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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Holiday Home Tour

Actually, I don't really know why I decorate for Christmas. Nobody comes out to our home, and I don't open it up for any kind of home tour, but I love this house, and I feel it needs to be decorated for the Holidays. So I'll share some of my holiday decorations with you all, knowing that you "get it" and you'll see how I use some of my junky finds for Christmas.


Remember those Pew candle holders. I've inserted them into a pot for some front door warmth. I love old toys, and I have an old sled and wagon on one side of the door, and a a pogo stick, scooter, croquet set, and old skates on the other side.
I keep some of this out all year


Inside, I have Junky wreaths on both sides of the door. The one you see above is my version of Ki's from this months Country Home. It's an old well pulley that's been jazzed up for the holidays. I also hung one of the bells I got at Jodi's sale.
Below the wreath is made from an old carriage wheel. I've added greenery, and ornaments,
an old door plate and knob, and an old key, and it is hung by an old horse bridle. Also adapted from one of Ki's and Joy's projects from the past. I have several wheel wreaths available in my store.



A wire ornament tree filled with vintage ornaments. My hutch is behind it. I change my hutch a lot, depending on the season.

A simple gold frame with a single vintage ornament hanging from it. Behind that a collection of old wooden golden frames and of course, Clocks.

See the "snowflake" architectural piece hanging there in the window. I just love this piece. It's one of those pieces I will probably never part with, and it's perfect for the holidays.

Well that is part 1 of my home tour. I don't have my tree up yet, and there is still a lot to do, but I've had fun putting these few projects together.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Playing Catchup, Finds, Projects, News


Well Thanksgiving is over and it's on to Christmas. I was going to go to Canton First Monday Trades days today, but Heavy rain will postpone it a day for me. I actually started out to go, but began to think twice when I couldn't see the road in front of me. I can handle drizzle and sprinkles, but full on rain, would really take the fun out of the day. Tomorrow is supposed to be dry, so I'll try again.

I've been given AND I've found lots of items over the past few weeks, that I have just not had time to share. So I'm gonna catch you all up on my great new junk.
First though, I've been really bad. I asked you all to guess what this item was.

but then forgot to tell you the answer. So here it is. It's an old packing tape dispenser. I thought it was beautiful. Back in the day, they even made utilitarian items pretty. Now it's all function and no form.

My first set of junk finds is from Anita's sale a few weeks back. Every time I went out there I picked up something new.

See the baskets and the old file box, as well as those fretwork doors

Old heater and I think I've shown the clock before. These pics are taken in my barn, So you'll see other things in the backgrounds. If you see anything you like, just ask, it just might be for sale.

She gave me this great old mirror frame

And this wonderful old foot stool, I guess. Not sure what it was or what it will become, but I loved it. I also got that basket there on the left.

A recent project of mine was something I've had in my head for awhile now. I was able to purchase a large lot of those old wooden gears from a gal in MN. I put this "giant broken clock" together on my office wall at work.

I asked one of the guys (with an artistic bent) what he thought of it. He said it looked like "Big Ben exploded on my wall". I said "good" that is what I was going for.
I have the last of these gears available on ebay this week.

Now for Last Weekends Garage Sale Haul

How often do you find a pink and green seed spreader, And that metal thing is a transmission stand, and It is heavy.

See spreader currently resides in my "Junk Yard".

Table legs, horse tack, and other misc stuff

From Jodi's sale, a expandable dress form and some old table legs

close up of some of the tack, Watch for projects coming soon.

this thing hold film reels



I've already done up some projects with these finds, and Will be posting them during the week and on my web site as Christmas project ideas.


And bags of misc goodies for bling here and there as needed.

Some of this stuff will be listed on Ebay, some of it will be used in projects etc.
Some of it, I have no clue...Yet!

I've been busy working on some Christmas-y projects and will be sharing those in the days and weeks ahead. I can't wait to see the projects you all come up with either.
Have a great weekend.
Margo

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

May you have a blessed day!!!!


A little East Texas Fall color, This barn is down the street from me.


Monday, November 24, 2008

End of an Era


Some of you may know and some of you may not know, but the December issue of Country Home will be the last with Cool Junk column produced by Ki Nassauer. I guess Country Home thinks they can do it without her. I for one will be extremely sad to not have her column in each issue. When I get my CH in the mail, I always turn to the Cool Junk Column first, to see what great new idea she's got for our junk. I really don't know what they are thinking over there at CH. Ki's column was one of the only reasons I subscribed to this mag.

She's going out with a bang though, I looooooove her Christmas projects in this issue, and she's got a full 2 pages. However, you wouldn't know it was by her, unless you look in the fold, and there in tiny tiny letters are the credits for December's Cool Junk Column. Maybe CH is trying to phase her out slowly, but this seems a like a big snub.

