Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Hey, Y'all!  
As we celebrate this brand new year we look forward to new adventures down the road. 
Garden Cat Vintage still has a fun little booth at Hermann Antique Mall in Brenham, TX, but now we've also taken a larger booth at Circle P Antiques and Collectibles in Navasota, TX. At Circle P we have enough room to spread out our vintage garden furniture and other needful things. Here's a peek at our booth there--

And here's a peek at the many other wonderful booths at Circle P.

 I'm excited about 2014 and all the new roads to be traveled and even more of the old, familiar roads. 

So far in addition to our booths at Hermann Antique Mall and Circle P Antique and Collectibles we are 
going to be at JUNK Hippy Roadshow in Rosenberg, TX  the end of February and the
And with a lot of hard work and a little luck, VINTAGE MURDER A Jimmie Rae Flea Market Mystery will be available this spring. 
Here's to a fabulous adventure for us all in 2014! Happy New Year, sweet friends! 
Until next time,
Peace, love, and all 
the good stuff to y'all!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Dear friends--
May the blessings 
of this Christmas 
season fill your home and heart. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Hey, Y'all! Welcome to the...drum roll, please-- one hundredth post of Peace Love and All the Good Stuff! I began this blog three years ago with the intent of sharing my enjoyment of antiques and collectibles with other kindred spirits. I've included my first post here since Blogger notes that only 16 people read it. :)
My initial thoughts for this blog still ring true today. However, now more than 40,000 visitors have stopped by for a peek, FIRST MONDAY MURDER, the first in my Flea Market 
 Mystery series is available with the next book, VINTAGE MURDER, due to launch in Spring 2014 and we've taken Garden Cat Vintage on the road to more than eight different incredible, nationally recognized vintage markets totaling 20 shows! 
In addition, we're now back in the heart of TX antique country and have GARDEN CAT VINTAGE booths at two antique malls--more on that exciting news next time.

So here's to dreaming and dreaming big and continuing to dream BIGGER.
Here's to the road-trippin ' way of life. 
Here's to seeing aesthetic beauty in old stuff. 
And most of all, here's to meeting even more creative, talented, inspiring artists, junkers, gypsies, dreamers, and collectors down the blacktop roads everywhere!
If ya missed the first post of Peace, Love, and All the Good Stuff here it is--

Welcome to my blog!
You never know where the blacktop will lead. Over the past forty-something years the highways and byways have taken me from the prairies of Oklahoma and Texas to the Cascade mountain foothills in Washington and a whole lot of places in between.

I'm a gypsy spirit juggling motherhood and marriage to my high school sweetheart with my passion for writing, reading, and collecting most anything older than myself. I've been an antique dealer for the past 14 years. My business is called The Garden Cat since there always seems to be both a garden and cat somewhere in my life -- and each is a symbol to me of slowing down and enjoying the moment -- organic living.

I'm especially fanatical about rusty, worn, or handmade furniture and garden items. However, I also have a soulful connection to Victorian ephemera, vintage hardback books, old lace, brilliant bark cloth fabric from the 1930s and '40s, and always patterned, colorful quilts. I'm particularly drawn to imperfect, defective, or patched items often thrown aside as not worth keeping or using. I'm not perfect so why should the items in my home be?

I'm at a life-crossroads about as crazy as the Dallas mix-master at rush hour. Events are merging together -- sometimes gracefully and sometimes ending in a "fender-bender" or two. You see, our kids are growing up and all those dreams and goals I put on the shelf 18 years ago are begging to be dusted off and achieved. Some might call it a "mid-life crisis." I choose to call it "new life opportunities."

Enough about that. The purpose of this blog is to journal life's road trips and all the interesting destinations just waiting to be discovered along the way.

My passion for old stuff began at a young age following my parents to Spivey's Antiques in Oklahoma City or collecting stuff out of the city dump with my daddy. I got some pretty cool bicycles from parts he collected here and there and put together for me.

Now, my ideal day includes a tankful of gas, a few dollars in my pocket, a rough idea of a destination, and finding a piece of the past for my very own. (Although I've come to realize my possession of any given item is only temporary as it will surely find another home eventually.)

I love to imagine the stories the worn Depression era kitchen tool or the bold floral hat would tell if it could. That's where the writer in me just itches to put fingers to keyboard and tell the story.

I'm inspired by the great stuff I find at flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, tag sales, and thrift stores. But even better than the stuff are the people -- strange, quirky, friendly, mean, rude, funny, and everything in between -- an amazing collection of characters. Many whom I'm now blessed to call good friends.

You never know where the blacktop may lead, but I'd love to have you along for the ride -- so, hop on in, buckle up, and get ready for the next part of the journey. As my sweet grandma used to say, "Grab your head-rag and catch it!!"

Here's a few of the friends, vintage markets, and good stuff so far...









In 100 posts this is my most viewed post and here's one of my favoritesThank you for taking the time to come along for the ride...more adventures are sure to be just up ahead.
Until next time, 
Peace, Love, and All 
the Good Stuff to ya!