2224 miles.

summertime always has us thinking of the great american roadtrip. the griswalds. taking the long way to every destination. not having a destination. stopping at every brewery, winery, or other type of factory along the way…stopping so dad can read every historical marker at every juncture. listening to mom say ‘look girls, look’ every 15 seconds.

 

ultimately, any roadtrip = memories. and that, my friends, is all that matters.
this popped up on our facebook page a few weeks ago. and we love it immensely. everything about it makes us happy. and i can’t quit staring at the picture…cadillac ranch, jg tattoos, jg grafitti, 2 girls (mandy & chandra), 1 roadtrip, 5 million memories.

 

read on…and be inspired.

 

Cadillac Ranch – last stop on the Fall 2011 TX Road Trip to see the Junk Gypsies & Warrenton Antique Week!

96 hours to rally 3 states,

cover 2,224 miles,

burn 125 gallons unleaded with

1,425 songs to choose from

3 cowboy hats and a wedding dress…

2 junk gypsy tatts

6 new girl friends at the community dinner table

1 piece of Royer’s strawberry rhubarb

1 Pistol Annies soundtrack later and we finally understood what this phenom was really about.

COUNTLESS memories that we will hold near and dear to our hearts forever!

Inspiration from the Junk Gypsies set our hearts dreaming of the open road to explore the curiosity sparked by rock & roll, cowgirl, bad a$$, eclectic images mixing from new clothing & necessities to antiquely fabulous “junk” that no girl should live without.

I have never seen anything like it in my life – God Bless Antique Week, the Junk Gypsies, Royer’s and all the amazing people we met along the way! We will never forget this trip and look forward to future run ins with the Junk Gypsies and the amazing people who keep this magical moment going from season to season – decade to decade. I love you & thank each and every one of you who take part preserving this amazing time capsule of Americana. Passing on different stories, and treasures for a new day.

The Junk Gypsies are amazing & we can’t wait to check out their HGTV show coming out in 2012!”

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here’s to y’all, mandy & chandra!! we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking us on your epic roadtrip!

XOXOXO!

June 28, 2012   9 Comments

the PiSTOL ANNIE’s

YOu GONNA pull them pistols or WhiSTLE diXIE?

the PiSTOL ANNie’S are comin to town!!

3 guitar-slingin, songwritin’, heartbreakin’, honky-tonkin’ girls…

their BRAND-new, already-hot-on-the-charts, debut album will be RELEASED tomorrow…it’s chock full of soulful, swanky, gritty, sayin-what-ya-mean & meanin’-what-ya-say country tunes.

it’s 3 girls with their guitars making sweet southern music.

it’s a trailblazin’ first album that is just the beginning of great things.

it’s back to the basics.

it’s talent beyond belief.

and we PROMISE you’re gonna LOVE it.

from hell on heels to boys from the south, the songs are REAL. and empowering. and TENDER.

introducing the ANNIE’s…

HiPPIE ANNIE…aka ASHLEY MONROE…our sweetheart friend from TENNESSEE

{me and ashley on our girls RiVER sister trip}

HoLLER ANNIE…aka ANGALEENA PreSLEY…the coal miner’s daughter from KeNTUCKY
the PiSTOLS at JuNK-O-RaMA prom…
and finally…LoNE STaR ANNiE…aka MirANDA LAmBERt…from the piney woods of EaST TEXAS

ran, bev, & amie after a long day of wedding preparations…

in MiRANDA’s newly gypsy-fide AiRSTREAM at JuNK-O-RaMA ProM…

read their bios here! (click MEET THE ANNIES)

LooK out y’all, the PiSTOL ANNIE’s are comin to town…

and the WiLD, wiLD west was never the same…

pre-ordER the new album HERE! AVAiLABLE EvERYWHERE AuGUST 23!!!

AND be sure to check out our PiSTOL ANNie SECtion ONLINE…tons o’ smokin’ hot PiSTOL ANNIE gear!

