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red.neck chic

welcome! step into my "red.neck" world and enjoy the ride! red.neck Chic... stirring the pot - mixing vintage with the modern, shabby with the chic, eclectic with the traditional...duct tapin' the sophisticated!

Updated: 2017-08-13T06:43:39.449-05:00


It's in the bag...


sourceI think you should know something. Something VERY important.sourceI stare.sourceA lot.sourceSew-much-sew that I sometimes I walk in to things. Or trip over my own two feet.sourceOR - I will stop in the middle of somewhere I probably shouldn't stop. For example: I stopped while crossing the street one time.To stare.That could have been bad.sourceI'm actually REALLY surprised that no-one has ever said anything to me...sourcebut I HAVE noticed that sometimes the woman I'm staring at puts her hand protectively over her pocketbook.sourceYes, that's right... I am always staring at women. Well, not AT them...sourcebut at their shoulders or hands - to see what kind of pocketbook they are carrying!!!What did you think?!?!When I was poppedUP at Cedar Chest Antique Mall, I did a LOT of staring. It seemed like every woman that walked in the door was carrying a vintage - or retro - pocketbook! I LOVED IT!!!sourceI have my own collection of vintage pocketbooks... some I've found, some I've inherited... but, I remember packing them very carefully in something, and now I can't remember what that something was...This makes me laugh, because it came up on a search for "vintage purse". hahaha!sourceDo you ever carry a vintage pocket-book?comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I have a vintage pocketbook in my hands RIGHT NOW that I'm adding to my collection! As soon as I locate my collection...Have a FANTASTIC week-end!!! [...]

I went - I poppedUP - I partied!


Oh my goodness - the Soiree and popUP shop at Cedar Chest Antique Mall was SEW MUCH FUN!!!Friday morning I loaded up, loaded up some more - made the resident teen break a sweat before 10am (after I had the red.neck in charge working with me half the night!) - and set up! Shannon, the CEO of Cedar Chest, gave up her own space right inside the front door, so when you walked in and turned to the couldn't miss me!In the "popUP shop" section, I had just my "fashion" department ("home" and "life" stayed in my normal shop space)... let me take you on a tour!As soon as you entered, my "wear it." pearl-snap shirts were waiting for everyone to try them on, and find the perfect name and/or design!Right past the pearl-snaps, I had a "sitting room", because stuff like that is important, and it came in VERY handy!!!Lendi (aka: The Threadbare Gypsy) came to celebrate with me at the Soiree Friday evening, and Holli (aka: Holli's Hoots and Hollers) brought me lunch, and hung out with me Sunday afternoon! The rest of the time, the chairs were filled with old friends, new friends - family and loved ones!The chairs are also filled with bullet holes... *grin*Next up:the "sparkle it." jewelry table. Complete with my Velvet Elvis as the table cover!hunka-hunka-burnin' love!And then, of course, was my shelf, and various hang-it-on-it things with my "carry it." pocketbooks!I love the look on people's faces when they find out I made them, and then when they read WHAT they are made out of!!! I don't discriminate... if I can cut it and sew it, I will make a pocketbook out of it.Friday night was the Soiree. Did I take pictures of it? No.The food set-up was crazy cute and fun! "the Mama" made mini birthday cupcakes with sparkles, and glitter, and sprinkles, and more sparkles, so I parked them on the license plate cupcake stand you can see in the picture above. She had also thrown in a can of nuts, so the dump truck (in the photo, hiding under the shelves!) held a cute box with the nuts in it! "the Mama" also provided a FANTASTIC vintage metal cooler for ice (she might not get that back!), and a cute little "redneck-ish" igloo for peach tea!I attempted some cookies that looked SUPER EASY to make on Pinterest, but apparently they aren't THAT easy for the cooking challenged. Luckily, my "Ethyl" made some corn dip to go with Frito's that was so GOOD it had ME asking for the recipe.That evening, the whole mall was full of laughter! Everyone came to visit, and shop, and visit some more - other vendors stopped in to meet-n-greet and have some fun... My face still hurts from laughing!I'm READY to go for many more years! I can't thank each of you enough for reading along, for coming to visit, the other vendors for entertaining my insanity, "the Mama" and "Ethyl" for feeding us all - and Shannon for opening the Cedar Chest doors and welcoming a bunch of crazy red.necks!!!Let's do it again next year!comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I made a really grin-worthy observation during the Soiree and popUP shop...[...]

Let's Party Like it's 2008!


