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Life's a journey, so it's said, but many times a journey's end is more important

Often what gets lost in the craziness of putting together the room for Saturday's bazaar is letting you know that all of the money raised from this event goes to missions. When all the money is deposited, reimbursements made for expenses and the final total is determined, the Presbyterian Women's Council at Forest Hills Presbyterian meets to select among several mission and charitable efforts.Bazaar-2012-GardenBoutique-web-M0014560


We have a long list of people, groups, projects, who depend on the giving of others to survive. We start by giving to the youth of our church who work on bazaar day as assistants to the cashiers, help our customers get their purchases to their cars, and stick around to clean up at the end of the day. They receive 10 percent of the total and that 10 percent is divided and credited to each of the youth and they apply that money toward their expenses as they participate in mission Bazaar-2012-GardenItems-web-M0014567projects, church camps and conferences throughout the year. The more hours they work, the more credit they bank.


We send money right away to Beth-el Mission in Wimauma to help with Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. We also give immediately to Church Women United for their annual Silver Tea where they collect toys, and clothes for their Christmas giving.

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Sleds Dog this Tale

Ever wonder what happens to old sleds when families from the north settle in Florida?  You have to wonder why they made the move in the first place – the sleds, that is.  This year has been the year for sleds.  The first one came to us as a donation.  A few months later we found one in the garage of an estate sale - $3.00.  The third one was put out for the garbage truck – thanks to the husband of one our crafters for the “curb alert”!

We’ve put them together with painted ice skates, a Santa gourd, Christmas greenery, pinecones, berries and bows.

Please visit the FHPC Holiday Bazaar Facebook Event page for details. Invite your friends, join them there for a pancake breakfast or hot dog for lunch. Wonderful treasures at prices that will make you feel like a pirate! https://www.facebook.com/events/400873559968816/

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Crafting frenzy

The final push is on to finish up all the craft projects for the bazaar. The last of the light bulbs are being dressed with hats and beards, banana gourds are getting their paper mache wings added, small dipper gourds Craft-Room-Frenzy-2012-web-M0014515are being painted now that their elf ears have dried and the protective sealing finish has been applied to the vintage suitcase tables and the black toile chest.

The load of gourds shown back in the February blog have all been transformed – pumpkins, turkeys, nativities, angels, elves, Santas, cats, ghosts, spiders and birdhouses – they are ready!

Craft-Room-Frenzy-2012-web-M0014516The less than perfect chairs, chests, tables, suitcases and benches have been sanded, primed, painted, refinished, repaired and in some cases, repurposed. A chair and mirror have been altered to make a cute dress-up table for a little girl. Legs have been added to suitcases for a table with storage.

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October brings a decorating dilemma.  Do you dress your house in orange and black, black cats and and smiling pumpkins or go with fall leaves, gourds, pumpkins and scarecrows?

I brought all the things I've been storing upstairs for the bazaar downstairs and now my mantle and hearth are a celebration of both - and a sneek peek of some of the goodies you'll see at the Holiday Bazaar.

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Three years ago the big selling ornaments at the bazaar were the state Santas.  We made over 300, every state except Alaska and Hawaii.  Initially we made 100 Florida and had to make more after the bazaar.  Peope bought them to give as gifts, they bought the Santa's that represented states where everyone in their family was born, one lady bought one for each of the people coming to her house for Christmas dinner and tied the Santa to the napkin.  Can you guess which state was the second best selling? 

My Florida Santa is packed away but I found a Michigan and North Carolina so you get the general idea of what the ornaments look like.

Looks like the Santa's will be back again this year - so far we've been asked to make Santa's for Texas, Colorado, and South Carolina.  You can let me know what Santa you'll be looking for on October 20th by clicking the comment link below.

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I haven't been blogging because it's taken a while to get enough corks for this project - but boy was it fun!

Just kidding!

Most of you who know me, know by now,  things get left on my porch regularly, so it's kind of like Christmas all year round.  About a month ago I found a plastic container filled with wine corks.  And I won't divulge her name but she's alot of fun!

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Last August on our way to scalloping in Steinhatchee we stopped in Crystal River for lunch and shopping.  We saw a really cute birdfeeder, planter made from a chandelier and of course, the hunt was on.  These three are the ones we've found so far.  The missing components are wooden salad bowls.  Since last August we have been looking and so far found 5.  We need at least 10 more.

