Saturday, January 31, 2009

Follower Feature #1

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It's time for the first-ever Follower Feature at WhisperWood Cottage! What is a Follower Feature? Well, it's my way of saying thank you to the people who follow my blog (you can see them in their little teeny pictures in the left-hand column). They are going to be featured in the order in which they started following.

WhisperWood Cottage's first 5 Featured Followers:

Mindy is a sweetheart of a Texan with a junking heart! Lots of love, creativity, and family values over at Mindy's blog. I love that she lives in a town called Poetry! Did you know she has online garage sales? One going on right now! Check it out!!

Ixchel (pronounced like Michelle without the M) and I met in 3rd grade. We've had all kinds of escapades over the years! She now has a wonderful family and an amazing gift for portrait photography. You will be amazed!

More creativity here! Jenny does all kinds of fun stuff, but she has recently posted about vintage spoon necklace slides that she has crafted. She is also a junker and antique shop worker. If she sounds fun, it's because she is!

This is my Cher. Yes, I said "my." Why? Because she's mine! I stake my claim on the Texas Woman! She's an amazing Texan with a heart of gold and a wit of platinum! Now, I'm willing to share, but I will never give her up! 

If you like vintage items in the form of millinery, lace, buttons, pearls, etc., you must visit Couture de Papier! Such feminine flair! Such creativity! If you like pink and frilly with a little bit of sass, look no further!

Thank you, girls! Blog love makes the blog world go round! I know there are lots of other people who visit, read, subscribe to, and comment on my blog. I love you and thank you, too! More Follower Features to come! Watch for the next five!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Junking in Paris? It could be you!

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Well, I wish it could be me, but it can't. So you still have a chance! I heard through the grapevine (Grapevine, TX, that is!) that my girls at the Red Shed (Hi, girls!) have a fabulous junking Paris!!! Can you believe it? They have just ONE spot left on their Paris Flea Market Shopping Trip in April. So get on it, fellow junkers! Get a hold of them right away to reserve that spot for you. Just remember to send me a sexy French postcard!

My friend, Valarie@The Red Shed, is one of the group planner/leaders and she recently emailed me saying...
“We have one wonderful lady who is looking for a roommate, and then our 2009 trip will be sold out. This is a GREAT time to go to Paris! The exchange rates are lower than they have been in years, so you can buy more and spend less. Whether you are a dealer or a personal shopper, we promise you will have the trip of a lifetime and come back with some great treasures!”
If you are interested, go check out these links:
You won't be disappointed! The Red Shed girls are a blast! And the people who travel with them are just as special!

Don't forget...Send Amy a postcard!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Junking Weekend, January 24-25, 2009

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Goodwill was good to me! 

This is my entire "junking" haul...if you can call it junk. 
  • 1 silver footed bowl
  • 2 silver-rimmed glass/crystal dishes
  • 2 vintage oil paintings
From the information on the back of the paintings...
The painting on the left is of Jenny Lind (1820-1887), Swedish opera singer known as the "Swedish Nightingale." The artist was Eduard Magnus (German, 1799-1872). 

The painting on the right is called "Southern Belle." It was painted by Erich Correns (German, 1821-1877). 

They are labeled as "Genuine Oil = Art Portraits" from B.A.P. Co., Chicago.
Here is one of them in the guest room. The matching one is on the other side of the bed.

Do you like the Goodwill finds? I do!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Guest Room Vignette: Bird Art

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Remember that 25-cent framed art piece I picked up at a garage sale in my Junking Weekend, January 10-11, 2009, post? It was the colored sketch of the two birds.

Well, I mentioned that I had added it to my guest room and Stacey@The Blessed Nest asked for a photo. So, here it is, Stacey!

By the way, those two topiaries on the left?...90% off at Pier 1. Yes, run, don't walk! Go! Go! Go! Originally $22.00...on clearance for $2.18 each. Lot of other great deals going on there as well!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Junking Weekend, January 17-18, 2009

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Stop 1

Well, my junking actually began Thursday on this particular weekend. I went with my friends, Lani@Cottage Elements and Gretchen@Mimi-Toria's Designs, to the Twin Cities area to hit some of the fabulous occasional sales in Carver. Our first stop was a 3-for-1 bonus: three stores all in one building! The Nature of It (new shop), Mustard Moon, and Seasons. The photos below are of The Nature of It. 

