June 19, 2017

Summer Paint Class Schedule!

Hey y'all- It's full blown sum sum Summer time here in Central Texas!

We've coordinated the calendar with Main Street Marketplace in Downtown Gonzales, Texas-- and we have 3 dates booked for Paint your own Project Piece classes!!!

Open your calendar, write the dates down- call the store to book your spot- Space is limited!
830*519*4023  cost is only $20--- and for those of you that need some paint while you are there... well, I always offer a discount on the Two brands that I carry!  Junk Gypsy Chalk & Clay paint along with the Bungalow 47 Chalk & clay paint!!

 We've had SO M-U-C-H fun the past 2 classes!  Also- we've had kids join us- last class we had ages 7, 11 & 12 along with adults of varying ages!

 I enjoy teaching first timers- this little guy was a true first timer!!!

These ladies were working hard to get the right look for their pieces!  Each of them used Buttermilk Biscuit by Junk Gypsy paint!

 This little guy wanted 'Rusty Turquoise' for his project--- I loved that description!!!!

this young lady painted a piece she purchased that afternoon at Main Street!!  An old cutlery stand turned night stand!

This lady joined us from the Texas Jr. High Rodeo Finals at JB Wells Park in Gonzales, Texas!  She helped her sister get the outside of this media cabinet painted the perfect American Dream by Junk Gypsy!  Down low- this sweet 'tween' of a girl was focused on getting her new/old desk (that she had bought the day before at Main Street Marketplace) a new finish in Happy Camper by Junk Gypsy paint!

  A few of the 'finished' project pieces by our happy Painters!  I'm so excited to be able to share this with all of you- It is such a fun way to get a project piece painted!  I love hearing the chatter amongst attendees and the compliments and suggestions that go around too!
So- Here are the dates.... Wear paint clothes! ;-) And-- when you call to book your spot please tell the ladies what you plan to bring so we can account for space!

See you soon!!!

Saturday June 24th 10a-1pm  (Bring snacks and drinks!!!!)

Sunday July 23rd- 2p- 5pm (bring drinks and snacks if you need 'em!)

Wednesday August 16th -5p-8pm Pre back to school Wine Wednesday Paint Class
   (bring your favorite wine and glass!)  We will plan to have some snacks!

Go ahead- dig out that project piece that you said you'd get painted this summer and come downtown to paint with us!!!!

Treats- Suzanne

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April 19, 2017

Paint your own Project Piece!

Hey Y'all!!  I'm so Excited to Announce this----
Main Street Marketplace in downtown Gonzales has Expanded!  The head honcho of the cool little Vintage/Antique/Handmade shop where we have our paint and some of our vintage GoOds has acquired the building next door, knocked out part of the wall and doubled the size for your shopping pleasure!

In addition..... there is a dedicated craft/painting room in the back!  Yeppers- you heard it!

 ZAC's room we just might call it!
This room is still getting some attention... so forgive the bit of extras in the pictures! But just know that the brick wall may very well stay that way!

SO, mark your calendars-
The last Saturday of this month- April 29th we will be hosting a First Ever- Paint your own Project Piece!  Yes, Yes- that cute little side table you bought for $10 at a yard sale 2 years ago that you haven't done anything with yet, or that gorgeous frame that 'needs some love' or the 2 chairs you salvaged from the neighbors trash pile at the end of their driveway.... You know, all the little pieces you've wanted to paint but haven't made time to- or are too scared to try.  Well- Now is your time!

Call to book your spot- 830-519-4023, and to let us know what type of piece you will be bringing to paint!  You can also head to Main Street Marketplace sometime in the next few days to find that just special piece if you don't have something in mind already!

  Super easy to find this great building in Downtown Gonzales!  A cool thing about the day is the class will be from 10a- Noon!  So when you are finished with your little project piece you and your friends that come with you can walk to one of 6 restaurants all just a block away in different directions in downtown!
It's only $20 to book your spot!  In addition to that I will have a discount on all paint - Junk Gypsy paint and Bungalow 47 paint- and paintbrushes purchased for the class and on any you want to buy to take home as well! It will be a fun morning!  Bring your go-go juice of choice... coffee, smoothie, water, coke etc- We will get busy right from the start! 
If you have a favorite paintbrush go ahead and bring it- otherwise we will have some for use! Come enjoy all the treasures that Main Street has to offer while making one of yours even more special with a new coat of paint!

Get your Paint On....

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April 07, 2017

10th Annual Applications!

When this Barn Sale started I don't remember that I dreamed of it getting to the point that it is.  WoW, Here we are at the 10th Annual!!!

In the beginning my Cattleman had to move hay out of the barn for us to use the Barn for a purpose 'not intended' when it was being built! Although, I did have him leave some for aesthetics!  My goodness- this man of mine has put up with a lot of ideas from me!

