I put that picture up because I thought it could show how the world is really a small place. It fits on my living room wall!
When Val and I started our journey, we had no idea where the road was taking us. We were in it for the experience itself. Life is short and we wanted to enjoy the time we have on this earth.
Our friend, Genna Buhr, asked us if we would like to give a program at the Fondulac Library. Would we ever! And so with that one request, The Rustic Junktion, was launched. We THANK YOU! You inspired us to do more.
And more we did. We were blessed to have other librarians believe in us and we got to travel to Eureka Public Library and Morton Public Library. We gave programs not just on trash to treasure, but we got to give a holiday themed program as well as some wreath programs. THANK YOU, Nancy Scott, Ann Reeves, Janice Sherman, and Linda Dahl. You guys are the best. You believed in our message and let us share it.
What message is that, you may ask. It is the message that life is short. It is about the connections we make, not the items. Sure the items can provide fun, but ultimately it is the people we meet. You need to use the items that you have squirreled away in a box waiting for….who knows what. Bring them out. If you can’t use them as is, morph them into something that you can use. A candlestick and your grandmother’s old China plate, when glued together with E-6000 becomes a fab pedestal to display food on or becomes a perfect place to drape your jewelry off of. That crack in the old plate won’t show once you cover it with chalkboard paint.
This sharing of ideas and creating has become our passion. Who would have thunk at our age, we would discover finally what speaks to our hearts?! Ha.
Yes, I am on a roll. We have been very fortunate to open our own store and have met great people. Energetic people, inspiring people, and regular people like ourselves with a vision .
I will get off the sappy soap box and give a schedule of what we are doing now.
A fabulous town straight down I-55 towards Springfield. This Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 5. A popup market with our friend, Linda of Morning Glory Collectibles. Lots of neat vendors to be had. Please come visit. There is a fabulous bakery and restaurant there to help gastronomically!
Pekin Public Library
This Saturday at 11, we will be giving a "Trash to Treasure" program. We will not only show you how to reuse items you have, but we are going to teach you how to make a fab flower pin! Which you will be able to take home with you!
Quinn’s Station (our neighbor in East Peoria) is organizing a "Swing into Spring" extravaganza May 5 and 6. Kathy has wonderful primitives, we have eclectic offerings from us and our fantabulous group of vendors, all with a garden theme. Simplicity (ultra-riffic hair styling shoppe) which is located on the street behind us, is joining in as well with their proceeds benefitting TAPS.
Third Sunday Market
Begins the third Sunday in May. We will be in our spot in Pole Building D. Woo woo! Over 450 vendors will be available to browse.
French Market on Moss
West Moss that is. Jan Powers is opening her yard to twelve or so vendors on June 2 (raindate June 3). All with a French theme. More information to be posted soon!
Whew. I think that is it. Val and I would love to see you there!!
And this is a general THANK YOU to everyone else who has and is making our journey amazing!