Hello Hummingbird!

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Just outside my office window, I placed {ok, our Maintenance Man, Bill, placed…} the shepherd’s hooks & I put out my green, vintage-bottle hummingbird feeder about 2 weeks ago.  Waiting & waiting for a little, flighty bundle of speed to show up & enjoy some homemade sugar water.

Finally, ‘he’ arrived!  Bill {see above} kept asking me everyday, “Did you see one yet?” and I’d reply, “No” 😦  “Be patient, they’re around…”  Then this little guy shows up & I’m thrilled.  Bill keeps saying “It’s a green one!  It’s a green one!” LOL  Being a great gardener he knows his birds too.

I’m happy to share with you my little visitor that surprises me from time to time & gives me a much needed smile {especially after a huge I-9 audit today, ugh}!  Still waiting for him to bring his friends but maybe he’s keeping this secret spot to himself?

Happy Summer All!

Retro Outdoor Phone

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Hello Retro Lovers!

There is nothing I don’t like about this picture!  Adult Son asked me to bring him lunch the other day & when I drove past this building I had to get a shot of the weathered wood, rusty metal siding, old warning & informational signs, the outdoor phone {including hanging phonebook} & even the light globe!

Take the time for the little things that make you smile!

Happiness is Retro Finds!



The Best Vintage Goodness Video Ever & the Song is Catchy Too

Hello Vintage Lovers!

Maybe you’ve taken your kids or grandkids to the Trolls movie?  If so, you heard Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ song.  Catchy little ditty, huh?

I was trolling {pun intended, ha} around youtube the other day, there was JT & this song so I clicked the video {<<< watch here}.  I have to admit, as soon as I saw the first few seconds, yes, the very first two or three seconds I couldn’t believe my eyes….I mean, look at that restaurant sign!  Then, imagine my surprised when I figured out there was a theme here, WOW!

My favorite is the Motel sign with the young man dancing poolside, swoon!  It brings back great memories of driving across country with my folks in the 70’s & begging to stay in a Motel with a pool 🙂  Then, there’s the vintage cars {sports, station wagon & semi truck}, barber shop, laundromat, transmission place, art/flowers stand, waitress, retro girl, car wash, grocery store clerk, skateboarder, truck driver, businessman {or ? = in the suit with lime green shirt}, tv salesman & red air dancer {net retro but very cool}, heck even the wording is retro.  It’s all very groovy!

Doesn’t it make you want to go on a road trip too?  Curiosity got the better of me & I googled where to find the Motel.  Low & behold the LA Daily News did an article about the video & the ‘secret’ landmarks featured.  All the places are far-out & what a fun, mini destination vacation time that would be to visit them all.  Click the lick above to see the news story.

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^^^ The first few seconds of the video ^^^

Happy Retro Memories to You All!!!

Sneak Peak at Paint by Numbers Canvas Picture

Hey Junkers!

My Country Living’s Belle of the Ball canvas kit from easy123art arrived this week. Although I haven’t had time for projects lately, I did want to show you the layout of the numbers on the canvas & talk briefly about the products.

Let me start by saying I think the quality of the wood & canvas are nice.  For the price paid, I would have preferred a guard on the two paint brushes since they are loose on the back side of the canvas with the paint that is plastic wrapped.

Actually, the first thing I noticed was the canvas itself & the numbered areas.  They are very tiny, miniscule in fact.  I’m wondering if some sections might even be a one or two bristle paint brush!  This last week I had an eye exam & my eye doctor suggested I have a pair of computer/reading glasses separate from my regular, daily glasses.  Over the last couple months, I’ve been having trouble reading fine print {my cherished magazines!} & seeing my computer clearly {all day at work & then at home}.  The doctor was able to show me how much better I would be able see with this special pair of glasses so I’ve decided to try it!  There was an adorable blue/black speckled pair of frames on eBay for $6.99/free shipping that help on the cost of two sets of lenses  ;).  It will be fun to have a cute pair & I’m so excited to be able to see better!

As you can imagine,  I won’t be staring on this project until my new glasses are here. Then I’ll be comfortable enough to start on painting this adorable picture, number by tiny number, ha.  Who knows how long it might take so I’ll post as-I-go updates if needed!

