Monday, November 10, 2014

Progress and Change.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything" - George Bernard Shaw

Change change change. That has become the regular in my life and I'm sure in your life as well. Life is full of change. 

After moving back to Michigan. I tried to get my junkin' business back up and running. I experienced some failures. Some of the failures have to do with me. Some of the failures have to do with not being able to find my niche. 
Nothing seemed to be working. 
So, after accepting it ( which took me awhile ) - I took on a part time job (in March). 
I continued to sell on line, but it just wasn't going as I had hoped.

I recently was offered another position for the Christmas season working at one of the craft stores we all love to shop at. 
I have been working more hours and learning how to run a cash register ( again ). I'm also building up my stamina regarding standing on my feet for several hours at a time.

I have to say, I feel old. oy!

At this point, I  have my eBay store up and running...but I've put my Etsy store on hold. Not enough time or energy to keep them both going.

I took some time yesterday and added a few auctions to my store. Mostly Christmas merchandise.
One of my favorites for the week is this vintage Christmas pillowcase. ( You can view the auction here: Vintage Christmas Pillowcase - Jolly Santa! )

The other is this Hallmark Wizard of Oz ornament. 
( Click on this Link to see the ornament :  Wizard of Oz Hallmark Ornament )

Life is full of twists and turns. I'm trying to remind myself that I'm on an adventure.... but I'm ready for the journey to sort itself out and become more of a lifestyle instead of a roller-coaster ride. I'm sure many of you can relate. 

Hope you enjoy your week. Thanks for stopping by. 
Always always appreciated!!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

He Asked, and I Said Yes!

A long time ago - a young lady met a young man.
They were introduced through some mutual friends... and that's how their friendship began.

The young lady had a bit of a spirit about her. A spirit to travel and experience other areas and regions...and so she did. 
She traveled for 28 years. She lived in some wonderful places and met amazing friends.

All the while she and this young man stayed in touch  and built their friendship.

Life took some twists and turns. The lady  was ready for another adventure. She took a leap of faith and moved back to the starting place that the young man and woman met. 

That is how Mike and I met....and in a nutshell, our story. 

We've been enjoying our time together the last year and a half. Making new memories.

Last Sunday, the 19th of October.... our life took a turn. 

We were invited to a harvest festival at a farm. 
We were to meet some friends there early, to spend some time with them prior to the festival.

We arrived early. Immediately , were invited to take a hay ride - prior to the event starting.

 So Mike and I jumped up on the trailer ( well, we didn't exactly jump up - we were helped up ! ha!  ) and then we took off, with our friend Trav. driving the tractor ahead. 

I asked Mike why Leona and Dan weren't with us? Thought we were meeting them early? Why were they waiving at us as we were pulling out of the parking lot? Why weren't they with us ? What's up with that? Questions - questions!!! 

After a few minutes , we had gone down a path that lead to the woods. Trav stopped the trailer and pointed out  a place in the midst of the area that would be great for a photo op. I love to take photos and the leaves were in  fall bloom! 

Mike and I headed to the location which was pointed out ...  but again .... I couldn't help ask .... where is everyone and are they trying to get rid of us? hahahahhaa! Mike didn't have any answers....he was just as confused as I was. ( *wink*)

I decided to go with it. Take photos. Enjoy the moment!  

The woods were quiet, the fall leaves were amazing  and the sunlight was peeking through the trees. I started shooting some photos. 

We continued to walk ... Mike pointed out an old beat up  metal box that was sitting on a stump. It was stamped "United States Air Force", and was basically in pieces. 

Then we looked down from the stump and there was this very cool vintage box .
It had dirt and  leaves over the top of it. 
It looked like it had been there for a while. 

Now, as much as I love a good vintage box .... I know anything that has been sitting out in the woods for a while, might house a snake or two ...or a small critter of some kind. I was interested in the box, but opening it wasn't something I felt comfortable with. 

