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Commitment to A Kindred Tribe

From the very beginning, Flown The Coop has been committed to dreamers, doers, makers and believers in the American Dream.  As much as possible, I fill The Coop with locally made products and curate items that are created by entrepreneurs I personally know.  I love to be surrounded by a kindred tribe of creatives.  I will always look for ways to cross promote entrepreneurs.

This year I added a line of sassy socks by Blue Q, a company that donates 1% of sock sales to Doctor’s Without Borders.  As customers read the witty sayings on these socks, The Coop is invariably filled with contagious giggles!  Purchasing these socks are not only fun, but also allows customers a  feels good to be helping a worthy cause.

It just feels good!

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Commitment to Community

This year my attention is turned to another “social purpose.”  In addition to our commitment to a Kindred Tribe, Flown The Coop will align with a cause (or ministry) in 2017.  Honestly, I didn’t have to look far to find a worthy cause to support.  Burton is blessed with the Burton Bridge Ministry, a ministry that is having a BIG impact on Burton.

The Burton Bridge Ministry was founded in 2010, when all 12 churches in and around Burton decided to combine outreach efforts and form a separate non-profit organization. They believe that, working together, they can make the community a powerful example of what it looks like when one town commits to truly living out the Christian discipleship, loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Check them out!  I promise you’ll be impressed with the scope of their impact on Burton.

There are five ministry teams within The Bridge.

  • Seniors Ministry
  • Children and Youth Ministry
  • Helping Hands Ministry
  • Community Ministry
  • Corner Shoppe Ministry

Starting this January (2017), ten cents for every dollar spent at The Coop will be donated to The Burton Bridge Ministry.  On top of that, I am committed to dive into all the different ministry teams.  I want to look at ways that I can use my gifts to benefit their outreach.  Stayed tuned!  I hope to blog about what I learn, introducing you to Burton’s finest.

It just feels good!

And though she may be little, she is fierce.  ~Shakespeare

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Ha!  I’ve always felt rather small in the big picture, but its never stop me from dreaming BIG.  In fact, I believe great accomplishments are realized when we offer our gifts and talents to the greater good.  I’m looking forward to fiercely go forward in 2017 contributing in my small way to Burton and a Kindred Tribe.

BTW:  2017 will be the year to be FIERCE!  Stayed tuned for more on that topic.  🙂

As always, I’d love to hear from you.  What is on your heart for 2017?  What is your mantra for the year?  Let’s make 2017 a year to be proud of and encourage each other.

The rising tide lifts ALL the boats.  🙂  ~JFK

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!

The Coop

The Coop, an unlikely dream for a road warrior who continually flies free!  The story of our amazing journey…

I declared 2014 as the Year Of Focus and read it on our kitchen chalk board every day.  I started the year Celebrating What Is Right In The World after watching a video by DeWitt Jones.  He taught me to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence and the importance of moving from good frame to great frame.

During Texas Antiques Week last spring a dream was born in my heart.  One evening I drove through the beautiful countryside surrounding Round Top and Warrenton imagining living in Washington County Texas.  I remember feeling despair thinking that it was a wild and unattainable dream.  

I didn’t exactly dismiss the dream.  My heart longed to own a property that we could live and work from.  I dream of organizing events and making our dream coop a destination.  Jeff and I casually looked in various rural and urban areas surrounding Houston.  Everything seemed out of our reach.

I figured my big dreams were years away and that I needed to learn to be content.  Instead I immersed myself in self help books and YouTube videos.  I know it’s corny, but I prefer books that encourage me to get my shit together over novels.  The first book I read was You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.  I had been reading Brene Brown books prior to that and soaked in the idea of shame resistance.  I also caught a Super Soul Sunday with Paulo Ceohlo, which totally blew my mind.  I reread The Alchemist  prior to the fall Texas Antiques Week.  I was learning to believe in the impossible and that I was worthy of big dreams

To be honest, I was dreading Texas Antiques Week in the fall.  I felt stuck in my current situation.  Thank God, He had something amazing in store for me!

