Serving up a "light" snack - vintage junk-style!

September 23rd, 2009 in projects     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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Heres my entry for the junk potluck competition - add some fresh fruit - and voila - a vintage serving dish!  (I won 2nd place!!!)
Here are the pieces and parts - just a lamp base, an old light fixture and a finial to put it all together.  (This is one of those VERY simple Monday kind of things!!)
Just a finial and a washer - and its a match made in junk heaven!
Ta-da!!  Then, it had to be packed away to make the trek to Minnesota (and it survived - woo hoo...a miracle considering the way we packed, right Candy???)
Nobody had to tell us it was time to eat - with all that flea-ing we were starving.  You kind of lose track of time and forget to eat when youre surrounded with so much junk!  But Amy & Ron served up this quirky reminder!! 
The table is set - this handy-dandy lunch box in the front was brought all the way from Ohio by my junking buddy, Candy - and it was put to work at the head of the table!
And these little slices of heaven  (zucchini bars)...were brought to us by none other than our own Tomboy Tool girl...Cheryl - they were a big hit!!
Heres Cheryl and her hubby working their junk magic!
Not positive where this piece came from, but I think it may have been found in Sues garage - ha ha - we had a bit of fun finding serving dishes AND camping equipment...kind of a spur of the moment thing! (memories.....)
And heres Candy - ever the camera bug and tweeter - she didnt miss a thing!   And, I think I spy a Pfarkel sister...
This is the first place winner - a grill repurposed into a fab serving table - from the Kountry Junker girls... And, in the front of the picture - an old wash tub cleaned up as a serving stand for a wonderful rice dish...(by the Pfarkel sisters).
Get that food line moving (beware - hungry junkers lining up)...a wonderful time was had by ALL!!
Heres my entry for the junk potluck competition - add some fresh fruit - and voila - a vintage serving dish!  (I won 2nd place!!!)

Here's my entry for the junk potluck competition - add some fresh fruit - and "voila" - a vintage serving dish!  (I won 2nd place!!!)

Well, Janis (ha ha - I remembered you wanted to see this) - here's my vintage serving dish that traveled from the great state of Ohio all the way to the great state of Minnesota last month.  This was my entry in Amy's first ever junk potluck at her blog party at Oronoco. 

It was the best junk potluck - what a perfect way to end our day of fleamarketing!  There was some great junk used, awesome food served, and friends and fun galore! 

Enjoy the pictures and if you haven't looked at it already, be sure to check out Amy's blog for more pictures and commentary about this junk-tastic event!! and more pictures AND the winners...

Now for my speech (oh, you asked for a speech didn't you???)  I would just like to congratulate the first place winners - the Kountry Junkers - great job!!!  And now for the "thank yous" --- I would especially like to thank the "junk academy" (aka Amy & Sue) for their thoughtful consideration in giving me this award - AND I would also like to dedicate it to all the members/friends here at JUNKMARKET Style - who provide neverending support to each other and constantly amaze us all with their creative uses of things most people would throw away...and I'd also like to thank my husband for being so "patient" with my "junking issues" (wink wink), etc., etc....hey, wait it's just like on TV...that darned music is starting to drown me out....!

OK, I'm ready for my close up! (sorry - having way too much fun with this!!)

Now...what am I gonna come up with for next year???? Hmmmmmmmmmm.




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Comments (21)

greenlady2010 writes: Fantastic idea for a serving piece. Do you have any more like this? Who would of thunk buying junk could be so much fun. Posted: 5:10 pm on September 6th
junkermidge writes: All your pictures are awesome! I LOVE the bones with the word "eat". What a fun time. You definitely deserved to wear the junk potluck crown. Your project is just the coolest. I'm going to be keeping my eye out for project parts too.
Midge Posted: 9:50 am on September 30th
shabbychick writes: gailmarie, Joanne & snowyowl...thanks for your comments. I just have too much fun with all this "junk" - but can you really have to much junk fun?? I don't think so! :)

Please check out Laurel's version of the serving dish - actually a few of them - they're awesome!

snowyowl - hoping to see pics of your projects too!

Take care, Kathy Posted: 8:46 pm on September 28th
suewannabeinkc writes: You're too funny! Love your speech - I'm another one that would be drowned out by the music or pulled off by the long hook...
Thanks for making me smile!
Joanne Posted: 8:43 am on September 28th
snowyowl writes: Love this- so regal and beautiful. A caterer would love it. I have taken plates from the thrift store in all colors and shapes and glued them on to glass globes from light kits off fans. Really beautiful too. I found globes that were cut glass too and really unusual shapes. A great idea for serving pieces. I am going to sell them at a craft show in Canton Texas in Nov. I have al ways wondered what to do with those beautiful old lamp fixtures too. Posted: 3:20 pm on September 25th
monakent writes: LOVE the serving dish! What a super idea, Kathy. It's amazing what one can do with an old lamp fixture. I would have never thought to create such a unique piece. Keep on posting, my friend. Always love to see what the experts come up with!!! :o) gailmarie Posted: 4:16 pm on September 24th
shabbychick writes: Thanks again (no speech this time!)! Laurel, hope to see some pics of your girl's night decor...

