suewhitneySue Whitney, Long Lake, Minnesota
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Wishing all of my friends and fellow junkers here at JMS a joyous and very Happy Easter!
The sun is shining so it's time to dine outdoors. Woo, ditty, hoo...and I mean that!!!
Woo, hoo! I spend a lot of time talking about getting out of your comfort zone and trying something a little different on for size. This is a new chapter in my life so I'm practicing what I preach!
Well...it's not spring outside yet so I thought I would bring some indoors!
Nothing like a little Campbell's Soup party to to warm up your child's belly on a crisp spring day. You might even want to do this with your girlfriends!
Catch the latest JUNKMARKET Style column in BH&G's Country Gardens latest issue.
I'm sure this is already on your calendars, but if not you better get it marked! JUNKMARKET will be there with bells on toes! February 13 -15, 2014
Wow!!! This show promises to be the best ever! We have a delightful mix of jewelers, artisans, clothiers, high quality hand crafters, and good old fashioned vintage and junk dealers. Make sure to join us in the tropical greenhouse at Otten Bros., 2350 W. Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN on February 1, 2014 from 9AM to 4PM. Seriously...you won't want to miss this! Watch for one more update with pics from the rest of our dealers!
Editor Jimbo aka Junk Architect came up with this fun little game and I rather like it! First one to guess correctly gets a JUNK Beautiful book.
Hi everybody and welcome to a brand new year here at JMS!
Yep it's that time again! Everyone's favorite trunk show will soon be here!
What does that mean??? We have a tie so that means it's a twofer...and you know how I love twofers!
There are so many wonderful projects it's going to be hard!!
Holiday challenges. Anyone up for them?
What's one of my favorite sayings? Easy, peazy, lemon squeezy! This one fits the bill.
You know me and my flowers. Well, Thanksgiving gives me the excuse to pull out all of the stops and go junk wild with a table topper that's befitting of the feast.
This Royal Ruby Red dinnerware from Anchor Hocking is stunning!
Work with what you have and create something special for someone special...that could be you or a favorite friend/
It's almost that time again!! Get creative with your Thanksgiving table. Your family and friends will love it!!
Nov. 8-10 GETFRESH Garage Sale Garage Sale and Holiday Open House! We like to stay fresh at GETFRESH so we
This is what I call making the most of an upcycled planter!
Finally! I've been invited to Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace.
This is the biggest kraut cutter I have ever seen in my life, so of course I had to buy it. Ya know what they say...go big or go home! In this case I got to go big and go home. Twofer!
And that's just what they'll do!
Much of the team here at JMS has been working very hard on shows for the last couple of months. Our final of the season is coming right. Then we should settle back into a normal routine for awhile. What ever that means! Ha! Any hoo...hope to see you at the show. Enjoy the creations from Lanette and Laurel!
It's just around the corner! October 5, 2013 from 8AM to 5PM. Lots of activity and GREAT shopping. You won't want to miss this!! Here are just a few pics to whet your whistle. I'll be adding more!
This is fabulous news!!!
September 20, 21, and 22, 2013 at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 South Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45505.
Do you get it??? My good friend Marge thought of this title for my new presentation. Clever girl!
Heading out bright and early for some shopping and presentation prepping. Lani, Marge, and the Pfarkel Sisters will be joining me. Wish us luck!
Here's a simple garden solution shown two ways. Twofer!
You can have this planter done before you can say Bub's your Uncle!
Look at this little lovely....a plumbers parts caddy turned planter.
Throw some of your creative juices at your tabletop the next time you do some outdoor dining!
On newsstands now until August 6, 2013.
Sometimes it takes a village. Beautiful wicker with a little tender loving care finds a beautiful new home.
This year as we celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave I know all of us here at JMS will be honoring the the memory of the truly brave men that made up the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
Hair stylist by day...robot maker by night. Who would have thunk it. She also knows how to scrounge up some pretty nifty junk. Score!
Green acres is the place to be. Farm living is the life for me. Land spreading out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan...just give me that countryside!!!
It has been a long rainy spring! It is the second nice day here so I thought I would do something to celebrate out in the garden.
Will wonders never cease!!! I have been waiting for what seems like forever to get my hands dirty...so here's a twofer!
We're back and bigger and better then ever! Sick of the snow? Well here is your chance to get, up, get out, and enjoy the first real days of spring!!! Please join us at Vintage Marketplace in Springfield, Ohio from May 17 to May 19, 2013. Your treasure awaits!!
Keeping it simple on Mom's Day is the way to go!
Most of you know that I can't sew. Hey that rhymes. Just saying. Here is a simple way to put a fresh twist on vintage linens for a Mother's Day celebration or any spring or summer party.
I am honored to be the featured guest at these two absolutely wonderful shows. One in Hartsville, TN and the other in Des Moines, IA. Now that's what I call a road trip!
It's quick and easy Friday folks. Here's a little ditty you can do in a jiffy.
Someone asked me if I had a time machine, but I'm opting for a plane instead. My good friend Christy Stone of Strawberry Patch Barn Sale fame has invited me to be her guest at the upcoming spring sale. Two great shows in one week. It just get any better then that!!
Spring has sprung! I am excited to announce that I will be the featured speaker and guest at the 3rd annual Junk Jubilee in Des Moines, Iowa. I'll be doing my thing on Saturday, April, 27th and Sunday, April, 28th! Come on over and see me!!
No novocaine required for these procedures!!!
Here's a quick and cute little idea for the next time you host a baby shower...or to take as a gift to a new Mom.
I love vintage book of any kind, but many times I am turned off by their smell. A friend of mine gave me a tip so I had to try it!!!
I love baths. Probably more than you wanted to know or TMI as the kids say but....that has never stopped me before!
This amazing piece was created by a fellow Minnesota artist and is the ultimate in re-use when it comes to artwork. Check it out and be amazed!!
Much work has been done and finally the show is about to begin. I have to say this is the best show I have seen in a long time. Please join us and be truly inspired!
We are delighted to have Junk Mafia joining us at Vintage Marketplace in Nashville on Friday February 15, 2013.
You know I like to feature dealers! Tricia LeTempt of The Red Door Antiques is a new addition to our sensational roster at Vintage Marketplace in Nashville....and we are so LUCKY to have her! Make sure to stop in and say hello to this lovely lady at Vintage Marketplace in Nashville beginning February 14, 2013!
Tick-toc, tic-toc!!! Music Valley-Tailgate Antique Show featuring the now famous "Vintage Marketplace" begins on February 14, 2013. Come celebrate with us!
Join us in the Otten Bros. tropical greenhouse, Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9AM to 4PM. Come see what we have in store just for you!!!
Is there a better way to ring in the New Year??? I think not!
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Make sure to make a handcrafted little something sweet for your sweetie!!
Yes...It's back! Come pamper yourself on February 2, 2013 at Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping, 2350 West Wayzata Boulevard,Long Lake, MN 55356. We'll be there from 9 Am to 4 PM. Come join in the fun!!!
It's almost that time again. Come celebrate Valentine's Day with us in the grand old town of Nashville, TN. No worries...what happens in Nashville stays in Nashville!
It is so much fun to see your creations in action. I made this bird bath last summer and had some fun yesterday watching the birds enjoy themselves. Form and function. Twofer!
Wrapping gifts is all part of the season. Here is a gift wrapped in a gift or as we all know it...a twofer. The best kind of gift!
Please join the JMS editors and contributors in sending heartfelt prayers for the victims, friends, families and loved ones involved in the devastating tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
Junk is timeless...and that's a good thing! This was originally shot in a grouping down a country table. Each one held a little votive....
It's that time of year to share some Christmas magic....cookie recipes and the memories that get served up with them.
That means it's time to start decking the halls...and your table tops too!
