Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Jars

It's a bit early, don't be mad!
The Christmas bug bit me & I can't help but give in.  
We have snow on the ground & it's been cold.
So here starts my Christmas crafts & decorations...

I've done a garden theme canning jar set,
but this is my first holiday one!

Each jar was filled with various Christmas or winter items.
You can see the bottle brush tree, false snow, and
some red berries.  I also used a metal holly cookie cutter,
pine boughs, cinnamon sticks, and birch bark.

I was on a role, so I jazzed up this 
thrift find.

This homemade jigsaw deer didn't sell
for me last year.  I'm hoping the bell wreath
around his neck will give him more festive appeal!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Desk Organizer

It's been a few months since Junk Bonanza, but I am ready to share my biggest purchase.  When you go to a show like that, you never know what you'll end up buying.  I just NEEDED this item.  Why?  No idea.  It spoke to me & it was the only one I saw.  It caught my eye.  Plus I knew there were 3 possible locations in my house that it might fit.  It is extremely long!

Can you believe this measures a whopping 54 1/2", which is ironically what my Hoosier cabinet measures!  What are the odds?

There are lots of cubbies to fill & will keep  me searching for fun little items.
Don't you LOVE the mismatched drawer pulls?

It has some flaws, which honestly make me love it more.
(Is that strange?) This cubbie edge is chipped wood.

One of these circle drawers is long gone missing.

To me, it's no matter.

Are you ready for the real shocker?
My jaw dropped when I saw this....

It looks like those curved edges, 
framing my wedding photograph are just

Guess again!


I can't believe someone took the time to add
such an amazing detail to this desk top!
I'm so glad they aren't missing & still function.

Did you notice the film strip bow, directly below the organizer?

The vendors formerly know as Pickers Playground,
had me wishing I'd bought this bow at the April show.
I snatched one up this fall & they now call themselves
They've opened a shop in Wisconsin!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my favorite new-old item!
Sadly, I am uncertain of which vendor sold this to me.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Painted Jars

If you've been following me here through the years,
you know I love dry hydrangeas!
I end up with many bundles each year from
my greenhouse job. They make great 
fall decor & are cheap crafts.

This milk jug was painted with Tim Holtz Distress Paint.
It didn't seem to cover well, but after a few coats 
I realized it had great adhesion!

I added a handmade tag and some
shabby ribbon to jazz it up.

The Ball jar was painted with Dutch Boy.
I added a tag, key & some lace!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Industrial Stool

If you've ever owned a vintage vanity,
you may understand that a regular 
sized chair simply does not work well.
My vanity looks like a desk, but most
have mirrors & were for women to do
their hair and apply make up.

So to make my waterfall style piece usable,
I set off to Junk Bonanza in search of the
perfect sized stool!

I had measurements & a tape measure.
It didn't take me long to locate exactly what 
I was hoping to find.  The stool had to be 
narrow & short.

I nearly stole this stool, at a mere $12.
That left me quite a bit of mad money to 
blow at the show!

Now just look how perfect the stool is
in it's new permanent home...

I needed a hefty stool, 
not a foo-foo chair.
I love it.

Let me know what you think!
Does it look okay together?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bundt Pan Pumpkin

I found a chippy old bundt pan for sale &
gave it a coat of orange paint.



I put a screw up from the bottom, through two sizes of washers,
 then the pan opening, then a washer, into the wood handle.

I wrapped the faux leaf wire stems 
round the pumpkin handle.

This was a pretty easy project.
I think it looks darling. 

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Ivy and Elephants

Friday, October 3, 2014

Inspiration Board

I love the idea of an inspiration board.
With all the cork boards I've been stockpiling,
it seemed like a fun project to tackle.

Fall is the best season!
So with that in mind, I snipped out of
magazines & the local paper.

Wagon wheels, roads littered with leaves, pumpkins
and apple pie gave this cork board WAY more appeal.
Then a burlap bow & my own photos personalized it!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Junk Bonanza

In case you didn't make it to Junk Bonanza this fall,
I have a few recap photos to share.
My original shopping buddy bailed out on me,
and thank goodness for my replacement.
She was the perfect partner, 
we are both die hard shoppers.
She's a great city driver & introduced me 
to the Khans restaurant.
I got to see Kirklands & World Market 
for the first time too!
Yes, I live under a rock.

These wire columns were so eye catching.
The vertical spectacles looked sharp stuffed with bittersweet.

This cool old desk caught my eye!
Those butcher block looking legs gave
it a very unique appeal.  The interior 
organization nooks would be so handy!
The flat surface angled up for a comfy
writing surface.  

I just had to buy one of those film strip bows (on the goose)
after having year long regrets.  1st Pick Antiques is one
of my favorite vendors.   They always have some shock
power in their booth.  Last spring it was a VW bus checkout
area.  This year....a huge clock.  It was marked sold.

I loved the color tones in the next booth.
gray, coral, turquoise & white

This booth is Ramshackled Treasures
 their blue jar candles smelled delightful.

If you were in need of a suitcase,
you'd find the perfect one at the Bonanza!
Not to mention dress forms, crates, buckets, 
basket, urns, pillows & bags.

This arbor bench was darling, with a tin roof
and porch spindle sides.  Let's just say it is now on my
honey-do-list!  Many people go to the show to steal 
ideas and gain inspiration.  You leave there on a high,
from endless knowledge & ideas.  It's amazing.

The new Canterbury Downs building is much better than
the former tunnel area, which was so congested.

This tote is from last spring, 
but I jazzed it up a bit with burlap & vintage lace.
It was fun to carry my purchases in it there.

It was my first attempt at ruffles!
I adore that look & left the edges tattered for a junky look.

I'd  like to share what I bought in future posts,
so please keep checking my blog!
Maybe you'll see a few crafts inspired by the show 
as well.  If YOU went to Junk Bonanza, leave a comment
sharing your favorite vendor, purchased items or 
the best idea that you spotted there.

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