Elmira, NY, US

I was born and raised in NJ. We now live in upstate NY and own an old Victorian house that we are just in the beginning phase of restoring it. I love to see new life breathe into discarded items. My husband & I met actually at my yard sale.
I have been flea marketing and yard sailing since I was 17 and that was a few decades ago. My husband enjoys it as much as I do. We even look for some thrown out items that are ready for the garbage pickup and found ourselves saving some money by reusing hinges, knobs, wood, etc. But it is also rewarding to redo or make over a piece of someones history. I love to see creative work and try to do some myself. I am looking forward to seeing new ideas and sharing with others as well.

Gender: Female

Birthday: 12/03/1959

Member Since: 01/16/2009

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My Junk Market Fairy Garden-using recycled things & backyard finds


Sometimes you need to have an extra vehicle just in case....

My 2nd car...I decided to make another witches broom when I saw the bike seat being thrown out. I already had the broom since I tend to collect the old, odd ones as well as whisk brooms. This was...

A Witches Broom

Just in case one broom won't start, have a back up.   I meant to post this in the Fall but never got around to it with commuting to NY State. But this is just an ordinary broom that I spray...

Valentine or Treasure box

I had this old scuffed wooden recipe file and now that I use the internet for recipes (when I cook) I decided to do something with it. I sprayed it lilac, downloaded free sheet music to decoupage on...

Summer Garden Hose Wreath

Hi Everyone! This was so easy to make. Just use an old hose or buy a cheap one at a dollar store. I used floral wire to tie it together in a few places. I found easier when I made some other wreaths...

Old faucet peg shelf

Any scrap of wood you have that would make a nice peg shelf & that is what I used. I saw these old fashioned faucet handles and thought they would make a different looking peg shelf. I love the...

Valentine Sundae

I had this one lonely sundae glass and decided to make a fake sundae with it. I took some white cotton batting or you can use cotton balls and I also had a few small red Christmas balls in my...

Tea Cup bird feeder or decoration

I bought so many Blue Willow tea cups at a flea market as the price was right. Some had a slight chip so I turned them into bird feeders. But you can just use them as decoration as well. I have a big...

Old window decoration

Another idea for old window frames.....fabric instead of pictures or painting flowers.

Old window decoration

This is just an old window frame I got for free and just some quilt scraps to place behind the glass. I saw this idea in an antique shop for $65.00 and realized I could do this at home for free!

Recent comments

Re: Happy Thanksgiving to All...The DRT Centerpiece

Love those pilgrim shoes....very pretty end piece.

Re: Copper Bundt Cake Mold Upcycled Birdfeeder

This is so clever, the lid adds a nice touch and keeps the seed dry. Very well done.

Re: Table seating/ favor Idea

They're so nice, what a fabulous idea.

Re: Merry Christmas!

So nicely done. What a clever idea to use an old dresser. It looks so charming and cozy too.

Re: Faux Brick Walkway

I love this. I would love to have this done to my backporch. Very talented. I only wish I could do this without it looking so crooked as I tend to have things off kilter. I would like to know what kind of finish you put on it so it holds up to the weather. I like the idea of sponges. I would pay you to do this...it came out so well. Great job.

Re: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Love it! I like the idea of using the same color tones together. Your cousin has a good eye and talent. Now I need to start filling up these mason jars with more buttons!

Re: Old Washbins Have So Many Uses

Really like this idea and I have bins just like that. Now I will give my husband this idea to work on. Also they would make good beverage holders for an Autumn gathering.

Re: Vintage Wedding Reception

I would love to see this centerpiece anyday at a wedding than a high end floral arraingement. Its nostalgic and cheery! Everyone here has great minds for creativity.

Re: Upcycled Birdfeeders

I just love the copper molds and wood spindles and the blend of dishes used.I just found a bunch of spindles too and this idea is inspirational..really cute!

Re: Fall Rust

I love fall as it is my favorite season and this is just perfect. The rust adds a nice hue to the flowers & such in the funnel. I will scout around our garage for one. The wood is a nice touch as well. Really festive for the autumn season.

Re: Clawfoot tub to French Chaise!

Absolutely beautiful and all your hardwork paid off for a one of a kind chaise. It is just beautiful and since I only had old houses to live it, claw foot tubs are usually common so I just love the idea of what you did with one. Stellar Job!!

Re: Some of my yard art displayed in the 61st annual Pilgrimage in Moss Point, MS.

This looks so patriotic. I love how it all came together and the red flowers just add the finishing touches. Nice job!

Re: Clean-up that Yard With a Little Junk!

SO whimsical and nicely done. Once spring hits upstate NY, I will look for some of your great containers. You did such a nice job and love the idea on the shed...

Re: Christmas is Coming!