I was oohing an aahing over every nook and cranny! The garden-inspired pieces were fabulous! I loved it all! In the photo below is Cindi (owner of The Nature of It and my new junking inspiration!), and cohorts in junking crime...Lani@Cottage Elements and Gretchen@Mimi-Toria's Designs.

Stop 2

Stop 2 was just down the road in Carver. We visited my friend, Linda, at Linda's Cellar. This was one of the 25 degrees below zero days in Minnesota.

What I came home with...

Needless to say, we all had the best time! The stores were filled to the brim with gorgeous items, the vendors were friendly, and my partners in crime were a blast! We loaded up the Suburban with these astounding finds (These are only MY things, mind you! Lani & Gretchen had their own stash!)...

Large "I": from Sweet Salvage, Buffalo, MN.
Two arched windows: Linda's Cellar, Carver, MN.
White 1/2 pillar: The Nature of It, Carver, MN.
White table: Mustard Moon, Carver, MN.


All items: The Nature of It, Carver, MN


Pink mirror: Seasons, Carver, MN
Green mirror: The Nature of It, Carver, MN
Set of plant pots: Mustard Moon, Carver, MN
Brass doorbell: Mustard Moon, Carver, MN


Large enamelware tray: Linda's Cellar, Carver, MN
Dog: Brazos Animal Shelter, Bryan, TX (Picked him up a few years ago!...One of my best finds!)

You know, we went to several other stores that day, but I was so thrilled with what I found in Carver that I never did buy anything else! I will definitely get to Carver every chance I get! I also want to go back and visit Hunt & Gather Antiques (open all days) in Minneapolis! I simply didn't have enough time to look at everything. It was an amazing store!

GOODWILL 1/17/09

On Saturday, my friend and I did a bit of shopping around town. Actually, we started with an estate sale, which turned out to be a dud for me. I'm still shaking my head! We then decided to head to Goodwill and see what we could find for a bargain. I didn't have any great expectations, but I did find some inexpensive treasures with which I am quite happy!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Junking Weekend, January 10-11, 2009

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Nothing but a little junking to fight the winter blues! I was surprised to see an ad for a "garage sale" on Craig's List in early January. Below zero temperatures, snow, ice...and someone is having a garage sale? Hmmm...

It turned out to be held in someone's flower shoppe. The owner had called the employee and said, "We're bringing a bunch of stuff for you to sell." The store was very tiny, so they had stuff piled on a table that nearly took up the whole room. They even cleaned out the flower cooler to put items in there. Here is what I found...

  1. The framed bird image was only a quarter! Wait 'til you see how it adds charm to the vignette in the guest room! 
  2. There's a small metal thermometer/oil change indicator from Warners' Super Service in Minneapolis. Metal ones like these were before my day...any one remember these? 
  3. Then there is some kind of check/receipt thingy from the The McCaskey Register Co. out of Alliance, OH. Read the link for their history.
  4. The votives (47 of them total) were a nickel a piece. They were added to my stock of candles...can you ever have too many?
  5. Don't you love the tiara (for my princess of a niece!), the razor (for my err...too personal...never mind!), and the mistletoe (for my dear RJNJ! Pucker up, Butter Cup!)? All from the free box no less! Score!

Seeing as there wasn't much junking action going on in town, I headed to old faithful...a local antique store. My fave vendor did not let me down! There they were in all there glory...two tole flower items. On the left is a candlestick. On the right is a simple centerpiece. I soooo love them! 

They instantly found a home in the master bath! Don't they look lovely?


If you happen to have any tole floral pieces like the ones above and you are willing to part with them, please let me know! Like the 2Chippy's and their butter pats, I could not possibly have too many of these! Or, dear friends, if you are out junking and see these at a reasonable price...put in a call, send an email, write it in the sky...somehow get word to me! All for the love of tole!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Honors from 3 Blogging Friends

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This week, WhisperWood Cottage was honored 3 times by 3 blogging friends. Thank you, Deb@Talkin' Trash and Olive@Olive Rue, for the Proximidade award! Thank you, Lori@Time of Your Life, for the Lemonade Award! I feel wonderfully special!


What the Award is About...

"This Blog invests and believes the Proximity- nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming...these kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self- aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!" 

What you have to do...

Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. 

This award is being passed on to...


What this award is about...

Bloggers who show great attitude and gratitude.

What you have to do...

Upon receiving The Lemonade Award, you also pass it on to other bloggers who you think show great attitude and gratitude. Here are the rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

3. Link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
This award is being passed on to...


Whew! That's a lot! Now, I'm going to go visit each of them to tell them they've been awarded a special thank you from WhisperWood Cottage. You should stop by and visit each of them as well! They each offer something wonderful to my life and to the blog community!

