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!


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.

I think I did pretty good….sweater pic juntales 2

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!


Chicken feeder Christmas tree display

chicken feeder close up-1Christmas Day is almost here!  I have been picking up these little Christmas trees for a few months.  I almost always find one or two on a trip to the thrift store.  It is funny how you can find so many Christmas decorations in July.  The best part is no one else seems to want them.  I snatch them up every time.  I actually keep a storage bin in my closet to collect all my treasures throughout the year.

junktales chicken feeder 2  This galvanized chicken feeder came home with me back in August when Debbie and I went to the Hillsville, VA Flea Market.  I have had candles, pumpkins, and gourds in this thing.  I love to fill it with all kinds of goodies ever season.  When it came to Christmas this year, I just could not decide how to fill the feeder.  It sat empty on the shelf for weeks.  One night i just hit me….trees!  I found a small jar full of epsom salt from Halloween.  It was all alone in the garage.  I poured it into the feeder and I knew it needed trees and candles.  I dug through my tree collection, lined them up in the tray and instant center piece.  I put this on my island with some metal bowls filled with vintage ornaments.  I think it turned out cute and I am happy to use my little feeder.

Merry Christmas and Junk ON!  Pam                                                                                 junktales chicken feeder big tree close up_edited-1

Reindeer Art with “BLING”

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Glitter and reindeer, oh my!  I am in love with both this Christmas.  I found these little cuties at the Dollar Store.  I knew I had to do something fun with them, but what?

I couldn’t just hang them on my tree…NO!  That is just crazy talk.

I wanted to make more of a statement with them.  I found two 8×8 canvases in my craft closet and decided they would make a perfect backdrop for my new glitter buddies.

I wanted to cover the canvas with paper, but I didn’t want the traditional colors of Christmas.  I decided to use more neutral tones for one.  I love the vintage look of the paper and the other has a black background with the traditional stencil print.

I decoupaged the paper to the canvas and let dry.

I then glued the glitter deer to the canvas.

When I was done I knew it needed a little something else.

I dug through my Christmas decorations and found this crazy looking tinsel.  I have had it for a while and have not done a thing with it.

There you go…..project must have.  I hot glued it around the border of canvas and it just gives it that extra “bling” it needed.

I think the finished product is super cute.

I am going to a Christmas Cookie exchange this weekend.  This would make a perfect hostess gift, don’t you think?

Merry Christmas

Junk ON!


junktales deer art in progress