doreen cappelle, deloraine, MB, CA

I have been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember. I love hunting garage sales, flea markets, auction sales and thrift shops for supplies (junk) to craft my projects. I even hunt these places while on vacation. I have dabbled in just about every craft technique possible.

Gender: Female

Member Since: 08/29/2009

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Winter Garden

It finally snowed here. Everything is so fresh and pretty. I enjoy the view of my winter garden from my kitchen and dining room windows.

Re-purposed Doilies

I found this idea on Pinterest so I just dove into my stash of doilies and bits & pieces of ribbon/lace to create this lovely little beauty. It's a favorite scarf of mine.

Infinity Scarves

I turned a thrift shop dress into the currently popular infinity scarves.

Silverware Jewelry

I have fun out in the shop working with the silverware preparing it for jewelry. Hammering, sawing & drilling holes is very good therapy. I draw inspiration from Pinterest.

Junk Jewelry

I'm getting ready for some local spring trade shows. Pinterest is my inspiration.

Shabby Chandelier

Wire frame + crystals = chandelier.

Jewelry Display

I was inspired by Gretchen Schaumann. I'm so pleased with the finished product.


I found this idea after Christmas so I know it's late to post for this past Christmas but I liked it so much that I had to share. I'll be on the lookout for old necklaces all year round so I can make...

Button "M"

My inspiration came from pinterest. I designed a large letter M (the first letter of my mom's name) and had my husband cut it out from wood. I decoupaged pages from an old encyclopedia onto it then...

Rain Gauge

A junky rain gauge looks great in my yard.

Bird Bath

I enjoy viewing the bird bath creation in the garden from my kitchen window.

Glass Castle

I created a glass castle for my garden.


My birdcages don't house birds but they're great for displaying my collections.

VHS Re-use

I was cleaning out the media cupboard. Instead of just throwing out the old VHSs I dismantled them to see what I could do with them. It's so much fun tearing things apart.

Poster Tube

When my sister worked at a travel agency, she gave me one of the tubes that their advertising posters came in. It was plain white with ugly ink stamps and labels so I put my own touch on it. Now...


This cabinet was only $7 (compared to the $60 - $75 ones that were old but in nice condition). My husband built a back and a shelf for it; I fixed it up adding scrap moulding and key hooks.

Junk Holiday Part 2

Before even reaching our destination of Shakopee for the Junk Bonanza, we stopped at a town with an antique mall and discovered town wide garage sales. And so the shopping began. After leaving...

Junk Holiday Part 1

I attended Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN on Sept. 17. I had an absolute blast and loved every minute of it. It was a full day but I managed to get around to all of the more than one hundred...

JunkPotluck Project

My mom is cleaning out a corner in her basement and I ended up carting this very heavy cream separator home. I remember dad milking the cow and mom using the separator. There's nothing better...


I buy up old sewing machines whenever I can. Love them.

Mosaic Window

I used an old window for this project, leftover glass from stained glass projects, jewelry, glass nuggets, broken china and other bits and pieces. Clear silicone is marvelous for this. Originally, I...

Junk/Bell Angel

I was inspired by other junkers to try my hand at one of these sculptures. I like how it turned out and the challenge of fastening it all together. The bell still makes a dinging sound so whenever I...

Chalkboard Door

I am pleased with the way my chalkboard door looks hanging at my back door. I may add some more hardware sometime down the road but for now, like the clean simlplicity of it.

My Swap Project 11 - Bluebucket

This is my last swap project with goodies from Karilelek. It's been fun. Thanks Kari!

My Swap Project 9 & 10 - Bluebucket

I'm still working with my package of junk with Karilelek.

Happy Easter

I've purchased some beautiful glass and other decorative eggs at Easter time.  I like to showcase them on a branch from the backyard along with the eggs I've decorated that I've featured...

My Swap Project 7 & 8 - bluebucket

More fabulous junk from karilelek.

My Swap Project 6 - bluebucket

Lamps I received from karilelek.

My Swap Project 4 & 5 - bluebucket

I'm having so much fun with my junk package from karilelek!

My Swap Project 2 &3 - bluebucket

Thanks again to Karilelek for the tub of junk.

Junking Saturday

I went junking two and a half hour's drive away from home. I couldn't believe how CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP the thrift store prices were. Spent a grand total of $25.77 for all of this. I only wish I'd been...

My Swap Project 1 - bluebucket

Thanks a million to karilelek, my junk partner, for the fabulous goodies she sent.

Global Change

I found this globe with a broken, ugly base. I knew I could find something better, but didn't know what at the time.

Pretty Things

I created this shadow box to display a lot of my favorite things; beaded purses, lace, vintage jewelry & old watches. My husband built the box for behind the picture frame and my framing friend...

Lampshade Bowls

I love vintage lampshades and had a collection of them before discovering junkmarketstyle. Now I'm putting them to good use and having a blast glueing glassware together.

Nifty Thrifty

I always make time to "thrift" while I'm in the city. I don't usually have anything specific in mind  (just an on-going list for future projects) but go in to see whatever will catch my eye.

Have Suitcases; Will Travel

Actually, if I wanted to use these for travelling, I'd have a lot of unpacking of "stuff" before I could pack to travel. I just can't pass up buying suitcases, especially if they are blue or white...

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

These are a few Santas from my large and growing collection.


I bought this whole set of encyclopedias for two dollars. I wasn't sure what I'd use them for but I liked the neutral color of them. It seemed wrong at first to destroy these books of knowledge but...

Slipcovered Lampshade

I seem to buy a lot of these little vintage lamps. I like the pom poms on the original lampshade but also like to change things up sometimes so a slipcover seemed like the answer for this lamp. If I...

Book Wall Decor

A simple, inexpensive project using old books. Also a great conversation piece. The folded books can be dispayed laying down on a coffee table or add a simple plate hanger and hang them on the wall.