First of all I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am both honored and proud to be a member of such a talented, thoughtful, kind, and supportive community. You're all amazing, so thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives. Cheers! Now on with the show... I'm not a huge fan of the traditional cornucopia, but I do love what it signifies. So you know what that means...I had to do it my own way! And that my friends, involves a little junk.
It's so much fun to see the Country Home Collector's issue. "Our Best Holiday Homes!! I'm thrilled to have my home featured as one of their best...truly an honor!
The "Big' show is right around the corner. Please join us at Vintage Marketplace at Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show, October 25-27 in Hendersonville, TN. See ya there!
Awesome!!! Our very own Annie had several of her one-of-a kind creations featured in The Blessed book trailer. The Blessed is the latest from the New York Times best selling author Tanya Hurley. shelf-life.ew.com/2012/09/14/tonya-hurley-the-blessed-exclusive-book-tra...
THIS IS A MUST READ! As many of you know we recently launched a brand new and all fresh store called GETFRESH Vintage in Lanesboro, Minnesota. In honor of that we are having a GETfRESH get together in the beautiful and historic town of Lanesboro. It's an action packed weekend with many of the fine local business women and men participating. The entire team of GETFRESH girls will also be here...so it indeed promises to be fun. Please read the entire post for all of the nitty gritty details. See you in Lanesboro!
Yeppers, it's almost that time again to join us in Hendersonville, TN (just out side of Nashville) for Vintage Marketplace. I'm loading the trailer as we speak!
It's been a pleasure to be back in Minneapolis for this event!!! Please come join us for a laid back, fun filled Fall weekend.
It is such a joy to meet new talent as I travel from show to show around the country. This young man is my "Vintage Rock Star" pick of the month! Kristofer will be joining the team at Vintage Marketplace at the Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show in Hendersonville, TN, October 25, 26, and 27, 2012. Please come and meet him. I'm sure you will all enjoy him as much as I do.
More quick and easy from me. Autumn is a great time for moonlit harvest dinners. Here's a simple yet elegant tabletopper for your home.
Yoo hoo...fall has finally arrived and I for one could not be happier. It's my favorite time of year! Here's a little project for you Fall table!
Introducing Kim and David Leggett! I had the pleasure og getting to know them in Nashville and now they will be shopping Vintage Marketplace in Springfield, Ohio. They will be doing the reveal at the JMS booth...so please stop by and say hi! You'll be amazed by their finds!!
Yuppers...we're at it again! The Vintage Marketplace and Springfield (Ohio that is) Extravaganza starts on September 14th and runs through September 16th, 2012. Here's just a little of what you can expect to experience at the show!! See you in Ohio!
Hey all!!! I hope you can join us in all the fun at Vintage Marketplace inside the Springfield Extravaganza. This is a little sampling of what you can expect to find from us!!
Enter to win now...you could just be shopping with me and have $500 in hard cold cash to spend at Vintage Marketplace. Twofer!
It was a pleasure getting to know Anita and I am so excited that she is on board as one of the fine new dealers at Vintage Marketplace in Springfield, Ohio. Please help me welcome her!!!
Gold Rush Day's in downtown Oronoco, Minnesota starts this Friday and I will be on board as their guest speaker to help them celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Please come join us...it promises to be tons of fun!!! Get your woo hoo on and I'll see you there.
You may remember seeing pictures of these in the raw earlier this spring. My good friends the Pfarkel Sisters rescued these from a farm in Southeastern Minnesota. Nice! Through our combined efforts this is the first completed project. Diane did the building...You go girl!!!
OK....we are diving in head first. The opening bell for GETFRESH Vintage is Friday, August 3, 2012 at 9AM. We'll be there with bells on our toes and toothpics to hold our eyes open!!!! We all look forward to seeing you. Laneboro is a beautiful spot to be for the day, the weekend, or a week long vacation! The wildly popular Buffalo Bill Days is going on August 3 through 5...so there will be plenty to keep you occupied!
Find Your 'must have' at the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace this Saturday August 4th! If you are in Indianapolis, close by, or ready for a road trip please join my good friends, the Jenkins' family at the Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace. Tell them I sent you and say hello from me!!! Read more for all the details! Join over 80 purveyors of vintage, antique, junque, artisans, craftspersons, local gourmands...
It seem like forever...but we have really only been at it for a little under a month. The JUNKMARKET store front has arrived under the name of GETFRESH Vintage in lovely Lanesboro, MN.I am thrilled to make this announcement....tired, but thrilled!!!
And Annie Kruse de Jongh of Grace and Corazon makes it very easy for me to do just that!
The 4th has arrived and it's a hot one! I hope you all take the time to celebrate our home sweet home today. Have fun, enjoy family and friends, and be safe. Let the fireworks begin...God Bless America!!
Yee Ditty Haw!!!!! And i mean...YEE DITTY HAW!!!
Displaying family photos is a wonderful way to make your house your home. Whoa doggies, we all have enough of them... right? So get them out of the drawers and boxes and put them on parade in a way that only junk can provide.
I couldn't find a belt today so I had to do what we junkers do best...make do!
You know me...Simple Sue!!! This project is done in honor of where I think I am about to start my next "Big Adventure". I'm not much of a fisher person, but I understand it's big where I may be headed! Maybe I'll become a fisher person... stranger things have happened.
I came across three turkey feeders the other day and thought it was about time to put them to use!
This is the soap opera going on...one you will surely want to stay tuned to. The industry of junk, vintage, and antiques is being embraced by the youth. Shelby Logan is a fine example of what the kids of today can do. Way to go Shelby!!!
Julie Broshat, belt buckle queen of the United states is bringing her amazing style to Vintage Marketplace, Springfield, Ohio
An amazing friend and an amazing folk artist. Twofer!!This little lady will knock your socks off.
This jewelry from Annie of Grace and Corazon will take your breath away...
The Vintage Marketplace in Ohio is just around the corner and we would love to have you join us for some pre event chatter on Facebook. Hope you can make it!!
This is a fun little project I did with my good friend and welder Doug Knoll. He even let me do the welding. OK...he held my hand while I did it! What are friends for?
Vintage Marketplace is just around the corner and JUNKMARKEt is proud to be working side by side with Jon Jenkins to bring you something cool and different...Vintage Marketplace. See you in Springfield, Ohio May 18 - 20, 2012.
As you all know I love to use that term "turducken" when it comes to shows. JUNKMARKET Style will be the expert style maker at Vintage Marketplace and heading up many of the fun activities planned for the event! Now that I think of it, the show just might have more than three elements. Come see if you can find the cornish game hen stuffed inside the chicken. Hope to see you in Springfield!
I just visited Mama's Happy Occasional Sale at their new location. Guess what??? I'm very HAPPY I did!
http://twincitieslive.com/article/stories/s2568164.shtml?cat=10698 I know this is late for Easter, but I wanted you to see the video!
Do you remember the bed crafting post I did on FB?! Well...this is how all of those little cones that filled my entire bed are being used!
We are at it again my friends. We had such a good time in Nashville that we decided to do it all over again in Springfield, Ohio! Make sure to join us....this will be one heck of a good time!!
Julie Broshat of JULZ is getting to be quite the traveler. She was new to this whole scene not too long ago...but now she's an experienced veteran!! JULZ is the queen of altered belt buckles. Come see her at Vintage Marketplace in Springfield, Ohio...May 18 -20, 2012!
Pick one up now! The JNS feature in this issue is May Day Baskets. Very fun!!
Last night it happened and within moments we were 20,000 plus. THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you for your continued support of this website and for your love of junk! I am toasting all you right now...with a soda that is. Too early in the day for champagne!