PiSTOL ANNiE logo designed by JG exclusive for the PiSTOLS…get yer GOODS!

now if they only made the album in vinyl…

August 22, 2011   22 Comments

rock ‘n roll wonderland with a splash of hillbilly

OK. so yes. it’s been like foreverrrrr since i’ve updated y’all. and there’s soooo much to tell.

let’s start with this little ole wedding we helped with. it was… um, kinda like…a big deal.

and i’m soooo happy to finally share some of the pictures with y’all (more will be forthcoming). the fruits of our labor. it was, the biggest and grandest and most beautifully, awesomely, magically SUBLIME thing we’ve ever done. i only wish i had a magic school bus (or maybe magic airstream in our case:)) to transport you back to that night at the don strange ranch outside of BoERNE texas so that each of you could actually FEEL and touch and taste the sublimeness of the entire event.

{the reception barn from afar...dreamy}

{psst...click on the image to enlarge...we want you to see ALL the details!}

thanks to the amazing skills of RoBERT EVaNS for all images unless noted otherwise (he did brad & jen’s wedding and katie & tom’s!!! wow. AND…he’s like the nicest guy ever).

you know the story of how this project came to be…and for a bit, we struggled with the theme for this reception.

we laid awake at night.

we tossed.

we turned.

our heads whirling a million glittery rockstar miles a minute.

wedding-induced-insomnia. writers block. we were lost in our creative thoughts and unable to pull ‘em all together. and then, like a double-shot o’ love it hit us.

moonshine & mason jars, fireflies & pink guitars. GRIT. GLAMOUR. glam dEER-CAmP. MariLYN MonROE meets ‘OUT of AfRiCA’. it was perfect. it would be beautiful and rustic and rockstar and wedding-ish all at the same time. it was so MIRANDA. and so BLAKE. & SO JuNK GypSY.

there’s just so many things we want y’all to know and to see…so many little details. i’ll attempt to commentate the above shot…giant 5 foot NEON custom made mason jars with blinking fireflies (one hung in the barn, one hung outside from a tree), custom chair slipcovers, seat sashes made of canvas and tied back with vintage belt buckles & metal die cast cap guns, grapevine deer heads flanked the center of the barn and grapevine bee hives (in honor of blake’s hit song, honey bee), crystal chandeliers, vintage boudouir-style fringe lampshades

the head table…created from a salvaged architectural piece and recycled table legs…then painted pink and stained bronze for a way cool rustic effect. vintage rugs, cowhides, gothic chairs covered with JG custom-made slipcovers (each embellished with over 60 crystals for extra glitz)…all nestled under an authentic camp tent. atop the table are jugs of homemade moonshine along with flower-filled minnow buckets & mason jars…and hanging above are our awesome amazing imported hand-forged deer head crystal chandeliers. we commissioned our good friend, ToDD SANDERS of ROADHouSE RELiCS, to make ’THE ShELTONS’ sign inspired by miranda’s logo which we designed for her years ago (check out our new guns & wings buckle!!). (and please ignore the BLUE tarpy stuff in the background…it was part of the venue and couldn’t be removed…but seriously, it almost killlllled us having it there! :)) 

thanks to KeLLY CHRiSTINE for this image…XOXOX!

remember this? GunPOWdER & LeAD. our version of a shotgun-wedding. our idea of fancy-schmancy wedding decor. the final product…

after the firing squad got finished with these restaurant cans, we drilled holes in the bottom with a hole saw, ran $5 light cords through ‘em and added PINK light bulbs.

{i took this shot while the reception was still a work in progress...ignore the mess in the background.}

clustered together in groups of 5, they were the PERFECT complement to our custom made porch swings emblazoned with miranda’s logo (which we stained HOT piNK). 

we hung 4 of these in the barn…and they were seriously awwwwwesome.

above each table hung a different eclectic vintage find… including tattered lampshades (softly glowing with twinkle lights) and crystal chandeliers…

{big east texas thanks to kelly christine for this shot}

when MirANDA and BeV (miranda’s mom) first walked in thursday night as we were working…they both cried. (which of course, made us cry too:).

after the wedding, miranda later twittered: “I finally got to see my wedding pics in US weekly. Amazing day. @junkgypsy made it a rock and roll wonderland with a splash of hillbilly:)”

in short, it was the best night ever. we danced side-by-side with kelly clarkson (i’m dying), kellie pickler, laura bell bundy, hillary, charles, & DaVE of LadY AnteBELLUM, and sooo many more. we met reba mcentire (seriously. i’m speechless. i’ve loved her since ‘whoever’s in new england’). we loved seeing our good friend dierks bentley and catching up with katherine heigl (aka: katie…since we are BFF’s and all…click her name to read about our BFF night in MirANDA’s airstream) & husband josh kelley. we united with our brutha from another mutha, cake designer extraordinaire- jay qualls. we boogied down to NEAL McCOY (i ain’t kiddin, BEST concert EvER!) with the PiSTOL ANNieS and then partied to the tunes of celebrity-style karoake until the early hours of the morning.

but all of that, is another blog…

P.S. check out our wedding section online to get tha LOOK!!! it’s still in the works so check back frequently!

