Friday, March 25, 2011

A Girl Can Always Dream

On the way to a clients home on a rainy Sunday I couldn't resist taking a few pictures on this Michigan, county road.

 As a designer, decorator, landscaper type person I can never resist the beauty that is all around us.
Like the mile long row of tall pines down a county road.  It kinda takes my breath away.  Makes me
wish I knew more about the person that planted these trees.
Then there was this gem.  Yes, I'm one of those people who slows down to gawk when I see something
like this.  What a wonderful structure...Did it start out as one house, and then they added another one?  Wouldn't you love to see her all fixed up and in her glory?   
I think it goes way back to when I was little and my dad started buying houses to fix up and rent or sell.  I saw the transformation, and loved it.  That's when I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up.  I didn't just want to decorate, I wanted to create space, learn how to build, lay stone, hang the drywall etc...and I did.  It started with my bedroom furniture when I was in high school.  I stripped the paint and lovingly refinished the wood.  Then after college I wanted to put into practice what I learned, and go even deeper into the get your hands dirty department,( if you've ever seen my hands then you'll know they're well used-not designer hands.)
The second home that we bought was an old 6 bedroom Amish house, so I'm well aware of the work and money it takes to refurbish a home like this, but a girl can still dream.

The side view, a charming little el-cove porch, and 2 chimney's...  I'd love to see the inside :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The countdown begins!

April 1st is First Friday, so here's a last look at "Retro."  Next month will be more of a mix of
styles, so if there was something you had your eye on it's time to grab it.

 Linda and I will be doing a table scape/ fashion show for the Elkhart Hospital Auxiliary
on April 29th in Elkhart.  The money raised from this fund raiser goes towards a nursing scholarship.

 The Who
 I've started pulling some french back in to fill in the blanks.
 The adult version of a lego table.  I added a box in the center for a vase, or ice bucket.  No
coasters needed!
 Small glass tables...multi purpose.  Add more room to a buffet, an extra table for company,  a large candle stand...
 Vintage bar ware


Cheers!  Mark your calendar for April 1st, 5-9 PM  'NEW BEGINNINGS"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just a thought

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort & go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work & risk & by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.
Alan Alda 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Terrarium Making Class

What a fun bunch of people!  Thank you all for coming.  It felt so good to play in the dirt again!

Also a special thanks to Mari from Marigolds for providing some beautiful plants and accessories.

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in 
the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.     -WILLIAM BLAKE


Friday, March 18, 2011

Love one another

I found this from a daily email I get "French word of the day".  and it was perfect for this post.  Through our shop we have
 gotten to know Hiromi and Tim.  Hiromi is a talented artist that I will be talking more about in another post, she is originally from Japan and her family still lives there.  They are a safe distance from the devastation but it's still  so hard being away from loved ones at a time like this so she is doing everything she can to help her native country.  We have a donation jar in the shop, and she sells her beautifully crafted purses at the shop next door "Circa Arts".  She is donating 1/2 the proceeds to the Japan relief.  To visit her blog and learn more about her please go here.   
We at junk evolution feel so blessed to be among such wonderful community of loving, giving people.  We just want to give back as much as we possibly can with outreach projects that are important to us, so please help if you can.  If you want to donate from a distance, please make your check out to the American Red Cross and send them to Junk evolution,
528 E Colfax Ave. South Bend, IN.  46617.

Monday, March 14, 2011


I woke up late today to a house still heavily draped from the winter winds.  The first thing I do every morning is pad down the wood stairs and peek out the drapes to see what the weather conditions are like so I can plan my day.  Low and behold it was a bright, sunny day!  As fast as I can,  I whip through the house throwing back the draperies and letting the sun fill me up.   After an allotted 2 cups of coffee with the cat and the fish in the sun room I grabbed my seed stash and discovered a vast array of seeds that were given to me from the Unity Gardens last year.

So I quickly dressed in many layers (I didn't really need) and mud boots and gloves with shovel in hand and got busy in preparation for the Terrarium class on Saturday.   We'll be getting some plants from Marigolds but the fillers I'm digging from my garden.  There is still time to register for the class.  The cut off is this Wednesday.

Then after digging up plants for the class, I planted some early plants that like a good frost.  Cabbage and broccoli and transplanted some asparagus.  Food prices are going up and there are still lots of hungry people out there.  Any extra that I can't eat I will bring into the shop and all the proceeds will go to the Unity Gardens or the food pantry.
I soak my peas so they start sprouting.  These will go in later today.
I still have a large pile of snow in my yard from shoveling the driveway a million times and not having anyplace to throw it.  As I walked over it today it made me think of my younger days in Colorado.  Does anyone know what corn snow is?  If you ski, it's the granular snow that also means spring has sprung.  It's wonderful skiing, the blue sky, the sunshine,  you shed some layers and get the nice raccoon eyes (suntan).   In CO you get out and enjoy every last bit of the white stuff.  So different from here.

And speaking of CO,  I'd like to introduce you to the guy who makes the Mountain Man head gear " Jeramiah Morgan".  My son who lives in Glenwood Springs, CO and crochets in his spare time.  He lives his life to the fullest and has always been a curious explorer.  He'll be moving this summer to the land where he was born, The big Island of Hawaii.  He's going to be home for a while and I talked him into teaching a class....or maybe two.

If you or your children would like to learn how to Crochet please register for the May 14th class.
He will be in the shop all day giving personal lessons.  Supplies will be furnished.  Class price $12.00.  All the proceeds will go towards new play gear for ocean sports!

I know it takes some getting used to, (as his mother) but this is his hobby "high Line".  He is hooked on
in case he falls.  If anyone is interested in learning how to slack line I'm sure he would be up for teaching a class on that as well!  

To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and sing it to them when they have forgotten.

Arne Garborg

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mini Eco System

I think we’re all ready for a change this time of the year and with a little luck we’ll see more and more green!  That’s why we have a fun class planned for March that will definitely incorporate a wee bit o’spring!
Terrarium class  
Saturday, March 19th
9:00 AM
$12.00 per person,  
bring your own glass container or buy one from us.  Pre-register by emailing or calling  574-  Char  574-215-7812       or
Linda   574-849-0275

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Feeling Groovy

When you walk into the store this month it's like a walk down memory lane for some, or a
time machine that landed you in the 50's and 60's.
We have a great Danish Fireplace for that chalet by the lake or in the woods.

Sleek and modern
 Orange rocker or swivel?
 The ultimate kitchen cart.
Vintage goodness
Tables and chairs and dishes

 School Maps
 blues and greens

This sofa table converts into a coffee table, how multi-purpose is that!
The gang dressed for the occasion
 Mona is modeling a J.C. Penny's lounger and yes that is a green nose!  Our out-reach for the month is
 for the Logan Center.   The Logan center helps people with disabilities, so please donate what you can.  We will also be selling some small items for the cause.

One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life.