Mindy Obenhaus
Are You a Junk Gypsy?
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Junk Gypsies Perhaps I ‘m a little behind the times, but I recently discovered a television show called Junk Gypsies. The show focuses on two sisters who have perfected the art of junking.

What is junking?

Well, it taking someone else’s discarded or unwanted items, aka junk, and giving it a new life. Like taking the top of an old pinball machine and turning it into a fun table. Or making wall sconces from an old motorcycle gas tank.

Needless to say, this takes a lot of thinking outside of the box. Something I’m not always good at. I mean, let’s face it, the box is familiar and doesn’t require many brain cells.

There was a lot of creative thinking going on at Round Top (see my previous post). Who would think to make a wreath out of coffee filters? Coffee Filter WreathBut it works. And it was far prettier in person.

Here, old rulers, gears, jewelry and numerous other trinkets take on a new life as wall art.

What do you think about junking?

Even if you’re not into junking, do tend to think outside the box? Does it come naturally or do you have to work at it?

Tell me about your creative side.

Round Top Antiques Fair Wrap-Up – Spring 2015
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Road to Round Top

Yes, it’s antiquing and junking time in Texas. Well, it was anyway. But if you missed it, don’t worry. Come late September/early October, we’ll be at it again.

In case you’re wondering, I’m talking about the biannual event that takes place in and around the tiny town of Round Top, Texas, population 90. People come from all across America–evidenced by the Saturday morning line of traffic above–to buy and sell wares during the week-and-a-half-long event.

My oldest daughter and I decided to make a long weekend of it, so on our way, we stopped at Magnolia in Waco, Texas. If you’re a fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, you know the place I’m talking about.MagnoliaThis place is awesome. And kind of crowded. Seems we’re not the only ones who love that show. Good thing Chip and Joanna Gaines will soon be moving to a larger location.

Finally, we made it to the main event.

Technically, we spent most of our time in Warrenton as opposed to Round Top. You see, this is ranching land. Which means there are lots of fields broken up by these little hamlets you’d likely miss the rest of year. Miles of fields are transformed into mega malls for treasure hunters.Vendor Tents at BridgeVendor Tents3Vendor Rows

You never know what you might find.

Need a grand centerpiece for a table?

Need a grand centerpiece for a table?

Or a unique chandelier?

Or a unique chandelier?

Antique furniture.

Some antique furniture, perhaps?

Maybe wall art is your thing.

Maybe wall art is your thing.

Or simply inspiration.

Whatever the case, you just–Display2Keep…Display4Looking.Zapp Hall2

You might even find some things you didn’t even know you needed.Blinged Out Hunting Trophy Jar of Wasp Nests

But that down-home hospitality will bring you back again and again. Round Top Street4Lawmen on HorsebackAre you into antiques or junking? Perhaps you like crafting or DIY projects and are always on the lookout for inspiration. Then antiques weekend in the place for you. You can learn more about Texas Antiques Weekend at http://www.antiqueweekend.com/indexmain.html.

Love at First Sight
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Have you ever been walking through a store and seen something you just have to have? Assuming that whatever it is fits within your budget.

That happened to me last week. After sharing with you about my color box, I was at Ross and stumbled upon this.001 (800x533)

The color is what first caught my eye. Soft and soothing. Second, it was kinda big. What a great way to store things in plain sight. It was even large enough to hold DVD cases.

Then I began to read. So many words of encouragement. Don’t forget to enjoy the little things. Be gracious. Always dream big.

Finally, I looked at the tag. $6.99


That baby was going home with me.

“What are you going to use that for?” my husband asked.

“To hold something very important,” I replied.

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Totally unbefitting the title “Color Box,” don’t you think?

So, farewell old bland shoe box.

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And would you just look at all that room I have to add more paint swatches.

Useful bargains, especially those you love, are always the best.

What’s your most recent had-to-have purchase?

Inspired by Color
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I love color. Yet when someone asks what my favorite color is, I’m usually at a loss. I mean, there are SO many colors. How could I possibly choose just one?

Some colors are vibrant.


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While others are more muted.

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And then are those that are just plain indescribable.


Do you know what this is?

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No, it’s not just a box. This is a very special box.

This is my color box. And while it may seem rather plain and unassuming…

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There’s a treasure trove of color inside.

Okay, so I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to color. I’ll go the paint section of a store simply for entertainment. Color inspires me. And paint is instant gratification. Just ask this chair from my Drab to Fab post.



What are your thoughts on color? Do you love it or are you intimidated? Does it inspire you or stress you out?

And by the way, what’s your favorite color?

From Drab to Fab – Quick Chair Redo
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Do you get bored easily? Especially when it comes to your surroundings?

I know I do. And while I like my little home office, it was just feeling a little drab. And this poor little chair is part of the reason.


My five-year-old garage sale find, had definitely seen better days. But it wasn’t ready to be put out to pasture just yet. It needed to be energized.

Enter a can of spray paint. Well, three cans actually.

This vibrant red is the perfect shade to breath new life into our sad, blasé specimen.


That and a new cushion.



I love the old gal’s sassy, yet refined new attitude. It’s just the boost of energy my office needed.

Though with Ms. Chair looking so good, it appears my next project will be rearranging the shelves behind her.

Are you a DIY kind of person? I’d love to hear about your latest project.