Quite frequently boxes of "stuff" are left on my front porch from those great friends who know not to throw anything away.  I've come home to find a sewing machine, boxes of old records, bags of fabric - just to name a few.  One friend who stopped by, not to drop off "stuff" but to visit left me a message that she came by, I was not at home, but she entertained herself looking through the things on my porch!  Maybe I should a put a price tag on things and have a year round outlet for the Bazaar.

So,last week a box and two dining room chairs were left on the porch.  In the box were 3 yardsticks, 4 clipboards and 14 WOOD SALAD BOWLS!  Sometimes the junk just comes.

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I took a detour from junking and crafting for the bazaar to help Shelby give a baby shower for her (and my) good friend Chris.  We decided a diaper cake would be a cute centerpiece and looked to Google for instructions - there are MANY!  We finally decided to roll the diapers and wrap with a rubber band, using three sizes of diapers to create a three tier cake.  We wrapped wash cloths around diapers to add some color to the cake (and as an extra little something for the baby).  This is the first layer (and is actually the second cake we did- got a little more creative- sorry Chris yours was the trial!) 

step 1 diaper cake

 

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It has been a very busy two weeks in the world of junking and the world of crafting.   Monday two weeks ago I had a call asking if I wanted to come and go through a house that is being cleaned out to put on the market.  The Two Women in a Truck ( Sonja and I) went into action.  We took one load of things to our Odessa storage site and the next day the Two Men in a Truck (Reg and Jim) picked up the remaining things for us.  Tuesday we had a message that a another house had been cleaned and the stuff was curbside for the garbage truck, coming the next day.  Our tipster gave us the password to get in the neighbor and we were off. 

curbside pile

We picked through, sorted and came up with alot of kitchen stuff, some garden things and some ant bites.  Every little bit helps and  we appreciate that people think to call us.  We also appreciate that we can drop stuff like this at my mom's and she will clean it and make sure everything works.

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While most people may be heading to the east coast of Florida this weekend for the Daytona 500, Pam and I headed in that direction for the Florida Gourd Festival.  Gourd farmers from Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, and other states head to Florida for this annual event and bring with them gourds of all shapes and sizes.  We've been going to this event for the last 8 years to get gourds for the craft group to work on for the Bazaar.  This year we went armed with a list of specific projects we wanted to make, looking for just the right size and shape gourds.   

 

gourd loot

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One of my favorite door decorations are the two green feather wreaths I found at a yard sale about 5 years ago.  It is a mystery to me how people come to have the things they have to sell.  These wreaths were used by Saks one year in their Christmas store decorations - how did these two wind up in a yard sale of a young guy in Seminole Heights?  Since then feather wreaths are everywhere - Michael's, JoAnn's Big Lots, so I'm ready to change things up this spring.  I saw a wreath on Pinterest,- green fluffy yarn wrapped around a styrofoam wreath - that inspired me, but what I have is alot of tulle - white, pink and green.  So I went to Lowe's in search of something to use for a wreath form.  This plastic tubing is in the plumbing section, sold by the foot. 

 

plain tube wreath     green toole

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A few months ago we had to take down the cribs in the church nursey - the kind with the drop down sides - because they are no longer considered safe.   I Googled "things to do with old cribs" and up popped the pictures of benches.  I loaded the cribs in my car and took them straight to the person who only has to see a picture to make it happen - my dad, Lloyd (the 1st man).  Two days later he had bench #1 made!

Prepped for design

 

Then he made a 2nd one from the church cribs and then I went in the attic and got down the crib used for my babies and now we have three!  One to keep and two to sell at the church bazaar - oops!, make that one to sell at the church bazaar, one has already been sold! 

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A few years ago I went on the ultimate Junking Journey - The World's Longest Yard Sale.  It starts in Alabama and runs throughTennessee and into Kentucky (& on up to Michigan).  Sonja, my parents and I drove first to the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsborough Alabama, which was a big disappointment - no bargains there.

We then started the Yard Sale route on Thursday in Gadsen, Alabama.  Basically, you drive along US Highway 127 and alll along the way there are yard sales - some are one or 2 tables of stuff in front yards and then you go around a curve and there is a field with tents set up and lots of people selling everything from furniture, to new stuff.  We called these places yard malls.

We came home with a van full of gourds, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, the bottom of an old iron stove we repurposed into a footstool and boxes of dishes and wood turnings.  I can't even remember all the stuff we bought but I do remember that we had to tie the bags of gourds on top of the van.  

