About Brooke

BrookeZiegler.com ↞ Farm girl with a gypsy heart. Life-long obsession for junking and all things vintage. Working on upcycled fashions, DIY beauty, colorful salads and a healthy earth. ↠ Read About BrookeRead more posts by Brooke

DIY painted kid's cowboy boots

Crafting. Garage sale deals. And cowboy boots. Three things to make any Native Gypsies girl smile. With a little craft paint, my sister and niece quickly personalized these garage sale boots to make them worthy of a fashionable, young cowgirl. You can buy these $89.50 Ariat Fatbaby Cowboy Boots… …or if you’re the DIY type, quicklyContinue reading

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Life since getting married Thanksgiving weekend has been quite an adventure. My little, old-fashioned DIY wedding That’s us! Soon after our wedding, we headed to Eastern Europe as newlyweds, where my husband played for a Slovakian hockey team. We lived in a hotel suite… Healthy hotel living for the cook without a kitchen traveled around EasternContinue reading

Dane County farmer's market

Passing through Madison on a Saturday? People watch and join in on the fun as locals and tourists stroll the ring around the Capitol, sample, shop, listen to music and relax on the Capitol Square lawn. I’d heard the Capitol farmer’s market was the “best in the country.” Claims like that are worth an inquiry! While weContinue reading

Our home’s 95th anniversary continues, as does our next home project. With one guest bedroom in the books (see our first bedroom facelift below), the adjoining guest bedroom was poised for a mini facelift. This old home: bedroom facelift before and after On to guest bedroom number two! WALLS wallpaper What appeared to be the original plaster walls were exposed as my husband and I removedContinue reading

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You can be fit without a gym, religious without a place of worship, and a yogi without a yoga studio.  This post was made possible by Blogger Babes and contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary subscription of the Yoga Download service in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are 100% my own. The yoga-less yogisContinue reading

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Have you heard of tea sandwiches? Your grandparents probably enjoyed the bite-sized sandwiches during a mid-day break to tide them over until supper (or dinner, depending on where you live geographically). BLTs are thought to have gained popularity for tea time. Using in-season ingredients sans bread, try my fresh take on the classic American tea sandwich. Breadless BLTContinue reading

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You’re in for a treat today, as you get a sneak peak into the tiny, fantastical world of Jessy Muller. Since you’ll undoubtedly adore her, as I do, we’ll spotlight her again in the future as she travels around the U.S. in her vintage ’70s camper. Before she departs on her tour, discover how she lives lifeContinue reading

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Planning a trip to the Napa Valley wine country? When my husband (then boyfriend) and I planned our stay, we sought out an apartment or B&B that felt connected to the local community and culture. We found it on Airbnb with this five star Wine Country Private Guest Suite in the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Napa. Here’s my five reasonsContinue reading

Model and Texas native Lacey Lamon found a new name and a new home when she moved to Minnesota. Now Lacey Salley, the mother of three continues her modeling career, just at a more relaxed pace. I first met Lacey nearly a decade ago, and she’s as sweet as any native Minnesotan (must be herContinue reading

Like Father, Like Daughter

“Oh, NOW I see why you are the way you are,” my husband joked to me once he started spending quality time with my dad. I thought daughters were supposed to marry someone like their father. Apparently not when they ARE like their father. On this Father’s Day, instead of sharing wonderful memories that shaped me into who I am, I laughContinue reading