The story behind the sanitary napkin ring. What happens at JUNKMARKEt Style shows should maybe stay at JMS shows...but rarely does!
In this case the apple did certainly did not fall far from the tree! Colleen of Stone's Throw and Cassie of Sassy Cass are a team that know how to put on a show!
JUNKMARKET Under Glass "March Madness" 2012 is coming back to town by very popular demand! Check it out. You WILL NOT want to miss this event! I am so excited. These vendors are truly the cream of the crop. You are going to love them! See you in the greenhouse....
We are pleased to announce that The Nature of it will be among the many fabulous vendors at JUNKMARKET Under Glass at Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping March 1-3, 2012. See you in the greenhouse!
The uber Talented vendors are assembling at Otten Bros. Garden Center as we speak. So EXCITING. Please come join us for this "One and Only of Its Kind event. See you in the greenhouse!
Heading out to Nashville, another JMS vendor, Julie Broshat, hits the road tomorrow. She's got her vehicle stuffed plum full of her handmade goodies. Take a look at some of her fabulous belt buckle designs!
Annie of Grace and Corazon is a triple threat with JMS affiliated shows this year. She'll be at The Pamper Yourself Trunk Show, The Vintage Marketplace just outside of Nashville, and then back to Minnesota for JUNKMARKET Under Glass in March. I love Annie's stuff so much I won't leave home without her! Take a look at the post to learn more about Annie. Enjoy!
To be or not to be...that is the question? If you are a blogger and wish to participate in the JMS Blogger of the Month Features..we'd love to hear from YOU! JMS Blogger of the Month will kick-off at the Vintage Market Place in Nashville. Please read the post for all of the details.
Lisa of Urban Farhouse fame will soon be hitting the road. You'll find Lisa next at The Vintage Market Place in Hendersonville, TN. I'll be there with her. Woo hoo!!! This is how Lisa describes her style...The feeling of weathered elegance, a marriage of timeworn vintage finds and irresistible new classics, a seductive & funky pastiche with graceful found elements, a return to a simpler style. ~Lisa
Another Happy New Years Greeting and a special thank you goes out to all Editors and Contributors here at JMS. It was a fabulous year filled with absolutely fabulous contributions from you. THANK YOU!!! I look forward to an even better 2012...if that's possible!
Happy New year to All! One of my favorite things to do as we ring in the New Year is to review, reflect, and admire the posts and projects that have been submitted by the uber talented members here at JMS during the past year. Thank you all so much from me, the editors, and contributors here at JMS for sharing your warmth, your kindness, your talent, and of course your JUNK with our community. We all wish you the best in 2012 and hope to see and learn more about each and every one of you. Cheers!
You all know that Judy Hill of J. Hill Designs is a dear friend of mine and a long time inspirational favorite in our industry. If you live anywhere close to Judy or feel like hopping on a plane for a spur of the moment Texas getaway her Christmas home show is sure to delight each and every one of your senses!
It is Thanksgiving morning and I am sitting here counting my blessings. In this community alone I have 15,967 blessings. I'm a fortunate girl!! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being a part of the JMS family and sharing your talents, creativity, and friendship.
I opened a drawer today to pull out beautiful candles to burn during dinner tonight. All I found were the expired kind! It was time to make them beautiful once more...in a different way!
As members of JMS, the best online junking community...or more like it, the best junking community anywhere I would like you to participate in a poll. Can you do that for me? Pretty please?!!
A simple no sew solution for a small winow is right up my alley....particularly the "no sew" part!
Lee and Tracie Anderson of the world famous (or soon to be)Histories made this little contraption. It is so cool I just had to share it! I'd like them to become contributors on JMS...so let's all encourage them to do just that. I guess they need some computer lessons so I'll be arranging that for them.
I've been playing with gourds and pumpkins. What fun! Here is my latest experiment.
Lanette and I just got back from spending a weekend with the Pfarkel Sisters and here is a project of theirs I would like to share with you.
It's officially sweater weather and that means it's time for bonfires, hayrides, and outdoor casual dining. Here is an easy idea anyone can do quickly to light up there dining table at the neighborhood weenie roast.
Please join me for this Fall harvest event where you can harvest some great junk hand picked and produced by me!
'Tis the season for pumpkins and I love pumpkins. Not so much Halloween, but pumpkins on the other hand.... rock!
Join me in my journey as I hit up the Marburger Farm Antique Show in search of incredible finds for my home garden. I have some fabulous tips on ways you can repurpose some great old antiques and make them into your own outdoor oasis!
I love, love, love old ladders. This one has been a bit spookified to delight little ghosts and goblins.
F - A - double L - O - W - double E - N spells Falloween! If you're going to fall backwards in time, do it on a porch that is well dressed for the season.
I am so flipping excited to have with us once again a magnificent artist, jeweler, the Queen of religious inspired jewelry, along with being a personal friend of mine, Annie de Jongh, joing us once again at JUNKMARKET Under Glass!
I like to introduce you to Cindi Halvorson, a seasoned dealer that has been doing shows and sales thoughout Minnesota for the last 20+ years.
The March JUNKMARKET Under Glass was a huge success so as most of you already know we are hosting the JUNKMARKET Under Glass "Fall Edition" brought to by Otten Bros. on September 7, 8, 9, and 10. Many of the fine vendors you met at the Spring show will be returning and we will also be showcasing many new to us fabulous vendors at the Fall show It's an "All Star" lineup you won't want to miss! Read this entire post for all of the details
Welcome to a wedding or should I say the bride all done up "JUNKMARKET Style"!
Here comes the Bride!
Who would have thunk it?! Otten Bros. and JUNKMARKET team up and create a float for our Long Lake, MN Corn Days Parade. I call this a sneak peek at JUNKMARKET Under Glass on wheels!
Yes...they're back! Lee and Tracie Anderson of a junking phenomenon known as Histories are kicking off their Fall tour at JMUG "Fall Edition". They did something quite remarkable at the last show. They came with a full trailer and left with almost an empty one. Whoa, Nellie...that's what we call a sell out in this industry! Make sure to come visit this delightful family at JMUG "Fall Edition" and get the goods while you can!
I received a very cool wire basket as a gift and I knew instantly it had to become a portable strawberry patch. Mmmm,mm,mm...good eats!
Gretchen Schaumann of Mimi-Toria's Designs kicks off Her September Sales at JMUG Under Glass "Fall" Edition
We all know this young lady! JMS's own Gretchen Schaumann will be one of just a handful of the finest jewelers around. Her style as always... is impeccable!
And I for one am extremely excited to see what she has in her bag of tricks. Judy, Judy, Judy as we lovingly refer to her has graciously agreed to make the trek to Minnesota for JUNKMARKET Under Glass "Fall Edition". Judy has never agreed to do a show outside the state of Texas so this my friends is a first and I am truly honored that she has chosen to be a part of this show with all of our other fabulous vendors from the Midwest. She is our very SPECIAL GUEST DEALER!
Here is something you won't want to miss if you are in the area. Lacey Brooker is opening her new "occasional sale" store tomorrow, Thursday, July 28, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Open this post for all of the nitty gritty details.
Oh, my gosh...this has been a busy time. Sorry about my absence, but been working on the site, doing a show, and getting ready for the big one. In honor of busy summer days here is a project we can all tackle!
In less than an hour. This post is for a friend of mine who has been contemplating making a swinging bed for an outbuilding at his home. I say don't think, just do....summer 2011 will be a thing of the past in a few weeks!
One week from today the fun begins. July 22, 23, and 24 the first ever Junk in the Trunk event will be held on the picturesque Mudd Lake Furniture Company property in Watertown, Minnesota.
Mix one part homecoming dance, one part high school junior girl painfully thin with braces and an arm cast, no date, and a glass of punch. Ah,hahahaha! Only kidding...but that was me in high school and I speak with authority on the subject! Read on for the real details.
