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? But 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?
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.This 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.
You never know what you might find.
Need a grand centerpiece for a table?
Or a unique chandelier?
Some antique furniture, perhaps?
Maybe wall art is your thing.
Or simply inspiration.
Whatever the case, you just–Keep…Looking.
You might even find some things you didn’t even know you needed.
But that down-home hospitality will bring you back again and again. Are 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.
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.
While others are more muted.
And then are those that are just plain indescribable.
Do you know what this is?
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…
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?