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Junking Blooms

Hi Junkers:

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Iris’ from country road ditches, a mini iron pump, old iron floor lamp pole {minus the lamp,etc.} & whirligigs in the back yard.
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Peony’s from an old abandoned farmhouse & hostas photobombing.
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Hostas in company with my Grandma Pearl’s lily of the valley.

Just thought I’d share a bit of what’s currently blooming in our yard.  Do you have blossoms bursting???

Happy Blooming Junk!

~ Junk Maven

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Thursday shares for Two Weeks

Hi Junkers!

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JMTSH is going on vacation in a few days….11 days worth of no 9-5’er 🙂

Over on FB I’m sharing two weeks worth of events so it’s your turn to plan a get away!  Let me know where you’ve been!

Happy Junkin’ Vacations ❤

~ Junk Maven

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A little Christmas a little early

Hi Junkers!

A little bit of Christmas came a little early to me this week 🙂  Stephanie @ North Creek Antiques remembered from last year that I was looking for a chicken nesting box with the circle openings.  She had one @ the What Cheer Flea Market but it was three tiered & maybe 15 holes….too big for what I wanted.

Then, before this year’s WCFM she messaged me, asking if I was still looking for the smaller nesting box & to let me know she had one!!!  Mom was gracious enough to get it for me for an early Christmas gift, knowing it could be a long time before I found another.  Twice I’ve spied one at other events, only to quickly see the “SOLD” sign on it, ugh!

For now, this nesting box is waiting for me in Mom’s shed.  There are no chickens…yet… but there is a plan for chickens.  It might not be until I retire but it’s been a dream of mine for years, so until then, I’ll know that I have this waiting for those Girls  🙂

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Keep those junk dreams alive!

~ Junk Maven

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What Goes Around ?

Hi Junkers!

The May issue of Country Living magazine has some amazing vintage finds & gets you in the mood to find some bargains this year while scouting all the events & flea markets!  One of the first things I noticed were the hunting dog pictures:

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Look for this cover!
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There are four vintage hunting dog paint-by-number magazine pictures above.

This reminded me of the ones I got from my folks while they were cleaning sheds last year.  I’ve had them in our ‘office’ room….still not sure what to do with them.  Not really my style but I have a nostalgic connection to them since they used to belong to my grandparents & I think my Grandpa Heston might have painted two of them them & I found this on eBay:

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& these are mine:

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Possibly painted by my grandpa!
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These are some handsome dogs!

& this one this is not paint-by-numbers:

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Another good looking picture!

The price range for these vintage pieces vary quite a bit but finding a buying might actually be the tricky part.  I think it’s a fun way to bring back fond childhood memories!  What sparks your vintage thoughts of long ago?

Happy Hunting Junkers!

~ Junk Maven

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A Vintage Wicker Picnic Basket gets new life with a little elbow grease!

Hi Junkers!

A few months back there was the best deal on an adorable wicker picnic basket in eBay, the shipping was nearly the same as the item…too good to pass up!  Not that we picnic, in fact, I was going to give it as a gift but it has a pie shelf & the whole thing is so very heavy.  It made me re-think the gift idea for sure.  Then it had this sticky stuff all over the top so it sat in the ‘office’ for a while until one day I needed a project.

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Some substance was obviously laid on top of the basket {that was sticky} then fibers off something else maybe got stuck.  It was dried on for sure.
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Look at that beautiful woven design.  The dark spots are where there is paint missing, giving it a true vintage vibe on the wicker & metal handles.
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One of the big attractions to this basket was actually the pie shelf.  This allows you to layer your items: food dishes to accessories so nothing gets smushed.
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There are still the same few scratches on the top but the sticky stuff is gone.  Goo-Be-Gone is a miracle liquid that smells like drunk oranges.  It probably took me close to 45 minutes & 12 paper towels to get all the guminess off.
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Aerial view of the top.
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Her she is now….she’s a beauty!

Still not sure what I’m going to do with the basket.  If I actually use it, it won’t be till our family reunions in July & August.  Sadly, I have nowhere to display her {yes a ‘she’…it’s the pink flowers} in the kitchen or anywhere else.   I’d part with her since I have no room but have you shipped anything lately?  I recently sold a vintage tupperware mold and made less than $2 due to the shipping cost =(   Do any of you have ideas on ways to use her?  It was a fun project in the end, just knowing how much better she looks.

Happy Junk Projects!

~ Junk Maven