Saturday, April 14, 2012

Taking life by the horns while Romancing the junk...

It's been a put a "shizzle in your drizzle", hold your hat cuz it's too windy kinda weekend.  I finally got around to unloading my trailer today.  There was still a trailer load full, but not much left.  I think I'm going to put most of that stuff on sale...and get all my good stuff ready for the Junk Salvation show coming up the last weekend of April.

While I was in the middle of all that, plus dealing with my 3 year old....I managed to get a few things done.  I'm always itching to create something.  It's not always furniture.  I love making something, or drawing something...Just always have to be doing something.

I'm not much of a Pinterest FREAK.  And honestly I can't stand the question "Did you get that from Pinterest"?  Drives me crazy!  but I will admit.  I found something on there that really peaked my interest.  so I decided to try it and i LOVE it!!!

I first gathered a million of our canning mason jars.  Since I'm married to Old School handsome fool, we can our own vegtables and pickles.  So we always have jars laying around.  He even saves the picante sauce jars, pickle jars, jelly jars.  One thing I can't stand is he will wash them, and leave them on what small counter space we do have.  When he leaves for work, I normally just chunk them, cuz I can't stand clutter in my home. This time, I'm finally grateful he saves them.

I first wrapped each jar using raffia and any kind of lace I coud find.  Then I spray painted the jars with flat white paint.  I even used the colors Jade, and purple for fun.  White is my favorite.  Since I'm a romantic at heart...I could burn candles day and night all the time.  We put little tea lights in the candle holders and they were gorgeous.  My coffee table on my patio now homes 3 of them because they are just too dang pretty!

And as most OCD type peole are.  There is always some project that you have not started or finished that just lingers in your head over and over again.

I finally accomplished one of the 1 million of those projects today.  I've had this cow head that I purchased as a joke for my El Camino project.  It was hideous!  found it at an old lady's house on her porch while dropping my daughter off at school.  Anyways, I painted it white first..because my orginal plan was to cover it in lace and fabric.  Well after I took it every where with me, no one purchased it because the horn broke off.  so I had to bring it back home.  I finally tackled that piece today.

I fixed the horns and started to just splat some turquoise piant on it.  At first, I was just going to cover the horns...but decided to go all the way.  Then that lead to "oh I'll just add a little glitter" to using the hole jar of glitter.  Glitter on my hands, legs, body, feet, hair, face....and all over my work space.  But it was worth it.  So Now I've got this blingin bad AZZ cow head thing to sell to a lucky person.!  I'm thinking it would look awesome in a boutique some where!  What do you think?

And just for kicks.  here is the Before/after photo.

Until next time!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When you need some wood...

Finally back from the crazy Rutersville/Warrenton/Roundtop Antique Week in Texas.  That is a whole Vegas the Junkin' Texas Way!  Wow, I needed like three days to restore myself after being there.  That blog is my next one....but there is so much adventure to share...that it will take me several days to write that one.

In the meantime, I decided to share the other side of me.  The side that takes plenty of pride in her home and yard.  A few weeks ago I came across this one piece of wood that I just absolutely had to have.  I already knew what i wanted to do with it when I first laid eyes upon it.  (no dirty jokes)

I love to share my stories about my adventures as a child as well.  We had this beautiful River Bottom off the San Antonio River.  It was covered with Pecan trees and lots of raspberry and grapevines.  We used to ride our bikes and four wheelers down there for hours.  Swing from the vines too.  I always loved exploring and adventure.  Still do.  So I was always the girl that would try to encourage everyone to grab a stick so we could hike up the river and look for junk and driftwood. 

I have quite a bit of driftwood located in my flower beds and planters.  All from my river trips, tubing adventures, and beach excursions.  This one piece of wood I'm fixing to share photos of, was something different.  check it out for yourself.  I apologize for the poor quality of photos.  I was using my iphone.

Here we go, Step by step process.  First, here is what I have.  It's a semi hollowed out, funky shaped wood piece.

After that, I started to hollow the middle out a little bit more.  I just picked up one of my son's sand shovels and started to dig.

Well, after that got me kinda angry and frustrated I decided to take a break and relax for a minute.  Not an hour.

AFter I got semi refueled I realized the kid's shovel was not cutting it.  I walked over to my potting shed and grabbed my hatchet. (watch out.  Girl with a hatchet and glass of wine...I would be scared)

The hatchet was a miracle!  So much easier and better because I was able to get cleaner edges and a bottom.
After this, I started to add some potting soil I picked up at the grocery store.  Nothing fancy, just the cheapo stuff.

Add your potting soil to your new hollowed wood.

Pack it in really well.  Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty or your finger nails messy. 

Start adding your favorite plants.  I'm in LOVE with vines, or any other type of plant you can tear off from the original potted plant that will grow anywhere.  These plants were all just little pieces off of my already established potted plant.
Then  WHOOP, WHOOP!  You have a beautiful cascade of different foliage.  I added the Angel that is about 10 years this piece just because i felt it symbolized me. ; )


Below are some other snapshots I took while working in my yard. Most know I'm big into Junkin'.  So I pretty much re purpose whatever kind of container I can find.  It's easy and not expensive and looks super FABULOUS!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Well, I'm still set up over here in the backwoods with my redneck belt and my AZZ kickin' boots! I still got lots of junk, but starting to run low! HURRRy, we are making some crazy deals on items! 

My long haul here was definitely a challenge....but I made it and survived. I even tripped and fell on my face after i burned my hand on my radiator. I have made some AMAZING friends the last three days I've been here, managed to not get robbed or shot while staying at a roach motel. of the most Amazing things that has happened to me this morning was when I woke up. Last night, I had a nice chat with a new friend about our Faith in the Lord. and all the sudden, when I awoke, I had an email from a NEW fan....and she said she found me on this site below! click the link below! Thanks to the Funky Junk Sisters for writing an amazing Blog about me.!!!! Words can not express my gratitude towards you and your patience you have had with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~XOXO

Incase any of you reading this want to come to our Rockin' party, junk on the side of the road, junk pit stop, we are located at 6035 state hwy 159 La Grange, TEXAS until Saturday before Easter!
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