MimiToriaGretchen Schaumann, Champlin, MN, US
I enjoy creating something beautiful from something another person has disgarded as junk. Wether it be vintage buttons, a mis-matched earring, a street car token, a chandelier prism, or whatever it might be.
I am happily married, with a 18 year old daughter, Emily. I enjoy junk shopping, designing & creating jewelry, water skiing, flower gardening, reading & laying in the hammock out at our cabin.
Looking forward to meeting fellow junkers and being part of a great exchange of other creative kindrid spirits out there.
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After 15 years of vintage jewelry redesign my studio is becoming what I'd like it to be. Here's the results of a long awaited journey...
Here are some fun items.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I display my vintage redesign jewelry with displays that accent the style of jewelry I create, and this project is no exception.
This necklace was created for my Mil for Mother's Day. It involved 5-6 hours of labor including the multiple layering to create the focal as well as all of the hand wire wrapped elements incorporated into it.
All of us junkers end up collecting so much, that eventually we start selling our wares. Be it jewelry or tables, or altered art items. What is the common denominator? We all need a moneybag for the shows we do.
Are you ready for Saturday? A little Pampering will be going on at the Junk Market Style/Otten Bros. Nursery Trunk Show event.
On a recent search and rescue jaunt looking for found elements and unique items to redesign jewelry with, I came across some of these elements I chose to use in this piece.
I recently had a request to create a line of SteamPunk inspired jewelry for a Trunk Show I did yesterday, and here is the one of my designs that sold at the show.
Amy of Whisperwood found these fabulous optical lenses at a recent event I was selling at, and she was shopping at. She was kind enough to bring them into my vendor space, share her find and than with my $$ go back to the vendor she bought them from and by a stash for me. Thank you Amy!
Another piece of jewelry available soon at the AA/JMS Fall event. Vintage elements redesigned with, as well as hand-created focal accents make this one-of-a-kind design unique.
This necklace is something that I created with some found treasures.
Treasures found by searching high and low at the Oronoco Gold Rush Flea Market.
A lively mix of rose pink, sea foam blue, silver, grey and crystal creates a unique piece of jewelry.
I've got something for everyone in the jewelry designs this time around. Simple and elaborate. You name it I've been trying to provide it for the sale.
I found this mannequin last week at an antique shop, and decided she could use a make-over. See the results...
The items below are heading with Sue to go to the "Remnants of the Past" show on Saturday, April 24th. They can be viewed in person at this show, as well as Sue will be there signing her books and teaching a fun class on fairy gardens. If you live in the area, try to make it to see Sue.
I am a jewelry designer by trade, a contributor by honor, and a fortunate member of this great JMS group. Just sharing a few of my creative endeavors that I sell in the Midwest.
Another fun necklace which has sold and is shipping to New York. This is one of my favorites, as I favor the watch faces, love the word elements as well as the bird nests that I had wire wrap each one individually.
My brother found 20 of these disk spacers at a farm sitting out in the field still attached to the disk. These were up north where I grew up, and I had asked him to keep an eye out for me for some disk spacers.
Ahhh, found junk. So fun to design with...
This necklace is designed with many found elements as well as semi-precious gemstones that are part of my stash I need to use up.
An easy project with very few tools needed.
I thought I would share with you all a few of my Mimi-Toria's Jewelry displays I've created and am using for selling at a new occasional store style setting. This jewelry display area will be kept as a permanent display area for my jewelry, so that is awesome.
Just a few photos of our current look on our front porch. This will be changing tomorrow. Blessings to you all!
Some re purposing is going on at the "French Flea".
A vintage element redesign, which was in the end snatched up by the one and only "Lani" to be a part of her own colletion.
This is my sister, Sandy and her husband, Jims' re purposing. They used to raise hogs on their farm, but now since her husband retired they had extra hog crates laying in the weeds. See the garden structure they re purposed them into.
An example of some of the new vintage redesign pieces that I've been creating for the French Flea shop as well as the JB event next week. Using Oronoco finds and turning them into designs.
I just had my first experience at the Oronoco Gold Rush Days where I was overwhelmed with wonderful visual overload!!!
A quick and easy project marrying a couple pcs. of junk together.