Junky Christmas Greetings

It's been un-seasonably warm weather here in Canada so I was able to gather up my junk and create my Christmas vignettes without freezing. Now all we need is snow to make it feel like Christmas.

rusty easel

I found this piece of chain in our junk pile. It was rusted into this form and I took my cue from other junkers on this site as to what to do with it. I've displayed a vintage postcard.

Art Axes

My daughter needed some painted axes to represent Slovakia at a beer festival. I had a couple days notice to get these ready. They were a big hit.

Junk Pumpkins

A few junk pieces and pumkins come together to create this scene.

back porch halloween

Just wanted to share my halloween display even though it doesn't consist totally of junk.

teddy bears

I make teddy bears from old coats, quilts and bedspreads. I've had quite a few requests to make the bears for people from their grandma's fur coat.

lace roses

Lacey flower bouquet that won't wilt.

button necklace

"Button, button. Who's got the button?" A phrase I remember my mom and grandma saying.

earring Christmas ornaments

When I saw these earrings, I thought snowflakes and then I thought Christmas tree ornaments.

There's safety in numbers

I bought some alarm clocks to take apart to make jewellery but when I went to smash them, I thought they were too cute. So . . . . .yet another collection was born. There's safety in numbers, right?

glass candle holder

I "married" a footed bowl and plate. I laid a string of pearls around the base of the candle and stuck a vintage pin in the side. (For safety I would remove the pearls and pin while burning the...

kitchen windchime

I combined chandelier crystals, silverware, pieces of old necklaces and a colander to make this windchime. Maybe someday I'll wire it to make a light fixture.

iron & lace headboard

I nailed and wired an old iron headboard to the wall then added lace, silk flowers, some purses from my collection and some other pretty things to design this headboard.

Recent comments

Re: Junky-stemmed Pumpkins

I love them! I'll be stealing this idea!

Re: Prepping for a show

I LOVE these! Well done!

Re: DIY Garden Urn Turned Coffee Table

Love it! Wonderful job. The buttons & rhinestones are the icing on the cake!

Re: Brooch Bouquets

These bouquets are truly beautiful! Wish I had thought of this thirty some years ago for my wedding!

Re: Door Hardware Necklaces

Fabulous! Inspires me to get creating.

Re: 70's Lamp Paper Towel Holder

Great re-use! I had all the parts to make the paper towel holder so made one immediately. Normally I have my paper towels hidden in a drawer but can now have them on the counter on a fantastic paper towel holder. I'll also be looking for more lamps to use the ornate bases as pedestals. Thanks for sharing the wonderful ideas. doreen

Re: mason jars & burlap =elegant country-shab

Sweet wine goblets!

Re: I have insulators

Thanks for the fabulous idea. I made some today. What a great Saturday project.


The mosaic buffet is stunning.

Re: Our New Sign

What a great re-invention of a headboard and at such a great cost. I need a sign for our lane so I'll be off to the next aution or thrift store to find a headboard. Thanks for the inspiration.

Re: Wine glass holder

Fabulous! It all looks great but I especially like the sewing machine drawer turned wine holder. I've had sewing machine drawers on the wall as shelves. It's so nice to see a new idea to re-purpose them. That would make a wonderful presentation gift.

Re: T-shirt turned into a bracelet!

Very unique and pretty.

Re: Oh, no! I've been Framed....but in a good way!

Love this vignette! So perfectly rustic and chippy. I especially love the gear you've added to the grate; makes it look like a medallion.

Re: Junk art door with drawer bins

What a fabulous creation. I want one for my porch.

Re: Vintage Screen becomes Office Organizer

This is such a beautiful piece. You did a great job of bringing the screen back to life.

Re: Can anyone find the book?

Beautiful. Neat idea. So many art ideas to fly with here.

Re: Vintage Pattern Art

Wow. These are great and since I'm a seamstress, I love this artwork.

Re: Monochromatic Teapot Lamp

This is so fabulous. Love it!

Re: Lamp Turned Table

Wow. Who would have thought. Most times people are turning different items into lamps, not vise versa.

Re: "LADIES" Door Revival

I really like this. The colors and design are great and the porcelain sign is the icing on the cake. doreen

Re: Vintage Redesign Jewelry for AA/JMS

Hi Gretchen, Your jewelry is always fabulous! It was so fun to meet you at Junk Bonanza. I had a hard time choosing which piece to buy from you but I love the necklace I bought and wear it lots. Have fun at AA/JMS.

Re: Ahoy Mate! It's Junk Repurposed with a Coastal Theme.

Lani, This is such a cool piece and great repurpose. It was fabulous to meet and chat with you at Junk Bonanza!

Re: Halloween Junque Shade

Spooky fabulous! Love the lampshade!

Re: All "Dressed" up...

Congratulations Laurel on winning second. When I saw your post, I had you pegged as a winner. Your project contains all the right junk elements and is cleverly put together.

Re: lancaster forge blower

Hi Kari, love it as it is. I can totally picture it somewhere in your yard in amongst flowers or plants.

Re: First Oronoco Adventure

Wow! Love it all. Hard to pick a favorite BUT that stencil wheel, too cool.

Re: Oronoco Junking Finds!

Love it all but especially the drawers, so great for organizing, especially with the name plates on the front (no more opening every drawer to find what you want). Funny, I have an old exit sign at my back door. LOL.

Re: I've Gone Crow Crazy

Very cool. Now that's something to crow about!

Re: Fern Valley window in forest

Love,love,love. I'm stealing this idea.

Re: Altered Mannequin w/ Handmade Jewelry

Beautiful. You say that mannequins flock to you? Can you send some of the flock my way? I hardly ever see mannequins of my junking trips. I saw a mosaic mirror mannequin in a magazine and would love to make one.

Re: Ugly duckling is now a looker!!

Wow. Great transformation. You see these all the time at auctions or in thrift store. No one wants these anymore but if they all looked like yours, I'm sure everyone would buy them up.

