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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

garden goodies

My never ending search for wonderful old treasures has been strongly influenced by my overwhelming desire to be elbow deep in potting soil. Everything thing I find winds up in my are my latest finds turned garden accouterments.

I have been a busy little bee getting ready for the new garden addition of my shop to open. Here are my seemingly nondescript vintage goodies turned into wonderful garden accessories.

Old rusty muffin tins have the perfect sized openings to nurture baby seedlings in peat pots.

Can't wait til these little guys are towering majestic sunflowers.

An old metal box now organizes seed packets
and plant information cards.

Take time to add little notes and helpful reminders.

Old botanical prints always inspire!

Miscellaneous glass jars are perfect for sorting and
storing seeds and bulbs.

Don't forget to add labels and dates!

Once the seeds are properly sorted,
take organizing an additional step...

...corral your jars in a basket like this old metal beauty.

And what is a garden without great containers...?

Group containers by shape, style...or in this case color.
Let your plants take center stage but always give them a great platform to preform.

Take collectibles out of the cupboards and use them! Old stoneware, vintage bottles and beautifully aged copper pieces are utilitarian by design so allow them to earn their keep in the garden.

Use them for watering chores and vessles for garden cuttings.

Don't forget about lighting...

After a long day of hard work in the garden, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor by...what else...candle light! Find things that will create interesting shadows...even something as simple as an old rusty cheese grater takes on new life when placed over a burning candle.  

My love of vintage garden wares is pretty obvious...but I do part with some!

Check out a selection of garden inspired treasures you can order from my website...

just click on the picture below.

So why not hit a few yard sales and thrift shops or dig through your closets, cabinets and drawers and recycle your oldies but goodies. Be creative and try to see new uses for long forgotten household items. It's being green in the most lovely way.

Get out there and enjoy your garden...whether it's confined to a flower box or sprawls across acres.
Just enjoy!

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