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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Funky Junk Vendor List & Sneak Peek....

 It's be prepared to come and have a ball... have a beyond great time junking, eating flavorful food, listening to live music and hanging out in the show where ...
...there are loads and loads of fresh goods both days...
... where junking is done full on properly...
...with seasoned finds and fantastic vendors....
 ...who bring their best of vintage, repurposed, and created, displayed in amazing booths...
... all under the umbrella of Funky Junk.
 Antique and Vintage,
 Industrial and Primative,
 Farm, French, Flea...from the pretty to the practical...
 there will be items that find their way home with you, and begin to tell a story in your home, your life.
 We have always loved to aid this reunion of lost and found, even 10 shows later...
...our motto is still the same.  love. fun. junk. 
PS...our biggest fans hope you have an awesome time!!
Funky Junk Antique Show & Crafts Market
Saturday & Sunday, September 3rd & 4th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$2 admission; 12 & under free (good both days)
621 Oak St., Sandpoint, ID 83864
on the corner of Oak & 6th, watch for our pink & white signs!
Come & play, stay all day...

Funky Junk Fall 2011 Vendor List

Anna Harbine
Artz n'Trashe
A Brush Stroke Away
Barbara Schriber Designs
Coquille Vintage
Iona's Antiques
Joy Harvest
Junebug Furntiure & Design
Kootenai Cabin Antiques
Just Because Antiques
LadyBird Creations
Michelle Ostrom
Nooks and Grannies
Out of the Woods
Pauper's Candles
Playhouse Soaps
Rustic Radiance
Rustic Wings
Rusty Pine Junk Co.
Sister's Creed
Shabby Stems Furnishings
Two Women
Valerie Plaster
Veda Lux
Wildwood Creations
Yesterday's Connection
Your Mama's Junk

Plus...Fabulous Catered Funky Junk Food, the Kettle Corn Guys, and Bake Sale by St. Joe's CCD, oh, and real, live music both days from Sandpoint, Idaho's own Bridges Home on Saturday and Mike Strain on Sunday!!

Co-sponsored by St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Monday, August 29, 2011

Funky Junk Vendor Profile & Giveaway!!

It's almost time again, for vendors to load up trailers and pick ups, Uhauls and vans, and bring them bursting (I speak from experience) full of treasures, finds and creations to Funky Junk fall in Sandpoint, ID. ( ) It is a privelege for Jennifer and I to work alongside so many talented and generous vendors, here are just two of the 30....

One of the vendors who will be traveling up to Funky Junk fall is Coquille Gallagher, of Coquille Vintage. She has been hitting the junking trail for well over a decade, and is skilled and well versed in so many genres. She calls herself a "carpentress" and has lately added to her repretoire designing and building work stations, like the amazing blue one you will see in my Joy Harvest booth.

Coquille is someone who cares very much about every piece, and it shows. She designs, repurposes, reupholsters, paints, repairs, and rebuilds almost everything in her booths.

This is Coquille's second time at Funky Junk, her booth in the spring wowed us, and we expect great things from her this again!

So make sure you take a peek inside Coquille's booth, and enjoy every finish, detail and creation! You can also follow her on Facebook under Coquille Vintage & on her blog at

One of our longest attending vendor, and all around favorite people is Robyn Pirie, the curator and owner of the fabulous Scout. The pieces I have bought from her are still among my favorites, and I've seen some of the incredible finds she is bringing this time to Sandpoint...her booth is not to miss!

Her design asthetic is spot on, and she is extremely knowledgeable about her vintage clothing, jewlery and carefully picked pieces for the home. Her booth is a perrennial (or bi-annual, well, anyway, a twice yearly) fan and vendor favorite. This is one of the many gorgeous displays in her home.

I think Robyn mentioned creating something with this fantastic tin celing tile to bring to Funky Junk fall....hmmm.... Make sure you take some time to linger in Scout's booth and enjoy every single booth and vendor, and we'll see you very soon!!

And now for a little giveaway...I'll be randomly drawing for someone to recieve a Funky Junk necklace and a Funky Junk tee...and you know I always throw in a little something else along for the, just post that you follow Funky Junk Antique Show on Facebook and this blog; and for an extra entry, post that you follow Jennifer's great blog !! Next time: Vendor list & sneak peeks~Hollie

Monday, August 22, 2011

Camping, Retro Style

This summer, we decided that with the addition of our dog that our camping trip would happen at home, in our back yard, and that we would day trips around Spokane and our neighborhood. We took a long hike both mornings, swam in the afternoon, once in the river (Haden only) and the next day at our neighborhood pool. We slept in tents in our very treed backyard and cooked and ate outside, and allowed no technology, except our phones, which we mostly ignored.

So off we went, hiking at a local favorite spot...

And after, Mark, the boys and Rudy plunging in the cold of the Spokane River under the Bowl and Pitcher foot bridge...a welcome reward after a two hour hike. Finn enjoyed throwing rocks, and I love the feel of the sand under my toes.

The super cool vintage cowboy chairs I picked up this spring just for camping...

