Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Junk Decor 2012

Christmas Junk Decor 2012
Time to get back to blogging again. It's that joyous time of year and my favorite to decorate! This year I had to use items that I had in boxes that I had picked up during my thrifting excursions.  My daughter moved all of her belongings into my garage earlier this year and they were in the way of my Christmas decorations totes. So....with some crafting supplies, ideas, I put myself to work.

This is my favorite piece of furniture that my mother left to me. It is my favorite to decorate with all the shelves. I picked up this cupid clock at the Lucky Day Emporium Christmas craft show. Early Christmas present for myself.

Trees made with lace, vintage photos and rhinestone buttons. I used sugar jars to put these in.

Hard to see, but a spindle of vintage thread with the amber colored poinsettias placed inside. I also inserted a Christmas card into the frame I had purchased for .50 cents and glued on another amber poinsettia to it. Jar of amber, gold and orange ornaments.

My favorite picture of my two little furry children from last Christmas. A vintage music box with the kissing angels was a thrift store purchase too. I hot glued the elf onto my carriage and stuffed his arms with a miniature tree.

I tried my hand at the Dollar Store wine glass turned upside down. Inserted a Christmas pick with silver ornaments underneath and a birds nest on top. A little raffia used to tie a bow. I used some music notes paper and cover "Glade" candles, along with some lace ribbon and rhinestone buttons. My cream peacock was a late thrift shop find as well.

I found a use for my Martha Stewart glitter that I had to have. I sprayed a green cone with spray adhesive and sprinkled pink glitter over the entire tree. Inserted the star on top and lined it with pearl trim. This was also set on top of a china sugar bowl.

My coat rack from Pier 1 holds bits and bobbles, printed off Christmas cards, etc.

Star made from an old bendable ruler. "Merry"from old game pieces. Mason jar filled with Epsom salt as snow, popped in a little tree, added a stainless silver fork, bent to hold a printed card and finished off with a cute little red bow.

This is another early Christmas present I purchased from eBay. It can be used in so many different ways. As a card holder, A mini tree holder. Ornament holder. On and on.....

I found this dress form for .50 cents that someone had painted all sorts of colors. I covered it with book paper, mod podge, hot glued a piece of holly and gold trim around the waist. I glued it onto the top of a wooden candle stick. I like the way it came out. I also picked up that red metal piece at a thrift shop. Not sure what kind of tool item it is, but I found it and thought it looked like a Christmas tree stand. So I popped in a little tree. Next to it is another Mason jar with the Epsom salts, mini tree and an old wooden vintage doll. I have seen a lot of this made this year. So fun.

I bought this pair of angel wings from a yard sale this past Saturday for .50 cents. (That is my fav amount this year.) Painted a metal star white that I already had. I saw this picture frame NOEL on another blog, but can't remember the name. I used scrapbook paper and sticker letters. To top it all off, I used one of my apothecary jars and filled it with lots of yummy chocolates and I have already eaten half the jar! Ugh! I know what one of my resolutions will be. :0 

I hope you enjoyed visiting my thrifty Christmas Junk Tour. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

I am joining in over at the "Funky Junk Interiors link party. Check it out here:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Joys of Junking

Joys of Junking

I am back! Can't believe I have not posted since August of last year. Anyway....I am posting some of the projects I created this week with FREE and an estate sale purchase.

I saw these items in the trash pile at an estate sale I went to last weekend. I asked if I could have them since they were going to throw them away and the lady said "of course". Score!

I saw this tray idea posted over at Meredith's blog.

This is my finished tray table. I did not use a cookie sheet, but the cafeteria tray worked just as well.

This birdcage was one of my finds at the estate sale. I waited and poked around until 1:00 when everything was slashed 1/2 price. $18.00, ended costing me $9.00. I added a box of books from the garage, piled them up and added my nesting bird saucer on top. I like the finished project.

NEXT: The pictures below are what I will be working on here and there. Not sure how long it will take. I FINALLY got my craft room I have been wanting FOREVER! A room opened up at my house with a daughter going away to college, so HELLO CRAFT ROOM! All I have done is set up the furniture and piled boxes and boxes and piles of stuff everywhere. I will post pics when it is completed.

I will be linking up to a few of my favorite link parties and check out the inspiration!




Sunday, August 14, 2011

Garden Art

Garden Art Projects
I saw these at a craft booth and knew that I could reproduce them. They sell for $25.00 each. My total cost was probably $7.00. They are made out of different size plates and a candle holder in the middle. A flat glass vase glued onto the back holds the stakes on. So far I have had very good luck with the E6000 glue. I did let them dry a week before I put them outside. Now this is my flower plate corner.

I just LOVE red geraniums. I planted them in this floral watering jug with stand that I found at the thrift store.

