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

hello world.

are you there, world? it’s me, jolie.

when one hasn’t written a blog in oh, say almost a year. that’s right. almost 12 months. not quite 12. but almost. where does one start? does one start month by month? or does one start where one left off? or does one pick up as if no time has passed?

these are the questions i have pondered for the past few weeks. these are the deep and profound philosophical questions that i like to think have plagued academicians since the beginning of time. and just like them, the answer to these questions elude me. i’m at that point of no return. that point of feeling like it’s quite pointless to pick up anywhere. that point of feeling like i’ve fallen deep, deep, deep down the writers block canyon….and clawing my way out is almost unfathomable. insurmountable. impossible.

but alas, i defy to let this overwhelming passage of time defeat me. i refuse to surrender to the power of the blogger champions (you knowwwww who you are). someone must represent the back row bloggers. the blogger dropouts. the less-than-stellar blog-posting cyber writers. those with noble ambitions but yet, they somehow fall short of the finish line. those that have so much to say, that sometimes, they just don’t know how to say it all. those that really and truly are bloggers in their heart and soul. no matter what their BPR is (that’s  blog publish rate for the newbies and yes, i might have just made that acronym up). because they are good enough. smart enough. and by darn, people like them.

so today, yes TODAY. i will not be defeated by the mere 9 months it’s taken me to write a blog. i will not wave the white flag of waning writers willpower.

i. will. prevail.

hello world.

i’m back.

March 10, 2015   66 Comments

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   55 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   31 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