In June of 2008 I went to a yard sael.Seriously. The sign said "sael". This is the actual sign. hahahaHA!Piles of junk and more junk, alllll spread out in front of a double-wide: the poster-woman for TRUE redneck (i'm gonna let you use your imagination re: what she looked like. be very creative...) was in charge. And - she LOVED my purse. After purchasing a pillowcase and some belts (even though I was short a quarter!), I got in my car to head home... slightly traumatized by the thought that only a REDNECK could appreciate my pocketbook made out of re.po'd vintage fabrics and other fun stuff.41 miles.I was 41 miles away from home. But, you know how it goes... by mile marker 3, I had thought of my business name, "red.neck Chic". By mile marker 9, I had my logo designed in my head. By mile marker 14, I had my tag line (re.defining redneck Style...). By mile marker 17, I had my branding and packaging perfected in my head. All the rest of the miles home saw me jumping in my car seat with excitement and ridiculously happy JOY.By the time I parked in my driveway, I knew that my passion and business had just collided in the way that is unique to me... and I was off like a crazed roll of duct tape!!!I started with a small "shop space" in Hillsboro Antique Mall, tucked safe and sound under the stairs.I had NO CLUE what I was doing... but I had some SERIOUS fun figuring it out!I continued to grow...and grow some more!Then - I decided it was time for my first show with red.neck Chic, sew I hit the road...and found Jessica and Joe, aka: Funky Finds! After that, I felt like I was finding my groove, so I tackled my first outdoor show...and thought I was going to have to lock myself in to the crazy farm.To this day, I STILL shudder when I think of the 110 degrees in the shade - on ASPHALT - that happened the day of the Peach Festival.In between the shows, I got invited in to an art gallery in Dallas...I've popped my duct tape roll in to various shoppes and boutiques, and I started rolling my duct tape in to Zapp Hall for a few years...These are the only 2 photos I can find of my various tents over a 3 or 4 year period!and I kept growing in the Hillsboro Antique Mall.I moved in to the second side of the mall...and I eventually spread allllll the way across the back 40 of the second side of the mall.Other shows, the addition of "soiree's" and popUP shops, expansions to the product lines I offer (fashion. home. life.), and THEN: a second (and NEW!) location inside the Cedar Chest Antique Mall!And now that we are up to date? It's time to celebrate all of this duct tapin' FUN!!!Yes... it's belated, but I'm just cool like that. haha!It's going to be SEW FUN!!! I have swag bags I'm building, and "festive drinks and tasty eats" I'm planning on finding someone to cook (i'm thinking the fire department doesn't need to be involved in this celebration...) for the Soirée... pocketbooks, pearl-snaps, sparkly things, smell good soaps, paper stuff and concrete things - ANYthing and EVERYthing I can think of - for the Soirée and popUP shop!!!I would love to see you there!!! If I can't, I'll keep you posted over the miles - that way we can both pretend you're there!comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I can't WAIT to see what my next 6 years brings! It's been sew fun this far - can you imagine how many giggles you and I are going to have in the future? hee-hee [...]

the month (no, wait...) the YEAR of...


*i'm waving at you!!!*Did you think I had been kidnapped? No. The kidnappers would have returned me immediately, citing "pain and suffering" while demanding a full refund.*grin*HOW ARE YOU?!!!I've just been... HERE! Well, obviously not HERE, but HERE! One day at a time, trying to stay out of trouble, making great things, having ideas and more ideas, having FUN, taking lots of pictures, making more great things... HERE! Big HUGE things have happened, little things have happened... we'll get back to those at a later date! You'll love it!First and Foremost (and because I left off here!): The resident teen graduated! AND! He's already completed his first year of college!Could I be more proud of him? nope. Do I see him anymore? nope.He started college full-time (honor roll!!!), then started working all of the other time, then - you know - he has to do all the things college kids do. I know he's still around because there are dirty dishes in the sink favorite blurry photo EVER.All kidding aside, I am SO proud of the man he is becoming!He still gives me hugs all of the time, and when I send the random, "what are you doing" texts, he answers - even though I know he's rolling his Chic is continuing to go strong, and is just growing, and growing!!! I'm in The Hillsboro Antique Mall still, I've done a couple of shows, I keep rollin' the duct tape roll of red.neck Chic fun in to various shoppes... AND I've moved in to Cedar Chest Antique Mall!!! There is some celebrating gonna happen, but we will get back to THAT too...If you can't wait, you can always find me on Facebook, and on Instagram. But, I promise on my duct tape, I won't make you wait again. I know this 'cause I have about 10 more blog posts in "draft". haha!!! Some were started last year, some at Christmas, some whoknowswhen... do you KNOW how many stories I have to catch you up on? hee-hee-heecomin' to you LIVE from a single-wide, where have I told you that I have MISSED you?!?! I miss you.[...]

the month of may... part 1


i left off at Prom (and the First Lady of the neighborhood association is demanding an update!)... if i remember correctly, prom was in April, and i reported in to you in May. i could be really really really wrong though because i still kinda think this is January.  :-Di saw a rabbit... okay, i saw a lot of rabbits. they are ALLLLL over my 'hood this spring and summer!it's become a big joke in the single-wide about how if you wanna know where i've been, or what i've seen, look through my camera card. it's also become a big joke that really strange things catch my eye through my camera lens and i feel compelled to photograph them... but that's a whole 'nother story...for now - i've decided to tell you a pictorial story of my May... and because my camera card holds vast amounts of extremely random stuff (and that isn't even including the picture folders on my phone!!!) - this will be a two-parter...part 1:(it started with the rabbit.)the man-child had his very last high school band concert where he pulled a fast one and traded the trombone for the baritone... he does that sometimes.then, one bright, saturday morning, i headed off for a tractor pull that the ultimate redneck - my Uncle - was pullin' in...i looked for petal powered tractors, but i didn't see any.  not tooooo far in to this fun little road trip, i got sidetracked by an estate sale sign. on the way to the estate sale, i crossed this bridge and became fascinated with the yellow... so i pulled over.when i was little - we used to swim in this creek...instead of counting my age in years - i've decided i'm going to count it in dropping water levels... ;-D OBVIOUSLY i was little a lot of water levels ago!!!and i saw this... growing in rock and debris, yellow stuff and asphalt... that's pretty fun, right? so i took a picture of it.i made it to the estate sale and found some barrels and an old tv stand and a various assortment of other fun... did i take pictures of any of it? no.BUT! i did make it to the tractor pull...and - just in time!!!i almost missed the Uncle redneck!!!look Ma! no hands!!!did he cause a tractor jam?!redneck tractor puller in training...luckily - i didn't miss the Uncle redneck. well - 3 of his 4 pulls i didn't miss. he had 3 tractors out there... the two gorgeously restored and stylin' Allis Chalmers, and this one...he HAD to take this one so he could maintain his redneck credentials...don't judge a book by it's cover though...he won four of these - and one on this tractor!there were some other pretty cool tractors out there... just don't tell my Uncle i said that, m'kay?red tractor, red suspenders... "git'r done!!!"and this one:i want a roll bar.after the tractor pull, i made great of them was "mar.gie":not only a new pocketbook out of re.cycled FUN - but a new pattern design as well!THEN: it was senior picture time...yeah... that's about how it went.remind me next time to HIRE a photographer - not try to argue with the man-child and his hair for just ONE good photo!!!since he hated posing for me sooooooooooooo much...i saw this in an alley and i made him the getaway driver (for the first time EVER) in a dumpster diving expedition.he KIND OF thought that was amusing... but not as amusing as he found it when i told him i was going to report him to his Grandmother (don't tell her, but he's really not as skeert of her as i am) if he didn't straighten up and let me get good graduation invitation photos...~to be continued~[...]



