Junkin' with Jenny K.

February 19th, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This is what first struck me when I walked into Jennys lab. If junking means being a nerd then I am proud to wear the label! I suspect all of you are as well. Nerds the word baby! Ha, ha, ha, Im still laughing about this one. The bank of drawers you see corales what could be a lot of clutter. All of those teeny, weeny, bits and pieces we all have, are tucked a way out of sight, but not out of mind. Thanks to Jennys vintage junk cataloging system we know what lies inside the drawer only a quick pull away!
I favored the likes of Elmer Fudd while Jenny opted for one of the Seven Dwarfs. Need I say more? And yes, you wouldnt know it by this picture, but we have both reached the age of reason.
And out of nowhere comes a soft white cabinet filled with beautiful remants from the past. This is a nice contrast to the more industrial treasures.
Ooo, la, la, Jenny scored, in quantitiy, with these metal identification tags for utility poles. Im not sure how many there were, but definitely too many to count! We brain stormed a bit... Jenny thought they woud make excellent wall paper and I thought framed portable wall art would be a nice idea. Im sure with enough encouragement shell come up a project to share!
With a push of a button, the garage door opened to a whole new junking destination within the lab. If you dig metal, youll dig this storage unit!
Meanwhile, back in the lab, Jenny offers some helpul assemblage art advice to Georgia. Im not sure what Gergia said, but from the look on her face Im pretty sure what shes thinking... Im gona do it my own way!
Rusty wing nuts and turquoise. Love it!
Here is some metal on the more colorful  side of the highway. Big, bold, and beautiful!
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy... more metal junk!
Although it was hard to choose, this was my favorite wall in Jennys lab. As a creative, one of the things I find most inspiring is to surround myself with raw materials artfully displayed. If you ever find youself stuck all you need do is take a look about and youre back on track. If I lived here this would be my go to wall! The junkables with heads are an added bonus. Nice wall of fame, Jenny!
Reclaimed metal cabinets (what else?) are the home to many a junk widget. Each type has its own drawer that is labeled accordingly. I must admit that I opened each one of them with reservation. I was half expecting a little rodent to pop out, but was assured that Sophie the wonder weiner dog, had the situation under control. Thanks Soph!
Ahhhh, the end of a grand junking day! The only TaDa! goes to Miss Georgia for her lovely junk girl with spring ringlets. She can walk, talk, and create. Way to go girl! I got to the half-way point and called it a day. There was far too much stuff in the rough for me to ooh and ahh over. I was a little ...How do they say it? Lost in translation!  As for Jenny... she supplied the tour, IPod tunes, good eats, and her very own arrangement of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head worthy of moving her to the next round of American Idol. Who knows, maybe some day I will figure out how to post the video that captured it, and well let America vote. Thanks Jenny and Geo for showing E and me a wonderul time during our trip to California. You guys are the best!
This is what first struck me when I walked into Jennys lab. If junking means being a nerd then I am proud to wear the label! I suspect all of you are as well. Nerds the word baby! Ha, ha, ha, Im still laughing about this one. The bank of drawers you see corales what could be a lot of clutter. All of those teeny, weeny, bits and pieces we all have, are tucked a way out of sight, but not out of mind. Thanks to Jennys vintage junk cataloging system we know what lies inside the drawer only a quick pull away!

This is what first struck me when I walked into Jenny's lab. If junking means being a nerd then I am proud to wear the label! I suspect all of you are as well. Nerd's the word baby! Ha, ha, ha, I'm still laughing about this one. The bank of drawers you see corales what could be a lot of clutter. All of those teeny, weeny, bits and pieces we all have, are tucked a way out of sight, but not out of mind. Thanks to Jenny's vintage junk cataloging system we know what lies inside the drawer only a quick pull away!


Have you ever wondered how another junker operates? I, for one, am always intrigued. JMS contributor JennyK was kind enough to invite JMS's Georgia Moon and me over for a little look-see and fun fest inside her lab. Organization is key when you are in the creative mode and Jenny has the art of  "A Place for Everything and Everything In Its Place" down to a science. Take a look at some of Jenny's nifty ideas for being tidy with trash. Keep in mind, you don't need a large space to create a lab of your own. A vacant nook, a closet, or even a a cupboard can become a the lab of your dreams that helps you work more efficiently. With that said, Georgia was the only one to actually complete a project that day. You know what they say... you can lead a horse to water. Ha! I was too busy scouring through the treasures and Jenny too busy being the tour guide. That's our excuse and we're sticking to it! As for the organization, I think we may have left the lab a bit out of sorts. Sorry!


