Friday, May 6, 2016


I love old mirrors.
They were so fancy back in the old days.
Often times you'll find them, separated from their
matching dresser or vanity.

Here are a few of my recently
painted old mirrors.





Here is a close up of the
lovely details....

A light sanding on the decoration & edges 
gives it some real vintage pizazz!
The worn mirror glass patina is so dreamy.
I love that aged look, even if it may be seen
as imperfection by some.

The details on the first mirror are more delicate
and the mirror is perfectly clear.

These are both will work great in 
almost any home.  Ivory is the most
versatile and safe (to sell) tone.  But some folks love 
a good POP of a bold color.



Hello turquoise!

This one, unlike the wooden mirrors,
is molded plastic.  It still has great details.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a great Mother's Day weekend.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Junk Bonanza Fall 2015

Well, the spring Junk Bonanza in Minnesota
is less than a month away.
I plan to attend this year, with some friends.

It got me thinking about my experience
last fall as a vendor!  I'd like to share some
pictures of my items and display.

I sold a mix of greeting cards, created junk & of
course smalls & antiques.

I rented only a table space this round,
since my first time selling with a full
sized booth was so overwhelming!

This AMAZING fan sold.

This goose grate was from an old screen door.
It was a unique item & sold the first day!

The mum bucket & thermos found new homes as well.

The pouring tea pot is still available on my
Etsy shop: MinnesotaJunker
Just in time or "garden season"!

I had one in my garden hanging from
a Shepard's hook over tall phlox 
and it looked amazing.

I changed up my display each day at the show.
Both glass cabinets sold.

I sold the Hopalong Cassidy wallet box (inside the cabinet). 
 The old door knobs went like hot cakes, especially the glass ones.

You can still find some of the large flashcards
and shabby wood pedestals on my Etsy shop too.

Those darling old stroller wheels sold.
That chunky paintbrush is in my Esty shop.

The best part of the whole experience was 
the table next door.  She gave me some good
insight into her marketing.  Call me crazy,
but I even bought a petticoat from her.
She had wonderful scarves, mittens 
and slippers made from old sweaters.

The second best part of being a vendor
was getting to do a walk through each
morning before the show opened.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Fancy Book

I snatch up old books, even if they're in
a different language.  Why?  Well, I find
some of the fancy page decorations
too beautiful to keep hidden away!

With major conditions issues,
this book was a lost cause.
I didn't have any regret salvaging
out the pages for making cards.

With a little erasing,
 I was able to save part of this page.

This is a collection of the pages
with fancy flourish designs.

Although I can think of many uses,
here is one of the cards I made....

The stamps I used are Unity brand.
There is a strip of Smash brand tape
along the bottom.  Take a closer look
at the sentiment with sparkles...

I use Distress ink around my paper edges to 
try and match the aged paper tones.

I am in the mood for spring,
and my crafts are starting to show it!

Have a great Easter.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Painted Frames

I have been absent from my blog for a while.
The return to my seasonal job has me
trying to find a balance in life.
It's an adjustment every year.

My new favorite project is painting empty frames. 
 I've been purging my stockpile of them 
& giving them each a face lift.
I've painted them all the same 
color ivory & distressed the edges.

You know the look. It's a cute jumbled mess
of frames, usually on a mantle.
I think you could pull this off on top
of any dresser or buffet.


This kind of project takes up my kitchen table
for a few days!  It drives the family nuts!
But the truth is, they are selling as fast as
I can whip them out!

The very chunky one above was $1.50 at
a thrift store.  I got three like that. 

I plan to stock up at garage sales this summer.
Then you can often get frames for .50 to $1,
and maybe even free!

This pair above was already ivory.
I paid one dollar each. 

They had some chips & a nice crackle.

This large frame was a total rescue.
It had a very bad corner, which I 
had to reconstruct.  The pattern on it was
so pretty, I couldn't just toss this old frame.

It looks crude, but it already sold!
We'll just say THAT frame had character.

I bought two with a curvy edge.
Those little frames were only .10 each!

I hope I've inspired you to get out
that idle can of ivory paint!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


I love old buckets.
They have a million uses.
You can roll up blankets or towels in them.
They look darling in any garden.
For simple decor, you can
 even just add a few birch logs.
The neutral color blends in any room.

I bought three used buckets last
year at a garage sale for $3 each.

As with many other items,
I decided to add some decorative numbers!

This is a simple project
for anyone that loves the cottage style.

Of course, the most distressed dirty one 
is my favorite....#3

Thanks for stopping by.
I appreciate your visit.
Feel free to tell me what you think.
Have a great week.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016


I love how SuperMoss can transform 
a stack of tarnished silver trays.

Some of my favorite photograph props include
pine cones, antlers & bird statues.
I've added SuperMoss to that list!
It gives almost any object the illusion
of a living, growing enchantment!

You'll love this moss that comes 
with a boat carpet or astro-turf style backing!
You can cut it into any shape,
but I like a natural, uneven rip much better.

It comes in folded sheets,
just check your local greenhouse
or craft store.  I paid $6.99 for 2 square feet.

You can see this stack of trays
for sale on my Etsy shop:

I can assure that there will be more
moss used as props as I keep heading 
towards my goal of having 100 items
listed in my shop.


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Friday, February 5, 2016


I don't know about you,
but I love a good rustic sign.
It's fun to creation regional pieces
to sell at my craft booth.
The cabin & lake folks 
around here love the 
theme including 
anything Minnesota!

I bought these gorgeous cedar wood squares
at a garage sale for $1.50 each.
They made a good background for 
my state stencils to really
stand out on, don't you think?

I added a glitter heart in the area
where most my customers
visit or live!

Moose Lake & Duluth

This white sign leaves the Minnesota 
showing in wood grain form.
This is my favorite of the two signs.

Now lets look at the black sign.
It features an opposite design,
where I chose to paint in the state.

If your curious what I used for a stencil,
here's the truth.

I used tracing paper to make a outline
of Minnesota from a large atlas.
Then I used a piece of tag board to make
a reusable stencil.

The letters were made on my Cricut machine.
I cut them out on adhesive vinyl &
stenciled the words on after the states
had dried overnight.

I smeared glue over a heart
shaped stencil , pulled it off
and added some very fine red glitter.
Again, this was the last step & 
all the other paint had dried overnight.

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