Living Life in Color

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I LOVE FALL

 

 

 

imageimageimageimageThe JUNK IN THE TRUNK (and then some) in beautiful downtown Yakima Wa

Simply Put, There’s a Whole Lot of Pretty in Keeping it Simple

You know the old saying “keep it simple stupid”.  Well I kind of agree with that suggestion and with that in mind I tried to celebrate the basics of this pretty old dresser.  It had so much paint on it, that I was not able to get it back to the original natural finish.   However I didn’t want to make it so much about the new paint either.  So I opted for a basic black and just a slight hint of color in those “mellow/yellow” pretty drawer pulls.  I think it came out simply gorgeous!!!!

 

 

Santa, It’s Time To Stop The Madness and Start Recycling

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Remember “The Island of Misfit Toys”? I sure do, in fact that cartoon may have a lot to do with my junk-a-mania!!!!!!
It was waaay back in the 1960’s that the Holiday classic first broadcast. The plot depicted how all the defective and unwanted toys from Santa’s workshop were sent off to an island/sanctuary (I don’t think so!)
Man oh man, thank goodness times are a changing. Those defective, unwanted and discarded pieces of the past are now recycled, repurposed and celebrated for being for the misfit’s they once were.
My message to Santa this year is to get with it, recycle, repurpose, re-tweek and stop the  madness.

“Color Me” in All Things Vintage, Old, Bold and Beautifully Different

image Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed coloring just a wee bit outside the lines.  At this point in life, rather than try to change who I am, I decided to celebrate what I find so wonderul in life and that be all things old, junky and colorful.

Pictured are just few of the items currently down at the “Junk in the Trunk (and then some) booth in Morton’s Antique Mall in beautiful downtown Yakima Wa.image image image image image

Fall at Junk in the Trunk (and then some) where we try never to leave the house without our lipstick on

imageimageGetting our fall on down at the Junk in the Trunk (and then some) in downtown Yakima, Wa.  In doing so I try to keep my “junk” pretty eccletic in style and just a little quirky too.  For instance the two drawer dresser againt the wall has had both drawers stained inside and then painted on sides to match that glorious olive green cabinet.  To me leaving a drawer unpainted is like leaving the house with no lipstick on and that ain’t good!!!!!imageimageimageimageimage

Cultivating Old Tractor Radiator Into Coffee Table

imageI was out yard saleing one beautiful sunny day, when I stumbled across an old farm with a YARD SALE sign out in front!!!!! I could hardly believe my eyes as I wiped a mixture of tears of joy and dust from them (I think they call that mud).
It was the mother-load of all things old and rusty. The kind of place you automatically flash back to “when’s the last time I had a tetanus shot?”
There were several others there and it seemed most of us could hardly contain our zeal. We were like starving people who had just bellied up to a well stocked desert table and we were all diggin in.
My favorite find was this old bent, dirty and corroded tractor radiator.
 imageimageimageOriginally I had thought what a great wall piece this will make. But then I suggested to my husband that maybe a coffee table was waiting to happen.
He took over at that point and ran with it. He salvaged an old wire cylinder we had laying around. He sanded down the rust and thoroughly cleaned out the old radiator. He then applied lacquer. He used door stops to hold the glass in place.  The glass had to be round, beveled and tempered so that was the most substansial cost.
When he showed me the table complete, I was so happy for him because he enjoyed the process. He’s on board with the idea that refurbishing and repurposing is an art form that should be celebrated and cultivated. The old tractor coffee table is the perfect example of doing so.

Celebrating “Junk” with Eclectic Abandon

imageJust another wonderful day in my “junk” filled paradise and I couldn’t be more grateful.  This summer has provided ample opportunity to celebrate all things imperfect.  I have picked up lots of old beat up furniture and had a blast drinking wine and getting dirty while putting “a little paint on the old barn” and listening to my favorite crooner Dean Martin.

Also have some really cool old items, that wear their well-earned rust wonderfully.  In addition, I attempted to flex my green thumb on some different ideas for succulent potting.  The succulent thing is definitely a learning process but I just love finding ways to display them a just a little differently.

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My goal is to milk every bit of summer sunshine and warmth for all the yard sale booty I can scrounge/aka score!!!!!!!!!  Then it’s down to the store and hopefully celebrate “junk” and all things imperfect in total eclectic abandon.