Sunday, March 31, 2013

Funky Fresh Sunday Times

Happy Easter!
Joyous Passover Festival!
Happy April Fool's Day!

This week at Funky Junk

CLASSES:

Paint Party
Saturday April 6, 2013
5pm- 7pm

Get inspired! Try out CeCe Caldwell's 100% Natural Chalk + Clay Paints.  Funky Junk will provide a range of 20+ CeCe Caldwell's colors, one kind of CeCe Caldwell's finish, and help in mixing new vibrant shades.


NEWS:

Announcing Funky Junk's Pinterest Page.  
A fresh new page dedicated to past upcycled items, current projects, and future dreams. You can find and share images of decoupaged side tables, fresh home furnishings, happenings at the store and so much more.  The page is growing slowly, so check back every Wednesday for Pin It Wednesday for more Pinterest fun.
Happy Pinning!


Friday, March 29, 2013

Fix-Up Friday- Part 13

It's Fix-Up Friday!

At the beginning of Funky Junk Island there was this strange little boxed room at the front of the building.

It had been built awkwardly into the main room, and stuck out like a sore thumb,

dividing the space unnecessarily, and cutting off all access to the big window and the light of day. 

David has put in some serious reconstruction work and that little box is not longer!  Now the light can pour in and brighten up the whole room.

The floors are still strange and uneven, and that is next on the To-Do list.

But for now Funky Junk is glad that the Island space is opening up, coming together, and we can see the light at the end of the boxed in tunnel!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Welcome Back Morgan!

Remember Morgan- Funky Junk's intern last summer...  Well she's back for a brief time for more Funky Fresh internship fun!  I recently chatted with Morgan to find out what's new and what drew her back to Funky Junk.


 Morgan told me that the "people here are great.  I love it here."  And while she said she hasn't worked a lot of places, her work at Funky Junk is the most fun she's ever had working anywhere!  She admitted too that she is raising money to attend a summer camp in Vermont, and needs the income from the internship.

Morgan says she's been "making a lot of art lately," and would love to showcase her art at Funky Junk someday. She's also hoping to come back again in June and put in some more hours upcycling and working in the store.  So keep an eye out for her continuing presence at Funky Junk!


When asked if there was anything else she wanted to share with the readers of the Funky Junk blog, Morgan replied "I don't have cancer.  But I shaved my hair off for kids who do."  Well, good on you Morgan, and good for Funky Junk that you're back again with a little help to share.  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pin It Wednesday



It's Pin It Wednesday!  The time has come for Funky Junk to establish a Pinterest page solely dedicated to the awesome inspiration of Funky Freshness.  We are slowly building the boards with images of upcycled furniture, furnishings, decoupage and so much more!  There will be a lot of development and additions to the page in the coming weeks, so check back often. 
We invite you to hop on over to Funky Junk on Pinterest, pin the upcycled creations to your own boards, and share the Funky Fresh love. Happy Pinning!



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Funky Fresh Tuesday

Every Tuesday we feature some of the Freshest Upcycles to hit Funky Junk. This week we sense that spring is in the air!  

These freshly upcycled patio chairs will bring a whole new feel to your outdoor space.  

They were upcycled with a simple latex paint in vibrant orange, by Kitty and Kristina.  The pillows are Nanarama brand, hand made by Kristina, with fabric from Quilter's Corners (just s short walk down State Street).


 This small but brilliant side table was upcycled by Kitty with CeCe Caldwell's Santa Fe turquoise, with a Vermont Slate wash.  

Open up the drawer and you'll find a surprise inside!

And finally, this bench once was once dull and plain. 

But with the help of the creative upcyclers at Funky Junk, it has been given a chance to grace your patio, hallway, kitchen, or family room with colorful style.  

Stop by the store to check out this, and all of Funky Junk's fresh and brilliant furniture upcycles!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Funky Find Monday

Its Funky Find Monday!

This is the weekly roundup of some of the vintage and fabulous Found Funky items you can discover at Funky Junk. We'll post everything from paintings to chairs to dressers to dishes.

These items go quickly so if you seem something you like, get down to Funky Junk and get it before it's gone!







Sunday, March 24, 2013

Funky Fresh Sunday Times

This week at Funky Junk

CLASSES

CeCe Caldwell's 101 Basics
Wednesday 27, 2013
5:30pm- 7:30pm
In this two hour guided class, Kristina will give you the chance to experiment with zero-VOC CeCe Caldwell's 100% Natural Chalk + Clay Paints.  Try out the different colors, learn about various waxes and finishes, and play with a range of styles, such as the ever popular distressed look. 

For more info on Classes check out our Class info page HERE.



NEWS

Funky Junk is taking Custom Orders!
If you have an item you want upcycled to greatness, call on Kristina and David for help.

Call, email, or stop by the store to make a consultation appointment to discuss how they can bring unique hand-painted charm to your diamond in the rough. Using their supply of zero-VOC, CeCe Caldwell's 100% Natural Chalk + Clay paint and finishes there are many possibilities for what team Funky Junk can do for you!  Your inspiration together with their skill will create the perfect upcycled creation. 
The listing of base prices can be found HERE.  


Keep informed...
-Sign up for the mailing list by emailing Amanda at tamarack99[at]gmail[dot]com, or calling the store.
-Find us on Facebook and share the Events posted there.
-Stop by the store and see all the latest Funky Finds.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kelly Kennard and Richard Kissel

Funky Junk's newest Maker/Artists are Richard Kissel and Kelly Kenard, the inspired creators of Our Secret Treehouse.  If their art seems familiar you may have seen them before!  They were participants in the Black Friday Holiday Sale last November at Funky Junk. Their work was featured at the Museum of the Earth for several months this past winter.  And there was an article in the Ithaca Times about them in November. Whether you like ancient dinosaurs, or laugh at cute cartoon critters, or just love to support local artists, take a moment to enjoy the Our Secret Treehouse art at Funky Junk! 


