And here it is: 2016. The last bubbly has been toasted, the midnight smooches exchanged and we bid farewell to Twenty Fifteen.
More importantly, the calendar has officially given all of us permission to make the coveted New Year’s Resolutions. Instead of resolving differences with the short comings of the past year, I am writing the list of what will take Junk By Jenny into an exciting upcoming year. So, no resolutions for this junker; rather, the hopeful list is as follows [in no particular order]:
Website Face Lift
This year, www.junkbyjenny.com will see a more stream-lined look with the help of some of the fantastic layouts available in WordPress.
Junk Bonanza Success
As many of my readers know, I secured a vendor booth at the Minneapolis Spring Junk Bonanza. With it referred to as “the Disneyland for Junkers,” I will have my Minnie Mouse ears strapped on and ready to roll. Look for MANY MANY upcycle of the week stories in the coming months as my inventory seems to be bursting at the seams. Speaking of inventory…
My parents are retired dairy farmers. A portion of the dairy barn has been taken over as my inventory storage. There is small bit of space for their boat storage, but my dad has gently reminded me of the diminishing space. I just really need to make a date with my beloved junk to tidy up a bit.
I picked up this fun little vocab term a while back in talking with fellow junkers. Littles are the small items used when staging. I love littles. Tiny bottles, small wire baskets, metal trinkets….I’m such a sucker for them. Like most people’s tupperware drawers, my littles are a blasted mess. This year, I need to organize my littles.
Improved Shop Tools
Lucky for me, the month of December was good to me (well, more like my parents and mother-in-law). Birthday and Christmas gifts included dollies, a miter saw, a sander, lumber, clamps and a fancy wheeled shop stool. So, these items can already be checked off The List.
Paint Fabric Chairs
This is perhaps the first thing on my 2016 to-do list. Stay tuned for more on this. For now, I’ll be keeping that between Just uS (wink, wink).
Host DIY Classes
The teacher in me so badly wants to add this in Junk By Jenny’s bag of tricks. In 2016, plan on marking your calendars for sign making, chair upcycling, and message boards 101.
Increased Blog Traffic & SEO
With the website face lift mentioned earlier, I also look forward to the endless possibilities that accompany today’s blog. I hope to optimize my SEO (Search Engine Optimization), increase readership, and perhaps earn some additional income.
It’s time for JBJ military hats, hoodies, mugs, and more. My brother keeps requesting a polo shirt. Watch what you (playfully) wish for, bro. I also want to add slightly inappropriate garb…all stuff to watch for in 2016.
Inspire Others to Try Upcycling
In all that I do, it is a necessity to keep this core value at the forefront. My very favorite part of junking is to inspire others to grab a paint brush or sander. I love when people say, “Hey, I can make that.” YES, today is the day!
Ok, so The List is fine, good, and dandy. I feel safe knowing the items on The List are reasonably doable. If, in the unlikely event I find the end of the rainbow or successfully grow a money tree, the following are on my wishful thinking list:
So badly, I want my own barn. I would be home to my sales, inventory, a workshop, goats, peacocks, a collie-dog, corrected metal, and pumpkins in the fall. I think I would need a vintage soda shop and a bar for my junk hunk. Gosh, the list is endless.
I’ve become a bit of a stalker of vintage trucks. I would prefer it runs, but it wouldn’t have to. The more rust and weather…the better.
On a final note, I encourage you to write your own list. Allow 2016 to be the year for new adventures. And, be sure to let me know if you find the end of the rainbow or harvest a yield from your money tree. Until then, enjoy all that The List brings you in 2016.