Thank You One and All

September 20th, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Numbers, letters, words, and signs are all great junkables to give as gifts this year. They can signify a special date and bring back fond memories. Be on the look out for these as youre shopping the junk pile!! I will wear this necklace from Gretchen and Lani in the spirit it was given...with affection!
Celebrate good times, come on!! You know me...always have to bring a song into the mix. There was music playing throughout the festivities and a few of us dancing who maybe should not have been. I was one of them, but I think Kimberly got her dance lessons from Elaine on Seinfeld. Ha!!
Back to this beauty of a necklace. I thought the girls were giving me a hard time with the crystal that was added to this necklace. If you look closely at my posts and book and magazine images I employ the crystal ofen...but only onre kind, the tear drop like this one. I thought maybe they were suggesting I try a new variety, but alas it was just about good design. They touched a soft spot withput even knowing it. Before I forget, please join me in congratulating Gretchen. She and her jewelery designs were featured in a ginormous and well deserved article in the Home and Garden section of the Minneapoie Star and Tribune. Check it out. Youre amazing Gretchen!
One of a kind jewelry |
Modus operandi: Schaumann makes vintage redesigns, using repurposed and found elements
Wow, look at this litle lovely! Im not sure what this is, but I do know it is stunning. Shes very angelic so that is what she will become. She will be part of my holiday decor from this day forward.
Tied to the angels skirt was a very special note from one of our members, Chipping Charm. It made me cry when I read it. My job here at JMS is to inspire, spread the word, breath new life into the junking community, and celebrate others...not to compete. It touches my heart when someone tells me I have provided inspiration and instilled confidence. Thank you so much Laurel. Special handmade cards are another great way to show someone you care this holiday season.
Im always talking about the little details. Lovely ribbon, some bling, and a washer. Now thats what I call perfect junktoposition! Who came up with that word? I love it!
Enter the Pfarkle sisters....Sharon, Diane, and Janel. You gotta love these girls! After taking care of the JUNKMARKET crew in Oronoco they were supposed to have the night off. Nope, not so much. There they were in the kitchen helping with the chili and dogs. Sorry about biting the cheese bag open, I hope you will forgive me! This architectural piece from the sistas also has great meaning. It came from Sharons house. It was removed, but she could not re-use it at her home....lucky for me. Now thats what I call from my home to yours!! Im not sure what it will become or if it will just remain a show piece. Only time will tell. The homemade jerky?? Im still enjoying it! Thank you!
Ah, hahahaha! OK, so heres the gift that was not homemade, but oh so welcome. There was more than one bottle, but for photography reasons I just selected one. I guess somebody picked the grapes and stirred the vat! Am I right? Good friends, wine, flowers, food, and junkables made for a very special and memorable celebration. You all know me so well!
Lani, Amy (now pronounced Amie with a short A), Gretchen, The Rockler girls, Kim and Lin. The Pfarkle sisters, Don our architectural connection from Iowa, Junker Midge (Noreen), Donna (Nebraska Junker) and family, Chipping Charm (Laurel), The crazy country Junkers, Mark, Kimberly, and Elizabeth....Thank You! Your gift of friendship is much appreciated.
For pictures of the partay check me out on facebook. Im sure there will be pictures surfacing in the next day or two!!
Numbers, letters, words, and signs are all great junkables to give as gifts this year. They can signify a special date and bring back fond memories. Be on the look out for these as youre shopping the junk pile!! I will wear this necklace from Gretchen and Lani in the spirit it was given...with affection!

Numbers, letters, words, and signs are all great junkables to give as gifts this year. They can signify a special date and bring back fond memories. Be on the look out for these as you're shopping the junk pile!! I will wear this necklace from Gretchen and Lani in the spirit it was given...with affection!

First and foremost, as I and JMS enter a new year I wanted to reach out to each and evryone at JMS to say thanks so much for all of your kindness and support throughout the past year. You have no idea how much I appreciate being a part of this warm and wonderful community. I've gotten to know many of you in person (the Pfarkels may regret this after our camping experience) and others of you through your creative posts and witty online banter. You all feel like family to me, and seriously....what more could a girl ask for?! I am truly blessed, so once again ...thanks to all for being absolutely fabulous.

Secondly, during my birthday celebration I noticed something truly wonderful going on and wanted to share it with you. Not only did I receive the gift of smiling junkers knocking at my door, but there were also some presents. What a delightful and truly unexpected surprise. As you might imagine these gifts weren't your run-of-the-mill, store bought gifts. Hahahaha...anything but!! OK, maybe one of the items was (as you will see), but this is a neccessity at celebratory events. The holidays are just around the corner and I would like to suggest that we all follow suit and take the "let's not buy anything new" pledge. The art of gift giving is alive and well in our junking community. Gifts with a history and those that are handmade are incredibly thoughtful, beautiful, and special. I want to share a few of them with you and as you will see these could not be purchased at your local department store. So please, make someone feel very special this year and give them the gift of junk! I've already started my pile and am adding to it everyday. I'm telling you there is nothing like finding something on the junk pile that you know will put a smile on a friend's face. If you do it this way, the giving is truly as much fun as the receiving!

