eastbound & down.

January 17, 2012

our latest roadtrip took us eastbound & down. to the deep south. to the land of grits and fried chicken livers and good ole southern hospitality.

GeoRGIA, the griswalds…errr, i mean junk gypsies are comin to town!

well…we thought we were headed to town until we had a potential set-back at the airport…let me start at the beginning…on the day of departure….

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we got up at 3 am and hit the road by 4:30 in order to catch a 7 am flight. and this time, it was ALL of us…the kids, & the folks, & gypsy ArCHIE. we all loaded up with coffee and luggage and travel bingo…griswald-style headed to austin before sunrise.

after parking, unloading and shuffling into the airport, the oh-so-nice man behind the counter informed us that our flights were for 7PM, not 7AM. that’s right y’all, 7 in the EVENING, not 7 in the MORNING. we had a moment of desperation, panic, and confusion..and then, luckily fate was on our side and we managed to squeeze 7 extra seats onto the 7 am flight. our travel planner (dad) was able to keep his job as official gypsy flight-booker and we were off on our way.

{cash baker's teddy bear-loaded backpack on the plane}

we worked.

{downtown atlanta...lovin the woolworth's building on the right. headin in 4 a day's work.}

and we played.

{hellllo georgia aquarium. WORLD's largest aquarium! that's right, WORLD's LARGEST!}

we ate great food. let’s pause here for a moment to reflect… pimento cheese fries, blue cheese potato chips, chicken pot pie fritters, terrapin beer, fried chicken livers, veggie quinoa burgers, fried chicken, sweet taters, mac ‘n cheese, cream cheese-jalapeno cornbread muffins, yeast rolls, banana cream pie and lest us not forget…grits. grits for breakfast, grits for lunch (grit cakes…lawdy), grits for supper (smoked gouda grits)! amen and hallelujah! honey hush!

{buckhead diner. makes ya wanna slap yo mama.}

we grabbed the FEBRUARY/MARCh edition of HGTV mag… (we’re soooo pumped ’bout our article!!)

and experienced unbelievable southern hospitality at every stop.

we had good times in the new happy van.

and then we headed back to texas…where everything is bigger.

giant janis guitars…

and mud tires on good times vans…

{you had me at "good times van with mud tires"...}

 and where the future gypsy store, now looks like this…

{our 7500 square foot baby...}

signing off from gypsyville…XOXOXOO!

and in honor of dr. martin luther king, jr…may you all have a dream…

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  • Reply Heather Schoesnt Kaspar January 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Ah!! So happy for ya’ll and that future JG store!!

  • Reply Arielle January 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    You ladies jave really inspired me to push forward in my art and my crafts! Ive been a huge fan since i accidently came across your website while surfing the web. Congrats on the store!

    #79 on my bucket list go to the jg store and meet the JG.s themselves!

  • Reply Leigh Anne January 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I wish I had known you guys were coming to GA. I would have been at the airport to meet you. I will nesxt time. Would love to meet you guys. Come to Cleveland, Ga next time.

  • Reply Cyndi Neumann January 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    WoWo! That new JG store is really coming along. I can say I met you both long BeFoRe the HGTV show made you Famous! Heck, you were already famous to your gypsy followers. I can’t wait for the next show On HGTV to see you again. I DO have the first show recorded and shared it with my daughter who fell in love with you also. My husband said, Oh Yeow! I remember those fun gypsy sisters along with Mom, Annie and Pop when we were in Warrenton, TX at Antique Week back when!
    Your bigo tent there was fabulous, I can’t imagine how cool the new store will be. :- )

    I also remember those bigo hugs you gave me when you heard me name from the Rambler Cafe at Gypsyville. Ashlyn introduced me to “Shiners” and memories were made to last forever!
    I wish you all the BEST in Dreaming your Dreams as they come TrUe! Smiles, Cyndi/frstyfrolk

  • Reply Suzanne January 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Looks like ya’ll had a Great Time!!!! SO SO happy the whole family was able to go—–missed seeing T Smitty and ARchie in pics! 😉 Atlanta is such a FUN town!!! and the food- Oh my….we want to try the smoked gouda grits!!!!
    Glad you are back home! Cannot wait to see more of the store-

  • Reply Leena Lanteigne January 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Sounds like a great trip – all that food! Good LOrdy I would have busted! Wish you’d been able to see my “boys of summer” the Atlanta Braves. Love them! One of these days I will make it to a game at their stadium! The shop is coming along really nicely! Looking forward to news of your grand opening! Have fun and take care. Hugs, Leena

  • Reply Lauri January 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wow! ~ Readin’ about all that food makes me wanna go fry something!! ~ tee hee….Glad you had a great time!! ~

  • Reply christy January 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    So glad you have GEoRGiA on your miiiind! The Atlanta shop is going to be fantastic. Definitely on our bucket list!! Congratulations, JG! Oh, but for a really great Georgia experience you need to head a little deeper — south down in Dixie. Savannah. Statesboro. St.Simons. We have fresh farms and fresh Georgia shrimp down here!

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