do you remember your high school prom?your junior year prom? SENIOR YEAR prom?oh... i do... but i had blocked it all out until a few weeks ago when my man-child reminded me his prom was about to happen, then again when Lendi (The Threadbare Gypsy) mentioned that she and her daughter were going prom dress shopping... I had immediate flashbacks with those junior year - i decided (and the household finances also helped with my decision) to design and make my own dress. i was dating a young man that went to another school in Waco (i considered that the BIG CITY at the time...) so i had TWO proms to attend - mine and his! "the Mama" and i made a biggggggg trip to the fabric store - i had my sketch pad out...i was in designing mode...for TWO DRESSES!oh - the FUN! the THRILL!!!the dress for his prom was going to be sapphire blue and white... the dress for MY prom was going to be aqua blue with sparkles - both with fun sleeves and lots of "flounce"imagine this:the sapphire blue dress was tea-length, blue and white polka dots - lifts at the bottom (secured with eyelet bows) so the ruffles would peak out underneath, big cap sleeves with more eyelet bows... a sweetheart neckline, drop waist... WHITE SHOES... even worse: WHITE HOSE...the aqua blue was tea-length, satin and lace... FULL super-pouffy LACE cap sleeves, sweetheart neckline, lace cutouts on the bodice that my Mom sat up all night (the night before prom) and sewed her very own crystals in each flower center, drop waist... white shoes...excuse me for a minute - i think i will go crawl in a fashion hole and not come out...the HORROR!!!*shudder*but i'm not done yet... i still have to shock and awe you with my senior prom dress...Brandi was my best friend all through high-school. it was a tiny tiny school in the middle of Texas. senior prom was a HUGE DEAL. months of prep and planning... "what am i going to do with my hair?", "who is going to ask me to prom?", "WHAT DRESS WILL I WEAR?!",etc., etc.well, Brandi and her mom were going to make her senior year prom dress, but neither of them knew what style to make. so - off we go on a day trip to the dress shop. in Waco at the time i think there was only ONE dress shop and it had ballgowns, prom gowns, pageant gowns, bridal gowns... a whole shop full of ruffles and lace and sparkles and flounce and "poof"... a GIRL'S DREAM!!! i will never forget when we walked in -  i sucked in my breath and my eyes didn't know where to go first... i could have moved in to that shop and stayed for the rest of my life! GORGEOUS EVERYWHERE!!!Brandi started playing around picking out and trying on dresses so that she and her mom had some ideas... i aimed straight for the ball gowns. rows and rows and rows of ruffles...then i saw it:the gown of all gowns, the creme of the crop... i swear to you - it had light shining down on it - and i'm not talking late 80's fluorescent was THE DRESS.i held my breath, WHISPERED at the sales lady, "oh please, could i try this on?", followed her - pretty much on her heels and within an inch of that dress - to the dressing room... pulled it over my head...the zipper sounded as sweet as a summer breeze, the petticoats dropped and landed as if they were performing a happy dance of their own, the poufy sleeves settled on my shoulders as if they had come home... the drop waist sat right where it was supposed to and belled out for a mile each direction - making the sweetest music with each breath that i took...sparkle and sequins and ruffles and petticoats...that petal pink taffeta, with lace and sparkle pick-ups along the bottom to show even MORE white lace, beaded bodice and drop waist Cinderella dress had been MADE FOR was was was going to make me the belle of my prom...I HAD TO HAVE THAT DRESS!!!i went home and told "the Mama" allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll about THE DRESS... f[...]

let me eat pie...


i'm going to make this pie:

Peach IceBox Pie

1 baked pie crust
1 (303) can sliced peaches, drained
1 pkg. peach jello (4 serving size)
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 c. water
1 container Cool Whip

Mix jello (dry), sugar, cornstarch together; add water. Bring to boil - boil 3 minutes - cool.

When above mixture is cooled, arrange peaches in pie shell. Pour jello mix over peaches. Place in refrigerator. When set - top with Cool Whip.

surely i can do this without the fire department...

comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where i have a timer... 3 minutes boiling time - i can DO THIS!




