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Friday, February 4, 2011

MY "FUNKY JUNK" MANTEL or "I MUST BE NUTS"

I will link up with MISS MUSTARD SEED  for her
COPY ME CHALLENGE,
my post on it HERE.

and NOW...
HERE I AM...
right smack dab in the middle of another
with another
AWESOME DESIGNER AND DECORATOR...
My sweet friend,
DONNA of FUNKY JUNK INTERIORS.
Go over to her adorable blog and read all about
BOTH of these ladies have been published in the finest magazines...
How the heck can I even THINK I can copy them in any way....!!??!!
Well,
I just go for it 'cause it's been a LOT OF FUN.
I know I can't come close to either of their unique styles...
but...
I WANNA PLAY. :))
One of the things you will nearly always find in DONNA'S style is....
rust...
The lady is crazy for rust.
and
industrial...
olden tools..
chains...
old wood of any kind...
...and then she puts them together in the most
wonderful cuteness...
The above is a recent CENTERPIECE she made for her dining table...
awesome, hu!!
Most of the time, THIS is the way my mantel looks...
boring....
BOR.....ING!!
I need to FUNK IT UP...
much MUCH more fun that way....
*
It's been too snowy, icy and COLD to get out
to look for JUNK..
so I just used what I had here at Sweet Nothings..
The very FIRST thing I needed....
rust...
Oh...I had rust !
I won this old metal sign off EBAY several years ago.($4.00..and the ONLY bidder)
OMGosh..when I got it, it had SO much rust, I didn't know what to do with it...
sooo,
under the bed it went for a couple of years...
until FUNKY came into my life.
an old "something" used to float concrete, I think...
an olden, RUSTY chain I added to my vintage Ball jar.
Now, I'm pretty much LOVIN' this look...
WHY would a OLD woman like an OLD chain in an OLD jar ?
Oh, yeah...this is a TROWEL....with a cute wooden handle...covered with concrete specks..
*heavy sigh
OK...NOT lookin' good here...
keep workin' it....
Who knew that it was so hard to arrange FUNKY JUNK?
whew...this is HARD work...we need a coffee and cinnamon roll BREAK.
a few candles in a piece of old, RUSTED pipe...
a few olden wooden clothes pins in another green jar.
I got most of my funky junk out of MR. SWEET'S workshop..
I am totally in love with this little tiny children's shoe form...
the heel is broken off but...
I don't care.

an olden, RUSTED spur that Mr. Sweet dug up years and years ago....



I've used lots of different things here today that I would have NEVER
dreamed I would like in my decorating.
But....I DO...
I DO like a lot of it...
a little rust is interesting to me...
a LOT of rust is....well.....A LOT.
Very old love letters
that belonged to a great aunt...
RED for
HAPPY VALENTINES
ok...I've decided I like a little mixture of things...
I think that's what makes a grouping look really cool.
Textures, colors, scale...
It's been fun trying to copy two styles...
A blending of MISS MUSTARD'S STYLE...
and
FUNKY JUNK INTERIORS STYLE...
I think I'll call this one
SWEET NOTHINGS STYLE...
:)
♥♥♥
I HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL VISIT
BOTH of these adorable blogs
and see all the
COPYNESS OF STYLE
going on.....
and just MAYBE
YOU will want to play around with some
FUNKY JUNK, too...

50 comments:

shannon i olson said...

yes it is so much fun, love the white rusty sign!!!
I totally ransacked my house for these posts! Great challenge, I did not have cinnamon rolls for a break though, so jealous.

Vee said...

You may have seen my spring wreath and I don't mean the season of spring, which I copied from Robojunker. It is a look, it looks better in someone else's house for the most part. I tried. I failed. Now you, you did a great job!

Susy said...

