Panoply’s {blog} Purge Reveal

Hi Junkers!

Do you follow blogs?  Funny, I guess if you’re reading this you might be following mine, ha 🙂  I like to read my fair share & wow are there a lot of them, so many to choose from!  One of my favs is Panoply, who believes that “Life is….a wide-ranging and impressive array” of antiquing, thrifting, gardening, home decor and organization.

This is a blogger whose taste is impeccable, timeless & classic.  It wasn’t long ago that she announced she was have a ‘purge’ of treasures that included a give away!  I responded & was lucky enough to be picked!  She was gracious enough to ask about the things we like & collect.  She wanted to send items she knew would be a good match.  My list was probably too long but not knowing what all was being purged {since it was going to be a surprise}, I figured I better give her lots of ideas, right?

Fast forward to today & my box from West Virginia arrived!    Here is the reveal:

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OMGosh, I’m SO excited!!!
An adorable card with a hand-written note ❤
Packaged with care!
Note says: “A funny thing…I was going through things and that little VW stick pin just literally fell out of a box!”  It was meant to me mine ❤    The oval plate is ironstone & the pitcher below fits on it perfectly!


Is she the most adorable little ironstone pitcher?


There are almost no words for this large McCoy flower pot!  The color, the design….the whole thing is fantastic!

Pretty impressive, huh?  Of course, I’m SO grateful & thankful to Rita for choosing me & sending such wonderful pieces that will be added to my collections!  Be sure & check the link above to see all the fun things going on over at her blog 🙂

Happy Surprises!

~ Junk Maven


Mrs. Easter Bunny

Hi Junkers!

I’ve been slacking on the junk scene lately & instead I’m switching home decor around trying to put some bright colors out.  Spring is officially here but the weather sure isn’t cooperating much so it’s hard to get in the mood to junk.  It’s been fun planning some of the things to zhuzh up the porches with, which includes new front porch stairs & railing.

Have you seen the many images {Facebook, Pinterest, etc.} of the galvanized tire wreath from Hobby Lobby & all the different ways people have decorated them?   I remember them from last year & they sold out fast.  Here’s a sample:

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I was lucky enough to find the tire again on their website recently & had a gift card from Christmas.  Then I thought, what’s more Spring than a bunny?  A quick search on eBay uncovered an 80’s style handmade cloth bunny for a steal:

She’s adorable but needed a little TLC:  eyes, mouth needed cleaned up & needed dressed.

Here eyes are gray buttons with a single, white sequin sewed on over it.  Noticer her mouth?  It’s a bit wet….a little OxyClean scrub & a dab of bleach did the trick.
Another angle….a real cutie!
” I’m ready for my close up “
SNIFF : I have a nose!
Not crazy about the embroidery floss black whiskers….
Eyelashes work.  The new gray & pink embroidery floss whiskers….still not right.
Cream upholstery thread whiskers for the win!  

As far as her face goes, I’m happy with how it turned out.  Then she needed some clothes.  She’s small so I picked out a couple things at Goodwill in 0-3 months but when I got them home, they were still too big, ha.  Clothing is going to be a challenge, might have to look on eBay for doll clothes, what do you think?

And, if you know me, I have to give things a name.  She doesn’t have one yet, any suggestions?  She’ll soon find her home in the tire wreath.  She’s going to make a great Springtime addition to the enclosed back porch.  More to come!

Happy Spring!

~ Junk Maven


Sprucing up for Spring

Hi Junkers!

It’s enjoyable to decorate for the holidays but it might be more fun to decorate for the seasons!  We’re just able to appreciate all the visual treasures longer, right!  That’s why when Valentine’s Day was over it was time to put different things together.  I love to rearrange but since our living room is small & includes an outside door, a doorway & stairs along with complicated outlets it’s unheard of for me to move the furniture so instead my decor gets refreshed a lot.

I have maybe three boxes full of old, new, vintage, antique, etc. decor that I love.  It’s sort of like going shopping & funny thing, I do forgot what I have sometimes, so that’s entertaining, ha.  Here is what I’ve done with the mustard-colored cabinet area lately:

Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy, but you get the idea  🙂
The bible quote wood sign is a chalk paint stencil I did with one of my BFF’s at a local-ish painting shed shop.  Items are: oil can heart : Old Parts New Hearts, bird candle holder : a gift, McCoy pot : What Cheer Flea Market,  vase : eBay, the old books : Spring City Vintage,  greenery : Black Bird Primitives, vintage tablecloth : Mary Jobs @ What Cheer Flea Market & frame : Hobby Lobby.
See the frames on the left side of the picture?  Full image below:
Item resources:  vintage frames : various events, metal bird bucket : Dollar General, greenery & nest stick : Black Bird Primitives. 

Have any of you got bitten by the Spring bug yet?  The rest of the living room is coming together.  One project is repotting some plants & picking out new flooring.  Still no compromise on the stairs {that still have hunter green carpet but Junk Hunk Hubby won’t budge on getting rid of it, lol}.

Happy Spring Sprucing!

~ Junk Maven