I have had so much fun exploring the signs of spring in my 'hood!!! ESPECIALLY 'cause everything I grow is accidental!!!Although - in my defense - I can grow an AWEsome rock garden! (and a stray animal sanctuary... but that's a whole 'nother post (or 9) in itself...).I can grow Cactus... which has buds on it...and the birds all plant Hackberry trees for me... I like how limey green the trees are in the Spring! And yes, I pull branches off of the tree and bottle 'em for my personal enjoyment!I can grow Rosemary...and it's blooming... but I think it's near impossible to murder rosemary. I know it grows even through lack-of-attention... *hangs head in gardening shame*.My peach trees just kind of happen...and they are all blooming!And my Iris's are growing and blooming... despite repeatedly being mowed down... oops...I tip-toe through my Buttercups...and even rub them on my nose! Then I sneeze... but do it again!I have some Sunflowers introducing themselves...and these purple things. Used to I would have called this a weed, but I've since learned that if it is welcome in my yard, and it makes me smile because it's pretty - then it's not a weed!comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I'm hoping your accidental Spring is in FULL BLOOM!!! [...]

ramblings of a crazy red.neck...


Where was I?*hangs head in shame as I look at the date on my last post...*In my defense - I've been making great things!!! And doing great things!!! And in the middle of that - haven't had much to say that you would find interesting!!!i stole this from Jenn @ Give Me Props!My last Soiree was INCREDIBLY great! April (the hostess), her family and her new home are GORGEOUS!!! It was such a joy to just park my duct tape and enjoy meeting new friends, chit-chatting with old friends and soaking up the fun!!! It all started with a squirrel thinking he was on the guest list and making his rounds through April's house...i stole this photo from Jenn too... this is April's daughter - the BEST product model i've ever had!!! beautiful - chocolate covered strawberries and all!and ended with Mama Debinator and THEE Kitty Cat Daddy comin' in to make sure Jenn, April, Lezlee (aka: Prior aka: Elsie Mae on Market) and I were behaving ourselves!!! Of course we weren't... and to be honest with you, Mama Debinator and Kitty Cat Daddy weren't either.A couple of weeks after that, I showed my freckle-face in the Ft. Worth area and Jenn (my rep (*giggle* (yes... i still giggle when i say "rep"...))) took me to all kinds of FANTASTIC shops and stores!!! We tinkered around with checking in to red.neck "arriving" in various shops in various zip codes, but it turns out - I don't really fit in anywhere that we have found yet!!!Heading home that night I had a bit of a complex... my style isn't shabby awesome, it's not rhinestones and big hair, it's not subtle timelessness, it's not hippy coolness or cowgirl/western laid-back... I'm just me. THEN I realized: I don't "fit" anywhere 'cause I'm almost ready for a shop of my own - and I'll know that my random style that is SEW ME will fit in just perfectly - and I can freely and with GREAT JOY work in all of the other styles that make life so fun - and there will be something for EVERYone!Until "red.neck Chic" the general store throws her doors open, Jenn is lining up red.neck Chic Soiree appearances for me... my next is on the 15th with Kristi and Amy - watch out San Antonio!!! Luckily Jenn is ALSO keeping me in line and telling me where to be and when... a friend said it best, "you finally have someone that will focus for you while you just dance around in your crazy duct tape roll forgetting what day it is." If that wasn't true, I would probably be upset at that statement... but instead, I will just thank Jenn yet again 'cause there is no denying the fact that I usually can't remember my own name. :-/What else, what else...I've made some new pocketbooks - re.po'd and re.designed some new pearl-snaps, dishtowels, soaps, etc. etc. etc. You know me... I set one thing down and pick up 3 new things to make. *big grin*a very big GIANT pink flower tree!The "Taj Mahal" in The Hillsboro Antique Mall is going to get a major face-lift in a couple of weeks. I've been shopping my own barn, picking up things here 'n there, making MORE new things... fashion. home. life. is all fixing to collide in one big space... again. Oh wait... that's kind of an on-going thing, right?I'm still harassin' Honey at Honey's Home + Style off and on. I've run in to some on-going health problems (no worries - it's nothing some duct tape, Wd-40 and time up on cinder-blocks can't fix right up!) so if I'm stayin' home instead of going to lust over beautiful things at Honey's store, it's with a big grin because I duck outside, run straight for the lab.or.a.tory and lock myself in!!! Let me tell you though: there's a post in "edit" right now waiting for me to take some pictures... Honey has swung me to the "fine linen" side of life. And, I'm not kidding, it was like SANTA came to visit me when she got new fabric samples in for her furniture! I sat and just touched them - and was kinda sad when I had to [...]

towering piles of...


