Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Displaying Memories

There's something about old family pictures.  They are something I look on with great fondness. To be able to see the heritage from which I've come, to see my parents as children, or my grand parents as young adults.  It just gives me so much appreciation of where I've come.  And I think those things are so important.  So when I come upon something that can display those prize possessions, I'm all over it.  I only hope the next generation can look from the past to help them in their journey to the future.

This piece was originally used to hold files folders, possibly in a dental or doctors office.

I wasn't very fond of the brown paint, so I simply sanded it off.  It hadn't been put on their very thick,  so it took very little work to remove it.  I did make sure I protected myself with gloves and a mask in case the paint was lead base.

The piece needed some embellishments.  These European house numbers would suffice. 

Being both the pieces were metal, all I needed was some magnets to attach this to the file holder.

This brooch turned into a magnet, also adds some additional interest.

And then I need my family pictures.  This is my Dad back in the '60s when he worked in radio.  A very special photo.

Or how cute is this!  Probably taken in the late '30s or early '40s. 

I love how it all came together.

But then again, if I want to change it up, it works great for notes, business cards and other things I may need handy.

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To see more of my JUNKMARKET projects, click on the link on the side of my blog.

I've also linked up to my friend Amy of Whisperwood Cottage's Linky Party "Authentic Style".  How better to show my style then to show you some of my favorite things!   Hop on over there and check it out!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Good Friends, Good Times and Good Junk...My Weekend in Oronoco!

I just had the most amazing weekend in Oronoco at Gold Rush Days!  If you're unfamiliar with Gold Rush Days, it's an event that the whole town of Oronoco gets in on.  They open up all the public spaces, along with private yards, and it's one heck of a sale!  This year, I was able to tag along my friend Sue Whitney for a photo shoot she was doing on the event for Country Gardens Magazine.  I've tagged along before on photo shoots, and it's such a thrill for me.  This time unfortunately I seem to have forgotten my camera, so guess what?  No pictures!  My bad.  I guess you'll just have to purchase the magazine next summer to see their pictures.  Ooops!

So here's a run down of what was going on.

We drove down on Thursday evening and were able to set up our JUNKMARKET Style booth....oops.  No pictures for this!  You'll have to trust me.  It was stunning!  We did run into a bit of a pickle.  Sue and I didn't know how to put up the "easy up" tent.  What can you expect from a couple of blonds!  Thanks to Jeff Marthaler from Dona Rose Antiques for his help in this venture.  The Pfarkel Sisters came to help after a distressed call from me (they've helped us put up a tent in the past when we were having difficulties), but they got there too late.  No sweat...they did however help finish getting the booth put together.  Thanks, gals!

The famous Pfarkel Sisters from St. Charles, Minnesota, Sharon, Diane and Janelle!

The next day we were up early to get ready for the day.  If you know me at all, being up early is no simple feat. Mornings and I don't go together so well.  But this was for a worthy cause.  So after a few supply runs, we arrived in Oronoco around 9:30 ready to start an exciting day!

The morning was spent greeting people and sharing about JUNKMARKET and JUNKMARKET Under Glass.  Because the booth looked so spectacular (thanks to Sue's great style), we drew in a lot of people.  It was fun meeting new and old fans of JUNKMARKET!  Thanks for all who stopped by!

In the afternoon, Sue spent the day with the photogs, Greg and Chris, photographing all the fun sites of the sale.  Me?  I was out with the Pfarkels, looking for some great finds....Oronoco is the bestest!

Here's a picture of us from last summer's photo shot.  Chris is on the left, Greg's on the right.  What a great couple of guys.  They are fab!
At the end of the day, I spent it with the Pfarkels, Marge (an adopted Pfarkel sister), Sue, Greg and Chris at the Pfarkels campsite with good food, good wine and good friends.  Perfect way to end the day.  Aaaah....

Tammy asked in the last post what I purchased in Oronoco.  Here are a few pics, Tammy :-)

This metal desk was a steal.  I LOVE vintage metal pieces...specially if they're medical.