Or at least that what it seems like lately. Here is another idea for planting fresh from the farm!
I was up early yesterday morning to get there for opening bell, but unfortunately forgot something at home and got a little later start than anticipated. Some things never change!!
Yes, you heard me correctly. This is a piece from a silo that shoots out the silage. Sounds gross,...but, it's a pretty nifty planter
Catchy title, eh? It's late and I'm exhausted..what can I say other than upside down cupolas are the bomb!
I am still in love with galvanized farm junk and most likely always will be. It was built farm tough and that means it's here to stay for awhile. Hip, hip, hooray!
I loved these bottles with the faces of young girls the moment I saw them. They just put a smile on your face!
Pick up a copy at your local retailer and learn how to host a backyard garden party JUNKMARKET Style!
What goes out can come in! A window box indoors is an unexpected delight!
The entry to your home is a perfect place to show off your creativity with junkables. Instead of planting in "typical" containers why not fashion a vignette mixing standard fare with the "not so" standard variety?
I hope all of you had enjoyed your long weekend and were able to be with family and remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones you have lost in a special way.
Ok...the showers are still here, but the flowers have arrived in spite of the rain. This week I am doing all flowers in honor of the month of May
I recently met the two ADORABLE sisters who own and operate the Shop Around the Corner in Waconia, Minnesota. Shelley Sowers and Sherry Nielson put their own special twist and talented touch to vintage wares. I found them to be a breath of fresh air in every way!
I pulled this box from the junk pile for so many reasons. Can you guess why?
I know what you're thinking. All right, already enough with the reels Susie Q! I can't help myself because a vintage movie reel is such a versatile piece of junk! And that my friends is indeed a very good thing.
Here's a little something bright and cheery to start your Easter Sunday!
It's Easter tomorrow and still waiting for Spring to arrive here in Minnesota. I said to heck with it today and made up a little planter to put a little color in an otherwise very gray weather wise day.
I gather you can tell that I have been reading one too many celebrity fashion tips on the internet by the title of this post. A girl's gotta have her fashion tips!
I'm fresh off the Marburger Farm Antique Show experience and still feel like I'm riding the wave! I'd like to give you a peek into one of my favorite booths at Marburger
It's never just about the project. It's about creating overall appeal...the way you like it!
I can not tell you how thrilled I am to be packing my bags and returning to my home away from home once again! I have had the great pleasure of launching my last two books at Marburger show. The folks at MF are gracious hosts and know more than a thing or two about puttin' on a show! Here's the skinny....hope to see you there!
Now this is what I call a find. I knew instantly these parts from a piece of mystery junk would become pendants!
Thanks to all of you....we reached 10,000 members today and that is something to cheer about!
What to do with 20 some odd cheese molds. Here is just one idea!
First of all...THANKS SO MUCH to everyone for participating in this fun little exercise! You all came up with very creative names for our flea mascot. Now it's time to vote!
OK, we're introducing something new and we're asking for your help. I know, I know...always asking for favors! What can I say? Those of you who know me, know I need a lot of help ;)
For those of us lacking in the "green thumb" category here's a fool proof way to put a little green in your life!
This is a fabulous sale...one of my favs and one you won't want to miss. This month's theme is "Collective Callings". The sale runs from February 17th trough the 20th. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us!
We just completed the Otten Bros./JMS Trunk Show and what a great one it was. 400 plus people turned out on a cold January day...what fun! Now it's time to gear up for the first ever Otten Bros."Flea Market Under Glass" with JUNKMARKET Style. JMS and many amazing vendors join forces with Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping to host a flea market under glass. A flea market and great garden goodies in Minnesota in March? Whoa doggies...this promises to be fun!!
OK...I didn't come up with the little gear and mirror concept, but I did figure out some ways to give it purpose.
The trunk show is ready
You deserve it!
Yeah, the early spring edition of the County Gardens Magazine is on stands! Check out pages 31 through 33 for the JMS feature.
This is a great way to greet folks at your front door during the winter months after the Christmas wreath has been removed. You still say hello....right?
'Tis the season to relax, reflect, and be thankful. From my family to yours....may the New Year be your best ever!
Is it time or Christmas yet? I think so! Time to start thinking about the task of wrapping your gifts.
Who knew tree wrap could be so beautiful?
Clean and white, pretty and bright.
The return of the Mason jar. Oh, there are just so many uses for them. I think I could design a whole website around them. Tehe! :)
This one is the trifecta...using both tree wraps and the paper mulch.
Why shouldn't Santa's gits come in a paper lawn refuse bag? This is JUNKMARKET Style after all!
The Mason jar is a junking staple. It's uses are limitless.
I like to do something special for Santa every year aka....me. Ah, ha ha!
But, apparently it does grow on Poinsettias during the Christmas season.
Why does a wreath have to go on a door? Oh, yeah....it doesn't!
Now, you don't hear that "how to" every day!
Lani captured a view images from the "Home for the Holiday" Seminar that kicked of the holiday season for JMS at Otten Bros this year. So here is a quick peek at what is in store for you for the holidays.
While my daughter is away attending her first year in college I find myself thinking about her...often. Imagine that! I think Elizabeth would like this project.
This guy does it all! Meet Dwayne Lumpkin of British Route Sign Designs.
Do you remember all of the film reels and film reel boxes I purchased? Here is the first of several projects to come!
We'll be "Home for the Holidays" two short blocks from the original JUNKMARKET. It all begins on November 18, 2010. This is your personal invitation to join us or the fun and festivities....and of course junking! This is just the beginning!
Lamp parts, clock parts, and something from an unknown origin are the Tinker Toys of pumpkin people
Well hello, Hazel! She's something else...don't you think? She stands guard over an organizing project created for the Gorilla Glue booth.
The best part about road trip junking for me is meeting new people and making new friends.
You know I love easy and this idea is just that!
I was styling away and came across these two pieces in a pile. They seemed to me to be a match made in heaven
We're knocking on the door now!!! Almost done and ready to open the doors for the fall Show.
Now here is a guessing game for you! The vendor I bought this from knew that only I would buy it. I knew right from the beginning what it would become.
Please come join us for this wonderful event beginning on Wednesday, October 13th. Lots of great junk, lots of wonderful vendors, too much fun to measure. Hope to see you there.
I made this for the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. It would e a great addition to any front door.
What do you do when you need a centerpiece in a hurry? Stick a couple of plumbing parts together with Gorilla Super Glue and you will be golden!
Junker's beware. Me and the sewing machine are not the best of friends, but this was just too easy...and it looks expensive. Twofer!
This is one of my favorite projects ever. Maybe it's because I love cottage or maybe it's because I love industrial. Or just maybe.... it's because I love both. Peanut butter and chocolate...MMMM!
I will be taking part in the Country Living Fair as the featured guest of Gorilla Glue. I will be doing a main stage presentation as well as other demonstrations in the Gorilla Glue booth. I will also be a guest at the SoBo Style pre-fair event. Please come and join me in some good old fashioned junking fun! Please read on for all of the details.
I came across this junkable and knew just what to do!
I've been on vacation for a bit and we all know we get older every day, but apparently my vacation turned me a little blonder as well...and I can say that because I am blond. And so the story goes....
Don't sweat the small stuff! All the fixins' for a great package topper can be held hostage in a film slide case until you're ready to unleash your inner junk crafter.
There is nothing better than waterproof junk to make the sun shine even on a rainy day!
Can you guess what this once was? I dare you!
I always love saying that! A handmade bait box sheds some light on the great outdoors.
It's the 4th of July already? Wow, the summer is flying by. Here is quick little centerpiece I threw together for a picnic celebration lakeside.