(I found this picture on a past post... I WISH WISH my laboratory still looked like this!!!! Instead? 3 years later - utter, complete, and total annihilation... I wonder who broke in and set off the hand grenade(sssss)?)towering piles of future pocketbooks.After the Junk Hippy Show in November I have been SERIOUSLY lacking pocketbook inspiration... or ANY inspiration!!! I have just stood in my sewing room (or sometimes not even stepping through the door!) totally lost with NOTHING jumping out and screaming, "make me! NOW!".My sewing machine was on mute... wouldn't listen to me OR talk to me... my bobbins were gathering dust... my fabrics were growing their own spider webs...truly tragic.Then? I was re-painting my bathroom and the paint fumes must have stirred something 'cause I now have entered in to some weird pocketbook making mode. I'm putting bags together in my head WAY faster than I can make them happen with my fingertips! I have a toppling tower of, "to make next".Pocketbooks - 24/7. I'm almost skeert to sleep for fear the mad desire to make great things goes MIA again!!!This one is MINE now! LOL I liked it sew much I dumped all of my fun things I think I have to have on a daily basis right in to it!I have my next "swa.ray" Friday night... I'm thinking there are going to be a lot of "never seen before" pocketbooks arriving for the par-tay...Are you feeling inspired to make great things or is your creative space growing dust-bunnies?now I'm off to repo some pearl-snaps...comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I should proll'y move my piles and vacuum my dust bunnies so they don't feel compelled to grow some more... but that requires stepping away from my sewing machine and promptly tripping over my piles then landing nose first in more piles... pffffttt...  Would you like to host your own "Soiree"? Contact Jenn at Give Me Props... she'll hook you up and then I can come park my single-wide in your back yard! Yee HAW! xo[...]

i'm hungry.


if you know me well AT ALL, you know "i'm hungry." are two of my favorite words in the vocabulary.if i didn't know better i'd think i had a sugar-craving tape worm. but... i know better 'cause the scale tends to slap me in to reality...stupid scale.anyway - my favorite food group is: peanut butter.yes - i said, "food group".i like bananas too... and butter...Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich:Ingredients2-3   Ripe bananas 8   Slices white bread 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter 3 tablespoon honey 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup butterTopping: 1/4 cup of sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamonDirectionsIn frying pan melt 3 tablespoons of butter - make sure butter does not burn.  In a small bowl mix together peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. Slice bananas into 1/4 thick slices. Spread the peanut butter mixture on four slices of bread and cover with banana slices.  Top with remaining 4 slices of bread.  Spread butter on both sides of sandwiches.  Grill sandwiches in frying pan until each side is golden brown.For topping, combine sugar cinnamon in shallow plate.  Coat grilled sandwiches with mixture.  Cut diagonally and serve hot.Recipe Courtesy Paula Deenit's on now...i'm hungry.comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where i figure i'll call the fire guys and give them a head's up 'cause this is what i'm makin' for dinner!!![...]

bowled over.


I had blogged (here) before about how I ADORE and WANT an Arco lamp!!! However... the ol' pocketbook screams and runs when looking at the price tag on a real (aka: vintage) Arco, and though I think the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating my ceiling height tends to put a lid on my imagination.Enter Target and their lamp department:The frame of it is close enough for me - the height is just right - the PRICE TAG was fantastic!!!But - the shade and base weren't I found a stainless steel bowl and a wooden rectangular box.*big grin*I am gonna fill the box with concrete when I get a couple of nice "concrete pourin'" days in a row (right now it's weighted with bricks), and then I will decide if I'm going to break the box away and have a concrete base - or just leave it!comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where sometimes my determination (and total dis-respect for cooking equipment) to have something I like just makes me laugh... but happy!!!What do you use YOUR mixing bowls for?  [...]




I pinned it here!

My Interpretation!

What's been inspiring you lately?

comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I have fun digging through my barn and finding chairs after I've spent tooooo much time on home-dec sites and Pinterest! LOL

random fun!


i saw this windmill a couple of weeks ago and OF COURSE had to park in a "no parking" zone to get pictures!!!i live in Texas  - windmills EVERYWHERE - so i'm not sure what my fascination was with this one...UNTIL:it turned. and i saw GRAPHICS on the tail!again - i live in Texas where there are windmills EVERYWHERE... but i don't recall EVER seeing one with the graphics still legible on the tail!!!just some random fun! hope you are having a FANTASTIC week-end!!!comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where i'm out chasin' windmills... literally. hee-hee[...]



First – Happy Happy New Year!!! I went to sleep on the 31st and time travels must of happened ‘cause I woke up and it was a NEW YEAR!!! Merry 2013!In my HEAD I had this long in-depth blog post about my "WORD" for 2013. For DAYS I have been sure that I had my PERFECT "word".JOURNEY.My “word” was initially Journey. About how life is a journey... blah, blah, blah. We all already know that, right? The ups and downs and all-arounds... how we think we’re going to be one place only to find we’ve been mis-placed but it’s ‘cause we’re in the place where we’re supposed to be...Cassandra Wilson summed it up for me: “I know you’re supposed to set goals for yourself – and I do. But, I’m all into the journey. It’s fascinating to me. So if I make certain what I want moment to moment, I’m cool at the crossroads.”I trust in my journey – as crazy as my journey may be – that everything happens for a reason... the lows are low because they are... the highs are high because they are... the “hmmm ho” days are just “hmmm ho” because they are... so journey is not really a good "word" for me because I operate on blind faith and trust in my journey and... my trust in my journey isn’t going to change in 2013.THEN I thought: “fascination”. Now THAT is a good word for me! I am always so fascinated by big things – little things – all things in between things...One time I had a bumper sticker that said “easily fascinated – watch for brake lights” and that is SOOOOO true! A road trip always takes me longer because something (or many things) I see along the way fascinate me and I stop to check them out. Then I figure out that I got lost and my GPS is completely baffled.People fascinate me. Objects fascinate me. EVERYTHING fascinates me. I’m easily entertained.And I was fascinated when I did a search for a quote about journey and found one with fascinating in it! I thought about how my fascination with ALL THINGS isn’t going to improve this year over last year because my fascination with being fascinated is just who I am... so I guess that’s not a good word for me.Which led me back to my mind’s question, “Robelyn, what is your word for 2013?”Know what answer I have?Word. frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="640">Yep – my "word" is word. I am going to make it a point in 2013 to say more words.Written words, entertaining words, encouraging words, silly words, bigger words, happy words, informative words... I STINK at communicating (example: my SERIOUS lapse in blogging and Kristi – I promise – I WILL call you!), so I’m gonna work on my words. If the thoughts in my head need to be somewhere other than in my head – I will give my thoughts words and voice.“All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.” - Khalil GibranOf course – they will not be harmful words because that’s not the way I roll... “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21 (one of my favorite scriptures!!!) but, important words.*** note: i did not say my words would be spelled correctly or even kinda close to grammatically correct. ***Because my "word" for 2013 is WORD – doesn’t that mean that I can have a whole plethora of words as my word?My options are endless!!! Scrabble in my brain - 24/7!What’s YOUR word?comin’ to you LIVE from a single-wide where I found the journey to find my "word" very fascinating (slightly exhausting)... and I'm even MORE fascinated that somehow or another I looped around and ended my journey back at word as my word. *big grin*“If every wor[...]

