Monthly Archives: March 2010

Another Junky Collection

I’m suddenly realizing that we have many collections around the house – and I like it! This collection of yellow pitchers was, once again, collected by my husband before we even met. He must have had lots of time on his hands before I came into his life!

None of the pitchers are Fiestaware, but several of them have “USA” on the bottom. One says “Bauer” and one says “Hiloak.” I don’t know much about those brands, but I love the shapes of them – especially put together in a collection.

Do you have Junk you’d like to share with the world? Join the Junk Love Club. Just leave a comment on EmmaRoseArt and post your goodies each Wednesday!

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Pretty Little Pocket Notebooks

I was feeling a little crafty today and thought I’d do an easy paper project – a small notebook.

I bought a cute little notebook last summer at my favorite gift/home decor shop in Minneapolis, Patina. The notebook was made by Noi Publishing and has been a god-send when we’ve gone to restaurants where they don’t give the kids paper and crayons. My son and daughter have decorated most of the pages and now I don’t have any room left for my doodles, notes, and oh so very important information.

So it was time to make my own – and save a few dollars. So into the crafty paper drawer I went – this is a drawer where I throw miscellaneous ephemera with pretty patterns, pictures, colors, or whatever. I save a lot of stuff and am happy I finally used some! Today’s paper came from a booklet/brochure I had advertising Amy Butler’s fabric. I love her fabrics, so now I’ll get to look at some of them each time I use the notebooks!

Making the notebooks was simple. Here’s how I did it:

Cut plain sheets of paper and one cover to 7-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. I did this dimension because my stapler has a depth of 3-5/8″ and I wanted to be able to easily staple the sheets together. I put 10 pages in each notebook (folded to make 20 pages).

Staple the notebooks together in the center. Face the cover up when stapling so that the flat part of the staple is on the outside.

And fold.

Pretty and easy! So easy I made six of them. Is that overkill? Oh well!

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Good morning, Lovers of Junk! Today’s installment is a collection of mirrors acquired over about 15 years. As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is also into “the junk” and was the one who turned me on it. He started collecting mirrors even before we met.

We’ve had some of these so long, that I can’t remember where each is from, but I know we procured them in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oregon – sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that we’ve moved so much junk all across the country.

But what I love about all these vintage mirrors are the details that you don’t find on mirrors today, like the beveling, etched designs and fabric-wrapped wire on the back.

It’s great looking into the future through the past! (OK, corny, but I couldn’t resist!) Until next time!

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The Kids Think They’re Fish Sticks

So I’ve been continuing my resolution for trying at least one new recipe a week, and this week’s was really good – Crispy Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce from Cooking Light magazine.

One word – YUM! My son loved the fish (though he did dip it in soy sauce since that’s his new favorite condiment). It might have helped that I billed it as homemade fish sticks – whatever works, right?! We had sauteed zucchini and couscous as accompaniments with this flavorful, crispy, broiled cod.

Here’s what it is:

  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 3/4 t onion powder
  • 3/4 t garlic powder
  • 4 skinless cod fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 2 T finely chopped dill pickle
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 1 t chopped fresh dill

Preheat the broiler. Put the egg whites in one shallow dish and the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in another. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the fish in the egg whites and then the breadcrumbs to coat. Place on a broiler pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Broil the fish for about 4 minutes on each side or until they are to your desired doneness.

For the sauce: Combine the mayo, pickle, lemon juice, and dill. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

For the sides: Cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch-ish slices and saute in a skillet with a little olive oil and salt and pepper for about 5 minutes. Cook the couscous according to the packages directions (though I used chicken broth instead of water).

Sometimes I find “light” recipes a little bland, but this was delicious! So if you’re looking to add a some fish to your repertoire, this is a good one!

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Handbags are Junk Love…Minus the Junk!

For my Junk Love today, I’d like to return to my love of handbags. I would say that handbags are my one real obsession. It’s honestly difficult for me to pass up buying a handbag when I really love it – especially when it’s on sale.

I’ve not gotten into buying vintage handbags all that much, but this beauty was impossible to pass up. I mentioned in a past Junk Love post a monthly flea market that is held in my small town. Well, I found this patent leather handbag for $2 – yes, $2! The inside says the brand is Koret, which after some online researching I learned was one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorite handbag brands during her reign as First Lady.

It is in great shape with only a couple minor wear areas on the corners. It came with a mirror in a satiny sleeve and a change purse on a thin gold chain – both seem to be original to the handbag. I don’t know if the handbag is worth anything, but my guess is that it’s value is above $2. But honestly, that doesn’t matter much to me – I just love the look and can’t wait to take it out on the town!

Until next week!

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Seeing Through the Junk Love

This week’s Junk Love is an old pair of windows. Yes, windows. Why windows? I’m not sure, but they are cool enough to have made the move from Peoria, Ill. to Detroit, Mich. to Minneapolis, Minn. to Phoenix, Ariz. to Portland, Ore. – and believe me, packing windows so they don’t break is quite a feat.

We’ve hung them up, used them as a room divider, and now they are just decoration in our dining room. Don’t know why, but we love them!

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Color of the Year in My Boy’s Room

I saw that Pantone has declared Turquoise (more specifically 15-5519) the 2010 Color of the Year. I don’t mean to brag, but I saw that coming. OK, not really, but I did paint my son’s room a nice shade of Turquoise last summer – much to the dismay of my husband.

Emerson, who is 6, helped me choose the color for his new room. We switched him to the former guest room, his sister to his old room, and the guest room to her old room – all because she out grew the crib and was in need of a bigger bedroom.

Anyhoo…my husband thought our color choice was not a good one. But I now feel vindicated as the all-knowing color authority has named it Color of the Year. Hubby was also a little hesitant at my choice to paint one whole wall with black chalkboard paint. I thought it would cool – thinking back to when I was a kid and loved playing school with my stuffed animals.

As it turns out the chalkboard wall doesn’t get used quite as much as I imagined it would; however, just last week Emerson played school with his newly-turned-3 sister and was teaching her the alphabet, counting to 100 by 1s, 5s and 10s – all by writing on the wall. He said he was happy that he’s the one who gets to teach her how to read. I’m just glad that he’s happy that he’s learning to read (It’s been a struggle).

Have you painted any colors on walls that others thought you were crazy for using? I’d love to hear your stories!

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