kari lelek, claresholm, AB, CA

Stay at home mom of 2 girls. Ranch wife/hired hand for my husband. bored to tears out here in the canadian boonies. this website is my lifeline.

Gender: Female

Member Since: 08/05/2009

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glass gems for mosaics

I used glass gems  and  ceramic tile to mosaic my table top.  Beautiful colors , grouting was a P.I.T.A.!!!! 

glass mosaic

Beautiful old window that I had no idea what to do with.  decided to do a glass mosaic with glass gems, the picture does not do it justice -it looks spectacular in real life.  Only word of...

new cake stand

This interesting piece I think was from a lighting fixture ceiling mount?  Anyway I paired it up with one of my old silver platters for a wonderful combo - Yes I know I need to get out the...

tractor smoke stack turned willow vase

This old smoke stack from a tractor was sitting in the barn for years I never could figure out what to do with it, untill I knocked it over!  Now its about 8ft high - with the branches in...

junk swap projects coming soon!

These are my newest junk projects given to me by my partner bluebucket during the swap.  I have been wracking my brain.  Think I might get some brown shoe polish for the skates to antique...

old canadian airforce foot locker

This was collecting dust in my barn untill I uncovered all the crap from it and thought it would make a great bench,  I just cleaned it up and put the horse blanket on top for a cushionnbsp...

wagon wheel fence and gate

this old wagon wheel is used as a support/ fence for my old gate.

coat rack and scale bench

Here is another old door turned outside coatrack, perfect sitting next to my bench(old farm scale)

ugly bulkhead turned country

Salvaged some old cedar shingles and  put above cabinets to dress up the bulkhead

canadian ranch/farmhouse items

These are some of my latest finds and projects.  new to the website so I will add more as I figure it out.

Recent comments

Re: Bathroom Remodel - Ball Jar Soap Dispenser

I have done this several times and have yet to find a glue that works, any product recommendations?

Re: Junk Swap 2011

Junkpony you rock!!! I too have no idea what that rusty thing was but am glad you could make it work. Its a beautiful display.

Re: JMS Membership Red Letter Day

I pass the word to everyone I meet. No longer is junk a dirty word! This is an amazing site for inspiration. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Re: **Revised** Celing Fan Redo

Gives me hope for my old and uglies!

Re: JunkPotluck Project

So do you actually turn the crank to get it to work? Your very clever. Wish my mom wasnt the throw away everything kind of lady and had a corner like this to clear out. Beautiful "junk"!

Re: Rusted birdcage to be made into a ......

Leave the rust!!!!!!!!! I think it might be a sacreligous to remove good rust

Re: Vintage Kitchen Pantry

You have been a busy man creating such a masterpiece, hats off to you.

Re: Mosaic Window

OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH bluebucket you have struck anothr inspiration nerve in me, I might have to call in sick to work tomorrow! LOVE THIS!!!

Re: Curtain Up!

Love these pieces of "new" art you have created, makes me take a second look in the thrift and garage sales.

Re: my new desk

Glad to hear that the better half of you is starting to junk as well, nice job by the way!

Re: Gardening With Junk


Re: The Tent is ready for Vendors to bring their wares

good luck!

Re: Need your help with this Adorable Vintage Parlor Table & Chairs

what about a verdigris finish, I know you can get spray paints that will achieve the look in no time

Re: Recycled objects found at thrift stores

Ok love these but what types of material are you using to adhere the tile to the surface? And if the pieces arent flat what do you do? tried to use broken chine pieces and I am having a hell of a time!

Re: A new kitchen light

this is stunning. Love everything about it.

Re: more pics of my new space. I am so excited !

Is that a blue rocker chair I see? Do you ship up to canada?

Re: My Swap Project 11 - Bluebucket

Looks very pretty bluebucket. I will be sending you out more junk - you seem to have a much greater inspiration for them than I do.

Re: BIG glass mosaic

Nice work, how stiff is your neck and back after this one? And clear silicone might be a cheaper alternative to the super glue. But it's a beauty!

Re: Amanda's guitar coffee table

I LOVE this, what an unique item. great many possibilities are running through my mind now. Great use of the disc's.

Re: junk swap no1

Nice verk ja! Any more swede flash cards you might consider sending this way? Love this idea not just because of the swede cards, but very clever.