Merry Christmas!


I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL Christmas Day full of friends and family - lots of grins and giggles...

and something really sweet!!!

Merry Merry Christmas!

comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I have my eyes on a pecan pie... yummmm...(image)

Jingle (PIRATED) Belles...


You know... very few (most 'specially myself!) can say it (OR sing it!) any better than Mama Debinator... so I'm pirating her post about the very first red.neck Chic Soiree... sing-a-long with me!!!Crashing thru the houseWhere's my ta-da list?O'er the floors I go,Swiffer in my fist.Shoppers at the door,slap some lipstick on.What fun it is to play and browsebefore the goods are gone.OH-H-H!!!Red.neck chic pocket-books,Shopping all the way.Oh what fun it is to buyat the Red.neck chic Soiree!HEY!!!Saddle Tramps, spinach dip,candles, cards and more!Oh what fun it is to watchstuff flying out the door!A week or two agoI thought that I'd be done.Who cares about the dust?C'mon let's have some fun!Red.neck brought the goods.I threw some hors d'oeuvres out.What joy it brings to see my friendsprimpin' all about!OH-H-H!!!Darlin' hats, gloves to match.Hey, I saw those first!Oh what fun it is to watchCat Daddy getting pursed.HEY!!!Red.neck Glam, pecan tarts,white trash in a dish.Oh what fun it is to seefriends checking Santa's list!OH-H-H!!!Talking trash, buying gifts,Making Christmas Day.Oh what fun it is to host   a Red.neck chic Soiree!A...RED...NECK...CHIC...SWAH-RAY!BAY...BAY!!!  (Contact Jenn at Give Me Props for hosting information. Trust's the hippest, coolest thing ever to hit the asphalt!)I had SEW much fun!!! And - after I get over the shock of Christmas being only 2 days away - I'm ready to do it again! Perhaps next time I will get my OWN camera out of my car!!! Can you believe that?! Didn't even un-load it!!! Luckily Debbie pirated some pictures so that I could pirate some pictures...Thank You everyone for your on-line support here and on Facebook - and Thank You to all of you CRAZY red.necks that came over to play!!!comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I'm frantically making Christmas presents still... how's it going in your 'hood?[...]



I can't believe it's already December. Geesh, I can't believe it's almost the MIDDLE of December! I could have SWORN it was still August!!! THAT could have a bit to do with the fact that this winter it's rarely been below 80 degrees...We are just a couple of weeks away from Christmas! Oh Noooooo! I'm hoping that there IS a Santy Claus 'cause I haven't done ANY Christmas shopping and/or gift makin' yet!Dear Santa,If you exist, (I think you do!) I will send you my Christmas gift list along with addresses and just leave it all up to you. M'kay?Love, RobelynI have Christmas decorations strung from here-to-there all the way through the single-wide and VERY LITTLE of that has found a home yet! Well, unless the middle of the floor counts as a home.Dear Santa,If you exist, (I think you do!) could you please send your Elves to finish spreading Christmas cheer through-out the single-wide?Love, RobelynWanna know what I've been doing instead of cleaning, shopping, decorating, making gifts, putting away, hanging, fluffing or glittering?Gettin' ready for a Soiree.You know how God sometimes lasso's you with his duct tape roll and drags you along so that you're where you're supposed to be - when you're supposed to be there? He did that to me a few years ago. You were with me - do you remember when we went to Winnie and Tulula's in Athens and met Debbie (aka: Talking Trash), her daughter Jenn (aka: Give Me Props), and THEN we fell head-over-heels in love in to the litter box for Kitty Cat Daddy? (here's a memory refresher)Well - who knew that 3 years later (almost to the day) I would find myself the topic of conversation between Mama Debinator and Jenn (or that I would have adopted myself another Mama and sister!) - and THEN have myself a REP?!Yep - you read that right - I have a REPRESENTATIVE! That just makes me giggle...And WHO KNEW that 3 years later (almost to the day) I would find myself preparing to pull the single-wide off it's cinder-blocks and start pullin' it in to YOUR 'hood?!"...unexplained events become explainable when you realize it was the hand of God moving through your life helping you achieve success." (from "The Whisper of God")So - though red.neck Chic Soirees were not in my 3 year business plan - THEY ARE NOW!!!Just think about it: comin' to you LIVE from YOUR single-wide!soi·ree noun \swä-ˈrā\Function: noun: an evening party or social gathering All things red.neck Chic spread out alllllllll over your home for you, your friends and your family to play with! All things fashion. home. life. spread out alllllllll over your home for you, your friends and your family to play with and take home to THEIR house - or keep in your own home!Imagine a group shopping the comfort of your living room. (Think of yourself as the CEO of Bloomingdales or Neimans!) No need to go to the boutique...the boutique comes to you! Soaps, candles, towels, pearl-snap shirts, jewelry, pocketbooks (and more pocketbooks), greeting cards... the list goes on and on and on and is continuously growing...  THEN! Your friends and family can host their OWN red.neck Chic Soiree and have even MORE things to play with! Everything I do is one-of-a-kind sew there is no tellin' what will come from my brain and out through my fingers[...]