Head out to Monticello, MN today for a real treasure hunt. This twice yearly sale started yesterday, but there is more than plenty of the good stuff left to go around!
I'm ramping up to produce four stories for Country Gardens Magazine...one for each of their 2011 issues. Is there a better place to get started than the Pfarkel sisters' sale in St. Charles Minnesota? Apparently not....
Never fear! When the Pfarkel sisters are behind an event...there is fun to be had!
Lani and I were delighted to be included in the Vintage Treasure Market hosted by the hy-larious Pfarkel sisters in St. Charles, Minnesota.
"'Tis the Season" typically brings to mind the holidays, but for junkers it can mean something quite different...hunting season is open!
Wow! It was a lot if work, even more fun, but the best part is giving back to the community.
A gift for me from contributor Miss Kathy Stantz. I'm one lucky girl!
I'm fresh off the Art + Architecture. JUNKMARKET Style show and heading to Washington to be a part of this fabulous show. Please come join us...you'll be glad you did!
Things are in full swing down at Art + Architecture, and it's lookin' mighty fine. We're ready to start the kick-off party on Wednesday, but thought we'd give you the first sneak peek!
We hit the "Daily Double" with this one!
Sometimes it's just about re-thinking. Look at something, close your eyes, forget about what it was and think only about what it can become.
Hello from Art + Architecture, JUNKMARKET Style. Vendor, Jan Berg dropped these junk boxes off and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them!
As you all know by now...I'll be in California at the Remnants of the Past show. What you may not have known is that I'll be doing a class on how to make a fairy garden. Please join me and create a little magic of your own!
I know some of you may think I am talking about myself, but no...I'm actually talking about a fruit bowl made from farm junk.
Extra, extra....Read all about it!
It's time to think about gardening. One of the things that I like best are herbs clipped fresh from the container. They make every meal taste better! Growing outdoors in a junk container is icing on the cake!
Re-vamping your home for a new season may seem daunting in this lovely economy we have going on here. No need to fear my friends...just start with re-positioning what you already own.
In a hurry? Always! Want something cool for your special someone? Absolutely. Where do you go? The junk closet of course.
The JUNKMARKET is back! This time in collaboration with Art & Architecture.
JUNKMARKET Style is gearing up to pack up and head out to Judy Watkin's Remnants of the Past Show to be held on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at the property owned by Dana Powers in Nipomo, California.
I feel like I know you all better all ready after doing the pairings for the junk swap! I'm excited to see all of your projects. Have fun!
Hello there all of eager junk swappers! Please read the following instruction carefully to ensure a successful JMS Junk Swap. Let the games begin!
Salt and pepper shakers become the object of my affection this Valentine's Day!
Hi, y'all. Just want to give you a heads up. I'll be heading off to the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show at the Milwaukee State Fair Park. Prior to that i will be doing a live chat for the Journal Sentinal Newspaper. Please join me and ask all your junking questions. Follow the link below, post your question and join me at Noon (CST) for answer time! Hope to hear from you!
My assignment? To come up with a re-use project for a kindergarten class. I'm not sure who is going to have more fun with this...me or them. Oh well, we're all kids at heart, right?
If you have a gear mold (or other hefty piece of scrap wood), a nifty-noodle forstner drill bit , and an inexpensive battery powered clock...you can have this!
JMS contributor, ALVN, when not out junking teaches a college course called Environmental Health. Yes, she has a day job. Part of the curriculum is to teach her students the art of re-use, recycle, and re-purpose. That's a good thing!
Anyone out there have the mid-winter blues? I know I do. I think I know the cure...a good old-fashioned junk swap.
Simple Mondays.....they're back! I don't think there's any better way to work yourself back into the work week than waking up to a fresh and fragrant bouquet JUNKMARKET Style.
First and foremost, happy 2010 to one and all! I had a fun filled vacation and I'm back, relaxed, and raring to go! As I like to say...Yee, ditty, haw! Sorry, some things never change. I hope that all of you had a wonderful and joyous holiday season and that you too are looking forward to the junkingly good year that lies ahead for all of us. I start every year off with my favorite junk picks. So here's what I'm liking for 2010 and why. Enjoy!
This little light of mine shines brightly over a bathtub. No fear of electricity too close to water, just the soothing glimmer of candlelight to help wash your troubles away...if only for a moment.
To start things off , I'm offering up the I don't bake, but I do pull things out of the junk oven on the fly. After this it will be on with the show of "The Best of 2009" highlighting contributor and member projects from the year past.
I was singing a happy tune when I found a pile of these sterling silver lids in Texas. So happy in fact, that I bought them all. Cornering the market...it's a fun thing.
I will be chatting live on Facebook December 16th at 12 noon EST about making this year a handmade holiday. Please become a fan of Gorilla Glue on Facebook and join in the fun. I would LOVE to hear from you!!
Ah, hahaha! I am going to dub this one Match.com for junkers. Looking for true love or to get that old spark back? Just stand under the kissing bulb and see what happens. Here's to new beginnings!
Here are the directions for a simple 30 minute project that will light up your holidays.
Nothing says Christmas like a Radio Flyer! Santa has a big job, so scooting the gifts from the fireplace to the tree takes a big load off his back.
There are two gift givers here at the Whitney household. Mom and the man with a whole lot of ho,ho,ho!
December is here and Christmas is just around the corner. I guess it's time to get decked out for the holidays!
Live from Bayside road it's drawer # 4. Well, well, well, it looks like we've started a mini marathon here at JMS on Thanksgiving Day. Fun stuff! Who wants to cook when you can post projects all day? Please join in the fun and share something from your day.
By now you have all seen the napkin holders. It's funny how inspiration for an entire holiday theme can come from one such small piece of the pie, but that's the way it usually works for me. Go figure!
This is just the beginning. Over the next couple of days I will be unveiling the whole Whitney Thanksgiving kit and kaboodle.
You may remember these beautimous drawers that were on my hit list while shopping at the Second Hand Rose occasional sale in Buffalo earlier this month. Guess who got the prize? Me! Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Yee haw!!
Here is another Simple Monday project just right for the season.
When it comes to home for the holidays, my mind always runs to the Army Surplus Store. Canteens and Army blankets are just a couple of the junkable items you will find in store for you there to help put the warm and fuzzy in your holiday festivities.
Alrighty then....it's time to get rolling with the holiday season,JUNKMARKET Style. During the next eight weeks I will be sharing second-hand gift ideas, gift wrap proposals, decorating schemes, and festive entertaining concepts. Sounds like fun to me!
Oh, baby it's cold outside! I know many of you are still enjoying the Fall (lucky), but here in Minnesota the temperatures are dropping and it's high time to put in the pine. Here's a new twist for containing your spruce tips JUNKMARKET Style. This will be one of the featured guests in Lani's booth at Second Hand Rose this weekend.
Peeps are coming over to watch the World Series and I needed a fresh little candle idea for my powder room. So here you have it. Go Phillies!!
I know what you're thinking....Christmas already?! It is right around the corner and it's time to shop and get prepared so you can actually enjoy the holidays. I'll be shopping this sale for all of my holiday junk decorating needs and gifts. Where will you be shopping? On your marks, get set, GO!
Here comes the bride. In honor of Halloween let me introduce to you, The Bride of Junkenstein!
Welcome to one of my favorite shopping venues of all time!I have had the opportunity to shop near and far so picking favorites is not easy! This shop truly is all that and a bag of chips....
You've already seen some of my "circle of friends" as Alice Mom calls them (love that term), but here are a few more of my favorite round junkables. Look for some of these to show up in a more finished state in the weeks to come. Until then just enjoy some junk in the raw over a cup of coffee and let your imaginations run free.
