Those were the dark days of DIY, which meant you had to learn it all on your own. There weren't shows and very few books. Patterns were almost non-existent, so you learned by trial and error. Forget about research at your finger tips with a computer... who would've thought we would even computer in your HOME?
Today, however, you can just click on the TV, pull up a blog, YouTube, Pinterest or Google until your inspirational questions have all been answered. All those jobs that were not glamorous are now front and center on the newest reality shows. Contractors were NOT the people you put on posters.
So today, this Texas girl wants to take off her old hat to the newest generation of DIYers, who are bringing inspiration to all of us and allowing me to remove some cobwebs in my own creative brain.
They are also showing the wonderful world of some of Texas' smallest little towns. Who would have believed that within a stone's throw of the door where I raised my children, the sleepy, little town of Buda, Texas would be the talk of a new HGTV show?
My Big Family Renovation - Brandon and Jen Hatmaker have introduced Buda to the world in their home redo projects. They are also a Christian family who play it REAL on their show. I want to tip my hat to them and their show.
Fixer Upper, has become my all-time favorite, inspirational show. Chip and Joanna Gaines have brought Waco,Texas, the town where my relatives live and I have visited my whole life, to the forefront of viewers all over the nation. Their precious relationship teaches us all that God is in the business of families. They inspire me through their designs and creativity, but more so through their visual testimony and Biblical family values.
Junk Gypsies - these two young women have brought the national spotlight to one of the smallest towns in central Texas, Round Top, where, when it is now mentioned, people say, "oh, where the Junk Gypsies have a store." They seem to have jumped on the wave that has been built around this quaint,little German community............... Antiquing and Junk, and they are riding it well. They now have their own line of home furnishings at Pottery Barn.
So when you hear that Texans are proud... well, I agree. I just had to shine a little light on some Texas girls (and guys) who have earned a place throughout the national medias. We all need to brag a little on our home state... that is part of being American Proud. You might check them out. They also have blogs... just learn how to say "Ya'll!" As my mind returns to my growing, home interior business with the name, Simply Your Decor, I am enjoying their inspiration and learning from this dynamic, techno-savvy generation.