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Comments (14)

merryheart2 writes: WoW! what fun. i loved peeking into the lab.
thanks for sharing.
Sandra Posted: 11:52 pm on March 5th
ClassyLadyJen writes: That is awesome! I could get lost in there! Posted: 10:21 pm on February 23rd
shabbychick writes: Have we just had a glimpse of what junk heaven looks like??? I think so!!! And so organized too - very inspiring. I love to see where people create - and this space definitely shows a genius at work!!!

Sue - your narrative was so funny, and I would have been peeking into every nook and cranny too - so many treasures, and so little time, right????? (but, we do want to see your project too...) - Geo - nice job on your junk girl!! :)

I've been working on my basement work area for the last couple weeks (where does all that stuff come from anyway???), and hope to have it done in a week or so (gotta do it in bits and pieces - literally!) - so, will share some pics.. Jenny - in your "spare" time you could be an Organizational Junk Consultant!!! (All of us would keep you very busy!!!)

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 9:46 am on February 23rd
JunkArchitect writes: This looks like an emergency room for anyone freaking out from a long winter of no tag sales. I don’t think I’d ever leave the place. I wish my dumpy basement looked like this! Posted: 9:56 pm on February 22nd
writes: Hi there,
I had equally as much fun having the junkin' gals over for some fun. It was just a ball and it was great to finally meet Sue in person. We laughed and laughed which is always the best part and it was so cool to watch Geo and Sue pick out lots of treasures to create with.

As ya'll can see, I've completely taken over the garage and the cars just have to park outside now. :-)

I appreciate all the great comments - it is really my place to disconnect and I am (and always will be) very happy to share!

JennyK

ps - I would love to do a video - maybe I can convince Geo to do it with me...
Posted: 11:21 pm on February 21st
DownHomeDIY writes: Revenge of The Nerds! I love it!
-MB Posted: 9:00 pm on February 21st
CottageElements writes: I'd love Jenny to give us all a class on creating with her. Maybe a video??? Your work room is absolutely amazing! Would have loved to be a little mouse in the corner. Looks like you had a awesome time!

Lani Posted: 8:50 pm on February 20th
bubbasmom writes: I'm so jealous.I want to go there too. Also I'm jealous that all your goodies are so organized.I have tons of junk in my 70x30 ft basement but I just about have a path through it. Bad thing is I sit an area around 17 x 25 (under my master BR) that was susposed to be my designated craft room.Now I have "stuff" in the bigger part too.Oh well so much for that finished basement with a pool table my husband is dreaming of.I have enough junk to create until I die.At least I'll be dying happy.lol One day I'll post a picture.You guys are the only ones that would appreciate it all. Most people go into shock.lol Posted: 7:41 pm on February 20th
fellowjunker writes: Sure is fun to see your amazing workplace Jenny, and what fun you, Geo and Sue must have had. Sue I loved your piece of advice about displaying the elements of junk. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing creative work place with us all!!!
xojanis Posted: 4:19 pm on February 20th
georgiamoon writes: Ok, for all of you drooling over Jenny's lab, I say...you should be...it is absolutely fantastic to be in there with her amazing array of junk. And to have free-(almost)reign with her junk is a gift to be sure. I wasn't going to waste any time in there, I wanted to be going home with something fun. Good thing I can laugh and glue at the same time cause there were more than a few times when less talented glue-er would have lost it. Sue, your narrative of this day is as funny as the real thing, and the pictures tell it all. What fun to be able to spend the day with the most amazing friends among all of JK's fabulously organized treasures. It was a day I will never forget and will cherish as one of my most fun times EVER!!! Georgia Posted: 2:58 pm on February 20th
alicemom writes: Never in my wildest dreams could I have created that wonderful space. What a way to soak up all that wonderful junk!
Thanks for the best ever junk spot. You could sell tickets for show & tell!
alice Posted: 1:10 pm on February 20th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Unbeknownst to Jenny, she has just put us all in our place. And that's a good thing. Wowser!! While reading your post I made sure to zoom in on all the details of her shop. Of course we NERDS love all her junk (glad to be one too, thank you), but I must say the organization of it all has me blown away! Nice workshop, Jenny! You've really inspired me!

Now I'd like to see Georgia's creation and wonder if you and Jenny will finish yours off too. Looks like it was a blast! Great post.
Candy
Posted: 8:30 am on February 20th
junktiqueboutique writes: I really love this post because I'm always interested to see how other people work. My space will never be this big or organized but I can dream. Posted: 8:19 am on February 20th
junkermidge writes: Oh, wow! My heart is racing! I wish I could say that I'm joking, but I'm not. I got the junking bug that bad. What a great lab. I wish I could be that organized. I do try, but space is finite and my junk is infinite (and I want more!) What a day you guys must have had. Thanks so much for sharing!

Midge Posted: 10:24 pm on February 19th
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