This time was different, in a good way. So much more laid back, we visited a lot with others and had a lot of fun this show. Angea and I had almost a whole day to set up and decorate, so that was amazing, much more relaxing and creatively fulfilling. We have all these ideas floating around in our heads, that we discuss each week at our "board meetings" and we were able to bring some of them to life. Our board meetings involve our (almost) weekly junkin' trip, that usually ends with lunch at our favorite Mexican food restaurant.
Some of these ideas are things like upside down Christmas trees and wreath chandeliers.
On a side note - we got a postcard in the mail about safely Christmas decorating, from a local hospital. Let's just say we are rebels out here, because who has ever been able to have two feet and one hand on the ladder at all times and still be able to decorate???
We love the Backwood's Marketplace, because it's truly down the back roads from our house. With the exception of getting on the highway for just a couple minutes (less than 2 miles), it's blacktop road, 20 miles an hour pulling my camper and I still get there in 10 minutes! I also love that it's all about handmade, vintage, repurposed items with a focus on the artist, creator, and collector of fine junk!
Of course, we couldn't do it all without our road crew! The roadies consist of Jeff (in his tape measure suspenders - quite the conversation piece), Randy (Angea's husband) and our nephew Jake, who always just happens to show up in time and ask "need me to do anything?" Why yes we do, Jake!
These two are good at silly pictures too, and you have to work hard to keep them
on task at times, but gosh I love my guys!
A couple coats of textured spray paint, some discount beads, and a new cord from my burnt up glue gun, and it was ready to shine bright! I go through 5-6 glue guns a year - after extended use, they will die and shoot a flame out and smoke in the process. Jeff cut the cord on the last one to die and put it on the chandy! In the words of my favorite t shirt "For the Love of Junk Repurpose ~ Reuse ~ Recycle."
Oh and the tin for the roof was from my granddaddy's old hay barn, the wood board in the top is a scrap pallet board and one cedar limb. Roof top all made for $0.00! Read more about the inspiration for this piece, here.
Have tools and glue gun, will work wherever the road takes me!
Angea and Randy built us each a mantle for our tents. She went more French country black and I went rustic, shabby chippy, farmhouse style. I love the new salt wash technique I used on the mantle to create that old chippy peely look. (Many of these items are now available in my etsy shop and I can ship to you.)
Saturday night got cold and we had our first frost of the season, but hey, I got to wear my new (to me) 25¢, long, leather coat! Seriously, this coat came from our favorite thrift store and came with loads of personality and sass with it!
The glow of all the lights was worth staying open late and it became a magical Winter Wonderland at dusk.
Miss Gussie fits the vintage criteria, since she's a 1959 model, but she still likes to sparkle and shine.
Looking down the hill from our corner.
Sunday at Blackstone Ridge -
Yes that is Jeff, with a dust broom in his hand! Remember I said wind on Saturday? Well our furniture was a bit dusty and he volunteered to clean! Say what?
No one can ever be mad at a man that is cleaning!
We've neither one felt like we have ever been the "cool" ones, but others tells us we are the cool people at the shows we go to. It's like we've finally found ourselves in the backwoods, among the fields of junk, and along the back roads we travel. We've become collectors of memories, preservers of history, while rescueing the remnants of others.
As the Junk Gypsies call in the their new book, Designing a Life at the Crossroads of Wonder and Wander, Junk Karma "It's the righteous rescue of something that was bound for the burn pile, the spiritual renovation of that piece. and then the passing of that piece to another person's home. The salvation of one person's trash into another's treasure."
Sunday mornin' porch sittin'.
Some of our new friends and fellow artist, shopped our repurposed flannel shirts, so we all had to get a picture together!
If it wasn't for this sweet lady right here, the show wouldn't go on! Mrs. Carla does an amazing job organizing the show and bringing it all together! We certainly do appreciate her and Mr. Tommy for all they do and allowing us to be a part of their Backwood's group!
And the winner is...
Mr. Tommy's small engine shop donated a leaf blower for a door prize and all the vendors created a basket of goodies for another give away.
And all of a sudden, the parties over and what goes up, must come down.
"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."
Our houses and sheds will be busting at the seams and we will gather together once again to share our treasures and creations. Now, we must get back out on the junkin' road and find new goods to transform.