Life can be so unexpected at times. A spontaneous reaction to a call for applicants from the Junk Gypsies to be apart of a their first book launching team, lead to the honor of actually being chosen. Once again reminding me of the old attige “Nothing Attempted, Nothing Gained”. Once accepted I was invited to private Facebook group where many of us shared our giddiness for being apart of something so amazing. We all had one thing in common we loved the Junk Gypsies. A few of us were more vocal than others and I relished in their southern expressions and the sound their accent in their enthusiastic writing.
Soon on our page was this announcement…
Before I knew it I was researching plane tickets and “Bless my husbands heart” he said Yes. With his blessing I made plans to head to Texas for the first time in my life. I was beyond excited!
Not shocking to my husband…I did manage to get a little lost in my rental car just after arriving. Having just navigated through Houston’s crazy traffic and those disconcerting highways that go along side the highway where you have to pull onto and off to get to any food or gas I was soon on my way! In full Michelle fashion it seems I actually Wander AND Get Lost! You see, apparently there is a Fayatteville, Arkansas and I was three hours into my trip when I stopped for gas thinking I should be there already. To my utter frustration I saw in the micro writing of my gps map on my phone I saw that my destination time was 12 hours away!! Calling the sweet owner of my cottage, Maria Stein, I broke the news that I would in fact be a few hours late! My husband did remind me when I called him next that I said I wanted to see Texas. I pushed all of those Texas Chainsaw Massacre visuals that were trying to creep into my mind as the sun was setting! Soon it was dark and I still had 2 hours to go. Man, are those country roads dark at night!! I got within a few miles and found my GPS trying again to pull a fast one, saying I arrived when clearly the address did not match. So I called my sweet hostesses and Bless their hearts, they got in their truck (which btw most Texans own!!) and found me and I followed them to the cottage a few miles away. Seriously there was an army of angels looking out for me with that!
Their adorable cottage in Fayatteville, Texas (www.rolling7cottage.com) was truly a home away from home! Through happenstance we were able to book it during the peak of its season in what I can only attest to being a God shot for me. The second or third or fourth by now, was having the BEST roomie and tour guide extravaganza I could possible ask for. Liz Dujka (https://www.facebook.com/JunktionAlley) She too was from the JG Book Launching Team and within minutes of meeting her in person I knew we would be lifelong friends! She made me laugh and introduced me to the most interesting and endearing people, some of which she herself had just met in the two days before. I soon realized that I had not discovered this jewel, but she had that effect on most she met. To top it off she then showed me here jewelry line and I was blown away by her talent and attention to detail. I have a few of her pieces now and will be getting more for friends!
If you are local and by chance have found my tiny little blog please look her up. My next adventure will be going to Cypress, Texas and visiting her cafe The Bake Shoppe and Cafe in person. Until then I will drool over my computer at her www.thebakeshoppeandcafe.com. As for the Junk Gypsies they are just what I knew they would be. They are embraced by their community, are kind and loving to all walks of life and their charm is authentic and from the heart. It was an extraordinary event and I am so glad I got to participate it in it. https://www.amazon.com/Junk-Gypsy-Designing-Crossroads-Wonder This is their story of how their journey started long before their “overnight success” and that they were not discovered, but evolved by holding onto to their dreams, their freedom and defining THEMSELVES in the flea market fields of Texas and those “flyover states”. It truly was a pleasure to meet them and those closest to them. To them I say, “I miss Y’all already!”