Calling all Magazine Hoarders…I mean Lovers!

Happy Magazine Monday!

Today is a different twist & instead of showing you just one issue, I’m sharing LOTS of them.  Pick something from the few I’m sharing here or search for something else.  The selection of topics is unbelieveable!  I’ve only shopped for topics that interest me but when you are on the home page, there are:  robots, kitchen remodel, travels, pets, photography, food/cooking, technology, art, hobbies/crafts & comics to name a few.

I wish I could remember how I found MagCloud.  One day, while googling {which I’ve been known to do a little, or a lot} … there was this website that shared a list of links to blogs or websites & after clicking on Kerryanne’s Shabby Art Boutique there it was : her magazines … sold on MagCloud.  I thought to myself, who’s been hiding these fantabulous issues?!?!

Apparently it’s been around for awhile?  Some of the issues went back a few years but that didn’t matter, I found them 🙂  Of course I started with Kerryanne’s Simply Shabbilicious & it snowballed into searching for:  vintage, junk, cottage & farmhouse. Here are some of my favorites:

Aiken House & Garden

Carolyn also has a beautiful blog & I subscribe to get all the beautiful images right away.  This is an issue I own & cherish.

Creating Vintage Charm

This looking like an amazing magazine!

Fall Farmhouse

For foodies who love Fall, this is for you.

Flea Market Gardening

This publication looks a lot different than the flea market magazines I’ve seen before.

Homebound Christmas

I’m sure I would like this one.


It has it all: recipes, interior painting tips & diy.

Inspiration Vintage Lifestyle

If you have the passion for vintage…

Iowa Photographs

There are 5 issues….I’m going to have to have at least one.

Simply Shabbilicious

One of the few Simply Shabbilicious issues.

Simply Shabbylicious

I’m a huge Tilda fan!  A copy of this issue lives with me  🙂

The Feminine Home

Can you imagine how romantic the images are?

Vintage Finds

Living in or visiting FL soon, then check this out!

MagCloud doesn’t just show you the cover, it gives you a couple more pages & lets you know how many pages are in each issue with the pop-up pages!  While using the search bar for those keywords I did find some magazines that were not was I was looking for but that can be an advantage too, what if you find the unexpected?  Even if there is no initial image but the description intrigues you, click on it!  The images will be on the next page!  Another great feature is you can get almost all of the issues in print, digital & a combination of both.  You may find some are a bit more than superstore prices but their collection is like no other & you are probably not going to find them anywhere else.  I haven’t found any that offer a subscription so there is no worry of getting issues you don’t like, you pick the one{s} you love!

Being a creative soul, I am curious about being able to also publish on MagCloud!  My mind is already swirling with ideas….but that will be a project for another day.  In the meantime, we all should check out the issues, order some & unwind with the lovely images that are bound to inspire & aspire ❤

Happy Glossy Pages Junkers!


Adorable & Functional Curtains, Again, in the Living Room

Happy Friday!
I’ve got a huge shout out to my Mom for making some wonderful curtains for our living room {THANX Mom!} 🙂 Since moving here 20 years ago, this tri-panel window has had individual, custom tan roller shades & various valances {also made by my very talented Mom}.  
But after the walls were painted gray & the new furniture came along this year, I wanted a light-filled room. Little did I realize that Junk Hunk Hubby wouldn’t agree & mornings were a bit bright {shhh, don’t tell him I said that}.  Even after I added textured window cling I just didn’t want curtains again.  Then we compromised & agree: we’d try easy open curtains I could pull back to let the light in whenever I wanted {but not in the morning}.
Hours of research resulted in our final decisions of:  large, silver rings with mini-alligator clips &….yep, homemade curtains.  I’m diggin’ the texture of the multi-shade gray upholstery fabric scored from the newly opened Hobby Lobby at 30% off. It compliments the rest of the room perfectly while being functional too!
Here’s the process:

As you can see, even at night, the light filters through the cling {found on Amazon}.  There’s JHH working on putting the curtain rod hardware in place so I can then measure for fabric.