Re: Remixed Recycled Jewelry

Beautiful creations. The miniature purse is so cute. Love the keyholes too.

Re: "Farm Junk" Repurposed

Great projects. Welding is on my list of things to learn. I've had one lesson already from my son. I really want to get into welding big garden art like birds, flowers etc. from junk. If only I didn't have a million and one other projects to do . . . sigh.

Re: Garden Fun

Love the sink planter. I'll be heading to my local re-store to pick up one of these fine babies.

Re: 70's duvet cover

Fab idea! Very pretty.

Re: Junker's Jackpot

Lucky duck! Endless project possibilities ahead. I actually like the look of the display boards as they are. I'd put neat old frames around them and hang them up.

Re: New church bird house

Beautiful job. I have a couple similar to these and really like them. Someday intend to try making one.

Re: Bird Bowl Made From My Broken Pottery

Gorgeous!!! I love the cream tones and all the bits and pieces. Looks like something I'll have to try. Lots of broken dishes show up my way since people know I do mosaics.

Re: Vintage Kitchen Pantry

What's left to say that hasn't been said? This is an awesome piece; looks like it came straight out of grocery store from a different era. Love it!!!!

Re: Freeze Frame

I wouldn't even venture a guess as to what it is but it's sure unique. I like redpainterbear's guess. No matter what it was, it's now a wonderful project item as always.

Re: Mosaic Window

Hi bensonstreet, Yes. I applied clear silicone (a little dab will do ya) to the back of the mosaic pieces and stuck them directly onto the glass. I worked with the window laying flat otherwise the pieces would slide. Mosaics are fun and challenging. Good luck.

Re: PokerFace...I mean PokerFlag

Awesome project! You Americans can do so much with the red, white and blue and I'm loving all the fourth of July posts.

Re: Grrrr-ates!!!

Thanks for sharing. I also decorate indoors and out with grates of all shapes and sizes. Love them!

Re: A new kitchen light

Fabulous! What a great take on the ceiling medallion!!! I'll be stealing this idea for sure since my bedroom ceiling needs some attention.


I just went yard sailing yesterday and then couldn't sleep at night thinking about all the things I should have bought. I've never regretted anything that I have ever bought at garage sales, flea markets etc.; only the things I haven't bought. I hope what you want is still there for you when you return.

Re: Spoon Bugs in the Garden

So cute! The only kind of bugs I like in my garden.

Re: just funny

Call me crazy but I think this would make a great blow up wall art piece. The graphics and colors are so cool.

Re: Oak Table comes back to life

I love the legs too. Great save, great job!

Re: blue bottle bonanza

Wow! A girl after my own heart. I too have a collection of blue bottles (well, I have many collections of blue since I buy anything that is blue). I display some of my bottles on the ledge of a piano window where the light can shine through.

Re: Window Trunk

Wow! Haven't seen anything like this and would have never come up with the idea. Fantastic! Love it!

Re: antique bird cage

Beautiful bird cage. I love the furniture it's displayed on.

Re: old hardware display

Looks like a whole lot of great "junk".

Re: chandelier

Wow! Great piece and great price. I paid a lot more for mine (but then it was already finished for me). I have a smaller one waiting for a new look and a new life.

Re: vintage watering can

Well, I've been cleaning up and was just about to part with my old watering can. Guess I won't now.

Re: foot rest/seat

Another cute project. I like the soft, muted colors of the fabric.

Re: fun in the garden

So cute. The bench looks like a great reading spot curled up with cushions and a blanket.

Re: old store front window

Great look. The enamel bowls are a wonderful idea to keep everything contained.

Re: Greenhouses from old wood windows and industrial scrap material.

Love the small greenhouses AND I don't even garden but I want a greenhouse like the large one. So glad you could resue the garage panels from the dump.

Re: The Junk is Flying at Art + Architecture, JUNKMARKET Style

I REALLY, REALLY want to be there but can't so am enjoying the pics.

Re: glass mosaic

Love the colors and how this turned out. Good tip about the fire hazard.

Re: Test Tubing

Love it!

Re: soldering irons

So unique! Great way to display vintage tools.

Re: Mannequin Makeover

Simply beautiful. I've been looking for a mannequin for a long time and now have a perfect idea if I ever find one and it's not in such great shape. Great job.

Re: Jewelry for the AA/JMS Upcoming Event

I admire each and every one of your beautiful creations. Keep them coming.

Re: Junk Swap Project #6

Cute. Cute. Cute.

Re: From Clock Case to Jewelry Box

Adorable. All the little details are perfect.

Re: Arbor with old doors

Your arbor is so beautiful and the addition of the stained glass will add so much more to the over all look. I can see myself curled up in there with lots of cushions and a good book.

Re: patio tables

Very nice. I bet they look great lit up at night.

Re: "Picture Perfect" Books...

These are so beautiful! I'll be stealing this idea for sure and maybe displaying some vintage postcards. Love it!!!

Re: Vintage Redesign Jewelry - Heading to Cali for the Week-end

Truly beautiful creations. Love it all.

Re: claw foot curtain rod holders

I think they are wonderful. Great thinking.

Re: Triumph Door Knocker

Very cool. Love the shape looking at it straight on. The side view looks like a lizard or some creature. Again, very cool.

Re: Junk Swap - #5

Love this. Love anything with architectural pieces. Such clever thinking to use the key as a hanger.

Re: Broken Shutter Room Divider


Re: Junk Swap - Show and Tell

Oh the possibilities! So much junk and so little time!

Re: trash junking

Easels are so neat and yours looks great.

Re: Junk Swap - Project #2

Fabulous. Just as great as your other project.

Re: Junk Swap - Project #1

You received some wonderful pieces. Love your project!

Re: Junky Centerpiece Inspired by ND Junk Girl

Love everything about this. Great job.

