Sunday, October 31, 2010

Back to Painting!!

The wedding is done, and I am ready to go back to painting!!!

These pics show some of the "tin tile" ornaments I have been working on for a while. Not quite finished yet, still need to add the ribbons, etc, but I think they turned out pretty cute.

The first set is a sheep, a couple of crows and a saltbox house, all painted on a burgundy background.

The second set has a sheep, a little white house and a darling church. They are done with a double layer background.....burgundy topped with ivory, then sanded back to reveal some of the burgundy. Very rustic and very cool. Mom has already been eying them for our tree, so I had to promise to paint another set for her.....

After the wedding yesterday, my brother Wayne helped me set up a Facebook account. I just mentioned that all my friends had one and I didn't, and next thing I know, I am sitting in front of my computer signing up.......and I already have "friends"!!!! Once Chrissie and Scott come back I will see if they can put a link from this blog to the Facebook page. I don't have much on there yet, but look forward to getting it set up.

Next show is in two weeks at Spanaway Lake High School. I am in booths 148/149. No electricity, which is a huge bummer. Am working on some ideas to get light into the space and on the Christmas tree. But for now, time to get back to painting. Back in a few days....

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Gettin' back in the groove......

Finally finished all the wedding centerpieces this weekend, so I had a chance to paint!!!

This is adapted from a Barb Jones "Snow Jobs" pattern.....Not as primitive as some of my pieces but I love to find patterns that use unusual surfaces......painting on a boxing glove was a first for me!!! Unfortunately, my photography doesn't so it justice.....a little fuzzy!! The snowman is holding a sign that says "Snowball fight tonight!"

When I was "spattering" this piece, I managed to get paint all over myself, my clothes, glasses and every surface within a five foot radius....good thing I do this kind of stuff outside!!!

Funky Junk Sisters are at it again, and have another show planned for February!!! Unfortunately, I think I am going to skip it due to the distance and work commitments. But I will be at the next Puyallup show, whenever that may be!!!

Back in a few days with ornaments!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Getting ready for the wedding........

Wedding preparations are almost done!!!! These pictures show the very simple centerpieces I made for the tables at my daughter's reception. They picked a movie theme, and her colors are ocean blue (light teal), silver gray, and black.

We started off shopping at IKEA for vases. These vases were originally a cream color, but with a few coats of Krylon spray paint, they are transformed. Add in some white flowers, silver leaves and "fillers" and some sticks found in the yard/garden painted black, and you have all the fixings for a nice arrangement.

We set each of the vases on top of an arrangement of old movie reels, spray painted in black, silver and ocean blue, and added a votive candle. We also have movie theme picture frames that will be holding black and white baby photos of the bride and groom.

It cost less than $350 to create centerpieces for 17 tables (and the biggest share of that cost was for the movie reels); much of that can be recouped after the ceremony if we resell the reels and vases.

Very simple and easy enough for anyone to do!!!

Be sure and check out my show schedule. "Junk Salvation" is done, but still have three craft shows to go!! Next show in less than 1 month!!! Am planning to have lots of ornaments and other holiday pieces.

Haven't been able to paint much the past few days, but I hope to have another project finished by this weekend. Check back in a few days!!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

A totally lazy day...........

So, today I did absolutely nothing but lounge around my house.......totally wiped out after the Junk Salvation show, but soooo totally worth it!!!

I did catch the footbal game (GO SEAHAWKS!!!!) but cheering for them was as energetic as I got today.....

Today's post is of pictures of the other vendors at the Junk Salvation show.

First pic is down the aisle directly across from me. Love the darling little pillows, and the little white cabinet with shutters was soooo cute!!!

Second picture is of Proctor Cottage's booth. Loved to watch all the shoppers trying on the cute vintage hats!!

There was such a great mix of vendors this time.....everyone had something a little different.....and several things found new homes with me. Plus the awesome baked goodies from Great Harvest Bread Company.

Third pic is of the Christmas tree in my friend Lisbeth's booth (Cottage Caboodle). She is so inventive and creative, an absolutely fabulous painter!!!! (She won the Grand Prize in tole painting at the Puyallup Fair this year.) Her oyster shell Santas are amazing!!

You should see what she can do with a saucepot lid.....

Another view of Lisbeth's booth. She was in a tiny space, but very well staged.

Unfortunately, a beautiful old bevelled dresser top mirror was broken during set-up.....but she promises to resurrect it as a chalkboard frame. Can't wait to see how it turns out.....

Last pic is of Lisbeth's booth backdrop. It is created from a bunch of old wooden doors and wood framed screens.

The chalkboard to the left was created from an old cupboard door, one of her favorite surfaces (mine too!!). Love the old wood folding chair....I think they are really comfortable, and fold up flatter than the new style.

Have to get working on the centerpieces for my daughter's wedding. It just takes a little imagination, a few visits to Michael's and/or Joann's, add in an IKEA visit or two, a little shopping on Craigslist, and you can have an awesome wedding on a reasonable budget. Check back in a day or two for the how-to and results.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Another Funky Junk sale in the bag!!

Another Funky Junk Sister's "Junk Salvation" show done!!! And what a fabulous time!!! If you had the chance to attend, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!!

Just a few pic's of my booth.....will be posting more pics tomorrow of some of the other vendors, including my friend Lisbeth of Cottage Caboodle.

First pic is of my Christmas tree and the ornaments I've is never too early for Christmas!!!
The tree also has one of my fabric rag swags on it, and another is hanging to the right. The swags are made from several yards of different homespun fabrics, individually knotted, and I will sometimes add wooden spools or rusty tin ornaments. They also look great wound in with some greens on a mantel, or wrapped up a stair rail.

