Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ta-da ----- Burlap Tree Skirt!

Well, the burlap feed sack Christmas tree skirt is finished!  This will go under the tree that is going to be decorated with the little burlap treat bags I made earlier.

My friend Carol gave me two identical feed sacks for this project.

After sewing them together and adding a little more plain g burlap to make a square, I cut a big circle.

Next, I made a cut from edge to the center and cut a small circle out of the middle for the tree trunk.

A fringe around the perimeter finished the project.  Now I just need to let Carol know it is done!

I am linking to these parties.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

From the Heart Boutique in downtown St. Charles opens tomorrow for a 6 weekend run.  We are so ready for Christmas!  Come visit and shop with us.  The weather should be perfect!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More Burlap Projects

Hello friends!  I'm back from a blog vacation and I'm ready for show and tell!

A while back, my junker friend Carol asked me to make little bags out of a vintage burlap sack to be used as Christmas tree ornaments.  They are for a tree will be part of the annual Festival of Trees at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.

The theme of Carol’s tree (sponsored by her employer) is vintage-reuse-repurpose – just what I would expect from a good junker!  The bags might be used to hold treats of some sort.  Other ornies for her tree include small wheels and sandbakkel (pastry) tins.  I am anxious to see what else she uses!
The prototype.  

Simple to make: cut a rectangle about 5 x 10” and pull a few threads on each 5” side to make a fringe.  This will be the top of the bag. Fold in half with right sides together, zigzag the sides and turn right side out.  Cut about 6” of wire, poke it through the seam near the top of the bag, twist and do the same on the other side.

The finished bags are about 4" x 5” and the handle adds another 2.5” to the overall height.

My next task is to make a no frills-no ruffles-very plain tree skirt from a couple other vintage burlap sacks.  I'll show you when it is finished!
It's Burlap Week at Whisper Wood Cottage and I'm joining in the fun.  Go check it out!

Linking also to Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

I have made a lot of things with burlap and will try to post a few new projects before the end of the week.  Here are links to a few older posts about burlap projects if you care to take a look.


Monday, September 5, 2011

JUNKMARKET Under Glass Starts Wednesday!

Hard to believe that JUNKMARKET Under Glass is almost here!  I got a look at my booth spaced last Saturday, so I have a pretty good idea of how to stage my space.  Tomorrow I pack up the van with all sorts of sweet stuff and good junk, then I hit the road bright and early Wednesday morning.  Here is a small sample of what I have been creating for this special event.

Pillows galore! This is just a small sample of the mountain of pillows I have made.


Bunches of signs in all shapes and sizes!

A real variety of good junk!

Small purses to hold your phone, ID, keys and cash,

or to hold your name badge when you are at a conference or other event.

I hope to see you in Long Lake at JUNKMARKET Under Glass!  This is truly an event you don't want to miss.


Friday, August 5, 2011

JUNKMARKET Under Glass Coming Soon!

It's already August and I haven't blogged since just before Vintage Treasures Market in June!  It was absolutely wonderful, by the way!!

My laptop died and went to computer heaven, taking with it a whole lot of stuff I really did not want to lose.  I'm still missing my Toshiba, but Dell and I are moving on.

All that is history.  Let's concentrate on what's on the horizon!

From the Heart Boutique opens for four big weekends right here in St. Charles starting August 12.  Be sure to check out this amazing shop.  It is packed to the rafters with awesome autumn decor for every home.

Then JunkMarket Under Glass opens September 7.  Sue Whitney of JunkMarket Style has again teamed up with Otten Bros Garden Center to hold the JunkMarket literally under glass in the huge greenhouses at the garden center.  This is such an awesome facility!

I was a vendor at the spring edition in March, and it was so much fun I am going to do it again!  This event promises to be even better and a little bigger, too!

Here's what Sue Whitney has to say about the event.

"Many of the FABULOUS vendors from Spring are returning and will be joined by a talented host of "new to us" exhibitors. Don't worry! We're not letting go of our quality over quantity philosophy. This remains a true "juried" show with vendors (including vintage, antique, junk, jewelers, and artisans) who are among the best in their genre! We are all about good STYLE! We'll not only deliver a top notch "vintage market", but we'll have all the bells and whistles too! JUNKMARKET Style, along with Otten Bros. and our family of vendors will provide an overall inspirational experience including, "early bird" shopping, fresh concepts for your home and garden, breath taking interior design offerings, original ideas, creative projects, booth displays that will knock your socks off, not to mention oodles of product that is just plain cool." 

 I'll tell you more in the coming days, but first, this grammy needs to go to Wisconsin to visit to sweet baby Audrey!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Vintage Treasure Market is Coming Soon!

So hard to believe, but the 3rd annual Vintage Treasures Market is just a month away!  Exciting!!  And we're at a gorgeous new location this year.  Check out this view!

Several new vendors have been added to the fabulous group from previous years.  In fact, there are now vendors from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska!   There will be a wide variety of creative and exciting items -- vintage, cottage, industrial, country farmhouse, shabby.  Some things will be in "as found" condition, while other items will be rehabbed, repurposed and upcycled into something totally new.  Also look for one-of-a-kind totes bags, purses and jewelry fashioned in part from vintage jewelry and fabrics including grain sacks with cool graphics!