Re: My Swap Project 9 & 10 - Bluebucket

Well it looks like the crowds have spoken. I won't be painting the metal. It's less work anyway not to paint. Thanks everyone.

Re: A Pleasing Palette

Great project. Great job.

Re: A Smooth Place To Hang Your Hat

Amazing. What great vision you had to re-purpose the trowels, since these are objects that would ordinarily be ignored. I love how it all came together.

Re: Junk Swap

How cool is that!!!??? I agree with Prior, you could just display the suitcase with all that wonderful stuff in it. Your pictures are fabulous collages. Love the suitcase packaging.

Re: You Deserve A Crown


Re: Built-In Desk Nook

I love the chandelier and your office space looks like a fun place to be.


What a great tree stand! I picked some up for free awhile ago but they are no where near as cool as this one. Great job.

Re: Seat Belt

Love the different colors that work so well together. Very creative use of the belts.

Re: Cloche from 3 Vintage Glass Pieces

Very pretty. I love anything that includes glass insulators.

Re: junk swap from gretchen /mimi toria

You hit the jackpot. Wonderful stash of stuff!

Re: Lil' Cowpoke Armoire

Genius use of the fence planks. The colors you used for the colorwash are fabulous together. Great execution of the project.

Re: Check Out My Junk...from the "Junk Swap"

Love the junk sent, love your use of them. Just perfect.

Re: From Springs to Sprigs . . . Easter Accents as Simple as 1, 2, 3!

Very nice. I especially like the handrail. It looks perfect with candles and sitting on your furniture.

Re: MORE OF SWAP PROJECT .. Just in time for Easter

Your Easter tussie is absolutely gorgeous! Your junk package contained the perfect ingredients for this creation. Love it.

Re: SWAP Projects from my Amazing box 'O Junk from JunkinLindsey PART 1 of Many

I think it's fantastic. Such a creative idea. Really like the crystals as well as the clips to hold photos, notes, cards etc.

Re: It's old, it's's wonderful!

What a great find at a great price. You are so right - it's old, it's grungy, it's WONDERFUL. So many possibilities. doreen

Re: What you can do with free 1892 house moulding!

Oh wow, I LOVE what you've done! So pretty and creative.

Re: dance necklaces using tap shoe taps

Very clever and unique. Love it.

Re: Junk Swap Fun...Thanks Marie!

This junk swap thing has been awesome! Looks like everyone sent and received lots of neat junk. I love the disk and juicer.

Re: A Lamp For The Birds

What a great idea. It turned out beautifully. Love the wall behind it.

Re: Simple Thrift Store Decorating 2

More gorgeous ideas and display. Aren't thrift and goodwill shops the absolute best?

Re: Simple Thrift Store Decorating 1

Your vase is gorgeous. I love your solution to get the round globe to sit. You know what I'll be looking for on my next thrift store trip - thanks for the idea.

Re: Garden junk!

Love junk in the garden and yours is all great, especially the burner.


So cute and charming. I would have never thought of this idea. You are a clever lady.

Re: My first completed junk partner projects

Clocks are a hot ticket item right now and I love yours!

Re: Pine Pantry

Beautiful work. I refinished a harvest table a few years ago. I painted the apron and legs a country blue and just oiled the table top to leave the natural wood. I love it; so that is my suggestion. Looking forward to seeing your finished table.

Re: Junk Swap

Stunning. The base you created is perfect. Love the over-all look.

Re: Junk Swap Project

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the creativity of this wind chime.
Everything about it is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s.

Re: Grandma Memory Collage

Such a beautiful way to preserve memories of your grandma. What a treasure.

Re: West End Salvage

Everything looks so great. Looks like a super fun place to shop. Love the photo collage of the taps and faucets.

Re: Old warehouse cart turned coffee table

Excellent job. What a beautiful piece you now have in your home.

Re: Toasty warm light

What a great project. Will be looking for a toaster now.

Re: tractor smoke stack turned willow vase

Lucky you to own such treasures. You're display is wonderful!

Re: new cake stand

Hey, I want my junk back! Just kidding, you did a great job. Can't wait to see more.

Re: Antique Book Page Projects

These are simply adorable.

Re: Child's Vanity

So sweet! Perfect for a little girl's room.

Re: Best Man

Love the half man and your garden because it is filled with the color blue. I'll be looking for a mannequin so I can try this.

Re: Step Ladder Wine Rack

Neat idea! A larger one would look fab in a dining room.

Re: Junk-displayed photographs

All are so unique. They display the photos so beautifully. Love the invoice holder. The postal box door just looks meant to hold a photo.


This looks very beautiful on your wall and of course the message is wonderful.

Re: Spring fever

Great job. The nest in the dish is so cute.

Re: Vintage Hobnail Lamps Get a Modern Makeover

These are such cute little lamps. Your choice of materials for the lampshades are just perfect.

Re: junk jewelry

These are really neat. You did a great job. Looks like fun collecting all the pieces. I'm inspired also from this site to try making some of these neat pieces.

Re: My newly designed booth pictures

Beautiful booth, one that would draw me right in to shop, shop,shop. Love the paper garland, very original.

Re: "A Crown for the Queen"

Your jewelry is exquisite. I must dig through my old pieces of jewelry and try to create something. It won't be as beautiful as yours though.

Re: Rickety Old Wardrobe~Relives as a rustic Piece!!!!

A beautiful piece! Great job.

Re: Vintage Iron Gate

Fabulous find! Good thinking on your husband's part to bring it home.

Re: Tag, You're It!

Pretty. I'll be copying.

Re: [WRECKAGE] Cabinet

Very unique and creative. The blue cabinet would look fabulous at bluebucket's house. Love it. Love the concept. Congratulations and good luck.

Re: A Good Place To Nest

Very cute. Seems like birds' nests are the new scheme of things.

Re: Some see a 'custard cup' ...... I see a 'mini glass cloche'

Cute. The rock eggs are adorable.

