Wednesday, January 22, 2014

returning .. and moving forward

i took a break .. from writing .. and realized life does indeed keep moving .. i tried to slow it down .. i pretended the mornings didn't begin .. the days didn't end .. i tried all the tricks .. maybe if i don't care, maybe if i don't change clothes, maybe if i don't shower .. maybe i can pretend .. pretend she is just on a long holiday .. on a vacation that never ends .. i have to ask how long she has been gone .. its a tough bond to break .. that of a younger brother and an older sister .. Sister & bubba .. didn't want to let go ..

wanted to preserve the moment .. stop the clock .. the moment i ceased to care ..

its a long journey back .. after being spun into the past at the moment of death of a loved one ..

i love you Sister, but i gotta let you go ..

if you are reading this .. you out there .. i will be back shortly..

love ya'
troy

Friday, March 2, 2012

and the winner was .. live from Canton

deep apologies for not notifying ya'll of the winner of our FOLK MAGAZINE give-a-way.. long story for the delay ..

and the FOLK MAGAZINE years subscription goes to ..... Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage .. who has the most inspiring blog .. you must stop in and read her ..

canton has been good this weekend.. the weather is stunning and the crowds are thick .. got to see friends alice hanson and donna leblanc and her daughter.. gonna share a few pics of our booth with you .. enjoy .. sorry so short ..but connection here at canton is really the pitts ..

love love love this beautiful french boudoir lamp ..her wire frame body is so wonderful.. also notice the mirror we did with the vintage rose wallpaper behind the silvering ..

the tablecover barely made it through the first day before selling to a very happy customer .. as did the sweet little tufted chair ..

these pillows also sold the first day ..

as of this evening, the rocker is still available at $59 ..

our new pillow cabinet in use .. it was a pain getting it into the booth, but it has worked so well ..
tomorrow promises to be another beautiful day .. wishing you and yours the best day ever. excited i get to see my aunt bobbie and cousin stacy tomorrow .. yea!

love you..
troy

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

last chance! GIVE-A-WAY .. FOLK MAGAZINE subscription ..

we are getting the van and trailer loaded and heading to Canton this afternoon .. come see us in the new lock and leave ARBOR BOARDWALK, right off hiway 19 entrance .. we are in space #7 .. second booth on the left .. go to our facebook page and like us and get a coupon for 15% off your entire purchase .. you must print the coupon and bring it with you .. here is the link .. 15% off Coupon ..

PLEASE .. don't forget to add your comment to the FOLK MAGAZINE post and enter your chance to win a years subscription to this wonderful magazine .. here is the original post and where you would need to leave your comment to be included in the drawing .. FOLK MAGAZINE GIVE-A-WAY ..

here is a pic from our November/December show that i never shared ..



look forward to seeing you in Canton ..

I will draw the winner for the FOLK magazine drawing later tonight .. very late ..

love ya'
troy

Monday, February 27, 2012

cantons coming! & our FOLK MAGAZINE give-a-way ..

last minute canton details getting rounded up .. wanted to share a few things ..

a wonderfully fun center table drape i made from an old crocheted table cloth .. then i coffee dyed the entire piece .. i love it ..for set-up at canton, i am draping it over an old round oak dining table and then surrounding it with a few vintage french provincial chairs i have .. then stacking the table with old books and a wonderful lamp ..also isn't that chair the most?

i brought it as far to the floor as i could and accented it with a bottom ruffle that got a top stitch .. at each corner there is a bow ..

close-up view ..

i am loving it ..


this is our new pillow display in the works .. lining it with vintage floral wallpaper ..

don't you love this old rocker .. it was painted brown when we found it .. rod painted it white and then we distressed it .. it is very sturdy and hand made .. you can see where they carved the wood to make the stretchers and the arms and back supports .. very nice ..


a few wonderful old quilt we found and a vintage shaw walker swivel office armchair ..

come see us at canton ..march 1-4 .. at the new arbor boardwalk, space #7 ..

also, don't forget to comment on our FOLK MAGAZINE GIVE-A-WAY post to gain an entry into the give-a-way and a chance to win a years subscription to this wonderful magazine ..