Mike began  to clean the top of it off, and now I was  REALLY crushing on the box.
 However - still very concerned about what might be inside. 
I tried to warn Mike, he ignored me. ( typical ha! )

I braced myself for something that might come lunging out ... and to my "over the top shock - surprise" .... this is what was revealed :

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first thing my eyes went to was the wine bottle that read " Will You Marry Me?" I was so shocked - all I could do was cry. I was so overwhelmed!

I cried. I hugged Mike and then I couldn't stop crying. (Do you know the man even remembered to bring  kleenex?!  )

Mike made it all so special. 
I found out later, he and Leona had gone vintage shopping earlier in the week. 
They found 2 beautiful wine goblets which are etched in a lacy pattern. ( LOVE! )
A vintage wool blanket and a heart shaped silver ring box. ... and the very awesome box!  

I don't have words for the ring. Stunning is what comes to mind.
The ring belonged to his Grandmother. 
Mike had his jeweler friend ( thank you, Tim! ) remove one of the stones and replace it with a stone from Mike's Mother's ring. 
I'm honored to wear it. So very honored

Mike had a pumpkin hiding behind a rock which he pulled out when Trav returned to pick us up.

So, the young lady and the young man ( who weren't as young as they once were ) decided to set out on a journey together. 
They are grateful for the friendship which started all those years ago. 

One more note:
I later found out that Dan, Leona and Trav  helped with all the props and placed them in the woods,  just moments before we arrived. Including the ring. 
Trav was our driver. 

Thank you , Dan, Leona and Trav - you made the day so very very  special. 
I'll never forget it. xoxoxo

I have more things to share with you, but couldn't wait to share this with you first!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate you being here and your comments. Always always always , means so much!

Hugs and Love,

Happy Treasure Hunting! xo

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Favorite Find - Industrial Style Love

A few weeks ago I stopped at a tag sale.
It was the second day for the sale. I normally don't find many treasures on the second day. But I've learned to never say never AND  I've learned to never pass up stopping at small tag sales. They can be surprising.

I love the industrial look and I love wood and leather. I love to incorporate all 3 looks together. 
That's my goal for my office area. Wood, leather and industrial. Oh and some rose fabric and pictures to soften it up. 

I'm always on the hunt for pieces with drawers or cubby's. 
I've seen several industrial style cabinets at garage sales that I would have LOVED to take home, but they were over priced for me. 

BUT. Not this day.

To my delight. I walked up to this sale ... and there ...  sitting on a long table  ... were 2 vintage stack-able paper trays !  Oh yes please! 

I love their deco style.

But wait. There's more!

As I swooped in to grab the trays ( I was the only one at the sale, but you would have thought there were several "treasure hunters" there. All looking for industrial paper trays - ha! ) ... something caught my attention at the other end of the table. There she was..... 

.... a 6 drawer vintage industrial metal cabinet !!  *Swoon!* 

Before I got too excited, I searched for a price ... and there it was. At the top of the cabinet was a $5. price tag!!! I'm now jumping up and down ( on the inside ) and announced quite loudly " I'd like to purchase this cabinet, please !!!!! " Again. I'm the only shopper there. 

So I handed over $7. to the cashier and ran to my car to put the pieces in the trunk before anyone could change their mind. Not that any of the people having the sale mentioned that they might have second thoughts about selling it.... but just in case. ( I'm such a goober )

She's gonna need a little TLC ... which might become a winter project. Not sure if I should paint it? Kind of leaning towards cream and then putting a coat of black over the top ... sanding it to bring out the cream. 
I don't know what I'll store in it yet. But it will be fun to figure it out.

Until then. I have her sitting next to the suitcases on the top shelf of a cabinet. 

I found a home for the paper trays. They are sitting on a shelf next to my desk. Holding important papers .... like plain paper for my printer. 

The next day I stopped at a couple more tag sales and found 2 different leather briefcases. They are in very good condition. I'm kind of thinking about keeping them to store small goodies in.
I love to stack suitcases for storage. 

That's all for now.