As I was settling into my home away from home at Bar W, my friend Meloney mentioned to me that the house she was staying in just went up for sale.  I’ll never forget that conversation.  My eyes got big and I proclaimed, “I want it!”  I made a quick call to Jeff to tell him about the opportunity, fully expecting him to tell me I was insane.  Instead, he said let’s talk to the owners.  A few phone calls later, we agreed to meet the owners to write up an offer on Monday.  This all happened on a Friday.  That weekend was nerve racking.

Saturday God gave me a beautiful reminder that He is in control and loves to give us good things.  That evening we saw a double rainbow over Burton, Texas.  This picture was taken from the property we were hoping to buy.

It was an exciting day when we signed the contract for our dream coop.  I woke up that morning dreaming of the party we would throw there in the spring.

Jeff and I haven’t been through the loan process since 2006.  The hoops we were asked to jump through were ridiculous and quite unnecessary, but in some ways were blessings in disguise.  The weeks following taught me patience and perseverance.  By faith I started packing and organized our Epic Moving Sale.  Each day I woke up expecting to hear good news and went to bed without a clear to close.  As you can imagine, I experienced every possible emotion, but sensed that God was developing my indomitable spirit and a stout heart.  Finally, on day fifty three, I envisioned my dream as a bird in a cage and then envisioned setting it free to fly.  That was not easy for me to do, and honestly the vision exercise didn’t work.  I was a wreck.

I posted this quote to Facebook on the Thursday we were supposed to close.  Jeff had made arrangements for us to move in early, believing it would work out somehow.  It wasn’t until we started unpacking the trailer on Friday that we finally received the clear to close.  What a relief!!!!

Dreams do come true!  Here is a little glimpse of our new coop, our adorable little house with a picket fence and a store front for Flown The Coop!  We have BIG plans for our little homestead.  Stayed tuned as we develop our dream!

Our adorable little home

The Coop, A Flown The Coop destination

Hustle Day

Inspiration that I stumbled upon today on Pinterest.  (source unknown)

I am a natural dreamer.  I enjoy spending time visualizing all the possibilities, but have learned that The Hustle is a necessary part of realizing my dreams.

Definition:

The Hustle (according to Tiffany’s Dictionary) is loosely defined as the consistent pressing into an idea or goal in the pursuit of a dream, being open to opportunities, saying “YES,” and does not include the shady practices of a person solely in pursuit of money or power.

 

Let’s do The Hustle!

Uh oh…Guess what day it is.  Guess what day it is!  Anybody?

It’s hump day.  Wednesday.  Looks like the camel is the only one happy about it.

I propose we change “hump” day to “HUSTLE” day!

Let’s get happier than a camel on Wednesday.

I don’t know about you, but I am the happiest when I am pressing into a dream.  Wednesday doesn’t seem like the time to wind down, but to pump it up!!!!

Hustle day is half time for the week.  A day to regroup, take a look at your dreams, get excited about the possibilities and examine your opportunities.  And then… dance, do, make it so!  There is still more life left in the week!  Do The Hustle!

HUSTLE DAYYYYYY….

What about you?  Will Wednesday be a “hump” day or a HUSTLE DAY?  I’d love some ideas on how we can campaign for a universal shift away from the dreaded hump day.

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!

Acquiescence

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~A reminder for me to surrender to the journey and trust.

Sentimental

While most people are busy dashing from one holiday event to another, I find myself curled up in our “empty” nest decorated for two and thinking about the journey.  This year had unexpected bends in the road.  I wonder what 2014 will bring?  It feels good to be still, enjoying our first Christmas tree at FTC headquarters and establishing new traditions for the two of us.

I am excited that Flown The Coop has settled into a nice routine of quality shows and feel blessed beyond measure with customers who have become friends this year!