Second picture shows the fabulous little "dough boy" table I had for sale. It was a great garage sale find earlier this year (I was so determined to buy it, I managed to fit it in the back end of my Nissan hatchback......)
On Friday nite I made the mistake of covering the table with all kinds of goodies, so no-one could see it very Saturday morning I relocated most of the excess stuff, and it wasn't long before it was noticed. It now has a new home with Krista and I know she loves it!!

Third pic is the interior of my booth......mostly stuff I have hand-painted....if you have been following the blog, you will probably recognize some of the pieces!!!

The cute little skate was an early sale, so I will be painted another one very soon........probably not the same pattern, will have to change it up some. I also have some child-size skates stashed away, and have fabulous planned for them......

View from another side of our space. I was lucky enough to have a pretty successful sale, so many of the things in the picture did not come home with me!!!!

The great old dome-top trunk found a new home with Nikki and I hope she loves it!!! It needs a lot of love, but you cannot beat the character of an old piece!!

Last pic is the final one. Just another view of the booth space, showing mostly painted items.

As always, the "Sisters" put on a wonderful show, and I consider myself so lucky to be part of this!!! It combines my love of "old junk" with my love of painting things (many of which are created from "old junk").

That's all for now, be back tomorrow with more from "Junk Salvation".


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ready for tmorrow!!!

My plan was to post pictures every day this week before the "Junk Salvation" show, but I didn't quite make it. I missed last night, so I am posting 2 pictures today!!

The first is a great little vintage folding chair with a fat old snowman on it. Found this great little chair at a garage sale earlier this year and I just knew it would look fabulous painted.....

I took inspiration from a Barb Jones autumn chair pattern and came up with a design to fit the space I had on the chair.......

The second picture is of a sweet little black strokework pitcher that was a recent class project. I had a minor varnish accident, and had to repaint the whole upper section, but fortunately the strokework was spared.

The Junk Salvation show starts tomorrow nite with the breast cancer "pink martini" fundraiser!! Come join us for what is sure to be a fabulous time!!

I will be back tomorrow with pictures of my booth and some of the vendors.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just a couple more days.........

Wow, just a couple more days til the Funky Junk Sisters "Junk Salvation" show!!!! I am so excited to show off the new things I have been working on!!

This is one of my new "coney" friends. It is a small traffic cone (bought and paid for, not snatched from the roadside!!) painted up as a little penguin. Decided to do a pink scarf since October is breast cancer month.

I hope to have another "coney" finished by the show----a remake of last year's "corny cone"---a cone painted up as a candy corn. A few mores things to finish on it, so I better get at it!!!

Back tomorrow with more pics!!


Monday, October 11, 2010

A different kind of painting surface.......

This is a darling little Christmas pattern by Deb Richey painted on a vintage handbag.

Painting on this surface was a real challenge!! It is not very rigid, so it would move or squish down whenever I tried to add details or shading. If I do this again, I will definitely stuff the piece first........

I plan to wrap the handles with homespun fabric to finish it off. Would look really cute with some greenery peeking out of the top, or holding your Christmas cards!!

Still frantically trying to finish a couple more pieces before the show this weekend....not sure it will happen, they may have to wait for the show at Spanaway Lake!!

Back with more tomorrow!!


Sunday, October 10, 2010


Another new project finished for the Funky Junk Sister's "Junk Salvation" Flea Market this weekend.

Just a little school desk I picked up at a garage sale last year. It was is pretty bad shape---the wood veneer cracked and missing in places, icky sticky stuff covering the back.......but with alot of sanding and some paint (matching the existing chippy paint on the metal legs), it cleans up pretty nice!!

As I posted before, mention you saw my blog, and receive 15% off any one item at the "Junk Salvation" show....make a purchase there, and receive a coupon for 15% off a future purchase at any of my other shows.

Have several other projects to post in the upcoming days.....a unique holiday piece, a painted suitcase, a penguin "coney" and others....check back each day to see what's new!!!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Funky Folk Art

The design on this watering can is an adaptation of a Shara Reiner design. Very cool and funky!!! Maybe a little out-of-season now, but cool none the less!!!

Finished a wonderful holiday piece today (a unique surface....), will post pics of that tomorrow or Monday. I'm still determined to finish several more pieces and post new pics each day before the start of the Junk Salvation show on Friday!!

Back to my paintbrushes!! back tomorrow!!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Spooky Time

This is the inside of a cute little black metal suitcase I finished painting this weekend. Love the saying....makes me think of my friend Pam, and her fear of spiders.....she really does NOT like the "long leggedy beasties"!!! The candle inside is battery operated, to give a nice little glow

This is the front of the of both worlds, a pumpkin and snowman together!!! Wouldn't this be fun to display all winter long, just change out the autumn berries for some holly!!

Just one week til the Funky Junk Sisters "Junk Salvation" show!!!! I am sooo excited!!! I have lots of goodies to show off (and hopefully sell a few too!!!) I am lucky to have my friend Lisbeth (of Cottage Caboodle) in the show this time. It is going to be such a fun time!!!

Come visit my booth at the show (should be spaces 18 & 19) and mention you saw my blog, and receive 15% off any one item. Remember this is just at my booth, not any other vendors. Friday nite is our special breast cancer fundraising party, so come sip a martini and shop til you drop!!

I am going to try and post a pic of something new every day between now and the start of the show, so time to get to paintin'!!!! Back tomorrow!!