Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Knock Knock! Vintage Door Knob Love

Hello friends! While we are busy bees redecorating and renovating our new (1920's) home, I'm going to spend the next few weeks doing some smaller posts highlighting my junk collections in a little more detail. Tonight is all about my vintage door knob obsession and I'll be throwing a few keys and hardware in for good measure. 

This post was unexpectedly inspired by some hashtags I played on Instagram. I put together some pictures of my collections and thought I should share here too.
Ahhh...the thrill of the hunt. And the thrill of the hoard!

What is it about vintage door knobs, keys, locks and antique hardware that fascinates so many of us? The attention to detail and artistry in each piece is just something that isn't found in modern homes.
There is something so insanely romantic and mysterious about each lock, key and door knob. I always imagine what gracious homes they adorned, and the people who lived there.

I've been collecting vintage for over twenty years and door knobs for about 10 years now and I love displaying them throughout my home in my "junky chic" style. 
Collecting door knobs led to key plates, keys and various other pieces of antique and vintage hardware. 

I always have  keys, locks, hinges, knobs and key plates tucked here and there. My neices like to hunt around Auntie Amber's home for these kinds of little treasures.
Key plates are a little harder to come by but when I find them---Joy! Rapture!

What I love best about flea market style is creating a unique look that simply can't be replicated in mass produced store bought decor. This is especially true with holiday decorating. I am always using old door knobs and keys holiday vignettes and year round. 

Crystal knobs work especially well
for icy winter displays.

These shabby pastel and white knobs mimic speckled bird eggs and the soft, muted colors of early spring.

Welcome My Pretties! Antique knobs and skeleton keys are hauntingly beautiful!
These vignettes are what I call, "Pretty" creepy!

Valentine's Day. Old junk holds the key to my heart!

I often craft with my keys and finds. Here are some of my handstitched shabby hearts using all vintage materials and antique skeleton keys.

Here I upcycled a vintage bisque frozen Charlotte with a vintage key "guitar."

Sometimes I just play around with creative ways to display my hardware hoards. You might find a single "specimen" in a vignette, like this lovely green lock.

Or looking fab in pairs or small groupings (Yeah, yeah, yeah)!

Or "displayed" in piles...because you know, everyone needs an old rusty birdcage full of door knobs... 

 Or maybe as eye candy on a tiered server?

Wherever I use them and whenever I find them they are definitely my bliss. What about you? Are you a door knob lover too?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Finds and new Etsy listings!

Hello friends!  It's a beautiful day here in Eastern KY! I've been in a decorating and junking mood (when am I not?) I realized I hadn't posted in a while so I thought I'd catch up a little. The weather has been crazy with snow and frost and back to warmer temps, but I've managed to hit a few sales and pick up some new treasures. Today I've been busy listing found items in my etsy shop, Junky Chic Boutique.

Yesterday I found this lovely bird saucer  so perfect for spring. I thought about listing this one for about two seconds! It's my own. My precious...

Speaking of precious! These were purchased for Etsy but...I'm fostering them for a while...

Same story goes for this trio of vintage brass bells.

Okay so what am I listing?
I also found this sweet saucer and  I just listed it today.

I am always intrigued by the different companies and stamps on vintage dishes. Really I'm just intrigued by vintage dishes and ironstone all together and can't pass it up.

Just take a look at this beauty! Gorgeous blue, green and yellow Art Nouveau type design around the edge. 

I haven't listed this one just yet. It seems to be rare and trying to research it just a bit, I do plan to list it. If interested, pm me.
Blues are trending again but of course blue dishes and China are timeless.

Crystal is also timeless. I listed this "instant collection" of creamers in the shop today as well as several other vintage crystal pieces. Be sure to check out my shop! 

Bring on the warmer weather, yard sales and gardens bursting forth with color! Who's with me???