 Here are a few throwback pictures to year 1.
Children, do not try this at home...... We were moving small loads in the back of a small trailer attached to a mule.  No- none of our husbands were around for this- just 3 wild and free mommas! Well, not really wild and free- we all 3 had small children at the time! 😅

Speaking of which- this little one has literally grown up amongst the rusty, dusty, chippy, peely things that his Momma loves!

Kids and dirt have been part of the barn sale from the beginning and we don't plan on changing that anytime soon!  God gave us all these precious ones to love- and to raise... So what better place to be raised than in a barn!  And when it comes to the Barn Sale it is one filled with joy, laughter, creativity, and a lot of hard work- a place most of us want our kids!

Something else that has been with us since the beginning.... This beauty......and we plan on having her come show off for us for a Long, Long, Long time!

It's time to mark those calendars.... Get ready to ride- in whatever way you can to the
10th Annual Rusted Gingham Barn Sale!
Nov 3-4 J.B. Wells Park Gonzales, Texas
**New Friday hours 4pm-9pm!!!!  Extra hour of shopping!

Why a post with all this nostalgia?  Well, at the beginning of April each year we post applications for hopeful/potential vendors!  As most of you know, you see a lot of the same faces year after year in those fabulous booths.  But occasionally, things do change.  We like to keep a fabulous mix of the best selections for you our shoppers! So, if you or someone you know has ever thought of wanting to create a perfect space in the Barn, now is the time.

Click here to download the application.

It takes Pretty Special people to be in this group.....

 And to take part in this.... If you don't know what's happening in this picture feel free to ask me about it.  It's one of my Favorite parts!

However, if you don't want to be a vendor because you love all the Cool Goodness already prepared for you... Then by all means, we want you as one of these....

Yes, we want shoppers and Lots of them!  so spread the word....
Sweet Goodness, these dear people are ready to get their GoOds on!  Love seeing this!

The Barn is calling and we must go......

Seriously, we love y'all for being part of this journey!  Thanks for allowing us to mark our calendars for the 10th time. It's humbling that so many people appreciate the love that goes into this event.

See you in 7 months!

Suzanne & Rusted Gingham crew

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March 28, 2017

For Benefit Of

I've written :FBO a few times on checks or envelopes- however, never has For Benefit Of shown quite as much definition as this past weekend.

Back last year I shared that a few family members had gotten some unexpected news. Well, one of those was one very close to me- we grew up as close as cousins could.  Not many days went by that we didn't see each other and spend some form of time together.  Seems like a lifetime ago on some days- and others I can vividly remember us making mud pies and decorating them with blooms from Grandma's yard!

This past year a diagnosis came of - you guessed it- cancer.  That evil word that so many of us shudder at.  Growing up that word was not part of our family dinner table discussions- I mentioned that to some friends this past weekend and they asked- 'What's changed?' My response- 'our diet'  Plain and simple more Cancer diagnosis coming daily than ever before.  Diet is the only thing that has changed drastically in the past 25 years.  I'm sure that I'm not the only person that's noticed there are fast food restaurants on 'every corner' available- and lines of vehicles in them!  I was quite taken back the past 2 weeks while in Houston for Stock Shows to see that every night while heading back to our hotel that E-v-e-r-y Single Fast Food place I drove by had Lines-- Some even 2 Lines of people waiting to have their late supper handed to them out a window.

I shall digress on the issue of diet and get back to 'For Benefit Of'
This diagnosis has come with months of appointments, surgery and more appointments- all putting drugs into a body that wasn't quite designed to have all this 'stuff' put into it.  My kids were learning about cells and germs in science in regards to our immune system. We were able to discuss how a healthy immune system can fight away bad germs- and how 'shot' the immune system can get when overloaded.  So this cousin is a teacher - married to a teacher- has 4 kids and a schedule that keeps them running in more directions than I can keep up with.  I'm one that likes some margin in my life and not totally overwhelmed with activities (although some of you that know me are wondering what the heck I'm talking about...)  I do believe all the kids activities have kept this cousin going through some really difficult days.  I know there was one time at the beginning when at a treatment and they witnessed another patient come in for chemo that was pregnant- any pity party that was happening on my cousins end pretty much stopped right there. They realized they already had 4 healthy kids at home and this person was having to go through a stage with a child growing inside them. wow.

When asked how they were doing the response would be 'good'- never any complaints.  I cannot imagine.  What a great example this person has been for others- and a great friend too.  This was all put back to a blessing this past Saturday.  I'd like to think we held a 'For Blessing Of' kind of event. This cousin is not the type to Ever ask for help- period.  So when friends and family members started speaking of a benefit to assist with medical expenses (because I don't think you can ever really pay off those sorts of bills) they of course did not want any part of it.  Too proud to 'ask' for help- so this was not their idea by any means.  I listened for 2 months as my Mom spoke of progress of the event. Hours of work went into the planning and preparation- all for a cause to bless someone who by the end of the night told me 'I don't deserve this' to which I responded.... 'That is Satan telling you that and you can kick him out of here.'