The junk on the bus goes round and round. What is a collection? When I was contacted by a local publication to share a collection of mine it dawned on me that junker's might just have a different take on this concept.
It's that time again! Ghosts and goblins across the globe are gearing up for Halloween. Get prepared for parties at your home with junk you find about the house.
Well, it's October 13th and it just snowed five inches in Minnesota. Par for the course I guess. So while everyone else is decorating outside for fall. I had to move the bounty inside. Ha!
A sale you won't want to miss brought to you by the good folks at Hunt & Gather and friends!! This is going to be a blast. I'll be there at 4 PM today if you want to join me.
I've always loved, loved, loved these but have, for whatever reason never done anything with them. The warm wood is fabulous, the design divine, and the letters add a great graphic element. Yummy!
So go with the flow! Candy, Candy, Candy....You stinker!! You did indeed deliver a doozie of a challenge. I'm not so good with fancy, and you know it! I lean more in the direction of industrial so I had to dig deep into the playground of my mind to deliver up an answer to Editor's challenge # 7.
OK, I know JMS contributor Miss Kathy was chortling over these delightful pieces of junk she presented to me as just one of the many challenge items she gave me. I had something else planned for today, but while noodling over these and enjoying a cup of coffee I had an "Ah Ha!" moment. So here you have it...fresh from the oven!
Yo! I'm moving right along on these challenges, but still many a mile to go. Gretchen decided to give me a pile of vintage cash register pieces and a spring. I decided to do the spring first as she has many of these from her Mom. Notice I threw a jewelry clasp into the mix.
It was to my great surprise and pleasure that a band of merry junkers stopped by my home last Thursday evening. While I knew they were coming, I did not expect a celebration. But celebrate we did in junkingly fine fashion. Thank you ladies and gents...you rock!! And thanks, Lani for planning the evening..you go girl!
Ruby Rose and Amy Bakes Cupcakes will be collaborating at this Fall's Three Speckled Hens Show. They will have well loved pieces from sweet dressers, cupboards, kitchen tables, and perfect pink cardigans...and don't forget about the delectable sweet treats a la Amy. Take a peek at what they will have in store for you!
This is the JUNKMARKET Style floral of the month...sweet and simple.
Why? Because it's Simple Monday...silly! Happy Labor Day.
Man, oh, man, oh, man....this was not an easy one! I received some hunting season orange junk from an anonymous JMS member. Maybe there was a note, but I didn't see one....I looked hard! So feel free to confess. This was the most difficult thus far, but I haven't gotten to Amy's piece 'o junk yet!
Sliding easy into the week with an simple yet, chic centerpiece.
A behind the scenes look at what happens on the road. It's not all work and no play.
I decided to post a series of ideas called "Simple Mondays". I'll showcase them every Monday for the next.... Well, you know, until my ADD gets the best of me!
Editor's challenge number three coming right at you. I received this piece from JMS contributor, Jimbo "The Man" Healy so thought I would go in a more manly direction with my submission. What could be better than a piece for the "library"? Ah, haha! Who has more fun?!
Calling all junkers! If you live in, close by, or are visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, please stop in and say hello. I will be presenting at this fabulous show from August 28th through August 30th.
Junk 101. If you get tired of a piece one way, just pick another daisy. "Pick Another Daisy" is the title of a favorite song title from a favorite band of mine. If you ever get the chance to hear the Nadas from Des Moines, Iowa...take it!
Wow! What a time we had in Oronoco. The temperatures were soaring, but the junk was even hotter. Here is a sneak peek at what I picked up at the show along with a little something that rolled in from Ohio.
Here we go again. This package was delivered from JMS member, Queen of Quantity. Apparently she has a lot of these!
Here is my second attempt at rising to the Editor's Challenge. Can you guess who sent this lovely piece of junk in my direction?
JMS contributor, Alvn is hosting her first ever Junkologie Blog Party! Oronoco Gold Rush Days will be in full force from Friday, August 14th through Sunday August 16th. The blog par-tay and book signing? Saturday August 15th from 3 PM to 5PM. Hope you can make it!
Here's a project to help you keep all of your small doo-dads organized and close at hand.
From the football field to your front door. Now there's something to cheer about!
You saw what Lani sent me for the Editor's Challenge and some of you asked for a little look see before the re-purposing began. So here you have it friends.
OK, junkers...it's almost time! The yard sale is happening this week. Fun, fun, fun, and more fun!
I've always loved pages from old books, but this is one of my favorites. The pages and artwork that you will see in this post come from a book entitled Famous Artist's Course from Famous Artists Schools, Inc. I gave this to a friend for his birthday, but not without snitching a few pages first. I'm quite the gift giver!
Our newest JMS contributor, Kathy Stantz came up with a delightful idea. She thought it was high time to take the contributors off the proverbial hook and create a challenge just for me. Thanks, Kath. You're hy-llarious. I'll catch you on the flip side!
Sometimes you find a piece of junk that is just to cool for words. If you have such a piece, don't destroy its original beauty. Instead, put it to work for you with just a few minor alterations.
Now showing, Pyrex Trays, The Sequel!
Americana is the theme of the month.
In my humble junking opinion, this was a score. I came upon twelve Pyrex glass trays. It was love at first sight!
You've met Reece (Jenny K's apprentice) before. Our resident budding young junker has come up with something new to share with you. He might be a little guy, but he has big ideas!
You know me and my scales...love 'em! I also believe that things should not just add beauty to your home, but preform a function as well.
Here is an easy, peasy, lemon squeezy way to frame up your kids with a little junk and some scrap booking materials.
The where and when factors: St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Minikahda Vista is a pocket of St. Louis Park that is East of Hwy 100, South of Excelsior Blvd and West of France Avenue. For reference, it is all in walking distance to Trader Joe's & Starbucks.
Meanwhile back in California...No, I'm not there again, but my mind is thinking about this wonderful dinner served up by Jenny K. and Melissa. The table was dressed with all of their finest junk!
It's all about eating fresh from your own garden during the summer months. Here's a new take on herb gardening!
JUNKMARKET is moving and you know what they say! You can't take it with you, or at least all of it! We'll be opening the doors for a house cleaning sale at the JUNKMARKET warehouse, 2340A Daniels Street, Long Lake, Minnesota on June 25, 26, and 27, 2009 from 8 AM to 5 PM each day. You can make a whole day of it on Thursday the 25th and take in the Open Air Market at Nelson Beach in Long Lake. Now that's my kind of day!
Summertime means keeping it simple and keeping it fresh. This project addresses both.
Daisies are "popping" up all over out of clear vintage soda bottles.
Make your garage sale the one not to be missed this summer! Here is a little closer look at some of the ideas that were presented on the Today Show.
Matt and I chatted this morning about some nifty noodle garage sale tips. See the video here...
Elizabeth's study area needed a little help to get her focused for her senior year of high school. I know school just let out for the summer, but you can never be too prepared!
Date: June 4, 2009 Time: 8 0'Clock Hour With: Matt or Meredith Subject: How to Run a Garage Sale, JUNKMARKET Style
OK, I learned a new word last weekend. Apparently it's not called camping any more. It's now referred to as glamping. My good fiends in California,the Hendry's know just how to put the glam in camping. Take a peek and learn how.
As quick as you can count to three you can make yourself a beautiful planter and have something to toot your own horn about!
I had an idea. Imagine that! What about a junker's pot luck dinner for Memorial Day? And here you have it!
I spotted this metal caddy on my recent trip to Anoka and just had to have it. After canoodling wit Kimberly and Lanette we decided it would be ideal for beverages.
On Saturday, May 16th the talented women of The French Flea and Lori of The Round Barn Potting Company were our gracious hosts for a double-header book signing in Anoka, Minnesota.