Friday, January 16, 2009

WhisperWood Cottage Joins The Vintage Journal Team

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An honor indeed! Denise from The Vintage Journal contacted me recently and asked me to be a team member on her blog. About once a month, I'll be posting my ideas for using vintage items in fun and unexpected ways! I just made my first post there to introduce myself and give people an idea of the kinds of things I do. Gotta share the junkin' spirit! Too cool!
If you haven't already, go visit Cora @ Love Letters by Cora. She wrote a wonderful post that included some kind words about WhisperWood Cottage. She's both sweet and sassy! Not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to be entertained! 


Okay, if you don't enter this one, you're just plain silly! Kara is celebrating her 101st blog post! Yea, Kara! She's a Saint Louis girl with a heart of gold! Show her some linky love! You have until the evening of Jan. 20 to enter!


Ladies & gentlemen, I have so many things to post about! I've received a three awards from three fabulous blog friends! I have a junking weekend and a junking trip to the Twin Cities to post about. I also have TONS of fabulous projects underway! I can't wait to share it all with you!

I will also be doing "FOLLOWER FEATURES" on the fabulous people who openly follow WhisperWood Cottage. See those little photos near the top of the left-hand column? I call them my "Fellow Whisperers" and I am so inspired by just knowing that they are there to support me. Love you, guys! I'll be starting with the first people who started following WhisperWood Cottage. That's you, Mindy, Ixchel, and Jenny S.! Coming soon!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Getting Fit in Junking Style!

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Anyone out there have fitness (new-found or continued) as a goal for 2009? It's always on my list! In fact, I even have a "workout room" in my home. It's small, mind you, but it's cool and junked up none-the-less! Here are some ideas for using vintage and/or used items to create a fitness area in your own home.


I know lots of you junkers have old flash cards lying around! I picked up a box of hundreds of spelling flash cards last summer (pre-blogging days) at a garage sale. When I asked the woman how much they were, she said, "You can just have them." Gasp! She was a retired school teacher and I thanked her profusely!

I went through each card with the intention to find words that related to fitness, health, and/or movement. I found several, put them in a frame I already had, and there you have it...inspirational wall art for the workout room...

Also note my favorite quote..."Life is not about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself." Love, love, love that! The power of about empowering!

Oh, and that is the antique dental stool I picked up at Oronoco Gold Rush Days. You can read about it (and my other finds) in my August post called "Oronoco Flow."


You know it doesn't end there, right? I've got a few more ideas for you! This $3.00 rack was from a family-run estate sale last summer as well. It holds my hand weights, towels, and other items. See those 1-lb wooden dumbbells on the center shelf? Just a little vintage swank to add to the mix! 

I also can't forget the "WORKOUT WITH THE EXPERTS" sign. For 25 cents, I couldn't pass it up! 

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Junking Weekend, December 27-28, 2008

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Even over the holidays, there was junking involved! Can you believe it? Of course you can! 


Our celebrations started at the in-laws. This stuff was all free from them. Their property used to be part of a shooting preserve. The sign below had been located on the barbed wire fence at one time. I spied it sitting in their garage. While I was in the garage, I heard the Procter & Gamble Ivory box calling my name from a super high shelf. And the jars...they gave me 15-20 of these large mason jars to "see what I can do with them." No pressure!


The holiday weekend brought us south through a town called Paoli, WI. There are lots of great galleries and shops in this small town. Here's a review from Best of the Best Dining in Chicago.

We stopped at the Paoli Mill Shops, located on what used to be part of an old mill on the Sugar River.

Located in the small stone building in front is the Paoli Cheese Cottage. It's been there for as long as I can remember. You can buy all kinds of local cheeses and/or order great cheese boxes to send as gifts. They have a great website, so check them out! They are a best kept secret!

Up the walkway to the large mill building is a new shop called The Cottage Goddess. They have all kinds of vintage and crafted items.

That beaded ornament below takes about 10-15 hours to make due to the intricacy of the work. The reindeer ornament is a light bulb that she hand-painted. What a clever use for old light bulbs, right?

And I couldn't pass up this vintage deli paper dispenser.

It has been adopted as a prominent part of my wrapping station. It currently holds only twine, but I'm sure some other ribbon or material will be joining it soon.

I hope your holiday junking was as fun as mine!