Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thrift Your Art & CSN Giveaway Reminder

This is another painting in my "thrift your art" series. Truth be told this was a yard sale find for $4. Each Fall I make it part of my front porch display and hope the wind doesn't take it away! It actually came pretty darn close to flying off this year but that metal lantern did a good job of slowing it down.
Time to pack it all up and get those Xmas decorations out. If only this head cold would go away so I could make some headway in that arena! Don't forget, my CSN Giveaway ends tomorrow so get those entries in.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekend Finds

Although we had an unseasonably warm weekend, yard sale season is pretty much over. Time to head indoors and wander the aisles of the local thrift stores. These are a few of my "finds":
Vintage Strawberry Metal Tray
Beistle 3D Snowflakes in their original, unopened package
Vintage Halloween Owl Candleholder - made in Japan
Vintage "Space-Saver" metal bowl/tray - you can slide the sections to make it bigger as the need arises - the bolt that you tighten to adjust size is marked "Space Saver" - how clever is this? I love the whole industrial feel of the pierced hole pattern in the metal.
Green pottery planter - I never leave these behind.
Religious figure plaques - I've been finding religious items interesting of late. Is it wrong that I want to add some glitter to these (not much - just a tasteful spruce up)?!
Vintage Infant of Prague Planter - made in Japan. See how the religious theme keeps popping up.
Vintage Electronic Milton game - oh if you could hear the phrases this game says. Too funny for words.
All in all a fruitful weekend. Eventually all of this will be for sale whether on Ebay, Etsy or at shows in the spring. Well, ok, not all of it. That owl is MINE, MINE, MINE!
What did you thrift this weekend?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rudolph With Your Nose...

Have you noticed all the brass hanging around thrift shops? Of course you have and more often than not you pass it by. I came across (ok, ok, actually my husband found this one for me but he just got to the aisle first!) this horrible brass sleigh last Friday. Hmmm...glitter perhaps?!
Ta da! Oh the magic of paint and glitter. She's got a whole new lease on the holiday season. And in the happy karma of the junk world I was able to pair her up with this fabulous reindeer that Shara over at Monkeybox was kind enough to send me when I won her giveaway. A junque marriage meant to last!
Inside I've placed a vintage Christmas corsage I picked up a while back at the Goodwill. Love the wee red reflectors which make it a nice match for Rednesday. Have fun visiting the other reds at It's A Very Cherry World!

Remember to stop by and enter my CSN store giveaway just in time for the holiday rush.
Linking up to Deck The Halls Friday, and Very Merry Holiday Home Party as well.
Linking up to Vintage Junk In My Trunk linky party.Check out her fabulous 100 Blog Post giveaway.

Getting Ready for the Holidays CSN GIVEAWAY

Looking at the calendar this time of year can be a bit overwhelming. So many things to do, gifts to purchase, home decorating, people to visit. Lucky for you I may have just the giveaway to help with that last bit!
The fine folks at CSN stores have given me a $55 gift certificate to share with my blog friends. As you pull out your luggage and realize that suitcase you were going to use is a bit tattered you can head over to their site and find a fabulous replacement.
If you aren't familiar with CSN stores they are an e-commerce site comprised of over 200 stores and a wide range of goods for home improvement, home decor, furniture, housewares, cookware - oh the list is pretty much endless.
Use the above link to begin your shopping. Gift certificate can't be used toward shipping costs but will be good at ANY of their sites. Click on the suitcase above to start your wish list!
How do you win? Pretty easy. You know the drill - leave me a comment on this post for one entry. Become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment letting me know you've done so (or if you already are a follower) for another entry.
Contest ends at noon Eastern time on December 1st. Winner will be notified via e-mail so make sure when you enter that I have a way to contact you.
Happy shopping to all!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thrift Your Art

This is our most recent thrift store art purchase. It's quite small and simply had to be rescued. I love the trees on the bridge. This is quite reminiscent of another piece I thrifted several years back (I'll get that one photographed for the next post). I believe it is signed Celoz in the bottom corner but have not yet had the chance to do any research.
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rednesday Pixie

It's Rednesday again! This time I'm sharing a vintage Davar Pixieware oil jar. For a short time we collected Pixieware but as often happens - we've moved on. I thought I'd post this before it's gone. It's currently on Ebay along with it's mate Mr. Vinegar.
Happy Rednesday to all!

She Had Me At The Box

A little while back I was the lucky winner of a giveaway. The fabulous Shara at Monkeybox packed up a box of goodies for me. She had me at the wrapper on the box...
Really? You drew me a Junque Magnet logo?!! How could she possibly know my dream of one day painting that puppy on the side of a fantastic old aqua painted truck (which just happens to reside at the auto repair shop in town...)? But wait, inside she found and shared...
A card from a vintage game with my name on it! My real name. The one I can NEVER find and spent my childhood feeling left out because NO ONE had my ancient and not at all popular name (I am over that now by the way...no really, I am). I of course have mounds of these card games because the graphics are super. I like to make tinsel garlands with them.

It was a box of enormous generosity. This will be my new show apron and NO ONE else will have one like it. There was glitter and paper and Christmas (wait till you see what I've got planned for that reindeer) and...WOW! Miss Shara - you are a junque goddess! I don't hand that term out very often so please know I'm putting you on a pedestal! A million thanks. Stop over and visit her Monkeybox. She is always sharing her terrific finds and humor.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Did I hear the words FREE gift from Meyer Imports?

By now you may have gathered I have a wee bit of an addiction to glitter. No, I do not have it under control and no, I do not want to be cured!
Imagine my joy upon learning that Meyer Imports is offering a sample set of spun cotton and plaster mushrooms during the month of November. Hello!!!!!!!!! Could I get there fast enough? German glass glitter with gift.

Further bonus can be found in their offer to send it to you if you blog about it. No purchase necessary.

Glitter and generous. Double score!!!!!!!!!!!! Head on over and see the beauty.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thrift Your Art

Today I'm showing another piece of "fine" art from my collection. I thrifted this several years ago when we lived in Maryland.
This is a Hebbelinck etching which came ready to hang in a frame. Not the best frame, but not too bad. Really, wait until you see some of the frames on my other artwork!!! We've got some real doozies which make this one pretty inocuous.
Why did I pick this up? This is original artwork. Artist signed. It was $10. It has appealing subject matter. The colors are easily worked into most room settings. If I ever get bored with it (or run out of room - which is a real possibility) I can sell it for more than I paid.Why wouldn't you pick this up?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rednesday Fun

Sue at It's A Very Cherry World is hosting Rednesday again. Hop on over and see what everyone is sharing.
This week I'm showing two tins I recently purchased at auction. Santa is just about getting ready to check those ever important lists!
For the record, I got the bling at the same auction. I still cannot believe that I got the whole set for $1. Santa must have been helping me out.