*My Junk Evolution*
One sunny afternoon when my boys were very small, we visited a farm stand that had an awning-covered shop. While busily taking in the smells of fresh produce and blueberry pies, I was struck by the simple beauty of a cropped bunch of golden sunflowers placed in a spray-painted coffee can. I liked how flashes of metal, even rust, showed through where the bright blue paint had flaked at the ridged bands
This image stayed with me until as a new homeowner I began frequenting the paint department of my local hardware store and decided to buy my first-ever can of spray paint. Soon emptied soup cans soaking in bowls of soapy water to remove their labels became as commonplace as the tell-tale sign of a paint dot stain on my right trigger finger.
That year now equipped with our own backyard, we decided to hold a carnival themed birthday party for our boys. Game prizes would be inflated toys hung from twine by wooden clothespins. Always one for the smallest of details, I spray-painted the clothespins in yellow, red and white. After the party we all began using the clothespins as clips to hold papers and seal bags.
The thought soon followed to pretty-up my growing stock of painted sundries. I began to adhere floral images to the fronts and then add touches of glitter. I'm careful not to be too careful: drips, missed spots and dents are all part of their beauty.
*Elyse Major is the talented artist behind Tinkered Treasures,
a fabulous Etsy shop and blog.Please visit her shop atand her blog at