Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Juju Queen's Junk Just Keeps Evolving

Good morning friends!  As I sit here writing, drinking coffee and watching early morning television, I just noticed that the radar is showing no rain today!!!!!  Really, that's a big deal, since we've had rain just about every day here in coastal Alabama for the last two weeks. It's going to be a beautiful day.  I'm looking forward to blue skies and sunshine!

Most of you will probably not even notice it's gone, but I wanted to do a "press release" (just a little humor here!) to inform you that I've closed my Etsy shop.  It was just more work than it was worth for me.  Etsy works for some really well, but it just was not a good fit for me, and now I need to focus on my real shop, Juju Queen's Junk, inside Antiques at the Loop in Mobile.  I'm really enjoying this new journey and it's keeping me busy.  

If you see an item on the blog that you like and there's a link to it to the Etsy shop, it obviously will no longer work.  Just contact me and I will let you know if it's still available.  I can simply do a Paypal invoice if you would like to make a purchase.  

Thanks so much for hanging with me as I grow and evolve! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Showing Off A New Boho Style Swag Lamp

I just completed this lamp, and I'm really happy with it!  It's one of those projects that I started months ago, when I found this cool black and gold metal decorator bowl at the thrift store.  I imagined it upside down and up-cycled into a hanging lamp.  I already had a light kit at home, so I thought it would just take an hour or so to make.  I envisioned strands of glass beads hanging all around the bottom, so that it would have a magical sparkle.  I had the beads, so I did that part (which took hours), then I couldn't find the light kit.  I know I have it somewhere, but I've searched and searched...Oh well, I will find it when I'm not looking for it.  I went to World Market and purchased another light kit yesterday, so I was finally able to finish it.  It wasn't quite as easy as I had first imagined it would be.  I used multiple drill bits, snips and grinders, but I did finish it- all by myself.  (I didn't have to call Hubby for backup which happens frequently with my projects.)  In went a light bulb, and here it is!  

It's going to the shop tomorrow, along with some of the other goodies that I've shown you the last couple of days.  Juju Queen's Junk at Antiques at the Loop...

If you missed the post yesterday, I would love to have you read it.  (Link here.)  It's all about an art auction that I've got going on Ebay now to raise funds for a friend who is in the hospital with a flesh eating bacteria.  He is a self-employed husband and father of two young children.  Just trying to do my tiny little part to help.   Here is the link to the auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301610143995

Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit.  I know we're all very busy, so it means a lot to me.  

Art Auction to Benefit a Friend

Hello everyone!  Today I'm going to share something that's a little different...

My sister-in-law's nephew, Anthony, has been in the hospital for over two weeks now battling a flesh-eating bacteria. Since he is self-employed, no work means no pay. A Go Fund Me page was set up by friends to help relieve some of the financial burden. To read more about Anthony and his fight, follow this link:
I decided to auction off a piece of artwork and contribute the funds raised to that account. I would appreciate it so much if you would share, share, and then share some more! The auction is set to begin tonight at 10:00 (I'm not sure of the time zone)... Here is the link to the auction:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301610143995?
I've set it to start with a low opening bid of $15, and the auction will last ten days.
Thank you for looking, bidding---and sharing!
Here is the original piece that's being auctioned...

Thank you!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Treasures Going Into the Shop

To everyone who was looking for a Fab Fashion Friday post yesterday, it didn't happen.  I was so busy with other things that I just ran out of time.  I normally try to write my posts early and set them to publish at a certain time, but the entire week was so busy I just didn't get around to it.  Look for me to catch up on the fashion posts next week.

While I was out yesterday getting the car serviced, I stopped by a couple of thrift stores and yard sales...and I did find a few nice little treasures that will go into the shop next week.

Let me share them with you in pics.

This is my favorite, most unusual, find of the day!  It's a wooden screw that goes into the block of wood at the bottom.  It was some sort of press- probably used on a farm or in an industrial environment somehow.  I thought at first that it was a grape press, but it isn't quite right for that, so I'll leave it up to you and your imagination to figure out what it was.  Right now, I'm showing what a wonderful jewelry stand it is!  This is how it will go into the shop. I've got some jewelry that I've been trying to get inventoried, priced and tagged.  Finally got the jewelry ready, so it's all ready to go now.  Don't you agree that it's a great jewelry display stand?  It would also be just a great architectural/industrial fragment to use for display and it's sure to be a conversation piece!

See the plates in the bottom right-hand corner?  Well, some of you (if you're as old as I am!) will remember "back in the day" when airlines used to serve real food on the longer domestic flights...these days you get a pack of peanuts or pretzels and maybe a drink. Delta Airlines used to serve the best food, if my memory serves me correctly.  These dishes are the ones they used!  They are marked on the back with various different pottery names, but they all indicate they were made for Delta Airlines, as well. White ironstone, with some airline history...how cool is that?  Here's a better pic...

I also found a great trestle table.  It's a real one with the pegs that knock out of the legs, so someone should snatch it up in no time.  I still have to go pick it up.  We were going to get it today, but we've had more rain this morning and again this afternoon, and I don't want to risk getting it wet. We will go pick it up tomorrow morning.  

It's similar to the one in this pic:

Via Houzz.com

And, last but not least, I found a set of six windsor chairs.  They are in great condition, and just need to be cleaned up.  I am thinking about painting them...maybe turquoise?  That seems to be a popular color here along the coast.  I actually have turquoise chairs in my own home and they have been a bright and happy addition to our decor!  I found a pic online that shows them painted in various different colors...What do you think?  