I propose a letter writing campaign.
If you want Ki back at CH for more Cool Junk with the touch only Ki can add, please write to Country Home and tell them how you feel.
The email is luann@countryhome.com or via mail Country Home 1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3023.
Let's bombard them with letters and get her back with her very Cool Junk.
Margo

Friday, November 21, 2008

Starting to feel Christmas-y


Last night was the first time I've felt the least bit in the Christmas mood this year. Jodi had Christmas music, Vintage Christmas Decorations, and Hot chocolate. Christmas swept through each and every corner of the barn. Today there was a bit of a chill in the air, and that feeling carried over. I'm not ready to deck the halls yet, but I have done a few Christmas-y things.

The first is a project with those candle clips I bought last night. I've come up with several uses for them, but I just couldn't wait to share this one.
First I opened up the center area, that usually holds a candle. It folds out like a flower

Then I glued whatever bit or bobble I could think of in the center.

Imagine how surprised my family will be when they have no bows this year on their gifts. Instead they find these wonderful re-usable darlings.


They clip right to the ribbon or string, and even hold the name tag

And that brings me to my wrapping station. I decided to set up a wrapping station this year with some of my junk


Mostly for now, i'm using it as a photography area, for pictures of my products. But it will be nice to have everything I need in 1 spot for gift wrapping.

And since we are talking about Christmas, Wrapping, Shopping etc.
I have lots available on-line in my store.

I'm in the process of re-doing many of the pictures, and adding new items as well as "buy now" buttons to make shopping easier. I'll have free shipping on all jewelry through the holidays. Be sure to check out some of the new stuff in all departments.
And don't forget about
Calendars

I have 3 left so if you want one you better hurry. If there is a good enough response, I'll order another batch, but I'll have to see how it goes.


Each Calendar is $14.50 shipping included.
This Calendar features wonderful photo's by our talented bloggers. And also has Flea Market sale dates marked, as well as the usual holidays. This is a "must have" for any lover of junk.
You can view a preview of the entire calendar
here.


Also, don't forget to check out

for fun, unique and unusual junk-y finds, new items added daily.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fabulous Finds and great stuff in the mail

This has been a great junking week. First there was an estate sale yesterday and I found these cute items.
Feel free to inquire if you see something you like.

I know, what am I going to do with Kennel Club ribbons? Actually I bought them for the metal "committee" tags, and the ribbons came with them.
Then today there was another estate sale and I picked up these great items.

see that napkin, it has little rhinestones sewn onto the bells

The prices were pretty good. The glass knobs were cheaper than I usually see them, and I just love those giant, yellowed, stencils from the 1950's. I think they would look great framed

Then tonight it was time for the Gresham sale. I was asked to work, and jumped at the opportunity. I met so many nice people, and saw stuff just flying out of there. Jodi and Glo put on a great sale. I picked up these items there.


Above is a bell, that hangs on a door and rings when the door is opened.
And below, are a corn dryer, and the candle thing is meant to sit on the back of a pew
and came out of a local church. I got 2 of those.

See how it sits on the back of a chair or pew. perfectly chippy!!!
I'm not selling the candelabra, or the corn dryer.

Below are candle clips for a Christmas tree. I have an idea for them.

People are always asking me what I'm going to do with something. Sometimes, I know exactly and sometimes, I have no idea, but I know I better scoop it up. So, the answer is I don't know exactly what I will do with these things, but I'm sure I'll come up with something.

Also in the mail today
I got my Mable Bag.
Does anyone remember all those aprons I purchased in Canton a few months ago? Well I purchased those for my friend Ki, who uses them on her Mabel bags that she sells in her store. And today I got my bag and I love it.

Ki's sister Karla makes these

This back part is a pocket from the apron. It's a great bag and a good size.
Be sure to pop over to Ki's store to see all the wonderful re-purposed treasures that she has.
Well that was my junking week, and tomorrow is Garage Sale Friday, Yeah!!!!! I love living in the south, where we have year round sales.

There is still lots left at the Gresham Barn, so
pop over there and do some Christmas shopping,
see the post below for all the info.
see ya on the junk pile,
Margo


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas in the Country at the Gresham Barn



Just a reminder that the Christmas in the Country at the Gresham Barn Sale is this week.
You can shop early on Thursday evening from 4-7 or all day Friday and Saturday.
Jodi and Glo have the barn looking like a sparkling, million bucks, with great vintage and fun Christmas items.
Decorations, Gifts, and treasures are everywhere.





Yep those are my game board coat hooks



They'll be hand made items as well
Below is my little corner




Some newer stuff too

It's a winter wonderland, that'll take you back to your childhood

Look at Jodi making up this great display with old horns, and aluminum tree branches. Very Kewl.

I'll be helping out on Thursday night, so be sure to say hello if you come by.
See you there.


If you don't live close by,
I have lots available on-line in my store.

I'm in the process of re-doing many of the pictures, and adding new items as well as "buy now" buttons to make shopping easier. I'll have free shipping on all jewelry through the holidays. Be sure to check out some of the new stuff in all departments.
And don't forget about
Calendars

I have 6 left so if you want one you better hurry. If there is a good enough response, I'll order another batch, but I'll have to see how it goes.


Each Calendar is $14.50 shipping included.
This Calendar features wonderful photo's by our talented bloggers. And also has Flea Market sale dates marked, as well as the usual holidays. This is a "must have" for any lover of junk.
You can view a preview of the entire calendar
here.


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