TGIJF.

it’s official.

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   24 Comments

shotgun.

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

unplugged.

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  SO. 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