Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monster Mash...

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appy Halloween! I thought you would enjoy this fun Jib Jab Sendable eCard I customized starring some of my favorite ghouls and goblins!! It's a hoot! Click the arrow to play it. I'm still laughing...I could watch it over and over (and I have!). Now, go make one of your own!!



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Moving into 2nd Gear!

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adies and gentlemen, start your engines! Here is RJNJ's second gear-inspired lamp made from salvaged auto parts. We are still using the first lamp he made as a docking station for our cell phones in the entry way. This one was made especially as a birthday gift for one of RJNJ's gear-head buddies. It is made from a Chevrolet piston and transmission gears. Who has a talented hubby? Oh, yeah, I do!






Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blogging Makes You Lucky!

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logging totally makes you lucky. What do I mean? Well, think about how lucky you are to have the blog friends, the blog inspiration, and the blog fun that surrounds you. I have been blogging for just over a year, which means I have known all of the people mentioned in this post (and you!) for less than that amount of time. And I am so lucky to know each of them! I have realized that bloggers are also a generous bunch of folks. Over the past couple months, I have received many great gifts from these warm-hearted bloggers.

FROM THE JUNKMARKET GIRLS...

It all started in August, during Oronoco Gold Rush Days. Kathy@Sylvia's Vintage Daughter and Candy@Junk Sophisticate drove all the way from Ohio to join the JunkMarket crew for junking fun in the sun. Kathy surprised me with a fabulous carafe filled with chocolate bars and blocks that spell out A-M-Y. Candy gifted me with a piece from a vintage grinder (fabulous as a tea light candle holder) filled with chocolates (trust me they were there at one time) and a name tag made from scrabble tiles. Ms. Sue@JunkMarket gifted each of us with a fun tag that says "Sterile Normal Saline"...it's hanging on the handle of that carafe. Last, but definitely not least, the Pfarkel Sisters@Junk {re}defined made me smile when they handed me a fabulous bottle of wine with a personalized Pfarkel label...



FROM BETH@OLD TYME MARKETPLACE

In early September, I won a giveaway hosted by Beth@Old Tyme Marketplace. What did I win? Chicken poop. Yes, you read that correctly. It's an all-natural lip moisturizer...and it works great!! She also surprised me with this adorable monogrammed toile pillow. Looove it!



FROM LANI & GRETCHEN

In mid-September, I attended Junk Bonanza (yeehaw!) to shop "a bit" and spend some time with my girls, Lani@Cottage Elements and Gretchen@Mimi-Toria's Designs, who had a booth at the show. September was my birthday month, so the girls surprised me with a necklace Gretchen made from a vintage cash register piece.



FROM HEATHER BULLARD

While at Junk Bonanza, I attended the blog party. My name was drawn as the recipient of this fabulous bag from Heather Bullard. Love her, her designs, and her photography!



FROM JUNK REVOLUTION

Remember waaaay back in the spring when I won the Ugliest Light Fixture contest over on the Junk Camp blog? To be honest, I didn't even know there was a prize involved (apparently I did not read the details!). I was just doing it for fun. When I found out that my idea was chosen as the winner, I also found out that I won a gift certificate from Junk Revolution. I was able to use that gift certificate at Junk Bonanza. Here is what I picked out...



FROM DEB & DANNY

When RJNJ and I made the trip to Texas for a wedding in late September, we were able to spend one day at Texas Antique Weekend. Deb & Danny@Talking Trash surprised me with these fun koozies that proclaim to the world that I am a "Cat Daddy's Kitten." Deb also gifted me with a thoughtful junk item (not shown)...a tie clip with a precious petite camera on it. With all that they have to do for that show, she took the time to pack that heartfelt gift because she knew I was going to be there. Can I tell you how much I admire these thoughtful people? Smile, CD!



FROM STAN WILLIAMS, THE ELEGANT THRIFTER

While in Texas, we met up with Stan Williams@The Elegant Thrifter, author of The Find. Here he is below doing a book signing at the blog party hosted by Theresa@Garden Antqs Vintage (and her handsome hubby, Cruz...I just love to say that name! Anyone remember Cruz Castillo from the soap Santa Barbara? There's something with that name! Hi, Cruz!). Stan, generous man that he is, gifted me with a copy of The Find. I read it the entire flight home! Normally I sleep on the plane, but I was so enthralled with each page of his book that I just had to keep reading!!



