I'm so glad you're here!
I feel somewhat funny talking about myself
Well...here it goes. My name is Taina and I've spent my whole life doing a lot of what you'll see here, especially in my Junker Vintage Boutiqu.
Starting at a very young age, I would enjoy rearranging the furniture in my bedroom. One of my grandmothers was an artist with oil paints. My father was an engineer. My grandfather was a carpenter. This is where I think my original talent started.
It was until a few years after graduating high school that I decided to go back to school to get my degree in Interior Design. After fulfilling this, I then went on to work as an Interior Designer with many clients wanting all sorts of different things. Some needed help in decorating their entire homes, others in just redecorating a room and I even had a client who wanted custom draperies and table linens made. This work gave me a really good sense as to how people are, where they have difficulties in decorating and how much money their willing to spend to make their homes beautiful.
I decided that I was much better "hands-on" in working on various types of projects. This is where I discovered my love of wood and working with it. This is also where I discovered tools and machinery. It's funny. I remember telling my husband one year that I wanted tools rather than jewelry. I look back on this now and chuckle. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without all sorts of tools. My table saw is my best friend, as well as my miter saw.
I have been so fortunate in life to be blessed with all of the talent that I have. It's truly God given talent because no one showed me how to do anything that I do. In my last apartment, I wanted to hang crown molding in my bedroom. My uncle did come over to show me how to use my miter saw and how to cut one piece, but then I was on my own. I very successfully completed this job with lot's of errors.
At some point in my life, I became in love with antiques. The furniture was just so gorgeous to me, despite it having it's original tattered fabric on it. I spent a lot of time thinking about the pieces I saw and how to make them more modern. I thought about how I would reupholster them. Looked at some tutorials on-line. Then I just started collecting arm chairs, gutting them and completely refinishing them - including the upholstery. As I started working on them, it became easier and easier.
I also love going to Goodwill to search for treasures and let me tell you, there are treasures to be found - you just need to know what you're looking for. Many people look at me funny because I shop at thrift stores, but that's OK. My feeling is why would I spend $100.00 for a pair of jeans when I can buy them for $5.00. No there not the latest fashion, but there still branded jeans that once cost $100.00. And as far as thrifting goes, there's nothing that's out of limits. I buy everything. Things for my store, bedding for my home, pillows for my store and for my home, glassware, tableware and everything in between.
My life has taken me on so many journeys and each one I look back on with a smile. I think about where I started and where I am now.
At some point a few years back, I became interested in blogging. I can't even tell you the amount of tutorials I read. What type of platform I should use. Coming up with what I wanted to talk about. Visiting other bloggers on a daily basis to see what they would write about. I continue stumbling upon bloggers that I absolutely love. Because I've been blogging for several years now, I tend to look at other peoples blogs in a different way. Aside from the content that drew me to their blogs, I look at the different formats and how creative they got with creating their blogs.
For as long as I can, I'll continue to make things with my hands. Give all of my heart into each piece that I make. Then stand back and look at them with love in my heart.
If you ever have a questions about anything - decorating or making something - please contact me. If you have a question about a recipe, I'll pass it off to my boyfriend.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me!