Follow me on my pathtojunkentreasure as I hunt for treasures at flea markets, garage sales, rummage sales, thrift stores, estate sales and wherever I can find a treasure. I'll share my love of hammered aluminum, vintage Christmas, vintage jewelry, doilies and tablecloths, milk glass, garden items and other treasures. I'll also share some advice on my crafting projects, gardening and recycling items. Please join me on my pathtojunkentreasure!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crafting Felt Hearts

Last year I crafted felt hearts using vintage aluminum light holders and tinsel as well as vintage fabric to embellish them.  They came out so wonderfully that I thought I would make them again this year.  I especially love how the red hearts came out.

I used vintage earrings and vintage fabric yo-yos to embellish them.  I even had some great crochet pieces that I used on them.  The pink sparkle felt heart came out wonderfully too.  I also put crushed lavender in them.  (I had no idea how hard it was to find lavender at this time of year.  This summer I will be sure to harvest lavender and dry it from my garden.)

I had drawn the heart free hand and then saved the sample for future use.  The embroidery thread that I used to sew it all together was found at sales.  I always buy embroidery thread when I find it because it can be used on so many projects.  I just happened to have the right red and pink colored threads to match the felt.  I try to collect objects all year round when I find something that I really like and am not quite sure what I will use it for.  There will always be some way to use it on something.  I just had to go into my stash to find the perfect items to embellish the hearts with.

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is a flea market in Milwaukee at the State Fair Park called Rummage-a-rama.  It is located at 640 S. 84th St in West Allis WI.  Enter at Gate 5.  Parking is $5.  Admission is $4 per person.   (Check the construction updates because the ramp for 84th St off of WB I-94 is closed for the winter).  I have not been to this before so I don't really know anything about it.  If the weather is fine, I just may have to check it out.

Happy treasure hunting!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Garden View

I have been busy putting together a powerpoint presentation for the Flea Market Gardening class that I'm presenting at Gardenfest in April.  Since yesterday was slightly warmer and it actually felt like spring was in the air (wishful thinking), I went outside to take pictures of my garden with the snow.  This way, I could show the attendees how wonderful flea market treasures look in the summer and in the winter.  All year round glory.  Each picture brought a smile to my face, but my favorite one is with the giant turtle that I purchases a few years ago.

Ethan loves turtles, so when I spotted it in an antique store, I had to buy it.  I have moved him around the yard a few times, until I found this spot by the swing set that sits quietly now.  Originally, I had it in a place closer to the woods.  We have wild turkeys that come and go in the yard and one in particular that was always by himself.  We named him Jackson.  Well, one day Jackson was walking along when he spotted the turtle.  I just happened to be watching from the kitchen window.  Jackson slowly approached the turtle and ran away a few times each time he got closer to it.  It was so fun to watch Jackson being afraid of this new "animal" in the woods.  I'll never forget it.  After a few times of circling the turtle and running away, Jackson seemed to have known that the turtle wouldn't bother him and he actually went closer to explore this new addition to our yard.

Flea market treasures bring some fun and whimsy to a garden.  I hope to share this with all of the attendees in April that take my class.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's a New Year!

Happy New Year to you!

I am a few days late I know, but things have been busy.  After taking down all of the decorations, (at home first) and then at Carriage House Antiques, I spent 5 hours at the store redecorating and putting out Valentine treasures.  The booth looks so light and airy.  I love it!

Even though the snow is falling outside right now and the temperatures are sooooo cold, I'm thinking of spring.  The new Vintage Style magazine is out and it is a really good issue.  Maybe because we are stuck inside and the kids have been home for 2 days due to school being cancelled, I'm dreaming of flea markets and looking for treasures.  The Vintage Style magazine makes it worse since the pages are full of wonderful treasures to hunt for.

I have also been busy preparing for my presentation at Gardenfest on April 11th this year at McHenry County College.  I'm presenting on Flea Market Gardens.  It has been fun researching and seeing pictures of what others have done to their gardens.  But again, it makes me dream of spring and all that will come with the warm weather.

Remember, rummage sales will start in March and that isn't really that far off.  It gives me time to organize my home for all of the treasures that I will be filling it with shortly.

Keep safe and warm this winter.