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    *Summer was KICKIN with 3 amazing magazines out with tons of awesome peeps doing their thing....Korie Robertson, Yonder Way Farm, Junk Gypsy...currently still have more out with Rodeo Royalty in Where Women Cook Fall, Where Women Create Buisness with more Junk Gypsy, and Where Women Create with Jessica Robertson. whewwww! see why i needed some time off?

    * Round Top Antiques Week coming soon and a super fun shoot coming with my favorite gypsies ever-- stay tuned!

    *Christmas sessions are set and a couple senior shoots in the works will top off the year.

    *Senior sessions already made for 2015 so it's NOT to early to get in touch if I'm any part of your class of 2015 plan :)

Just like a Gypsy

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 Now that the dust has settled and everyone’s had a chance to

kick some mud from their boots after the Fall Show at Texas Antiques Week (post coming soon)

it’s time to revisit some highlights!

Starting with the

JUNK GYPSY POTTERY BARN LAUNCH PARTY!

Just as in the past 3 years

no visit would be complete without a Junk Gypsy recap.

Wow have things changed since that 1st meeting in 2011 when i shot the

most junk-tricked tent at Zapp Hall.

Glitter & grit going strong but this time it has spread globally.

That’s right.

What all you smart junkers knew all along came to fruition

for the rest of the world via a collaboration with a cute, little company you might

have heard of

 POTTERY BARN!

Just like a gypsy with dirt under their nails, big Texas hair, boots, and paintbrushes

the girls have made it to the top.

If someone told me I’d be shooting an event that

included Pottery Barn, GAC, and Junk Gypsy

TEN no — FIVE years ago…I would’ve told you to the

paint fumes went to your head.

But just like a gypsy who never stops living life to the fullest

HERE WE ARE.

AND IT’S MORE CHIC THAN THE BIGGEST  STAR YOU’VE MADE A WISH ON.

Speaking of stars….I got a little carried away with this baby.
Can you blame me?

What a statement piece!

GLITTER AND GRIT BABY!

So there it is.

In the flesh or rather in the 100% organic cotton and perfect pillows.

A merge of Junk Gypsy’s wondrous design goodness coupled with Pottery Barn’s super-amazing quality and vision.

Being that I have a son – i don’t own this collection but Pottery Barn is ALL my

son has ever known (going to have to blog about his new room soon!).

IF i did have a daughter let say ages ZERO-college you can bet i’d own every piece;)

I could hear baby angels singing when I saw how it all came together.

Chubby Cherubs laughing and dancing and singing. True story HALLELUJAH!

For people like myself (and believe me there are many)

bringing nostalgia and vintage-inspired artifacts and design together

is a dream come true.

A voice come to life for the adventurers, dreamers, and vintage loving spirits.

Beautiful linens tagged with words to live by….

“Follow your heart” indeed

more of the star!

Plushy fun pillows that could MAKE any girl’s bed or living room pretty much.

Even the lighting was awe inspiring. Golden and shining and begging for glitter to sparkle in.

A touch of glitter on some votives to sparkle things up…touches of junk gypsy in every detail.

Reppin’ GAC with these fun fun caricature bottles to make us smile.

LOOK AT THESE FACES.

Look at these beautiful, incredible spirits shining in their moment.

Let’s just reflect on this moment real quick.

Imagine you have visions of junk, i mean good junk but long forgotten artifacts

living in attics and garages (maybe some even in broken down shacks).

Imagine that you take this “junk” and you add such beauty to it with paint, nails, glitter, and love

and bring it back to life.

Now imagine that an world renowned International brand like Pottery Barn

takes notice and wants to work with your vision.

You can’t help but stop and pay homage to how amazing that is.

AND if you can do that my friend…you get the whole Junk Gypsy thing and you are forever blessed.

A gypsy blessing:)

Glitte and Grit BABY!

Just before things got started I got this snap.

Found the flag poetic and symbolic of these girls and their American made dreams!

Once the Amie & Jolie arrived it was alllll fun ahead no stops!

So glad I got a chance to get a shot of the Pottery Barn team Amie & Jolie

have been working with.

Jolie tells me there are so many gracious souls that have worked hard to bring it all together.

They rank pretty high on my list of good people for making this all a reality!

Lots of friends along the way to say hug and pose with!


Junk Gypsy extraordinaires Amy “Archie” and her beaux Brian.

TEAM WORK!