A once a year festival for the junker's mind, body, and soul is hosted by Kathy Rose of Nature's Nest Farm. She transforms her beautiful property in Montrose, Minnesota into an affair for the whole family.
It's time for spring cleaning and the changing of the junk. My old friend Bart is just what the junk doctor ordered!
Yes siree, Bob! It's after Mother's Day and that means (at least in Minnesota)it's safe for plants to be outdoors without fear of frost. Or at least that's what they tell me. So without further adieu here is my first planter all potted and hung. Take that Mr. Winter!!
I love to take the single serving approach when setting the table for dinner parties. It makes the party fun, fresh, and a little out of the ordinary.
Who knew that one dog could be so talented. Not only is Shadow a cover model, but also quite the junkmarketer!! I wonder if Shadow was pawtographing the books at the Three Speckled Hens Antique Show?!
JMS Contributors Lanette and Gretchen have added something new and wonderful to their list of junking adventures. They are vendors at a new occasional sale that promises to be hip, hop, and happening!Take a look and see what is in store for you when you arrive! This is something you won't want to miss if you can help it!
Here is an up close and personal look at the bird cage tray centerpiece designed for The Today Show.
Challenge #2 is served up on a platter just in time for Earth Day, April 22, 2009. You've heard me say it before and you'll hear it time and time again..junker's are the original recyclers. Let the fun begin!
This is amazing stuff from Janet Waldrop of Skip 2 My Lou. I love her business name, don't you?
Kathie Lee and Hoda were fun and fabulous!They LOVED the door knob.
I'm off to New York City to make an appearance on NBC's The Today Show.
Every spring I pick my top "10" junkables for the year. This year it was an easy, breezy undertaking I completed in a few days while scouting the many different fields and venues at Antique's Weekend in and around Round Top, Texas. Please feel free to add pictures of items on your "must have" pile!
If you love the Paris flea market look you will be a regular shopper at this beautiful little shop in Georgetown, Texas. If you're not into shabby, no worries! There is something for everyone inside the doors of this quaint little store.
The first whistle stop of our "Texas Tour" was Round Rock, Texas and the home of JUNKMARKET Style's very own Miss Bridget. This is just a quick peek so I'm sure Bridie will share more with you.
Hello from one of our first stops in Texas! City wide garage sales are a blast and a half and all residents are welcome and encouraged to participate in these community driven events.
One of the best things about using junk in your home decor is the fact that it is truly timeless. This lamp was originally a JUNKMARKET project for Country Home Magazine about 4 years ago. A simple change of the lampshade and it is new and fresh again! I'm sure glad I found it. It pays to shop your garage!
The book that addresses outdoor living on a shoestring budget is set to hit newsstands on March 31, 2009. Here is a sneak peek at what's inside and all of the details for the release extravaganza in Texas. Please feel free to join us for all of the fun!
Building Homes, Changing Lives
Dominoes aren't just for playing games any more. Put them together and keep papers, invitations, and tags in there place!
Brought to you via special delivery is your March "Floral of the Month".
You might remember this little red toy wagon from an earlier post of mine. After Valentine's Day is over re-purpose the re-purpose. Ahh.. the many lives of one piece of junk!
Tweet, Tweet, Twittilie, Tweet...
I'm a lucky girl! After being on the road I came back to a "junky" surprise waiting for me at the office. All wrapped up in a pink briefcase I might add! This beautifully handcrafted calendar is a gift from Leanna Holdgraf and all of the dealers from "Good JuJu" in Kansas City, MO. Thanks for this very special treat!
Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the opening bell for flea market season. Veterans and newbies alike are chomping at the bit to get up, get out, and get the goods. Second hand that is! The stumbling economy has boosted the demand for flea market finds to an all time high. In other words, the competition will be steep. Make sure you’re prepared and ready to rumble with eager bargain hunters in search of treasures ripe for re-purpose. How do you prepare for an onslaught of salvage savvy shoppers? Follow a few simple guidelines and you my friends will be golden!
When your spinning your wheels at dinner time, help is just an arms length away with our funtastic trike tire cookbook holder.
A funky light source is in the palm of your hand!
Fresh from the farm, these chick transporters make an excellent shelving unit for all of your art supplies.
It's always fun to get a peek inside the jolly old land of another junker. While in California Georgia and I had the pleasure of spending some quality lab time with Jenny,
Take a peek inside the house that junk built. This excerpt is just a small sampling of what you will find on the full length Junk Beautiful DVD on newsstands now! Chic and thrifty! What could be better?
You have no idea how long I have been waiting to title a post by this name. A stirrup gave me the perfect opportunity.
You know what they say... It's the thought that counts!
JB Outdoor is at the printers and we're gearing up for its release. We'll be kickin' things off in Texas with books hot off the press in tow. We will be be there from March 26 through April 3. Check back to this post as we will be updating the schedule of activities regularly.
... two American kids growin' up in the heartland. You may not be able to tell by the lead image, but this is your floral of the month. My good friend John Mellencamp (I wish!) and I teamed up here to get you "in the mood" for Valentine's Day!
You know I love my industrial...maybe more than most of you. Here's a great way to achieve a softer, more traditional look using industrial elements.
It's here! Now at a retailer near you... is a JUNKMARKET Magazine and DVD.
I told you I was cleaning up and getting organized. There is no month like January to to tackle these types of tasks!
This handsome and handy wall unit is the gateway to organization. Thank goodness!
Have a friend in the hospital? Cheer them up with a beautiful junk bouquet!
Vintage toothbrush holders are a dime a dozen. I took a member's challenge and used only what materials I could find at home to create these adorable ditties.
I had the pleasure of having a holiday shopping and eating excursion with JMS contributors Gretchen Schaumann and Lanette Lorsung on Sunday and Gretchen shared with us a few of her beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces she creates from vintage buttons and baubles.
Organization is the name of the game in January. Is there a better place to start this never ending journey than in the laundry room? Not in my house!
Since my daughter has become a vegan, I have little to no use for my quiche pan. So, I thought it would be funny to frame a picture of her in it to remind her of the days when she actually ate eggs. Ha! I'm not quite sure if she appreciates my sense of humor quite as much as I do. Seriously though, when you find something lying about that you don't use any more, why not put it back into play? That's exactly what we decided to do. E is on her second week of winter break and we were looking for something fun to do. After identifying the body of the frame we gathered the rest of our materials from the box of leftover Christmas trinkets, treasures, and papers, and went straight to work. The finished project will hang on a wall in my bedroom so I can see that smiling cherubic face, of a once upon a time preschooler, every morning when I wake up. Ahhh... those were the days! What she doesn't know is that this is the first of many photos to be framed JUNKMARKET Style to adorn her 'Wall of Fame' when she graduates from high school next year. Not all of them will be this adorable... I'll also need to address that awkward stage. Poor E!
Here is a great alternative to a wreath in the window. The best part is that what you pop in can pop right back out. All the plant materials remain in their original pots and are hidden by moss. This makes for quick and easy pit stops allowing you to win the race against the seasons.
Brought to you by JUNKMARKET Style... it's Junk Jeopardy!
Here it is gang. Our first official JUNKMARKET Style contest. I've been noticing that many of you out there love your pets. I'm with you on that one. They love you even when it seems no one else does! So, I thought it was high time to turn some of our creativity in their direction. Visit the link in this post to enter and hear all the juicy details. Good luck...it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Only kidding of course!
This is what I call packaging to please a teenager. I know what you're thinking. Ah, ha,ha,ha...and a,ho,ho,ho! If you believe and I mean really believe..."The Miracle on Teenage Street" can really happen.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for this “Junkyard Dog Collar Contest” (the “Contest”) will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 p.m. ET on December 11...