Thanks for stopping by. As always, I appreciate you taking the time.
Means so much!

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tureen and Violets. A Fun Gift.

Last Friday, I stopped at a tag sale on my way to work.
I was in a hurry .... only had a few moments.

My eye went right to this covered tureen.
It was sitting on a table that was marked 1/2 off.
I would have paid full price for it, but 1/2 off was a no brainer. 
I swooped it up, paid for it and headed to work.

My cousin  and his "lovely bride" ( the endearing "title"  my cousin uses when speaking of his wife. How sweet is that!  Smart man.) had invited us to their home for dinner - for Friday night.

I knew I wanted to bring a little somethin'- somethin'. 
I offered a dish to pass - but they insisted that they had everything needed. 

Soooo ..... after scoring the tureen, some ideas popped in my head .... ideas for the dinner we were invited to!

The one idea that wouldn't leave me alone was  placing some herbs in the pot. Something about the soft white with the green foliage that makes my heart go pitter-patter. 
I couldn't wait to get off of work to pick up the herbs and create this fabulous idea that was rolling around in my head!

Apparently, I must have made the pot much larger in my mind ....because when it was time to pick out the herbs..... I could only fit ONE herb in the pot. Possibly two, if I had the second one  sitting sideways.  > insert a good chuckle < 

 I just couldn't do ONE herb. It looked wrong. 
Disappointed, I headed to the floral department to see what plan B would look like. 
I had about 5 minutes to pick out a potted flower and get through the check out before I needed to be on my way home. 

The pot wasn't large enough to hold two containers of anything, so I went with the simple violet. It wasn't the grand idea that I had originally thought of, but it would work. 

I only had a minute to take a couple of photos before heading out the door. 

After I took the photos, I realized some of the pink pot was showing through the Spanish moss, so I covered that up with moss before running out the door.
(I looked like a crazy woman with moss flying everywhere! Ha!)

The hostess ( AKA : "Lovely Bride" )  really seemed to like it. I really enjoyed putting it together. 
It was a fun unique gift to whip up. 

I love the small surprises of everyday life. 
Finding a treasure that will brighten the day of another - It made me happy.

Thanks so much for stopping by  .... I appreciate you! 

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dusting Off the Paint Brushes

Once upon a time, in a far off land .... I had a hand painted glassware business.
It was a business that started out as something that filled my need for creativity and slowly grew into something full time.

It was a lot of fun, and I was very grateful for the opportunity. 
I worked hard at building the business. I learned a lot. 
Wouldn't have made it without the help from Mom and  Jody. ( Who is Jody? Read about her HERE )

As time went on....I started to hit the burn out phase. 
That's when I changed direction and headed back into the world of buying and selling vintage finds. (Entirely Apropos)

We were recently invited to a couples wedding shower.
Mike and I like to give gifts that are on the personalized side...or at least maybe something that is unique. 

After pondering some ideas, I thought maybe this would be a good time for me to dust off the paint brushes and see if I still had "it". It's been at least 4 1/2 years since I painted.

I made a trip to the craft store, purchased the glass paint. ( Folk Art Enamel )
Then, headed to Dollar Tree Store to purchase wine glasses.

After digging out my painting tools that have been packed up, and discovering my painting apron ( yay me! ) . I was set.

It took a couple of tries before I started feeling a bit more confident. But . I did it!

I borrowed the frame from The Graphics Fairy ( Click HERE to see the frame and visit The Graphics Fairy -  AWESOME site!  )

I used my design titled " Filigree" for the base. It's a free flowing design. 

I use a bottle and tip to create the design.
Purchased at Hobby Lobby.

I painted six glasses.
Two of them are personalized for the bride and groom. The other four are for their guests. 

The party was this past Saturday night. 
It was an  amazing event! 
The host and hostess went all out. 
"Classy" is the word I would use to describe the party.
I had a wonderful time. 

It was fun to paint again.

