village of tunstall, UK

Professional gardener and empty nester of two beautiful boys. Have loved make do and mend all my life and find it a hard habit to break. I love how some people absolutely love what you do with your home and others just don't get it!!

Member Since: 08/21/2008

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Jan's repurposed table top stand!

Remember my recently posted table top stand?  I kept looking at it and something just wasn't right.  It annoyed me all day today so I had to do something about it.  A simple case of...

table top stand

I found this old base that in its time had been used as both an electrical lamp and then a candle holder.  I had to scrape years of old candle wax off before I could use it and I originally...

stirrup frame

A photo frame made from an old stirrup and a belt buckle.

plant table

Found this old table on the roadside some years ago, brought it home and gave it a face lift.  Originally it was a dark and dingy brown but had a lovely shape and great potential.

wonderful scales

I notice how many of us love different scales and thought I'd share my two favourites. 

valentine garland

My valentine garland for this year made entirely from junk and finished off with a wedding photo of him and me in black and white for that vintage look (we actually got married in colour!!)

fruit bowl disc-overy

After seeing NDJunkGirl's amazing record holder, I thought I'd show you what I do with those LPs that are too scratched for playing.  I melt them in the oven and then mould them into bowl...

spirit of junk

I was deconstructing this old lamp to get at the wiring when it occurred to me that the shape looked rather like a statuesque body.  I found a stone head which once attached made the figure look...

junky valentine shrine

It's snowing heavily here which doesn't happen often in the south of England so as I'm home thought I'd try and create something for Valentine's just from the odd bits of junk I have in my...

stamp frame

I found this old stamp collection amongst the toys etc in the loft.  It was started about 15 years ago by my sons and now long forgotten.  There are no special items in the collection...

globe lamp

I had this beautiful pink and gold glass globe shade and knew it might be a candle holder one day but hadn't been able to fit it satisfactorily to anything.  I then came across this silver tea...

table of faith

This table was left when I moved into my current home and no amount of scrubbing or rubbing would make it look good.  I used it as a plant stand for ages and then decided on a makeover by...

Recent comments

Re: Wine cabinet

I love this, what a great piece. It looks so elegant and pricey!!

Re: Industrial Can Lamp

Wow, I love love love this especially the way the pattern shows through with such a soft light. Great!!


How pretty this is. The perfect book for this project.

Re: Pocket Full of Posies

Oh I love this, it's great and quite amusing too. Bet lots of people do a double take when they see it!!

Re: It's all about the wine...

I absolutely love this. What a great piece - perfect.

Re: Vintage Leather Suitcase

Another great idea. How come all your ideas look so amazing!!!! I love how much of a warm look this is.

Re: Another suitcase project

This is beautiful,such a nostalgic looking piece.

Re: Have a Great Valentine's Day!

This is lovely and great to see you're all keeping it in the family. Mind you, junking is sooo infectious!!

Re: Centrifuge Pencil & Pen Holder

This is really great, I love it and how lucky you came across it. I like how it seems to combine industrial, office, sleek and even a bit of futuristic. Way to go!

Re: connect four

I love this project. My boys used to play this game all the time and what a great way to showcase photos for special occasions. Wonderful!

Re: Shovel with attitude!

As soon as I saw this I smiled!!

Re: Machine Shop Posey

How sweet is this!!

Re: A "candle-ier" and some thingamabobs...

What a great way to add fun to the everyday!

Re: Upcycled Window Frame

Great job and the view just draws you in.

Re: "Give" for Kelsey

Oh this is so sweet and beautiful. What a great gift.

Re: fruit bowl disc-overy

Hi Christy, I put them in a lowish oven and for not very long. Just keep checking them as they get soft pretty quickly. They also harden quickly once out of the heat but you can put them back as many times as you like.

Re: Keeping Time With the "Rhythm" of Life

Wow, I love this. All these things are perfect for each other which is the absolutely right way to express the rhythm of life. Great project!

Re: Presto Change-o

I love this, such a simple idea but it looks great.

Re: "Record" setting transformation...

This looks incredible. What a great piece and with so many uses.

Re: An En-Lightening Project that's Music to My Ears!

What a fantastic lamp. I love how it looks as if the trumpet was meant to be like this all along!!

Re: Satellite Dish Gazebo

This is great. I love it when you know what it used to be but it keeps everyone else guessing. Well done on a great job!!

Re: A true "junky" to "funky" transformation

I love this. What a great piece to have on the side. It certainly is a good ad for junking!!

Re: Junk Lamp

I would never have believed this was made from junk if you hadn't told us! It's great and looks so refined (or should that be re-found?)!!

Re: Potting Bench

This is lovely. It's great to have decorative stuff around your home but decorative and useful - that's the best!!

Re: Fun photo/card display

This is great. I often look at these in the stores but they never seem to have enough holders on them. I know what to do now!!

Re: East meets Midwest

This is stunning. I love it.

Re: table of faith

I think the trick is to try and get your pasted image as flat as possible and then finish up with lots of varnish for a lovely smooth end result. My varnishing made the table look older which I loved.

Re: handkerchief angels

These are sooo cute and the perfect ad for this site - that Junkers have incredible imagination and can see something new in anything!