Here’s the sneak peak:


Yep,  some paint sections are itty bitty…..


Happy Creating Junkers!

Day~Dreaming of a Shabby Chic Outdoor Dream Space with Chairish Treasures

Hello Vintage & Junk Lovers:

I’m honored to be invited to be a part of the Chairish challenge to design a shabby chic dream space!  After a few email exchanges, I was then faced with: what faux room do I want to decorate for this challenge?  With the options wide open, I was torn between an in-home office & outdoors.  So, since it was my house number sign that got their attention, it seemed right for me to come up with an outdoor space to love.

cottage white door with peonies entrance to garden

I found this adorable image on Pinterest & it was instantly my inspiration, I thought, what would it look like on the other side?  Imagine a well maintained but not overly manicured grass area with inlaid stones that create a pathway all around & pebble stone areas to contrast against the colors in the trees & flowers.  Maples, willow & a pine trees line the edge for a cozy, including a secluded area that you can enjoy all by yourself . Other areas are more open & meant to bring family & friends together.  Flower beds spring up randomly with David Austin roses, hydrangea, more peonies, sweet william, hollyhocks, foxgloves, phlox, daisies, coralbells, dianthus, iris & violets.

With all these lovely things to see, you’ll want to sit & enjoy yourself for hours, right? Mix that quality time with sharing it {or showing it off} to have family dinners, celebrate birthdays & holidays in the warm weather or have a girlfriend’s get together! The entire space is versatile where the pieces can be moved around to suit the needs of that day. You want to be comfortable, cozy & still be in style.

Use your imagination & follow along with me while I include my thoughts for each image: how & where I’d place each hand selected item.  At the end of this post you’ll have links to Chairish so you too can take a look at their shabby chic items & more, if shabby isn’t quite to your liking.  Here are the things from Chairish I would add to a wonderful, outdoor, shabby chic garden dream space to make it inviting:


white iron garden bench
The above white iron garden bench was the first thing that caught my eye!  It’s just adorable!  Sit a spell…..

Then add a vintage ‘flower garden hexagon’ quilt from Grandma {or someone’s Grandma} & some vintage and hand-made pillows.  This variety shows how the patterns mix well with the florals & the colors move into Fall.  If the fabric isn’t outdoor friendly, simply store them away when you come inside.

Not only do these colors blend well, they make a great pair.  The simple choice would be to put the vintage birdhouse on the chippy chair.  Or, place a battery light in the birdcage, attach a chain & hang it from a sturdy branch in one of the trees, near a sitting area or back in a corner for texture.  You could also place the chair underneath branches with a flower pot filled with violets.

A few more lighting options!  The white, wooden lanterns can be scattered around the outdoor dream space {with twinkle lights inside each} or clustered together, or try both at random times. The chandelier would be wonderful over a table/sitting area for a little more elegance.  If you’re going to use it strictly for outdoor, consider having it attached {by an electrician} to a long extension cord so it can be moved around.

Items paired in three tend to catch your eye, do they yours too?  Because of their rich orangey-rust, I put them together here.  In my mind’s eye I see large dark pink peony bushes, their large blooms peeking around these three shabby chic beauties.  What about large sea shells inside the urn with their silvery pink tones?

It’s time to entertain!  I’m smitten with the white, vintage metal table & crowned with several green, vintage clamshell bouncy chairs for a retro & fun element.  Bring in the vintage beverage cart {line it & fill with ice for drinks} & the white wicker bar cart to keep food & condiments organized.  The vintage green melamine Boontonware sets the tone for casual dining & the shabby candle holders will come in handy at dusk, when you can’t bring yourself to go inside.

How precious is this green, vintage wicker chair & cast iron French Bulldog statue, yeah, precious?!?!  Among the iris & hydrangea, you’ve just found your favorite spot to sit & read your favorite romantic novel with a little pal to keep you company.  the Frenchie can be placed on a pebblestone edge to avoid being directly on the ground.

