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A Change’s A’comin

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So, it is a Wednesday night and I am home in my cozy garden apartment slightly bored and for once, not exhausted. I am itching to change something. Hmmmm. Should I rearrange the front room for the millionith time? No. I actually am happy with the way it looks. Should I paint my back stairs? No. I am not sure I want paint on the flaking cement. What to do, what to do.

Then it hit me. I spend my time painting really cool furniture
to sell and my own furniture looks like before project pieces. That was what I was going to do. Paint my kitchen chairs.

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I had bought these chairs because they reminded me of my Grandma Laird. She had similiar ones in her dining room. Well kind of. Hers were shiney wood with needlepoint flowered seats. Mine are missing the bottom of the legs, dull wood and covered in a fabric that has nothing natural in it. Sigh. So…perfect for a re-do.

I enlisted the aid of my son, Jon, and gave him the job of being upholsterer supreme. He took the seats off and went about cutting up this fabulous curtain to cover the ugliness. These were oh so wonderful curtains. They had vibrant green and blue birds on them. Orange floral dillies graced the background. I loved them.

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I had been debating about what color to paint the chairs. I really really wanted them to be a high gloss orange but all I had was a flat white. That would do. Maybe later when I had some money, I would paint them high octane orange. So I started off painting them.

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They looked fairly fantastic. I loved the cleaness of the chairs. They looked so fab that maybe I wouldn’t paint them orange…yet.

Jon got the seat covered and WOW! They were just what I needed to satisfy that changing urge.

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How wonderful is this?! Luckily it was past my bedtime otherwise I would be painting everything in sight, white.

So went my Wednesday night.

Chicken Wire Mannequin

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Doesn’t look like much. Just some chicken wire cut and folded in half. But wait…

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After some expert squishing…

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And more squishing…

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Voila! A mannequin ready for adornments. I am thinking for my next masterpiece, I will put some old cloth on the inside or maybe spray paint the entire thing hot pink.

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She is now in our front window at the store covered in tissue paper flowers. How fun!

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Fab Wearable Silverware

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New to the Rustic Junktion! Really wonderful silverware jewelry. From bracelets, to earrings, to rings, to even keychains, we have it all. Made by local jewelry artist, Tracey Alstedt-Robbins, it invokes a memory of a fancier time. Several pieces may be monogrammed at your local jeweler or evn inscribed with your favorite saying. Come see the possibilities! We are open Monday thru Saturday, 10 to 4 and on Thursdays til 6. The Emerald Tea Room has opened a door between us so it is even easier to shop her great gifts too! {Plus we get the added bonus of the wonderful food smells in our shop!}

Bridal Bash and Vintage Market

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Yep, today (Saturday) at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, 10 to 2. Fabulous vendors, great vintage items and oh so much fun! Come join us!

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It’s Curtains For RJ

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No. Not curtains like in death but rather we needed something at the back entrance to pique people’s interest and draw them in.

I had seen on Pinterest, a shop that had painted circus curtains on their windows. Now while I loved the look of circus curtains for their toy shop, I didn’t think it would translate to our shop as well. I mean, sometimes it is like a circus there but I didn’t want to advertise it as such.

Anywho, I went about searching for some paint to be our curtains. I ended up with off white and a fabulous turquoise. Donna, my friend, suggested doing peek-a-boo polka dots for interest. Fab idea.

It was easy to do. The only trick to it is to remember that whatever you would paint last, has to be painted first. Say you were painting a snowman. His coal eyes, carrot nose, red cherry mouth, buttons, scarf and hat would be painted first. Then you would paint his white snow body. Then if the window was going to be viewed from the inside as well, then you would paint again the eyes, nose, mouth etc.

And so…our curtains! No fabric or sewing skills needed!

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42 Minutes In The Morning

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I have never been one to sleep very long. Even as a child I had trouble sleeping. And now that I am 50, well, I still have that trouble. So at 3:20 this morning I was pinning away on Pinterest.

Now for those of you who have not heard of Pinterest, you, you are the lucky ones. It is a highly addictive website where you “pin” snapshots of photos on websites. If you click on the “pin” you will be taken to the original website where the picture is located. You can “pin” anything from DIY items such as how to paint laminate furniture to health tips such as putting vicks on the bottom of your feet then covering them with socks to quiet a cough to just visual eye candy such as a crow photographed against a dark sky. There are recipes galore and inspirational sayings. The trouble with Pinterest is that it is real easy to get sucked into a virtual to do list and forget about the real world full of dirty dishes, clutter taking over your yellow room, a garage door that can’t shut because the garage is full…wait, I digress. My apologies. Of course I have pinned whole boards on cleaning and organizing…it is the implementation stage that eludes me.

Anywho, a lot to preface this post. As I was saying, I was pinning at 3:20 this morning when I saw this fab idea. This woman covered her white frig with contact paper. Wow. How cool. I laid there and thought, hmmmmmm. I have some dollar store contact paper I was going to give to my daughter, Cassie, for the inside of her buffet drawers…{sorry Cassie!}. I could use that.

So I actually went to implement this pin. I used three rolls of the dollar store contact paper. Actually it was easy. Especially since I am not a perfectionist! I had enough to cover the front of the frig. I am planning on chalkboard painting the sides.

Now the test is to see who notices. Mia, our crazy chocolate lab, growled at it. Me, well, I am pleased. Now I really really want to try the pin where you paint your countertops…!

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15 Minute Friday

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While waiting for my coffee machine to finish making my pumpkin coffee, I decided to gather a few things again for eye candy for my bathroom.

I found an old Christmas card that I love, the shaving brush I bought for my husband that he never uses, my sparkly necklace I got from Relics in Peoria, and my milk glass makeup holder. Now I just needed something to tie it together and decided upon a mirrored vanity tray with filigree edges.

I assembled the items. Hmmmmm. Needed more height so I found a 3 candle vintage light. Still needed more. Dug out an old vintage flower pin and a small watercolor picture in a frame. Added another necklace and a small piece of fur for warmth. Ha.

And voila! A cute display from items on hand.

What do you have that you want to display? Gather the items and play around with them til they please you. Add objects that maybe you wouldn’t think would go together. I used the shaving brush to hold my Christmas card. My makeup is concealed in a great milk glass covered dish. Functional and pretty!

Anywho, my pumpkin coffee is done and I have a neat vignette in my bathroom. All done in the time I would have used to pin on Pinterest…ha!

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