off to gather ..

love ya' Troy

Friday, February 24, 2012

GIVE-A-WAY & gettin ready for canton ..

don't forget about our FOLK MAGAZINE years subscription Give-A-Way .. click on the link to read all about it and enter for your chance to win a years subscription to my new favorite magazine .. FOLK MAGAZINE GIVE-A-WAY..

we are getting things pulled together for canton .. i just completed a couple of pillows that are part of a new line of things i started working on for the upcoming Petticoats on the Prairie show we will be doing in waxahachie, texas on the 17th of March .. click here for details on that show ..

here are my pillows, what do you think? ..

they are shams and fit a standard bed size pillow ..

my favorite one is the one in back ..

i have never tea dyed anything before, and just started learning .. these two will be at Canton ..

as will this chair and a few others ..

and this wonderful little french ottoman .. which i am going to test and take just like it is .. if it doesn't sell, i will re-do it ..

please be sure and comment and on the FOLK post and get our entry into the years subscription of FOLK MAGAZINE .. you can also follow them on facebook ..

you can also follow Junk Exchange on facebook now .. here .. ..

love ya'll ..
Troy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

an american story .. FOLK

it doesn't get more American than clearly seeing a vision and setting out to make that vision a reality .. through the long hours, the doubt, the sweat, the stress and the welcome exhilaration when you finally see that dream come to fruition.

it doesn't get more American than standing against the odds and continuing on with your dream..

for that we should salute the folk at FOLK Magazine ..sharing the American story.


i know you have heard of the magazine .. FOLK made its debut in the fall of 2011. i know without a doubt the first image i saw of FOLK had me from the start .. it crept in and warmed my soul on an otherwise dreary fall day ..

(i love that cat!)

i felt a connection, which is what most everyone who have read or thumbed through this magazine have relayed to me .. there is a genuineness to the staff that goes deep .. its about sharing, helping and soothing ..

it's all your creative thoughts on paper and the people there to assure you, you are just as creative as anyone ..

it reminds you it's ok to put peanuts in your coke ..

it's ok to take your shoes off in the company of strangers ..

it's ok to say Yes Ma'am and No Sir ..

it's the sound of a slamming screen door ..

the smell of dill on a summer day ..

the feel of sunlight streaming through the screen on the back porch ..

the wave of a neighbor as he walks past your home ..

FOLK is about US .. You and Me .. share your story.

the kind FOLK at FOLK magazine have presented the chance for you to win a year of FOLK .. to enter this GIVE-A-WAY, just leave a comment here and share the give-a-way with someone ..



I will choose the winner of the years subscription to FOLK Magazine on Wednesday evening Feb 29th .... late .. as I will be setting up at Canton .. come see us ..
Arbor Boardwalk, space # 7 ...

love ya'
Troy

edited to add ..
P.S. Just in case you have not heard about this magazine .. please go LIKE their facebook page and take a look around .. you will adore them just as the current 6000+ likes do .. here is the link .. FOLK MAGAZINE FACEBOOK PAGE ..

Friday, November 25, 2011

see what i saw ..

seems things have been on a whirlwind since we finished Canton last month .. we took a quick trip up to visit family in illinois on a wednesday.. rod drove straight thru ..normal/bloomington, illinois .. had a small family pre-thanksgiving meal on a friday and came back to texas on a sunday .. then had a small thanksgiving meal with nephew and great niece and great nephews .. it was fun to spend time with family .. but i have done very little for the upcoming canton .. however, i have scores and scores of vintage Christmas to fill the booth with .. and lots of furniture finds .. so come out and see us this month .. should be one of the most enjoyable months of the season .. we are located in the new lock and leave building connected to the entrance of the Arbors .. you can't miss it .. we are booth number 7 .. and we will be there on Wednesday ..

now to show you what i saw when i was in illinois .. i couldn't let the trip go by without getting a pic or two to share ..

if this doesn't get you in the Christmas spirit, I can't think of what will .. enjoy ..











can you imagine? all i can think of is where do you put this stuff when it's NOT Christmas? and of course, how much we could sell all of those for .. lol!

love ya! hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving ..
troy