Friday, October 23, 2009
Yep, it was a grand Happy Trails blog party! It is hard to believe it has been over a month since the Junk Bonanza. I have been sorting, packing, paying bills, and blogging...you know the drill.
If you missed the party, you will see it was all about saying cheese!
Heather and Amy say cheese.
Kari and Heather say cheese.
A beautiful day to meet folks, visit, and win prizes!
Matthew helped me thank bloggers for coming and introduce our guests.
Jo , me and Nancy saying cheese.
Serena requesting cheese.
Christine brought something better than cheese.
Say home-made cookies!
Looking for cheese from behind the camera lens.
Yep, it's Amy!
Nebraska says cheese!
Heather, Nancy, and Jo are saying cheese, but are thinking, where did the cookies go?
Skip the cheese and say ice cream, please!
Thanks everyone for coming! If I missed your names or blogs, don't be shy...be sure to comment. (Wish I had a photo of everyone that attended. Where is Margo and Linda?)
A big thank you to all that shared their Junk Bonanza photos with the world! It was a ton of fun and I look forward to next year's party! We are in the midst of planning 2010 and can't wait to share with you the exciting news I am forced to keep under my hat for just a while longer....
Be sure to check out Flea Market Style Blog for a behind the scenes peek at junking in Texas by Margo Arrick!
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Monday, October 12, 2009
I am not sure what is wrong with me. I have never gotten terribly excited about Halloween. I know I am in the minority as surveys confirm Halloween is the 2ND largest holiday in the USA and growing in popularity every year! With that said, two of my favorite stories for Country Home Magazine were Halloween projects...go figure!
You may remember some of my projects from 2006 & 2008 Country Home.
Grain scoops and pumpkins on display in my rustic shelf made to fit the handles.
My take on Matthew Mead's pumpkinman.
Gardeners burlap, ric rac and license plate letters attached with wire.
A shot of black spray paint, pipe cleaners, and upholstery tack eyes turn vintage Jello molds into scary little critters.
Junk Pumpkins were a smashing success! I got letters and emails from readers all over the country. Families, elementary school classes, and girlfriends, all creating one of a kind junk pumpkins and having a whole lot of fun!
Check out the BH&G website...Seems my Junk-o'-Lanterns continue to live on their website!
Now Matthew Mead ,on the other hand, loves Halloween! You must pick up his new magazine or book. The projects are simple, quick, and not too scary!
It is snowing like crazy in Minnesota today...hope the pumpkins don't freeze!
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Junk Bonanza exhibitors have the best junk! Every year I am blown away by their incredible collections, amazing assortments, spectacular display, and down-to-earth prices. This year was no exception.
I have a million photos and can't post them all, but will put together a slide show for the Junk Bonanza site when I have more time to sit at the computer. (Based on my schedule these days, not sure when that will be...) Be sure to check out all the great Bonanza photos and stories on the blogs listed in my sidebar.
Here is just a peak at some of the coolest junk from Junk Bonanza 2009!
Anything zinc, galvanized or industrial was hot!!!
Inspiration thing-a-ma-jigs from silverware.
Love the 5 lb weights.
Multiples in every booth..having a large group over for dinner?
Exhibitors know how to welcome fall.
Did I say multiples in every booth?
Bright and funky.
Sparkly and beautiful.
Did I mention multiples in every booth?
This year's Bonanza included artisans who recycle and recreate wonderful objects.
The shopping cart and liner was purchased in my Junk Revolution store at the Bonanza. We will be selling the cart liners, made from recycled coffee bags and trimmed with vintage fabrics, in our online store mid October!
If you are drooling...don't apologize. It happens to the best of us!
Be sure to check out Junk Revolution's Good Junk Seal of Approval Winner, Alli of birddog press! Gotta go work on a few projects for our new magazine, Flea Market Style....first round of stories went to the publisher yesterday....Yikes, I'd better get rockin'!
Oh, and be sure to mark your calendars for Junk Bonanza 2010 Sept. 16-18!
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