Funky Junk's old sign Stencils | inspiration gallery

Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. 

You know what I love about my little paint shop? Everything. Absolutely everything! Here's why.

Many years ago before Pinterest was around, I saw this photo by a gal named Donna and saved it on my computer. Remember when we had to save images to our computers? Yikes! That was a disorganized mess. Anyway, since that day I have always dreamed of stencilling my stairs. One day I will.

From that day forward, I started reading Donna's Funky Junk Interiors blog. I am a little obsessed with Donna's style and amazed at her creativity. I am sure Donna's right side of her brain is way larger than the average person's. It has to be. I have no idea how Donna can consistently come up with such creative ideas. The best part is that she uses all kinds of junk in her creations and I have a whole whack of junk in my back 40.

Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. 

It blows my mind that  years later I would have a little paint shop and actually sell Donna's stencils. This is the same staircase that I fell in love with years ago, but this time there are stencilled signs all over the walls. How cool is that?

I will stop talking now and let you scroll through some beautiful photos. All of these projects were created by Donna using her Old Sign Stencils.

Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Lunch stencil on a salvaged window. 
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Pantry stencils on salvaged wood painted in Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Pantry stencil on salvaged wood.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Welcome to my farmhouse stencil painted on an old table.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Potting Shed stencil on salvaged wood.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Grocery stencil on salvaged wood.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Laundry stencil on salvaged wood.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. The Getaway Collection of stencils on salvaged wood.
Buy Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on-line at My Painted Door. Sleigh rides stencil on salvaged wood.

I realize we are a little out of season here, but for those of you who sell your work, it's never too early to start planning your projects for the holiday season! I think signs like this would be great sellers, don't you?

I have created a photo gallery that features many more stencils and design ideas by Donna. You really need to take a peek!

Posted on April 30, 2017 and filed under Fusion mineral paint, milk paint.

An adventure in Hurkett

I like to think of life as a series of adventures! Last weekend Karen and I hosted our largest milk paint workshop ever. We packed up my little green truck and headed 90 minutes away to Hurkett which is a picturesque little community located on Black Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior.

I don't have any photos of the workshop itself, but I managed to get this one photo of the ladies with their painted signs. The ladies from Hurkett and the surrounding area were so welcoming and enthusiastic that we felt like we made 24 new friends that day!

After the workshop, Kirsten Spence from Hurkett Hill Farm invited us to meet her kids and she had a whole whack of them! I believe she had 12 in total!

Yes, 12 baby goats!

This little one looks so shy, but don't let her fool you. The baby goats were certainly not shy!

How adorable is this little one? It looks like she has on little boots.

And those boots were meant for walking. Not! They were meant for running. The minute I would kneel down, the baby goats would attack! I was lucky to get in one quick photo and they were all over me ... smothering me with love. They would run right over and start sucking on my ears, knibbling on my hair and pulling on my sweater. I was pretty much in love with them in about two minutes flat. 

Everyone loves baby butts. How adorable are these ones?

Meet one of the momma goats. Her name is Scotch and she was quite camera shy. I think she believed that if she just closed her eyes, I would go away.

I took many photos of Scotch with her eyes closed and even though I asked her politely to show me her beautiful eyes, her answer was ...

"nope".

Eventually Scotch let me win.

Meet Kirsten and a couple of her kids. Kirsten and her husband are the owners of Hurkett Hill Farm. I can't thank her enough for letting us spent some time on her farm. It was a wonderful experience!

Hurkett Hill Farm has a wonderful facebook page and when I saw this photo I had to share it with you. Hilarious!

Here's a little video of the kids. It's super adorable!

In reality, I know I will likely never own a goat. But a girl can dream, can't she?

Posted on April 14, 2017 and filed under photography.

The power of friendship

Something very special happened to me yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. 

We all go through times when life is throwing challenges our way - left, right and center - and you just can't dodge them. I've gone through some challenges lately, but things are working out just fine. I don't want to bore you with the details because we all have challenges and struggles. That's what life is about.

A wonderful friend of mine, Jan Whybourne, has been my sounding board lately. She always is. Yesterday her and her husband, Rob, were in my shop and I was busy with some customers and I didn't even realize Jan had been taking photos. I was busy talking, Jan was busy taking photos and Rob was busy fixing my toilet. What a team! Thanks Rob!

Last evening Jan sent me this. I read it and I cried. I couldn't stop the tears. I am not even sure what emotion I was feeling. Perhaps just the idea that Jan would take the time to make something like this for me was just so unbelievable. So beautiful. So sweet.

Jan even found the beauty in the junk piled in my yard. For the record - I have a game plan for the junk stuck in the ice in the last photo. Okay, who am I kidding - I don't have a game plan, but it's pretty cool stuff and by the time the ice thaws, I will have figured it out!

Thank you Jan. I will cherish our friendship forever.

If you click on the photo below, you can scroll through and see all the photos. 

A good friend!
Posted on March 29, 2017 and filed under my old general store, photography.