Even though Jeff and I have “flown the coop”, we are grounded by our expanding family!  We are having fun planning our daughter’s wedding in 2014 and getting to know our son’s girlfriend and her son.

“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back in pain and regret.”  Jim Carrey

I am determined to not allow the mountains Jeff and I had to climb this year wear me out.  Cancer, a stolen trailer and other various disappointments slowed me down a little.
Cherishing the relationships in my life and enjoying rest in December will rejuvenate me.

If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be afraid to die.  ~Avett Brothers

There is no way to predict which way the road will bend in 2014, the uncertainty is both scary and thrilling.  Life is a journey.

I’ve spent time researching trends, dreaming of projects to undertake and looking at what worked in 2013.  When it comes down to it, I know this journey is best traveled simply pursuing what I love.  I envision “Road Work Ahead” signs along the way.  And that’s ok.

I love being the author of my job description and pursuing new ways to connect with junque and the lovers of junque.  I love deep roots in family and strong friendships.

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I hope to be known as a person surrendered to LIVE the journey given me, despite the unexpected bends in the road.  I will reread this post mid year and see where I stand.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hope your December is filled with the warmth of your relationships and traditions.  I also hope that 2014 will be the beginning of an excellent adventure!  Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.  Fly free!

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!

 

 

 

Freedom

Dedicated to those who can’t be caged!

Veteran’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on freedom.

I believe in the American Dream and am proud to live in a country that was founded on the principles of independence.  I am grateful for those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom.  In fact, the military men and women enlisting today understand that there is a good chance they could pay the ultimate sacrifice.

I enlisted as a reservist in the United States Air Force after graduating high school.  In 1988 America was not in war and had no prospects of war.  It was an adventure, an ironic choice for an individual who bucks authority.  Lucky for me, I met Jeff in tech school.  We enlisted a few weeks apart and became fast friends.  My Mom says I enlisted in the Air Force to find him.

Funny side note:  Jeff remembers whistling “Don’t worry be happy” when he got off the bus at boot camp.  I knew I loved him from the very beginning.

Within a year we were married.  The military was a good choice, until the first Desert Storm.  I faced potential deployment orders and being forced to leave our newborn daughter Emily.  Miraculously, I was speared and was granted an honorable discharge after the conflict ended.  Jeff thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Air Force and served for a total of seven years.

I’m clearly not a hero.  As much as I love to encourage the pursuit of dreams at Flown The Coop, it is the brave military men and women who should get the credit for being dedicated to those who can’t be caged.

Personal Freedom

I think of freedom in terms of cultivating an authentic life on my own terms.

I love the idea of flying free!  I am drawn to birds, except bats.  I hate bats.  I often wondered why birds symbolize freedom?  Is it their ability to roam free?  Birds seem to embody strength, and yet fly with a lighthearted spirit.

It wasn’t until I came across a well known Bible verse that it finally clicked for me.  According to Matthew 6:25-27 birds don’t worry.  It goes on to state, “who can add a single hour to life by worrying?”  That explains my love for birds!  I want to be free of worry.

I long to fly free!  I want to escape the cage of worry, cultivate trust and soar with wings as eagles!  I understand that putting an end to worry it is easier said than done.  It requires persistence.  It demands boldness to step into dreams and hope for the future.  I’ve learned it also means learning from past mistakes.  Freedom is a state of mind.  Especially when you realize the cage is open and it’s your choice to be free of it.

When it gets hard whistle, “Don’t worry, be happy!”  See what happens.

 

What is your definition of freedom?

By definition freedom is a thing.  It is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.  My personal freedom is pursing an authentic life without worry.

What does your personal freedom look like?  

Veteran’s Day is the perfect opportunity to ponder what freedom means.  I am grateful to those who have paved the way for me to fly in the direction of my dreams.  Our veterans past and present deserve our deepest gratitude for their sacrifice.

Thankfully I’ve Flown The Coop,

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!  

 

 

Just keeps getting better!