Via designskool.net

I found some other small treasures too.  It was a pretty good day for pickin' along the gulf coast.

If anything here catches your eye, it will be in the shop next week.  Visit me at Juju Queen's Junk inside Antiques at the Loop, in Mobile, Alabama.

Now, I'm going to go make myself a cup of coffee and enjoy the rain!

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sharing a Cool Easy Upcycled Project

Hi everyone!  I had a few minutes to play in the studio today, so I wanted to share with you what I made.  

I've had this iron base (estate sale find) for a year or more just waiting for it to tell me what it wants to be when it grows up.  I live with things for a while and listen to them...do I sound crazy?  I know I'm not the only one who does that!!!  Anyway, it told me today that it wanted to be a dessert stand! How cool is that?  Can't you just imagine pretty little cookies or pastries under the glass dome?  I'll take more pics to share when it gets all displayed up with something appropriate, but for now, I want to share with you how I made it.

I bought a box of glass plates years ago and I've used them over time to make different things.  So, using a simple glass plate, I used E6000 to adhere it to the top of the iron base. The base had a 3" disk at the top, so it was the perfect size to attach to the plate.  I also had a cheese dome that I picked up years ago at a thrift store.  I always get them whenever I spot one, because there are so many ways to use a glass dome.  It was also the perfect size for the plate!  Once it was stuck together, I added a pretty paper doily and then put the dome on it.  That's it...simple, huh?  It makes such a statement and would be gorgeous in the center of a dessert table or sideboard with other sweet goodies at different levels all around it.  It's tall...measures 24 1/2" to top of dome.

Base details...soft distressed blue and rust- all natural,
as found

This one is going in the shop tomorrow, and I'm betting someone is going to fall in love with it and take it home.  It's really hard for me to let it go, but the name of the game with this antique mall shop is to make money, so off to Juju Queen's Junk it'll go.  

Let me know if you find some things to make one of your own.  I know you will not be able to find a base exactly like this one, but just look around and think outside of the box...you will learn to see things in a different way.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We Have a Fitting Room at Juju Queen's Junk...and More Junk

Hello everyone!  Thanks for checking in to see what's been going on in my world...

Last week, Hubby took vacation days so that we could get some tasks accomplished.  You know the little things around the house that you never can seem to get around to?  Well, some of those things were taken care of, but the most exciting part to me was building the new fitting room at Juju Queen's Junk!  It was part of the plan from the beginning, but it was one of those things that we couldn't find the time to do until last week.  Right in the middle of the job, the power went out.  It stayed out for about three hours, and so I had to go back the next day to finish the job.  Anyway, now let me show you where groovy ladies can now try on clothes at the shop!

See it, off to the right?  We used antique doors for the walls, just putting them together with mending plates from the hardware store.  I picked louvered doors for the back wall so that I could use "s" hooks to hang artwork on the back side.  

This is the back side and end of the fitting room.  The mermaids are hanging on the louvered doors. The door at the end is nothing special, just a panel door.

But this one is my favorite door!  I fell in love with the window.  Hubby was confused.  It was funny...he asked my why I would use a door with a window in it to make a fitting room...Curtains, silly man, curtains!  Layers and layers of fabric, just stapled up at the top.  I didn't even hem them...I'm going for a hippie, bohemian, gypsy thing here, so it's sort of a "make do" fitting room, with a groovy feel!  I used a denim blue paisley fabric for the front drape and it's held back by beaded passementerie from the fabric store, in gold to coordinate with the fabric that hangs on the inside.  There are two mirrors, one at each end so that one can see the front and the back.

...and I topped it with peacock and pheasant feathers, all tied together with strips of burlap.

I put a chair underneath the window of the fitting room.  Makes a good place to sit, or display clothes...and it's also for sale.  The chair is as found.  I thought about refinishing and recovering in denim, but I figured I should put it in the shop like this for now.  It looks sort of bohemian, just like it is.  If it doesn't sell like this, I can always redo it later.

Well, that's about all I can say about the fitting room.  I can't believe I almost did the entire post about a fitting room!  Now, I'll share a few more details...

The clothes...

Some jewelry...

Vintage, recycled, and up cycled home goods...

...and bits of things...

That's  a quick glimpse...for a closer look, come visit!  Juju Queen's Junk is just a tiny bit of what awaits you at Antiques at the Loop.  Just look...it goes on and on and on...

I know you were wishing for a closer look at Toe-Mater, the truck, so here it (or he/she) is.

There are street signs hanging from the ceiling.  Juju Queen's Junk is in the back, left side, at The Loop.

Well, that's about all I have to share for this episode.  Hope you have a great week!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fab Fashion Friday- Featuring a Soft Spring Look

Today, I'm sharing with you a fabulous necklace made by my friend, Hope.  She has a great shop on Etsy (You can click on the necklace source info link under the pic to take you there!) where you will find a great variety of original designs.  She and I share a similar style in jewelry making ...we both love to work with "found" objects, layering, buttons, and whatever other cool elements we can find.   So, with that said, you will understand why I'm drawn to her work.  I think it's special, so I wanted to share it with you here on Fab Fashion Friday.

The necklace was my inspiration, and it was a lot of fun pulling together coordinating elements in the soft spring colors. 

This outfit would be great for a lady of any age, as it's all about the necklace and comfort.  

Spring Flowers- Crafty Hope Necklace

H M white v neck tee
$10 - hm.com

FAY cotton pants

Scoop coral flat shoes

Baggallini zip coin purse
$145 - shoeme.ca

Valentino cateye sunglasses
$330 - veryexclusive.co.uk

Gottex hat

Black painting