Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Late Summer Seed Box


August will be here before we know it, and with August my decor palette changes with the season. I start thinking about the beginning of Fall and all the subtle color that comes with it, but for now I'm still in Summer Mode. Today I'm sharing a staple of my vintage Summer decor.




I've had to rethink decorating spots here at the new house, since I'm using different pieces of furniture in different places. My farm table in the Garden Room has become an easy place to add another small vignette or seasonal grouping of things. My Mandeville & King Flower Seed Box that I love to use Spring through Summer, needs a bigger spot with a way to prop open the lid. It was always too big for the Baker's Rack at the last house because it impeded the flow of traffic. In other words, you couldn't open and close the blinds without knocking into it.



These pics were taken last week when I had the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas in the wooden bucket. They've since dried out and have been replaced with a faux Sunflower arrangement. I've realized the squirrels were gnawing on my wooden ice cream bucket and that it would only be a matter of time before it was ruined. My husband reminded me that critters go for the salt that had over the years soaked into the wood. So now it will stay in the house where tiny teeth can't get to it.



Vintage Seed packets, small bee skeps, vintage flower pots, my cute little chicken bud vase, and a vintage sugar bowl/honey pot (?) are there with an old rake head.




I introduced this sweet little vintage chicken bud vase a week or so ago,
 with the rest of the chicken gang.







I love the graphics on vintage recipe and "household helps" pamphlets that were so popular back in the 40's, 50's and 60's. Insurance companies and manufacturing companies handed out a variety of these information mini magazines along with plates, glassware and knick-knacks. They had interesting info with a subtle nod to their company and products. This one is from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 1948.







There are a few missing bird beaks and the blooms are chipped,
but this little piece still has a ton of vintage charm.









 Here's the Summer Seed Box from 2015 in my Kitchen Sitting Area.





We've had workmen here (inside) non-stop since the last week of June. It's worn me out. My husband (and I think men in general) don't realize that even though you're not having to do the work yourself that just having people coming and going thru the house can be difficult. Not only did I have to be "the keeper of the door" and swatting an influx of flies, but available to answer questions, re-fill water bottles, make sure no muddy feet or debris was being tracked around, etc. I couldn't really leave the kitchen. That meant no projects or anything that took me out of earshot. No paint projects, photo shoots, redecorating, and I had to make sure I was dressed and ready to go by 8:30. I'm not great in the early AM. understatement.

I think the inside work is finished for a week, at least until next Thursday when we're having air vents cleaned. They will have to move beds and anything obstructing furnace and AC vents. But hopefully that will only take a day. Fingers crossed. This week I'll have an outside handyman here cleaning and painting the window frames, then replacing storm windows with new energy efficient windows.


Now I'm off to choose paint for some outside house trim. 
Hope you have a great week, friends!




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9 comments:

  1. That's a sweet vignette. I always liked how you timed your vignettes for the season and use flowers that are season appropriate. It's the little things. :) I went to my storage unit and picked up my late summer faux florals, getting in the mood to polish up the look of things through the loft.
    Ugh, having any maintenance worker in the house for any reason at all is enough to give me a little anxiety. When it's a big project, big anxiety. Good luck with your ongoing work.

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  2. Hi Debra!
    I love how you created a pretty vignette in your flower seed box! What a great idea to use the box as your background. I hope to see you at Homestyle Gathering this week. And I hope your week is going well!
    >>> Kim

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  3. I can relate. I've had workman here not every day but quite a few days for the last month. Tree trimming the took all day yesterday. The flooring guy comes tomorrow to measure. Then I'll have installers.
    Your seed box is adorable. I love the bee skeps. I hope your work gets to end soon. I'm waiting a few weeks but I can't wait to pull out my sunflowers.

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  4. Aw, you've found the seed box...it must be fun to visit all your treasures after so long a time. Every time I dig something out of 'olden' times in the stockpile...I sigh and remember...hope all is going well!

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  5. What a cute vignette. You really know how to put one together. I agree with you about workers being in your space. It is nerve racking for me also. I can't wait to start decorating for Fall. I love the colors. Have a great week.

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  6. Now this is a vignette that as a gardener I love so much! Vintage gardening items are near and dear to my heart.

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  7. Hi Debra, I found your cute project on Katherine's Corner. I love the old rack in your display, I wish I had one of grandmothers now. I would love to have you stop by and share on my Friday Features so my readers can enjoy your talents. Hope you will. Have a great weekend!

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  8. One of the sweetest vignettes I've seen! Love those bee skeps, and the vintage rake head.

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  9. Loved your vintage vignette. As I get older, the more my love for vintage grows. Choice between GW and Wal-mart, mall or an old hardware store, the answer is simple! A lot of my treasures have chips, dings, bits missing. Kinda like my arthritis and graying hair!

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