So, tell me...how lucky are you? Have you made blogging friends that you so appreciate? Have you found bloggers that you admire? Have you found blogs that inspire you? Have you won or been gifted some fabulous treasures? Tell me how blogging makes you feel lucky...



Sunday, October 25, 2009

Master Bedroom Makeover: Barn-Style Door on Entry to Master Bath

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D
o you remember the master bedroom makeover we've been working on? It's amazing when I think of where we started and the amount work that RJNJ did to transform the walls and floors. I remember the feeling of joy when the rug was laid and the canopy bed was delivered.

If you remember, the room was still not complete when the photo above was first posted. We still had doors to install in other parts of the room. This post is all about the entrance to the master bath. Here's the transformation that took place...


BEFORE...strips on walls, brown door and trim, green carpeting...



DURING...walls and floors done, no door to master bath...



AFTER...door to master bath installed...







No, that is not your standard door! We picked up two of these schnazzy old school doors this summer from the garage sale held by Sue Whitney of JunkMarket fame. After a little TLC and bit of polishing, they were ready to be hung! They are mounted on flat track that our parents rescued from an 1800s barn that was being torn down. They are the real deal!! A brass ship's nurse plaque mounted to the center and a ship's key for the upper deck showers inserted in the keyhole adds a bit of fun to the mix!





DIY Day @ ASPTL 

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Boo or Treat!

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(NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)

BOO!
You've done it now! You've unleashed the WhisperWood Cottage Beast! And he wants his treat NOW! He's a bit of an ape if you anger him. I mean he really goes bananas! Did you find the treat yet? Quick!


You Have Been BOO'd!

The air is cool, the season is fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.


The spooks are after things to do,
In fact, a spook brought this "BOO" to you.

The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.

We'll all have smiles on our faces,
When we see who Boo'd who's places.


The following 4 ladies have been officially BOO'd...
  1. Cher@The Texas Woman...witty, clever, fun!
  2. Candy@Junk Sophisticate...junking creativity galore and great photos!
  3. Holly@Life in the Fun Lane...want to move into her house!
  4. Roeshel@The DIY Show-Off...more inspiration than one blog should have!
This BOO party was started by Toni@The Tattered Cottage. Please keep the fun going by following these instructions.

1. You have 24 hours to work your spell

2. Copy and post the Halloween Boo Poem with the instructions for playing.

3. Pick 4 blogs you enjoying visiting and tell why you enjoy visiting them, with a link to 
their blog and remember to link back to me.



4. Go to the original BOO Party post at the Tattered Cottage and add your MckLinky.


5. Let's see how fast and far this spreads between now and Halloween.






Thursday, October 22, 2009

There's a Hole in the Wall, Dear Liza, Dear Liza!

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D
o you remember that nice fireplace you saw in the last post? Yes, the one above that provides such a lovely backdrop for my the Heywood-Wakefield twins? Well...it is no longer there. The mantel...the fireplace...the wall...all gone. What do I mean? Take a look at what happened last weekend here at WhisperWood Cottage...

MANTEL REMOVED...

 


SURROUND GONE AND WALL COMING DOWN...

 


DRYWALL GONE AND FIREPLACE REMOVED...

 

A high-efficiency wood burner with a blower that works is on order. We never really used the fireplace much over the past three years, because the blower didn't work and all the heat was lost up the chimney. We plan to keep the cottage nice and toasty this winter with the new unit. The wood framing is still coming out and will be replaced with steel framing to accommodate the dimensions of the new fireplace unit. We are also going to add some storage by building in cabinetry on each side of the fireplace. A television will eventually be mounted above the new mantel.

We are working from a general vision I have, but there is no 100% solid plan. As usual, we are doing all the work ourselves, so we are figuring it out and making it work as we go. RJNJ is pretty brilliant when it comes to measurements, code requirements, and how-to abilities. We try to make all of our projects as efficient and cost-effective as possible. Hmmm...I guess he's more about efficient and I'm more about cost-effective. :) I plan, he makes the plan come to life. It's a system that works!!