Another great way to use jewelrty....I use some of my beaded bracelets for curtain tie backs and this is just a really a unique way to make a sparkling table top. I like the easiness of it as well. A nice inspiration...maybe I will look for some broken crystals form a necklace and throw them on the fake snow I have on my fireplace. Very pretty!

Re: A Bar Everyone Can Join in On!

This is just a fantastic idea....And so nicely displayed. Great idea for the upcoming holidays. Wonderful idea and thanks for sharing!!!!

Re: Vintage Fashion Portfolio

What a fascinating mind you have....This is just so inspirational and I don't sew. I have a sewing machine, took classes and that is about it. LOL But this is giving me an idea for some herbs I dry and if I wanted to put a book together for recipes. If you read the comments, can you tell me what you used for the cover of the book? I couldn't tell what is might be. But you did such a creative book that I am sure you could sell these on Etsy or other online sites. Thanks for sharing!!

Re: $148 Scrap Junk Makeover! WOW!

It is so chic, love it. The chandelier is a nice touch. We have a Victorian that is taking a long time to redo so I can understand how it goes. You did a great job.

Re: A Junky Living Room Tour...

So refreshing! Everything flows so nicely. I love the fan as we have a few too and it looks really great with the frames. It's just very clean and looks so great.

Re: Restored Victorian Chair

To be blessed with such talent. you did a stellar job and hard work I am sure was a good part of it but it is gorgeous. We just inherited a similar couch but no way do I have that talent as you did quite a professional job. Beautiful!


Great job! A new life for the grill.

Re: January Wreath Change-up

Looka really nice all combined like that. What a clever idea for a wreath. Love the jar on wheels as well.

Re: Broken jewelry, old Christmas lights...

Really a cute idea, nice to see those old lights being put to a new use.

Re: Red, White & Blue Nautical Americana Necklace

So nostalgic and just the right amount of everything to make it a perfect patriotic necklace. You did a stellar job!!!

Re: Film Box Planter

Hey Sue...everything you touch turns magical.

Re: My Holiday Projects

So creative, love the camel and how you just blended it all so well. If I lived in that state I would have to visit, so much too see in the shop. A wonderful mind!!

Re: Vintage Redesign Jewelry for AA/JMS

You're an inspiration. Now I started to make some odd necklaces with broken jewlery or one earring when the 2nd one is lost. YOurs are so awesome, mine are still a work in progress but yours are so sweet and vintage!

Re: Trick or Treat

I never would have thought of that use for those skirt hangers, really clever. You did a simple yet festive Halloween art. Good job!!!!

Re: Autumn

So adorable, love the dog feeder thing, you did a nice job of displaying the fall. Also liked the Halloween sign and the "creative junk" that you placed around it. Great stuff!

Re: A Witches Broom

Thanks, I found an old bicycle seat someone was throwing out so I think nI will make another but use the real seat insead of the wood.

Re: Rosette Bib Necklace

What a nice creation. I am always amazed how people just can throw things together and make a beautiful statement piece. I just love it.

Re: Pink Sweater turned lampshade covering ..

You did a great job, the buttons really added the extra flair to it as well. Did you fabric glue or something stronger like epoxy? Very cute.

Re: Words on Vintage Maps

Another great idea to do with maps. Very clever.

Re: ~~~Summer Breeze Planter

I love those colors, their my kitchen colors. It is very nostalgic. My wicker chairs outside have no seats but I put pots big enough to sit in the hole. These chairs like you got are hard to find now and yet I remember my Aunt having them in an aqua blue. Good job.

Re: My Junkin' Finds For The Weekend

I love it! What a great find on Craig's list. Really charming.

Re: Flowers for a Rainy Day

You have the magic touch, everything you transform turns into a piece of artwork. This is so clever. I like the idea as it reminds me of Fall/Halloween with the colors you have there. Another thing for me to look for! Greatr job!

Re: Jewelry for the AA/JMS Upcoming Event

Just adore your creations. I have been saving jewlery pieces forever using them for shadowboxes or picture frames but I love the way you used them to create these one of a kind necklaces. Very inspirational.

Re: Work is for the birds...

I love birdhouses and have quite a collection but none like this...it is very unique & you did a very creative job, love the old faucet handle. I love this site as everyone is so inspirational!

Re: "Poppy Coffee"- Wizard of Oz theme

Absolutely adorable. I often have tea parties and would love to try this. I have drilled tea cups and got a special bit for it too but this is so enchanting and the Wizard of Oz words makes it so nostalgic. Thanks for sharing.

Re: More TRASH to treasure

I didn't realize that ceramic could be sanded off. Learn something always new on this site. You did a wonderful job decoupaging too. Now I will think twice before passing up lamps such as this...Great design.

Re: Simple Glass Bottle Projects

I love the old bottles. My husband has an extensive collection and I like to collect the medicine bottles. This is such a decorative way to display the bottles. Very creative and now will have to buy those bird cage holders. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Industrial Romantic Junk Jewelry

Really creative, love all the hardware & reusing old watches, burnt out fuses & light bulbs. It is refrehing to see unique designs, great job.

