Monday, October 31, 2011

Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams,
So I'll propose on Halloween.
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.
~Classics IV~

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dia de los Muertos

images from my trip last year to San Miquel

Dia de Bloglandia

Please join Rebecca for  
The Art of Remembering

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Laundry in October

My first laundry line strung between two oak trees 
for my first loads of laundry at our new home in the country

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hungry Gypsies and Happy Bellies

 Southern Pecan Pimento Cheese Sandwich

 Happy Belly Muffins loaded with bran, flaxseed, 
apples, carrots, nuts and raisins OH MY!

Granola Goodness

So much to tell, but for now, 
here is a glimpse of our busy days at Happy Belly...

HGTV is in town for 3 months filming a series 
featuring The Junk Gypsies
and we have been catering their lunches
and they stopped by one day to 
film the girls on a lunch break

It's a wrap!

Series will broadcast for 13 weeks beginning March 2012

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dear September

Dear September,
You just became a faded memory.
Now I have begun a brand new love affair with October. Jeans and sleeves wrap me up this day...yellow sundresses are packed away.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


My Saturday of packing and moving turned into a magical event when I was asked by two beautiful women, Amie and Jolie, 
the Junk Gypsies to come do a photo shoot in their 
junky barn....hmmm, packing vs playing??
Well, ya don't have to kick this horse twice, so I kicked off 
my crappy shoes, dirty t-shirt fell onto the floor 
and I took the fastest shower since I was 7 years old 
at summer camp, when we were required to take 
3 minute showers!!

These two sisters shine from the inside out
and their beauty radiates some sort of Angelic aura 
that is a combination of glitzy gypsy glam, vintage ripped 
denim country and simple sweetness!
Up until now of my time spent with them has been 
on yoga mats,  dancing in the gravel or noisy local cafes.
But on this day, I witnessed the family business behind the scenes. 
Mom and Dad were always nearby to run gather props, 
extra boots and earrings. The family vibe was genuine
and I sensed the love about each one of them all day long.

Grab your sunglasses because 
"their future's so bright, ya gotta wear shades"
They are filming locally for HGTV series
and HGTV Magazine 
spreading the Junk Love

Gypsies never leave home without them

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sharing my JOY!

I have some exciting news to share with you
My Bed & Breakfast home has been sold 
and we are moving to the Country!!

We are renting this home in Round Top for a while until the dust settles as it happened so fast.
We did not have the house on the market, 
but a couple wanting a life change to move to the country and run a B&B
stumbled into our path, and we are all running with it!

So for now, I am happy, calm, and peaceful 
when I sit on this huge, porch
looking forward to some long days of creating, sewing 
and cooking again

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


for the first time since June a bit of rain fell on Texas yesterday!

It's kind of a big deal since we have suffered 
extreme heat, wildfires  and drought since April

Monday, October 10, 2011

Courage To Fly

hosted by Stephey Baker
Stephanie asked the question  
"Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? 
Pushed off the branch and flew 
into uncharted territory with nothing 
but inspiration fueling you?" 

Where do I start? 
The list is long, so I will chose some of my favorites. 
The ones that altered my life.
The very ones I took a chance on myself, all alone, 
completely on a leap of faith…
entirely and wholeheartedly believing in myself. 
Sometimes impulsively with wild abandon. 

I honestly believe that we are responsible 
for creating the strength of our own wings to FLY

Oh yes, of course I had support from friends 
and family, but they will tell you 
that I am pretty hard headed and do it my own way anyway. 
I am not afraid to try something new in uncharted waters. 
I am not afraid to fail. 
And when things do not go as I planned, well, 
then it has always been another opportunity for growth. 
One more feather in my wings to fly higher, 
stronger and further. 

You see, all my life, I have tried to squish in as much as I possibly can. I want to make the very most out of the brief visit we have here in this place we call Earth. 
So what if things change? HELL YES!! 
Time to refine. Pull up those bootstraps. 
Dust off those wings, open them up real wide 
and flap just a bit harder. 
Come on…fly with me for a while…

I joined the Team in Training for Leukemia and walked a Marathon. It took me 8 hours and 13 minutes and I raised $8000. HELL YES!!

I auditioned for a part in the stage performance Vagina Monologues and landed a huge part…never had acting lessons in my life. HELL YES!!

I divorced, bought a home on a tiny Caribbean island in Mexico, remodeled my home and began to mend my broken heart. HELL YES!!

I decided to be brave during my sons two deployments to Iraq, and be the strong mother to support him and conquer my own fear of letting him go. HELL YES!! (he is now home safe and sound) and I am still brave. HELL YES!!

I sold my tropical paradise, returned to my birth state of Texas and bought a Bed & Breakfast. HELL YES!!

I once again opened my healing heart. This took a minute, as I wanted to be sure not to crack wide open all over again.  The moment I allowed the love to enter, accept and experience was the moment love began to flourish and I was flying again higher than ever before! HELL YES!!

I just started a new food service business operated from an Airstream Trailer converted into a commercial kitchen. HELL YES!!

 And now I can officially say this 
out loud and proud...
Another self supporting business in which I continue 
to explore my passion for photography

Deb Did It Photography

Because right now is all we have. 
This very moment. 
Please join me in making it count.

quote by Terri St Cloud
To be whole, let yourself break.
To be straight, let yourself bend.
To be full, let yourself be empty.
To be new, let yourself wear out.
To have everything, 
give everything up
~Tao Te Ching~