Sunday, June 27, 2010

Good-bye June

Good-bye to June....hello summer! Finally!

Enjoy your week!

Monday, June 21, 2010

New urn purchase all decked out for summer!

Happy first day of summer! I want to introduce you to my new (old) urn! Let me tell ya, it has been a long awaited purchase. For the past few years I've been looking for one - just the right one - you know what I mean. The ones I've seen have either been waaay too expensive for my pocket book, or just not the right size/shape...or color.
While filling my yearly flower buying addiction at a local greenhouse recently, I turned the corner and saw her - it was love at first sight!She is actually two pieces...two heavy pieces, but the beauty is I can use the top piece in my house this fall/winter - this was the deciding factor without a doubt! I can just picture her filled with Christmas balls and greenery on my dining room table...
Of course her base is wonderful too...sigh.I can't just end are a few pics of some flowers and junk items I decorate with in my yard... don't you just LOVE summer?!
The old scale didn't sell last year at JunkFest - thank goodness! A plant hangs nicely on her.
A farmer's seed separator works so well holding up this heavy perennial...
I'm simply in love with my hostas...and and lush!

Here's hoping your basket is filled with the beauty of summer!

Monday, June 14, 2010

JunkFest and the Occasional Cost of Good Help

Plans are under way for JunkFest 2010, and it's going to be the best year yet! The JunkFest Girls have been on the hunt for the best JUNK ever. We're always on the lookout for the goods and thrive in taking your old, undesired "stuff" and breathing life back into it. So when you least expect it....POOF...there we'll be, scoping out the sales, scouring the curb and well...the rest are secrets...shhh!

POOF! Here I am...isn't that the coolest sign holder ever? And I couldn't resist a little photo editing! This baby will soon be a chalkboard and will hold many an important message, I'm sure!

On a recent "quickie" junk trip to one of our fave shops, my junk sister Cassie and I happened upon a few garage sales. **Andrea and Lynette were unable to join us :( ** Well being the Thiftomaniacs that we are OF COURSE WE STOPPED AND SHOPPED. One sweet gentleman, selling off his overflow of tools was unaware of what the day had in store for him!

You see, SweetMelissa had one main goal, and that was to score some old lockers to make Sweet Man-O-Mine a cabinet for all his man-stuffs. Well...Mr. Sweet Gentleman had an awesome set of 5 , count em...5, old lockers!! They weren't exactly for sale though. That really wasn't going to stop us now, was it!!? So we asked if he would part with his lockers, and with a disbelieving chuckle said: "If you girls think you can load those heavy lockers, they're yours for 20 bucks!" Silly Man. Silly, silly man.

Doesn't he know we're JUNK GIRLS!?!? We had a dolley in tow, a large trailer, and we were already sweaty. So we proceeded to shimmy and roll...being ever so careful of their fresh new blacktop driveway (mostly because his wife was having a coronary!) We could have gotten them, I'm sure, but a nice middle aged neighbor man stopped by and joined in on the shimmy and roll game we were playing.

Pretty sure he might have inadvertently gotten a look down my shirt as we were juggling the 100's+ pound lockers into the trailer. Uhm, yeah, pretty sure. Now mind you...there's nothing fabulous to see there! But when we offered him something for his kindness and assistance he said, "Oh no! It was MY pleasure" . Oh. My. I guess we'll chalk THAT one up to the occasional cost of good help!

Did you ever wish you could look into and object and see it's history? Do you think "Dave and Karan (with an "a") still like each other?

The lockers have been prepped and painted.

I love the new khaki color and it will go wonderfully with the rest of the PLAN I have for them. Yes, I have something grand in store for these and my inspiration is from something Lynette's son created for last year's JunkFest. Can't wait to get them done and share with you!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting the most out of life...with junk

Linked to Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors:Saturday Night Special - CENTERPIECES!

It's time to relieve Cassie who has been fantastic about keeping up this blog the past month! Sweet Melissa, Lynette and myself had graduates, State competitions to attend and that end-of-senior year activity. It was a crazy-busy May and June. So, THANK YOU to our junk sister, Cassie, for changing up the blog and keeping it "fresh" this past month!
With that said, while shopping in Fargo for graduation decor, I couldn't resist taking five minutes
for myself to run into one of my favorite junk stores...I found this neat rusty metal tray-looking thing. I think it used to be an old sign.
Perfect rust. Perfect old book. Perfect starfish from a vacation in Mexico. Perfect white candles. Perfect rusty stars. Perfect touches for a coffee table centerpiece.
Hopefully our newly graduated seniors get the most out of life no matter where their paths may take them!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

White Wednesday

Hello again....just sharing a bit of my collection of white pottery vases today. The peonies were in full bloom, so I thought I'd put the vases to use. So far, no leaks.....yay!

Have you ever heard of "ant-less" peonies? I have not seen a single ant crawling on my peony buds, just tons of flies! Guess those flies are good for something after all?

Today I'm linking up with Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday. To get your fill of white, wonderful dreaminess hop on over...
As well as Donna's SNS #57....amazing whites!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Urban Farmgirl giveaway...

Mary over at Urban Farmgirl is having a giveaway. Go here to check it out. While you're there, take a look around. She will be a vendor at this year's Junk Bonanza, which you can read about here. I do love her style!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mini Garden Greenhouse

Hello everyone! I'm linking this post to Funky Junk Interior's SNS. Donna hosts some fabulous DIY link parties every week, and this week's theme is "old windows." Head on over there to ooh, ahh, and drool over all the incredible talent! After doing some drooling myself I decided to post about the mini garden greenhouse that I made for JF '08. This piece was purchased by a local retail shop owner who uses it for her store displays. I just happen to be in one of her stores today where the greenhouse is being displayed, so I snapped a few pics to show you.

I was inspired to make this after seeing it on another blog a LONG time ago. I wish I could remember which blog, so I could give credit where due, but like I was a long time ago.

Since the theme for the link party was old windows, I grabbed another couple shots to share with you. LeAnn, the owner of The Garden Gate (with stores in Carrington, Jamestown, and Devils Lake!) has MAD merchandising skills, which is evident in these photos. Below, she uses several windows, along with chippy spindles on top of a shelving unit. Drop-dead gorgeous against the brick wall!!

Below is a shot of my greenhouse as it sat prior to the madness of the '08 sale. I have since seen so many versions of these greenhouses......some you'll even see over at Funky Junk Interiors. I love them all! Heck, maybe I'll even make one for myself!

Looks MUCH better in the store, don't you think?

Now scoot, go check out all the possiblities old windows have to offer!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Heaven Scent

It looks and feels as though summer has finally arrived here in North Dakota. The sun is shining (most days) the birds are singing and, of course the wind is blowing! But more importantly....the lilacs are blooming! For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you may remember my post on my favorite scents. For those of you who are new here, you can read about it here.

The deer have enjoyed eating the lilacs we planted when we first moved to the country several years ago, but I do have a dwarf lilac bush close to the house that they are letting ME enjoy! Just wanted to share them with you...

Have a wonderful weekend!

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