Don't leave the hostess feeling ho hum about yet another pine scented candle left on her entry table. Instead, give her a case of the woo hoo's by gifting something a little more out of the ordinary. A paper white in a jar...now that's worth celebrating.
Come on everybody, let's do the upcycle. No, it's not a new fangled exercise program to achieve a flat belly in ten days or less, but rather it's taking items from your home and using them for something completely different than what they were meant to do. I just love using unexpected pieces to create things of beauty and purpose. This candle holder is crafted with leftovers from a building project at my home, some decorative craft paper fresh off the scrap pile, some ribbon, and a vintage watch face. Unlikely partners for sure, but that's the beauty of it all!
I was sooo excited when I found these wallpaper scraps that I could hardly contain myself. My daughter, who was with me at the time wanted to crawl into a very deep hole due to my overwhelming enthusiasm....teenagers! Sorry E, but you know your Mom! No matter how many times you roll your eyes this old dog will never change.
Some windows don't need coverings for privacy, but do need something, shall we say just for interest.
Lanette's home was one of the featured homes on the Round Barn Potting Company's Holiday Home Tour. Very cool....
Lori Miller, owner of the Round Barn Potting Company hosts an annual Holiday Home Tour. It was fabulous!
Here are my top twelve junk picks for package perfection. Ready, set, wrap!
Come along for the holiday ride! Here is a sneak peek at what I'll be using this year for my recycled gift tags. Looks like it could be fun. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see how they turn out. I might be just as surprised as you. Hmm....
After seeing UltraJunk's great haul of gear molds, I decided to post my room divider idea for those who have not seen it. And yes, it really spins.
When your overnight guests arrive after a long travel day give them a moment alone to refresh and renew!
Wow!Right in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri you can pan for gold...junk gold that is!
Well maybe not live, but almost. What a fabulous turn out for the Home Show. I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful junkers, work with a great Home Show Staff, and reacquaint myself with this lovely city. Does life get any better?
4th Annual Hopkins Holiday Antiques Stroll
After losing my sister, I have often times wondered what her heaven is like. This project is my idea of where she landed and what she's up to right now.
Used restaurant supply stores are an excellent source for cool junk. At first blush, it may feel very industrial, but if you employ your junker's juju, the stuff you find will work with any decor.
Let's join our friends at Craftstylish.com in the "Dare to Make it Holiday Challenge." Yes, that means everything from decorating, table settings, card, gifts...the whole kit and caboodle! This is going to be fun! There will be so many holiday ideas coming your way it will make your heads spin
It was for me at least. I didn't know about this, but many others did! Thank goodness because this was a very fun event. It was a glorious day on Saturday....maybe one of the last for awhile here in Minnesota. In honor of that, I took a break from the grind, went for a drive, and lo and behold came across a funky fall flea market in Excelsior, MN. Yay!
October is coming to a close and we're moving into a more elegant season. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it was high time to start thinking about my favorite holiday.
While visiting one of my "top 10" stores I developed my "top 10" junk picks for the season.
We've been there and back and just wanted to share some photos with you from the event.
Please join the JMS team as we say so long and good luck to a wonderful man of junk.
I certainly felt the "LOL" when I found this fundustrial piece of junk. An old lab organizer (from the cytology department) makes its repurposed debut as a spice rack. Make your own today!
Please meet Steve Meadows. This man and his love for the recycling of true garbage offers some very unique ideas for creating with junk. Metal coffee pots, paint brushes, bowties, bottle tops, silverware.....this artist will use anything he can get his hands on to fashion whimsical art for your home.
This amazing woman, Judy Hill, has some pretty amazing taste. Her junk love is metal, but it is combined with other materials and textures to take the hard edge off of the industrial junk. What's even more intriguing is her take on retail.
Not really, but when I started this project I wasn't so sure!
Oh yeah baby, we junkers love the rusty stuff! Here is an easy way to enjoy rust in an elegant way.
Let's join our friends on Craftstylish in the fight for a cure. As some of you may know this is a very personal cause for me. My mom is a two time survivor and I lost my sister to her battle 6 years ago at the young age of 54. She was not only my sister, but my mentor and my best friend. I'm sure many of your lives have been touched in one way or another by this terrible disease so let's get creative and help to find a cure!
I hit town late Monday evening and I've been rolling in junk ever since.
Put a new spin on the photo collage with ink blocks and a threaded rod!
Here is another piece of the Falloween porch for those of you with a sweet tooth for junk.
Shop your local junk haunt and make some haunted junk!
Here is a whole new twist on the art of re-gifting.
My contest entry is in! Remember, the winner gets this exact project whether they want it or not.
It's a dual purpose reinvention!
I admit it, I caved! Check out a new twist on a junk classic: the candle holder.
The First of Many Creative Challenges to Come! Are you ready junkers? At the suggestion (and a good one I might add) of your fellow junker csudderth it's time to show off your ooh, la, la picture perfect project side!
Pretty in pink, this frame and caddy is a picture perfect gift for your BFF.
Adding some fan blades to your kitchen decor definitely makes you cool.
You're organizational problems will dry up if you corral your card making materials in a dish strainer
Here are just a few of the finds we brought home from our excursion to the occasional sales in Buffalo, MN.
There's no fooling you. As soon as I asked "what is this?" you said, "a teeter-totter!" Next time I'm finding something that's junkingly incomprehensible.
This is a little game of guess your best. Before we post directions on how to make this we thought we'd give you a chance to identify its original purpose.
Believe it or not summer is coming to a close and it's time to dress your entryway with the vibrant colors of autumn and some wonderful junk.
Have you ever been caught florally unprepared for a dinner party, holiday, or other special occasion?
Whether they fancy a lovey dovey chick flick or cheesy horror movies, this table is sure to get your resident film buff to appreciate your funky style. Rolling!
A hijacked fabric store display rack is reinvented as a gift wrapping station. Thanks for the great idea, Georgia!
Waiter, there's an attractive repurpose near my soup.
They're not door knobs, these are yo-yos! Anyone know any cool tricks?
Organize the essentials with this clever repurpose. Yep, that's a vintage fridge drawer!
The best way to create a unique centerpiece is to round up a posse of junkables and throw them together.
Snip snip here, glue glue there, a couple of army dogs...that's how we get a garden grown in the merry ol' land of JUNK!
Check out the cover of the new book, Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition on Amazon.com.
Hold on tight to your cherished photos with this vintage wooden vise!
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the other 2/3s of the team at JUNKMARKET. Please say hello to Tim Lahti and Kimberly Melamed.
Many times a re-purpose is better than the intended use.
Sunday is shopping time at the local junk haunts!
Shopping a flea market is better than visiting a candy store!
Escape from the ranger and enjoy lunch in the great outdoors.
Need a project on the fly? So did we!
Because two re-purposes are better than one.
Personalize this classy cheese cover with a printed design of your own.
Get the whole family involved with a game display! (The most important people get a triple word score, right?)
Summertime brings sunshine, warm weather, and an appetite for grabbing the gusto found in the great outdoors. Now that I have stated the obvious let’s talk about style. Like kittens, raindrops, and roses no two junkers are alike nor is their taste in junk fare. Some may be drawn to cozy cottage junk couture, many find comfort in classics with country charm, while others dance under the moonlight to the cool tunes of summertime sophistimication. Rest assured that no matter what your style is, cast-off creations can serve it up your way.
Sometimes you just get lucky!
The art of re-purpose is alive and well in Elizabeth's spa bathroom
Steve Wiman, proprieter of Uncommon Objects is absolutely brilliant.
Take a look at this review if you have a pension for vintage upholstered furniture.
I was at the show last spring signing my new book. The fall show is right around the corner so you may want to check it out. Read my review for all the details.
An interview with Mandie Murphree.