Anyone that's been to JunkFest knows. If you didn't get in the door when the ribbon was cut you might have missed it. Missed what? Well, purt near everything! Within a few hours the scenery changes by quite a bit, as happy shoppers gleefully envision their new prize in their home or garden.
But...there are a few things...a few lost little pieces that don't get adopted on JunkFest Day. So sad. Such is what happened to these two lonely souls. The simple cloche made sweet with a broken marble doorknob on top, and the empty (but not without grand potential) gold frame. Can you see them?
Never fear. I am not disappointed you see, as selling items at JunkFest is often bittersweet for us. Because as true junkers....WE also love all those items too!!! So the lost is found...the cloche and frame have found their place.
Fumbling through a songbook for odds and ends "placemats" I swept across a song entitled "Gentle Annie". It immediately brought visions of my Grandmother Anna (Annie to most) to mind...the sweetest, most gentle, soft hearted woman I ever knew. I smiled inside and knew this sheet was not be be used as a surface protector. Flipping a few pages farther, the most astonishing thing came before my eyes. A song entitled "They All Love Jack"! My Grandfather's name was John (Jack by all his friends) and he was truly a well liked and very much a fun loving man!!
Finding those two songs in the same book felt like they were meant to be together...just like my Grandparents, who had been married for 63 years, 3 months, and 18 days, and when they passed, did so within months of each other.
A copy of their wedding photo in sepia tone blended nicely with the aged sheet music. Who said frames needed to be filled with paintings, when they can simply be filled with things we love.
The cloche also found it's place near the large frame. Sitting upon a metal do-dad, and again sheet music as a "placemat". I played with a few ideas for what to put in the cloche, starting with my Grandmother's garden gloves and Grandfather's hanky. They were a good match to the Grandparent "theme" I had going on but didn't seem quite right in the cloche.
Then I tried a sweet little tree my sister brought me from Brazil. It also looked good in the cloche but maybe wasn't exactly the fit for this time around.
Then I remembered I had recently picked up a happy little bluebird at a convenience store of all places. With spring in the air and the mix of colors atop the sheet music...this was the perfect fill for the cloche for this display.
I love how my area turned out, it brings a smile to me as I pass by. Maybe our junk shoppers will see the junk in a different way this year, knowing the possibilities are endless when incorporating "junk" into a display in your own home. Will these two items be back on the block at JunkFest 2010? We'll just have to see.