Gone Crazy!

July 21st, 2009 in member junk     
audlyenuf audlyenuf, member
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I'm not as computer smart as I would like to be.  I think this is more a blog than a project, but don't know how to get it there.  I live in a beautiful area that almost has it all....hills, mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, forests and farms....BUT I say "almost" because it has no saslvage yards, or junk style stores within an 80 mile radius; I have to depend on yard sales.  I have been a crafter, repurposer, creater most of my life, but have hadno one to  appreciate or share that need with.  Oh, many admire and say, "You're so creative!", in the tone of voice that makes you wonder if you should say, "Thank, you," or apologize.  I have been so excited to find this site and see all the people who are like me; who have a NEED to create, not just a fun thing to pass time.  Sooooooooooo I have gone a little crazy and posted 8 projects in as many days since I joined.  It has almost been an obsession.  I apologize and say that now I think I can back off a little and not take up so many bytes!  Thanks for all your patience and kind words, and welcome and for being there!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Audleyenuf

P.S.  The photo is a repurposed drawer knob.  I loved it at first sight, but it's oversize seemed a little awkward as a drawer pull to me.  It became the perfect bed knob for a repainted bed. [And, yes, I did find 4 of them.]

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - audlyenuf
posted in: member junk, blog

Comments (10)

rebeljunker writes: Dear Audleyenuf
Do not apologize for all your projects. I think you are very creative and LOVE what you did in your bowling ball project. I have had a ball ready for about a year and still have not done anything with it. Now I found a nice wrought iron "vase" and so I just need to paint it up like one of yours. Please keep your ideas coming!!! Posted: 4:16 pm on July 22nd
chiccottagejunk writes: Love the knobs as bed post finials! I can't believe that you found four - what luck!

Sue - Thank you for sharing your story about being a risk taker. I really needed that shot in my arm. I find some many items that I want to put my spin on but I'm afraid to take the risk of "ruining something" or feeling that "no one will like it". Those, among many thoughts (you know the thoughts and ideas that keep you up at night), run through my head and sometimes, even as motivated as I am - I keep putting some projects off because of "fears".

Thanks for the encouragement for all of us!

Sue Posted: 3:44 pm on July 22nd
suewhitney writes: Crazy??!! Me thinks not my friend.You are among true friends here who all appreciate your creativity and excitement for "junk". Keep on posting, we have more than enough bytes to go around! The more people who join the site and the more projects that are posted the merrier we all will be. We all draw inspiration and joy from each other. That is what I love most about this site. I've been in this business for a long time now and I can guarantee you I've had my fair share of odd looks and people thinking I may just be a little more than a half bubble off canter. But look how far we have all come!

I'll share a couple of comments that have always stuck with me. A woman who teaches adult classes in art bought 20 copies of one of the Junk Beautiful books to use as text books in her class. She called me a risk taker. I thought she was talking about the fact that I went into business for myself at the age of 40 as a single mom with no money. She said no, for that you are just flat out crazy. Ha! What she meant was when you create something out of what most people consider to be junk and put it out there for the world to see you are running the risk that someone may not like what you have done and you open yourself up to not only praises, but critical commentary as well. So I guess we're all just a big band of risk takers. I've always thought that if being creative, recycling, saving money, and celebrating your own style makes you happy does it really matter what others think? Nope! So go ahead and celebrate what you do and who you are. The other comment came from a woman who approached me after she heard me speak. She came up, introduced herself, and said thank you so much for helping me. I asked how I had helped her. She said, I now know what I am. I'm a junker. That comment brought a big smile to my face. She was now able to go home and explain to her friends and family who she really was and that she was not alone.

Any hoo, what I'm trying to say in a very long winded sort of way is that you are doing wonderful things, you've found a home, and don't stop posting!! I'm very grateful for all of the amazingly talented members on this site and feel blessed that every day I get to wake up and do what I love...thanks to all of you!

