Aqua and Yellow Tablescape on the Porch

Welcome to another meal on the new screened porch!  Y'all may remember a while back I wrote Designing With An Eye for Aqua and Yellow, because that was the color scheme I was planning to use on the porch.  I ended up going with more of an aqua-and-red color scheme, but that doesn't mean we can't set a table in the original palette.     I kept it simple since we didn't need a stack of plates and bowls for this particular meal.   The plates are vintage Texas Read more [...]

History and Home Link Party

It’s time for week # 42 of the History and Home Link Party, the place for bloggers to share their stories about: home decor home DIY antiques and vintage finds history and historic places I’m so glad you’re here to share and read along! I really enjoyed Jill's article last week about give-away ads in vintage magazines.  I reminded me of something I sent off for as a child and still have!  Jill, I may have to write about that, soon, you inspired me. A Little Bit Read more [...]

Vintage Bowls: Real and… Fake?

As you regular readers know, I love collecting vintage glass bowls.  I love stoneware or pottery bowls, too, but you have to set limits somewhere.  Recently while roaming around a large antique mall, I came across a booth that had a number of jadeite bowls and other items, for unusually low prices.   I mean, really, really low. If you shop for vintage jadeite, then you know a single Fire King dinner plate in that lovely shade, a mint-green milk glass, can cost $20 - $35.  For Read more [...]

History and Home Link Party

It’s time for week # 42 of the History and Home Link Party, the place for bloggers to share their stories about: home decor home DIY antiques and vintage finds history and historic places I’m so glad you’re here to share and read along!   I really enjoyed last week's link-ups, particularly Brittany Ruth's photos of the architecture on Antoni Gaudi.  You can see more on The Rococo Roamer. .   Also, I was stunned to see the makeover on this old hot tub! Read more [...]

Cooking Yesteryear: Ham and Noodle Casserole

Welcome to a new feature on We Call It Junkin, "Cooking Yesteryear", where I'll be sharing recipes from vintage recipe books that I've made in my home.     For this first installment, we're making a Ham and Noodle Casserole recipe from this 1958 Good Housekeeping cook book I've shared here on the blog before.   This book is incredible!  It's actually a set of about 20 little paperback cook books bound into one huge volume.   My whole family Read more [...]

A Touch of Vintage in Every Room

Since WCIJ's tag line is "A modern home with a vintage touch", I figured it was high time I put together something like this!  One of these days, when my house is really clean, I'll have to show you sweet readers how I've used a touch of vintage in every room of my own home, but for today we're going to take some inspiration from what other folks have done.  Browsing through photos on Houzz.com, there were many great ideas to see! It makes me want to go junkin - right - now. (This is not Read more [...]

A Vintage Aqua Tablescape on the Porch

  Hello there!  Come on in to the screened porch, I was just setting the table for a simple lunch on a hot day.   Simple meals call for simple table settings, or perhaps I was just feeling lazy.  The little ice cream parlor set (a flea market find) has a small tabletop, so I had to work with what space I had.   The plates are vintage Texas Ware, and I found them on "the 'bay".  Isn't the pattern pretty?  And they're melmac, a type of plastic, so perfect Read more [...]

History and Home Link Party

It’s time for week # 41 of the History and Home Link Party, the place for bloggers to share their stories about: home decor home DIY antiques and vintage finds history and historic places I’m so glad you’re here to share and read along! I hope everyone here in the US had a great July 4th, as we sure did.  I took some time off from blogging for a few days and feel energized. From all of the wonderful things shared at last week's link-up, My Thrift Store Addiction's gorgeous Read more [...]

Armchair Junkin: Episode 9

Are you comfortable?  Are you in the cool of the air conditioning? I hope so, because it’s time for We Call It Junkin’s monthly game – Armchair Junkin!  In case this is new to you, this is where you: just sit back in your comfy armchair come on a virtual antique- or thrift-shopping trip with me then play “what-would-I-buy” with everybody else. There’s even a poll at the end where you can vote, no email address or personal info needed.  Vote for as many as you like. By Read more [...]

History and Home Link Party

It’s time for week # 40 of the History and Home Link Party, the place for bloggers to share their stories about: home decor home DIY antiques and vintage finds history and historic places I’m so glad you’re here to share and read along! I did visit every post that was linked up last week, even though I didn't have a chance to leave a comment on each one.  There were so many wonderful, informative, and pretty-to-look-at things last week, I just "pinned" all kinds of things to Read more [...]

Business Cards and More from BuildASign.com

Guess who has gotten all official and now has business cards?     Don't they look great?  I've been wanting to get some for this blog for quite a while, but kept procrastinating.  Needless to say I was very excited when BuildASign contacted me about doing a product review for them.  When I visited their website and discovered they have business cards, in addition to signs and other products, I eagerly said, "Yes!" I need to disclose that I have not be paid to write this, Read more [...]

Junkin Finds and Air Plants

It's time, once again, to show y'all what I've been digging up over the past few weeks, plus I have a discovery to share for those of you who collect vintage planters, like this McCoy Wishing Well:   A Wishing Well planter has been on my, er, wish list, for a while now.  At a typical antique store price of $30 to $40 I've been passing them by, until I found this one for $7.  I was pretty surprised and happy considering it still has it's chain and no cracks or chips!   It Read more [...]

Patriotic Tablescape on the Porch

Independence Day, 2014, will soon be upon us here in the United States, and we Americans make it a very big day each year!  The birthday of our country is certainly reason to celebrate with the red, white, and blue, parades and flags, and family traditions.  We may be out of town for the actual holiday, so a little pre-party on our new porch seemed in order.  If we do end up being at home, I'll just re-set and it will be quick and easy! I created this table from estate sale and yard sale Read more [...]

History and Home Link Party

It's time for week # 39 of the History and Home Link Party, the place for bloggers to share their stories about: home decor home DIY antiques and vintage finds history and historic places I'm so glad you're here to share and read along! For last week's "history" feature, I just have to pick Jennie's incredible Disney ferris wheel.  It brings back wonderful memories for me, as I'm sure it must for many others who grew up with the Mickey Mouse Club (original and 70s version) and trips Read more [...]

Making an Easy Patriotic Wreath

Stop the presses!  Hold onto your hats!  Count your children!  I actually made something that I'd pinned on Pinterest!  This festive patriotic wreath is super easy to make, and you can create one, too, with things you probably already have around the house.  I didn't have to buy anything for mine, and it took less than two hours.   First, I gathered together an old pair of jeans to sacrifice (later realizing I could have just cut off the legs and made shorts,) and some red and Read more [...]