Lastly, I would love to have the opportunity to get to know more of you personally. Someone on the site (please pipe up, because I can't remember who had this fabulous idea) suggested a "Junker's Reunion". I love the idea! If you are interested in such an event, please email your ideas, suggestions, recommendations, or a simple name the date and I'm on my way!! If we attempt such an undertaking we want to make sure to get it right and offer up what all of you junking folks are looking for. Don't be shy, I want to know your thoughts on the subject. Please email me at

OK, gots to go now, but thanks again for a great year and I look forward to the coming one with unbridled anticipation!





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Comments (22)

WhitePineLane writes: Oooh me! Me! I brought the blanc de blancs and some of the flowers! I read this post on the 20th, Sue, and I had always felt a little bad that I hadn't MADE something to bring you! I must not have gone all the way through the pics when I first read it, 'cause there is my bottle of wine at the end! Yay! Next time, I promise I'll try to junk it. (AND bring wine. How's that?)
Kim Posted: 9:47 pm on October 17th
DownHomeDIY writes: I don't know how I missed this post. I just found it today. Happy Belated. It sounds like you celebrated in true JMS style.

Reunion? Yes, please. I am in. Just say when and where.

I will gladly help in anyway. Love the show and tell idea and a swap! Fun.

Posted: 10:32 pm on September 29th
junkermidge writes: Okay, I had to comment, even if only for that last post. (Marie just seems SO adorable I can barely stand it sometimes!) I'm in, but wondering if we could call it more like a conference or convention since like Ang mentioned, it's not really a REunion -- most of us are still UNIONizing. Just a thought. And I'd be willing to help in ANY way -- as long as it doesn't involve....shaving cream.......having my picture taken....or fig newtons (I HATE those things). Love the junk swap idea. We already DO do a show & tell, of sorts, here on JMS, so maybe we could ramp it up a bit -- a show & tell on steroids kind of thing. Maybe events, competitions, junk olympics, seminars,junk tours, food, spooky junk stories in the dark. It'd just be fun to get together and keep the junk love going. Oops. Sorry to ramble.
Midge Posted: 9:20 am on September 23rd
oldnews writes: I love the show and tell idea! We could also bring one thing to give, and maybe draw names. I am just so excited that it's going to happen! Too soon to start packing??! Just kidding of course - kinda!! Marie Posted: 2:40 am on September 23rd
MimiToria writes: I'm in for helping with a reunion too Sue. As for what to do, it'd be fun to have a "show n' tell" session, just like kindergarten with each having brought 1 junk creation.
Gretchen Posted: 8:31 pm on September 22nd
byabpryor writes: As it has been said, time & time again... Great post! I mean absolutely amazing. There are so many things, words, gifts, sayings that I want to comment on.... but I will spare you all and just say... you ALL inspire me. I really mean it.

Since find you all I spend less time everywhere else... I check you from my phone... now how's that for love?

I would LOVE to come to a Junker;s Union.... or Reunion as you have it. I also would love to help out... Now tell me.... What exactly can I do from NJ to help get this started?????? Seriously!

That girl, Ang

PS Congrats Gretch on the article. It's a great one. Posted: 5:31 am on September 22nd
NebraskaJunker writes: Sue, thank you again for having us all over. Your home is beautiful and the time to hang out with other junkers was just perfect! It was so great to meet everyone in person. You are such a great inspiration to us all and it was so great to finally meet you and give you a big hug!
I think the Junker's Reunion is fab idea. I am in. Always up for another road trip! Thanks again for this amazing site. I have gained such amazing friends through here it is priceless! Posted: 3:25 pm on September 21st
shabbychick writes: Sue - Great post of a great event - with great fun and great presents provided by great friends - to a great person!! (and great is an understatement in our wonderful junking world...don't ya think?).

Anyway, so sorry to not be there (where's that private jet when I need it???).

So....up until 5:00 am - yikes...that beats our 4:30 - haha! :) (and...we missed dancing???)

Love that "angel" you got from Laurel - it's so cool! And, the necklace is awesome.

Happy, happy birthday,

Kathy Posted: 12:18 pm on September 21st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wow! I hated to have missed all the fun but loved seeing everyone celebrating your day, Sue! Good times. Laurel's quote from your junk award is awesome! "...Inspiring us to waste not, and want EVERYTHING!", and her gift is so unique. (Old wood stove top? Very cool). In fact ALL the gifts were fantastic and so thoughtful! Wowee wow!

I'm all in for a junker's reunion as well! We'd all have big fun undoubtedly!

