Thursday, November 27, 2014

What I am thankful for.........

  Happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for.....

Mr. Funky Junk

My children

My family

My grandchildren 

My business

Our friends

Our health

  Happy Thanksgiving from Funky Junk from the Country!

peace, love & junk,


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

My little Christmas tree farm!

  Is it Christmas yet? No, not quite time! Well it feels like Christmas here in N.W. Ohio.  I was out decorating the shack last Sunday and it was snowing.  It didn't slow me down a bit.  That will be left for another post!  Oh how I become distracted! 

 I have been busy with Christmas decor and decorating.  My favorite project last year was making door knob Christmas trees and my very own little Christmas tree farm.  I made about 10-12 trees and sold them all.

  So, I have been collecting old & vintage door knobs all year long to make them again.  This time I am keeping several for myself!  After making them I take photos of them and off they go to the Maumee Antique Mall. Each year I tell myself "I am keeping some for myself", not!  

  So this leads me to this blog to make these adorable trees, for yourself or to give as a gift.   These make fabulous hostess gifts.  

  What do you need to complete this project? 

  1.  Door knobs, brass, glass, metal any type you can come up with.  I purchase mine at auctions, flea markets and garage sales.  If at all possible I don't pay more than $4.00 for a pair of knobs.  

  2.  Bottle brush Christmas trees, any little pine tree decoration.  These trees can be purchased at the craft stores in several different sizes and colors.

  3.  Hot glue gun and glue sticks.  

  {{These are way to big!  But, they are so pretty! }}

  4.  Tiny, little, small ball ornaments. Any little {{I mean really little}} ornament will work. The decorations are optional.  I sell them plain, just the same! 

  I remove the bottom from the bottle brush trees.  You will not need them, but save them.  {{You never know when you will need them for something else.}}
  Make sure the door knobs are clean and the center opening is clear.  Also make sure the screw is in the door knob. No worry, if there is not a screw, place a piece of duck tape over the hole.  That keeps the hot glue from coming out that little hole in the door knob.  
  Take the hot glue gun and release the glue into the door knob hole.  Make sure to have your bottle brush tree ready to place in the hole at the top of the door knob.  The glue will set up after a couple of minutes, so be ready!  I hold the tree in place until the hot glue sets.  

  If you don't want to decorate your tree you are done! Easy peasy and so cute! If you want your tree decorated, start hanging your tiny ornaments.  On my silver trees I place a small dot of hot glue on the branch, so the ornaments do not fall off!  

  It's time for a photo shoot!  Yes, share your creativity with your family and friends.  Again these make fabulous hostess gifts, as you have created then with love! 💗
  I also made several trees with vintage & old perfume bottles as the base.  Just as beautiful.  Use your imagination for the base, if it is vintage and cute, try it! Anything goes...💗

  I have several other projects in my Santa sack for you, so stay tuned! 
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Peace, love & junk, 


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Monday, November 3, 2014

I scored these items at an auction! Now look!

 I attend auctions several times a week, 
in addition to working a full time job and running Funky Junk from the Country.  Quite often you see amazing pieces that you want to bid on.  Yes, I want that!  The first thing Mr. Funky Junk says is " What are going to do with that? ".  No problem honey, I already had an idea.  Can you see the light bulb going off? 

  I knew immediately when I seen this piece, what I would do with it.  You see, I had already picked up a box of vintage Christmas ornaments and have three other boxes in the workshop.  You have to pick them up when you see them, then stash them away until November.  Then you are ready to create and let everyone enjoy your treasured finds! 

  When I purchased this piece at auction I didn't realize what it was, or what it was made of.  But, for a $3.00 win at auction, it was priceless to me. After picking it up and taking it back to the truck, I realized someone had handmade this gem.  Yes, it was made with wire hangers and wired together.  Someone spent time creating this piece for a purpose.  I'm not sure I will ever know what that purpose was.  For me, I have a whole new use! 💗💗💗

  I find boxes of vintage ornaments at auction for next to nothing! They are fabulous in my eyes.  At one time these were shiny, colorful and sparkling.  Some of their color has faded and lost some of it's sparkle.  Yet, these beauties are timeless in the joy they bring when you display them.  The stories they could tell.....

  This piece was already in the workshop storage just waiting for a project.  It was once a majestic lamp with a glass shade, shining brightly.  I clipped the wires off of the lamp as it was brittle and cracked. Cleaned up the base with some steel wool and it is ready!  

  I attached the wire to the lamp pole with the piece of wire from the top. {I left the screw and the wing nut on the lamp to be able to accommodate the hanging 
piece}.  Then hung the Christmas bulbs on the loops from the hanger. It's finished!  It will be used this holiday season to display my vintage Christmas bulbs at the Maumee Antique Mall, Maumee, Ohio booths #241/242 & #258/259.  

  More decorating ideas for the holidays to come! 

  Thank you so much for following my journey of junk!  

Peace, love & junk, 


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