Sweet friends you might recognize from the GAC episode

this summer— Jason & Lynsey Kramer of Yonder Way Farm and half of their sweet chicks

Texas boys and their boots!

Hard to believe these kids walk around being this cute all the time!

Thankfully the sun began to set on this hot and humid Texas night

and Amie & Jolie got to visit with some of their good friends from

their days on the fields or as I know  them as,

FLEA MARKET ROYALTY

Every single one of these dudes were so kind and just all around awesome.

Forgive me for not getting everyone’s name

but the infamous Joe Pete is the guy on the right,

standing next to Mark Dooley (one of my favorite places – Excess Field),

Amie and Jolie of course

gentleman 2nd from the left is Hector the Collector who’s

booth you should never ever miss if you get the chance.

I only wish I would’ve gotten Michael and Cheryl Lehane  of Zapp Hall

(aka heaven on earth) in this pic!

Cute cowboys standing around catching up on important current events

JUNK GYPSY multi-media!

This is Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell’s service dog.

Jolie & Amie were honored that they were there to support Junk Gypsy’s Launch!

Daddy gypsy Phillip having some fantastic Goode Co BBQ.

Menu was filled with some fine Texas culinary cuisine including

brisket, ribs, sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, ceviche, jalepeno bread…

Cute Texas girls kicking their boots up under the big Texas sky!

The band Mike & the Moonpies rocked our socks off.

Check out their tour schedule and go to one of their concerts if you get a chance.

YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

This from a  girl who has loved Dwight Yoakem and George Strait since

I was old enough to boot scoot- actually younger.

These two bravely kicked things off.

SO CUTE!

The JUNK GYPSY AFTER SCHOOL CLUB!

The ladies that make things happen…

Tracey, Jolie, Amy, Amie, & Ashlyn

Fun all the way from Louisiana with Hannah Hughes and Kaylee Patrick of Hannah & Kaylee.

Whole lot of soul in this frame—- Kylee Marie Scott photographer extraordinaire,

 Madam Farmer Lynsey Kramer of Yonder Way Farm,

and Pie Queen Tara Royer of Royer’s Pie Haven.

Last but not least— this girlfriend.

Yes Jolie and Amie’s good friend Miranda Lambert and her fine singing self was there

and she looked AHHHHMAZING!

Perfect ending to a perfectly dreamy night under the stars.

Good things there are pics so i can convince myself that all really happened!

KEEP CALM AND WAKA WAKA

 

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Every year I ask myself—“how the heck did i get that done?”

Having a child born during antiques week is not easy but somehow

i make it happen!

This year was Retro-Video games….Pacman, Galaga, Tetris, Mario!

This is a kid who appreciates the finer things in life I tell ya!

He makes his dad and I proud!

Here’s a couple pictures but you can view the slideshow to see the rest.

 

 

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Pulled this all together the day before

but you’d never know it by his smile!

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waka waka waka waka waka waka

LIGHT THAT SHINES

 

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Just in time for the beginning of a brand spankin’ new school year

and for a slight dip in the humidity (and enough for Houstonians to call Fall)

a session with a beautiful, fresh-faced senior.

Meet St. John’s senior Libby!

Lots of rain may have offset our schedule  a bit but in the end we got it  done

and we let nothing dim the light or magic of senior spirit in the air.

Speaking of bright lights….

Libby has a ultraviolet bright future as she prepares

to head to Harvard next year.

Second senior in a year that I’ve photo’d off to Harvard!

 I can’t imagine how proud her parents must be!

Very well spoken, athletic, intelligent, and still a pretty girl from

Texas with boots.

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The colors in this dress were so spirited and I thought it went with

Libby’s personality perfectly.

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Gotta love a girl who can laugh at herself and get goofy!

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Harvard, UT, UH, U of whatever….

I know her folks must be pretty darn proud of this super sweet young lady.

Good luck on your journey Libby!

STUFF YOUR EYES WITH SOTO

 

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Been meaning to post our big finale to summer

but volunteering at school has got a hold of me so that’s off!

But it would be wrong for me not to share the amazing Soto Exhibit

we went to on our last official day of summer at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

We never leave MFAH without finding something amazing and inspiring and

this day was no different.

It was on my summer bucket list to experience the Soto and we made it there on our last day–

a Friday– at 4 pm no less before school started Monday.

WHEW!

My son Maceo had a  BALL!

and I had a ball shooting his splendor ok and the splendor of a couple random strangers but

it was impossible not to.