Re: Unique "Black Dot" Foundry Mold Table

What a great table. I don't see industrial pieces in my part of Canada. The age, patina, table base, everything, are all just perfect.

Re: "Wander/Watch/Nest" Necklace

Very beautiful. Love the asymetrical look.

Re: Arachnibot

Very cool. Bet you had fun together and bet she got an excellent report.

Re: A Great Marriage

Very neat. Love that you can change displays and love that nothing is affixed permanently (in case you need a piece for another idea). Great job.

Re: "Olde Tyme" Collage

LOVE this!!!! What an amazing collage. Love everything about it, all the components are just fabulous, can't pick a favorite. Thanks for your post, your commentary and the close up pics.

Re: Airstream Project

Wow! What a great "home away from home"/"party place". Love the cork and CD walls. I would love to be a guest here.

Re: toille trunk

Very pretty. You did a marvelous job.

Re: Slam Dunk...

Awesome! If you are my junking partner in the junk swap, I can get my hands on a large amount of old trophies and toppers. But now I'll have to keep some for myself too.

Re: Easy cutest pin cushion pin display in 3 minutes

Very cute. I've made similar pincushions using cups and saucers but it's always great to see new ideas and using the shoulder pads is very clever.

Re: My First Post!

Great job. What a wonderful piece of furniture. You would never guess that it was originally two different pieces. The kerosene can is awesome - what a steal. Also love the wire cage. Welcome to the site, you'll be addicted.


Beautiful post as always - love all your work. Junk trips can sometimes be disappointing but just like Laurel, it never stops me from just having to "stop in for a peek". You just never know, you might find the most perfect, thrilling piece(s).

Re: seeing the light

What a wonderful door - chippy paint and beautiful glass.

Re: OXO ... Hugs n Kisses

Your little ditties are wonderful. I've never seen the OXO tins before. Love them. Great post.

Re: SCRAPS - Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts

Great lamp. It's a shame to think that I just passed up some shoe forms on my recent junking trip.

Re: scrappy sun catchers...

How cute. I use my scraps of glass too but this is a new idea. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Must be L-O-V-E!

Fabulous. Love these. I'm thinking NOEL for Christmas and Georgia, the book idea is cool. That's what's so great about this site - what one doesn't think of, the other one will.

Re: Boy and Girl Assemblage Collage

Very beautiful.

Re: An odd Couple can make a perfect least for furniture

Simply fabulous. Love to see something different for the always awesome sewing machine legs.

Re: Pretty Things

junk grandma, Everything is pinned down to hold it in place.

Re: Coasters made from ceramic tiles

Love these. All the images are fantastic!

Re: Stained Glass Bike wheel spinner!

What a fabulous piece of work. I do stained glass so I know how tedious this project would have been. Glad you persevered and shared it with us.

Re: Sign -Up Complete! See Sue's Comment Below for Next Steps

Hi karilelek. I'm already signed in for the junk swap and I'm also from Canada. I just spent this week-end junking south of the border (happy birthday to me!) and it was absolutely no problem coming back through customs with all my junk.

Re: Sign -Up Complete! See Sue's Comment Below for Next Steps

This is so exciting. Count me in.

Re: Funky Side Table

Both pieces are wonderful by themselves but together - BAM! Great table, great job.

Re: Yes, It Spins Too!

Lucky you to have friends that will part with great junk. It's perfectly perfect.

Re: A Box of Lamp Parts

Love all your re-uses.

Re: Candlestick Angel

Wow! I love her. She turned out beautifully.

Re: Dresser mirror becomes bathroom centerpiece

Looks great. I wouldn't have changed the finish either.


So cute. Wonderful re-use of the terrific looking table legs.
Great save.

Re: Updated Office Organizers

I really like the third pic. It has an industrial feel to it. The samples almost look like metal. Nice low budget project.

Re: Sweet new beginnings for Mayo jars...

Love this idea. Will now have to re-organize some "stuff" into jars, labeled of course on some chalkpaint.

Re: Thrift Store Finds

I think if you see something you like, you should buy it even if you don't have a project in mind. A use for your items will usually present itself at some point in time.
Half price is always a thriller when thrifting.

Re: Practical-ly Pretty...

Very nice. Love the lunch box idea. I've been looking for one to use as a first aid kit. I have a bunch of old green canning jars that I display in my kitchen. I too keep my votives in them but also my souvinir spoon collection, old siver spoons waiting to be used for projects, marbles, corks etc. I also use them to hold some food staples. So of course I love your post.

Re: Trash to Treasure Clock Tutorial

Such an unique project. Love it. Adding bling just puts the right finishing touch on everything.

Re: A Simple Monday Floral Arrangement

Simple and beautiful. Simply beautiful! And of course I love the case.

Re: A Redesigned Vintage Children's Play Stove

Pink is so much prettier than harvest gold. Great job.

Re: A Shabby Chandelier Makeover

Very pretty! Love that you used different fabrics for each shade but that they all compliment each other for perfect cottage style.

Re: A Very Shabby to Chic Rocking Chair

WOW! Absolutely beautiful transformation.

Re: Fern Valley Window...

Simply fabulous. Will look fab hanging outside. Love that you can see the forest thru the clear part.

Re: chippy white and wonderful hutch

This is a wonderful marriage. Love how it turned out.

Re: slipcovers bring it all together ..

Slipcovers are the greatest. Your chairs will look so elegant at the table.

Re: Artwork: Too much junk...too little time

I love all your pieces. Wish I had the vision to create art pieces that are so wonderful. I'm with you on the title; there's always too much junk (and ideas whirling around in our heads) and too little time.

Re: Suitcase pocket

Beautiful project! I love all the embellishments and that you've framed them. The suitcase pocket is the icing on the cake.

Re: Photo Finish

Sue, you always do fabulous things with fabulous junk! I love that you give detailed instructions so that we can make our own projects (if we can ever find the cool junk). About E leaving; sometimes kids leave for college and then come back and never leave. I'm still waiting for my twenty three year old to move out.