Do you do your own projects? Do you have a plan laid out or do fly by the seat of your pants?


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Heywood-Wakefield Twins Move into WhisperWood Cottage

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uess who moved into WhisperWood Cottage! If you read the title, you already know. Not one...but a pair of Heywood-Wakefield chairs. It was love at first sit. Yes, sit. Let me tell you why...

After Junk Bonanza in September, I thought I would head over to visit the ever-brilliant crew for an open house over at Hunt & Gather in Minneapolis. As we lounged and chatted in their store, I found myself perched atop one of the chairs below. I said "Wow! This is actually very comfortable. I wish there were two of them." Lo and behold, another one was available. Finding out they were Heywood-Wakefield was an added bonus.

They looked at me with their big brown puppy dog eyes. I couldn't say no, could I? Could I? No. It would not have been right. I made the commitment to raise them as my very own.




I took them home. They found a favorite spot near the fireplace.



How they love to curl up next to the fire. They wag their tails with glee.



Tanner was helping me with photos that day. He says hi to everyone!...



Would you have adopted these twins? I think they add brilliantly to the loving and eclectic family here at WhisperWood Cottage. Like Tanner, they know how to sit and stay. They hug often and even let you sit on their lap. What can I say? They're cuddlers like we are!



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Texas Antique Weekend Fall 2009 & Prayers for Cher

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Cher@The Texas Woman on the right. Get the story below.

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ere is a sneak peek of our day at the Texas Antique Weekend fall show. The photos above are some of my faves. The full slideshow is over on the Junkologie blog and is rocking photos of an array of booths and people. The displays were amazing!! And Theresa's blog party was a blast as usual. Of course, I found a few goodies there as well. I'll be posting about my Texas finds and my Junk Bonanza finds as they get incorporated into the cottage. I'm excited to show you all fun stuff.


That last photo is one of my favorites. We were at the blog party hosted by Theresa@Garden Antqs Vintage. Cher@The Texas Woman (right) had recently shaved her hair into a mohawk to prepare for chemo treatments. Along came this woman (left) who had a fun spunky haircut. A photo op was born! Cher is now a few weeks in with chemo treatments for breast cancer and is now rocking a more aero-dynamic hairstyle (translation: bald).

Did you know that Cher was one of the first bloggers to ever visit my blog and leave a comment? I wondered, "Who is this Texas woman that leaves me comments and posts about taxidermied animals and tasteless jokes?" I'll tell you, "Cher is an amazingly clever, talented, and beautiful person!!" Through a combination of blogging and grace, she has become a dear friend. You will love her, too! Please visit Cher, enjoy her creative posts, and leave her some prayers.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Meet Me.

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M
eet me. Yes, this is a photo of me...Amy. I usually don't make it into photos on my blog because I am always the one with the camera!! In the last post, some of you posed some great questions for me to answer. Are you ready for the answers? I mean REALLY ready? Let's dig in...


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Coffee or tea? Neither...I'm a water girl! :)
Favorite shoes? Flip flops all the way...until the Minnesota winter hits!
How long married? Coming up on 10 years.
Favorite junk project ever? I think my favorite one is still to come!
Best junking find ever? Vintage white metal doctor's cabinet with glass panels.
Do you like Martha Stewart? I admire her for changing the face of home decor and paving the way for women entrepreneurs.
What's TDOG's real name?
Tanner.








You're surrounded by all of those beautiful treasures all of the time. What's on your wish list? Great question! I am truly thankful for all that I already have, but I sure love to hunt for the next great find! With junking, I don't have anything specific that is on my wish list. As far as life in general, I would love a sport lens for my Sony Alpha camera, a Bose SoundDock for my iPhone, a trip to Europe, a lifetime supply of Lindt Caramel Fiorettos, the nose-wiggling magical powers of Samantha on Bewitched, and spiritual enlightenment.







