Happy Falloween to All

September 13th, 2011 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Come right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down!  Your guests wont feel the need to actually enter your home when they arrive on a landing pad like this.  Everything you need to enjoy a crisp autumn evening is at your beck and call in this open-air room.  Whats the best part of entertaining outdoors? You wont need to worry about dirty dishes in the sink because no one will see them!
Your doorway is a great place to start when designing your outdoor hang-ten pad.  Creepy elegance was our plan of attack, so we fashioned a door swag from weeds (very economical) and some junk we found left for dead.  Ahhahahah!
The bride of Frakenstein would be envious of this bouquet! Its made from whatever we could find on my and the neighbors property (shhh,) plus some shrubs near the marsh. Take a look around at what nature has to offer before heading to the garden center for your door decor.  Ditch digging is a little more time consuming, but a lot more fun.  Dont forget to bring your clippers!
I  say it time and time again...its all in the details. To dress up our ditch diving digs, we added some chubby vintage twine, an old childs jump rope, and a belt buckle (for good measure.)  By the way, its hung out to dry with a way cool red pulley.
Once your doorway is dolled up, pick the next section of your open-air spectacular to succumb to your junking ways.  We dont kinow about you, but we here at JMS certainly enjoy a comfy place to rest our decrepit bones.  Thus: its sofa time. After walking up the steps a greeting  boogie man Bart, the well-appointed cast-off couch is ready and waiting for any and all sofa surfers.
I apologize, you havent been properly introduced.  Meet Bart (note the hair cut,) our one legged cowboy from Spookytown, Texas.  Stay tuned to future posts for the nitty-gritty-low-down on how to make this little gruesome guy for your porch.
See what we mean when we say comfy?  This old wicker sofa is a little slice of junking heaven.  Perfectly crusty, but still plenty of springs in its seat.  Ha!  Cover seat cushions with a colorful vintage blanket and add slip-covered pillows tied with twine for a soft landing.
Tip: I have two sofas for my entryway. A white glider for spring and summer and a worn wicker for fall and winter. They both reside in different parts of my home during their off-seasons.
Yeppers, fall is the time to change up the fall planters.  Ivy, mums, and kale are always a good choices.  The old clocks and the forks speak to the upcoming celebration of good little witches and goblins.
Times up my friends! As the  clock strikes midnight..........
Porch victim number three is the seating area reserved for post-dinner adult escape.  While the kids are doing the dishes (we can dream,) you can sneak out and enjoy a quiet moment by the light of the full moon.
A divine rustic barrel serves as the base of a glass-topped table.  Liking the eerie wine bottles?  Youre never too old to trick or treat!
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock. The bewitching hour is headed our way!
Come right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down!  Your guests wont feel the need to actually enter your home when they arrive on a landing pad like this.  Everything you need to enjoy a crisp autumn evening is at your beck and call in this open-air room.  Whats the best part of entertaining outdoors? You wont need to worry about dirty dishes in the sink because no one will see them!

Come right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down!  Your guests won't feel the need to actually enter your home when they arrive on a landing pad like this.  Everything you need to enjoy a crisp autumn evening is at your beck and call in this open-air room.  What's the best part of entertaining outdoors? You won't need to worry about dirty dishes in the sink because no one will see them!


With little Ms. Sue takin' a breather from her busy life (she sure deserves it) I thought I'd go back into the JUNKMARKET archives and highlight some of her amazing talent. This post was originally done on September 19, 2008. Love, love, love it! She didn't miss a thing! Hope you're enjoying your little time off Susie Q...but we sure do miss ya!

Lani Banani

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Yippety-skippety, autumn has arrived! For those of us who live in Minnesota, this is a most blessed time of year. The air is crisp, the colors are coming, and the Minnesota state bird (the mosquito) has left the building. OK, the bird has been replaced by the bee, but you can't have everything. It doesn't last long, so we encourage everyone to make the most of the beautiful fall harvest and the wonderful autumn weather.

How can you do this? We suggest conjuring up an outdoor habitat combining your flea finds from the summer, the best of what nature has to offer, and your junkingly good imagination. In honor of our new book, Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition (released in March of '2009,) we decided to give you a taste of the book's outdoorsy offerings. No, this is not an excerpt from the book, but spanking new material just to whet your whistle.

We decided to take a soft approach to this fall-themed entryway. We know y'all don't have a lot of time (believe me, we know!) so we wanted to create something that would work well for everyday living but also ride into Halloween like a witch on a broom. We call this beguiling elegance. A sense of eeriness lurks about, but nothing jumps out of the bushes and frightens the pumpkins out of you. Throughout the next month, we will feature more details on the items in this entryway (along with a host of other "better than popcorn ball" goodies.)