And, Haden using the vintage chairs in a way the designers never imagined...some sort of Star Wars flyer action. The boys also thought they were footrests.

Liam eating a smore, which we did both nights of camping, over our fire pit. Being that Haden has food allergies, we modified the boys smores and used Enjoy Life brand chocolate bars, Enjoy Life crunchy Honey Graham round cookies and an assortment of marshmallowss (He was allergic to beef so we used fish gelatin marshmallows for 7 years-he and we think they taste better!) We also cooked our hot dogs over the fire to make it feel more like camping.

My retro tablecloth served up a campy setting for provisions.

A very retro chair reclaimed for our camping comfort.

The retro cot I kept from my junking this year turned out to be a fabulous way to lounge the afternoon away in the yard. Of course, with three little boys, lounging lasts about 15 minutes and Cot-scapades takes up the rest of the time.

The awesome book the boys and I read on the cot together. They badly want a camper now, more than ever.

Stargazing at the backyard sky. The boys loved seeing the stars "pop out" as it dusk turned to inky sky. We used a stargzing chart to find constellations, Liam (our 5 year old) thought we got to actually find animals in the sky like the pictures in our book illustrated, but we did find some wonder.

Mark found his old card games to entertain the boys while I cleaned up Rudy's inside carpet mess from the day before (the one time we left him to go swimming). Definetly the more fun choice, Mark.

So, the last morning, the boys learned to play old school card games with Daddy before we broke our backyard camp.

This is what it's all about; little hands connecting with the real outdoors. Little people connecting with big people, without distractions. And big people learning to breathe again.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Where Do Women Create?...

The day just sounded to good to be true, crown making, food, and time to just create...I jumped at the chance to attend the Boho Retreat this late July. I know many women have special spaces to create; my mom for one has a beautiful one. We love to peruse Where Women Create as well, and someday I hope to have such a space, but in the meantime, often it takes me physically leaving my home to go and recharge my creativity.

I loved the chalkboard signs leading the way to a day of creating at The Royal Lady Workshop, hosted by Elaine Tolson of Vintage Charm & Boho Retreats, at her beautiful farm just an hour north of Spokane, WA.

The welcome table, complete with cute vintage accessories and our swag bags with Bobbi Brown makeup samples; a yummy cookie mix from Heather of Farmgirl Gourmet; and homemade goats milk soap from Elaine. What a way to make a girl feel welcome!

The clotheslines pinned with vintage aprons made a fun border for our creative retreat.

The whole setting was so relaxing and refreshing, the lawn, the trees, the quilts, the breeze...and these Ball jars hanging with delicious raspberry cuttings from Elaine's raspberry patch.

The inspiration crown by Elaine. It's always so cool to see how everyone's project turn out so unique and individual, just like our fingerprints.

Our beautiful German Glass Glitter in creamer cute and turned out to be super functional, too!

Some of my in-process inspiration pieces...ready for lunch!!

The amazing menu and food by Heather Stradley Scholten, the creative force behind

Our refreshing drinks were bottled by Elaine herself...I loved the fizzy strawberry lemonade.

The adorable vintage tin that hid our surprise dessert...

Um, can you say incredible dessert, and incredibly cute! These canning jars held bluberry pie...yum, oh, yum...I tried to get more than one, but no one wanted to share.

A view of our creative space....dappled sunlight included.

The Royal Lady Workshop crew (top left: Elaine Tolson, Lauren Tolson & sweet nephew, Jackie Tolson, Elaine's high school friend, me, Heidi Jantz, Diana Chelf. bottom left: Heather Scholton, Trisha Love, Amber Fowler and Fielding Chelf. Photographer; Amber Strehle). All creative, talented, fun and beautiful ladies.

My sister's crown in all it's glory...

My beautiful sister Heidi modeling her creation.

I love how my crown turned out with all of it's bits and pieces and loads of German glass glitter...

If the crown fits... well, I like to think it does.

Two of our creative classmates, and friends, Fielding and Diana Chelf of the local Two Women(tm) Barn Bazaar. It's Fielding's horse crown at the beginning of this post!

A sister close up pic by Amber Strehle of Tres Birds Photography, she is soo fun!! One of the nicest things about the day way getting to have hours of uninterrupted conversation with Heidi, which just doesn't happen very often anymore.

A crown created by one of the fun ladies, Trisha Love using our Funky Junk poster banner "Junking Done Properly"-a line created by our designer and my sister Heidi perfect...

And here is the reason I can create at husband Mark holds everything together while I'm away, working, creating, playing. And he is literally holding in his hands our three sweeties, on an AMAZING canvas print I was able to give him for Father's Day. The very lovely and talented Deb Kennedy of had a generous giveaway a couple months back and I won-hooray!! She teamed up with the super nice Megan Edgeller who works for Easy Canvas Prints and ( I had such a great time making and recieving this beautiful picture transformed into a canvas print-it's a treasure for Mark, just like he and the boys are treasures to me!

~Love the Queen Hollie (at least in my own head)