Shabby Chic...with a Recycled Romantic Touch!

"Yes, I know"...these deconstructed lampshades have been all over blogland! But I thought they were sooooo cute and I wanted to make one too! Soooooo when I saw this lamp with the perfect shade I just couldn't resist!!

In my haste to get it done I simply forgot to make a before photo... And in my haste to load my goods onto the trailer for delivery I remembered I didn't have a photo of my new lamp on a tablescape to share with you...Soooooo

Here it is!

Cute, huh? The Lamp has a three way lighting feature. For the "romantic touch" the bottom portion of the lamp can be turned on to give that glow!

(Ya know, the more I look at this photo the more I like the setup!! Our lake is the perfect backdrop!!)

My lamp can be seen at Chelsea Antiques & Decorator's Mall! This Saturday is their Spring Fling with outside as well as inside pretties and deals galore!!

Come on out and visit with us...

Have a Blessed Day!! And see ya down the junkin' road!!


(Thanks for the comments!)


Auction Lingo!!

All auctioneers have their own way to run their auctions. And if you go to the same one over a period of time you learn their special ways! However it seems all are auctioning off what has become known as BOX LOTS!!

"Oh yeah, those items that are grouped together in boxes!" (Simple, huh, box lots...items placed in boxes to sell!!)

Now most of the time these items are "junky" ones that would not bring much if it were to go up for bid by itself. BUT, place a grouping of those "junky" items in a big, ole, BOX and there you have it... hands start going up to get the bid!!

'Sellers' (the ones who are offering their goods for sale!) try to make their box lots look enticing by placing one or two 'GOOD' items in each box! Notice the blue bowl peeking out of this box! Now could that be 'Fenton' or 'Cambridge'?

Many boxes are filled with books...hardcover, paperback, sheet music, magazines...

If a buyer takes the time and does not mind 'digging' through the boxes then TREASURES can be found at the auction!

Have a Blessed Day!! And see ya down the junkin' road!!


(Have you found any hidden treasures lately? Love to hear from you!!)


Good Eats...on the junkin' road!

My friend and me spent a productive day fluffing, adding and arranging in our three "spots"! Ya know when one item goes out another will never fit in its exact place!!

All this working made us very, very hungry! We decided to try a new place in our area; "Joe's Italian", a locally owned and operated neighborhood restaurant. And, what can I say...DELISH-O!!!

My friend and me ordered one of the daily specials. It comes with a choice of soup or salad...

Sorry, I didn't get a photo of the bread basket! (it was refilled twice...what can I say, we had really worked hard all morning...)

And yes the main course was as delicious as it looks...

Sadly there was no more room for 'Mamma's Dessert'! But the choices were heavenly; cannoli, Italian cream, zebra cake, and the list goes on! Weeelll, there will be another day...

If you ever find yourself in the Alabaster, Alabama area and looking for excellent Italian food then head on over to Joe's Italian. Check out their website: www.joesitalianonline.com

Have a Blessed Day!! And see ya down the junkin' road!!


(Have a favorite Italian spot, food? Share with us! Thanks!)


Traveling...Cypress Tree Have Knees?

While traveling on one of our many junkin' jaunts my friend and me stopped at this lovely garden with the cypress trees.

Notice the Spanish Moss draping from the limbs...

You can see the distinctive structure in the roots of the tree generally known as the knees. I don't know the true function of the knees but it's commonly thought to assist in anchoring the tree in the soft muddy soil of the swamps where they generally grow! ("sort of like a stick helps to hold up your beans", says my friend)

"What happens if the knees are cut?" I ask. "Most likely the tree will survive!", answers my friend. (one smart cookie, my friend!)

The distinctive shapes are a woodcarver's delight! I've seen carved and painted gnomes, Santas, and jack-o-lanterns! My uncle had a lamp made from a beautiful Knee! However today in many states it is illegal to harvest cypress knees...check before you cut!!

Have a Blessed Day!! And see ya down the junkin' road!!


(Have you any cypress knees or know where they are growing? Leave a comment! Thanks)