Before I get back to the junk pile, I want to extend a great big JMS thank you to all of our members. You are all amazing in your own special way and we truly appreciate your support, your willingness to share your creative ideas, and your friendship. We are looking forward to the good things to come! Happy Falloween!

Be well,

Sue

 

 

 


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Comments (13)

gamecockchic writes: Sue, I want to be you if I grow up! (Notice "if", not "when") lol
Posted: 9:10 am on September 24th
JunkSituation writes: Great use of everything! I especially think the door arrangement with the rope and pulley are awesome! I've been looking for an idea for a "family" pulley and now I have it:)
Beautiful !
Tammy Posted: 3:28 am on September 15th
JunkArchitect writes: Jeez, I though planting eight mums last weekend was a lot of work...LOOK AT THIS PORCH!

Beautiful job, you gonna do the same thing this fall?

Jim
Posted: 9:42 am on September 14th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE.
What can I say what you due.What a amazing diplay of beauty,you do such a great job.Miss you guys up their and glad I can share what you do.A beautiful halloween project thats all i can say.Kim I'M glad yoU had your hand in it also.God's blessings on you and all your amazing work.I certainly enjoyed this.ROBERT. Posted: 12:17 pm on September 13th
CottageElements writes: With little Ms. Sue takin' a breather from her busy life (she sure deserves it) I thought I'd go back into the JUNKMARKET archives and highlight some of her amazing talent. This post was originally done on September 19, 2008. Love, love, love it! She didn't miss a thing! Hope you're enjoying your little time off Susie Q...but we sure do miss ya!

Lani Posted: 11:43 am on September 13th
shabbychick writes: Sue (and Kimberly) - You're hired - please come and do my porch too!!

What an awesome entry. So comfy and welcoming! (All that's missing is all of us - with some hot spiced cider and cookies!) I've started my "little" porch, and (with your inspiration) will get it finished this weekend!!

Kathy

Posted: 8:30 am on September 24th
ladyfae writes: Wow, this is BEAUTIFUL, I would never want to leave. Makes you want to put on fuzzy slippers and a big ole sweatshirt and drink lots of hot coffee. You are inspiring!!!! Posted: 7:52 pm on September 23rd
suewhitney writes: Thanks everyone for your kind words. Some projects are just too big for one person so I want to send a great big shout out to JMS's Kimberly who worked with me to make this entryway a reality. So here goes...THANK YOU KIM, I couldn't have done it without you! She only lives a couple of blocks away from me, do you think she heard me? We had a ton of fun brainstorming and designing. We're now planning a few days of relaxation on the porch. Yay! Can't wait to see other interpretations of Falloween. Also looking forward to the junk swap surprise.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:39 am on September 20th
kopykatkim writes: AWESOME!!!!!!I am a Minnesotan also. We still have the native bird hanging around this week, but the weather has been beautiful, I have been gathering a bounty of what my JH calls weeds, to add to my fall decorating. I also do a western theme in mine, it is the best time of year to go riding.But yours has inspired me to go over the edge and play it up big. I will have to contact my junkbuddies to figure out to post a picture when all thru. You are truly an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for all you do. Posted: 10:02 am on September 20th
MimiToria writes: O.K. Sue you've outdone yourself with this fabulous display. It's very beautiful, warm and inviting. I could invision spending a few hours enjoying a cup of Joe on your porch. Very tastefully done, once again. Posted: 11:18 pm on September 19th
LuAnn writes: Sue:

I must say you have certainly out done yourself on this one. It is so inviting your guests may never want to leave. Your idea about doing the porch in sections is great; otherwise it can be overwhelming. We all know what happens when you're overwhelmed--nothing!! Can't wait to get started on my own. Going shopping in the basement, garage, shed and neighborhood fields. Will post when done. There will be a surprise--my "junk swap" gift--too cool for words.

LuAnn Posted: 7:37 pm on September 19th
CottageElements writes: Holy moly, Rocky! I really got to get my butt in gear and get my fall decorating down. You really have out done yourself on this one. It inspires me to get in gear and get moving. Love the pully arrangement on the front door. The whole area looks so cozy and welcoming. Happy falloween to you, too!

Lanette Posted: 7:06 pm on September 19th
georgiamoon writes: Sue, once again I am enthralled with what you have done. I have seen the porch in person and this treatment gives it a whole new life. I like the other way too, but this brings the sense of fall, family and fun right to the doorstep. Such a warm and whimsical feeling that anyone can achieve themselves with a little imagination and inspiration from YOU and your crew. Love it and hope that everyone gives this seasonal decor a try. Like you said... everyday objects, found greenery and a little junk can go a long way. with love, geo Posted: 1:58 pm on September 19th
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