Re: Vintage Doorknob Bracelet and Ring Holder

Wow that is very clever. I have tons of bracelets, so many that I can't fit them all in my jewelry armoire so you gave me a great idea. I have quite a few door knobs too. This is really a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

Re: A Magical Garden Party Charity Tablescape event

Now that's where I would like to be..at the Magical Garden Party. It looks fantastic. What a wonderful mind you have and I just love it all. Very creative.

Re: Small Chairs for the Garden

Love this idea....I used those old wood chairs that people throw out but this is much more durable and lasting. Very very cute.


Another wonderful idea for old glass windows, very refreshing!

Re: Check Out My Junk...from the "Junk Swap"

What a great mind you have. It looks like something you would find at a pricey antique store. Very nice display.

Re: "Shift Key" Necklace

This is just my style. I love the creation. It is also a great way to use up broken jewlery pieces. An inspiration surely. Thanks for sharing it.

Re: Shake Up Your Valentine!

This is so pretty, a little something for everyone. I love the one with the E on it..lol. A very nice recycled Valentine's idea. I agree, gifts from the heart are treasured so much. As always you do fabulous creations.

Re: Another Shabby to Chic Chair Re~do

Very nice job of refurbishing. Looks great!

Re: Throwback to my Youth - Take a little trip with me

Oh, this is very crafty. It goes to show you how you can make anything if you have the determination and foresight. What fond memories. My Dad came from the Depression Era and he was one to be able to fix, wire up and duct tape anything back together to make it work. And usually it worked. Thanks for sharing your memories.

Re: Setting the Thanksgiving Table

A Penny for your thoughts! I would have never thought to use change like this.... so cute. And of course the copper penny blends so well with the wheat and napking ring. Very well done!

Re: An OLD Vanity makes a come-back!

I just love it. What an inspiration you are in transforming furniture into something so cute. I have one in my upstairs bathroom and there is a bar sink in it but we were lucky that it had drawers. Yours is done so nicely. Great talent adn thanks for sharing!


So innoventive! It looks like a nice cozy area to read a good book. Very nice and love the surrounding decor.

Re: From garden fence...to cloche...to chandelier!

It always amazes me how artistic people are. This is really cute. And those glasses....my mom ( she is 88) has some and she told me they're from the 40's. As I recognized them rightway when I saw them. What a great idea to use some odd pieces of glassware as well. Great job.

Re: My lunchtime menu: JUNK!

There is so much to see in this one,great picturs!!! I would have to go back too, love those castor wheels as their great to mount to the wooden soda cases and slide under a bed for storage. You must have enjoyed this & it's a great way to spend a lunch hour. Once during a long term Jury Duty, I used to go into the town and hit all the antique stores and 2nd hand stores. What fun!

Re: Drink Up! CrAzY Bottle Collection

You have a wonderful collection and have it displayed so nicely. I like how intact the pyroglazing? is on the front of the bottles. Very nicely done. My fiance collects old bottles himsself from the 1700 and 1800's so I know how large a collection can be. Recently he put some lights in his cabinet and they make a nice glow coming through the bottles.
Good luck with your collection, great work!!!

Re: Windchime

This is great as we bought a bottle cutter at a yard sale and it worked great. I love my windchimes, my porch as about 7 of them!!! Some people think of really neat things and this is definetely one of them.

Re: For the birds, too!

Wow, that is another creative idea. I just bought after Easter these little nests made of grapevine. Now this would be a cute way to decorate an outdoor one as well. I have a grape arbor and hang just an ordinary fixture but this would make a great detail. So clever! Welcome aboard.

Re: audballs

Now this is so creative. I have seen people use ordinary bowling balls as those gazing balls but this is very unique. I was just wondering what you used to hold the shells in place and then read the details. You did an excellent job. The seashell one would look great at the shore and could even be sold as I think it is really cute. (Reminds me of that old tongue twister...sally sells seashells at the seashore)
Do you have to use rounded china pieces for the mosaic one? As I tried it once and failed miserably at doing mosaic tiling so I was just curious if it helps if you have pieces of broken plates that have a curve to them. Thanks for the tips.

Re: Vanity Makeover

You gave it a second life and looks fabulous. Great job and the hardwork paid off. It is amazing what people do throw out. Colors are very nice as well.

Re: Flower ladder

So pretty. Love the colors you used. I have an old painted step ladder that is a bit rickety so now I have an idea of how to display some flowers. Very colorful and adore your sign in name. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Little-bit Junky Wedding Table Decorations

I love your ideas and what great prices. I am getting married next year and this is a simple yet beautiful cake top. The candles make a nice gift too. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing it.

