8 – Celebrating the new workshop curbside storage rack

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Remember the rack I found on the curb that I put new casters on? Here it is in its new home! That is indeed a baseboard heater behind it. With the rack on wheels, it’ll be a snap to move it a safe distance away should the heat be needed. How perfect is that? The freezer was […]

6 & 7 – Know your limitations, and know how to chill

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Did anyone notice I skipped out on posting yesterday?  I was rolling out a huge, wordy one. But when I clicked publish, I lost half of it. A corrupt cut and paste. Not good. And at 1:30 AM, I wasn’t about to pound keys for another hour to fill it back up. Limitation #1 – no more […]

5 – fresh blog branding along with even fresher coffee

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Sleeping cats. A teenage son that appeared to need a long afternoon nap. And the house to myself.  What’s a blogger to do? Another coffee from my little red stool coffee station would be lovely, thank-you! But I brought my coffee to the computer screen, and gave my weekly newsletter a fresh, new little makeover.     […]

4 – Why struggling with inability IS a blessing

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 As I was writing this new pallet wood projects guide for my ebay assignment last night, it kinda made me chuckle. I started the writeup with,  “Ahhh… the lowly good ‘ol pallet.” Isn’t that the truth though? What’s lower than some pallet you’ve found piled up in some ditch? Well, that ditch divin’ pallet lovin’ junker now […]

PJ 259 – salvaged workshop and craft room ideas

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  Welcome to Party Junk 259 – salvaged workshop and craft room ideas Every Friday, 7PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific Hello and a happy weekend to you! This week I was busy morphing my own garage into a workshop. I’m tellin’ ya, that move has been life changing. No one feels like creating in a […]

3 – The secret to staying 100% authentically you

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When preparing my speech for Blogpodium in Toronto, I was asked to include how I stay authentic. Hmm… I had to think about that one. I mean, the love of junk has a good strong hold on me, and if I go too off course with certain stuff, I don’t feel the love. Is there more […]

2 – Do what makes you happy

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The day I picked up my Funky Junk business cards, it was a little surreal. I held them in my hands, kept flipping them over, then over and over again. And then I giggled… For 20 years, I stayed at a job (I created) I didn’t love any longer. I had business cards from that business too, but […]

Reclaimed wood wall and junky storage workshop reveal

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Friends, I did it! You’re about to see a reveal of the reclaimed wood wall and junk storage in the workshop! Visit all dream box building updates HERE    I’ve long desired a workspace that was absolutely me to a rusty ‘ol T. My ways are not the ways of most. And I’m ok with that. What means more to […]

White, bright and a little bit reclaimed wood crazy – workshop update

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Nothing like running two series at the same time. Do I continue my Toronto story, or the dream workshop series? Well, since these photos were edited first, I hope you Toronto fans will forgive me. Because I have been workin’ this workshop thing and it’s looking mighty spiffy! Recap from last post / the curbside tables were ready […]

Country mouse meets big city lights of Toronto – 2

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It took me awhile to come up with the words for this series. So much transpired, it was completely overwhelming. I think you know me well enough by now to realize I can’t possibly write about an experience like this in just one short post. I want to take you with me… so here we […]

PJ 258 – salvaged junk treasures

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  Welcome to Party Junk 258 – an Upcycled Link Party Every Friday, 7PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific Hello my weekend friends! Ready to get another caffeine buzz over some great inspiration? That’s what these make me feel like… Check out these gorgeous highlights from last weekend’s upcycled party…. From dumpster bookshelf to kitchen island / Redoux […]

When Zoe Brown Photography shot the Funky Junk booth

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Remember my first booth experience at The Crafty Affaire Harvest Market? I summoned the amazing help of niece and master photographer, Zoe Brown Photography to document the booth and workshop for publicity reasons. Fact is, I needed some photos of things in action which is something I can’t do. Boy am I glad I can’t. I’m […]

When neglected fall flowers emerge

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Today rolled out in an unexpected way. I had BIG plans to get that dream workshop painted today, but sadly, only got to filling the holes. Where did the day go? While the filler was drying, I turned around outside… and gasped. SHOCK. Did my yard truly look this dreadful?! Oh yes it did. Where have I […]

When sneaky friends and curbside workshop tables team up

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Now that I’m home from my most recent adventures, I have been mulling over what to start working on next. I had thoughts of maybe firing up my dream workshop again. But after quickly building for Crafty Affaire, then dumping my unsold stuff off, then heading to Toronto, then going on that weekend cabin getaway thing, […]

A junk styled file sorter, quirky clock, and cool twine station.

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If you’ve just arrived from In My Own Style, welcome! Junkers, today’s post is extra special and right up your quirk induced alley…  The Painted Fox recently sent 9 DIY bloggers some surprise farm house swag kinda gear in the mail. (their stuff is AMAZINGLY cool with a vintage, farmhouse vibe) And our assignment was to […]