Grateful for Listening to My Inner Voice

Hello Junkers:
This Brave Living post came to me this morning as an email. It stuck with me all day. I felt the need to share it to help explain my decision to slow down.
Family is everything, as I’m sure you would agree! This is where I want to put my energy. I’m grateful for listening to that quiet voice inside. I can’t thank you enough for being here! See you @ the next junk event 😜😍😉
~ Junk Maven

Dear Spread-Too-Thin Girl….

Is it time to pare your life down to the handful of things that mean the most to you, and let the rest go so that you can give the very best of yourself to the very best things…instead of being spread in a too-thin layer all over the place?

Your heart knows when it’s time…and you will have the strength to do it.

And best of all…you will see enormous changes happen in your life when you let the unimportant things go and embrace the things that quietly sustain you and bring you joy.

It may not look like the most glamorous life….but it is one filled with joy, peace and harmony….one where laughter is a welcome and frequent companion…one where worries are few…where long meaningful conversations are many…..one that is waiting for you when you are ready to take the steps to get there.

You can do amazing things with the simplest things. You can have so little and be so happy. You can take small amounts of time and perform life-changing acts.

Is it time to simplify?

Simplify today…..one little thing at time. You can do it.

You are so so loved.



Trick or Treat Tuesday x Three

Hello Junkers!

It’s the third Tuesday of sharing my Trick or Treat All Hallow’s Eve ideas.  When it comes to Autumn, I have more ideas than any other time of year.  Fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I used to feel bad about saying that since I felt obligated to say Christmas was my favorite, but it’s true so I own it in my ‘older’ age.

Today I’m sharing Halloween costumes through the centuries.  I remember my Chinese Princess costume circa 1973.

Chinese Princess Halloween costume
Even though the mask was hot, my breath made condensation & I had to explain to everyone what I was ‘a Chinese Princess’ I still loved this costume.  We lived in Moscow, ID at the time & I remember watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ❤

Through the years costumes have been made from many materials, it was all how much you could afford, wanted to spend & really how creative you could be.  That is still true today.  One quick search on Pinterest & you’ve got a bazillion Halloween costume ideas.  Here’s a walk through Halloween history & how much fun people were having:

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Above features the Victoria times through 1930’s.

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Images above are from 1940-1960’s.

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Above are the 1970-1990’s.

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The above images are a collection from 2000 to current of celebrities, the family group trend & more.

What are your favorite Halloween memories?  What was your favorite costume?  I remember when our son had friends over one year we did a scary theme with spooky music outside, faux blood dripped on their masks & clothes & Junk Hunk Hubby took the chain off a chain saw so they could scare the bejeebies out of some trick or treaters.  Innocent fun, right?!

Happy All Hallow’s Eve Junkers!

~ Junk Maven


Huge: Thank You Everyone!


Hi Junkers:

It’s time for me to stop & express my gratitude to all of you to who follow me here on the blog as well as the Facebook &/or Instagram avenues.  I am so happy that you ‘like’ the junking things that I share & all the randomness, it just makes me very happy 🙂  Too much happiness is a good thing, right?!?! LOL

I try to respond to all comments.  I very much appreciate all the likes & follows & want you to know that I notice them!  FB just hit the 460 mark, amazing!

Family has needed a bit more attention lately so stay tuned for more things to come!  That’s what adventures are all about 🙂

~ Junk Maven


Tuesday Trick or Treat in October, Deux

Hello Junkers!

I’ve been wanting to share some vintage & not so vintage Pyrex Halloween designs & now is the perfect time 🙂  My search first included looking for ‘pumpkin’, ‘Halloween’ & ‘bat’ with Pyrex on eBay & then realized it wasn’t necessarily just about the designs but instead patterns & colors.  As you know, Pyrex colors include more than a 120ct box of Crayola crayons!  With all the variations of yellow & orange they are all perfect with black.  Then there are those inspirational images of Halloween colors mixed with a little aqua, red & even a little pink.

pyrex halloween
This hutch display of orange, yellow, black & white with the varying patterns & nod to candy corn is charming….I would copy this & isn’t imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right ?!?!
pyrex halloween pumpkin
These little ramekins with pumpkins on the vine could totally pass as vintage!
pyrex halloween black
Any of these black/white patterns could mix with the Autumnal colors.  There is even black with white patterns too.  Mix & match until you like the look!
pyrex halloween color combo 2
What a unique display! The darker green…maybe teal?….works great with the pumpkin orange, black & look at that gold!
pyrex halloween colors display
This is a fun mix of old & new with classic colors on a smart kitchen cart offset with Halloween cookie cutters & I love that vintage owl!
pyrex halloween orange
Variations of orange ~ LOVE!
pyrex halloween bat ghost pumpkin
Here is a newer set of Halloween dishes!  There are more styles than this so do a search & see what works with your collections {or start a new one, oh yeah!}

Happy Trick or Treat Tuesday, Junkers!

~ Junk Maven


Happiness is….Junque Drunk

Hi Junque Junkies:

Happiness is opening the latest Flea Market Decor magazine & seeing one of my favorite junk places featured….on 2 full pages no less!  I posted pictures when Junk Hunk Hubby & I visited Junque Drunk in Parnell on our anniversary trip last year.  Well, low & behold, they are getting a lot of attention lately & it’s about time.


Remember this picture I took?  I mean, L{OO}K at all that glorious junk?!?!?

Be sure & get your copy so you too can check it out & more 🙂

~ Junk Maven


Wanderlust Wednesday…New on JMTSH

Hi Wanderlust Lovers:

I’m trying something new…have you noticed I try to share all the upcoming events over on the Facebook page?  For the last couple weeks I’ve done that & decided it needed a tag or name or something, so it’s now going to be know as:  Wanderlust Wednesday!

Once a week {on Wednesday…did you guess that one, teehee} when you see the new  Wanderlust Wednesday image {below}, I’ll be featuring all the events & happenings I’ve marked as ‘Interested’ in so be sure to look for that image & get ready to gas up the junk wagon, load that Vera Bradley wallet with cash, grab a junkin friend & plan that road trip!

Wanderlust Wednesday

Hope to see you all on the junkin byways!

~ Junk Maven