Lani - yep, great memories - and a whole lotta fun!

Take care, Kathy
Posted: 8:33 am on September 24th
CottageElements writes: Ahhh, Kathy, your pictures bring back such found memories! It was a great time, now wasn't it! And your light fixture serving dish certainly deserved an Junk Oscar. And I loved your acceptance speech. Bravo, bravo! I can still hear the roar of the crowd as they announced your name! LOL!

Lani Posted: 12:07 am on September 24th
Collquest writes: Double love your junk entry of the cake stand/serving dish...ahhh sweet inspiration! I will have to hit my fav thrift store tomorrow! Posted: 12:06 am on September 24th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: What do you mean, Janis? You don't like the cow parts as a centerpiece? I can't say that it is particularly "tasteful" (ahaha!), but it sure got lots of attention! :)


Posted: 9:30 pm on September 23rd
chippingcharm writes: HOORAY...I've been waiting for this post too! I saw pictures somewhere and couldn't wait to see more of this cool piece. Perfect timing I might add, I'm hosting a little "Girl's Night" on Friday and I have a couple of serving pieces based on your idea in the works :)
Thanks for sharing, Laurel Posted: 3:28 pm on September 23rd
shabbychick writes: Sharon...would love to have an Ohio event...! I know there are a lot of Buckeye Junkers out there...and surrounding states too...right Midge, LuAnn??? Others?

It's definitely a great way to make new junking friends, and meeting in person is just way too much fun!!

Kathy Posted: 2:47 pm on September 23rd
grannijo writes: The centerpiece is really a piece of art!...I have lots of both will have to try marrying them! like a lot of fun for everyone who was there...Kathy and about getting some kind of a Junk Fun event in OHIO!!!!...would be fun and maybe some of us from OHIO could attend or be vendor's...thanks...sharon Posted: 2:35 pm on September 23rd
shabbychick writes:'re all gonna make me blush! :) Thanks for your comments - ya just gotta love those super simple projects that put on a great show AND have a purpose in their new life as well!!

The junk potluck was a huge success (and so was the blog party) - thanks and congrats to Amy & Co. for all their hard work! And thanks for bringing us all together - everytime I look at the pics...there's a new memory...

Just a note...In your search for lamp bases, be sure to pick something that will hold up to the weight of your light fixture - you don't want it to be top heavy. These two pieces were surprisingly well balanced in weight and size. And, if a finial won't hold it together...I bet a little Gorilla Glue would do the trick, and then place something decorative over the hole to cover it up.

Take care, Kathy Posted: 2:09 pm on September 23rd
suewannabeinkc writes: WOW! Love the lamp-turned-serving dish! Lamps will be on my wanted list now too. It sounds like you had a lot of fun. I'd love to have come and meet some of you. But there is an advantage to being far away: less competition for the junk when a must-copy idea is shared! LOL
Joanne Posted: 12:45 pm on September 23rd
fellowjunker writes: Oooooohhhhh Kathy, thank you so much for remembering. I ADORE this project. It may have been simple, but it is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Yes, I am agreeing with Marie, but glad she was the first to say it, as I didn't want to attempt to spell VICARIOUSLY!!!!??!!
Uh oh Amy.....not to sure about those cow parts!!!! Yucky!! (LOL).
Love you both!!
xojanis Posted: 11:37 am on September 23rd
RustyDiva writes: Kathy ~ I absolutely love this!!!!! This piece is very classy and elegant. I'll be on the hunt for lamps now ~ you guys keep giving me ideas and I'll have to buy another house to keep all my stuff in. LOL (Like I'd really hate that ha) I'm getting awesome Christmas ideas ~ keep em coming!!! Posted: 10:47 am on September 23rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Ahhhh....memories! I absolutely loved your junk piece and just knew it would place!! Such the creative one you are!

I'd also like to add that not only did you make this fabulous piece that held our healthy goodies that also donated it to a breast cancer charity event held by JMS member(s) after the blog party. Lovely. Lovely.

Wonderful acceptance speech, my friend! I see many more in your future...

Posted: 10:45 am on September 23rd
alicemom writes: I could not have said it better, Marie! Kathy I love the cake stand! that is darling!!!!!
smiles, alice Posted: 9:57 am on September 23rd
suewhitney writes: Ah make me laugh. I'm picturing you now in your red carpet junking attire giving your acceptance speech via live satellite from your workshop! You know I love this project and the memories that go with it. Great job Kathy! Can't wait to see the pics from the Extravaganza next. I know what you're thinking. That Sue! Push, push, push, push, push!

Take care,
Posted: 9:41 am on September 23rd
oldnews writes: Ya know what? You guys have just a little too much fun back there without the rest of us who live a million miles away! Thank goodness you let us live vicariously through your posts and blogs! Looks like SO much fun!! Marie Posted: 9:07 am on September 23rd
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