The heap of shame challenge. January. Wanna play?

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Bedroom Dearest house… This time of year is a tad traumatic for a blogger. In the mess sense of course. I had plans to clean you up today. I really did. But an unexpected photoshoot kinda took over. It was the kind of shoot that required part of my kitchen. So dangerous. This time of year. […]

Conditioning rusty metal

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Whenever I land a piece of rusty metal, I like to condition it with something. For the most part, I keep a satin spray sealer on hand to do just that. I like to seal or treat rusty metal: * So it’s easier to clean. * Enhances the patina by deepening both the painted surface […]

PJ 256 – Salvaged Christmas wreaths

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Welcome to Party Junk 266 – Salvaged Christmas Wreaths Every Friday, 7 PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific Happy weekend everyone! Has your own house gone KABOOM yet with Christmas prep? Mine sure has. I was creating this new wreath idea yesterday (which I can’t show yet!), but you can bet that encouraged me to see […]

How I mentally file inspiration

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Today I had it made in the shade. I had just rolled up my sleeves and was going to kick up some real DIY Christmas dust… when the phone rang. My son’s retainer (braces thing) snapped, so it was time to head to town to get it fixed immediately. After mentally switching gears and leaving the house, I honestly didn’t […]

Happy New Life… with a Christmas decor recap

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Old windows Christmas fireplace mantel With every Christmas season approaching, I always have this vision. The Christmas spirit will one day just explode! Our days will be filled with Christmas music, fluffy hot beverages, and our houses will get decked out into magical wonderlands without a hitch. We’ll have plenty of cookies in the freezer, our […]

PJ 265 – 130+ salvaged garlands, Christmas and all season

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  Welcome to Party Junk 265 – 130+ salvaged garlands, Christmas and all season Every Friday, 7 PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific Happy weekend everyone! I don’t know about you, but my Christmas boxes are all pulled out, and the big explosion has begun! But I’m still actively looking for new ideas as I fire […]

Zonked out from all that cat popularity

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These two are getting more attention than my own ramblings and projects lately. So much so, they needed a nap from all the virtual autographs today.  Fame will do that to you… I love that you love them! So while I raced around making more mess than projects today, they were busy sunning themselves. And […]

How I shop outdoors for Christmas decor

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‘Tis the season to bust outdoors to find all Christmas decor’s finest! It was a really chilly day. With temps near or on zero, I bundled up good, grabbed my gloves, and head out to a strip of road known for the best fallen tree finds. We’d had a recent wind storm so I knew […]

Shutter priority where cats are concerned

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Every so often, my furry friends stay still long enough to capture on film. But that isn’t generally the case. They still love to happily dart from one side of the house to the other. So I was practising with shutter priority on the camera on this day. I’ll admit I’m not very good at […]

Shutters – a cheater photography background

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Did you notice I used some old shutters in this toolbox post? If you remember, I picked up the motherload of shutters from my neighbours. I put some shutters to work in my workshop by hiding some drywall holes. (great excuse for a cool wall treatment I say) As for the rest… They make a most excellent […]

PJ 264 – an upcycled link party

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  Welcome to Party Junk 264 – an upcycled link party Every Friday, 7 PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific So… I was attempting to come up with a theme this weekend, until I looked through last weekend’s linkups. I just couldn’t bypass featuring these projects, so upcycled it is for this weekend! Just check […]

When bloggers and biz hook up

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Since I’ve been blogging full time, one thing has been missing.  And that’s girl (aka blogger) time. But that all got fixed over the last couple days. And it was Tara’s (Suburble) doing. We’ve been looking for an excuse to hook up and do something. So when she asked about good junk haunts, I was glad […]

A fall home tour with hydrangeas and junk

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While fall may be the shutting down of many things, it’s also the start of something pretty spectacular. For me, fall is a season to gather what’s been growing all along, catching it while it rests. Then making it into something that could never have been, while growing madly mid summer.   I’m thankful… for hydrangeas when they are past […]