Posted: 6:34 am on September 21st
CottageElements writes: Sue, thanks for being so flexible when we decided to do this last minute! You are a perfect host and the time spent was the best time I've had (since Oronoco)! LOL! These are the best bunch of people around, aren't they. We have got to get a Reunion put together. There are too many I haven't met yet! Thank you for being such a great mentor and friend. Like Midge already said, YOU ROCK!


PS Thanks again to the Pfarkel Sisters for helping me make the muffins. Again, you were indispensable! Where'd we be with out you? Or Don from Iowa for that matter. He'd have been stuck with another $80 cab ride!!!! Posted: 11:03 pm on September 20th
Fjerda writes: Sue,
The Pfarkel's truly enjoyed the party! Your house feels like home the minute you walk in the door, being greeted by Lilly and the great hug and warm welcome from you. I am glad that you posted photos of the gifts and not the partiers. The Pfarkel's have been doing handmade items for the holidays and birthdays since the 80's and it is always exciting to see what each one of us comes up with. Can't wait for the next party and we usually feel comfortable helping the the kitchen--we don't do windows!
It was a great crowd of old friends and a few new ones, we just did not stay up until 5AM like some. We had to get Don back safely to his motel.
GREAT time full of laughs, sharing, friendship and Hugs AND pictures!!
I will help plan a reunion if you wish my help
Posted: 11:02 pm on September 20th
MimiToria writes: Sue - this is a great post and I love how you presented it and challenged each of us Junkers for the holiday season. I am going to try to take you up on it this year.
Enjoyed seeing some of the gifts as I didn't really see them when they came in and loved to see the great gift and note that Laurel presented and the lovely architectural piece from the Pfarkle sisters. I do know this, that once again I so enjoyed my time with you and the rest of my junking family. Everyone is so awesome and your home is so cozy for gatherings and junk hugs. I had a blast!
Gretchen Posted: 9:50 pm on September 20th
chippingcharm writes: angel I see her now :)
She will be lovely in your Christmas decor. She is actually the top to an old wood case you were wondering. The rest of the stove fell into a rusty pile when we tried to move it but I was able to salvage this piece. I figured it would make a funky junk trophy/award for our esteemed "Queen of Junk" :)
Thanks again for letting us "invade your space". Your home is truly a work of art...the details are amazing! I was honored to celebrate your birthday with you and the other JMS junkers. Blessings, Laurel Posted: 9:28 pm on September 20th
junkermidge writes: Sue, what a great post. I'm so glad I can count myself among the happy partiers. Though I must say I was mostly just in awe being there. It was all just SO awesome (thus me being in awe). Thank you for sharing your home with us -- it was SO cool, right out of your books. And of course the best part was all the great people -- everyone was so fun, genuine, and welcoming. And in summary: YOU ROCK! Hope I get the chance to do it again someday. Thank you,so so so much!
Midge Posted: 9:08 pm on September 20th
georgiamoon writes: Sue nobody deserves friends and fun in their lives more than you do...and it looks like you got just that!!! And some VERY nifty gifties too. What fun you all must have had. That's what happens when you get all these clever, wonderful people together on one happens! Happy belated birthday!! With all my love, Georgia Posted: 8:46 pm on September 20th
RustyDiva writes: Sending celebratory wishes your way Sue. (as you said ~ to a fellow virgo)Sounds like you had a great birthday and I'm sooo glad. Every girl deserves to celebrate her birth in style and we all should celebrate YOU for bringing all of us together!

All my best
K Posted: 8:14 pm on September 20th
berton718 writes: Sue,
Thanks for the great words!! Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope it was FUN!! Posted: 7:34 pm on September 20th
WhitePineLane writes: We had a blast, as always. LOVED the tour of the house! Soooo much fun! :-D
Kim Posted: 7:21 pm on September 20th
alicemom writes: Happy Birthday 2 u happy b-day 2 uuuuuuu.happy b-day Miss Sue!!!
Sorry I missed the partay sounds likes fabo time!! I hope we all can get-to-gather!!! Would that not be the best ever!!!
smiles, alice Posted: 6:06 pm on September 20th
suewhitney writes: Thanks piping up Oldnews...I thought it was your brain child, but I wasn't sure!! And yes, I agree...friends are the best gift of all.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 1:20 pm on September 20th
oldnews writes: What a wonderful post Sue! Friends have to be the best gift ever, all by themselves! I suggested the Junkers Reunion, and I was really serious! I'd go anywhere to make it happen! I'm so excited to think that it actually might! I may not sleep again until it becomes a reality!! YIPPEE! Posted: 1:08 pm on September 20th
monakent writes: Great post, as usual!!! LOVE the photos and stories that went with each picture. WONDERFUL gifts and ideas shown.

Happy Birthday wishes come your way. Blessings to you and yours for continued success. May your friendship blossom and grow and may you stay healthy and happy. gailmarie Posted: 1:02 pm on September 20th
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