Maui junk, we are on our way!

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15 years ago, I was in Hawaii for an entire MONTH. My son was about to enter the picture, and I had an inkling I wouldn’t be back to Maui for a good long time afterwards.  My gut feeling turned out to be right. Motherhood became my ultimate hobby, and then hard times hit. So […]

Celebrating Dad with buns and jam in a pan

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Every Sunday morning, we had a traditional breakfast back on the farm. Because we were always rushed to get to church on time, my mom served homemade buns and jam. Well, it was more than about just being rushed. My parents believed in the 7th day of rest, so the less time spent over a […]

Rare vintage hand garden tools… the finishing touch?

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Do you ever find it can take an eternity to finish a project? Sometimes even a small one? In the repurposed world, you generally wait until you land the perfect something. It’s not like you can whip up a true authentic antique. Emulate yes, but it’s not quite the same, is it? When I was decorating […]

2. Treat bags for one sweet cat sitter

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I knew this would happen. The hard part of leaving on a trip is leaving my cats.   They are fine. I know they will be great! I knew travel would be on the horizon so that’s why I have two instead of one.  Still… But all is ok. I have a great house sitter […]

When New York visits Oh Canada

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So, what happens when you get delightful visitors all the way from New York for just a few mere hours? When New York visits Oh Canada, you invite them over of course! And ham it up for the camera.  We chose the bedroom with it’s funky ladder sidetable and pipe handled tray because this room […]

Getting older musings from a rusty birthday junker

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rusty gear candle votive This past weekend was my birthday. And that meant making some plans. Fun plans! Plans to take us out of town, into the states. Well, the weather turned. And I didn’t really desire to shiver outdoors in the rain while taking in new sights, so we’ll reserve that trip for a […]

An impromptu family day in Washington

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“Son, we’re going to the states!” My boy looked at me with the most dismayed look ever. He knows my directionally challenged ways. And he also doesn’t like a whole lotta new and detests getting lost. So we are quite a team when we venture out to places unknown. Sundays are traditionally our family day, […]

How to get through changing seasons

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Today I was working on a DIY… that didn’t go so well. That’s 2 fails this week! Oh dear. Well, I have some work to do with no post to show for it. So I dug into my blog archives to see what I had sitting there and found this one. Not sure why I […]

A gym with a view

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This will quite possibly be the strangest post I’ve put out there yet. But… it’s working, so I felt a need to share it. Ready for a little crazy? Awesome! You SHALL be entertained… guaranteed. Everyone? Meet my gym with a view. Remember when I talked about walking up that hill? Well, walking up and […]

When cats photobomb

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Just a few short months ago, I opened up my heart to two sweet little tuxedo kittens. Oh how they charmed me! Some tears were still shed with the loss of my beloved Teddy, but gradually, missing turned to fond remembrance. Each day got a little better. These two purred. They played. And they loved […]

The swing… by the creek

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It was a bright and sunny Sunday. I was just chillin’ after church, about to brew a fresh coffee and make my way towards the computer to check on things. Before I had a chance, I caught movement outside where there normally is none. Glancing to my left towards the backyard, my jaw dropped.  I […]

Funky Junk’s best projects and posts of 2013

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You just don’t really realize how cool your year has been until you wrap up the works in one of these types of posts. Each year just seems to get more meaningful. And it isn’t just about the projects. It’s everything that revolves around this blog gig.  Here’ is Funky Junk’s best projects and posts […]

Milk paint line vs. junk that’s so fine

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Dear neighbours… I know. You live next to a junker, and I feel for you! I vision folks coming home, noting it must be garbage day when they face my place, then gasp and run indoors when they clue in. No, it’s just another junkin’ haul that won’t fit in my garage. Ah well! Let’s […]

Unplugging and retreating

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This past weekend, I had an opportunity for unplugging and retreating with about 25 wonderful gals from my church. I really didn’t know what to expect. This was pretty much out of my element and comfort zone. But I quickly found out the 24 others felt pretty much the same way, which made for a […]

The scary steps of morphing

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My first ‘real’ job was in a major department store. It was the big kahuna back in the day to land a job like this. It paid well, and it was always a comfort being in this big, impressive building that could protect you from all the elements. My little part time t-shirt / record […]