Monday, August 6, 2012

Vintage Wire Crate with Flowers

I have been eyeing off wire baskets for about a year now. I love their industrial feel. Being an engineer, I have always loved industrial things long before it was trendy. (I've always loved factories and production lines, hilarious I know). I have never been one for ornamental trinkets.  I love it when things are practical and useful AND mixed with a good aesthetic. And I love re-purposing things for my home rather than buying mass produced new things. So this latest purchase ticked all my boxes.

Driving home from Eden on Friday I didn't have a timetable. It was just me and my dog, Charlie, and a carload of mum's sewing stuff I have inherited.  I could stop wherever and whenever I liked.  Usually on that long drive I have my two kids and Phil, who all hate it when I want to pull over at every little second-hand shop to check out the furniture or to stop and take photos of the beautiful countryside. This time, I was able to stop at a great antiques shop in Milton and I bought this vintage wire crate.

It's an old beer crate from the Tooth Brewery. I love the worn wooden handles and whitish-grey patina of the metal.  A beautiful patina from years of use. The old Fowler preserving jars fit in it perfectly to make a beautiful vase.  Stock is one of my favourite flowers. These pink ones are just lovely and were a bargain from our local Saturday organic markets.

I'm going to have lots of fun with this basket, I think. It would also look lovely with herbs in it. I think you'll see it in a few more photos on my blog. I am loving my new camera lens I bought a few months ago and taking photos with of flowers especially. 

Spring is in the air and the weekend weather was gorgeous. I have a lot of "spring-cleaning" and organising to do. I'm going to hang the industrial pigeon holes I was given and transform the kids toy room that they never use into a sewing/craft room. It will be good to have a dedicated area for my sewing, and not have to spread out on the dining room table. I also have a few performance reviews for one of my business consulting clients to facilitate. A good mix!

Here's to a happy productive week for you all, also.


close up of the label

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  1. Oh I love it. Looks wonderful with the bottles and the flowers. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh, it is so fresh and pretty! Wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. ¡Hola Fiona!. Me ha encantado tu nueva caja. Hace un precioso contraste entre lo industrial y lo romántico. Con tu permiso voy a exponer esas imágenes en mi blog Saludos desde España. Blanca

  4. I love Milton,such a tiny town but always something worthwhile to find.Stock are also one of my favourites too.
    Great find..xx

  5. I love industrial too. The crate is a great container for your flowers.

  6. What a great crate! It looks wonderful with your vase of flowers. I like practical as well as pretty also.

    Nice visiting with you.

  7. Love this!! :) So pretty and simple looking. Have a great day! Hugs, Holly

  8. What a cool industrial piece...good eye!
    Please come link up, if you like, at my party...


  9. Hi, I love it. I'm sure you will find many uses for it. I recently purchased 6 old milk crates and I am enjoying finding uses for them...Connie

  10. Great idea. I think I may copy it for my dining room table. Any idea of what size 'number' the Fowler preserving jars are?


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