Category — all the junk
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 5 Comments
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…
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
there is no denying it. there is no better place on earth than texas antiques week in the spring.
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