Re: Cloche...Rusty Style

Great finds. Love the corbel and the cloche as a candle holder.

Re: A "Junky Little Valentine"

Clever idea for the cloche. Also love the keys on the tree. Very cute Valentine ideas.


I never thought a fish tank could look so glamorous. You've done a beautiful job with your display.

Re: Nesting Bird Server

So cute. I've always passed up salt and pepper shakers but will start hunting them now for toppers and other projects. I'll also have to keep in mind while thrifting that you can paint just about anything. Love the painted candlestick holders, they blend so well with the dishes.

Re: Book Wall Decor

ymth and Joanne - I don't know if you'll read this because I'm so late in responding but I can share instructions. You can contact me at


Re: Have Suitcases; Will Travel

Somehow I just knew that no one on this site would think I have too many suitcases or too much stuff but I threw that question in for fun. Thanks for your support.

Lezlee, thanks for your humorous comment.

Judi, I febreze the heck out of the insides of the suitcases, sometimes two or three times and always stick a scented sachet inside. Some people remove the lining and replace it but I haven't needed to do that yet.

Larry, how do you know I don't have pianos or war planes? (I don't but I do have quite a collection of dressers that are overrunning the house; oh and old tables.)


Re: What's Under That Glass Dome?

Fabulous. I agree with CleverThinker, this is the way a trophy really should be. Love the piece in the last picture.

Re: Testing my metal. aka Testing my mettle!

Your table turned out beautifully and your display skills are just fine (it helps to have great props like yours). Loved your entertaining commentary.

Re: Musical Revamp

Very cute. Much better after the re-do!

Re: dresser makeovers

I love them all. I will look at broken pieces of furniture differently now (could never see possibilities before). #3 is so creative. Love the "marriages" of #4 and #5.

Re: Some more clock projects

Your clocks are just so beautiful and such a clever idea. These big clocks are so popular right now and very expensive to buy from a retail store. Yours look like they've been purchased from a store. Great job!

Re: Happy Birthday to ME!

Happy birthday to you junkit. I have a birthday coming up at the end of the month (a big one; I won't say how big) and I hope to spend the week-end junking and am looking forward to all the junk gifts that I will buy for myself. I also will be saying happy birthday to me.

Re: Church Treasures

I have two church pews. My long one sits on my veranda and the shorter one hasn't found a place yet but some things take time.
Church benches are just so classic (maybe not comfortable) but classic.

Re: Top "10" for 2010...Ten Very Good Reasons to Buy Junk

Love all your your top ten. I have never seen such an unique desk. Your post re-affirms why I junk and doesn't make me feel so bad about all the "stuff" I have.
Of your top ten I have; picture frames, grates, farm junk (chicken feeders etc.), fabric, suitcases (lots and lots). I need to keep an eye out for orbs.
Thanks to you and all the other junkers for all the inspiration.

Re: Photo "Opp"...

Congratulations on becoming a contributor. I always admire your projects. This is so cute and clever.

Re: more burn rescue

The crown molding looks fabulous in your home. Lucy Locket looks wonderful with the added frame around it and the wall color peeping through.

Re: Round Top Junk

What fabulous pieces in your home. I love them all.

Re: Antique Style Cupboards-Made from old house doors & reclaimed lumber.

I'm a huge fan of furniture (or anything else) made from re-claimed wood and doors so naturally love your pieces. Great job.

Re: Rustic Glow

I love this; especially the handles which are practical as well as adding visual appeal.

Re: 32" ceiling medallion becomes wall clock

Great buy and clever use. Nice work.

Re: "Coffee And My Secret Ingredient" -CoffeeTime Lamp

Your lamps are too fun. I've seen lamps made with just stacks of books before but yours are much more cute and clever.

Re: Cherish Boxes

So very cute and delightful. Such a beautiful gift.

Re: High Fashion Junk

Wonderful post. Looks like you have a fun and creative job. I would love to see a close up of the springs in the hair.

Re: lamp my brother found in a dumpster

I just can't believe what people throw out! I do stained glass and this piece is worth a pretty penny. Glad you found and rescued it.

Re: Storage Solutions

Great pieces. I agree with you that it is fabulous to use pieces for storage rather than just sitting there. I keep my wrapping paper in a flour bin.

Re: We wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!

Just a darling collection and fabulous display. Happy holidays.

Re: Paver snowmen

These are just too cute. Good job to see that the pavers are just the perfect shape for snowmen. Merry Christmas.

Re: "Just what the Junker ordered"

You found the treasure chest. Lucky you. Can you believe what people throw out????

Re: More or less Christmas

Your trumpet wreath is wonderful and so are your other projects.


Very beautiful and elegant. I like the bow and jewelry on top.

Re: Candleboard

Great save. It looks fantastic the way you've used it.

Re: I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas....

Love your tree and think it's wonderful to keep it out all year. You have fabulous treasures displayed on it. The silver pitcher is fantastic. Merry Christmas.

Re: I have a Bright Idea . . .

The marshmallows and light bulbs are a fabulous idea. Love your display. Merry Christmas.

Re: Chaining up the Ornaments!

OK. I thought I had a lot of ornaments but I have none compared to you. Love your collection. My tree crashed one year too so now we tie it to the banister where it sits. Merry Christmas.

Re: Rooster's Transformed into Tassels

So very cute. Love the ribbon tassels.

Re: In Memory of Our Dear Friend Junker Midge

Your angels are simply beautiful. I love all the different wings. Merry Christmas.


Simply elegant and beautiful.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: How to Create Sterling Silver Ornaments on the Cheap

Sue, your projects continue to amaze me! These lids will be rare now because everyone on this site will be buying them up to make these fabulous ornaments.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: A "Light Bulb" Moment...

