Tuesday, January 18, 2011


A lovely vignette -- faded vintage flowers on a hand-painted plate.
Hard to believe we're at the beginning of another year -- actually another decade. What a ride it's been so far! All I can do is be thankful for such an incredible trip I never dreamed of 10 years ago when we purchased our Victorian house in McKinney, TX. Our kids were little and our old house was in need of nearly everything a house could need. Fast-forward to now, our son, Sweet Boy, is preparing to head off to university in the fall and our daughter, Sweet Girl, is a teenager in high school.Our remodeled Victorian now belongs to another fabulous family and we live in a newish house located in the Cascade foothills of western Washington. We've made some incredible friendships from Oklahoma to Texas to Washington, and many places in between. We've been blessed through each of life's road-trips, lane changes, detours, and side trips. So what will the new year and new decade bring? Who knows? But one thing is for sure; joyful living, my zest for junk, and our continued friendships will only grow stronger. In the coming year, I look forward to meeting more new friends, finding more "roads less traveled," searching for long lost junky treasures, and always, always, continuing to write and create. 
While watching a lot of football I created
 Bliss Bottles -- vintage bottles with a little junky bling!
First stop on THE GARDEN CAT's 2011 Vintage Show schedule is the fabulous Funky Junk Sisters' Vintage Flea Market, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 5 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, OR (just outside Portland.) Check here at funkyjunksisters.com for all the fun details. In addition, I have DOLLAR OFF coupons for all my readers who want one. Please leave your request below in the comment section or email me at txgardencat@yahoo.com, and I'll  send you one. It's sure to be a great show and a wonderful way to find inspiration and lots of cool, hand-crafted and vintage stuff for your home.
The mantle at Dragonfly Hill. Love this
 metal cloche -- purchased at our local Ben Franklin store.

1. Cinnamon (in just about anything)
 2. Fabulous Vintage Flea Markets
 3. New Beginnings
4. Movie Night (We've been celebrating Cary Grant)
5. Beginning A New Journal


  1. Hello Lisa,
    Just love your Bliss Bottles. Good luck at Funky Junk Sisters in Hillsboro. Can't wait to see the pics.

  2. The Bliss Bottles are awesome...Here, here to new friends and good junking!
    And so glad you enjoyed the book! It is the little project than could....

  3. Hello, Lisa. Hope you've stayed afloat during this flooding! I concur: your Bliss Bottles are fabulously cute! Best of luck at Hillsboro and see you at 2nd Satz!!!

  4. Hey,Lori:

    Thanks! I'm glad you like the bliss bottles -- I always seem to collect old bottles and I'm glad I finally figured out what to do with them. I'm still planning to get down your way and check out your booth(s). :)

    Peace, love, and happy junking,


  5. Hi,Lisa:

    Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the bliss bottles. And I whole heartedly agree -- to new friends and lots of happy junking! Love it! :) Can't think of many things in this life that are much better than friends and junking.

    Peace,love, and happy junking, my friend!

  6. Hi, Elizabeth:

    So I'm on a hill too far from any flooding -- I'm more concerned about you and your home! Hope you didn't have any flooding at your place. Thanks for your sweet comment on the bliss bottles. They're fun to make. Also, thanks for the well wishes for FJS Vintage Market next weekend. Hope to see you at 2nd Satdz the following weekend!

    Peace, love, and all the creative stuff to ya!