Sunday, March 29, 2015

Plan Ahead

One thing about selling junk
is that you always have to plan WAY ahead.
That means when it's spring, you're pricing
summer items and when it's fall you're finishing 
up the Christmas stock.  A month before the ground
thaws up north, I've got my spring items out for all 
the anxious people to browse.

This theory is also true 
if you're considering any shows!
Today I submitted my Junk Bonanza
application for the FALL show.

I'd like try a table, rather than a full booth space.
Being a vendor is an investment of money 
and a large amount of time.
But when you sleep, eat & breathe junk....
being part of a show like Junk Bonanza
is a dream come true.  If you've never been,
it's a MUST SEE!  They've expanded their
show locations to several more states. 
 Minnesota is April 16-18
and September 24-26 in 2015.

This old matted photograph is part 
of the mock show display that I recently set up.  
The copper fireplace screen makes 
a great clip board back drop!

Many of my crafts feature book pages,
especially dictionaries!!!
I used Distress ink to make the checkerboard
pattern on this LIFE sign.

What could be better than old sewing drawers 
filled with upcycled vintage greeting cards???

I swoon over those old floral 
images & meaningful sayings.

I really enjoy stamping on items and finding 
darling new ways to use old junk items!

I love jazzing up old bottles by
draping rhinestones & old bracelets
around their necks.  The bottles shown here 
are old syrup and ketchup containers.

I've been mass producing the
flag stamped dictionary page
votive candle jars!
I'm excited for summer and
my new patio we installed late last year. 
 The Fourth is always a fun holiday
 to decorate for and we have
 lots of relatives coming.

Thanks for scrolling through my 
blog post, I hope you enjoyed it!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bottle Dump

I've been diggin' in the woods,
in search of some good spring finds!

It can be frustrating sifting through 
broken glass & rusty tin for any 
surviving vintage bottles.

A bit of luck struck when i found
this beauty...

This is a BIG bottle.
And inside? 
A very very small fern was growing!
I found the bottle upside down,
can you tell?

In Matthew Mead's 
Upcycled Style Magazine (spring 2015),
there is a very great SIMPLE idea.
page 94
You can use adhesive photo corners
to attach an old photo to the front 
of a old flat bottle!
Why didn't I think of that?

I love the tint of this salvaged 
caustic balsam jug.

I'd say the small one looks
like an apothecary jar.

This pretty old 7up was in the swamp,
were the water is very low this year.
It was a lucky find & will look great with
a few flowers in it this summer!

This enamelware sauce pan is gonna
look great in the garden.
It's perfectly rusty!

Can you tell I love relics?
I keep a stash of odds & ends.
There might be a day where I try & 
conjure up some altered creations of 
random junk!

This light pull is sooooo darling!

I love the chippy crackle of this old pottery.
It's worth a look, even when in crumbled pieces.

I've been busy keeping my Etsy 
store stocked this spring.
Swing by the shop if you're curious.

Thanks for scrolling through my photo 
laden bottle post!  I hope you're having
a good weekend.  Happy Junking.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Well it's Sunday today and I find the
project I just finished before church
most appropriate!

Check out this funky "before"...
I think someone framed
their favorite wallpaper!

You won't believe the "after"!

I popped out the board,
added chicken wire
and crafted some
letter tags!

I was aiming to create a neural 
project, sure to fit any home.

I did some dry brushing of brown & black acrylic paint,
so the frame wasn't so crisp.  I sanded the edges a bit too.

I hope you like my chicken wire frame.

Still craving inspiration & ideas???
Here are few of my other crafts,
using vintage Bingo cards:

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Soul

I recently got a very unique 
birthday present from my sister.
She'd been holding on to it since her 
last trip to junk bonanza.

This little beauty is from 

I love the saying, shimmer,
and the dark chain.

In case she's reading this,
I love it.