Re: How to Re-Purpose a Scale

I love this...a really nice color scheme as well. Very unique and clever the way you decorated it to use. Thanks for "weighing in" with your ideas.

Re: Catch Me on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda!

Hi Sue,
Just saw you on the Today show and loved the door knob idea. You were wonderful, so calm and a natural! Great ideas and thanks for sharing them all.

Re: Kick-Off for Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition in Texas

Ordered my book too. Love those chairs and it's just so perfect. Looking forward to seeing all the great ideas.

Re: Necklaces crafted from Silver Antique & Vintage Fork & Spoon Handles

These silverware peices are really wonderful ways to make jewlery. I have a question, do you use a grinder to saw off the one end? I agree with the one viewer who also that feels like she has ADD when you see so many greats projects on this site that it gets me motivated so I am doing a bit of everyting. Great job!!!

Re: Cover a Thermostat

Oh what a great idea. Upstairs in my hallway I have an old fuse box that has a metal door. I hung pictures there but they look always oddly arranged...., now you gave me a great idea. Very clever. Such innovative ideas! I love this website.

Re: "Distant Memories" Shadow Box

You really did a nice way you incorporated the music theme. Very creative. Last summer I saw a coffe table at a flea market for $7.00 and it had a built in shadow box. I hesitated and then went back to buy it and it was gone!! But I love what you did with the shadow box. Really sweet.

Re: Tea Cup bird feeder or decoration

I would try a strong epoxy glue. They do make a certain epoxy glue for glass. I saw on HGTV where they made a cake stand using plates and tea cups as a layering method and the host said it was done with a strong epoxy glue. I am not good either with power tools but my boyfriend helped me out and got me started. So good luck and let me know if you did it with the glue.

Re: estate sale cupboard gets BUILT IN

You did a great job with this piece. It looks like it was part of the house. Love the yellow ware bowls as well. I went to a yard sale once and this lady was selling her old yeloow bowls for $2.00 each. I bought 2 of her yellow ware bowls and later found out how popular they are. I was sorry I didn't buy the rest. Yours look really country in the cabinet. Very nice.

Re: Thanks for the Inspiration

So very creative. Never would have thought of a bench and now when I see a discarded bed, I will grab one. I love toile myself and now that have toile in so many colors. You did a fantastic job, really impressed.

Re: Super Sunny Sunday Swap at the Sunset

Nice things, I can see you will put a nice life into them.

We have this one flea market that has all these shed like buildings and if you don't mind walking in the slush and ice to each building you can sometimes find that diamond in the rough. Some people warm up their buildings/sheds and offer hot beverages so it is nice to browse and chat. But otherwise, here we have to wait until Spring for the outdoor markets.

Good job with the treasures.

Re: an old drawer found on the side of the road.

Wow,great painting job. What did you use for the handle? That made it extra pretty. Very very sweet.

Re: Vintage Ceramic Squirrel Pin Cushion

What a great idea!! Now I have an idea of what to do with my doggie planter. ALthough it would help if I sewed more!! LOL. But really a bright innovation!

Re: Tea Cup bird feeder or decoration

Hi Ladies,
Thanks for the compliments. I went to Home Depot and you can buy the metal rods at any length and thickness. (Just ask where they keep them as I don't recall the aisle) And right near the metal rods are the screw on nut packages that match the rod size. The first time I made one, I used a regular drill bit but then I found a bit for glass and ceramics & it made it much easier to whip through the glass and tea cup. After you drill the holes, then place the rod through cup and saucer and tighten with the nut. ( one inside the cup and one under the saucer ). After the first one, it goes a lot quicker! Also, you can mismatch the cups and saucers as well. It just happens I am a Blue Willow fan so I had many to use.

Re: Last Night's Party Leftovers become Today's Valentine ...

Love all the whimsical details. Very creative and really sweet for Valentines day, nice work!

Re: Recycled Shelf

I just saw a small shutter in my spare room and didn't know what to do with it. Now you gave me a great idea. Very nice work and loved the tea cup fireplace mosiacs too. So talented you are! I wish I could do nosiacs but when I tried to do a table top, it just fell apart.

Re: My Potting Shed

It just makes me want to hang out in there with a book and a cup of tea. It is so cozy and so very creative. It amazing what we can find at the curbside. You did a lovely job decorating it as well.

Re: Glass Cigar Tubes - Totally Tubular Project

A terrific idea. Love how you displayed the flowers. So pretty and simple. Really a beautiful job. Such talent!

Re: Little Ditty About Jack and Diane....

Love it. I am a big fan of old bottles and making my own old worn labels and I just adore what you did with the tulips and the old fashion Valentines. Just so creative! I think I need to make a Love Potion #9 label myself now!

Re: Old window decoration

Thank you one and all for your very nice compliments. Everyone is so inspirational. Wishing all of you a happy junk filled day!