I picked up some old barn wood at a tag sale recently. 
I am hoping to do something creative with them before the snow flies. ( Ick. Did I just mention that four  letter word? LOL )

As always, thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate! xoxo

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs, Julie 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Once in a Lifetime Moment with Jody Lynn.

Jody Lynn  has been a friend for many many years.
Most of you that follow me on facebook know her from her Scraptherapy page.  
She is an artsy girl with many ABUNDANT  talents.

We met in Nashville, Tn., I'm guessing about 20 years ago. 
She and my Mom were very close.  Mom considered Jody her daughter.  She is a part of our family.

There is a group of us that have followed Jody through her journey of music since we met her all those years ago. We've celebrated with her as she signed on to record a CD titled "Rockin Blues Christmas".  
We've also enjoyed  following Jody Lynn and Deana with their  Mother / Daughter duo -  The Malone's.

Life is full of up and downs. As time went on,  Jody went through a lot of obstacles in her life which didn't allow her the freedom to continue to pursue her music career. 

As many of you know, it's frustrating to have a gift .... and not be able to use it. Especially when it is something that is a part of you. Something that makes you feel alive - brings joy and a sense of contentment / fulfillment. 

We celebrated with her through the victories, and prayed together during the dry seasons. And there were many dry seasons. It was hard and very painful for her during that time of her life.

As time went on, Jody let go of her dreams. She was grateful for the opportunities in the past and laid it all down at God's feet. Letting go. 

Then..... one day..... out of the clear blue sky..... a new opportunity presented itself. It's been a whirlwind since!!! 

Jody Lynn is back! Singing from the depths of her soul!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am for her! It's over the top and above and beyond !! 

The CD party at the CMA Country Music Association was last Monday evening - June 23rd. 

3 weeks prior to the event, I received a surprise! Mike gave me tickets to fly back to Nashville for the event!!! Oh yes he did! I was so excited!!! 

The hardest part was keeping it a secret. But. We did! I was able to surprise Jody at the party.  It was a moment I won't ever forget. 

There we are! The silly scrapbooking groupies, I mean "friends". 

( Thank you, Betty H.- for letting me borrow your photo! )

I am so grateful for the once in a life time moment to see her at this event, at this time. It was very emotional. 
Thank you again, Mike. xoxo

For any of you that feel like your dreams have died and there isn't any hope for them. Hang on. Delay is not denial. ( You know that  I am preaching to myself. * Wink* ) 

Keep on singing and dancin' , Jody Lynn ! 

Jody Lynn signed this to Mike.  Love this photo. 

To listen to Jody Lynn on YouTube: Click Here. 
To read her bio on Playback Records :  Click Here
iTunes Music " The Worlds out Dancin' ":  Click Here

Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Gift From The Heart

Mom LOVED her stylish clothing. 
She was a clothes horse. She'd be the first to admit it. 
99% of her clothing were from garage sales. 
She had amazing taste and found tremendous deals.  
She dressed like she had all the money in the world!

One of the hardest things to do was to let go of her clothing after she passed. 
It had to be done ... but not an easy thing to do. I dreaded it.  

We had a garage sale and sold her clothes.

Prior to the sale, and unknown to me -  Carol and Brenda ( dear friends )  pulled aside  some pieces which they knew had significant heart strings attached.  

Brenda is a seamstress. 
She has designed clothing and is very creative. 
She also knows the intense pain of losing a loved one. 
She has endured loosing her son who served our nation so bravely.
It's an over the top heart breaking loss. 
Because she knows the pain... Brenda is very sensitive to what others go through during their grieving process. 

With that in mind, she knew that using her talent to create something special  using some of Mom's clothing would be something I would treasure for the rest of my life. 

A few weeks after the sale, Brenda came  over to drop "something" off. 
She walked in the door with 4 large packages all wrapped up. 
As I started to unwrap the first package, I about fell over. There it was. A pillow made out of one of Mom's favorite pieces of clothing!

