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Monday, November 26, 2012

My Not So Ordinary Christmas Tree

A few years ago I got fed up with the traditional green, Christmas tree.  The putting it together, stringing lights, taking it down was just wearing thin on me. And I never had a lot of help. Sure the family would show up to hang an ornament or two and then they were off to do other things.

So I decided that, for a few years anyway, I would have some non traditional trees, to make things interesting and different and hopefully easier.  I've even got a pin board on pinterest of nothing but unusual Christmas tree ideas.

The last 2 years I've put up an aluminum tree. These old trees are a snap to put up, and you don't string lights, just hang ornaments.

That was fun for a couple of years, but I was ready for something new, 
something really different!

... so I made this

And now it looks like this

I'm really happy with it and it was fun to add the ornaments. You could screw in I hooks in the spindles, but I just tied string on the spindles and hung the ornaments from the string. 
It's not real big, maybe 2 1/2-3 feet. I have it sitting on a high bistro table.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Remember Small business Saturday

Make it a Day of Local shopping and 
 support Small Business Saturday

I encourage you to support your local small shop owners by shopping small on Saturday in your town.

Here in Tyler Texas and surrounding area:
The Gresham Barn is open for shopping with deep discounts on Saturday,


 Ye Old city downtown off Locust street
Sterling Grace for Fabulous Silver jewelry and gifts, located between Michael's and Pier 1.

And to top it off be sure to
 have lunch or dinner at a locally owned restaurant.
You'll find fabulous gifts and have a great day.

It's a Good Thing!!!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings To you and Yours

May you be blessed with Family, and Abundance on this Day and All Days to come.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fredericksburg tour continued... Main Drag...Shop Spotlight ...Red

Fredericksburg is a fabulous little Texas Town with German Roots. The main drag is lined with great locally owned stores with charm and character. Lots of antiques, home decor, and Oh the Food!!!!!!
This store called to me and is at one end of the main strip

Sorry for the bad photos, taken with my iphone
You can see why I was attracted to it. Mostly new and reproduction items, there are a few authentic pieces in here and some repurposes as well. I loved this antler tree.

The display pieces caught my eye and I was drooling over this old bolt display

Cardboard Wildlife for your Man Cave

I loved this red display piece filled with vintage Christmas

And this wreath definitely inspired me.

Much of their furniture had a mid century feel, which I enjoyed.
Oh La La!!!!!!
When in Fredericksburg be sure to stop into Red, for some eye candy

Monday, November 19, 2012

So far behind on blogging...Tis' the season

I have so much to share with you all. I still have more to share from my recent junkin road trip, and with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I'm getting so far behind. 

 For the month of December I'll be sharing my Advent Junking Calendar Project with you. 
If you followed me last year you know all about it. But for any newbies it's a great way to redeem the season.
 So look for more posts soon.

 In the mean time.

Back issues of magazines are selling quickly, only 12 of the 2nd issue (green kitchen) left. Click any photo below to be taken to an ordering page.

Be sure to check out the jewelry pieces in the post below below and email me at to inquire about ordering. I am willing to make small changes to the existing pieces (add this or adjust that), so feel free to ask.  

I also have lots and lots of Christmas Project tutorials to share, which you can view here

Tis the Season to be Busy Busy Busy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Large Lot of Repurposed Necklaces Available

Beat the Black Friday Rush and avoid the crowds. As I spent most of October recovering from surgery. My activity of choice was making jewelry.  Sooooooo  I have lots and lots of new pieces.

On December 8th I'll be participating in a style show at 
Winnie & Tulula's  in Athens Texas. 
I'll be doing some demonstrations, as well as bringing many of these pieces with me.  They will not be available online after this date.

But you do  not have to wait, order yours now.
 Shipping included
Email me at to order. 
Click photos to view descriptions and prices larger 
Most chains are 24" or longer. I can shorten if you'd like. 
 C from this lot is sold

 F from this lot is Sold

 K is no longer available

on the chunky side

Simple and affordable, I can make more if you want to order multiples.
M is no longer available

clocks clocks and more clocks
 P is sold

A bit of color

In love with lace

Lots of bobbles

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Flea Market Style Back Issues Now Available

Did you  miss a past issue of Flea Market Style? Have you just now discovered us, and wish you had some of those older issues?  Do you have a friend who has just coveted the one on your coffee table, or did you loan it out, never to see it again? 
 We are here to help!

Ki is cleaning her storage building and has 
 graciously decided to reduce her stash of back issues.

  A limited quantity of  Current and Past issues of Flea Market Style are available  here

Great Christmas Gift Idea

You can go  here for ordering information. Quantities are very limited, so don't delay.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Honor A Veteran Today, Their Sacrafice is Great

Partial Reprint of my Memorial Day Post

Two years ago I heard a story of a local Marine who had been killed in Afghanistan.  "How sad" I thought, "that poor family". Then, I'm sorry to say, the story left my mind for other things.

Just over a year ago my son met a girl, she became his wife In April.  That Marine was her Brother.

I have, in the last year, gotten to know her family, and her brother through them.
I have seen, first hand, the sacrifice of our Soldiers, Veterans And Their Families.

Honor A Veteran Today

Never Forget

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Continuing our Johnson City Tour

 As we drove through Johnson City I spied this wonderful store, Unfortunately it was not open. I snapped a few photos as well as the phone number on the door, to see if we could pop in for a visit on our way back.
 You can see why I was intrigued. The outside yard was full of delicious goodies.
 On Sunday I gave the number a call and the owner and I agreed to meet up as we were heading back through Johnson City on our way home.
 I was so glad to get a look INSIDE
 Kathy Johnson, the owner was so fun to visit with. I always love picking the brains of fellow junkers.
 Lots of architectural goodies at every turn.
I picked up a few small items as well as a t-shirt, and a new friend.

 After Johnson City we headed to Fredericksburg and I'll write more about that next.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Road Trip Johnson City Texas

On our recent road trip to Fredericksburg Texas, we happened through a town called Johnson City.  This building and it's ornaments immediately grabbed my attention

 Apparently it is some sort of an old feed mill.  
Love the armadillo on the top of the building.

 It was these on the sides of the, now closed, restaurant that I was drooling over.

 I love old grain scoop, and there are soooo many, Not to mention the lovely iron wheels.
I found a great shop in Jackson, which will be my next post. For now hop over to the Flea Market Style blog ,  to read about a great shop I visited in Fredericksburg.

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