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Jun 14

Affordable, DIY Bridesmaid Gifts

Between buying their dress, attending the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and providing overall emotional support, my bridesmaids have done a lot for me. I can’t imagine going through the wedding planning process without them. The least I can do is give them a small gift expressing my love and appreciation. Today, I’m sharing a few bridesmaid gift ideas that perfectly convey sentiments of friendship, gratitude and affection.

Bridesmaid Gift: Glitter-Dipped Spoons

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May 30

7 Unique Ways to Wear Something Blue at Your Wedding

Although wearing “something blue” on your wedding day is a centuries-old tradition, it’s fun to see how modern brides incorporate the color into their look. Ancient couples often fashioned blue fabric around the edges of their wedding outfits to symbolize faithfulness, purity and loyalty, traits represented by the color blue.

While brides today rarely include prominent blue details, many choose to subtly sneak in the color. Try a pair of sapphire earrings or a baby blue manicure for a modern take on the tradition. Here are a few more ways to wear “something blue.”


Blue Ribbons Bouquet

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May 14

The 10 Best Flea Markets in America

Great American Flea Markets

With the third season of Junk Gypsies premiering tomorrow night — Friday, May 15 at 10/9c — on Great American Country, we’re not only getting geared up for more trash-to-treasure transformations, but for flea market season, too! The warm weather makes this time of year perfect for strolling through open-air markets searching for deals amongst numerous vendor booths. In the spirit of Amie’s and Jolie’s talent for upcycling, we rounded up some of the best flea markets in the U.S. so you can get out there and create your own refurbished masterpiece. Continue Reading


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Apr 9

What Is Your Celebrity Music Festival Style?

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend, marking the beginning of festival season. Celebrities like Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Katy Perry and Alessandra Ambrosio flock to Indio, Calif., for a weekend (or two) of musical performances, pool parties and to show off their enviable festival style.

If you’re headed to Coachella this weekend or the next, chances are you’ve researched music festival fashion quite a bit. So, to make your searching easier, we broke down festival style into five categories. Just choose the celebrity whose style most speaks to you, and, voila! You found your Coachella outfit inspiration.


Music Festival Fashion: Bohemian

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Apr 2

Last-Minute, Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is three days away. So, if you haven’t filled Easter baskets yet, you might want to pay attention to these last-minute ideas. We get it, though. Thinking of unique, non-candy fillers is tricky, especially when teenagers are in the picture. The best rule-of-thumb? Keep it simple. Kids, teens, spouses, etc., will appreciate a small gift that speaks to their interests. Check out our ideas below!

Easter Basket Ideas
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Feb 8

7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

Valentine's Day Hearts for Chandelier

Valentine’s Day is Saturday but there is still plenty of time to make the perfect gift for your loved one and add a few festive touches around the house. Here are 7 DIY Valentine’s Day projects you can give as gifts or keep for yourself! 

Paper Hearts Chandelier. This fun project can be presented as a gift or used for décor. Hang it over the kitchen table to welcome the kids to a valentine-themed breakfast. Instructions »

String Heart Art. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create a string art heart for your valentine or décor. The heart can be swapped out for the shape of your choice, like the outline of your state, which is a popular string art trend.

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Takeout Treat Box. Whether you’re giving baked goods or jewelry, this fun heart-and-arrow twist on a Chinese takeout box is a great way to “wrap” your valentine. If your child needs a valentine “mailbox” for school, this container can also do double duty. Step-by-step »

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Nov 15

10 Unique DIY Christmas Gifts, Crafts Ideas

Instead of gifting store-bought items this year, give your friends and family something they’ll actually use and enjoy. Handmade, DIY Christmas gifts not only last longer, but they’re more meaningful and so much more fun to give away than store-bought gifts. You don’t have to be crafty or even creative to make these gifts; just think outside the box. (By that I mean, don’t limit yourself to Christmas-themed gifts like holiday decor, seasonal sweets etc.) To get you started, we’ve gathered 10 creative and useful DIY Christmas gifts you’ll be proud to give this holiday.

Six-pack Wooden Beer Carrier with Bottle Opener


Photo courtesy of The New Hobbyist

Difficulty: For the woodworkers and handier men and women, this project will be a breeze
Give to: The beer lover or home brewer

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Nov 7

Top 5 Looks From the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Sure, the CMA Awards are all about the music, but last night the red carpet looks were mesmerizing. Sheer, simple and sparkly dresses ruled the red carpet, as did understated makeup and accessories. From sophisticated, all-black gowns to silky, shimmery frocks, there’s no doubt the ladies of country music brought their A-game last night. (Nicole Kidman and Connie Britton being honorable exceptions.) Take a look at our top five picks from the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet!

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Nov 3

The Junk Gypsies Pick Their Top 10 Favorite Spots in Austin, Texas

junk-gypsies-favorite-places-austinAustin, Texas, is weird. Or at least that’s what the locals will tell you. The city is a unique combination of offbeat hipster types, tech-savvy wunderkinds and good ol’ Southerners. Home to the iconic televised music program Austin City Limits and the film, tech and music festival South by Southwest, Austin is certainly no stranger to emerging talent.

The burgeoning food scene is quickly finding its place amidst established foodie cities like Portland, Ore., New York City and Charleston, S.C. Independent, local boutiques, art galleries and antique stores line South Congress and North Lamar streets. Hip hotels like the Kimber Modern and Hotel Saint Cecilia make overnight trips feel more luxurious.

Bottom line: Austin is no longer just a dusty, western town. With a thriving arts and food scene, plus plenty of grassy terrain and shops to explore, Austin is the hub of culture in the Southwest. But don’t just take our word for it. We asked the true Texas experts, and the stars of Great American Country’s Junk GypsiesAmie and Jolie Sikes, to reveal their top 10 favorite spots in Austin (in no particular order).

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Oct 12

Texas Antique Weekend, Y’all!

Texas Antique Week

(L-R) Jen Leitman with Blogger Ellen Foord and Supervising Producer Jen Moore

The Great American Country team headed to Texas Antique Weekend, which was held October 1-6. If you’ve never been to this incredibly large, awesome flea market-type event…it is well worth it! Go. Really. You’ll want to make plans for 2015 now.

Here’s the deal: Twice a year the huge empty fields around Round Top, Texas, welcome thousands of vendors with the most amazing finds ever. From jewelry and furniture to funky clothing and giant metal letters, there is so much to look through, it will make your head spin.

My DH (darling husband) would love it, as he’s the picker-type guy, but the event also makes for a perfect girls’ trip. If you go, you MUST stop in to see Great American Country stars, the Junk Gypsies. Their World Headquarters are located in Round Top, and you can shop for T-shirts, jewelry, home décor, you name it. The ladies are often around the store, which is a great celebrity sighting! They’re so nice and friendly!

Junk Gypsy Amie Sikes at Texas Antique Weekend

Amie Sikes, one of the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, meets a fan at Texas Antique Weekend.

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