Meeting Julie Brown

Regularly, I profile one of the very involved and talented members of Flea Market Gardening. These folks are inspirational, talented gardeners and bargain shoppers! You may already recognize their names and photos and the next time you do you can say hello!

Meet Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Our friend, Julie Brown

Julie Brown is an avid gardener, foodie, wife and mom, who lives in Northern Indiana in a Zone 5A garden are fortunately has found Flea market gardening.

Julie simply says, “I love using old, primitive cast offs in my garden.”  That is what Flea Market Gardening is all about, so I asked Julie for a little more about how she started gardening and adding old junk as accents.

Julie is the queen of the garden vignette. Notice how she layers the furniture, plaques and objects together.

Julie is the queen of the garden vignette. Notice how she layers the furniture, plaques and objects together.

“This is actually a green, double sided wash tub (above) with the original lid. I put a window box on it (for now). I have had the iron headboard in my landscaping for over 15 years. I finally had to repaint it this year. The window box was a great find from last year. I think I paid $15.00 for it at the big community garage sale”, Julie says.

Notice that posts set in the ground form a backdrop.

Julie has a way of decorating the corners of her house and she starts by planting posts coming out from the corner like a fence. It acts as a background for the scene she creates.  She says, “Too much stuff! This fence is made out of old posts from a vineyard down the road. They were replacing the posts, about ten years ago and they put a huge pile of old posts out by the road for “free”.

I use the dinner bell to call my husband “home for dinner”. Everyone in the area knows when it is time for dinner at the Brown’s House.  Luckily I have a very handy husband who also likes rusty, primitive things. He brings home lots of treasures on his travels.”

A post 'fence' and neutral color house is perfect to show off Julie's treasures.

“This table was used in the kitchen. It has a porcelain top. Unfortunately after so many years of being outside, this table bit the dust.”

“My indoor garden in the NW Indiana winter.  That is my Dusty.  There is a man who lives in LaPorte and he paints these amazing windows.”

“My indoor garden in the NW Indiana winter. That is my Dusty. There is a man who lives in La Porte and he paints these amazing windows.”

“Got to LOVE the old water pitcher pumps! My husband buys and sells many pitcher pumps. We have many pumps in our yard. If you buy one that needs to be painted he uses Rustoleum Regal Red.”

“Got to LOVE the old water pitcher pumps! My husband buys and sells many pitcher pumps. We have many pumps in our yard. If you buy one that needs to be painted he uses Rustoleum Regal Red.”

“My Dinner Bell that I use to call my husband. All the neighbors know when it is dinner time!”

 “Got to LOVE the old water pitcher pumps! My husband buys and sells many pitcher pumps. We have many pumps in our yard. If you buy one that needs to be painted he uses Rustoleum Regal Red.”

“My favorite kind of vase in the whole, wide world. An old, blue, bubbly Mason jar. Love it.”

What is Julie working on now?  Julie says, “I recently purchased a few large lots of vintage, unused fruit crate labels and unused fruit and vegetable can labels from the 1930’s. Any good ideas about what I can do with them? Here I framed a couple of them together to hang in my kitchen. As you can see, they are Bea-u-ti-ful.”  Julie also moderates a Facebook page called My Foodie Friends.

Produce crate labels,...the latest project.

Thanks, Julie!  We’ll be waiting to see your next project.  ~~ Sue

See MORE of Julie’s photos….

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10 Comments

10 thoughts on “Meeting Julie Brown

  1. Nancy K.

    Very nice, as always another good job, well done.

  2. Nancy K. Meyer

    Wonderful lady and gardens.

  3. Nell Howard Stelzer

    I love the blog and Julie’s gardens are awesome with lots of great treasures !!

  4. I absolutely LOVE Julie’s own personal touches to her piece of the world. GOOD TIMES!!!

  5. Love your gardens and ideas Julie. So nice to “meet” you. Look forward to following the new blog.

  6. WOW! Thank you everyone and especially Sue. What a SURPRISE! I can’t wait for SPRING to spring. :)

  7. I’ve found a kindred soul in Julie….love the same things, from the wooden posts, to the dinner bell and the blue jars, not to mention her way with rocks and vignettes! So much fun…

  8. Annie Steen

    I love Julies style…That girl can do it all~

  9. Love your ideas :) I live in South Bend and after looking I have GOT to try some of your stuff! Happy Gardening

  10. Kirk Willis

    So may creative, artistic, inspiring ideas… I could spend hours walking around Julie’s home and gardens, pausing to take in all of the wonderful ideas. WOW! WOW! WOW!

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