hello world.

March 10, 2015

are you there, world? it’s me, jolie.


when one hasn’t written a blog in oh, say almost a year. that’s right. almost 12 months. not quite 12. but almost. where does one start? does one start month by month? or does one start where one left off? or does one pick up as if no time has passed?

these are the questions i have pondered for the past few weeks. these are the deep and profound philosophical questions that i like to think have plagued academicians since the beginning of time. and just like them, the answer to these questions elude me. i’m at that point of no return. that point of feeling like it’s quite pointless to pick up anywhere. that point of feeling like i’ve fallen deep, deep, deep down the writers block canyon….and clawing my way out is almost unfathomable. insurmountable. impossible.

but alas, i defy to let this overwhelming passage of time defeat me. i refuse to surrender to the power of the blogger champions (you knowwwww who you are). someone must represent the back row bloggers. the blogger dropouts. the less-than-stellar blog-posting cyber writers. those with noble ambitions but yet, they somehow fall short of the finish line. those that have so much to say, that sometimes, they just don’t know how to say it all. those that really and truly are bloggers in their heart and soul. no matter what their BPR is (that’s  blog publish rate for the newbies and yes, i might have just made that acronym up). because they are good enough. smart enough. and by darn, people like them.

so today, yes TODAY. i will not be defeated by the mere 9 months it’s taken me to write a blog. i will not wave the white flag of waning writers willpower.

i. will. prevail.

hello world.

i’m back.

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  • Reply Nancy March 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    So happy to see this email today. You can do it. Jolie

    • Reply Ann Bingham March 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Alright so glad you are back. No pressure. Just love ya

      • Reply Luna17 March 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

        What Ann said! xoxo

      • Reply DEBBIE JAMES March 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm


      • Reply sandy March 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        hi. welcome back

      • Reply Hayley March 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        Looks like I showed up just in time. Just started following yesterday!

      • Reply Auntie March 12, 2015 at 10:25 am

        Let it go!!!

      • Reply Shae March 12, 2015 at 5:18 pm


    • Reply Michelle Balk March 10, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      Great that you are back keep up with the blog
      Love hearing what you guys are up too. Also what is going on at the store, love the store!!

      • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        we’ve been buried in the store getting ready for antiques week! there is soooo much new junk! we are so excited!

    • Reply Susan March 11, 2015 at 4:43 pm


    • Reply Janet March 12, 2015 at 11:15 am

      So glad you are back. So enjoy followin Junk Gypsys.

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm


  • Reply Ann Margaret March 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Welcome back!

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      thanks so much!!!!

  • Reply Peggy Phillips March 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    When does your new TV program start?

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      early this summer!

  • Reply Texas Gigi March 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Takes a brave woman to say the blank screen almost won. The thesaurus pages have dried ice cream on them. The ink dried up in the Texas heat. But that’s when the great ones stomp their sassy pink boots, let their hair blow in the breeze and jump back in with ink cartridges blazing! It’s never too late to hear from a Junk Gypsy friend. I’ll wait for you.

  • Reply stacy March 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    yeah –good job jolie!! You have the gift– keep after it!! always a delight to read!

  • Reply maryjane March 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    We all need silence, from time to time, to process what happens in a day…a week…nine months. From the depth of your sentiments expressed today, it’s clear your literary break only refined the substance within your style 🙂 Peace & Love.

  • Reply Valerie March 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Can’t wait for your new shows. Good to hear from you

  • Reply Donna March 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    welcome back jolie! although it is your dreadful post about your daddy’s biscuits that I can blame this additional 20 that seems to be following me around! On the bright side – they are hands down the best biscuits ever. I am sure that recipe and girl scout cookies are the downfall of many a women. So welcome back 🙂

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      hahaa… at least the extra 20 were worth it! and i hate to tell ya, but gypsy daddy’s cornbread is coming soooon!!!! 🙂 so glad you love ’em as much as i do!

  • Reply Lindsay Shugerman March 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Welcome back! Yeah, those blank pages can be intimidating! Congrats on jumping back in! Looking forward to reading new posts, and counting down to Antiques Week! Thank goodness Austin is so close to Round Top!

  • Reply Pam bennetts March 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I looked yesterday and actually prayed you’d get back! WELCOME HOME!

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      that’s crazy! it’s been a longggg time! thanks!!

  • Reply Sweet Tea Treasures March 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    This was great, never knew you were such a talented writer…I need to read some more of your posts.

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      thankkkkk you!

  • Reply Michelle Harrison March 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Yes, welcome back I pray you keep your head up and keep moving forward cause you and your family are very loved by all your fans and we have missed hearing from y’all and watching y’all make amazing out of junk. 🙂 KEEP SMILING YOU ARE LOVED!!!!!

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      wow…thank you! thank you!!!

  • Reply Robin March 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I feel ya sister! I just posted today after a very long break!!! We can do it!

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      back row bloggers unite!!!

  • Reply Carrie March 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Okay y’all, I’ll be the one who just says it… About Freakin’ time! This is the time, after football, before baseball, tv is a big pit of nothingness. Our cable picked up GAC channel right as your last season was ending so I haven’t had a JG fix in ages! Sooooo looking forward “wanderin” to antiques week and seeing what you’ve been up to!

