Monday, June 24, 2013


Hey, Y'all! True to my gypsy spirit I've been on the road criss-crossin' the blacktops all over TEXAS. My recent travels have taken me to a couple of back-to-back CITYWIDE GARAGE SALES. CWGS has been around for years and has garnered well deserved kudos for having great vendors with lots of cool JUNK. Although CWGS is usually in AUSTIN every couple of months, it is also held up the road in BELTON. Here's what I found at BELTON CWGS--a lovely assortment of ornamental metal, a silver loving cup, a concrete cherub, a hooked rug, and antique needlepoint chairs.

On my way south on I-35 I had to stop at one of my favorite restaurants, The Monument Cafe -it is a fantastic "old school" eatery with a modern edge. 

The produce and herbs are fresh from their own beautiful garden, meaning everything I've ever had there is wonderful. 

Also, as a matter of research,  I can honestly say their Texas Sheet Cake is some of the BEST I've ever eaten! After eating it was time for more shopping...this time at one of my favorite places, 
Gatherings at Georgetown. Here is the place to see some awesome "smalls" from Europe--vintage 
A peek at one of the many beautiful vignettes at Garherings. 
Photo by Carol Nygaard/Gatherings Georgetown.
French buttons, English ironstone, antique lace, little antique prayer books, as well as incredible American/Texas vintage and antique items arranged in delicious vignettes around the shop. If you enjoy looking at layers of beautiful old things--plan to be here awhile. They also sell one of my favorite magazines, Jeanned' Arc Living--a cool, luxurious read on a hot summer afternoon. 

The following weekend I headed to AUSTIN's CWGS. I don't think I have to tell anyone how fun this place is. There is literally a little bit of EVERYTHING here: industrial, cottage, beachy, western, vintage, mid-century modern, romantic, and kitchy. I enjoyed catching up with Janet from RUBBISH
Even her business card holder is adorable! Photo by Rubbish.
She has a fantastic collection of educational flash cards, old stuff, and needful stuff. I was lucky enough 
I love the floral pattern on this old sewing bag from Rubbish. 
to find a couple of needful things in her booth, including this wonderful sewing bag--I think I unofficially collect these now. :) Down from RUBBISH was GARDEN ANTQS VINTAGE. 
Lovely ironstone, lace, and rust at Garden Antqs Vintage.
Photo by Garden Antqs Vintage
I always enjoy her lovely displays of ironstone, Victorian, natural elements, and lace. This time was every bit as lovely! However, it was the rusty toy truck in a to-die-for green that caught my eye.
Fun, huh? I put a succulent in the back, but votive candles would be great too.
After careful negotiations I came home with it! (I think I'm collecting toy trucks now too!)

Our next stop after shopping at CWGS was the 

AUSTIN institution, Shady Grove Restaurant. We ordered the Tamale Cakes, a Hippie Chick Plate, and a pulled pork sandwich. YUM!

Our last stop before heading back to the Harris Hacienda was Austin Antique Mall where my friend BARN CHIC ANTIQUES has a booth.

 There is also a little of everything here too. 

Summer's just beginning to heat up--let the road trippin' and junkin' forays begin. 
Life is full of JUNK in a GOOD way!

Until next time, sweet friends, 
Peace, Love, and all the Good Stuff!

Monday, June 17, 2013


A peek from Billie Van Guilder's shop, Cottage Vintage Home.
Hey, Y'all! 
Here in TEXAS, once the temps sneak past 90 degrees, the watermelon trucks are loaded, and school is out--it's summer around here! 

Now you may be wondering what is "glamping?" 
Well, it's a combination of camping and glamour!! 

Cottage Vintage Home is full of wonderful vintage and handmade treasures.
We're about to get a good taste of glamping in a few short weeks when we head north to the cooler temperatures of WASHINGTON state for a fun

The Vancouver/Portland area is beautiful!

visit to Billie Van Guilder's incredible shop, Cottage Vintage Home, located at 2819 East Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA. Billie hosts the 1st Sunday Vintage Flea Market throughout the summer

There are also many French antiques at Cottage Vintage Home.

months. Some of the fabulous dealers at the previous 1st Sunday Vintage Flea Markets included Voondi, Fresh Picked, Amour Mercantile, Birdsong, Embellish,

Lots of rustic goods and vintage wonderfulness from
 Fresh Picked at the 1st Sunday Vintage Flea Market.

H Street Antiques, Rustic & Refined, Vintage Friendzy, Emily Pinkstaff, La Margarite, Old Made, and Mack & Momma to name a few!
More hand-picked items from Fresh Picked!
Sunday, July 7 the Vintage Flea Market will host many of these fantastic vendors plus more from the Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR area. 

I'll be signing copies of First Monday Murder A Jimmie Rae Flea Market Mystery and selling some Garden Cat Vintage treasures too! Can't wait to see my Pacific NW junkin' friends!!

Until next time, 
Peace, Love, and 
Happy Glamping, sweet friends!