Paint by Numbers, The Sequel

Hi Junkers!

Remember back a few months {okay, okay a LOT of months} ago when I started the Mason jar/peony flower paint by numbers piece?  My Mom was up for the challenge after I’d given up & guess what, it’s DONE!


Above are two shots of the ‘before’ & how little I contributed to it before becoming frustrated.  Seriously, those little areas with those little numbers, UGH!  I give my Mom full credit for having SO much patience.  There was hardly a day that she missed working on it which included using a magnifying glass!  Sometimes Lucy, her new kitty, had other plans & was trying too hard to help  ;p  so she’d put it aside.  I’m happy to share with you the beautiful piece of art it has become:

Just like the one in the magazine, if not better!!!
I was delighted to bring it home; it’s perfect!

Now that you have seen the before & after, maybe you too will feel inspired & try your hand at the paint by numbers art ?!?!  Thanks, Mom ❤

~ Junk Maven


Junk Makes The Soul Happy’s Blog is 2 !!

Hi Junkers!

I personally want to thank each & every one of you who are here, reading this, reading that, commenting, following along & just simply enjoy this little junk blog!!  It’s been two years ago today that I wrote my first post.  It paid homage to where my love of junk was reignited in adulthood, Junk Market in Long Lake, MN.

I’m happy to bring you events, introduce you to small businesses, tell you about my favorites, invite you along on our adventures & share my handcrafted funnies aka cartoons 🙂  As with any year, you never know what is in store so buckle up for some fun junking experiences!

a mind blowing anniversary

Happy Junking Anniversary Everyone!

~ Junk Maven


29 years of Day Tripping

Hi Junkers!

Today Junk Hunk Hubby & I drove a few hours South into Missouri for the day.  It was to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary which is actually tomorrow.  Jamesport was our destination since the last time we visited it was pouring rain & we only visited the country store.  This time, although it was cloudy, the temperatures were more Spring-like & we were able to enjoy walking around to all the fun stores.

Some stores had some great junk!  They are had their fair share of vintage things like glassware, baskets & knick knacks.  The bakery/restaurant was open & the quilt shop too.  Best part of all didn’t have a schedule:  we took time to get there, mosied around, chatted, took in the new scenery & had the best time just being together on a happy adventure!

Here are a few shots I took but honestly, I was mostly enjoying the day so I didn’t take as many as usual.  Check out the Facebook page post for business links.  Lesson for the day:  it’s time to get out there Junkers!

This original bar is in beautiful condition!
Who remembers these !?!?
Lots of other ‘junkers’ but not too crowded.
Found a small bundle of vintage lace here ^^^  Got a couple fabric yo-yo makers at One of a Kind & a couple vintage jewelry findings at Simply Primitives.

Happy Junking!

~ Junk Maven


Fig Leaf ‘Tree’ Score from Home Goods

Hi Junkers!

I wanted to share with you a great find I found, a fig leaf ‘tree’!  If any of you are fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, you will have seen one.  You might not have noticed it or known what it is so here’s an image from the show:

fig leaf tree from fixer upper hgtv

I’ve really always wanted an olive tree:

olive trees  And have looked at them for years.  Live ones, faux ones…they all are expensive & yes, I’m probably way too picky about how they look {branches, leaves, olives, height, container, the whole thing} & never found one that was what I wanted within my budget let alone worried I’d spend good money only to have it die.

With most women, our tastes change & we find new things to like, right?  Although I haven’t given up on my ‘dream’ olive tree my thoughts expanded into the fig leaf tree/plant.  Just as adorable & with the faux plants being made more realistic I was sure I’d find something eventually.

Not long ago one of my best friends & I were shopping at Home Goods.  About mid-way through the store I’d found a very affordable sitting buddha in a black/bronze finish, super charming {what can I say, I like zen things}!  As it made its way around the store with me in my cart, I came across this beauty:


She instantly caught my eye, then I noticed the ‘olive basket’ container, the price tag said 40% off & it replaced buddha in my cart.  It’s over 5 foot tall & is overall a great substitute for the real thing {no watering or trying to figure out how to keep it alive}.  It sits in the corner of the living room.  I tried it on the floor but it wasn’t quite high enough to make an impact.  I tried it on the corner of the stairs, too tall there.  So I found the wicker footrest to an old tub chair my parents had back in the 70’s, set it on it & wah-lah.  Here are a few more views:

Rattan, wicker or bamboo footrest with metal legs
Close-up of the olive basket, it looks like galvanized metal but it’s plastic!
It’s light weight & not top heavy.

I smile when I walk in the room & see it  =)  When you’ve wanted something for that long & find it at a good price, it’s a happy day for sure.  Like I’ve said before & firmly believe,  the thing about decorating with items you fall for:  old, new, vintage, retro, antique, hand-me-downs, shabby & thrifty items is that they are always in style.  Making your house a home is all about how it makes you feel.  After all, you live there.  The other fun part is you can change things around, omit, add & re-group to get new looks.

What have you junkers found lately?  Happy Junking!

~ Junk Maven