Hardware in place!  One bracket in the middle will allow two curtain panels to be pulled back on each side when I want the light.  The rod is muted silver from Menard’s & less than $25.00.


Close up of the fabric:  it’s a tonal gray, super textured, yummy to the eyes!


Here’s another view of the fabric.  It looks a little plaid-ish here but when you aren’t up this close you don’t notice it {thank goodness!}


Rod, clips & fabric are up & I’m diggin’ it!!!  The color in this picture doesn’t do it justice, it really is a great combination with all the other grays in the room.

If you can sew a straight line you too can make these.  I know how to sew but Mom volunteered & they mean even more to me this way too ❤  She’s also a genius when figuring out how much yardage is needed; wallpaper too….how does she do it?  No clue but I’m glad she does!

What home decorating projects are you working on?


Curtain rod:  Menard’s
Curtain rings w/alligator clips:  eBay
fabric & thread:  Hobby Lobby

Magazine Monday’s Vintage Style : Refresh, Recycle, Re-do

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Hello Vintage Stylers:

I thought I’d start out with the good things first ^^^ like this awesome cover!  What catches your eye first?  The shutters on the wall, the green, chippy table, the red, ticking fabrics, the rooster statues???  Me? I love it all!

Inside this great find of vintage-image filled pages are flea market finds, cottage beauty, Brimfield {MA} info, smart vertical storage ideas, floral trends, some TIY, porch living, charming found objects, a familiar Iowa {The Barn, Wellman} barn & so much more !  If you’re a bit like me, pour some sun tea, sit back & absorb the magic & be entertained by all the vintage inspiration:

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This little article is almost about collections too!  I’m drawn to so many things here: architectural salvage, chandeliers, ironstone, clocks, old fabrics & what-nots, mirrors & you know my love of signage!

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Bonus: rose ad with a galvanized watering can.

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So much to think about!

Have you heard of the mega flea market that happens in Brimfield, MA?  That would be a road trip in & of itself {had to look that up on Rand McNally= it’s 19.75 hours/1224 miles from me, but who’s counting}.  It’s still on my dream list.

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I can’t even….

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If you walked out with nothing in your hands, would it be a crime?

Ok, I couldn’t wait till the end….do you recognize these next few images….I’ve shared them before, even my own personal pictures, several times….I’d have to guess it’s almost nationally know by now, it’s it?  It’s the Yoder barn from The Barn, Wellman!  Love this little article about the wedding part of this setting!

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Vintage Vows indeed ❤

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The nearly-famous Yoder Barn, Wellman, IA!

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My mind’s eye is swimming with ideas if I were to help plan a wedding here…so many possibilities! 

Charming it is, the pictures here are a few favorites & I’ll tell you why:

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Mason jars, always a smile maker…then this little wood tray with charming handles, so pretty!

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The lettered knobs on the cabinet are something I would love to do; the shutter brought indoors – brilliant; & I like that Scandinavian-inspired white star in the window.

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A quaint & cozy kitchen, just the right size.

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How could you not want to create in this room!

Storage comes in clever & adorable containers, the uses for many objects find new meaning:

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Whether it’s useful, everyday items or collections or a little bit of both, look at these great ideas for storage.

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Vintage medical/pharmacy cabinets have long been on my ‘gotta have’ list…but have yet to find one for sale…..someday 🙂

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Lockers never go out of style do they?  I have a single one, painted…what else…aqua!

This next article makes me think of Tif & her Granny Chic style.  Florals are always going to be around, so versatile you can mix & match florals and pair them with other designs such as stripes or chevron for an updated look.

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Floral fabrics, embroidery, etc. : swoon!

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There are several TIY projects in this issue!

Last, but certainly not least….the porch.  Whether you have a full, front porch, something on the side, a wrap-around or enclosed to keep the bugs away, make sure your eclectic style doesn’t stop at the door.  Bring it outdoors so everyone can see!

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Layers outdoors are a great way to give visual interest to passers by!

