Junkin’ Christmas Truck!


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Merry Junkin’ Christmas!

Every junker needs a beat up pick up truck.  Unfortunatly mine comes in this toy size.  One day I will own an old beat up truck, but for now I will have to just enjoy this one.

I really wanted a vintage toy truck, but they are not easy to find and when you do they are VERY expensive.

I looked and looked for a cheap one to junk up.

Success…. I found this toy truck at my local thrift store.



I am not a fan of the colors it came with.  I wanted it white “ish”.  I covered the wheels and started off to paint it.

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The dark colors that were on the truck did NOT want to be covered.  It took a LOT of paint to cover.

Finally I was somewhat happy with the color.

I gave it a nice decorative sanding and then began to bling it up!

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I created the “JUNKTALES” banner from old dictionary paper with some glitter letters.   20131121_114800

Just toss a tree in the back and a wreath on the front and you are ready for the holidays.


This little truck will find a place of honor in my home this year.

I am sure it will travel to some shows also 🙂

Merry Junkin’ Christmas

Junk ON!


Pulley Chandelier


Over the past year, I have been updating and personalizing our new home while neglecting my blogging duties (sorry Pam!).  The previous owners left us with a horribly tacky brass chandelier with swans on it.  I apologize for not including a picture of it, but really just imagine the worst!  My decorating style has evolved to what I like to call rustic farmhouse.  Oh, and did I forget to say I’m cheap too?  I found this red barn pulley at a flea market for $5.00.  It was definitely a steal as I had been searching for several months for something in my budget.

I’ve got to admit I was completely unsure how to proceed once I found the pulley.  Luckily my husband was willing to help.  We took a trip to Lowe’s and found 2 basic pendant light kits as well as some heavy duty chain and hooks.  From there, it’s just a matter of following the directions on the light kit.  Much, much easier than I expected.

This is one of my very favorite projects.  I love this pulley, but really you could use anything to create a personalized chandelier.  The sky’s the limit!

Junk On!


Junktales Chalkboard Art


I am not the most computer literate person.  I hate to admit things like that, but what the heck, it’s the truth.  I decided today that I was going to try to teach myself how to create one of these very cool and trendy chalkboard art signs.  I followed a few other bloggers tips and here it is…. my very first chalkboard art.    I would love to have it printed as business cards or postcards to hand out at our shows.

I will continue to play around and try new things.  I really am a trial and error kinda girl.

If you have any tips or ideas I would love to hear them.



Junk ON!

Halloween Bone Wreath

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For the last few years the Dollar Store has had these cute little skeletons.  I knew I wanted to do something fun with them.  I have seen other bloggers create cute things.  I am sure a wreath was the first idea that came across a lot of creative minds.

Of course at the same time I am totally into creating pinwheels with Halloween scrapbook paper and cupcake foils.

I combined the two elements together and BOOM a new wreath.

I love the shiny foil from the cupcake wrappers.  They just add a little “bling”.  The black roses are from Michael’s.

This cutie has gone to a very good friends home to live for Halloween.

I am sure I will be creating something new after I take a trip to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Joann’s Craft.  I can’t go to any of these places with out coming home with something new to “create”.

More Halloween to come.

Junk ON!


Snow Day Pennant and snowballs from recycled sweaters

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 I know some of you are thinking, “Why is Pam posting a snow day pennant and snowballs in September?”.

Okay normally I would not post a “seasonal” project so early, but I was inspired by Woman’s Day Magazine.  They are looking for DIY projects using recycled sweaters.  Debbie and I did some serious brainstorming on a road trip and came up with was this pennant and snowballs idea.  We are pretty confident that it is the BEST IDEA EVER!

I think a lot of people struggle with the how to decorate after Christmas. I know I get a little sad when I take down all of by lovely holiday decorations.  Winter can be cold and dark and we just want a little sparkle to brighten up our décor.  So after all of the reds and greens of traditional Christmas, I wanted to cool things down with three of my favorites, blues, tans and grays.  I also I have a love for burlap, twine and GLITTER.  I threw them all in!

We searched a local thrift store and found a good selection of “ugly” sweaters.


 They were crying to be recreated.  Well they were crying mainly because they were so ugly.

Debbie scored a bag full of wooden balls.  She knew right away they would be the perfect size to cover with the sweaters to make the snowballs.

We used a combination of blue,, cream and gray sweaters.  Of course some twine and my trusty Cricut machine to cut of the letters.

First we decided on the size of the pennants, cut them out of a cardboard box that was headed for the recycle bin. We were then ready to cut and glue the sweaters.  We knew that the sweaters would fray when they were cut.  We decided we would cut the sweater size larger than the pennant shape.   I could then roll them over the back and hot glue.  It worked great.

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The most challenging part of this project is the “random” order of things.  I don’t do random.  I try really hard, but I am very type A.

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I had some silver glitter snowflake ornaments, remember every project must have glitter.

I strung them together with some twine and it was done.

We used the sleeves of the sweaters to wrap around the wooden balls.  We pulled it tight onto the ball, rubber banded the bottom and cut the extra off.  We grouped them all in a large wooden bowl with some shredded paper and more glitter snowflakes.

Happy Snow Day 🙂

Junk ON!


Recycled yardsticks into NuMBer 4


So I have been collecting vintage yardsticks for a few months now.  I had no clue what I would do with them all.  I really see a theme with my hoarding.  I just buy what I like and I figure I will eventually find a use for it.  I have been busy this summer trying to go through some of my “stock”.    I have been wanting a large number 4 on a wall in my house.  I knew I could cut it out of wood, but I really wanted something different.  One morning a woke up with a crazy idea on how to use those yardsticks.  They were the perfect size for a number 4.

I started by laying them out on the table.  dsc_0505Okay I know it looks like a giant H, but just wait.  I thought “let’s make this easy”.  I decided to cut the yardsticks on the left side in half.  This would make the top left side of the number 4 and the center.

I used my HUGE scissors to cute the yardsticks in half.  A little sanding of the ends gave them a more finished look.  dsc_0510

Once I sanded them I laid them out again.dsc_0509

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Then decision making time came.  How am I going to make this a united piece and not just a few yardsticks laying together?  GLUE!  I used the blue tape to hold it all together while it dried.  dsc_0704


Notice the cup of coffee.  That really is the most important item needed in any craft room 🙂

Once it dried, I removed the blue tape and I had a nice solid number 4.


I will add some little hooks on back and it will be ready to hang.  I am working on a collage wall for my family room.  I am pretty sure it will be going there, but honestly I really never know.  I will add a few more pictures when that wall is done, if ever!

Thanks for looking!

Junk ON!