Y'all- I cannot begin to express the love that was poured out for my cousin.  Several of you even donated Items  and purchased raffle tickets- and you don't even know them- but you've known someone else who has battled the disease and wanted to honor them by supporting this cause- and for that I am forever grateful. We come from a big farming family- so there are connections from generations of families working together, connections from my cousins in high school/college/ teaching careers, connections from their kids and their activities- 4-H/sports/stockshows all of this came together with a hall full of people wanting to show their support of this family.  Multiple times Saturday my eyes welled up with tears. 

Anyone wondering where the good in the world is today- I saw a whole lot of good Saturday evening.  My cousin was amazing on the microphone thanking people for their support from the beginning of the diagnosis- then they said something that humbled me.... They thanked everyone that had been praying for them and said that they don't pray for themselves but for everyone else they know struggling!  Selfless- turned their situation over to God to handle and live life as best as they can. 

Y'all have heard me be thankful for my  'tribe' and encourage each of you to 'find your tribe' - well a Giant Tribe pulled together to Benefit a very special family and help them in their time of need. Over and over we see family and friends pulling together to bless others- whether from fires or famine- use your gifts, time, talents and resources to benefit others less fortunate than you as often as you can.  Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

There was definitely a Benefit for my cousin Saturday night- but I think everyone there was either blessed or benefited from being part of it.  When you are part of something bigger than yourself God shines through! 

My cousins kids and mine get to play together now at family functions- although I don't think they've ever made mud pies together- but they are making memories together.  One memory is watching their parents support and encourage each other through different stages of life. Have you encouraged someone lately- if not- take the time today to do it!

This cousin of mine has come to several Barn Sale's- they would not allow the photographer to get a picture of us last year- said next year.  So, I am fully expecting to take a picture with them this year- when the hair is all back and hopefully a clear prognosis has been made.  Only time will tell. For now- I am thankful 'For Blessing Of' family and friends.  I cannot imagine life without them.

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March 16, 2017


Hey y'all- Well, I think Spring has finally sprung... I'm seeing buds on our pecan trees and if you ask a Texan they'll tell ya that buds on pecan trees are the tell tale sign!  So the tomato plants that have been on the porch will finally go in the ground this weekend- hooray!!!! And with spring comes Warrenton aka Texas Antiques Week/s...... Hip Hip hooray- my junkin/friend seein'/idea sharing mecca is calling my name and I must go.......

So I've used the word Iconic to describe this little post.  When you hear that word each and every one of us can automatically come up with thoughts and visions of things that classify as Iconic in life.  I'm going to share a quick re-cap of a little trip Cattleman and I took.... It included 3 Iconic things in my life!  

We headed south last weekend to a Stock Show without our kids (gasp for those of you that know us.....) Cattleman had some work to do so I went along to handle a little business of my own. First things first.... We NEVER get away together this time of year- so we were kind of shocked it really happened!  Then as we were driving he said those five words I was hoping he would say.....
'Wanna eat at King's Inn?'

Now there are some of you saying- Where's that?  Well, let me just say- if you've never been there you better know where you are going or you'll completely miss the turn off.  No, we did not miss it- but you have to know it's coming!  King's Inn is located at Baffin Bay (south of Kingsville)- it overlooks the bay- you can watch the waves while you order some of the best seafood you will ever put in your mouth. Oh- and the homemade secret recipe horseradish pate tartar is quite amazin'!!!! Speaking of said tartar- if anyone has a recipe that even comes close to theirs- please do email it to me! This Iconic place hasn't changed much in it's years since being established in 1945. Avocado salad, onion rings and shrimp were just part of our meal- it's worth it y'all... make a trip there!

So we completely stuffed ourselves...... this is a Family Style serve restaurant- there was plenty of everything. Oh my goodness- I'm getting hungry just typing this! If any of you are headed back from the beach please get an order of shrimp for me- and a quart of tartar! All this being said, I am not getting any kickbacks from the King's Inn for advertising for them- just sharing the love!  I had a friend on the trip remind me that they had taken us there when my little guy was a baby- so it's been 9 years since our last dining there and it was just as good if not better (we've been there other times than those as well)! Time made the taste-buds grow fonder!

The following day found us in Mercedes, Texas.  Cattleman was working and I was able to go handle some business- that of a gift certificate that needed to be commissioned. Here is where I wound up..

