“If you want to get things you can’t buy in a store, you have to do things never thought of before.” -- Dr. Seuss

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Outside Junk

Some things outside the back door.

Old kids skis made into a door decoration.

My freebie old lights, just stuck them in a crock. My son said it would be better if they lit up, maybe next year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
Here is a little look around my house at some of my favorite things.

Our new tree, an artificial German twig tree, filled with a lot of my handmade ornaments some ornaments that were gifts, chandilier prisms and some new gold and brown balls. Tree skirt is Granpas old wool blanket.
A vintage post card enclosed in glass, I bought years ago!

My favorite junk store find, a red sleigh and gigham bow.

Last years great find a wire tree to display my vintage family glass ornaments!

My fav vintage ornie!

I still have a couple of Christmas images to share so come back next week!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Ornament I Recieved

The ornament I recieved from the Junk Revelution website is this very clever light bulb with a dish detergent lid on the bottom. It was made by momlvcntrt. The covering is a single ply napkin decopaged over the lightbulb.

A lovely way to make junk beautiful and useful again.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Masher Christmas

I painted these years ago, potato mashers into a Santa and a snowman. they usually sit on my windowsill in the kitchen, but moved them for the pics. The snowman's hat is made from an old sweater, it has faded over the years, it also has a wire in the top to keep the hat flowing. the little Santa on the arm of the snowman is a fishing sinker painted as a Santa. They also can hold paper napkins for something fun.

♫ Note ♫ the mashed potatos represented by music sheet paper chains ♫

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Junk Ornament Exchange

Over on the Junk revolution website I joined fellow junkers in a junk ornament exchange. I sent my ornaments I made to "Diane in the Valley" she received them and so I am going to share the pics that I took before sending them to her.

The first one here is an angel made from a Christmas bulb, a crystal, old jewelry ring and a insert for a cookie press plus vintage lace and button.

The second one is a wreath, I glued random junk on a large washer, an old key placed just right so there would be a place for the wire hanger.

Here is a closer view of them both.

I will post what I receive as soon as I receive them!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I made thes ATC (artist trading cards) for a swap-bot.com swap.

They are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches
See the flower frog holding it up!
These little guys are called inchies and are 1 inch x 1 inch, they were harder to do than I thought they would be.
These are the ones I sent, looking forward to when I get mine, (I did get one) will post them later.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Book Photo Holder

Another project I did from the Gorilla Glue website

(not me in the picture)

Yeah, my first Name is Debra, never really go by Debbie but I thought this would be fun, a book about Debbie Reynolds, a lot of Debs are around 50 something due to Debbie Reynolds.

The buttons are due to a mistake, I first drilled the holes to close to the front. I couldn't find the website when I wanted to do this project, so I winged it. Well anyway, I used the buttons to hide the holes, I also used the lace to hide the other gold lettering about the book.

Would make a fun gift for the junker in your family, if you can find a special book would be an extra special touch.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Couple of Posts Ago

A couple of posts ago I had this with the candles in the chicken feeder, now I used the black beans to hold some of my old photos.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Folding Ruler Photo Holder (Link Added)

I made this after seeing it on the Gorilla Glue website, I believe Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer have it also on their websites/blogs. I was trying to find a link but could not, sorry. It is very easy to do. I put my own little twist on it with the star on top, with words torn out of an old book.

Without the photo it looks like a Christmas tree!
Here is the site, Thanks to Nadine!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

BOO !!

Ghoul in a Jar, recycle a gallon jar into a mad scientist experiment!!! Add a spooky old mask and some colored water, some Spanish moss other random leaves and silk flowers. Make sure the lid is on tight and add a cover made of tea or coffee stained muslin tied haphazardly and WaLa!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Silverware Keeper

I guess that is what it is called, well anyway I re-did this a long time ago and I really like how it turned out. The problem is I would like to use it in another manor do you have any suggestions?
It was a plain wood tray that I painted and antiquedit added wood drawer pulls for legs and metal drawer pulls for handles. This also was my first try at mosaics, I used old state plates.

So again, does anyone have any suggestions on how I could use this, besides silverware?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Chicken Feeder

I guess that is what it is? Found this at a yard sale for 1.00, cleaned it up and sprayer a sealer on it, added dried black beans and some primitive candles. Easy!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Button Jewelry Swap

This is what I received from Melissa! Isn't it fabulous!! Made from wool and silk thread and mother of pearl buttons. Isn't it great how you can take something old, and make it new again!!

She also sent, this great piece that is just up my alley! She read here at my blog how I like numbers and made this necklace from a cinema seat, how cool is that!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Button Swap

I participated in a Button Jewelry Swap and here are the things I made and sent to Melissa in Canada. I found out about it from the Button Floozies blogspot and was started by http://incywincytogs.blogspot.com/
The earrings were fairly easy, using blue buttons and a recycled filigree pieces from a old necklace, everything else was new.
The next two pics are of the button bracelet, I created on an old white zipper it has an elastic loop closure.

The next piece is a button brooch using another white zipper as a flower shaped base with three buttons stacked on top.

And the last piece is just one large olive colored button with a silver bail glued on and a nifty new black necklace kit.
It was a lot of fun, thinking what to make for this, and creating these items for Melissa. Here blog is www.mistuk.blogspot.com She also introduced me to www.swap-bot.com so there may be more swapping in the future.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Old Frame

Finally, I am back to updating junkinjane! Been busy since going back to work, getting a new computer. I need to take some more pictures though. I also participated in my first swap and will be posting about that soon.

Here is a quick project I put in my home recently, an old frame I bought for a buck at a public sale a couple of years ago. I toned down the gold paint by making a wash of brown craft paint and water. Made a template of the frame and placed the grad pics of the kids on it marked it and then placed the template on the wall to put in the nails.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Sisterhood Junk

So far I used 2 of the pieces I choose from took Sisterhood of the traveling junk box.
I added it to a piece I had.
I had this peg board that was made out of an old drawer front I made a couple of years ago, with old doorknobs and old coat hook I made some stars out of rusty tin from a craft store.

The second piece I used to add interest to a nail keg I recently brought into the living room after being outside. I cleaned it up and sprayed with a clear sealer, added cheesecloth that was coffee stained.

This teddy bear, I also made from something used, do you know what?
Thanks for the comments! Yes you are right it was an old coat!
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