Saturday, December 31, 2011

January Wreath Change-up

Linking up to Becky over at Beyond the Picket Fence!
What do you get when you mix a salvaged grain bin door, an iron pulley, silver tipped garland, wintery trees, an old metal tool box, a Mason jar resting on casters (purchased at JunkFest 2011!) and an old locker basket? Well, let's see now...

...a fireplace mantel and hearth all dressed up for the remainder of

Stay cozy!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Time to ring in 2012!

We are linking up to Becky over at Beyond the Picket Fence!

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to start thinking about the New Year and all the parties that go along with it! I saw this sweater sleeve idea on the internet, so thought I'd try my hand at making my own version of a wine bottle cover. I think it turned out pretty sweet.

Best part, no sewing required for this girl who despised Home Economics. But, I can embellish - ha!

Since I don't want to buy wine charms, I decided to create my own...from my junk girl stash...
My motto holds true for this old door bell button: Never throw anything away!

They are all so unique in their own way. That's the #1 rule, when you're talkin' wine charms.

So, if you aren't invited to any parties this NYE, create your own!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

When the Spirit moves...

When the spirit moved for me the other day, I knew immediately I had to pull up my boot straps and move with it! And, in case you were wondering, I'm referring to Christmas decor...
I've had my tree and decorations up for a while now....just wasn't feeling very inspired or creative this year. Until I found these stockings I sewed last year and threw in a drawer! My goal for 2012 is "finish what you start" so what better time than the present to start!

The stockings are not your standard size....more for elves I would say. They are made out of osnaberg fabric and embellished with some fun bits and pieces.

I adhered some old watch faces to some pleated ribbon, as well as the numbers 2 and 5....a nod to my junk sister Andrea.

Next up, an aluminum "C" for "Cassie" or "Christ" or "Christmas" and some jingle bells....for dashing through that snow we don't have just yet....

In secret anticipation of said snow, how about a sparkly snowflake ornament with a vintage button taking center stage?

What could be prettier than a vintage mother-of-pearl buckle? How about a m-o-p buckle with some rhinestone bling added?

I used twine to make loops for the stockings, and added some evergreen from one of my shrubs. Yes, the evergreen is dry. We need snow....shh...

They're small enough to hang almost anywhere...

Here they adorn a chippy, open shelf cabinet make-shift mantel for the season!

Dear Spirit.....please move me much earlier next year!

Find more holiday spirit here:

Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

Greetings Junkers!

Hey, my dining room table centerpiece really came together thanks to some outdoor elements...First, take one honking-heavy rusty urn from the garden... Fill with branches and twigs...

Pinecones and logs...

A little touch of candlelight!

And as far as Heaven goes.... memory of my mother's only sister, Auntie Jean Larson, (my namesake!) who passed one year ago this month. Your family loves and misses you very much!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Mantel...with a little touch of junk!

Good morning!

I thought I'd share my dining room mantel with you today.

Are you sick of my "holiday" posts yet?! Yikes.

Do you "spy" the junky elements?

We are really enjoying this nearly snow-free December and mild temps here in North Dakota! Woohoo!

Our last couple winters were simply a nightmare.

We used to have winters like this one, and in my opinion never appreciated them!

Happy Day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Where do you find your inspiration? The Bachman House in Minneapolis is all decked out for the holidays! Someone's blog (sorry, I don't remember which one) posted many pictures from the house, but this one caught my eye. I have a LARGE wall above my basement stairway and decided to try and do something similar to this JOY in that space...okay, let's just say "copy it"!Funny thing was, as I was literally hanging over the stairway, balancing by the tips of my toe nails against the railing and wall trying to hang it (and center it all), my 17 year old son gasped and INSISTED on helping me! (Have I mentioned before the child is a peach?!) I did say "no" initially, but then contemplating my situation and realizing his over 6' height would be an advantage, I quickly took him up on his offer! I really like the way it turned out!Not that these are "inspirational", but here are more photo's of my holiday decor, just thought up by my little old self. Hanging above the beast of a tv upstairs:I used fishing line and straight pins to stick them in the ceiling. The two narrow wood windows came from an old hotel.The monster tv sits on an old wash stand but underneath is a vintage suitcase filled with lights and greens.The birdcage sits in the dining room, filled with a beautiful poinsettia plant. I scrubbed up this old rusty chair from my garden, sprayed her with poly and filled her seat with a red poinsettia. Love her.Surprisingly, there is no "junk" on the tree, but it is sitting in a piece. I love this rusty old basket!And last but not least, I had to throw in a picture of my "JOY" hanging helper - son #2 on the left and our even taller college boy on the right. We surprised them early with their Christmas present: GB Packer tickets to last Sunday's game!
May you find the inspiration you need

and much

JOY this holiday season!
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