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Lighting, flooring, comfy seating, storage & style can come together & still look pretty and inviting!

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Texture, as in smooth, rough or in between add up to great outdoor appeal.

Well, like I said, this issue is jam-packed with beautiful pictures, inspiring ideas, travel & event concepts, make a house a home motivations & loads more.  It’s in your local shopping markets now so grab your own copy.  I’m sure you’ll want to keep it & reference back to it from time to time.

Happy Vintage Inspirations!

Giving Thanks!!!

Happy Weekend Junkers!

Although the weekend is nearly over…..still a few hours left so make the most of it while you can….I wanted to give a big shout out to my Facebook friends:  JMTSH has reached 400 likes!!  I’m so grateful for you all  joining in on my randomness here with Blog followers, new Instagram connections and Facebook friends. Things have slowed down a bit around here with the hot weather but I do have projects to share in the next month or so.

One very special project is a Christmas tree for our local Victorian Stroll this December.  I super bestie friend & I have all these great ideas & a vintage theme for the tree that will be on display at the Chamber of Commerce.  Can’t wait to share sneak peeks.

In the meanwhile, I picked up a magazine {or a few, teehee} yesterday while out & about in Pella at Brick & Mortar {sadly, their last day is June 30th} & Simple Treasures {who just celebrated their 10th Anniversary}.  I’m hoping to share another Magazine Monday out to you tomorrow!

As always, thanks for being here & tagging along…I mean that…I enjoy your company!

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Brick & Mortar, Pella, IA  {I was told they will be having pop-up sales even though the store-on-the-corner will no longer be open so be sure & like them on FB to keep up-to- date}
Simple Treasures, Pella, IA  {Be sure & like their FB page too, they had so many great things at their place yesterday – both inside & out….you don’t want to miss anything!}


Magazine Monday: Doll Head Vase Collecting & Flea Market Decor

Hello Vintage Devotees:

I’ve been meaning to share this little Flea Market Decor {May/June 2017 issue} article with you for a while now.  It has special meaning to me & some of my family!  I haven’t known anyone except my Grandma Baker {Pearl} that collected doll head vases.  They were always lovingly on display in her ‘front’ room {aka living room}.  I wish now I would have ask her about them, how she came to collect them & why.  If she got one as a gift, she put their name on the bottom & when she passed away they returned to that person.  My Mom has a few in her china cupboard now {see below}.

I remember being fascinated with them, thinking of them as if they were a real lady, wondering why she was so dressed up & where she was going.  Some had super fancy eyelashes, others had big hats & others had gloves & necklaces; always only gazing at them, knowing they were just too special to pick up to inspect.

I’ve done a bit of research & it seems they are making a comeback & reproductions were made so if you want vintage, do your homework.  Places such as eBay & etsy are great resources with a wide range of prices to suit any collectors budget.  Apparently some are very valuable so if you already have some, you might want to see what yours are worth. They aren’t just used as a vase anymore either, as the article mentions.

Here’s are pictures of what my Mom has:

As you can see, Grandma’s collection was a good variety of styles, sizes & shapes.  Did your grandma or aunt have a collection of these?


Share with us if you have a doll head vase collection or know someone that does, we’d love to hear from you!  Meanwhile, whatever it is that you might collect, know that it’s important to be true to who you are & love it, just because it makes you happy, as I’m sure my Grandma’s vases made her happy as well!

Happy Vintage Collecting Lovelies!


Our 4th of July tradition…let’s have a parade!

Hello Vintage Lovers!

What did you do to celebrate America’s Birthday?  Spend it with family, friends, grilled out, went boating, visited someone or maybe you’re on vacation out of state?  Our family… most of them {Junk Hunk Hubby isn’t into all of the festivities 🙂 } make it to the annual Bussey 4th of July Parade!  Yep, this little town of 416 < nope, no missing numbers > puts on a great, little-known show.

