Friday, May 30, 2014

The Blog Class with Shannan

Sorry these took so long to post...forgot my camera at work and there never seems to be enough time to just sit and blog when we are getting ready for First Friday.  We had a great group for class with a few extra's that didn't fit in the picture...just enough to fill up the space and few enough that everyone was heard.  I hope you all were inspired by The F.P.F. G. and her wonderful story.  Please let us know when you start your blogs!  

I'm wrapping up all the class info for next month and will be sending out the news for June very soon!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

There's Been Some Confusion?

You may see some new faces at junk Evolution if you haven't been in for awhile.  My twin sister Christine (yes, really) and her daughters (my nieces) Lyra and Jade have been helping us out.   As I've mentioned before Christine and Lyra are now selling their vintage clothing at the shop.  Really beautiful finds.  So if you are in need of a special outfit stop by.

Lyra, Christine, Jade and their dog Gus (who looks like Pax)
These ladies really rock the vintage!  If you need help putting together
an outfit, come in on a Friday and they will assist you.

See there really is two of us!
Jade, Lyra, Christine, my mom Janet, Me and my little sis Gail (sister Cindy not pictured)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Walk on the Wild Side

After it rains, there's a rainbow of colors in the forest.  I decided to try my hand at mushroom hunting but the vivid colors took my mind away from what I was looking for.  I took little pinches of different moss and wild flowers and stuck them in a large ironstone bowl to create a  small garden.  Just the smell of the earth makes me giddy and sends my mind to wandering to far away places where I used to hike and wander.   

Green tip of the Day-  It's Compost Awareness Month.
That's why everything in the forest is so lush and healthy, because the decay at the forest floor is a natural compost.  If you aren't already making it, compost is  a great way to divert raw food waste, twigs and woody stems, leaves and cardboard from the landfill and convert it into free fertilizer for your plants.  Start with an airtight container to collect your kitchen scraps and locate your compost bin away from the veggie patch but within easy reach of the back door.

Alternate wet and dry layers (food scraps with leaves and grass).  Every so often turn your pile with a garden fork.  You won't believe the beautiful soil that comes from the pile.  You can always tell a good soil by the earth worms that live in it and the rich smell (it smells like the forest to me).

This is an area between our home and my neighbors that I'm prepping for landscaping.  I started by laying down cardboard and newspapers, then leaf mulch from last fall.  The front of the area has compost on top.
After all the dirt is in place I'll call 811 for NIPSCO to mark for gas lines etc then the planting will begin.  No more loud mower's and dust flying between our houses!  It will be a lush walking path when I'm done.  The compost and leaf mulch will give the plants a great start.  I'll share the progress as I go.  If anyone has hosta's or sweet woodriff (or plants that love shade)to share I'll trade you for some sun loving plants.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Classes Offered This Month at J.E.

May 14,  Restyled Fashion Class

I have a pile of Men's button down shirts that we will be restyling into Ladies wear!  You'll have several choices to choose from: a skirt, apron, sleeveless top or gathered neck top.  Sewing machines will be available.  Cost is $25.00 and $20 craft club members.  All supplies will be provided.  Pre-Register by calling Char at 574-215-7812.  

Thursday,  May 22 at 6 PM

Blogging 101 

If you've always wanted to learn how to blog but just didn't know how to get started, come and learn from a pro!  We are hosting an informative class  with Shannan Martin, who blogs at  She is such an inspiration with herhhonest, humble and humorous writing style.  The only thing you need to bring is questions! 

$25.00 per person   $20.00 Craft club

 Pre registration is a must.  
Call Char at 574-215-7812

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother's and Nature

We are all set up and ready for the big night, so here's a look at what we've got this week.
I'm selling my open lace collection of milk glass

Hail Marys and Miniature Greenhouses

planted pots of succulents for Mom's day


Porch Furniture

Blue and White collectables

Leaded glass topped table 

Vintage goodness

Queen sized headboard and bench

Vintage Fountain

Potting Benches

Vintage Stained Glass Window 
AND DON'T FORGET PLANTS!  Unity Garden's 4th Annual Plant Sale will take place Friday and Saturday.  They've got lots of vegetables, flowers, herbs, shrubs,  and some trees.  So buy where it will make an impact on your community.   With that said today's green tip is Buy Local!  

It's a no-brainer that locally grown food has spent less time in transit and storage, where flavor and nutrition start to fade.  Long journeys also mean varieties of fruit and vegetables are picked for their suitability to travel well-not because they taste good!

Tomorrow is First Friday and today is May Day-  Have a Happy one!