How did you meet your Hunk of Burning Love? We met in Stevens Point, WI, at a party thrown by roommates. He was friends with one of them and I was friends with another. He hit on me that night, but I was not impressed and he conveniently doesn't remember! A few months later, we met again and the story began. Within six months, we were engaged. Within one year, we were married! 









What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? A basketball.










What are your top three favorite colors? Love me some neutrals...black, white, and earth tones...with pops of other colors.

What's your favorite dessert? Milk chocolate!


What did you want to be when you grew up? A cheerleader or gymnast, a police officer, and a teacher. 




Which movie title best sums up your life so far? I didn't know how to answer this one, so I did what any self-respecting blogger does...ask the wise Google. Just type in "What movie title is your life?" and here are the results from a quiz I took...

Your Result: Legally Blonde

You will strive to get what you want. NOBODY can judge you based on your looks. You are independent and you can forget about any guy who tries to abuse you. (like the professor) You are a good friend and you definently know Prada.

If you could meet any living celebrity, who would you pick and why?
I would love to get some personal dance lessons with Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars. Cha cha cha!



What's your favorite thing about yourself? My independence, my desire for self-understanding and personal growth, and my life-long passion for learning and health.

What's your least favorite thing about yourself? My tendency to self-criticize.


Oprah or Ellen?
Tyra! :) Or Cora!!








Where do you go junk hunting? Auctions? Flea markets? It depends on how much time I have and the time of year. I love auctions, flea markets, occasional sales, antique stores, thrift stores, garage sales, roadsides, etc. Nothing motivates me to get up early on any given morning more than the opportunity to discover the next great junk find!


Do you have a "day job?" Do I ever!? I work in higher education and teach people about health. 







Do you finish most of your projects in a timely manner or do you procrastinate? When I'm 100% sure on something, it gets done very quickly! Once in a while, there are projects that sit around and don't get done. Either it isn't important or I am not 100% sure that it is what I want to do. I often find that if I wait a bit, a new inspiration hits. The one thing I do procrastinate on is paying bills, balancing the checkbook, etc. I can do it easily enough, but it is not something I particularly enjoy doing.

Does it make you crazy when you can't finish a project? If it is something I really want done, then yes!! If it is something that I am unsure about, I am comfortable with it sitting for a while.

How do you know when to throw something away? For example, I keep alot of "stuff" thinking I will use it for a project eventually but I feel like I'm hourding because I've got PILES everywhere I look. This is a GREAT question! I think a lot of us deal with this issue. When I'm feeling cluttered, I clean things out...mercilessly! Don't be afraid. Ask yourself, 

  • "Do I love this?"
  • "Am I going to do something with this in the near future?"
  • "Would I feel better if this were gone right now?"
  • "Would I rather have this or ____ (space in the room, money I could sell it for on Craig's List, etc.)?"
A trip to Goodwill or sale on Craig's List can work wonders! Less clutter and less guilt results in a cleaner space, more energy, and renewed enthusiasm for the projects you decided to keep. It's okay to change our minds and pass on projects and/or materials to someone else.







When are you moving back to Texas? Depends how cold this winter is!!

Do you miss me as much as I miss you? More, much more!

Will you be back for the spring show? Fingers crossed! I'm looking into it. You'll be the first to know! :)










I always love to hear how people got started in this business........Does anyone know how I got here? Some days I wonder! :) If you are talking about the junking business, it is a hobby of mine that really started only about a year ago. I've always loved antiques...probably the influence of my parents and grandparents. Throw in some blogging, some photography, and a whole lot of insanity...and here I am! :)



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Passing on the Awards

In the previous post, "I Loved to Feel Loved," I received these two awards from two fabulous bloggers:
Roeshel@The DIY Show Off and Ashley@Ashley's Busy.

 


THE PREMIO MEME AWARD

This award involves telling seven random things about yourself then passing it on to seven more people you want to know more about.


HONEST SCRAP AWARD


This award involves listing 10 things about yourself and then passing it on to 10 people.


I'm breaking the rules again! I'm giving double awards to each of the eight ladies above. You all deserve the Premio Meme AND the Honest Scrap award. Thank you for taking the time to comment and to show that you care. I look forward to learning more about each of you!! Follow the rules as listed or just make up your own!