Not sure of the year, I think I was about 8 maybe 9, when my Grandparents {my Mom’s folks} & I rode in the parade.  Judy, our ‘rented’ Amish horse for the summer because she was expecting, pulled us in the buggy that my Mom & my Dad’s Dad he restored, similar to this one:

old buggy

This year seemed perfect to share with you our July 4th morning, when we step back in time.  Sit back & enjoy these pictures from our Tuesday fun!

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These classic cars above are great!  The gray Ford is my favorite, what’s yours?

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These vintage tractors are loud & some are smokey but they all have charm.  I think my favorite is the Oliver!

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The Zig-Ga-Zag Shriners from Altoona never fail to entertain the crowd with the little red cars, tiny motorbikes, little white race cars & more….we sure do miss Ed Overturf in his red car, he always had Elmo riding shotgun ❤

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Kids of all ages enjoy this parade!  I don’t think anyone would be turned down to join in the fun as long as they were in the patriotic spirit & bring a smile 🙂  There are businesses, churches letting you know of bible camp/school dates, politicians {although none this year….hmmmm}, fire trucks from lots of surrounding communities, a local dune buggy club, horses & mules & more.  I told the family, I think the kids at the parade got more candy than at Halloween.  Morgan Construction was even handing out CASH in exchange for likes on Facebook = genius marketing!

Wouldn’t you know it, a long train cut the parade short about 2/3rds of the way through. Many thought the parade was over & started walking up to the City Park where they have a carnival & music.  We were glad Dad wanted to tag along but he was ready to go when the lull in the parade happened so I didn’t get pictures of the last part; next year! As you can see, the 4th of July in Bussey, IA is a big deal.  At dusk, Bussey has quite a fireworks display too!  If you get that chance to visit during this great event with a peek into the past, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Summer Junkers!

Calling All Junk Lovers:

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Hello Junkers:

I’d like your feedback…these warmer days aren’t my cup of tea but we have plans to get out & about to several flea markets in early Fall!  Until then, what kind of things do you want to see here? Are you interested in lots of images…from magazines, etc.? Would you rather know about events/places for you to visit?  Shared stories….about like-minded collectors?  Do you want to contribute with shares, projects, events or such?  Do you want to hear more about me & my wandering thoughts?  Let me know!  Thanks!

Happy Junking All!

OMGosh….I can SEE !!!

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Hi Junkers!  Yep, that’s me & my first selfie here.

Remember the paint-by-numbers canvas post & I said I wasn’t going to tackle it till I had my new reading/computer glasses….well, here they are so I had to show you.  They are prescription….indicative of my age {50+} but today I couldn’t care less!  I had NO idea my eyes had changed so much in one year.  For the past several months, I was taking my glasses off {normal, no-line bifocals} to read, then the computer, at work & home, wasn’t the clearest so I finally went in for a new exam.  It was super thorough & due to the amount of hours I use the computer & read, he highly recommended continuum lenses. I’m a little picky about frames so I found these cute ones on eBay for $6.99/free shipping {they were actual 1.5+ reading glasses}.  There is only a $10.00 charge at Wal-Mart to bring in your own!  Makes perfect senses {cents} to me 🙂

Now I’m not able to see much past about 2 feet in front of me with these & I haven’t taken them to work yet since it’s Saturday so the verdict is still out on how they are going to do long term but, when I picked up this Cottage & Bungalows magazine I’d been saving & I could not believe it: the super fine print was readable!  Game changer in being able to enjoy my beloved magazines ❤

I did try on my new, everyday no-line bifocals & couldn’t see well in those at all.  The optician double checked the lense placement, etc & everything was correct.  We think it’s because of the change in Rx so she suggested I don’t use them today.  Instead start out with them tomorrow first thing & see how it goes.  It might take up to a week for my eyes to get ‘pulled back’ & adjust.  Not looking forward to that but I’ve had a headache for so long already I’m hoping to be surprised & things are better soon.

Going to enjoy some serious magazine time this weekend.  Hope you find something seriously enjoyable too!

Happy Junking Visionaries!!!