A close up of the bird feeder. I glued a medium sized plate onto an upside down milk glass vase and then glued a milk glass candle holder and spoon on top of those. Add some birdseed and Viola! Used the same E6000 glue. Another project under $6.00. I love it!

My daughter wanted me to make some pet rocks. She had never seen them before. So simple. Aren't they cute?

Well, this is just some of the stuff that has been keeping me busy. Hope you enjoy and make some for yourself.

I am joining up with:
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Thrifty Finds - August

I can't believe I have not posted since June.  I could blame it on the weather, the kids being home for Summer, but that did not stop my thrifting. Here are a few pictures of some fun finds I have found. The vintage booth is still doing very well. Enough to pay the rent, plus an extra $75.00 to spend on new items. Pays for my habit. I actually like everything I buy, but the special things I keep. So as I see it, I am breaking even AND having fun.

Look at this CUTE set of darling geese or ducks measuring cups. I have never seen anything like these. This is a keeper.

I saw this chalk sketch print at the Spring thrift store, did not buy it, dreamed about it and then went back the next day to purchase it. It was 1/2 off and only $15.00. A bit pricey for me, but it spoke it me....It is of a lady from the 30's or 40's dressed up with a fancy hat on. It takes a bit to focus in on it.

This vintage beaded handbag was a find. Someone priced it at only $1.99. This was a keeper, as I collect vintage purses.

This item was a big mystery until we opened it. I saw it on eBay for $20.00.  I paid $2.50. Another 1/2 off sale. It is called an "Ingrid" picnic tote. Very mod looking. My daughter kept this one.

And....this adorable vintage Hello Kitty suitcase. It is purrfect inside. :) 

This is enough for now to catch up on. I will post some garden art that I made in my next post. Hope you are having as much fun thrifting as I am!
I am hooking up with Flea Market Finds over at Her Library Adventures
Frugal Friday over at The Shabby Nest
Check them out! Fun Finds!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Gilded Girls Stash Society

The "Where Women Create" blog is hosting a giveaway for one of Debbie and Shea's (The Gilded Girls Society) monthly "boxes of beautiful stuff". They will also be teaching at "The Creative Connection" in St.Paul in September. I wish I could go. It will be on my list for next year.

Check it out here:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Thrift Finds

Last week was a very good week for thrifting. :) See below:

I have always wanted one of these Hula lamps and today it was on the back table being priced and I saw it as I was checking out. I asked the owner if it was for sale and he said "Yes, I just brought it in this morning, because I have been working on it to get it dancing again, and now it works. I know these are expensive and I was kind of scared to know how much he wanted for it....$9.95! Can you believe that? Sold! I want to find like a burlap shade and put some fringe on the bottom of it. This is a keeper.

I also found this print. It reminds me of being in a house in the 60's. I looked it up on eBay and it has a sister that goes with it. This one is called "Summer Symphony".

I had never seen one of these before and the cashier told me it was an antique dress measuring ruler. 1/2 off...$3.00. Pretty cool.

These baby Christening dresses I could not leave behind. They were $3.00 each. One of them has the nicest lace all on the front on it.

I also picked up these cute little vintage pictures with Hull vases in them. 1/2 off sale that day....$3.00 for both.

I don't know what is wrong with Blogger, but I am having trouble typing between pictures. I also found another typewriter. $5.00. It sold the first week in my booth at "The Curiousty Shoppe".  I am still looking for my PINK typewriter. That one will be a keeper.

I will be linking up with the link parties on the right side of my blog. Hope you all are having great finds too! Thank you for the comments. I greatly appreciate them. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Some Updates....

Can you believe it is June 1st?!?  I have been spending some time getting my booth at "The Curiosity Shop" together. Here are some pics.



Knock on wood....I have done pretty good. This is my second fill up.  I only buy items that I like and then I won't be out the money if they don't sell.   This is more of a hobby than a money maker for me. It does help support the thrifting bug though for the items I keep. :)

and a little crafting  with my gardening going on...found this wire framed planter for $15.00 at a used furniture store and I saw a vision for it.....



I added a few plates that I picked up for $4.00 for a  total cost of project $19.00. I love how it came out.

Here are a few extra garden pictures that I took this morning. Everything is just now starting to bloom. Late Spring for us here in Florida.

Well that is all for now on this beautiful day....June 1st.  I have to take my daughter to some appointments today over in St.Petersburg and fortunately, one of them is on "THRIFTING ALLEY"! There must be 8 shops in the area. So....even though she waits in the car while I go in with her deep SIGH...I will hit a few. Do you get the SIGH from your peeps?

I will be linking up with some of the link parties over to the right on my blog. Have a happy week! :)