As the holiday season draws to a close and with the new year soon upon us, I decided it would be the opportune time to revisit “The List.” You can read my full story here.
As I decided one year ago, “no resolutions for this junker; rather, a hopeful list.” Let’s see how the list panned out.
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.
This was definitely one of my first big projects this year. I migrated the site to being self-hosted. In addition, I worked with a designer from OH WILD to assist in that process and to beautify the look of www.junkbyjenny.com.
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…
Whew! Being a vendor at both the spring and fall Junk Bonanza shows truly transformed Junk By Jenny. It pushed me mentally, physically, and creatively. I loved the thrill so much, I’ve signed on to do the next two shows.
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 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.
No check mark here. If anything, I’ve added to the chaos in the inventory barn. I’d compare it to a closet that is chuck full, and if you would open the door, an avalanche would come streaming out.
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.
Well, some organization happened in 2016. My littles are all tucked in their neatly organized boxes.
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.
This continued throughout the year. I have continued to add to my tools and shop. I am most excited about my new orbital sander and kreg jig. I love, love, love my new paint booth in the garage as well.
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).
Eeesh! Painting fabric chairs still scares me. So, no check mark here. A chair and I had an epic fail together. I since completely gutted it and started over with re-upholstery job.
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.
Golly, no check mark on this one either. I really, really, really want to host a DIY class. I envision it involving wine and cheese, too.
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.
Thank you to my devoted readers to tune in when new posts appear. More so, I love talking about stories when I see you up town. However, no check mark on this list item, as I know I am capable of more back-end blog building. Basically, I need to be on Google’s list.
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.
Yeah for merch. The Junk By Jenny logo has been printed on hoodies, tees, tote bags, and of course…coffee mugs. My brother still hasn’t received a polo shirt, however.
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!
This has and continues to happen. It simply makes me smile.
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.
My yearning for a barn has only grown deeper in 2016. I’ve been to some amazing sales in barns and encountered awesome picks in old ones. It will continue to me on my list.
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.
Any time I see one, my hearts skips a beat. However, still no vintage truck for this girl. I just rip around in my ‘burb.
Stay tuned for my 2017 list. Until then, enjoy a glass of bubbly and snag yourself a midnight kiss.