Richard: "For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. From the deserts of Texas to the mountains of Germany, I’ve had the opportunity to excavate dinosaurs, ice age mammals, and the earliest of reptiles and amphibians, and one of my favorite aspects of science is reconstructing primeval worlds based on these bones and other fragmentary fossils buried within the earth.

Science does not exist without art and creativity, so I always found myself drawing dinosaurs and other extinct creatures—both scientific and cartoon-y depictions. While a scientific illustration is the representation of just an object, a cartoon represents a personality. I love dinosaurs, and I love characters, so cartooning allows me to revisit the world of the dinosaurs but add a whimsical twist to their existence. Our motto—scientifically whimsical—reflects this perfect pairing."


Kelly: "The six-story treehouse at the Nature Center [is a favorite place in Ithaca]. It was the very first place that we visited together in Ithaca, and it's also where we were married. As you can tell from our business name, treehouses mean a lot to us."


Richard: "My little cartoon critters make me smile, and I simply love creating them and their stories. It's very satisfying in a hard-to-describe way. And doing things that make me smile is the best way to live life."


Advice for aspiring artists...

Kelly: "Use the community available to you. There are so many resources available, and fellow artists and crafters have been wonderful about sharing advice. Also, regarding the business, we discussed starting it long before we moved forward with it, developing a business plan, etc. That time and research has really paid off. But most importantly, trust yourself and be confident with your art. Every artist is unique; celebrate your self and your art."

Richard: "Everybody's an artist."



Photo by Carla at the Scientific Seamstress
Kelly: "Richard is a paleontologist, author, educator, and artist. As his art evolves, it seems to simplify, and I'm continually overjoyed when one of our simple creations brings a smile to the faces of those who see them.  I have always had a fascination with greeting cards and how a simple piece of paper can completely alter someone's day. I have dreamed of screen printing cards for years, but it wasn't until I saw Richard's cartoons that I found the images that finally pushed me into it."

Find more art and info at oursecrettreehouse.com


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Funky Fresh Tuesday

Every Tuesday we feature some of the Freshest Upcycles to hit Funky Junk.  This week its all about chairs...

This set of plain white metal chairs has been waiting a while for the perfect home.  So Funky Junk turned one into an example of how vibrant a dining set can be.  What a reversal!

Then there was this scratched little seat.  Newly upholstered and given a splash of blue, its now ready to grace your Funky Fresh home.

Finally, this once simple rocker is now thriving in purple!  The best of Funky Fresh upcycling.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Funky Find Monday


Its Funky Find Monday!  

This is the weekly roundup of some of the vintage and fabulous Found Funky items you can discover at Funky Junk. We'll post everything from paintings to chairs to dressers to dishes.  
Please drop us a note if there is something you are particularly interested in seeing and we'll try and post it here.  These items go quickly so if you seem something you like, get down to Funky Junk and get it before it's gone!
Enjoy!







Sunday, March 17, 2013

Funky Fresh Sunday Times

This week at Funky Junk

CLASSES:

Paint Party
Wednesday March 20th, 2013
6pm- 8pm

Get inspired! Try out CeCe Caldwell's 100% Natural Chalk + Clay Paints.  Funky Junk will provide a range of 20+ CeCe Caldwell's colors, one kind of CeCe Caldwell's finish, and help in mixing new vibrant shades.

Dresser Day
Saturday March 23rd, 2013
11am- 4pm

Learn how to Upcycle a whole dresser in this extended workshop.  Dresser Day is a five hour workshop designed to teach you the process of upcycling a whole dresser.  From prep to paint to finishing, David will guide you through the ins and outs of how to handle a large project, and how to do it well.

For more details go to the Classes page.



NEWS:

Have you been Craft'In lately?

Try Funky Junk's space for group crafting!  The community Craft-In areas are open and available for groups to enjoy with their art. Anything from a sit and knit group, to a scrapbooking share, or maybe even a poetry read, the big red couches and long brown table are ready for use!  The space is FREE, but there is a sign up to avoid double booking.  So call or stop by the store to reserve a time for your group- and get Craft'In.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Fix-Up Friday- Part 12

The Ithaca Commons is a great place to do business!  Funky Junk has loved the past year developing their store, getting to know other Commons business owners, sharing in all the community events- like Halloween Trick-or-Treating and the Winter Festival- and offering the funkiest and freshest Upcycled and recycled home goods store in Ithaca.  

But from the beginning Kristina and David knew that their time on the Commons would end.  Along with the recreation of the entirety of the Commons, the building that Funky Junk currently occupies is slated to begin renovations this spring. Meaning, it is being torn down and completely rebuilt.  

Commons store fall 2012

While planning to stay on the Commons as long as the building allows, Funky Junk is renovating their own new and exciting space on the Island, at the West End of Ithaca. The location, the rent, and the possibilities are just right for the future of Funky Junk! 

The store is an unattached, individual building, with a floor plan that allows for all the different facets of a Funky Fresh business.  There is a large work space for creative upcycling classes, a whole room to fill with Funky Finds, a back patio for events, and a bright front showroom for all the most fabulous Fresh furniture you will find in Ithaca!

It has been a long process to upcycle a building, full of plenty of physical work, as well as lots of design decisions and choices to make.  There is still more to come, but Kristina can't wait to reveal the new store to everyone soon!

It has come with its share of stress and hard work for both Kristina and David,

but the future of Funky Junk and their new location looks very bright!

Go HERE to read all the past Fix-Up Friday Posts.
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