It was more than just an incredible feast for the eyes.

It was standing back and watching human kind frolic and smile on and on.

Not thinking of schedules, traffic, school supplies in 2 days…

Now you may be thinking — it’s just  some plastic stuff hanging from the ceiling

but you’d be wrong. very wrong.

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The masterpiece was done by Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005).

Sadly his last piece but celebrated with such wonder that I can’t imagine a more fitting

exit or tribute —  bringing so many people happiness and glee

all in the name of whimsical art.

The exhibit entailed 24,000 hanging strands of PVC plastic

each carefully colored and methodically hung to create a yellow oval orb in the middle.

To the untrained artist like myself though it was just fun.

FUN to see kids from ages 1-99 run, gallop, skip, or walk through feeling the

sleek playful strands (that and when can you touch something at the MUSEUM!?)

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like dancing in the rain without getting wet

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so we soon found out we weren’t supposed to tug– he was very gentle about it but still we stopped:)

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Ok maybe one more time. GENTLY.

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What a treat to have something so fun to connect kids to the wonders of art.

I can’t imagine a great impact and gift than that of the arts.

Spirit of Labor Day

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We must dare to be great and we must realize that greatness

is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.

Teddy Roosevelt

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love that Labor Day is the last big hurrah of summer.

one last chance to pretend we’re still able to enjoy an adventure to the big city,

 act like epicurean critics, and cultural thrill seekers.

Unfortunately our adventure took a detour as our plans for downtown

disappeared somewhere between Milam and Bagby Street bc many things were closed.

But like any adventure detours can be a good thing and

the spirit of a true adventurist appreciates that therein lies the thrill.

And thrill it is as I found something new to appreciate at

Manready Mercantile on West 19th Street.

Decided to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane or the Heights as it’s also known.

I do this at least 2 times a year as we lived there for the first 14 years of my life.

Hard to believe these are the same streets I once rode down in my mom’s

cherry red monte carlo

(with white pleather seats and no seat belts buckled thank you very much).

How things have changed and yet they haven’t changed much.

The streets are much the same to me as they were 30 years ago

which is the likable charm behind the whole strip along West 19th Street.

This is a good thing in my case considering my

fondness of all things vintage, Americana, and treasure.

Manready Mercantile is all of this and more.

Think Teddy Roosevelt expedition, Johnny Depp in Secret Window,

Norman Rockefeller, boy scouts,  Ralph Lauren,

bathed in leather, aftershave, anything manly

you can dream up and you’ll get a whiff of what i’m talking about.

I thought the Teddy quote fit perfectly.

The revival of the American spirit is alive and well on 19th street.

Talk about a moment of clarity when my detour took me to this place

on of all days– Labor Day— the celebration of of the American worker.

 

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Someone recently asked me how i go about blogging and

choosing specific businesses.

No formula, rules, or specifics.

Just people & places I come across

that are daring to do a leap of Faith.

Do it different from every other guy.

Do it themselves.

Do it ORIGINALLY and fearlessly

not looking around or back.

I have so much admiration in my fellow adventure seekers who

are making their own path and dreaming

on a million stars all on probably not so much sleep.

People I can identify with.

Putting down actual bricks where your dreams can live and breathe…

pretty scary but completely amazing and how can i not share that?

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From the time you walk in and head upstairs you’ll

surely be greeted by the owner’s sweet pooch, Delilah who’s

smooth, shiny, taupe coat even compliments the shop.

Don’t be surprised to be greeted by Travis (the owner) with a round of spirits

and a warm welcome

(none for me since i was driving and had my side-kick with me).

Very friendly and laid back atmosphere – doesn’t feel like the

 high-pressure, goal driven shopping you’re used

to with a “do you need some help” every 5 minutes.

More like hanging out with friends browsing a museum with a “oh hey that’s cool”

and clothing & accessories conveniently in reach.

I have to also mention that I found pricing very fair and

very unpretentious for such a trendy, hip place.

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blame it on these hats for unplanned photography excursion.

how do pass this type of vignette without paying homage?

not possible.

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don’t forget to drool over the canoe overhead

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boots made me wish my almost 10 year old was in a senior.

you know that never happens.

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Don’t know what 2/3  of these do but they look perfectly displayed and that’s enough for me.

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thanks for a great visit and enough imagery to get this girl through till antiques week Travis!

You can read more about Manready Mercantile’s history here.

Visit their super awesome online store here.

And become a fan here.

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xo, a

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