So you've been seeing some nifty things posted on the site from the rest of the JMS contributors, and there's been a lot of heavy metal, cool materials, wire, and lots of funky junk. Here's a taste of some small junk, just waiting for me too snatch it up at the Flea Market. Too see more of my jewelry design work, you can visit my blog at http://www.mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com.
Last year I began creating gardens over a troubled patch of land that was on top of our septic system. I had built garden paths with recycled granite from the dumpster, recyled plants from friends, and now I've added some recycled finds to my garden.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and you can come up with a lot of something.
The last necklace of 3 that I did in this series. See other posts if interested in more details or visit my blog at the link provided.
Another necklace in the artbeads series using products they sent me to design with.
A funky and fun jewelry design that is as fun to wear as it was to make.
So junkers, have you ever made something and you just weren't happy with the original "Take 1"? Well this is what happened to me with designing this necklace. I wasn't happy until I had redesigned a redesign. lol I call this my "Take 2 Necklace".
I love to design and make jewelry with vintage elements.
I rose to the piano player music roll challenge and this is my completed project. The deco podge part of this project added lots of hours to this project, so I'm thrilled to finally get it completed.
This post is to show how a few simple additions to scrapbooking paper can make a great card for whatever event you want to remember. This is a thank you card that I have yet to send, for a wonderful Christmas gift I received.
This post is about the creative use of vintage jewelry being redesigned into something more modern for todays styles.
Many of you know I'm a jewelry designer, that took a few years off, regrouped and am now back doing this creative work again. So after posting a photo of my new collection of pendants one of the Junk Market members actually purchased my first piece of this new venture. I decided to make her a special little box to ship the pendant in. Here's what I came up with.
I've been working for a while on some button, vintage earrings, vintage elements and such to create jewelry out of. I have been swirling it around in my brain for a long time, and this is the first of the finished products for this line of jewelry.
Coco Chanel is our little angel. We believe she was a gift from God to us. We found her at 4 weeks old a little white fluff ball in a swampy area all by herself stuck between two plowed furrows in a field. She was all white with just a touch of buff when we found her and now this is how she looks 2 years later. She is still our "angel".
A few flourishes adds up to a new look.
I picked up this fresh green basket last week when I was in Buffalo from the Buffalo Nickel and knew right away it needed some good old fashioned Junk added to it to make it right for my porch.
A fun use for a mantle is to use it for a headboard.
So my friend called and was on her way over to see my tree. I had about 1/2 hour to get ready, pick up the house and do a quickie table scape. The items were downstairs in a holding area ready to run up the stairs. This is what I came up with.
Just a peak of a few of my favorite things to decorate with. I am a detailed oriented person in the real world, as well as in my decorating.
Just a few holiday decorating ideas that I've used in the past. I found these photos on my computer and thought I'd share them.
So what do you do with a vintage mattress that is full of rusty springs? You harvest them. After all it was November, harvesting time. : )
I had decided after last years holiday open house tours through the "Round Barn Potting Co." that for Christmas 2008, I wanted to do a theme tree with just a select group of colors.
I am a fan of Lani's Christmas tree post project that she did for this website, but wanted to do something on a smaller budget, so here is my results. There are 2 posts, one for building it and one with it decorated.
I am not your typical traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decorating. I rarely use the holiday evergreen color or red, so when I found out you could actually change the colors of these bottle brush trees to your own color, I was thrilled.
I am posting this for a friend, Julie Pierce of Design Cafe in Minnesota is the originator of this fabulous pc. and these photos in the post are of her livingroom. I am posting for her, so that you all can enjoy this wonderful idea.
This is not my idea, but I bought 2 of these at a fabulous church sale called "Saturday Market" out near St. Michael, MN. This was an awesome sale and Dinah did a great job with heading it up. This was Dinah's design idea, and I want to share it with you, since it is cute, fun and so simple to do with a stool you might have laying around home.
I bought this great scale this summer and am at a loss as to what to do with it. It is a large piece, very heavy, and unfortunately there aren't too many places to display this piece in my home. Anyone want to buy it? Ha! Ideas for what to do with it or displaying welcome. Also, it must of been used in a floral display as it has some glue (appears like it may of been wood glue and does chip off) in the large pan portion of it. The rest of the scale is in mint condition and I'm wondering if this maybe wasn't a baby scale way back when. Anyone know?
