Monday, August 23, 2010

A little funky before....and funky after!

Earlier this summer, the JunkFest girls and I were on one of our crazy junking adventures when this sad, torn up chair presented itself. While the others were quick to turn up their noses at its potential, I saw a future for this funky has-been....think college dorm room or apartment...

While not a perfect match, this ottoman was among the neglected items waiting for a new home, so I figured what the heck! Gotta have someplace for those feet, right?

Found myself some fresh, fun, floral-hip fabric that would fit the bill for this dazzling duo.

You do see the flower pattern, right?

What do you think? Conducive to a little late-night study session?

Gotta go get the ottoman done...before that first exam....and JunkFest! Hope to see you there!
Linking up to BNOTP's Metamorphisis Monday....over here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I've never seen a FLEA I didn't like!!! Have you??

I am so excited to report that over 70 booths have been reserved
for the 6th Annual JUNKFEST and Flea Market!
These talented, creative folks add a
TON of FUN and WONDERFUL VARIETY to our sale...

...Let me introduce you to a few:

Tri-R-Pumpkins has, you guessed it, ..PUMPKINS!
Load up for all your fall decorating needs.

Colleen Weller of "C.F. Weller Photo Art" is a great photographer and sells fabulous prints and greeting of a kind!

S.G. Spangler will be showing all sorts vintage treasures.

Pat Ferguson & Janelle Jacobson of P&J Crafts focus on re-purposing old junque into potting benches and creating unique window art.

Jill Haugen will tempt you with some Tastefully Simple samples. Order your favorites or try some new products...always delicious!

Eunice Pitman of "The Little Things" will showcase her altered art, jewelry, and re-purposed treasures.

Kate and Al Spanjer will be back again with their antiques and collectibles.

Tamra Kriedeman of "Just for you Jewelry and Beads" will once again wow you with her awesome handcrafted jewelry...she even makes her own glass beads!

Doug Weberg has a great selection of antiques & collectibles for sale once again.

Sharon Hirsch of E&S Antiques will make her first appearance at JunkFest, and we are very excited to see what wonderful treasures she will bring!

Jane Bartlett, a new vendor (coming all the way from Parkers Prairie MN!), will show her collection of GOOD JUNK .

Ed Seeberg of "Ed's Good Olde Toys" will return with his variety of rusty junk, antiques and vintage toys.

Darcie Grager of "October's Child"always delights us with her
felted wool purses and other unique items.

Jane Rosenau brings her beautifully painted fall & holiday home decor items.

Sharon & Bernell Neumiller have a variety of Flea Market items and refinished woodwork.

Shane Balken will be a first timer from Rothsay MN, showcasing his antiques and repurposed, refurbished furniture pieces.

Janell Beumer of "Time 4 You Massage"will be back to loosen
you up after the exciting "Dash for the Door" with her 10 minute massage sessions...
they were certainly enjoyed last year!

Katherine Plessner of Katherine's Krafts will be displaying her unique items.

Joni Lund of the "Trading Post" will have leather crafts from belts to rifle cases.

Tim & Kristie Entringer of "Buy Gone Days" will feature all sorts of antiques.

Jan Schauer, a Creative Memories Consultant, will be there to fill all your scrapbooking needs.

Christi Young of "Shykat Frames" will return with her embellished frames and pictures.

James Bender has antiques and vintage tools.

Heidi Bear, a newcomer, will show her adorable crochet "newsboy" hats and hair accessories for all your little cutie pies!

Sharon Wede of "At Home America" will introduce you to that line of great home decor products.

Renee Muhonen of "Crystal Creations" will showcase her dishes.

Tonia Miiller will fill all of your Avon needs.

Justin Gourde will once again bring his great eclectic mix of antiques and estate finds.

Lavon Larson brings lots of fall/holiday decor with her painted wood and florals.Nancy Schneider of "Longview Market" will sell her blue ribbon baked goods and rustic crafts.

Jan Williams brings her one of a kind furniture and re-purposed items.

Doug Schmid will show his eclectic mix of vintage items.

Fran Fjelde of "Flea Market Frannie" always has a good eye for unique treasures.

And, of course the JUNKFEST Building will be filled to the brim! We can't wait to show you our new crop of re-purposed vintage
furniture and accessories, antiques, architectural salvage,
art and holiday decor.

If you are not sure what to expect,...
... think Pottery Barn meets the Junkyard!

