1. Find out if your city has a bulk pick up trash day. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN THE REST OF YOUR DAYS AROUND IT.
2. Go out rain or shine, or sleet as was the case for me this year (crazy Seattle weather!!!) , and go out multiple times, but especially the night before the pick up day.
3. if you see something interesting...check it out. Don't be shy, or you may lose something fabulous to the next junker that comes along. Take it home...if you decide it doesn't float your boat,(or if your husband looks like he's about to have a grandemal seizure) put it out with all your bulk item crap.
4. You may want to practice your swerving technique before hand. It helps to be a confident and well-insured driver. If you see something fabulous, employ the swerve, grab and stuff that criminals in white panel vans on TV use when kidnapping people. Swerve to the side of the road (squealing your brakes is not really necessary, but adds seriousness to what we know is a very serious operation), jump out, grab the goods and stuff it into your car (try borrowing a panel van if you know someone who has one!). Jump back in, chortling happily, and zip off (again, squealing brakes are optional).
5. Depending on how successful your junkin day was, you may NOT be able to hide it all from your husband. I suggest leaning heavily on the phrase "But, it was FREE, dear!"
6. Gloating about your finds is an integral part of this whole thing...you must let other people what fabulous stuff you found so they caan be envious...I MEAN...they can learn from your experiences. Remember...junkin is saving the earth one cool find at a time! We are just doing our part to keep it out of the landfills, people!!!
Yes, this is the best find of the year...an AMAZING beadboard cabinet in the most beautiful green. Someone was going to throw this away!!!!!! ***This is where the gloating comes in****
Plus, I also found the cute old bike, the banged up toolbox and the fountain (which doesn't work, but is still cute as a birdbath/cat water dish. Oh, and don't forget that cute dresser from a few posts back...ALL FOR FREE and saved from the landfill. Defintely a FABULOUS junkin time this year!
Yes, on the side of the road, standing in the rain...(actually lying on it's side in the mud), no umbrella, no coat. My new love waited for me...and I found it, rescued it and LOVE it!!!! It has seen better days, but that's okay. I love it's chippy, peeling beauty. I would NEVER trade it in for a newer, sleeker model...Plus, it was FREE. Yes, my friends, free. We have an annual bulk item pick up day in our town. Once a year, we can haul out as much crap as we can find and put it on the curb and Waste Management picks it up for free. (free is a GOOD word, no?) Well, someone mistook it for trash, cuz there it was...waiting for me!!! Here's my loot I found at an Estate sale today:
The Salvage Studio girls are giving away a copy of this FABULOUS book for Earthday (April 22). It is probably the BEST book I've read on Salvage style, and has THE best projects...I loved every one of them, really! Go check it out!
So, it appears that I AM the kind of girl who plays with dolls. All right already...I'll admit it! I like dolls!!! Especially if they look like this:
and especially this:
How cute! The kewpie type doll images are the ones I've been using lately from Retrocafeart. I'm still in love with these cuties! The dresses are from ARTRchix Studio (as is the whole doll 3 pics up). LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!! The flowers are vintage scrap. My favorite girl is the last one: the Damsel in Distress. I love how she's advertising that fact with a little flag! My kinda girl...When all else fails...advertise your issues. Ummm, hello?... Damsel in distress here?...hello? any princes around?
Here are some magnents I also made (but, I canNOT remember where I got the images...yikes!) The magnents themselves were from the Target dollar spot a couple of years ago. The paper under the transparencies is a handwritten hymn. LOVE the handwriting and the brown ink! My favorite is the top one...it's hard to see, but across her chin, the writing says "I'm found". I love that! And I didn't even plan it!
And lastly, some necklaces that will go into my shop soon:
The images are ARTchix, again. Go check that place out!
Here's a new collage I made on Monday. (sorry about the photo quality! I cannot get a good picture of this baby!) The doll image is from the fabulous Kristin at Retrocafeart. So CUTE, no? The little girl is me, of course. The bird and roses are from beautiful sheets of German Scrap I got from Lisa Cook . Gorgeous!
I know it's hard to read, but the words say "indulging in hope" which is what I'm trying to do these days...
Here is my doll all , well, dolled up! I finished decorating her yesterday, but the weather's been so hideous, there wasn't enough light to take pictures of her til today. I love how she turned out. I ended up cutting off her stand, so she lays flat on the bottom of her skirt. Since I'm accident, prone, I figured this just may save her life!
This is the bottle I altered for her insides. It has a little charlotte image inside it from retrocafeart. So cute! It says "staying at home".
This is that wee little house charm I made from retrocafeart, too. Kristin's stuff is FABULOUS--- go check her out!
Here is Miss dolly's back side, with a doily for a train.
I LOVE these little tiny tubes of photo tinting paints...
Thanks for looking!
Also, I wanted to share some of my recent finds, but, I'm pulling my hair out with blogspot right now! Any blogspot bloggers out there, HELP! I used to be able to upload photos and then move them around to place them into the dialog that I had already written. Now, once I upload them I can't move them around at all, except to put spaces between them, and write there. Does that make sense? Please help, or let me know if you are having similar issues. Or, maybe I am just a complete doofus....