Flown The Coop’s third trip to Urban Market Houston was a huge success!

It was rewarding to see my recent pickings come together in the display at Urban Market Houston.  It just keeps getting better as I gain more confidence merchandising with each show.    The ultimate gratification is watching my treasured junque leave with excited new owners.  I love my job!

 

Breaking for FUN!  

Brian Russell from the Seed Box Designs borrowed his neighbor’s bike and took Miss Ivy for
a ride.  I don’t know who giggled more, Brian or Miss Ivy.  Hanging out with my crazy friends is another reason I love my job!  Click on the image to see a Vine Video….

Little Miss Ivy is serious about furniture modeling, click on the image for another Vine Video.

Urban Market Crowd

Urban Market Houston is one of my favorite shows, held three times a year at the Bayou City Event Center on Knight Rd.  Excited customers line up early for the Saturday evening preview, a great way to kick off the weekend!  A crowd lined up early on Sunday morning as well.  The weather was perfect for shopping!  Let’s hope we have a repeat of the beautiful weather October 26 – 27th for the next Urban Market Houston.

Thanks to all my Houston friends who stopped by to say “hi!”  I was honored to meet a few more friends that had been following the Flown The Coop flight pattern.  I love chatting with like minded people who love junque as much as I do!  Yet another reason I love my job!

Remember to send me pictures of treasures you buy from Flown The Coop.  It’s fun to see the pieces in their new homes.

What’s next?

Next stop:  Jeff and I leave for another trip to Ohio at the end of the week.  Stayed tuned.  Jeff has warned me that he plans on using his new Vine app to document our shopping.  This should be fun!

Next show:  Dallas Market June 19 – 23rd

As always, follow our flight pattern on our Facebook Page!  You can always let me know if you are looking for a particular piece.  I’d be happy to assist you on your search!

Here’s to happy junqueing…  It just keeps getting better!  

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!

Lessons learned in 2012

Flown The Coop will take part in Folk Magazines year long Journaling Agenda, a community journaling/blogging project. Here’s to the first blog of the year!

Dear Tiffany,

It is safe to say, 2012 is over and you can move on.

Looking at your 2012 ~ Goals, Mantras and Dreams Board on Pinterest, the message is clearly the importance of pressing on. You are a dreamer. You always will believe that you can create the life you want.

2012 challenged that belief.

The year started with a move to Houston, Texas. This was not your choice. Leaving your two grown children in Ohio was difficult.  Fulfilling Jeff’s dream of living near his family, you made the move with the love of your life and was hoping for the best. You didn’t do so well.  You missed your family back in Ohio and the best friends in the world! You learned that you are a small town girl, who enjoys knowing your neighbors and walking around a historic downtown with lovely old homes. You missed The Depot, your favorite coffee shop, where the community gathers for their daily dose of Java and everyone knows your name.

With a wounded heart, but not a wounded spirit, you pressed on.  Not many people in your new home understood that you were having a crisis of belief.  You questioned, “Could you really be happy and fly free when you didn’t have the ability to choose your circumstances?”

Despite the Houston traffic, you managed to find your way around the “fourth largest city in the US.” Exploring a new city is always fun! You even managed to find a new coffee house to frequent, Boomtown. You enjoyed decorating your little flat in Rice Village, but parking tickets and loud college students made it clear that it wasn’t the ideal situation.  You longed for community and a feeling of place.  You and Jeff decided to end 2012 by placing a deposit on a rental house in the Heights.  The Heights is a neighborhood inside the loop that in many ways feels like your small town and is the only thing like it in Houston.  The cost of living is drastically higher than we are used to, but the decision felt like a leap towards creating the life that you wanted.  After your move in January, you will be able to make new friends, get involved in community and even walk to Boomtown!  You learned that given time, you can find what your heart longs for if you are willing to pay the price.

You hustled in 2012 and will need to hustle some more in 2013!

