A Stranger Gave Me A House!

Wow! The random kindness of a stranger has truly humbled me. Let me tell you about Mary. I’m embarrassed to say I barely remember our first casual encounter. My husband and I were at the garden store where I display and sell my crafts. We were loading our trailer for a craft show and Mary was there as a customer of the store. I think we spoke briefly about the craft show we were going to, but I’m not sure. That was last fall.

Mary contacted us a few days ago and offered us a house to salvage for our crafts.


The house was built in 1890 on property the family has farmed on for several generations. The only thing asked in return…my husband needs to repair/rebuild an old garden bench.

Due to the age and abandonment issues of the house, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. As a junk crafter I am thrilled! Other people who can’t see the potential in old wood and other things might not be.

It is a cross between Dorothy’s house and Casper’s house.

The siding is wood strips that are nailed on wide thick planks. Cha-ching! That is like gold to a wood crafter.

Mary (and family) are also offering us things that are still in the house. They want to keep the wood stoves. That’s okay, I’m really not sure what I would do with them. They are cool though.

The walls and floor are sinking, so opening doors was a little challenging.

There were several doors, windows and the sides of a chicken coop on the front porch.

This door awning had fallen off, but they saved it.

The floor of one whole room was piled with old (very old) canning jars. Clear and colored, glass tops and zinc tops. A lot of the jars still have food in them. Mmm…Yummy! We couldn’t walk through this room without stepping on the jars. Quite the balancing act. I can’t wait to get my hands on those jars!

There were also a few chairs, enamelware basins, flower pots and galvanized buckets.

There was a tall skinny desk that I am hoping is salvageable once it is dug out. Mary is also giving us several wooden doors from another old house.

This watercolor is of the house when it was built in 1890. The two-story section is gone. The part we are salvaging is the section on the right. The older building to the right was the original house even before this one. It isn’t there anymore.

This framed picture (not sure of the medium used) is a different angle of the old house.

More stuff.

More stuff.

More stuff. They’re keeping the crocks, but they are amazing!

I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this junking journey. After all, we still have to tear it down and transport it home. By the way…if any local friends would like to help, I’m sure we could find an extra hammer. Just saying…;)

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He just makes me happy to look at!

I made this cutie pie using an old yellow chenille bedspread. Felt, fleece or other soft yellow fabric could also be used.

You can find my tutorial here.

Chenille Chicken

Fingerless Gloves-Tutorial

I made these using an old sweater. Warm, fashionable, but best of all…they are quick and easy to make!

You can find the tutorial here.

Fingerless Gloves

Bed Spring Bunny

A new Easter tutorial. This bunny is made using a white chenille bedspread, but white felt could be substituted.

You can find the tutorial here.


Bed Spring Bunny