Saturday, April 12, 2008

Junkin' again...and pixie dust

As many of you may remember, last September I had the wonderful opportunity to be a vendor at the JunkMarket Junk Bonanza just down the road from my house here in the suburbs of Minneapolis. I prepared all summer and had a grand time in my first ever vendor opportunity. I have been a fan of the JunkMarket ladies (Ki and Sue) ever since reading their column in Country Home magazine and attending their first Junk Bonanza event. I did several posts here and here of the big event and interviewed Ki. I am thrilled to say I will be selling at the the JunkBonanza event again this year! It runs September 11-13th, so there's plenty of time to plan a road trip to the Twin Cities! This year Matthew Mead will be in attendance as well. Wow! Fun times will be had!So needless to say, I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of their new book Junk Beautiful.
It is chock-full of wonderful photography, sketches, inspiration and TONS of fun ideas! Junk Beautiful shows how to create a home that is user-friendly and "doesn't shout junk, but rather whispers timeless elegance." Ki and Sue show their magic ability to take a piece of junk found at the bottom of a scrap heap and re-craft it into a one-of-a-kind work of art for your home. There are nine rooms featured presenting decorating and storage challenges. Sue and Ki show how-to's for each element using junk in ever so creative ways which any do-it-yourselfer could manage. I love their Junk Beautiful "philosophy" that was born out of a need and desire to recycle and to create a lifestyle that exudes beauty and function out of seemingly nothing. They encourage people to create their own style, one piece of junk at a time. Each time I look through this book I get so excited to go out and find some junk to transform. Love it!Oh yea, and as I was blogging, what was Chloe doing on the eve of her third birthday party!? We thought she was asleep, it was after 10 pm after all. Oh no, she was up dusting these cupcakes with her pixie dust and then proudly came down and showed them to me:) Hope you're having a great weekend!

9 comments:

inge said...

I would like a cake with pixiedust....
Hope you all had a great birthday : homemade parties are the best !

Could you show some pages of the book or is that not allowed ? We sure wouldn't find the book here and maybe a sneek peek tells something more, so I could go hunting on internet for the book...

greetings
Inge

Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud imagining Chloe lying in bed thinking about her party, climbing out of bed, and decorating her cupcakes. So cute! Hope the party is a blast! -Ginger

Donna Layton said...

That Chloe is so precious. I'm glad your doing the junk market thing again I know how much you enjoyed it. Can't imagine getting a booth together for such an event. Makes me tired thinking about it. I love the whole trash to treasure philosophy too. It's such a thrill to give something with a long, forgotten past a new future.

Whitney Johnson said...

I can't wait to get that book - I've seen it advertised a couple of places. And I love Country Home, so I'm familiar. Chloe is so cute! I've enjoyed some "precious messes" from my little ones - they want to contribute to their world! Happy Birthdaying {or cleaning up after birthdaying... :)}

The Paper Peddler said...

Hello, That is an awesome book! I just picked up a copy the other day. I have just discovered your blog and I love reading it! I am new to blogging. I would love to visit the Twin Cities in September; I lived there when I was a kid and still have alot of family there! I have added your link to my page if you don't mind. Thanks for all the inspiration! Liz

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

OH, the pixie dusting on her birthday eve is just too darling!

I hope to get a copy of the next book...they are always right up my alley, I *love* junk!

*Heidi*

Terri said...

And were there any pixie dust topped cup cakes left by the time her birthday rolled around? There wouldn't be at my house! LOL
Happy Birthday Chloe!

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karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Looks like Chloe is learning early that everything looks better when it is embellished! Good for her.