My husband would have what y'all call a hissy fit it I started displaying his workbench stuff on the mantle. He doesn't get it (: Mr. Sweet really is! BTW - love the eBay sign. xo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Bj, I think you nailed it! I love the metal sign.
Hugs,
Sherry

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Good job I'd say! Love the metal sign and the creative way you combined it with some great junque! I love rust but have trouble figuring how to use it and make it "classy", not just junk. You got the gift, girl!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

bj, this game looks like fun, but your stuff should be called "junque" because it is wonderful! And the rust is simply "patina!" You did a great job in the copy cat challenge. I'm sure those cinnamon buns smelled awfully yummy! Linda

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I went to visit the two different blogs...but I don't do all that well with regular meme's. If I tried such a thing it would come across as a buncha junk. I think you did well..but I kept wanting you to back up with the camera so I could get the whole effect.
You DID come up with some REALLY great stuff...very very, what I call the Primitive look.
Looked like a lot of fun to me. I can just see you now out there in Mr. Sweet's shop scrounging around. Do we have fun..or do we have FUN! :)
I thought it all looked cute. But...can I get a distance photo of it...Please? That lovely mantel with all that wonderful old stuff...from what I could see it looked soooo cute! NOT boring. I LOVE detail and I can always count on you for it! :)
Hugs and love,
Mona

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. you DID save me a cinnimon roll didn't you??? Hmmmmm?? :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, it looks to me like you are channeling Donna pretty well.

Blondie's Journal said...

You were up for the call with both Miss Mustard and Miss Funky Junk. You did good! I love the sign...it really has character and I think that is what all these pieces are about. Great job!

XO,
Jane

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hey BJ....it looks great! Way to step out of the comfort zone! by the way that sign was a STEAL!! Enjoy the "rust" of the weekend :)
Karla & Karrie

Nancy said...

I love all your ideas and pics here. The shoe form is really cute but I LOVE that Insurance sign! So cool! And very much looking like FJI!

Nancy

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You did an awesome job BJ! Really I loved all the rusty elements, and the candles were the perfect touch. You are a good copier:)! X0

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Ohhh girl... you got me at the rusty sign. It's awesome!! You removed it?!? Well, send it on over here! :)

Truly, I smiled through your entire post! And lookit you keeping the chain in the jar... sounds like a little junkin' is in your future. :)

Well done BJ! I love it!

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Linda Chapman said...

I Love the look! I have several old tools and hammers hung on my walls.....along with the handsaws and saw blades I paint. WHO knew rusty junk was 'in'?? YOU! Great job!!

The Muse said...

all i can say is ...
your plane ticket is in the mail...
and my mantle awaits :)

Leslie said...

You can come over and decorate my mantle anytime my dear.. Loved the rusty junk and boy do I have plenty! Great job!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Look at you, BJ! I can't believe that you took on BOTH of them! Wow! And you did a great job, too! I love your "Sweet Nothings" style! Fabulous! Happy weekend@...hugs...Debbie

Rita said...

You do have the best treasures to share with us; really enjoyed your post.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow! I think you did a great job! I like your rusty sign and that spur too! Your very good at copy catting. LOL! If I put the Mr.s rusty old stuff from the workshop on my mantle, I'd never hear the end of it. Meaning...He would forever more expect me to put his old junk on our mantle! LOL! Not going to happen. :))

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Oh my goodness it looks amazing! It totally has Donna's touch all over it. But it doesn't loose your influence either. Perfect!!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

How fun! And unique. And I LOVE the sign. :) Not to mention those yummy looking cinnamon rolls which brought back delightful family memories of my great aunt and her delicious cinnamon rolls. Thank you for a lovely visit! :)

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

Oh this looks so good! If I would have seen that sign on Ebay there would have been a bidding war! I really love the old love letters they make such a great touch. I think that I may go look for a rusty chain I have somewhere to stick in a mason jar...so cool.

Please stop by my blog I am having a big giveaway.

:) Michelle

Shug said...

Girl... I loved every bit of it. You did an awesome job! I still believe you are tricking us. I know you must be an interior decorator. I think I might need to make a trip to my dad's house. You wouldn't believe his WALLS of old tools.
Hey..I hope yall have a sweet weekend. See ya Monday!
Shug

La said...

I love your "blessings" sign. It looks like you had fun playing with your funky junk.