A new feature has been added this year for shoppers and vendors alike.  On Friday, June 17th, Whitewater Wines will host a wine tasting from 5 - 7 p.m.  The winery, located southeast of Plainview a few miles off County Road 25, opened just last year.  If you haven't already been to the winery, this is an excellent chance for you to sample their wines.  What a great way to end a perfect shopping day!

Vintage Treasures Market is located about 14 miles south of St. Charles or 4 miles north of Fountain at 29452 County Road 11, Fountain MN.  We will be open on Friday & Saturday, June 17 & 18 from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.  Mark you calendar now and be sure to join us at our new location.  We'll be waiting for you!


Monday, April 18, 2011

It's a Chalk Board Party!

To celebrate the first anniversary of the DIY Club, Amy of WhisperWood Cottage is hosting a Chalk Talk linky party and I'm joining in!  I wish I had more and better pictures of these two chalkboards, but unfortunately this is all I have and they both have been sold.

This is a cabinet door from the Restore.  I made chalkboard paint from satin finish latex paint following a recipe that calls for flat paint (see link below).  I rarely have flat paint on hand, so I use satin instead and it always works fine.  I painted the door insert with my custom made chalkboard paint in a soft sage green.  The border is creamy white and the outside edge is butter yellow.  At the top are 1 sage and 2 yellow buttons.  Along each side is a hook, a clothes pin that is painted yellow on the outside and sage on the inside and finally a vintage thread spool painted sage and sporting a little white button.  Also at the bottom is a Scrabble tile holder painted (you guessed it) sage and butter yellow to hold a piece of chalk.

This next project is memo center made from a glassless three-paned window. One section is a pink painted board with clips for hanging memos, pictures, etc.; the center is cork bulletin board covered with a black and white toile.  The third section is a pink chalkboard.  Again, I made the chalkboard paint.  There are also two porcelain door knobs for hanging things.

Here is Martha Stewart's chalkboard paint recipe that I followed (sort of!).  [Edited to say that if you think your grout is lumpy, before mixing it into the paint, put your measured amount in a plastic bag and roll the lumps out with your rolling pin. Much easier to roll out the lumps than it is to stir them into the paint.]

Thanks, Amy for sponsoring this party!  Just click the button to visit the Chalk Talk linky party and see a whole lot of cool projects. 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Flea Market Under Glass Review

At long last I am showing you photos of the March Flea Market Under Glass.  We had such fun with our fellow vendors and also with the fabulous shoppers.  Although my camera sat quietly in the hotel for the duration (duh), I have pictures of our booth from booth partner Sharon, a/k/a Fjerda Pfarkel, on setup day.

-- Our Booth --
Emma's Nook & Granny and Junk {Re}defined 

At the end of a long day setting up, we were all more than eager for the snackies and beverages at the vendor party.  It was a nice chance to relax, mingle and meet those vendors we didn't already know.  Of course the party couldn't end until someone (Sue, were you first?) climbed into the  hot air balloon basket and the rest gathered for a group picture.

Thursday was busy-busy with shoppers lined up waiting for the doors to open at 8:00.  The whole day went by so quickly and is pretty much a blur!  Then, after restocking and fluffing the booth, we were ready for shoppers again Friday morning.  Here is where my new friend Carol comes in.  Carol Thouin and Theresa Siefert are the Queens of Chic.  They share a booth with Cheryl and Woody Woodward of Junk Devotion and were right across the aisle from us.  Carol  has graciously allowed me to share her photos since I neglected to take my own.  Thanks Carol!!

The Pfarkel sisters of Junk {Re}defined -- Janell, Sharon and Dianne.  My friends and booth partners.

Junk {Re}defined and Emma's Nook & Granny

Sharon and Dianne "fluffing"

Cheryl Woodward of Junk Devotion

Junk Devotion / Queens of Chic booth.

Janell, Sharon and Cheryl

Woody, Theresa and Cheryl

The Queens of Chic
Carol Thouin and Theresa Siefert

by Sue Whitney & friends

Red Barn Minnesota by Kari

Lani's Cottage Elements booth

Paper wreath by Laurel of Chipping with Charm

Dede and Mary


Mary Jean's

by Sue Whitney and friends

by Richard and Jeff

Interesting story about my pillows.  A twenty-something gal and her mother-in-law were shopping on Thursday and were doing quite well, with purchases from several booths.  They spent time in our booth but I don't remember what they bought.  I didn't know it at the time, but DIL loved my pillow with the French post card, but since she already had quite a few items, she didn't buy the pillow.

Friday bright and early, in walked MIL but this time she was alone.  She knew her DIL had really wanted the pillow.  Well, apparently MIL had a dream about the pillow and decided that meant she should come back and buy the pillow for her DIL.  What a sweet mother-in-law!!  I'm sure her daughter-in-law was thrilled.

Another fun part of this show was meeting Kris and her daughter Hannah.  Kris had seen my subway art canvases like this one and asked if I could make one for her using words relating to her area of Minneapolis.  I had her give me a list of words she wanted and created the 16 x 20 canvas for her.  She came to the Flea Market Under Glass to pick it up and we got to meet in person and we all got to meet her sweet daughter Hannah, too.  What fun that was!!  For some reason, I have been terrible at taking pictures of my creations and I totally blew it on this one, but it was really cool because it used Kris' words and I think she really liked it!

Look for JunkMarket Under Glass in September.  It promises to be a bit different but just as fun and exciting as this one!

Marge - the Gran On the Go!