Flown The Coop made the move to Texas too. It was a scary move for you. How would you find ways to buy and sell, restore and repurpose wonderful Junque?  You rose to the challenge and Hustled.

You set up at several shows in Texas. You did Canton, Warrenton, Junk Salvation, Discovery Green Flea Market and the prestigious Urban Market Houston. In July you opened a booth at Chippendale Eastlake Antiques on 19th street in the Heights. Your were even invited to help out The Seed Box at the Dallas Market. All of these opportunities inspired you work harder at Flown The Coop. You learned a lot about merchandising from the pros in the business. You were encouraged to discover a niche, which is still a work in progress. The best part in stepping out in the various opportunities was making fabulous new friends! You have the best colleagues and customers who continually support your dream of flying free!

Creating a life on purpose is very important to you. In 2012 you learned that even when life isn’t zesty, you don’t have to be caged. You can fly free! The happiness you long for isn’t in a destination, but is in the way you travel. You’ve proved to yourself that you are strong, willing to persist and that you have the ability to start over!

Life is a journey, come travel with me!

 ~Tiffany

“And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!”

 

 

Crazy for letters…or a N E R D?

Ya’all know how crazy I am for letters….

Unfortunately some of them have been reduced to a “scratch & dent” pile.  The letter fronts seem to get damaged moving from show to show.

Not willing to throw anything away… I decided to upcycle.  “Just for FUN!”

Another great passion of mine is travel!  I recently started a collection of fun maps, not even sure what I’d do with them until today.  I decided that my beloved letters could represent all these great destinations on the maps.  So operation upcycle began.

U is for Universe

While I want to see the world… I’m not sure I’ll ever want to see it from space.  🙂

R for Rome

We actually used this map walking around Rome last year….

E is Europe

Always dreaming of Europe….

R is for Road Trip

Love that someone highlighted their trip on this map… to one of my favorite cities… Memphis!

D is for Dreaming of Europe

Putting it all together seems to spell NERD.  🙂  

Call me a crazy or more like a “nerd”… I love the idea of saving these letters from the landfill!  These letters still aren’t perfect and still a bit rough around the edges, but have become fun reminders of far off destinations and dreamy trips that I’d like to take.

At $25 each… they could be your nerdy display of dreamy destinations.  Let us know if you are interested on the Flown The Coop Facebook page or by commenting here.

BTW:  What destinations do you dream of?  I love to share dreams of traveling!!!!

Tiny Steps… TEXAS SIZE DREAMS!

 

We started our Flown The Coop journey about year ago.  July will mark our first Flea Market gig at the Springfield Antique & Flea Market.  Many of you will remember images from our maiden voyage….

 

Kristie Herlong and I felt like a million bucks after our first weekend!  We were told July was a horrible month for the Flea.  Yet we left exhilarated by the cash in our pocket & new friends we met… ready and determined to take flight on more adventures!

Our first tiny step seems like a million years and a million miles ago!  In less than a year Flown The Coop has taken a succession of tiny steps with extreme highs and lows, flying between Ohio and Texas many times.  Yes… living La Vita Loco e La Dolce Vita at the same time.  

….and we have settled nicely into our Texas “coop”.  

Rest assured we maintain our dedication to our original mission…

Flown The Coop is dedicated to those who can’t be caged! On our journey, we find treasures to repurpose, reuse, rethink & upcycle! We aspire to inspire creativity and a zest for life along the way!

Flown The Coop will always be about being creative… living our dreams… being authentic… flying free… thinking outside the box… living a real gypsy story.  

With our mission in tack, we have developed some “Texas Sized” dreams for the future.  Each tiny step seems to be leading us towards amazing opportunities.  We have some VERY EXCITING NEWS coming soon.  

Before we can spill the beans about upcoming adventures… we want to pause to revel in our journey.  Wow!  So grateful!    Let’s just say… if we can do it… you can do it too!  What tiny steps will you take today towards your “Texas Size” DREAM?  

~ And the birds fluttered around them writing “yes” in the sky!