Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mood Board

A while back I created this mood board.
It is the best definition of my personality & style.

I love all things vintage, earthy, and crafty.

This is a photo of our hunting cabin.
My husband built if from some local logs
that blew down in a storm.
It's a great place to retreat, with NO POWER or WATER.
The wood heat is extra cozy &
 we cook on cast iron or the campfire.

I get a kick out of that old coke can.
It was discovered in a lake on one of our
canoe fishing trips way up north in Minnesota.
How long did that can deteriorate?

I love feathers of all kinds &
this cluster from a grouse
is out my collection of "found" plumage.
I spend a lot of times wandering in the woods,
which has it's rewards!

The glitter deer sticker is on some old
song book paper & I put it in a
vintage portrait frame.

One of my addictions is collecting old photographs.
This neat old snapshot is from a Minnesota state park.

I have many old used envelopes, which have endless
mixed media uses.  You can find them for sale in my
Etsy store: MinnesotaJunker
They come in a pack of 12 & I just keep relisting them
as they sell.  Their best feature is the one & two cent stamps!

I hope you find a nugget of inspiration in my mood board.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Corn Window

You may have seen my other previous blog post featuring
old windows that framed patriotic fabric.
I decided to have a vintage image show through
the old weathered wood on this project.

I've been hoarding old feed sacks for a while now.
I think this one was from a garage sale.
I usually snatch them up for $2 - $7.
But they seem to sell for much more online.
This STECKLEY Corn sack isn't very common.
I love how the words fit perfectly in
between the pane frames.

I fold the sack fabric over a cardboard backing.
It's a great way to keep your wall art lightweight.

Then I use a heavy duty staple gun to secure
the backing to the window.
It's a very easy project!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Photo Stand

I love using old metal items and a magnet to create unique photo hangers! 
I had a small toy iron that was just perfect for my son's baby picture. 

The great think about repurposing things is that almost
anything can again become useful!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chevron Side Table

I'd like to share a furniture transformation.  This spunky colored side table was a great find because it featured a magazine rack down below.


This cute little piece had a very heavy coat of glossy black paint.  I spent many hours sanding it down to wood.  I was willing to put some time in, since it only cost me $3.

With it well sanded, I went straight to painting.  Very rarely do I prime my furniture.  Especially since I do sanding after for the distressed look.


It looks plain from the side, but it has a fun little paint job down below.

I used a paper homemade stencil for those chevrons.  They took this little table from drab to fab!

I did a light coat of paint and sanded the edges.  As you can see this old table had some nail holes showing & even a minor crack.  But I managed to sell this little darlin' at an occasional sale for $40.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016


It's now the holiday weekend!

My home has a few patriotic
items on display as a reminder of
our great nation.

I encourage my children to read the Declaration
of Independence!  It sits out for all to see.

The little Cracker Jack ships look cute on it.

I found a way to display my vintage
48 star flag!  It looks great by my
dad's military frame.

Stay safe this extra long weekend &
have a great time with friends and family.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bread Box

I'd like to share with you my most recent
paint project.  This was a major rescue!

We've all seen them, the classic old wood
bread box...

I paid one whole dollar for it.

These small paint projects are my
favorite.  The small items sell better
in my craft booth too.

I painted the box ivory & used my Cricut
die cut machine to make some harlequin
pattern adhesive vinyl stencils.
I never get sick of this pattern, it is sharp & stylish.

My advice to others with this type of project
is to SAND THE WORD down before painting.
If you look very close in real life,
you can see it.  Most people might not notice.
It depends how picky you are!

Now do think someone will really use it
for storing bread???

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pig Barn Windows

My mom delivered a whole stack of weathered
old windows from her pig barn in Iowa.
They had just put new windows in so the
building could be used for storage.
Many of the old ones had no glass or
only half of their original glass.

I decided to put some patriotic fabric
in a few for some festive wall art.

I cut some cardboard for my background.
It's a light weight way to hold the fabric on flat.

Next I had to pick two different fabrics that
looked cute next to each other.

I sewed the two together and hid
the seam under the middle window board.

The printed words & flag lines were hard to
get straight. 

My second window is the best.
The bold color contrast & simple
prints went together just right.

I am excited that summer is here & things are
lush and green.  The holiday will be here before
we know it.  Lets show a little pride for the Fourth.


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