Very beautiful. Those old lamp bases come in handy for a lot of various uses.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Fun Wood Pillars

yours in junking, doreen

Re: Let's Dish Some More

What a beautiful transformation.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Art with Architecture

I love the extra bling. Great project. I have lots of sprockets from around our farm. Funny how you know what something is until you have to define it, so the dictionary says - any of the teeth, as on a wheel, arranged to fit the links of a chain.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: A Kissing Bulb...JUNKMARKET Style

Love, love, love your kissing bulb. It's so gorgeous! Thanks for including instructions. I'm sure there will be lots of kissing bulbs out there this Christmas.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Hope Inside...

Your angel is simply charming. It's amazing how junk can be put together to create beauty. I'm glad you included the button photo.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: The lady's in a hurry ...

Welcome. All the way from France, ooh la la. Your photos are fabulous. What makes all the wonderful items that much more special and to be treasured are that they were your grandmother's. I'll be waiting for your next posts.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Upside Down Junk Tree

Fabulous. I love upside down trees and have always wanted to try one but I never thought to do it outside. Your tree is so perfect. It looks like you have some other fabulous snow covered trees in your yard.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: Christmas is REELY coming!

I'm loving all the Christmas posts and all the fabulous, creative ideas that everyone has. Love your table scape and of course the reel but I love the vintage photo of your hubby. Oops, I hope he doesn't take offense with the word vintage.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Cozy Cotton Sweater Throw

How cozy this would be to cuddle up under. I've too seen this idea and have been saving sweaters. I need a few more before I can get the sewing machine out.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: It's Getting Frosty Outside

You always find the coolest "junk" and do gorgeous projects with it. Like everyone else, love the skates.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Bottle Tree

This is so fabulous! A show stopper indeed and great conversation piece. I love it a lot.
yours in junking, doreen


What can I say but to agree with everyone else YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY CLOCHES! (or clocks, or Santas, or junk etc.,etc.)
yours in junking, doreen

Re: junker's wreath

So creative. I love architectural pieces but would never have thought to use them this way.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Red Birds and Holidays

This is simply wonderful. I love stealing pieces from my husband's garage and junk pile. Sadly though, he's stolen a few pieces from me that I've brought home from auctions. I guess all is fair in "junk and war".
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Framing up a Favorite Item

Very cute. Love the patina.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Barbwire Christmas Tree

This is so neat. I like the black and white photo. The hammer head is a perfect tree topper.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Perforated Metal Lamp Shade

This is so unique. I love the punched quilt design and the beads along the bottom edge.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: My first posted project - cookie cutter tree

Very cute. I like the tree better in the vintage strainer - you know - adds more junk appeal.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Christmas with Georgia

Gorgeous and fabulous displays. If I lived anywhere remotely close, I'd be shopping this store.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: Wash Tub Coffee Table

Love this. Would be cool anywhere and on the porch (like Judi suggests) with lights inside. Perfect piece for junkers to display their various junk!
yours in junking, doreen

Re: playing with JUNK!!!

Yes I play with my junk and arranging vignettes for around my house and this site. The close up pic of the skates would make a fabulous Christmas card.
yours in junking, doreen

Re: "PARIS" chairs, what was once old is new again!

Your display has the look and feel of Paris. Well done.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: somethings to decorate my garden

I love rusty junk in the garden. I have an old sewing machine in mine (as well as other rusty stuff).
yours in junking, doreen

Re: A Fan of Photos

This is so clever and cute. Love it.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: Patriotic Uncle Sam Snowman Candy Container - made from old bedspring

Too, too cute. Love him.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: Reclaimed box clocks

Fabulous project. Almost anything can be made into a clock and these are wonderful.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: Repurposed Dresser for Craft Room

Very cute. Good job.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: "Stained" Glass Window

This is gorgeous. I'm currently working on a similar project and you have a great idea with the glass nuggets.
Yours in junking, doreen

Re: A new addition to the front yard

This is too cute. Your work is fabulous.

Re: wine barrel sunflower

This is fabulous. Love the sepia tone picture. Wish I had a barn.

Re: Ironing board daisy

This is just awesome. I have a bunch of ironing boards. Now all I need is a barn.

Re: Old Spindle Repurpose Project "Whimsical Feather Christmas Trees"

I love love love this! And thanks for the instructions. I'll be making a few of these!

Re: Dick and Jane Vintage Reader Gift Tags

These are so fabulous! I make a lot of my own tags and this is a great idea. I would have trouble using the real pages though so would photocopy them.

Re: antique mattress springs

Simply beautiful. Enjoy your porch sitting.

Re: From frumpy to fabulous!

So cute and such a clever, unique re-use.

Re: RING aROUND the Rosie!

Fabulous junk collection and displays. I love it all but especially the button tree and mirror.

Re: Vases

These vases look more than good; they're fab!!! Great idea.
Like the various heights.

Re: A Chippy Welcome...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Such a perfect solution to a plain light fixture. You can't go wrong with crystals, keys and rust.

Re: Princess Ready

Fairy tales and princesses. Any princess would be proud to own this gorgeous piece.

Re: More Freebies!

I like your idea of hanging the decorative panels on the wall and also the drawer tower so I wouldn't have a problem dismantling this piece. I've used sewing machine drawers as shelves by hanging them on the wall. I keep all my bills in a sewing machine drawer that just sits on my desk. I use the actual sewing machine (minus the cabinet) and decorate it with silk flowers and sewing related items like thimbles, lace, buttons etc. etc. (I'll try to do a post in the future). I would use the metal treadle piece as decorative art on the wall (rusty or painted to suit your decor) or use it as a porch light as in Oldnews' post. Have fun!

Re: Threshing tray coffeetable

Wonderful piece and wonderful use for it. I'm jealous.

Re: Scarecrow Welcomes Trick or Treaters!

Very, very cute. Love your brick pumpkins as well as your brick cats in another post.

