Tuesday, July 15, 2014

COOL JUNKIN' AT JUNK HIPPY

Hey, Y'all! 
It's hot-sweltering-watermelon-goodness-big-ole-moon-groovin-SUMMERTIME and I'm ready for a little COOL JUNK Hippy fun! 
I've been hand-picking all sorts of fabulous, needful, PINKY things as we've traveled the blacktops across Washington and Texas

If you enjoy farmhouse style, French style, cottage style, rusty relics, vintage prom dresses, garden items, hand-made originals, funky goods, cowgirl sassy wearables or architecturals, then head out to


Texas Highway 237 
Saturday morning to the Lone Star Gallery 

for JUNK Hippy at Round Top where incredible vendors, fantastic goods, and delicious food await!
  Until next time, 
Peace, love, and all 
the good stuff, sweet friends.

Monday, June 30, 2014

PACIFIC NORTHWEST NESTING

Hey, Y'all! It's summertime and I've been traveling across Washington and Oregon visiting friends, enjoying the sights, and yeah, doing as much JuNkIn' as possible. This trip I've had the added fun of decorating what was once our small boring condo into a sweet little abode that feels like home in the Great Pacific Northwest


When we moved our family back to Texas a few years ago, of course I insisted we take our favorite

things. So there wasn't too much personality or character left at our tiny condo. Since we split our time between Washington and Texas these days, Sweet Hubby suggested we make the condo more homey...with flowers, and pink, and old chippy paint furniture. 
"Throw me into the brier patch!"

Well, it didn't take me long to hit the junkin' trail and find the goods.
I made a trip to Joann's and bought utility ticking and a pretty Waverly floral print. 
We hung curtain rods and clipped broad strips of the floral print and ticking fabric to make curtains with white sheers filling in the center. No sewing! 
We already had an Ikea sectional with navy denim slipcovers. I remembered we received a white slipcover set when we purchased the sectional. So the first part of the transformation was simply putting the white slipcovers on. Since we wanted the small space to feel light and relaxing, we accented the room with blues from provincial grey to cobalt. I found dainty vintage English blue and white cups and saucers and a couple of pretty Dutch blue and white plates at thrift stores--so much prettier and more environmentally conscious than paper plates. 
In our bedroom, we needed lots of storage and light.  
This cupboard traveled with us from McKinney, Texas to Seattle and I sold it to a friend in Portland several years ago. Last summer, I bought it back from her.
It looks so pretty in our room, holding a pink toy Tonka pick-up truck and old Homer Laughlin Bluebird plates. 

We found a beautiful antique (French?) metal bed at M & M Antiques in Monroe, WA along with a light blue bedspread.

 I replaced the lampshades and dry-brushed white paint on our black metal bedside lamps and console table freshening and lightening up the space. 
"Before"
"After"

We added some character to the walls with an old bead board door, mirrored cabinet door, an old TX license plate, and an old painting. 

Since we both work from home, we decided we would build an eight-foot long desk to fit into a window niche. We scored this vintage singer sewing machine base at Funky Junk Sisters Junk Salvation and purchased the top at Lowes. We'll use the old wooden top that came with the base for displaying family pictures and mementos. 



Here's how it turned out.
Oh, yeah--the vintage round plaster mirror (in the center) was a $9.99 Goodwill Thrift Store find! 







Now our Northwest nest is cozy and filled with things that make us smile...and isn't that what "home" is all about? 

Until next time,
Peace, love, and 
all the good stuff.













Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WELCOME TO OUR NEW SPACE

 
Hey, Y'all! 
Announcing our new Garden Cat Vintage space at Emily's JimS Home Gallery, 110 North Main in Historic Downtown Bryan, TX.
Emily's JimS is a fabulous boutique and home gallery full of many wonderful items including adorable clothing, funky jewelry, and cute shoes. Garden Cat Vintage along with Urban Rubbish and many other spiffy designers are located in the Home Gallery across from the boutique. 
We're excited about this space as it allows us to spread out our goods and create lots of fun vignettes. We've packed it FULL of vintage and antique prairie, farmhouse, cottage, and garden items. Here's a peek!









One of our favorite perks is a big front window looking out on Main Street. 



Until next time, 
Peace, love, and 
all the good stuff!

Monday, May 19, 2014

ALL TOGETHER NOW

"Sweet Deer" Sisters Treasures
at Vintage Market-Home & Garden
Hey, Y'all!
Recently, I caught up with Betsy of Sisters Treasure at San Antonio's Mission Open Air Flea Market. By the time I arrived she'd all ready taken a couple of loads to her car, but was kind enough to show me the stuff she'd passed on...and yes, it was good stuff! Wednesday is "garage sale" day at this flea market so you never know what you'll find. 
We found all kinds of great garden metal, including furnace grates, a small windmill fan, and patio chairs. In addition there were chandeliers, a chippy green shutter, and a funky purple table that I figured would most likely have a close encounter with some white paint once I got it home. 

Together we shopped and brainstormed on ideas for the great JUNK we found. It soon became apparent we needed a way to get our newly found treasures to our cars. Fortunately, Mission Open Air Flea Market rents carts and wagons for just such a quandary. Betsy navigated through the busy market with me following close behind hanging onto our treasures at the rear of the wagon while pulling her FULL little shopping cart. 

We must have looked pretty serious because everyone got out of our way. (BEWARE: SERIOUS JUNKERS!) :)
 We loaded our cars and headed to a San Antonio legend Bill Miller Bar-B-QAfter thanking Betsy, I headed to Ulvade to check out Vintage Market-Home & Garden--a shop I've heard so many good things about...and I wasn't disappointed. 


Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden

Sisters Treasures at Vintage-Home & Garden

Sisters Treasures at Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden


The vendors at Vintage-Home & Garden offer inspiration at every turn. 



Vintage-Home & Garden
 There's even a tea room!

Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden

Vintage-Home & Garden 
Needless to say, I found a few more things that I added to the heap of stuff all ready in the back of the SUV and called it a day. The next day I headed to
Seguin, east of San Antonio, to Aunt Maudie's Attic where I always find fabulous goodies ...and this time was no different!
Glory B's at Aunt Maudie's Attic
  
Sisters Treasures at Aunt Maudie's Attic

Curious at Aunt Maudie's Attic

Curious at Aunt Maudie's Attic
Here's where this JuNkIn' adventure comes together--I purchased an old windmill fan blade at the flea market the day before and lo and behold there was a cool windmill stand in Curious' booth at Aunt Maudie's Attic! (Thanks, Glenn!) By now, it was durn-right challenging to get all my finds crammed into the old SUV...but I did. 
Curious at Aunt Maudie's Attic
I love it when it all comes together! 

Here's the completed windmill and the table after a close encounter with some chalk paint!


Until next time,
 Peace, love, and all the good stuff!