Re: My Swap Project 7 & 8 - bluebucket

had I known there was such potential...Well thats the good thing about the junk swap - someone else will have a new vision of what things should be.

Re: Happy Easter

I love this project and everything else you have done.

Re: What you can do with free 1892 house moulding!

OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHh my, you are one lucky lady to have a truckload of junk, I love this so much. I have an old house and this makes me want to rip out my mouldings.

Re: Swap Projects 5&6: Light Jar and Candy Dish

nice work on the candy jar,

Re: Guess what? We're on Facebook!


Re: First post from my swap partner.

Well Said Alice, I too feel as though our community is getting smaller thanks to like minded people, it also makes me feel less crazy knowing I am not the only one who gets a lot more excitement over junk than... anything else! you did a fantastic job transforming all your junk.

Re: First Junk Swap project!!!

very gypsyish, speaks to my soul. I love this.

Re: and now it's time for...a round of "can this lamp be saved?"

its the spindles that make it look outdated, so you really have to make it retro and go all out with it or do something to cover up the spindle parts.

Re: Springtime & Easter stuff

Maybe a chicken feeder? looks great.very springy

Re: tractor smoke stack turned willow vase

well I was actually going to send this one out for the junk swap but the shipping was way too much $$$, I do have another one though thats all galvanized if there any takers out there (MARIE)!!!

Re: painted western belt

hey "neighbor", what flea market are you going to to get such great finds? want a junk date down in Nanton sometime?

Re: My Swap Project 1 - bluebucket

I am so glad you didnt think I was a hillbilly for wrapping the package with twine. nice work with the wallpaper, again I never would have thought of that use.

Re: [WRECKAGE] Cabinet

I am swooning.

Re: All the Pretty Junk

Nice one, I have been looking for a use for my super large loaf pans ( other than a giant candle ) and think this looks wonderful. Nice to have everything in sight, and know where it is when you need it. Kari

Re: Junk Swap Set to Begin - Rules of Engagement

HI I didnt want to bug Sue - yet, but has anyone else been paired up yet? Yes I know its only the 27th , but ...

Re: Junk Swap Set to Begin - Rules of Engagement

yipppeeee! I hope my partner is a Yankee, because I might have to send some maple syrup and canadiana themed stuff. Cant wait - bored housewife signing off.

Re: ~My Sweetheart~

There is a saying up here in the wild's of Canada that says " if the women dont find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!" Well you just proved that one wrong from both sides. great job on another fantastic project from junkmarkets heart throb!

Re: Vintage Doorknob Curtain Tiebacks


Re: Sign -Up Complete! See Sue's Comment Below for Next Steps

Thank-you for the wells fargo history. I love the whole idea, and yes I am so excited about this. Can not wait!!!!!!!

Re: Sign -Up Complete! See Sue's Comment Below for Next Steps

I'm in. but what is wells fargo?

Re: Sign -Up Complete! See Sue's Comment Below for Next Steps

Any other canucks out there willing to do this? I would love to be able to get some "south of the border" junk but I am afraid customs would put a stop to it.

Re: canadian ranch/farmhouse items

REDNECKSHERRIE hope the directions on the china cupboard help. if not I cant seem to get in direct contact with you. any ideas? Not computer savvy

Re: JMS Post from the Past - "I'm Going All the Way to the Top!"

This is so neat! I will be on the hunt to copy your idea. Thank you for sharing this. I know we should all have original ideas but this is so awesome I will have to steal it.

Re: Southern Comfort Table

I love old crates and this one is wonderfull. good use of space.

Re: "The Twelve Best"~Vintage Clock

What a beauty. The more rusty,dented and neglected the better.

Re: Junky Chicken Coop

love this sooo much, it looks like my kitchen!

Re: Old Mother Hubbard

This is such a great idea, ingeniuos way to re-purpose a laundry room item for the laundry room! best way to use an ironing board in my opinion.

Re: Heir-Loom

Has there been any marriage proposals on this site yet?

Re: Recipe holder

Best way to use silverware in my opinion, way better than sitting in a box waiting to be used several times a year.

Re: Bird Cage Lighting

Talk about mood lighting! I love this idea, very unique with the chandelier inside of it.

Re: Corkboard Facelift

Wonderful design, it gives me great inspiration for my ugly corkboard. what kind of sealer did you use?