This pillow was made from Mom's shirt that she purchased at Paula Deen's Restaurant in Savannah, Ga. 
 It was the last trip we would take together. 
The trip was awesome. 
This pillow makes me smile as I remember that wonderful week with family.

The back of the pillow is made with a pair of Mom's jeans. 
How clever is that! The pocket is open.

This pillow is made from the fancy shirt that Mom wore to her 75th Birthday party ! It's  the same shirt that she wore for her Birthday Party Invite photo. 

I just LOVE how Brenda designed the back of it!

      Below is Mom's winter jacket. 
       It's a silver tone quilted fabric. 

Brenda took her scarf and cut it down to fit in the pocket. She also saved the rhinestone snow flake brooch that Mom wore with the jacket. 

This classy shirt was one that Mom wore to special events or to church.
I love the roses! Brenda created them and then used the rhinestone buttons for the center of the flower.  So swoony! LOVE xoxo

I will treasure these pillows for the rest of my life.
They are AMAZING !!!

Thank you, Brenda! Words can't express enough how much these mean to me. 
"Thank You" doesn't even come close to what is in my heart that I want to express! 
I will cherish these forever! xoxoxo

If you are interested in contacting Brenda for a custom order pillow, she is taking orders . Please contact me via my "contact me here" button on the right side of the blog post.
I will send you her contact information. 

Thanks for stopping by..... as always,  I appreciate you being here!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs and Love,

Friday, May 9, 2014

I've Been Digging in Boxes.... and I Found a Treasure!

I've been digging in boxes.... and I found a treasure!
Nope. Not digging through boxes at a tag sale .... but digging through the boxes I dragged up here to  Michigan. 

I remember her creating this. She was so proud of it when it was completed. 
With good reason..... it turned out adorable.

Mom purchased the kit from Michaels.
It is a bracelet kit . 
You add your photos to the small frames.

Mom wanted to create a photo bracelet of her Mom. 
She spent much time carefully choosing the photos she wanted to use for the bracelet. 

I remember helping her size down the photos as she ran them off of the printer. She was so tickled. She always LOVED miniatures .... and .... these photos are miniature!

Our Grandma ( Gram ) ,  ... was very photogenic. She was also very whimsical when posing. Love that!

Mom only wore the bracelet a few times.  She had  created the bracelet a few short months before she passed. 

I will cherish it.

I  didn't find a kit at Michaels when searching on line....but I did find one on Amazon. Click here for the link : Photo Bracelet   
( my "Google search"  could be off, I'd still check yourself and see if you can find it at Michaels ) 

Thanks for stopping by.... I appreciate you being here!

Hugs and Love,
... and oh, Happy Treasure Hunting! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Testing- One Two Three and a Part Time Job

Hello friends!
It's been awhile. 
I’ve been job hunting. Looking for something part time.
I must say, things have certainly changed since the last time I applied for a job.
Applying on line is  an interesting adventure. Ahem.*wink*
As well as the  interview process. Oy!

I did find a  job. I'll be  working weekends. It will cut into my junking time, but I think I can squeeze a couple of sales in the morning here and there before I head off to work. 
I will continue to list on eBay and Etsy during the weekdays. 

Speaking of eBay .... I've been digging through my stash of jewelry that I'm preparing to list. Several pieces are marked sterling or 14K . 
I've been interested in the acid kits to test metals.  
I mentioned the kits  to Mike a few weeks ago....expressing my desire to learn.
A few days later.....a package arrived. 
Yep..... it was an acid testing kit for several different metals including gold and silver ! Yay !!! Thank you, Mike! 
Mike sat down with me on his day off and we dug in. 

Gloves and all! Doesn't that look professional? hahahaaa!
We now know how to test for silver and gold! 

The weather is getting warmer.  Although, I’m not running around in flip flops yet.
I have seen some brave souls that are wearing them regardless. 
I admire their determination to encourage the warmer weather to arrive. 

Off I go. 
Working at my new job for the next few days and then back to listing on eBay! 

Thanks so much for checking in and hanging out with me. Means so much!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs and Love,