  • Reply Denise March 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Welcome home, so glad you’re back, we’ve missed you so much! So glad that you’re back in the saddle! 😉

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      thank you!!!!

  • Reply Julie March 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    All I have to say is that this is the best line of all time “someone must represent the back row bloggers.” I have never read your blog before but I am now and I love all things Junk Gypsy – ramble on…

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      haha.. glad to have ya! thanks so much!!

  • Reply Barbara Collins March 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I am on that back row with you. A new meaning to BRB. Or is it? Be right back = back row blogger.
    Love y’all to pieces.

  • Reply Cathryn~the farmer's trophy wife March 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Bahahahahaha! Good to see you back in the saddle! LOL (missed u!!)

  • Reply Kim March 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    There are worse things you know – like missing dinner. I hate it when I miss dinner. In fact, everyone in my house hates it when I miss dinner. Otherwise, I’m quite easy to ignore.

  • Reply Desi Anne March 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Yippee! !! When life gets super busy and how it does, it’s so nice to get a surprise visit from a Friend. THANK YOU! Welcome back and come on in! You don’t have to be clever or fancy or entertaining…. just you. Wonderful Beautiful soul that you are. You made my very stressful day more joyful. Thanks for coming back! 🙂

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      this is the best. thank you so much!!

  • Reply Desi Anne March 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    That being said, this post is one of the most clever and entertaining posts I have ever read! 🙂 Luv ya to pieces

  • Reply Sheila Potts March 10, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Guess you’ve been just a little busy 🙂

  • Reply Martina March 11, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Welcome back♥♥♥ – from germany…

    • Reply Jolie March 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      from germany?! wow!! thank you so much for finding us all the way over there!!! how ever did you find us?

      • Reply Kira March 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

        We love you in Scotland too!

  • Reply Joyce Kuss March 11, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I have been saving all my junk until you returned!

  • Reply Barbara S. March 11, 2015 at 6:51 am

    So happy you’re back…you were missed dearly!! On another note…I will be in Houston visiting friends & for the rodeo & I’m so EXCITED, because I get to visit your store!!!!

  • Reply Teri C. March 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Greeting Joline!!

    I am so thrilled that you are back. Can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to. Sending, Hugs, Peace & Blessings to you and your family.

  • Reply Gayle March 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    what time does your show air on the west coast. Also channels. Love JG and crew.

  • Reply Becky March 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    …glad for ya’ll to be back we have missed you down here in the big town of Buckholts…

  • Reply Donna T March 11, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Keep dream’ n….
    Keep believ’ n…..
    Keep a RAINBOW in your heart…..

  • Reply Becky March 11, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Great to have you back. Always love, love hearing about yall’s travels etc. I look forward to your future blogs.

  • Reply Junk House Clearance London March 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    This was excellent, never knew you were such a skilled writer… I want to read some more of your posts. really–good work jolie!!

  • Reply Janet March 12, 2015 at 11:20 am

    So glad you are back. You are an awesome writer. I so enjoy following what you girls are doing.

  • Reply Erin Stiver-Henson March 12, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Welcome back! Way to just jump in! Best way to do it!

  • Reply mattie March 12, 2015 at 11:35 am

    lol. thats funny .just pick up where you left off and keep truckin or should I say “junkin”. we all know how busy you guys are and your business is booming .good for yall. we are just glad to here you are still alive and well and on the praire. cant wait for the shows to come back on .excited. I dont have cable anymore so gonna have to steal from a friend 🙂

  • Reply Suzy Soro (@HotComesToDie) March 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Jolie, blogs are dying out faster than dinoaurrs. Do a tumblr or FB but don’t worry about blogging. It’s prtty much over!

  • Reply Sara Nolte March 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Go on with your bad self Girl!!

    No judgement here-you keep on doing what inspires you and when you have time write it all down for us! I too go months without updating and then blog like crazy while it’s still fresh.

    You can’t rush it- it is what it is. Peace & love!

  • Reply Lynsey Dann March 14, 2015 at 12:12 am

    How in the heck did I miss this debut? Sheesh.

    I’m high fiving and booty bumping you. The blogger world needs more gypsy soul all up in it. Open up the barn doors and let it all out. Love you people more than words.

  • Reply Sue Parkin March 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    welcome back. We’re all real women here- you know with stuff that comes BEFORE the stuff we want to do– so nobody’s judgin anybody. We’re just delighted you’re back.
    Stopped in Bungalow 47 in williamston today and saw the display for your paints. So wish we could be there to see the unveiling, but excited for your new venture.
    Took an awesome pic of the finished sign, but won’t share it unless you ok it!
    £0¥€ ¥’all!

  • Reply Brenda March 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    can you please tell me when the new shows are starting
    Thank You

  • Reply Brenda March 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    can u please tell me when the new shows are starting

  • Reply April March 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I DO feel your pain, sweet Jolie! The busy-ness of life gets in the way of writing sometimes! Welcome back! No apologies! Your readers love you! <3<3<3

  • Reply M? Esneault May 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

    We knew something was up! Where are those girls? Those amazing girls! Even my hubby said so. We loveeeee your shows and we are late 50’s artists. Bless your hearts. Come on over to Prescott, AZ, ‘everybody’s hometown’!

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