When anyone tells me to “pick your favorite”, I struggle. I have a LOT of favorite things! And I just finished telling a customer how much I loved something she noticed in my shop, then I laughed and thought how egotistical that sounded! But of course I love what is in my shop!!! All of it! That being said, however, I do have some favs and I thought I would share those with you today, as well as the story behind the love.
Let’s start with the picture above….sitting atop a splintered wood desk I placed a rusty grate I found on a picking spree. When asked what I was going to do with it, I had no idea. But when I found these succulents it all began to come together! If you’re like me and don’t have much of a green thumb (I killed the succulents my sister gave me for my shop when I first opened!), try a few artificial ones. They make much less of a mess and look so much like the real thing!
But I am a bit of a nut about live plants as well…..especially ivy cause it’s really hard to kill! This old organ stool came from my grandmother’s house and I absolutely LOVE this piece. Maybe because of its memory, but I adore the chippy paint as well left from her artist days…
When I can combine antique with new, I’m thrilled. Lynn Driver’s artwork keeps me happy in my little shop….and this bicycle was a special request she did for me. How perfect that it has teal and pink combined! Oh, if only I could find it a new home. Maybe mine!
Honestly, I’m trying to find room in our home for all these favs! The washtub stand would be so perfect on a patio with a bowl of ice and drinks, or a potted plant for those of you who can keep those real beauties alive and well! And the bird pitcher and bowl …. what’s not to love about them both?!?
I found this antique spice box and fell in love with the patina alone! What would you use it for? I think (once again) some succulents, or to store jewelry in. How perfect it would be for travel.
Admittedly, I have spent a lot of my life around gold pieces (I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s) and I have tried to get past it! But for some reason, this plant urn called my name and I couldn’t resist it! Paired with black it gives off a rather classy look, don’t you agree? So I’ve added it to my list of favorites this month…
My husband says I could warm our home without actual heat just by lighting all the candles! So I’m a natural hunter of candle holders and these two pair are just as different as can be. The white ones are a light metal; the pink and green (my two favorite colors, especially when paired together) are ceramic. So unique that I had to get both sets!
I forgot to brag on this beauty! Wouldn’t you love to dine on a table with these lit up?
Candlewick glassware is my new favorite find. I decided to pair these two pieces on a desk….one for paperclips and the other to hold sticky note pads and pens! But maybe you would prefer using them in a bath to hold soap? Or as actual dishes….the smaller round one for lime or lemon slices and the larger one for butter….or maybe put the round one on the oblong one and you have a chip and dip plate! The ideas are limitless, and the candlewick pattern makes it a bit more special than plain glass, yet they match any decor!
Because I love books both to read and to display, I have a great collection here, held together on a desk by the innards of a chicken feeder (a rusty one of course!).
And before I continue with the pictures, let me go backwards a bit to say that almost without a doubt my favorite things will include the following: flowers (especially daisies and hydrangeas), birds, books, rusty things, chippy things, glassware, baskets, candles and prints that tell a story. So on with the photo gallery…. starting with….
Baskets and containers
Prints/art that tells a story
Flowers and chippy make a great combo!
I also love things that were intended for one purpose but work so great for another….
Old drawers make fabulous displays for your wares, rusty oil pans make great dish holders, an old tackle box makes the perfect jewelry box, a wine bottle holder gives your rolling pins or towels a lift, and an old washer is a great plant stand!
And pink….well, pink works whenever for any reason….because I love it!
My love of birds is evidenced here, there and everywhere!
More rust for you….old scales work great in so many places….indoors and out!
Sigh…..I think I’ll find a place for it all!
Come see why I love what I do and know you are the best part of that reason!