds o’ love from across the globe….

{HoLY moLY! AiRSTREAM & PROm QUEEN cookies shipped from SuzANNE SEXTON designs! thankkkkk you!}

and we guARANTEE MiRANDA’s AiRSTReam is gonna be the rockin-est, honky-tonkin’-est, tin can on WhEELS to ever hit tha road!

y’all stay tuned…FiNAL pics and video coming sooooon!

March 18, 2010   12 Comments

Sublimely beautiFUL…JuNK-O-RaMA prom

For those that have been to JuNK GypSY JunK-O-RaMA prom, you know all the magically crazy, wonderfully beautiful, and sublimely ethereal stories you hear are true…and for those that haven’t, here’s a little history on how it all got started…a little ProM 101. 

ThE LEgEND & LoRE of Junk Gypsy Junk-o-Rama Prom…the beginning…  

{JuNK-O-RAMA ProM} (thanks to KeeLY MaRIE ScoTT for the image)

What started as a simple ode to the forgotten prom dress magically took a life of its own one night at the fleamarket.

{AmIE, MoM, & me in the OuTHOUSE a few years back}

 

JunK-o-RaMA Prom has become a cultural crossroads of sights and sounds and people. ANd, we firmly believe, the happiest place on EaRTH for one breath-taking evening in Texas. Under the big ol’ southern stars you will find a celebration for all ages and all walks of life, an evening where everybody is somebody!

{ELviS LivES! (and lives...and lives...and lives....and lives!)} (thanks to antholgieimages.com for the pic!)

During the antiques show several years ago, we noticed the forgotten glory and beauty of a pile of vintage prom dresses aNd decided to pay tribute by hosting our own little JuNK-O-RaMA Prom a few nights later. We scavenged the grounds, scooped up vintage dresses throughout the week and all played dress-up under the stars that one night.

{FiRST JuNK-O-RamA ProM - sprinG 2004}

There were a handful of customers and several junkers (aka – vendors) ..we drank sangria, took silly pictures, practically danced holes in our boots, had lots of laughs and were completely oblivious to the fact that JuNK-O-RaMA PRom would soon become a legendary twice yearly event.

{dancing under the twinkle LiGHTS and the teXAS staRS}

It is now much larger than a ‘handful of folks’…nowadays you probably couldn’t stir ‘em with a stick!

{AmiE, JoHN EvaNS & me at prOM}

It’s a magical evening..complete with a makeshift stage for the band, made out of our latest, greatest fleamarket finds, a million and one twinkling ChriSTmas lights, and glittery chandeliers hanging out of the trees near our tent in this Texas cow pasture.

{PrOM nite for the young and the young @ heart!} (thanks to anthologieimages.com for the pic)

 AnD of course, everyone’s favorite – the old outhouse turned photobooth!

{chandeliers, vintage fabrics, architectural pieces & a disco ball adorn our FaNCY SchMANCY PhoTO booth!}

YeP, it’s the original OUTHouSE from ZaPP HaLL grounds…and bein LoVERs of all junk, we just had to put it to good use. soooo, now it famously (and infamously) stands as our OFFiCIAL photobooth! It has been retrofitted with posh, tattered velvet cushions, old oil paintings and its own little chandelier making it the most happening outhouse on the planet!

{the early years...mingling outside the outHouSE}(photo courtesy of CounTRY LIvING magazine)

So this evening that culminated out of not much more than a pile of dusty old prom dresses and our desire to just have fun, has become something that we are just happy to be a part of! There’S been rumors of star-studded guests (MiranDA LamBERT, WiLLIE!, RachEL AShWELL), it’s been featured by CounTRY LiVING magazine, the ToDAY ShoW , and by UT film students working on a documentary & we just feel really darn LuCKY to be a part of something that makes us all so happy !

 So for as long as we can . . . we are gonna be dancin’ in our cowboy boots underneath the starS at JuNk-o-RAmA Prom!

JuNK-O-RaMA PRoM…THurSDAY, ApRIL 1st…TwiLiGHT at the GypSY tenT!

ANTIQUeS WEEK: MArCH 27-ApRiL 3

MoRE good stuff coming! AntIQUES WEEK! a soul vacation!

March 17, 2010   11 Comments

AiRSTReAM ChRONiCLES: chapter 3-channeling texas bars

YeSTErDAY amiE shocked herself not once but twice, I sandEd the floor once twice 3 TiMES, DaD reworked the salvaged CirCUS WHeeL bar top more times than we want to admit & JaNIE was STiLL wishin for a CoRONA.

we’ve channeled LeGENDARy TeXAS baRS, BLoWN the EleCTRiCiTY and had deliveries of LuckenBACH souvenirs, OLd DIXiE ChiCKEN wood, & HoMEMadE DING-DoNGS. 4 DaYS left…the SaGA continues…  

{this is the floor at step 62 of 97}

 yeS, it really took that many steps…(or maybe it just seemed like it…i’m not sure anymore….maybe i’m delirious from the paint fumes…)  

{step 86}

If Lovin’ you is WroNG, i don’t wanna be right…   

{incomplete but gettin' there...}

MeanWHiLE we cosmically channeled LeGENDary TeXAS bars all day. we started off our morning with a visit from the girLS of the DiXIE chiCKEN who brought us a little piece of hiSTORY for the AiRSTREAM… 

{carved up planks from DiXIE ChiCKEN tables}

 ThEN…we had a special delivery from the MaILmAN… 

{goodies sent StrAiGHT from LuCkenBACH, teXAS!}

which i have decided was DesTINY channeled directly from my cosmic vibes since i just happened to be sportin my LUckENBACH tee yesterday! 

{yes, i'm a little giddy about the arrival of a LuCKEnBACH package! it's like ChRISTMAS!}

AND the day just kept getting beTTER! because then a little angel named PaTRICIA showed up with a little piece of heaven in to-go boxes filled with soul food and HoMeMADE desserts! deeeee-licious homebakED breads, chicken spaghetti, tortilla soup, and hellllloooo cookies, kolaches and HomEMADE ding-dongs courtesy of MeLiSSA & ThE BAKE ShoPPE all the way from CyPrESS, TeXAS! 

{CooKIEs, KoLaCHES, and yes! HOMeMADE ding-donGS!}

{XOXOXO back at ya, MeLiSSA!!}

We’RE movin in the furniture, hangin the HoMEmaDE curTAINS, and fillin’ our BeLLIES with good grub!

LiFE is good and we’re glad y’all are here! PuLL up a chair & stAY awhile…the completion is near!

March 11, 2010   16 Comments