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I needed to drop something off at church before I started work so I left home at 7:30 a.m. and in between the time I passed this street and came back by (20 minutes later) this cute wicker dressing table and seat was sitting at the curb - AND IT WASN'T EVEN GARBAGE DAY!  Garage door was up, car in the driveway so I did knock on the front door to ask if I could take it.  The little seat probably can't be fixed but we have two things in the craft room that may work.  This may be the first group project when the crafters start to meet again.  We will clean it, paint it, add some detail and find just the right seat. It will be a one-of-a-kind item for the Bazaar.  Crafters- are you getting excited?

I spent last night getting out my vintage valentines - when they are up and ready- you will be the first to see them!

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1 down and 1 to go.  This blog has motivated me to do something with my cable spools.  Last night instead of doing laundry I sanded the top and sides of the spool and the dividers, then did a wash with a brown stain to age it. 

 
 
 
Next came the fun part - seeing how it looked with STUFF on, in and around it.  I started with a section of books on dive spots and since I don't dive but I do walk the beaches I added my "finds" - shells, sea fans and sea glass next to the books.
 

 

There is a lot of room on this - in the next section I put a dictionary and the official scrabble dictionary with a jar of scrabble pieces.  The Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine came today - with step by step instructions for creating tabletop gardens.  Just so happens that I've been collecting things for a succulent garden and now I know how to do it right the first time so I'm going to add my gardening books in the next section of the  - I need to come up with a name for this thing - it is a bookcase, it could be a side table, or a coffee table or an ottoman - and next to the garden books I'm going to add a succulent garden.

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My goal for this year is to complete one time-consuming project a month - and my project for January is/was a vintage ornament wreath.  I never pass up buying vintage ornaments at garage sales and estate sales (if the price is right) and  when I put this year's "finds" with the others I've collected over the years I had enough to make a wreath.  I'm glad I started this project the first of January, it was a really slow process,  our kitchen counter was covered with glass ornaments for several weeks as I could only put together a small piece of the wreath each day.  Today is January 30th, the wreath is complete and I have one day to decide which project to start on February 1st. 

 

 

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Here I go-

My first blog entry about my journey looking for junk and stuff that may not qualify as junk.  Junk and stuff that I use to recreate, repurpose, restore and reuse.   Stuff that become creations to sell at the Holiday Bazaar at my church or for family or friends or for ME!  The junking year starts off in January getting ready for the Tampa event - Gasparilla - a parade and party time to celebrate the arrival of pirates in Tampa.  Wreaths are BIG and the bigger, the guadier the better.  Any old pirate looking boat, coconut pirate heads, swords, ribbon beads and feathers will do and the best place to find this stuff is at estate sales, yards sales and thrift stores and any ribbon and glittery stuff  on the 90% off Christmas table at any store.  This year I made 18 wreaths and today as I pack up the beads gathered from yesterday's parade, I'm ready to start the journey next weekend for anything pirate.

I'm not on this journey alone.  I have two friends who willingly are waiting for me at 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays and sometimes on Fridays to hit the sales early and sometimes circle back around near the end of the sale to see what's left.  We call it "Junkin for Jesus" because we use most of what we find to create the things we sell at our church bazaar held in October and on the journey we may just find something for us!  Like yesterday - I was on my way to the parade, my junking buddies were at an estate sale and found a GREAT boat for me to transform into a pirate ship for a wreath, two red pre-lit tinsel trees, a good pair of scissors, three sets of power strips, a wrought iron candle holder and an old yard stick - for a grand total of $7.50! 

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When we were in Wilmington, NC for my cousin's wedding, we headed out of our hotel Saturday morning to see what downtown Wilmington had to offer.  The junker in me could not resist going to see what the hotel dumpster had to offer.

I found these old cable spools- and to my great disappointment we could only get two in my parents minivan to bring home!

My dad put spindles on the spools and then we painted them white, we added three casters found at a garage sale.  My daughter wants to cover the top of one and use it as a ottoman and magazine/book rack- of course we will share when that step is done!

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A pirate ship, a parrot, a grapevine wreath, feathers, flags, and colorful beads- somethings found on our Saturday morning journeys- all make a vibrant Gasparilla Wreath

I love making these.  Each one is different and watching the people that buy them look over the wreaths to pick out which one is perfect for their front door is so much fun!

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