If you know of a vendor looking for a FUN venue to sell their fabulous finds
or wonderful creations, have them contact Lynette at
for a vendor registration form.
We'd LOVE to have them join the party!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gorilla Glue Party and a GiveAway over at DIY!

I wanted to share some FUN news with you about a party event taking place next month.

It is a Gorilla Glue Party event and it will take place Sept 9th through Sept 30th over at the

This is an additional event, a Special Event, (their regular monthly party will still take place). If you have not visited the DIY Club, you should check it out. They have awesome give-a-ways for their monthly competition (this month was a $500 gift package).

The theme of their GORILLA GLUE party is:

Something OLD

Something NEW

Grab the CREW

(Yah, get the family involved)


Head over to the 6 DIY Club gals blogs, you can enter to win a Gorilla Glue gift box, full of products Plus they will give you all the details of this fun party event.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Before & After

Today I'm linking up with Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday over here , and Funky Junk Donna's SNS #43 here. When I came across these chairs I wasn't so sure I wanted anything to do with them. I'm not a huge fan of caning. That was...until I saw it painted and distressed.

Before: Ick

After: Now that's what I'm talkin' about!
And here's my inspiration below. Miss Mustard Seed is one of my (many) favorite blogs.
This made me a believer in caned chairs. The slipcovered seat sealed the deal!

Copy Me Challenge

Even though I didn't embellish mine with a stripe to mimic an old feedsack, it's still flirty, fun, and functional. Would even be cute with a monogram on the seat!

Now I have a huge decision to make. Do I keep them (yes, yes, yes!) even though there are only four, and I would prefer 6? Or, do I let some lucky person take them home from JunkFest?

I guess I've got a month (to be exact!) to decide.....what would you do?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Had an Itch to Etch

I'm seeing that is. Well POLKA DOTS to be exact. And I love the way they sparkle.

But before the thoughts of dots, these spectacular wine glasses had to glimmer their way through the test of time. Most of them anyway. For example, with the large size, you might think the set of 12 is missing 2. Nope. In fact, the set of "8" comes with TWO spares!! See what I mean???

And the silver pretty. Worn on a few of the glasses, but that's the charm of vintage elegance.

I wanted to perk up the personality of these glasses and what better way than to etch an itch, uhm, scratch an etch...I mean itch an etch...I mean etch the GLASS! (*whew*)

My sweetest Junk Sister cut me a few sheets of dots on her CriCut (love it!) and I also found a few different size punches. After painstakingly arranging randomly placing the vinyl dots, I applied glass etching cream, wait, rinse, and wow. Fab!

As much as I'd love to sip a bit of wine out of each and every one...these sweeties will be found at JunkFest 2010. See you there!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Utility cart makeover!

This recently found utility cart needed a little makeover. I loved the size (coffee table height), the greyish-blue color and the wheel factor, but I thought the top could use some excitement.

After digging around the garage, I found an old map I picked up last year. It was ideal for this mini-makeover, as the color of the map looked to be a good match to the cart.

Out came the trusty Mod Podge...
After measuring, cutting and adhering the map (I always use my hairdryer and fingers to push out those bubbles - works great every time), a couple coats of poly were added to the top for protection. This is probably as close to Central Europe as I'll ever get! Look, there's Italy! Here she is finished! (Have you noticed all my finished products are named in the female sense of the word?) :)

Hope you enjoyed this quick, easy makeover. She (ha!) will be available for purchase at JunkFest 2010. Make sure you check out our info for more details on this year's sale as well as our EVENING EXPO! We're excited to have you join us!

I'm linking up to two of my favorite sites:
Donna over at Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Nite Special
Check it out here
Becky over at Beyond the Picket Fence
Under $100 Linky!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

An Evening Event

A new twist has been added to JunkFest Evening Expo will be held Friday, September 10th, 2010 from 6:30pm-8:30pm!! Expo ticket holders will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments while browsing the JunkFest building at their leisure. Plus, receive a junkin' good gift bag for attending. We can't wait to have a chance to get to know you better!

Friday Evening Expo tickets go on sale August 14th and can be obtained by e-mailing . Cost is $35, and includes Saturday gate fee. ***quantities limited*** (and we'll restock for Saturday!)

Junk...timeless, loathed by some but loved by many, often worthy of repurpose.

Fest...festival, an atmosphere of laughter and friendship, a joyful celebration.

Flea Market...more fun and adventure than the mind can imagine.
(more on the flea market in a later post!)

Monday, August 2, 2010

An apology to my family...

I owe my family an apology....

I'm sorry....but there will be no banana bread until after JunkFest.
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