Have a great weekend! La

Karen said...

You did a great job capturing FJI look. I love it!

Kathleen Grace said...

Listen, I happen to think "Sweet Nothings Style" is the bees knees! Fun to try new things out, and I really love that old sign. I laughed out loud when you needed a coffee and cinnamon roll break:>)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love all of your neat things! That's what I want to do above my cabinets...something with some authentic nautical things! Wish you were close by to help me decorate! ♥

CHERI said...

I know lots of people really get into the rust thing, but it's just not my style. Everything here looks great though. I especially love the touch with the old letters.

Marydon said...

By jove!, I think you've GO TIT, BJ! Looks wonderful .. & I'd not have EVER thought to use the old rusty vintage pieces ... Beautifully done, BJ.

I bought the yeast & will be making cinnamon rolls from scratch, merely to smell the fantastic aroma ... you so inspire me.

Have a beautiful PS weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

{northern cottage} said...

that sign ROCKS! I love the little groupings you put together with just the right colors and textures. Well done!

S. Etole said...

I laughed when I saw your opening quote ...

such a fun blog here.

Thank you for your visit!

Jean said...

That turned out wonderful. Amazing.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi BJ! Well....your mantel looks like something right off of Donna's blog, girl! Wonderful job! You did good! :) That old sign was just the thing you needed to crank up your creative juices!

xoxo laurie

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Perfection ~ you got the funky rustic style to a T! Great post and I LOVE that sign!!!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, I just love your post! What fun funky junk pieces you found to decorate your mantel with. I love that sign. Adds great character and a bit of height to the arrangement. Found you from Funky Junk! TFS!

Kristen said...

Your mantel could easily be published, too. What a creative mind you have! I love the addition of the love letters for Valentines.

Karen said...

Followed the trail over from It's me again Margaret. Enjoyed looking at your new mantel look! I especially like the trowel. I will be searching for my Dad's when I go back home to visit. Wonderful ideas. Drop by & visit @ Places of my Heart.

Krafty Kat said...

I love that sign! You did an excellent job of recreating a funky junk look! Thanks for your comments!

Barbara Jean said...

OH I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR MY STORE MANTEL. THANKS

LOVE THAT SIGN. WHAT A GREAT DEAL ON THAT.
blessings
barbara jean

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
I'd say you did an excellent "rusty" display. M~m~m. . .I was expecting to see the grease cans. . .but then I realized they don't rust! HA! Cute post! Fun post! Just like you! Always make me smile! Thanks!
Fondly,
Pat

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Love your style and the vignette you pulled together...That sign you got off ebay is great....

Take care,
Lisa

poindextr said...

You're so funny with that cinnamon roll break! The arrangement change above your fireplace looks great. I particularly like the blue ball jars and your insurance sign has lots of character. Thanks so much for visiting.
-Diane @ home sweet homemade

Dena said...

Did you say $4.00 and you were the only bidder for that sign? Oh my goodness that is a steal! I love that sign BJ! Oh and those nummy cinny rolls too ;) Hehee! Have a great week my friend.

Hugs,
Dena

Simply Bungalow said...

You did a wonderful job. I love all the details and the touches from your past. The dominos, letters, sign...they were all just perfect!
~Heidi

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

WOW!! That sign was a steal!! Great job!!

Penny of This-N-That said...

Congratulations for being in the top five of the copy me challenge. You did a great job copying Donna.

Penny

Kolein said...

Triple LOVE all of this and I don't do rust!!!!!

Great job! LOVED reading your post!!!! Fun and funny!


Nice to meet you!

~Kolein
kitchentableproductions.blogspot.com
and
creativecouturebykolein.blogspot.com

KristiYaYa said...

You are an AMAZING woman. I am so loving your mantle design. AWESOME. Not only is your collection and arrangement fan-super-tastic, your photography is top notch too!
If I were queen ... you'd be THE WINNER of FJ Copy Me - hands down!!!!

Laurel said...

You did an amazing job...love everything about it :)
Congrats on the top 5...good luck! Laurel@chippingwithcharm