Candy from Junk Sophisticates posted a great project with a freebie typewriter she received and I liked it so well I decided to pull out a stored typewriter I had in our home and use her idea to create this family photo display area. Loved her idea. Thanks Candy!!!
Just spent a week-end in Peoria, Illinois, and discovered an amazing building down by the waterfront. Just had to share with you my fellow junkers.
A few junk ideas I've used in my gardens.
OK, so this isn't my idea, so I'll brag a little in this post. My mother-in-law (mil) and father-in-law (fil) are the creators, and I just had to share it with you all. My sil calls it the bird cage and I think my mil calls it the conservatory, I'll be calling it a structure for this post.
We have a green house, with white porch/trim across the front, and a magenta front door. Leaves quite the Fall decorating dilemma, thus the non-traditional neutral/minimilist decorating choices.
An alternative in decorating without the traditional orange pumpkins. Next week in my posts you'll understand more why I don't use orange/rust/gold colors. Our house is a nice green with white...
Sometimes I fall in love with something and simply have to have it. Such was the case with this vintage wood wheel cog. These were used for sand casting for gears. The gear found a...
While garage saling I came upon a sale that had a free box. Low and behold their throw away junk, was treasures to a junker like myself. I haven't used my finds yet, but my brain is spinning...
You asked for the table redo photos, so here they are. No real before of the table. It was UGLY! Forest green painted wood with a faux dark wood formica top with side pcs...
So, I was doing some redecorating in our kitchen, such as I layed a new linoleum tile floor, painted walls, painted 4 vintage chairs, cabinet and table. I also tiled the top of the table and...
FYI (For Your Information) Just wanted to let you all know that October is the Recycle/Reuse month for Hennepin County in Minnesota. There are 75 shops that are included every year in a...
Welcome to all of you members that may be comfortable at this time viewing and are intimidated to join in and post your opinoin/ideas/projects. I was that person just a few weeks...
My friend and I went to the yearly Junk Bonanza gathering last Thursday. We had a great time and I found some fun stuff to buy. Lots of it is for jewelry redesign, and other items were...
This has become a great spot to hang some of my longer styled necklaces. Being a jewelry designer, I never have enough room for storing my jewelry.
A coffee table display at our beach theme cabin. Note the deer antler. My dh found it when we were out running together near our cabin. I was thrilled! Last week he found a...
Some displays using some of my junk finds. I seem to be attracted to wood boxes, shells and coral. Hmmm!
I love vintage suitcases and old metal banker boxes. Some of my uses for them.
I don't have to do anything to these purchases, but are repurposing them to something I can use on a daily basis. I plan to put the aqua/green one stacked on top of the white box, which will be on my...
Cute little tables. They were like 3 for $2.00 years ago at a garage sale. They waited a long time for my attention though.
This former vintage sewing machine cabinet was a very dark brown stained wood. I painted a base coat of white, started to sand for the next coat and fell in love with it as it looked with some...
Necklace made from junk. I bought as many of these chandelier prisms as I could when I found them. I was told the seller brought them back from Sweden for resale. They are flat...
Loved the chippy paint corbel on site. Currently on top of a vintage cabinet being used with this display.
Dumpster Diving for granite. Now that is a heavy job. All summer I have been adding a huge garden out at our cabin, and have made numerous walking paths out of "junk" granite that is in a...
These are a few scenes in our cabin posted for Lynette.
These are some Junk ideas I've been using in our cabin, which obviously is a beachy theme.
The object displayed could be changed seasonally. A vintage flower frog holding an old photo would be fun too.
My haul from last Thursday/Friday shopping trips all stacked up. Loved the white cabinet, and had to have it. It was a printers box. Note the cool keys for $4.00 for the bunch...
I bought this vintage wood (green/orange) waterski for my husbands birthday one year and turned it into a shelf. The brackets were purchased at a Junk Market sale back when they still sold out...
Cabin sign. A fun and personalized use for an old wood waterski.
This again was a project made for our cabin and it is a beach theme, so chose photos of our family and of the landscape from a Riviera Mayan, Mexico trip we took as a family. I have since added...
I bought this vintage door top years ago at a sale for $5.00 and while decorating our cabin I came up with idea to make it into a shelf and a coat rack as well. I measured out evenly across the...