image and recipe found here at Around My Family Table

If you ever want to shut me up, hand me a bowl of Brocolli and Cheese soup - then just step away.

It's gray and drizzly and a lil' bit cool outside this morning and my stomach is growling...

Brocolli and Cheese Soup
4 tbls butter
½ onion, roughly chopped
2 1/2 tbls flour
2 cups whole milk
1 cup chicken/vegetable stock
1 large head broccoli, roughly chopped
1 ½ cups grated cheese
additional milk and cheese may be needed

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 4 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for a minute or two. Pour in the milk and broth. Add the broccoli. Season with a dash of salt and black pepper.

Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer on low until the broccoli is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Puree soup using a blender (in two batches), immersion blender, or even a potato masher. Stir in the cheese and allow to melt. Taste the seasonings and adjust if needed. Thin with additional milk to desired consistency.

To make it a little heartier, stir in some diced ham or leftover chicken/turkey. Serve with extra cheese and crackers.

So.... who's cooking?
comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I've got my google search up and running because I'm having to look up "puree" and "immersion blender"... my tater mashers are photo holders...

road trip!


So... yesterday I worked for the afternoon at The Hillsboro Antique Mall. It was fun! I “fluffed” my space a little bit... it needs A LOT of work (I’m thinking major over-haul again) – but that’s okay! Having to move and shift and pile in new fun junk goodies is ALWAYS a good thing, right?On my way home – a trip that is normally 52 minutes from point A to point B – I hit traffic and more traffic and more traffic...And I watched the new(ish) Smurf movie through my windshield and the back window of a big SUV while sitting completely still on the interstate.Completely.Still.At first I thought nothing of it since I’m a die-hard Smurf fan (do you remember the Smurfberry cereal? Turned your tongue blue!).Then I started laughing and my mind just kind of wandered off on its own little road trip:When I was little and “the Mama” would load us up for a road trip – we didn’t watch movies!Heck – when I was little I don’t think the VCR was even invented yet! Or iPods and iPhones and idontknowwhatelse... or the internet...For entertainment my brothers and I would beat the living daylights out of each other, and...Wait, that sounds so harsh.Let me re-phrase: For entertainment my brothers and I would concentrate very very very very hard on spotting slug bugs (actual slug bugs or imaginary slug bugs that go so fast no-one but you can see them... we weren't picky) so that we could slug each other...  there – now you know that “the Mama” didn't condone random brutality – we beat the living daylights out of each other with purpose...and we would sing!Music was always front and center in our house – didn’t matter if it was the piano – stereo – clarinet or bass clarinet – trumpet – drums – guitar - very large speakers that my brother built just so he could torture us with The Beach Boys or Chopin (he used to conduct the orchestra inside the speakers while standing on his bed – my little brother and I used to watch and laugh as his arms flapped wildly shushing the timpani and trying to get the woodwind section to build more volume in to their crescendo - more power)  – a flute  - a banjo – I think one or 3 of us had a harmonica and bells - an accordion – an organ... a tuba or two...But mainly – our voices.We would pile in to the car and just start singing... “I’ll Fly Away” or “Lil’ Bunny FuFu” or “You Are My Sunshine”... rounds of “Alleluia” and whatever other songs we could make rounds of (proll’y some that weren’t intended to be rounds)... “Rocky Top” and “You Can’t Get to Heaven in a Rocking Chair”, "B.I.N.G.O"...if we even THOUGHT we knew the words to it – we sang it!I think we even sang the Smurf song!!! allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="640">Yeah... I know... now YOU will be singing the Smurf song the rest of today.You.Are.WELCOME!Anyway – the moral of my story is – I can’t decide how I feel about movies in a car! What happened to searching for slug bugs and chit chat and music and fun?On the flip side of that DVD...I would have LOVED having a movie to listen to and watch when one time my Dad took us to Denver, CO from Crawford, TX and not toooooooo far out of Crawford, TX my little brother made up a song about an ant.The Ant Song  - that was completely made up by a 4yr old (he might have even been 3...) - was the continuous theme song - our SOUNDTRACK - for our cross-a-few-states journey. Hours long... mile[...]

Happy Thanksgiving!


Today on Thanksgiving Day,My blessings I recall;The things I am most thankful for,I recollect them all.You are really special,In all you say and do.You have made a difference in my life;Today - and EVERY day - I am thankful for YOU!Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!!!comin' to you LIVE from the single-wide where if you c'mon over I will share my cranberry sauce with you!!! (cranberry sauce 'cause it doesn't require a stove and whatever else all that kitchen stuff is... the local FD has the burn ban on my kitchen still in place...)Have fun - enjoy your day of Family, Friends and Fellowship! [...]



Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving with family and friends? Pulling out the extra chairs? Do you have your "kid's table" and your "grown-up's table" all laid out - the settings ready to go?

How about entertainment - do you have that covered? Movies rented so that you can watch them on the big-screen? Background music? The perfect lighting for your Thanksgiving feast?

comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where this is NOT my yard - but I swear... I would TOTALLY crash this party just 'cause I find the set-up so fun! There are chairs set around tables... keyboard organs and stereos... bbq pits... a television... oh yeah... red.necks CERTAINLY know how to gather and celebrate friends and family... how are your Thanksgiving preparations going?

inspired by...


I pinned this bracelet to one of my Pinterest boards a few weeks ago:And I've stopped to look at it mannnnnnny times since!I ADORE the “old school” cross-stitch mixed with metal! I think it’s one of the greatest contrasts that I've seen in a long time – and I’m all about contrast! Since the bracelet was part of an art exhibit (and rightfully so) I quit looking for where to buy it and decided to use it as my PinSpiration.Cross-stitching abilities are NOwhere on the red.neck Chic resume because I get all confused, tangled and lose count of whatever stitches I was supposed to be stitching and end up with strings everywhere but where they are supposed to be... Instead? Here’s what I did:Supplies Needed...Plus some E6000, clothes pins and a small piece of leather.There are filigree findings in all of the crafty stores right now – so I am SURE that you can find some that tickle your creative bone!!!I took the flat filigree flowers and broke them in half - then broke the third part off - to make the leaves...and started running various colors of embroidery floss through all of the holes...making my flowers and my leaves. I would like to say that I used some magical technique, but... there was absolutely no method to my madness (you know me - I just roll with it...) so just stitch the stitch that makes you happy!When I was done:I stitched all of my flowers and leaves in to place using the holes in the silver cuff bracelet I found. If you don’t have holes in your cuff bracelet:E6000 and some fantastically red.neck clamps (aka: clothes pins) work wonders!Because I had stitched the flowers to my cuff, I secured a strip of leather to the inside (to hold my ends) then I glued some sparkles in to my happy flower centers... and I dropped some glue in all kinds of other places to hold leaves a little flatter, (got some in my hair), etc. etc.Super simple – super happy! Are you going to make one? I think I’m going to call mine my “wrist garden” because actual gardening is MIA off the red.neck Chic resume along with cross-stitching... and cooking...comin’ to you LIVE from a single-wide where I needed to find some inspiration – what has been inspiring you lately?[...]

Junk Hippy...


Junk Hippy RoadShow...½ day setting up (that included a tent frame malfunction, an “oops – forgot about jewelry display” (which Kitty Cat Daddy helped me out with!!!), and a verrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy steep ramp that worked leg muscles I didn't know I had)...,  uhmmm... in the red. A day packed with sales and giggles... in the black. ONE FULL DAY spent set up next to Mama Debinator and The Kitty Cat Daddy, hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones that one day will be old friends because I plan on keeping them!!!Priceless.comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide where I'm almost recovered and ready to do the Junk Hippy RoadShow again... and maybe next time I will be over my Instagram addiction and back to my big girl camera. haHA!While I've been locked away in my sewing room - what have you been doing?[...]

Happy Veteran's Day!


Thank You for coming to visit today.  I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.The table is round - to show our everlasting concern for our men and women still missing.The cloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, awaiting answers.The vase is tied with a red ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.The glass is inverted - to symbolize their inability to share today's toast.The chair is empty - the soldier is missing.This is a "Missing Man Table" which is part of the "Honors Ceremony". The ceremony calls attention to the fact that "the missing are with us, here in spirit," and serves as a reminder to all Americans to never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call to serve.Our freedom is a gift from our forefathers. The passing of that gift between generations has been left to the Veterans who have served, and the soldiers currently serving our nation when called to duty. You are responsible for carrying on the history, the stories, and the valor of those that are your neighbors, your teachers, your family and your friends. Today let us honor those who have defended our country and the principles under which we live. We say "Thank You" today to our Veterans.Comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide... hee-hee p.s. Most of everything on the table has a story behind it... and yes, this is a "refreshed" post from a couple of years ago!!!My Grandfather was in the U.S. Navy - and this is his hat.  "He was based out of San Diego, CA for two tours in the South Pacific on PBY 5A Catalina's (amphibious airplane) - assistant mechanic on first trip, head mechanic on second. He spent some time in Kanoe Bay, HI for training on both trips, followed by assignment to Banana River NAS (Cape Kennedy, FL). He was assigned to be head mechanic on PBM's (large flying boat) but refused to fly on them. I never got a straight answer as to why, but all consideration involved adjectives. The hellcats and PBM recon had disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle about then. May have had more to do with it than the #@$*^ PBM. He had enough friends to get an assignment to DC as crew chief on JRB's (Small two engine personnel type plane) and flew with Admiral Hoover on many occasions, along with other suits. Apparently his airplane had a very good record for minimal breakdowns. My Grandfather said all the other crew chiefs spent all their time doing tear downs for inspections... he kinda figured that if it cranked, it would probably stay running! He needed all that extra time to go fishing or something!" ~ as told by my Uncle (the senior red.neck...)The silver, crystal and "napkin" on the table were my Grandmother's. The silver is "Fairfax" by Gorham (a gift from her Aunt), and the Crystal is "Canterbury" by Duncan Miller that she got as a wedding gift in 1944. The "napkin" is actually a tea t[...]