Tuesday, January 24, 2012


One of the many great signs at Pandora's
 Box in Frankston, TX -- love it!
Hey, Y'all! It's the middle of January and I've already made a jaunt to Texas. I officially went to see that our son, Sweet Boy, made it back safely to Texas A&M at College Station. (Yeah, right -- LOL!) Anyway, I got an opportunity to meet his lovely girlfriend, visit with my folks and meet their new puppy, Sophie, and do a little junkin' too!
Puppy princess, Sophie!

A few days later, Sweet Boy and I hit the road looking at real estate properties in a pretty cool junkin' town.

Sweet Boy took this picture, adding a fun "vintage" app.
That's right -- ROUND TOP, TEXAS! -- Home to Royer's Round Top Cafe,  (HGTV's newest stars) The Junk Gypsies, and The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, in addition to all the other great people who live and work there.

The Chapel at Festival Hill in Round Top -- beautiful even in winter!

Being his father's son, Sweet Boy obliged me to do a little shopping along the way. Love this cool peace sign light we saw in a shop in Old Spring!

He reintroduced me to chicken-fried steak with all the good stuff not on my diet. And I introduced him to Martha's Bloomers, just down the road from College Station. Martha's Bloomers is a wonderful place full of plants, great food, and everything you could want or need for your garden

Isn't this a dreamy garden work space?
Back at College Station, my mom (Mimi) joined us -- we got Sweet Boy settled in with a new bicycle, groceries, and lots of hugs. Then we headed back home to East Texas. My mom knows me well enough to know I'm incapable of driving directly from point A to point B without a stop or two! (Heck, she's the one who taught me the importance of taking the road less traveled!) So, it came as no surprise to her when I suggested we stop at Pandora's Box Antiques in Frankston, TX. I've been going to this incredible place for years. Here's why: 

It was a bit of a shock to come back to snow and ice in Seattle, but spring junkin' can't be too far off as the Tacoma Home and Garden Show is this weekend!! I'm especially excited to see many friends who are setting up in the Vintage Market at the TH&GS.

In addition, coming up is FUNKY JUNK SISTERS JUNK SALVATION VINTAGE MARKET in Hillsboro, OR February 3 &4!! Garden Cat will be there with lots of cool JUNK and nifty treasures!
Then back to Texas when I'll be joining the Rodeo Queens March 16 & 17, and setting up Garden Cat at Petticoats on the Prairie Under the Big Top Vintage Market in Waxahachie!!
Stay tuned for more about all the fantastic upcoming spring Vintage Markets!

It's off to the junkin' races, my friends!

Peace, love, and all the good stuff, y'all!