Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Packable Parcel From Junk Bonanza


When I finally set aside my camera, I reached for my wallet and started shopping!  As you know, I flew in to this event so everything that I purchased
needed to be packed into my suitcase.  And I had to be mindful of weight. 
Just so you know, there is an area where you can take your things to be 
shipped home but I didn't want to do that this time.  Frugal me!  

So, sit back and see what few items tickled my fancy!









I didn't go overboard but carefully selected items to use in mixed media.
Always photos.... always old books for their paper and text ... pieces of 
vintage fabric .... rusted tins (I especially loved these!  Graphics will be
placed on them finding label images from Graphics Fairy and using water
slides) ... love the old stamp whose rubber is still in good working 
condition .... and I guess my favorite is the four torn covers from books
dating from the late 1800's.  Still with their original book plates on them.
I quickly snatched these up and asked the vendor what she was asking for them.  Quizzically, she looked at me and came up with a number.  Obviously,
for her, they were there just to lend ambiance to her booth.  But for me,
they were a simple pleasure.  I was delighted to have them in my possession!

I also want to show you this!  This beautifully painted and distressed blanket chest!


  
I have this very one in a storage unit, not having known what to do with it.  It has always been ingrained in my head that you never change an original finish as that would ruin its value.  But the truth of the matter is, it's not doing a bit of good being locked away and not enjoyed! 



So, with some Annie Sloan paint and lots of elbow grease I will retrieve it
and create some magic!  I can't wait!  And, as a lovely woman (whom I shared
a table with when taking a much needed break from the morning rush) said~ "Im here to get ideas. There is so much to take in and utilize when I get back home."  Truer words could not have been said!!!!

26 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful eye for great potential!

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    1. Thanks, Gay! But I have a friend who beats me at this! When I've gone to flea markets with her or antique shops she snags just the best stuff that I didn't even come close to seeing. Thank heavens she's so generous and shares some of her loot with me!

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  2. wow, Kadee! I enjoyed your photo journaling -Let me know of you come back to Minnesota! I am just a couple hours away from Mpls. You could squeeze some time in to come & stay with me and play in the studio!!!

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    1. I would love to, Lori! Thanks so much for the invitation! I will keep you posted of when I will be in the area, for sure!

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  3. Kadee what beautiful treasures!
    xx
    Anne

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    1. I didn't go crazy but what I bought were things that really meant something to me. And gosh darn.... I think I need another house to decorate so that I can buy bigger pieces!!

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  4. Nice pieces, Kadee. You have a good eye. That blanket chest would look great with graphics. Oh, in response to your question, I was at The Arboretum of South Barrington.

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    1. Whenever I hear "Arboretum", I think of Morton Arboretum! I will have to venture up that way sometime. Funny how you live somewhere and find that, after time passes, you tend to stay in your own little corner of the world. I must break that habit! Thanks for the idea of putting graphics on it. I just might do that!

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  5. Sweet buys! I, too, attended Junk Bonanza. I only live a bit over an hour away but this was the first one I had been to. Found some great ideas! I'm your newest follower!

    Sandy from hobnobbers-sandy.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, I would love to hear what you thought... or what you bought! Show n' tell! LOL We lived in Eden Prairie for four years and it was great being back in the area. And of course, a stop at Byerly's was on my agenda, too! Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Oh I love your goodies, Kadee...especially the white tins and little shoes! The blanket chest is wonderful!

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    1. Linda, I was just in a darling little shop and saw what someone else did with vintage shoes. Really cute! It helps to see something and then put your own spin on it. I think right now I own about 6 pairs of these cuties... even one in cherry red. Perfect for Christmas, right??!!

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  7. Kadee~I know living so close to each other one day we will shop together & we have an eye for the same things...it will be so fun to shop with each other! I love your choices. Great minds & great eyes...it will be a fun day some day!
    XO~Hope

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  8. It will be a joy to see all that you do with these delightful remnants of times gone by. In the short time I have gotten to know you, I have witnessed the great creativity which runs through your veins.

    :) Hope

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    1. That was just the nicest thing to say to me, Hope! I really appreciate it! Gosh... I have so many projects on the back burner that I'm not sure when I will get around to doing something with these goodies. Right now I am making another tote for a charity event. Time to get serious about getting a new sewing machine as this cute little thing is fighting me when I try to sew on leather. That means individually poking holes so I can create stitches around the edges. Yikes!

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  9. Kadee,

    I love your finds and especially love those books from the 1800s ... oh, and can't wait to meet you in-person tomorrow in Naperville!

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Was that not fun or what??!! I loved sitting across from you and hearing all about your blog and what you want to do with it! You had some great ideas!! Can't wait to start chit chatting back and forth!

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  10. Love your blanket chest, and the tins are adorable. I don't ever think I've been here before. Now a follower!

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    1. Thanks for becoming a follower of mine! I love knowing that someone found me and enjoys what I write about! I hopped on over to your blog and returned the favor. Not that I felt obligated but because I love reading about styling a home. Now we will be able to keep in touch... love that!

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  11. It was a pleasure meeting you today!
    Love your vignette! Beautiful old photo!Those tins are so cute too! Beautiful blanket chest!Can't wait to see your reveal!
    xx
    Anne

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! You were quick! Yes, it was fun meeting you, too, as well as the other women! So great meeting people in person and having feedback. Right now I am working on a small tote for a charity event so I won't be getting to this soon. But trust me, that blanket chest is certainly coming out of storage! Now if only I could figure how to get the rest of the stuff out there, too!!!

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  12. Oh my gosh, I am swooning over the paper and your other chippy purchases!

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  13. Laurie.... I have to let you know that I just became your newest follower on Button Floozies! You would love sorting through an old VERY large box of buttons I purchased at auctions. Some of them has such history and yet I don't know their story! We make quite a pair with your love of buttons and my passion for paper... and visa versa!!

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  14. Wow! Your blog is beautiful....lovely photos, interesting text!! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by mine as well! Do come back to see what I've been up to. Grass never seems to grow very well under my feet... LOL!

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