 If you've never heard of Rios of Mercedes it's ok- it just means you aren't a 'Boot Junkie' like I am.  I love this little building completely covered in green vine year round - this is South South Texas... everything is green all year! Notice the large boot out front- yes- it has the block ATM on it!  Whoop! I spent the better part of 3 hours in this building designing a pair of custom boots. This is my second time to work with them on a pair of boots. Rios has been in the boot business since 1853.  I'm fairly certain that classifies as Iconic when it comes to building boots!!! - hopefully I'll be sporting my new ones at the 10th annual Barn Sale! For me, designing 'A' pair of hand crafted custom boots is Very, Very, Very hard.  You see, I l-o-v-e vintage boots- the more inlays and the more colorful the better.  So when I am having to narrow down ideas to fit on one pair it becomes quite a challenge.  That being said these will be colorful and personalized. Oh, and I am not getting any 'kickbacks' (no pun intended) from them either...although I'll probably need some!

And finally when you are in South South Texas there are two types of food that you should eat- Mexican and Seafood. That being said, a lot of places down there combine the two!  Well, for us we were able to enjoy the Seafood part of it. And here is where the last Iconic figure comes in from our trip....

 There will be two sets of expressions when y'all read this- Some will say- 'Nice pic of 3 Aggies and one that's not' and the other set will say- 'Oh my Gosh- That's Dr. Joe and Dr. Chris!' Yep- I'm going to go with the latter of those two comments.

 Most people have had someone or ones that have impacted their life in more ways than they can count. Y'all know how special my Momma is and my Grandma was to me and that they've left lasting impressions on my life.  Thanks to my Momma for staying with the kiddos so we could get away for this trip! Ok- Back to this picture..... I'm not a 'huge' social media user- but I am Highly Thankful that it has allowed me to connect with people that I was once very close to in life and for one reason or another had lost touch.
The man next to me is 'Dr. Joe' - that is what he told everyone to call him- not the Formal title he fully deserved. That man is the full reason I was able to become an Aggie (well that and the fact that God already had it in his divine plan for my life!) and succeed at A&M. I remember people telling me that the College of Ag was like a big family and to be sure and get to know your professors. I took that to heart before even getting to A&M and meeting with Dr. Joe before becoming an Aggie.  From the first time we met he remembered my name- pretty humbling when he had a whole lot of other kiddos to remember too! Dr. Joe knew I wanted to succeed and made sure that I kept my grades where they needed to be- and that I was involved in student life at A&M. I remember him telling great stories in class, and when I would visit his office- and he did the same thing last week.  Hard work and Humor go hand in hand with Dr. Joe stories!  Why am I adding this picture to the list of Iconic things?
Well, when you say the name 'Dr. Joe' it comes with a special ring to it.  He holds a special place in my life that no one can replace.  I'm sure many other Aggies would agree that he is an Icon of the College of Ag at A&M. Dr. Joe has retired along with his wife- Dr. Chris who wound up being my actual advisor!  There aren't too many schools where you will find a husband wife duo like them.  Impact upon impact happened daily between main and west campus when they were on staff! Our few hours together last week completely humbled me-I've seen Dr. Joe once since I graduated (almost 20 years ago) and when I contacted him to see if we could get together while we were in South Texas he was more than willing. I do not say this to brag- I say this to encourage others. You Never know what an impact you may be having on someone elses life on a daily basis. To think that he would remember me from that many years ago and tell stories about some of my ideas while I was at A&M (to which Cattleman responded- she still has 'ideas' all the time!) was pretty amazing.  He and Chris have invested their lives into that of 'kids' trying to figure out what they want to do with the rest of theirs. It was a delight to share with them what I've 'been up to' since college- and to connect on an 'adult' level- although I'll N-e-v-e-r be on the same level as the two of them.  Cattleman enjoyed listening to the stories and hearing a few of me. He has his own Icons from his college days too- we are both very grateful for the relationships we've made and how they've blessed our lives.  The only thing I do wish could have been different from our get together is that I wish our kids could have been there to hear the stories from this amazing couple! Maybe another day.....

I always encourage kids that are headed to college to get to know their professors or TA's if prof's aren't  easily accessible. I honestly feel sorry for kids that do not connect with professors or department heads while they are in college- they really miss out on another entire level of learning. I also don't understand all the 'on-line' courses now..... but that is a whole 'nother thing! Maybe it's not college for you or your kids- but hopefully you've had or will have that Iconic mentor of a person or persons that will help guide you down the path least taken, just waiting for you to blaze your own trail.

Proverbs 16:9 says 'The mind of a man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.' That was for sure the case with me- and continues to be. I had my mind made up where I wanted to be for school (which means college in our house) and Dr. Joe made sure I worked hard so that it would happen. Looking back I see so many intricate parts that God had lined out that I had no idea of at the time.  I am honored to have been a part of A&M when Dr. Joe and Dr. Chris were there, that was all part of God's plan too! I hope each of you prays that God will direct your steps so that you stay in line with his path for your life!

Here's to Icons of all kinds!  May we each appreciate them in our own way!


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