June 28, 2011   95 Comments

chapter 7: HoME on the RaNGE…the big ReVEAL, moonlight MarSHMaLLow RoasT, & cowgirl campfire singin’

s’mores under the moonlight, dances with GypSIES, & the big ReVEAL 2 MiRANDA….there’s still soooo much to tell about our past month or so of craziness… 

{twilight at the reveal...}*shot at pozohondostudios.com

{la reina=the queen}*shot at pozohondostudios.com

{a 1950's StuDEBaKER hitched to the AiRSTREAM with La ReiNA in the background...a picturesque moment as we're gearing up...}

and by the way…here’s a pic of me driving that sweet ride…yep, my dad’s proudest moment…

{and good luck finding 1st, 2nd, reverse, or heck ANY gear for that matter...of course, when you're rollin with no power steerin' towards a tree, you do a pretty good job of figuring it out!}

 

 As most of you know, we junked out MirANDA’s tour bus a couple of years ago (pics here)…and just like that project, MirANDA wanted to know NOTHING about ANY details as the project was in progress. in fact, despite BeV’S (miranda’s mama) prodding she wouldn’t even read our first blog entries for fear it would give something away…

soooo here it goes…amie removes the VeLVeT rope…

{amie moving aside the FLeaMARkET velvet rope....MirANDA's first glimpse}

{her first look inside...}

{diggin' the vibe...}

 showing her the custom ‘JuST LiKE a gypSY’ sconce…handcrafted by TeXAS TrASH in CarMINE, TExas!

XOXOXO to LinDA and RiCHARD HaMiLTOn!

{AmiE & me with RaN seeing her 'JuST LiKE A gypSY' sconce for the first time...one of her FaVORiTE thangs}

annnnd then she got chills….(which i think is a good sign)

{homemade curtains just like a gypsy...}

and amie explaining the DRuMs-turned-into-coffee-tables story… (read here if you missed it)

{wood planks from old DiXIE chiCKEN domino tables and drums from the fleamarket...perfect for a CoSMIC cowGIRL roadside bar!}

we hugged, we loved, we laughed, we cried…we showed her the inside, and the outside…

{showin her our little surprise on the bumper...}

{'cause gypsies never get tied down...}*thanks to anthologieimages.com for the pic!

a group shot of the SiKES fam and MiRANdA…

{OK, ok, enough formalities...where's the MarSHmaLLowS?!}

and when the sun tucked in for the night….

{twilight on ReVEAL night}

 

{the vibe of the AiRSTREam is psychedelic at night...luuuvin it!}

{you feelin' it?}

it was time to have a good ole-fashioned, all-AmERICAN, SouTHERN StyLE hot dog and marshmallow roast…yee-haw!

followed by CaMPFiRE singin’ under the TeXAS stars compliments of MiRANDA LamBERT, AsHLEY MonROE, AnGaLEENa PreSLEY, JoHN EvaNS, and RiCK LamBERT! YiPPEE-ki-A! BuFFaLO gals won’t ya come out tonight?

{it's gonna be a great night...}

y’all stay tuned! ReVEAL video coming soooooon!!!!

HeADS up y’all!!!! NeW section added to our GypSYViLLE online store! AiRSTREAM gear and the tee MirANDA has on all riGHT heRE!

AnD BiGGO huGE ConGRATS to MiRANDA…makin out like a bandit at last night’s ACM awards!

{that's right y'all...ViDEO of the YEAR, ALBuM of the YEaR, & ToP FeMALe VoCALISt!}*photo cred:CMT.com

sooo proud of you, SisTER!

{us with MiRANDA LAmBERT & crew on prom nite}

goodnight IrENE…

April 19, 2010   15 Comments