Re: Primitive Brick Barn Cats

So very CUTE! I have lots of bricks for a patio; I'll have to steal one or two to paint.

Re: Steel Spring Table

Very cool! Very unique!

Re: Hatchery pipe plant stand

Wow! Awesome find. I've never seen pipe like this. Love the way you used it.

Re: Glass Flower

So very pretty with great vintage appeal. Two or three in a row would look fabulous!

Re: button necklace

pamphyila, You have to preplan a layout of your buttons (small to large to small again), then thread them all onto crochet cotton, then start crocheting. So the buttons are crocheted right into the necklace.

Re: Junky Tablescape

Very beautiful and clever. The wine charms are an absolutely brilliant idea and their color is perfect.


Re: teddy bears

Hi gailmarie
I don't name the teddy bears (even the ones I keep for myself). I'd get too attached to them and have to keep them all and then I'd need more space to display them and then I'd need an extra room in the house and then I'd need a bigger house and then ......... (all you junkers out there understand right?) Besides, you can't name your children and then sell them ha ha......


Re: Oh my!!! Not another window :)

Very cute; better than any photo centre that you could buy in a store. Your little boo boo turned out to be a happy mistake. No one will notice unless you tell them.


Re: Cheap chic

Very beautiful. They look like authentic old architectural pieces. Love 'em!


Re: I Had a "LIGHT BULB" Moment

Your flower arrangement with the lab beaker and rusty junk is fabulous! Love it!


Re: Dress form

I love this! It's too cute!!!!


Re: To Read or Not to Read?

The title of your post is great. I use old books for a lot of my crafts (sometimes I read them first). The way you've used the books here is another interesting idea. The covers of old books are so fabulous.


Re: RePurposed Newel Posts

I've done the same with posts. I use mine at Christmas to hang the stockings and year round to display handmade purses that I sell.


Re: FINALLY!! Organized - sort of...

I'm with Kathy; I like your new picture. I only have a couple of lockers but lockers sure look great and are great for organization.

Re: Happy Autumn

Your pictures and display are fabulous. Lucky you for finding the cart. I have never seen one of these in all my travels.


Re: button necklace

sharon. The instructions are in the book Beautiful Button Jewelry by Susan Davis. You could check if your local library has the book. If not, I'd be happy to share the instructions if we can connect somehow.


Re: A pair of buttoned up lamps

Very pretty. A great and clever way to show off buttons!


Re: All Dressered in Black

Wow! I bet it gets snapped right up at your friend's shop.

I had trouble loading my pics too but found Candy's resizing post. The time it takes to figure it out is sure worth it because it is very exciting to share projects on this site and belong to JMS. Welcome.


Re: Fall Decorations

What a wonderful buy! The display if fantastic. You'll be able to change the display with the seasons. I can envision a Christmas look.

Re: Darling Dresser Cracks Me Up!!!

Beautiful job. I really like the look of the white against the natural wood.

Re: button necklace

Sue, Thank you so much for the great honor! I'm tickled "blue".

Sharon, It's very easy and fun to make if you crochet.


Re: Garden Glass

I've made lots of these since discovering this site. They are so pretty and fun to make. Every one of these creations from the members are different and unique. Doreen

Re: Family Jewles

These necklaces are beautiful, the type I would wear. I WILL gush, this is a fun and fabulous site. Doreen


I have a similar magazine rack that I was ready to throw out (oops! not throw out - part with) but now I think I'll give it a coat of paint (love the color of yours) and a new top (either decoupage or stained glass).


Absolutely, positively cute. Awesome idea!

Re: This Old Mom, She Has Junk (lots of it!) 3

I think you don't need to be a suewannabe anymore - you're already there. Love the display rack for linens.

junkermidge Thanks for making me laugh with your comments.

bubbasmom I too have many projects on the go at the same time. Can't seem to finish one before another idea enters my head. I call it the curse of being creative. I tell people that I'll go to my grave with a million unfinished projects left behind. My kids are already complaining about the "junk" and "stuff" they'll have to deal with when I'm gone.

The last time I was at an auction sale, I had all my purchases in a pile ready to be loaded on the truck and someone asked me if I was an antique dealer. I laughed and said no, I just like old stuff and it's all going into my house. I'd like to sell junk too but my problem is that I can't part with the stuff I bring home.

Re: Artful Rust

Don't you love it when someone asks a ridiculously low price for something you want?!! I'm the same as you. I contain myself from jumping with joy, hand over the money & run! Good thing you made that U-turn!


Re: Vintage Redesign Jewlery Designer Scours Oronoco Flea Market for Treasures

Hi Gretchen,
I used to think vintage jewelry truly was ugly junk. Now I love it and search for it for different crafting projects. Love your pictures of bling.

Re: Bed Spring Candle Holder

Absolutely fabulous. There's a Tina Turner song that describes you perfectly - "You're simply the best, you're better than all the rest."

Re: Vintage Notion Box Turned Funky Jewelry Box

Absolutely beautiful! Think I'll go out and paint a couple of my wood jewelry boxes right now. Love the broach and number.

Re: Chippy Cottage Charm Flea market booth

Fabulous! Fabulous! I love all the vintage items and the display.

Re: glass candle holder

Hi byabpryor,

I love your suggestion of the tea light! Thanks.


Re: iron & lace headboard

Hi Candy,
I switched the photos around like you suggested and I like it better. Thanks!


Re: iron & lace headboard

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and the kind and encouraging words. I get so caught up in buying and re-purposing stuff and then realize that there's not too many people around here that appreciate that sort of thing. (I craft for sales - I'll see how the glass garden totems and married pieces go over.)It's so great to be part of the junking community online. My new addiction is Junk Market Style! Thanks for all the ideas!

Re: My Newest Angels

I love your angels! Recently I bought a lot job of spindles, chair backs etc. at an auction. I didn't know what I'd do with them and they probably would have sat around forever but I saw your angels and immediately made a couple. Thanks!