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August 18, 2010

Junkologie Giveaways!!

Go here to enter the FIVE fun giveaways at Junkoligie!!! Go! Go! Go!

July 16, 2010

The cat's outta the bag...

As promised...I'm sharing my super-secret source for burlap coffee bags: Cafe Del Mundo roastery in Anchorage. The "green" beans are shipped in these bags to the roastery before they get, well, roasted. Shoot me an email if you'd like the contact name and phone number. They ask that you call before going to pick them up.

Here are a few ideas I've found I'd love to try....

Please share your projects with me if you go get some of these beauties!!

July 9, 2010


Do you ever see a photograph that literally makes your jaw drop? Makes you say "wow" without even knowing the word escaped your mouth?

For me, it was this picture. I've lusted after corrugated metal for a very long time, but haven't had the opportunity to use it in my house. I was always thinking along the lines of wainscoting or facing a kitchen island with it. But to me, this is brilliant. And stunning. And perfection.

This photo is going into my idea file. What ideas do you have stashed away that you're longing to do someday?

July 5, 2010

Not Junk

Saturday, the wonderful man in my life took me to lunch at Sheep Creek Lodge. Not only was the food delicious, but the decor was pure eye candy! I should have taken lots more photos, but it was crowded and I did NOT want to look like a dumb ol tourist. lol Fellow Alaskans will know what I mean. :)

Technically, this doesn't fall into the category of "junk" but it is definately UpCycled. What a gorgeous way to pay tribute to this wild, rugged place we live. Love, love, love.

July 1, 2010

Good Junk

Tuesday I hit the Motherlode of junk! I'll spare you all the non-decor items I found (like the rat ball, snake lights, etc...lol) and just share these beauties today.

She needs a little sprucing up (but come on, don't we all?) but I LOVE this table I found at Happy Dawn's Thrift in Wasilla (on Bogard, just off Main St). I am going to use it as a buffet in the kitchen. A good cleaning with Murphy's Oil Soap should have her looking like a million bucks. Eventually I want to add some industrial locking wheels to the legs, if I can find some I don't have to sell my firstborn for. Sheesh, they are expensive! Sweet new buffet=$20!

And I was SO excited to find the pitcher and serving dishes at Salvation Army, marked down 25%, no less! I already had the nested bowls, so when I saw the others I snatched them up faster than a fat kid on a french fry! I got them all for $3. Smile!

June 27, 2010

This is what Summer smells like...

It's amazing how just a few blooms can fill an entire room with
yummy fragrance. :)

June 20, 2010

So stinkin clever!

How's this for a makeover? These used to be ordinary, unassuming clear glass vessels. You know, the kind that are unloved and overlooked?
Here's the McLinky to Creative Little Daisy. She'll give you the 411 on her ingenius idea! But before you go, grab a cup of coffee and plan on staying awhile. I'm just sayin...

June 19, 2010

Lamp Love!

Isn't this sweet! If you're up for a project, here's the how-to.

Found at Vintage Junky...coffee sack lampshade. love. love. love.

And check out this sexy little number I found at Dreamy Whites. Be still my heart.

Time to fire up the glue gun!

June 17, 2010

First, I am happy, no ecstatic, to report I found a source for burlap sacks, which I will share soon!

Onto an inspiring idea I found this morning at Belle Maison. It's my three favorite things...Funky, easy and cheap!

I love the industrial looking brackets. I can also see this done with old wood corbels (with chippy paint, of course) rusty wrought iron. I've gotta go find some old books!

Have a happy, albeit dreary, Thursday! I'm off to go play in the rain. :)

June 15, 2010

That sort of thing IS my bag, baby....

OK, hopefully you'll get the Austin Powers reference there. I'm searching...on the hunt for burlap grain, coffee, potato sacks. I HAVE to find some.

Why, you ask? Because I'm officially obsessed with this look:

Must. Find. Them.

Happy Tuesday!

June 13, 2010

TV Table Love...

There's a super cute store in Wasilla that transforms cast-off furniture into one-of-a-kind pieces. I picked up this long, narrow table to hold my obnoxious, big screen TV in the living room. (Come on, nobody really likes those things, do they?)

I'm gonna be a really bad Blogger and screw up the name of the store, I'm sure, but I want to say it's 7th Ave? It's right next to the Gelato place on KGB. If you get a Gelato, and you MUST get one, tell Pasha I said hi! He probably has no idea what my name is, but just tell him Lemon Granita says hello.

Anywho, about the table. It's been lovingly distressed with a few layers of paint. I can see some red and aqua peeking out from beneath the black glaze on top. And it has a beautiful decal on the top, that's unfortunately hidden by the behemoth tv.

The only problem is the components, like the DVD player, dont have a home. Mine is temporarily sitting on top of an ammo box I picked up at a flea somewhere.

I have a thing for old wood crates and boxes, and if they have cool graphics, even better.

It does a great job of hiding all the DVDs and remotes.

May 26, 2010

Dresser Vignette

Happy Hump Day! I thought I'd share the latest grouping of fun junk that adorns the top of my dresser (of course, it's already changed again...lol). Please ignore the missing drawer pull. I removed it so I can take it to the hardware store with me to get new ones. It's been rattling around in the bottom of my purse for months. Sheesh.

Anywho....the dresser itself, some of you might remember, I picked up at Big Lake Thrift last year for $40. It's a HEAVY little effer...solid wood, so at that price, it was a steal. It was already painted white and has just enough "patina" to give it character. The mirror was a purchase from my friend Heather, and is just leaning against the wall. I like that it's slightly askew...kinda like me these days. ;)

Those cute lil cowboy boots were thrifted from Turn A Leaf Thrift on Swanson in Wasilla for about $2. Originally I intended to plant flowers in them, but like so many other finds, they ended up somewhere totally different.

You guys have seen the temporary Flea Market that springs up along the Parks Hwy every year, right around Mile 49? Well, several years ago I picked up that rusty old lantern for a few bucks and it's lived in several different spots in my house. I love the contrast of it against the white dresser. Stopping there is always a gamble and I never know what I might find (or who, for that matter!) but it's worth a stop at least once every year. Just last week I saw lanters similar to mine at Pack Rat Antiques in Anchorage selling for $75-$100. Score!

Add one picture of a partially nude cowboy (he still has his boots and hat on, for goodness sake!) and a shabby chic candle holder with a homemade birdnest on it, and it's a fun and unique vignette for my bedroom.

May 25, 2010

Vintage Suitcase Sidetable

Super quick and easy project. I've been picking up old suitcases here and there, finally have three that stack nicely to make a fun little sidetable...I just added some wheels I found at Lowe's to the largest one and stacked the other two on top. I decided not to attach them to each other so I can use them for storage.
Attaching the wheels was easy...I just predrilled holes and secured them with bolts and wingnuts. Actually, Sage predrilled the holes and did all the work. That girl likes power tools as much as I do! :) That's my girl!

Test Driving the New Blog...:)

Hello there! This will be a place for me to share my junky finds, favorite decorating resources and hopefully a few finished projects here and there...with some random posts about life as it happens in my beautiful Alaska.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's go prospecting!