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New Beginnings

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Here is a winter photo of the new home of The Rustic Junktion. We are in now located in a charming 1930s bungalow in downtown Morton, Illinois. Many things have changed in the past few years but the shop remains a place to find shabby, rustic, vintage and retro treasures of all kinds. I offer plenty of furniture painting advice and good stories of my adventures in finding and rehabbing junk (treasures.)

My good friend and fellow junker, Susan, has taken a different fork in the road and now works in Edwardsville. I have continued the junking journey and I am determined to revive this blog. I hope you will join me.

The shop is located at 201 W Jefferson–two doors down from Eli’s Coffee Shop. We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5. You’ll find the shop to be full of all things vintage and handmade. You can follow The Rustic Junktion on Facebook as well as Instagram and Twitter @rusticjunktion.

See you soon–

Valerie

March 2015

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This very neglected blog is under construction. You’ll find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with our most current updates. Stay tuned…

Easy Peasy Burlap Bow

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Here I am again with a new phone trying to figure out how to blog. Oh joy.

This morning as I was drinking my coffee, I started thinking about these fabulous burlap flowers that our creative vendor (and friend), Geri, makes. I adore them. Money is super tight right now so I figured I would make some myself.

I looked up burlap flowers on Pinterest (my addiction). I had already cut a square of green burlap trying to make it on my own. Fail. I found a tutorial and saw that my first mistake was that I had cut a square instead of a strip. So I simply cut partially up the middle if my square, kind of turning it into a strip.

The key to the gathering wasn’t needle and thread like I feared, but rather counting over 4 threads if the burlap and gently ( and I must emphasize gently!) pulling it so it gathers. How easy was this?

And because I had essentially split my square, I had 2 sides to do this on. And in doing that, I found that instead if a flower, I had the cutest bow!

So I grabbed a twist tie from the garbage bags, twisted it around the center, cut a circle if felt, found an old button and attached with Elmer’s glue (only because I couldn’t find one of my hundred other bottles of tackier glue as I am totally disorganized) sigh.

Anywho, easy peasy bow!

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Market on Moss!

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Mark your calendar for the Spring 2015 Market on Moss. It will be held on May 30 at 2380 West Moss in Peoria, IL. Join us for a day of fabulous shopping and food in a quaint outdoor setting

 

Mod Podge is Back!

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Make Book Page Pumpkins

(photo courtesy of the Graphics Fairy) 

We are having another Mod Podge class. We will be doing the transfer method as well as the traditional mod podging. It is being held next Tuesday, September 24 from 6 pm. to 8 pm. Come join us! Give us a call at 309-264-0716 to sign up. 

Upcoming Beginning Chalk Paint Class

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Yep. We are having another beginning chalk paint class on this Tuesday the 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm. The cost is only $48. It is a hands on class where you will get to experience for yourself how to paint an item with the paint then wax that item to seal it. We use Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder with latex paint. The wax we love to use is Fiddes Wax which we also carry in our store. We now have 4 colors of the wax…clear, light, rugger brown and jacobean. Oh the fun you will have! To sign up you can stop in the store or call/text 309-264-9716. We look forward to having you paint with us!

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Upcoming Vintage Market!

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Upcoming Vintage Market!

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