of sticks & stones…

now that you know a little about our ArKANSaS farm, let me show ya what we did last ThaNKSGiVING…

we built a teepee.

a hodgepodge, woodsy, sticks & stones, davy crockett-esque, teepee.

{amie & indie in front of our thanksgiving teepee}

in their coordinating mama &  little gypsy papoose  mocs…

it was unplanned, it was spontaneous. it just happened. it just seemed like the thing to do.

complete with a heart-shaped firepit…

{we gathered stones from the LittLE RiVEr for our perfect firepit}

 and funky AiRSTreAM lights

and a river rock-lined entrance path, and a grapevine doorway (and wreath) for the perfect martha stewart-ish touch…



{burn, baby burn}


  1. gather long, straight branches and tie together at the top (don’t tell anyone because it’s verrrrrry un-woodsmanlike, but we used zip ties. i mean, helllooooo, we are junk gypsies and we DO believe that pretty much any problem can be fixed, solved, or otherwise re-directed using zip ties!)
  2. we then covered it with leafy branches & green Yaupon Holly (the red berries were the perfect pop of color for that decorator touch!:))
  3. frame your door with grapevine or any other type of thick vine
  4. throw on a grapevine wreath while you’re at it (home sweet teepee)
  5. deck the halls with some totally junk gypsy-fide ChRiSTMAS lights

{a room with a view...}

 6. grab some cider and enjoy your room with a view…

happy THaNKSGiVING, y’all!!!

send us your teepee pics!


1 Caroline { 11.16.10 at 4:23 pm }

Of course you built a darling TEE PEE with strung lights- LOVE it!


2 amy~ the gypsy chick { 11.16.10 at 4:28 pm }

ok i think that it might seem a little stalkerish that i am the first comment again… {ha hahahaha}
whatever… that teepee rocks! i hope that you & ALL of the gypsy family have a very blessed thanksgiving holiday!


3 Sonya Tucker { 11.16.10 at 4:40 pm }

We have x-mas at the cabin every year. We love the tepee,dont let our kids play in it though for fear of em tearin it down.LOL! I think when ur dad was in last they played music at hte cabin. My dad, brother an Johnny R.


4 Amanda C. Stanush { 11.16.10 at 4:52 pm }

Love it, love it, love it! My husband just cleared the back part of our land so we have plenty to work with – even have the grape vines! Getting my 3 and 6 year old grandsons this weekend. I know what we’re going to be doing – they’ll love it!


5 vintagesusie { 11.16.10 at 5:23 pm }

I knew there was a reason I loved y’all so much, cuz the gypsy junkin way just shines so bright no matter where you are or what your doing!!! A heart shaped fire pit…I would never think of that, cuz I’d just be pissed to be havin to make a firepit. lol
But the teepee…I’d like to offer y’all a free flight to So Cal, 1 week free vacation at my cabin in the woods, plus $1,000 to come here & build me & my family our own JG teepee!! Now I said I’d like to offer y’all…but unfortunately, I can’t afford to do so…LOL
But you gotta know if I was rich, I’d fly ya here in a heartbeat!
I firepit you Texas Gals…
Cali vintagesusie


6 Tricia Samsal { 11.16.10 at 5:40 pm }

Zip ties and lipstick all a “gypsy” girl needs!! Love it, now how am I going to do that with all these darn cacti around???!! Is it still there for this Thanksgiving…….
Hugs, Tricia


7 Malisa { 11.16.10 at 5:59 pm }

That is the MOST BEAUTIFUL Thanksgiving gathering! Hope this becomes a tradition for your family. Absolutely magical!

(Pent-Up Photos)


8 Tina { 11.16.10 at 8:27 pm }

I wanna make a teepee! Love it x


9 debbie york { 11.16.10 at 9:13 pm }

Silly me. I thought to make a Tee-Pee…you just tickled it under it’s branches!
What wonderful memories y’all are building for the mini-hahas!


10 Patti Rogers { 11.17.10 at 9:11 am }

I love the teepee! Looks like loads of fun, thanks for sharing the pictures!


11 Bone Dust Cowgirl { 11.17.10 at 10:40 am }

I lovethis teepee!!!! It’s just toooooooo cool!!! xo


12 Joy riddle { 11.17.10 at 11:20 am }

Pie breakfast. A friend bakes 15-20 types pies different thanksgiving pies for morning breakfast


13 Scarlett Fiona Reed { 11.18.10 at 3:33 pm }

You guys are so inspiring, this is living! <3<3<3!


14 Scarlett Fiona Reed { 11.18.10 at 3:34 pm }

ps those should be hearts :)


15 Kelsee { 12.02.10 at 12:01 pm }

Came over from Junk Salvation! Wow, I love your style and LOVE the shirt you’re giving away! I can’t find the “Follow” button, maybe I’m a noob. Lol I did sign up for your newsletter though!


16 Karen Taylor { 12.02.10 at 4:08 pm }

I came from Junk Salvation also and would like to follow …but I can not find it either…..Help : )


17 Bella's Mom { 12.03.10 at 1:21 pm }

Love it !!! Looks like so much fun.


18 marianne { 12.06.10 at 12:59 pm }

You are blessed!


19 Dawn { 11.05.12 at 5:48 pm }

I look forward to setting up at Bar W in Warrenton,Texas more than any of the other shows that I do. Only because i love to come up to Zap to see you girls and the awesome production you put on. TeePee is awesome, nothing less would be expected !!! Have a wonderfull Thanksgiving!!See You in the spring!!!


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