Garden Junk on the Covered Patio

I am soooooo ready to get outside and GARDEN!  While I wait impatiently for spring to come to northern Minnesota, I am busy finding new garden junk!

A junkin' friend of mine that paints Mann Made Signs, and is a part owner of a local, antique shop gave me this old wooden ice cream freezer!

A Two Dollar Thrift Shop Makeover

I purchased this oak wall magazine rack recently at the thrift shop for $2.

Easter Brunch Egg Bake Recipes

I had family over to our house after church for Easter breakfast.  I served two different egg bakes, bran muffins and sliced fresh strawberries.

The first egg bake I have been making for years:

Breakfast Bake

1 pkg crescent rolls
1 pound bacon, cut, fried and drained
6 eggs
3/4 c. milk
2 tbsp. onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Roll out crescent rolls in a 9x13 pan to cover bottom.  (I spray the pan with a cooking spray.)  Cover with bacon and cheddar cheese.  Mix eggs, milk, onion, salt, pepper and oregano.  Pour over top and cover with mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or longer.

  Half the pan was gone before I remembered to take a photo!

Some Junk Purchases and a Giveaway Winner

Demilune Table  www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 I found this demilune three legged table at a senior center rummage sale.  

 Not sure if it is an antique or not, but still a great find for $2.  I will paint it with chalk paint.

Tasty Wild Rice Meatballs

I don't share many recipes on my blog, but this one is worth sharing.  Here in Minnesota, we love our wild rice in soups and hotdishes!  Hotdish is Minnesotan for casserole.  These meatballs are a favorite of mine for potlucks and company, and always get rave reviews.

GARDEN JUNK: Jello Molds Re-Purposed As Toadstools

I love these little individual vintage, aluminum Jello molds.  I purchased many for about $3 last year at a thrift shop.  

JUNKERS UNITED With A Cabinet Door Frame Up-cycle/Re-purpose


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I love to decorate the outdoors with JUNK!  I'm Carlene from Organized Clutter, and I'm itching to get outside and plant my flower gardens and decorate them with JUNK!  It's too early here in northern Minnesota, but that's not going to stop me from thinking spring with a front door, covered patio project.

Reclaimed Wood Flower Pot Holder for the Junk Garden

I was lucky to get some old weathered wood boards from the neighbor last fall.

Vintage Milk Cans & Trying a New Distressing Technique


I love vintage milk cans!

Milk Cans in the Garden www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Here is my vintage milk can #1.  It has a wonderful all rust patina, and is a perfect accessory in my junk gardens...

Outdoor Vignettes with Milk Cans www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I also used it here in my outdoor Christmas vignette.

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This is my milk can #2.  This milk can has spent some time under my covered patio so it's a little less rusty than milk can #1, but equally at home in the garden...

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Or, in a fall outdoor vignette.

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At the right of the potting bench is my vintage milk can #3.  This can was spray painted gold with blue trim when I found it.  Now that it has weathered, I like it much better.

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Here is my vintage milk can #4.  It's just the top!  I purchased it at a garage sale for $2.  

This is milk can #5.  I got this old can from my neighbors at the end of 2013, and it will be new to my gardens and vignettes in 2014.


This is milk can #6, and also new to me.  Besides a little dust, this 2 gallon can has a country paint job.  It is an honest to goodness milk can, just smaller than the others.  It is marked Security.  

I really would have preferred the milk can to be unpainted, but rather stripping the paint, I opted to repaint it.  First with a light gray latex base coat, and then a coat of Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Old White.

Rather than sanding to distress the can, I used a wet rag sanding/distressing technique that I found here (and on several other blogs too).  This technique would allow me to have a distressed paint finish without sanding and possibly sanding off my gray base coat revealing the old gold paint layer.

This is how my first attempt at wet rag sanding turned out. It really was pretty easy.

I then chose this milk cap graphic from Knick of Time Interiors for a milk can label.  I used the Mod Podge image transfer method from Homeroad to add the label to the milk can.


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The label is in place and it's time to wax with clear wax and then dark wax.

Wet Distressing & Mod Podge Image Transfer www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 I will be using this milk can indoors since I painted it with chalk paint and paste waxed it.  I'm glad I tried the wet sanding technique and that I have two additional milk cans!





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My Vintage Living Room

I have not posted much lately.  With working 32 hours per week, and trying to get some spring cleaning done, I have not tackled many projects.  I have a few decor changes in my living room.

Vintage Living Room Tour www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Let's start on the left corner with my antique china cabinet.  A vintage gold mirror hangs above it, the Infant of Prague, a globe and my Bible and prayer book collection are on top.  Vintage Cupid Awake, and Cupid Asleep, The Light of the World print, and other vintage art hang to the sides of the china cabinet.  A prayer plant in a McCoy Jardiniere sit on the floor to the left.  

The Waterlogue App and Fun in a Junk Garden!

Oh my!  Almost everybody in blogland has tried the iphone and ipad Waterlogue app and posted photos.  I am late to the party.   Do you know about the Waterlogue app?  It's fun and definitely worth $2.99.  

I wanted to try some of my favorite garden photos on the app.  

Framed Lobelia www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Like my framed heat loving lobelia.  One of my favorites and also a Pinterest favorite.  
(Here is a link to this project.)

Waterlogue Framed Lobelia www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Ugh!  I guess I was not pleasantly surprised on this one. The original is much better.  Very washed out.  I tried various Waterlogue types but none were very good.  Not enough blue!  Thank goodness the rest of my photos turned out pretty great.