Jill Ruskamp, Schuyler, NE, US

I'm an at home mom who loves vintage and antiques. I'm especially drawn to the rougher older items. I love to repurpose! Recently I have fallen for Through the Viewfinder photography especially when I'm shooting my vintage items.

Gender: Female

Member Since: 02/02/2009

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My Junk Lamp

I made this "junk lamp" last month and sold it at my first craft show.  I used wire to crochet around the edge of the shade. I was just winging it and that came to mind. I used a...

Piano Turned Puppet Theater

I had an old piano that I needed to get out of our house.  Well it only made it to the basement.  I love puppets and came up with the idea to convert it into a puppet theater.  I...

Recent comments

Re: My "JUNK" Tree

Beautiful tree! I also find it great fun that we can peek at you taking the pictures in the silver balls! I hope to do a junk tree next year---

Re: Recycled Spaceship

My son would love that!

Re: Coffee With The Lovely Ladies-Raffle fundraiser donation for Cancer Clinics in Antelope Valley, CA

This is great! Very creative.

Re: Potty Talk...

Now, that's a creative use of a scale!

Re: The Halls are Decked...

Laurel, great decor!! I'm going to do "junk"le bells all year round on my blog starting at the end of Jan. Come over and join up so you tree is full next year. It's my way of pushing myself!

Re: Colorful, Junky Backsplash

Great. Would love to see a bigger picture. Collage is so intriguing and that's a collaged backsplash!

Re: There might be something FISHY about this FUN(nel) lamp!

Works for me too!

Re: License Plate Art....

I like it. Are you from NE?! I am!

Re: There's safety in numbers

I'm with you--can't take those great pieces apart. Perfect as is!

Re: "Kind Words Will Unlock An Iron Door"

I love your work~

Re: Old chicken feeders repurposed for this and that...

I like the use of these feeders. They have such a great industrial vintage look.

Re: Beautiful glass lids and bowls...

I've been trying think of uses for lids forever! Great project.

Re: Dad's Junk

Love this hillbilly!!

Re: Sentimental Junk...

I just saw that pattern in dishes the other day in the antique mall where i sell. What is it called? They really are neat.

Re: Nature's Junk

I love this--we do have trunks here and I've put pieces in my garden but haven't taken the time to finish any. Good job!

Re: Any Ideas ?? I'm stumped!

Since your not into clutter--you could take fabric in colors to coordinate in your room, cut them to the proper size to roll up and slide in. Then it would be like a piece of art. Retro fabric maybe--or if you like rustic get some burlap in different colors. Boy I would like to have this piece! Did anyone suggest selling it yet? Where do you live? LOL

Re: Frameous solutions

That cover over your light is ingenious.

Re: Bug from old key

FUN stuff.

Re: Wiry Joe Clock

I like your work.

Re: Vintage Cash Register Art Piece

I really like this.

Re: What's New Pussy Cat - Contributor Challenge

You are VERY GOOD! This is great.

Re: typewriter

I love old typewriters! Have a few myself. Maybe you set it on top of a stack of old books with the other books around it.

Re: Old white window frame

Ha! Junk-Bunked---I've been there-just didn't know what to call it!

Re: Coffee, tea or Ivy?

That is very creative to think of spray painting the inside of the pot.

Re: "old School"

OK I would love them as is for storage of junk BUT if you don't--what about taking off the doors and making message centers out of them? Paint them if needed, add an image or two then make some great "old school" magnets to use on the new door/message center. Magnets could be made from old magazines, office supplies, or even oddities like cracker jack toys. The remaining open shelving you have may be even better for storage because it's open and you can see what you have. Add more shelves in each unit and more hooks to make it more function.

Re: JunkStyle: to bring something into conformity with a style.

Please tell more-this looks very interesting.

Re: Contributor's Earth Day Challenge - Vinyl

I like how you did the bowl-nice shape.

Re: Garden Totems

I really like these-wonderful. I'm going to try one (or three) soon!

Re: Vintage Double Frame

Good thinking!! That is really sharp.

Re: Oven Top Bathroom Shelf

Now that's creative!~and the pillow you have sitting there is divine~ did you make it?

Re: Corbel Shelf

Looks like you did a great job. I really like this.

Re: Mod Oval Ottoman from Goodwill Pleated Plaid Skirt

Honestly, matching plaids on a round surface?! You're good.

Re: Button Tray

Very chic!

Re: "Generating" a new lamp

That is so neat!!

Re: Presto Change-o

I love this! I have probably about 30 aluminum coffee pots-mostly on display but others waiting for projects.

Re: HERCULES POWER Mirror Project


Re: Vintage Tags

Neat. I use vintage music to make tags for the items I sell on Etsy. I really like your use of patterns and maps too!

Re: My Junk Lamp

I'm not sure what guage, it was a paddle of light weight craft wire I bought at Walmart.(feel like I need to give a disclaimer about shopping there--I try not too!)

Re: Offbeatunique

Looks like a fun booth--love the buy it now...sign.

Re: Upcycled Pillows etc.

Great items! I have blankets and clothes to be upcylcled but they will have to wait. In the mean time, you're giving me inspiration!

Re: My self-imposed junking intervention (aka organizing my basement workspace...)

Fun to see your space!

Re: Coffeebot

This is great.

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

Love it! The piano roll music tops it off!

Re: Industrial Can Lamp

Great! Shades are tough I think. You did a fantastic job.

Re: Altered Altar

How about hanging beatiful religious art in/on it?

Re: "If I try to be like her, who will be like me?"

This is JUST GREAT--

Re: Push Lawnmower Lamp

I agree that this is one of the best lamp projects I've seen--thanks for sharing!! I know what I'll be looking for at the next auction.


That is so pretty and inviting!


Great project!

Re: Vintage Leather Suitcase

I've been buying quite a few suitcases lately to sell in my etsy shop but also to use around my house. I really like the look of what you set up!

Re: My Potting Shed

Where do you live?! I'm coming over and I'm bringing friends!! Ha--Great job!