These last few treasures would be brilliant in the shabby chic outdoor dream space. The Greek God bust adds a bit of elegance to those special occasions {remember the chandelier!}.  The distressed white steamer truck is perfect for misc. storage, be sure to seal it if leaving it outdoors.  The shabby, folk art birdhouse planter/terrarium could be put on a table when not entertaining.  Imagine a trio of terra cotta pots filled with ivy or fern inside the terrarium too!  Lastly the antique zinc finial would be a great focal piece for any part of the garden.

Chairish’s Shabby Chic link:  https://www.chairish.com/style/shabby-chic

Chairish’s Home page link:  https://www.chairish.com/

Thanks Vintage Lovers for taking this imaginary trip with me though the ultimate, outdoor dream space filled with shabby chic goodness!

Get out to the IA & NE Flea/Vintage Events this Weekend

Hello Vintage & Flea Market Lovers!

It’s a great weekend to live in Iowa & Nebraska if you want to get out for some pickin’! It’s hard to believe that flea markets & other outdoor events are in full swing, isn’t it? Having grown up in Northern Minnesota, we didn’t have humidity, or at least it was rare. The temperature didn’t get in the 90’s too often which I think is ideal.  And although I’ve been living in Southern Iowa for over 30 years {geez, that made me stop & think!}, I’m certain that I will never get used to or enjoy the humidity, that also seems to be around in colder weather.  Sadly, it has to be a super nice, breezy, low-humidity day for me to be able to enjoy these events.

Of course I do get out & about but at times it’s climate controlled.  If, when I check the forecast, it looks as if it’s going to be steamy, I try to think of other enjoyable treasure hunts.   Thrift & second-hand stores are always good choices!  If I’m lucky enough to be able to plan a full day, I make a list & try to map out a plan.  If you have a Google account {I have two, one personal & one for JMTSH} you can go to my maps & customize your trip.  I first saw this featured over at KevinandAmanda.com & I’m linking it so you can view their tutorial; it’s super easy.  It’s also great for planning your accommodations & places to get local eats! We’ve used it for family & junk trips and I love that I can print it {I’m a visual person so having that map IN my hands is very comforting in new surroundings}.

If you’re the warmer-weather-the-better type of vintage & junk shopper, there are four FANTASTIC events going on this weekend!  I have been to all of them & it wouldn’t be fair to say I have a favorite, I just couldn’t.  They all are unique in their own way.  I have featured some great artists/vendors on the blog that make these venues so fun & you won’t go wrong by choosing any of them {or more….make it a junk marathon}!

Only way to be fair is we’ll take the school approach & do this alphabetical 🙂

1. JunkStock


2. Southern Iowa Junk Jaunt


3. The BARN in Wellman


4.  Vintage & Made Fair


^ Hi Mom ❤  I’m happy to share these photos are from my collection.

JunkStock is in Omaha, NE and now located at Sycamore Farm.  Not at all hard to find, just a few miles out of town & there it is….acres of vintage goodness.  We’ve been there twice, first when it was at the old dairy farm & then this last Spring @ Sycamore.  Be sure to enjoy some cuisine at the exclusive food trucks too.

Southern Iowa Junk Jaunt is a collection of vendors & actual stores that have formed a junk bond {is that a pun?} like no other.  They are open at the same time to give shoppers a uniformed experience, support each other through singular advertising, offer a ton of variety & are all in close proximity to make this a unique experience.  It’s full of that welcoming, home-town feel.

The BARN in Wellman, IA features a real barn on a real farm for a true country backdrop like no other.  Their story is just as fun as they are: two Mom’s and their two daughters are the creative geniuses of this event.  Vendors are hand selected, giving you the best vintage, upcycled, junk show around.  Find a shady spot to sit & enjoy a bite to refresh in between all that shopping.

Vintage & Made Fair, in Urbandale, IA, now at Living History Farms, is a self proclaimed indie-craft & vintage affair. My take is:  it has a bo-ho, hippy, vintage, recycled, rustic & romantic vibe all rolled into one. It’s spread out with lots of room for meandering so you can soak it all in.  They too have yummy treats.

If you to any or more of these great places, drop me a line & let me know how you enjoyed it!  Happy Junking!!!