This new adventure was based on a gut feeling and a leap of faith that proved to be “spot on” as my kiwi friends would say. I knew when I met Melissa Roper Newbould of the Bake Shoppe and Cafe at the Junk Gypsy Book Signing in Roundtop, Texas, that our paths would someday cross again. As soon as I met her I had that deep down feeling of childhood friends reunited. As she set up her “biscuit and butter bar” with such cute staging and not to mention delicious biscuits (throughout the day I lost count as to how many I ate!) I hung around the table taking it all in. As the day progressed I found our humor to be well matched. I then told her I intended to visit her shop in Cypress the next time I was in Texas. She told me she would pick me up at the airport and I could stay with her…
I then warned her, “You better be sure…because I will take you up on that offer!” With enthusiasm and a generous heart, her response clinched it for me, she was on my next bucket list adventure. As we said our goodbyes I gave her my “Jill of All Trades, There’s No Jack About It” sign. It now hangs on the back wall of her amazing shop!
Fast forward a few months, and accepting friend requests on Facebook, a few comments to one another via Instagram I come across a post from her on her business page about a Paper flower Making Workshop at her cafe….like a lightening bolt I immediately message her. “You do workshops! I teach an image transfer workshop! Does that sound like something you would be interested in doing?” From there we worked out the details and before I knew it I was booking a ticket for Houston, Texas. It turns out Cypress is a suburb of the Houston only 20 minutes from the “Bush” airport.
Having Melissa picking me up and being her ride along for the weekend I got to see a day in the life of what a hard-working woman she really is. The plates she has in the air on any giving day have consist of managing her bakery, her catering business, or working as a stylist for local photographers. That doesn’t include redecorating her home and being an active participant in her teenage kids lives.
All one has to do is walk into her Bake Shoppe and Cafe www.thebackshoppeandcafe.com and one can see her creativity is off the charts. Her stylist skills with her creative clustering of the old and the new, are everywhere in her shoppe and her home. She has a way with glitz and glamor that is balanced with rust and tarnish, complimenting both sides of the masculine and feminine aesthetic. To some it may seem cluttered, but I guarantee you in those clusters are a lifetime of subliminal positive messages that can get anyone through a challenge. Words and images have the power of transformation. You put the word “Dreamer” on the wall and you will feel validated for being so. Then couple that with a good meal and you have truly found your happy place! Melissa is known for her handmade ding-dongs and Chicken salad throughout Eastern Texas. Her food is simply mouth-watering and a decadent experience.
Our workshop was a success. The ladies were sweet, funny and great to work with. They delighted me with their accents and all around lovely disposition. They got my jokes and were great sports. It was one of my favorite workshops thus far and I intend to return in the spring. Thank you ladies for participating in my workshop and becoming apart of my adventures in creativity. You were a true delight! “Bless Your Hearts” in a good way!
If you are ever in the Houston area you will also have to go to www.blackmarkettable.com restaurant! I had the Grilled Shrimp with Cheese Grits and the chef’s S’mores…
It was sooooo good! Plus the tables and decor is out of reclaimed barn wood and the meat is provided locally by www.yonderwayfarms.com. Layers of awesomesomeness that place!
So glad to see my dear friend Liz…although much too short a visit, better than none at all though. Thank you for coming and seeing me off! See you again in the Spring!!