1. Lamar Lambert says:

    The tears are falling on Da Vinci’s paint palette.

  2. patty soriano says:

    Hi Karen ! A book. A REAL BOOK ??? Truly ? Are you pulling our leg ?! The piece I’m most interested in, is the one you aren’t showing. I see one sliver of a yellow cabinet in the picture next to your dress form. Maybe you’ve shown it before in its entirety, but I don’t remember. Can you share a picture of it ? What are you storing in it ?


    • GTC says:

      It will be an ebook, hopefully out by January. Yep, but it doesn’t write itself! I KNEW someone would ask about that yellow cabinet. That was a curbside shopping piece I used to store all the craft stuff I got rid of this summer. I had a major paint technique fail on that cabinet and finally got sick of looking at it, plus the inside was falling apart. Long story short, I never did a post on it because only because I would have had to hide the side where I had the epic fail.

      • patty soriano says:

        Is it something you can correct (the failed technique)? It looks like a great size. It could be a new before/after for us to see! Have a sweet dump-diving day!


        • GTC says:

          What happened with the paint fail was I was practicing doing a “chippy effect” using canning wax. You rub your piece with a bar of canning wax, then paint over. When the paint dries, you use a plastic trowel to scrape away the wax, and you get a chippy effect. I put it in the sun to dry……Not thinking about the wax. The wax melted underneath the paint, leaving a huge oily stain. I would have to sand the whole thing off and start over. Since it was free, and I was experimenting with it, I didn’t feel too bad after two years to get rid of it.

          • patty soriano says:

            ah, so you got rid of it. Well, I guess we don’t learn if we don’t make mistakes. Luckily, most of our stuff is from the curb or dumpster, so we don’t lose a lot of financial input. Maybe you should have showed us the boo-boo, so we’d know not to do the same! A learning experience from The Master!

          • GTC says:

            You are so good for me ego Patty! O.K., if I can dig up those pictures, I will show them when I FINALLY get around to sharing a more in depth post on how to do that finish. It was one of those moments where I couldn’t believe how dumb I had been.

  3. Ellen Persik says:

    Love the black mannequin.

    • GTC says:

      Thanks Ellen. He has a special place in my office. It is one of my favorite Dumpster items! I couldn’t let him end up in al landfill!

  4. debi beard says:

    well well well… A BOOK!!!!! I can’t wait!

  5. Kirsten Jensen says:

    What a great way to start the day/week! Thanks for the creative inspiration and the hilarious commentary! I too love to decorate from my heart and have special mementos in my creative space

  6. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    A book, how cool is that! And your office is fun, creative and about as thrifty as they come! You are the dumpster diving queen!

    • GTC says:

      Thanks so much Sharon. The book. It doesn’t write itself!! Thank you so much for coming by and checking out my junk, hope all is well in your part of the country!

  7. Claudine says:

    I LOVE IT!!! Every detail, oh my God!! You are funny, too!
    Yes you re classy people and so resourceful!!!
    I guess your IT is to inspire people, while making a wonderful space to live for yourself and your family???
    Lots of love,

  8. Betsy says:

    Wow Karen, what a fabulous junky space you’ve created. I’m loving all of it, but my favorite is the mannequin you’re using as a bulletin board. Leave it up to a flea friend to creates something so pretty. Thanks for sharing at the Vintage Inspiration Partay.

  9. Nancherrow says:

    I love it! What a fun and creative space. But my friend, I think you have a lampshade hoarding issue. And I love them all randomly stacked on that shelf. Just pinned it and thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • GTC says:

      Thanks so much Alison! I have a lamp shade hoarding issue as well. I always think I will find homes for them, but I just like to look at them, something fun and whimsical about them I think.

  10. patty soriano says:

    Karen, there was no way to reply above but just wanted to add one more comment. Would love to see the pictures of the yellow cabinet failure since you did take photos. Our job IS to fluff up your ego so you keep going! 🙂 Whenever you get around to it, I’m waiting with bated breath! Thanks, K!


    • GTC says:

      O.K. Patty, you are persistent!! I have to go find it on my husband’s computer (which is my old computer….)

  11. Global says:

    Wonderful! I love reading stories like this, you must have been so proud. Hope you’re all doing well now! Mary S. Hernandez

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