Now quickly before I go....about a JUNKMARKET convention. Hmmm...I think it is a grand idea and one I have been pondering for some time now. I would love to hear, first of all how many of you are interested and would be willing to make the journey. I would also like it if you would be willing to throw out some suggestions of what would make a convention interesting for you. We have to start somewhere! Please email your ideas and suggestions to junk.junkmarket@gmail.com and I'll see what I can come up with. OK, I'm really going now.

Happy Junking and Big Hugs to All,
Sue Posted: 10:42 am on July 22nd
dmfuller writes: I live in Petersburg, VA and run The Oak Antique Mall--sure I find a lot of neat JUNK but, it being an antique mall, some of the best treasures I look for, most of the dealers just throw away--so I do get lucky there--free junk for me! The Oak is sure to get my creative juices flowing--plus there are about 20 other shops in the Old Towne area! Petersburg is truly a gem to be discovered! Historic architecture dating back to the 1700's, a two hour drive to the mountains, to the beach, to Washington DC, lots of rivers and lakes, plus tons of historic homes begging to be fixed up!

If you need a Junk source or just a creative refueling and vacation in one, come see me!!!
400 N Sycamore Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
theoakantiques.com (find driving directions here)
804-861-6111 Posted: 8:12 am on July 22nd
fellowjunker writes: Hi Audlyenuf..............
We ALL feel the same so please don't feel like you have to apologize!!!!! While most people I know appreciate my style and are very encouraging, they really just "don't get it" so this site has been an amazing source of inspiration and creativity (as well as a morale booster!!) for me as well.

We spend a lot of the summer at our cabin where there is no internet/phone/cable connection so,...honestly,....the thing I miss the most??.....my junkmarket family!!!
So anyways, please, please, please don't back off.......we all understand and appreciate you!!!!
And, once again, a big thankyou to Sue for the JMS site!!!
xojanis Posted: 10:01 pm on July 21st
alicemom writes: We all know how excited we all get at beginning of a new project............& this is it! Keep on posting bytes be darned! I agree with Marie we need a junk market convention........Sue you can get right on that since you are doing nothing else.lol
smiles, alice Posted: 8:42 pm on July 21st
oldnews writes: We are all in the same place, so you certainly never need to apologize! We are all hooked on junk, and I love seeing what everyone else has to offer! Go ahead, post away! I think it would be amazing to have a big ole junk Market convention so we could all get together! I'd LOVE that!! Posted: 7:36 pm on July 21st
bluejean writes: I too live in a rural area, in the mountains of Idaho, and far from my favorite junk spots. At times I lament the fact that my two favorite junk stores are 3 hours away....but when I do get to go, I spend hours there and appreciate every minute of it. I have found though that local garage sales and thrift stores can be a great resource. The key is to go often and think outside of the box. I agree that this site has been a great help and inspiration and am very thankful for it. Posted: 4:13 pm on July 21st
RustyDiva writes: The junk bug hits all of us at first. I carry my camera in my purse just in case I come across a great piece of junk I want to share or a project I forgot I completed. So don't apologize and post away my friend!!!!! We love it! We all thrive on the adrenaline rush that junk gives us and we all get excited over the projects that we can't believe we didn't think of first. Share, share, share because we all know how it feels to finally "find someone just like us".

Oh yeah, cool knob!!! :) Posted: 2:41 pm on July 21st
monakent writes: You have me laughing at your latest "tales of woe"!!!! I can TOTALLY relate to what you wrote. Many times people aren't sure what to say to me about my artwork and what comes out of their mouth is well...... let's just say, I usually walk away sad, mad or feeling blue. It is so wonderful to share with people that can understand and be encouraging.

The bed knob idea is fun! The one you showed us is wonderful with all the detail.

Here's wishing you success in finding some good ole' junk at your next rummage sales. My heart goes out to you because of your limited availability of junk in your area. I would be at a lost if I didn't have my resources..... and yet, you continue to come up with ideas.... You go girl!!! gailmarie

Posted: 1:54 pm on July 21st
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