Some great spindles.  I wish I would have bought more.  There must have been fifty of them, or more.  I went back later in the day and they were all gone.  Darn!

I've always loved these (don't ask me what they are).  This one was extra special...it's more tall and narrow then most of them I've seen.  Can't you see it with a candle behind it?

I picked up a couple of these vintage metal coolers.  I have a few more at home.  Love!

Know what this is?  A table fan which is literally a table.  Another piece I love!  The color is fabulous!

It came from Northwestern Hospital (where ever that is).  That makes it even cooler!

Many of these items will be fore sale at JUNKMARKET Under Glass....hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Can't Miss Event....JUNKMARKET Under Glass "Fall Edition"!

I've been meaning to get this out to you...it's coming up quickly!  It's our first ever JUNKMARKET Under Glass  "Fall Edition" and it's just around the corner!  The spring one was so much fun, and we had such a great response, we just had to do it all over again!

I've been gathering up things throughout the summer and seem to be coming up with a couple of themes.  Most recently I ventured out a couple of fellow junkers, Amy of Whisperwood Cottage and Jan Berg of Summerspell, to a local flea market where I found some great vintage pieces.  See if you can pick out what themes where developing here.  I've got a few pictures of some items I've found and cleaned up, but I have lots more to get ready!  I'm such a procrastinator (can ya tell?).

I'm really hoping to meet a lot of fellow bloggers/junkers/JUNKMARKET-eers at this event.  So please, please, please be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.  I may not be great with names, but I'm certainly hoping to be able to connect with a lot of you.  Please let me know your thoughts on here, too.  I love hearing from you!

I found this great library book shelf.  

It's just too cool for school....literally!

This pale blue metal mail sorter would be amazing used as wine storage.  Wowzer...it sure could hold a lot of wine!

This is a post office scale.

Can you see a theme here?

But then again, I have another "blue" cubby!  I might have another theme developing.  Hmmmm....

Or maybe it's a scale theme I have going on?  You know how I love scales!

And this one gives you the "exact weight"!

This ladder is all hand made...which makes it even more special!

What a find this vintage ballot box is.  I just might have to keep it!

This window washer swing has some of it's original "blue" paint.  It's gonna be the center feature of my booth.

This old "blue" heater is just a shell, but it still has that "cool" factor and contributes to one of my themes.

I think this piece is extra special.  It may not get to the sale either.  

Old wicker has really been speaking to me lately.  Am I the only one?

I also found a boat load of these tin pieces...love!  Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with them!

And after a good day of junking where do I go with my friend Amy...

...and my friend Jan?

No better place than Sonic!  The perfect end to a perfect day of junking!

Here's the rest of the details...again, please come and say hi!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

These are a Few of My Favorite Things!

"Rain drops and Roses and Whiskers on Kittens" might make Julie Andrews feel better when she's down, but for me? It's scales and cloches, along with some other great vintage finds! So "when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply rememeber my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad!" Who really needs Prozac? All I need is some really great junk!

I have always had a love for scales, but this one is particularly beautiful. It was the inspiration piece for my happy place.

Ooooh, what is it about a worn piece of ironstone? This one is particularly special holding some of my favorite flowers from my garden, Annabelle Hydrangias.

In the basket of the scale holds a few of my scale weights. Though they are a little rusty, they make me happy!

I love the wear on these pieces. Two are from an old pillar and one, a piece from a wooden pulley. Again, LOVE!

Now who wouldn't feel better looking at a vintage clock under a cloche?

And this piece? Not actually a cloche, but the globe from an old hanging light fixture. Perfection!

Now doesn't that make you happy?

And who doesn't love rust? This piece, though not perfect, is beautiful. 

The piece that holds this "happy" vignette was actually a tithes box from a church. Notice the slot to put your tithes in? 

Now doesn't it all together just make you go, "Aaaah"? 

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To see more of my JUNKMARKET projects, click on the link on the side of my blog.

I've also linked up to my friend Amy of Whisperwood Cottage's Linky Party "Authentic Style".  How better to show my style then to show you some of my favorite things!   Hop on over there and check it out!


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