Barbelles of the Ball

Walking home from work I picked up a set of barbells a neighbour had sent to the curb. As I passed the fellow who lives next door to her I got a nod of approval. I gave him my broadest smile, even as I suspected we had very different visions of the future for those weights.

Barbell as Serving Surface

I popped one of the weights onto the top of an upcycled wood lamp base and my smallest cloche on top - perfect fit.

I popped one of the weights onto the top of an upcycled wood lamp base and my smallest cloche on top – perfect fit.

Barbell weights come in two - and my fishbowl cloche fit just as perfectly on the 2nd weight.

Barbell weights come in two – and my fishbowl cloche fit just as perfectly on the 2nd weight.

I'm thinking décor for a brunch with workout buddies or the family weightlifter.

I’m thinking décor for a brunch with workout buddies or the family weightlifter.

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Garden Lights

The chimney of an antique oil lamp as planter creates a pretty and whimsical table centrepiece

The chimney of an antique oil lamp as planter creates a pretty and whimsical table centrepiece

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 I used a piece of modern porch lantern to create a

I used a piece of modern porch lantern to create a “pot” on one side of this antique whale oil lamp.

There is a huge trend these days to create funky lights – hanging lights, table or floor lamps) from all manner of repurposed items. Conversely, parts of dismantled lights or lamps can be repurposed into an infinite number of things.

In my case, light parts get a new lease on life in my junk garden.

This metal lamp base was left over after I dismantled a lamp for another project. It's been kicking around for more than a year.

This metal lamp base was left over after I dismantled a lamp for another project. It’s been kicking around for more than a year.

the metal base had a hole in the middle where wiring originally ran. It was the right size to slide onto an old wooden sofa leg for support and stability, with lots of room still for drainage.

the metal base had a hole in the middle where wiring originally ran. It was the right size to slide onto an old wooden sofa leg for support and stability, with lots of room still for drainage.

Like the lamp base, I have four of these sofa legs that have been waiting for me to find them a new purpose.

Like the lamp base, I have four of these sofa legs that have been waiting for me to find them a new purpose.

The sofa leg has a large screw in the middle that slides perfectly into the hole in the lamp base.

The sofa leg has a large screw in the middle that slides perfectly into the hole in the lamp base.

This large glass ceiling light cover was a roadside rescue. Eventually it will become a bird bath, but recently I was looking for a décor piece for an event and it got to make its first appearance as a planter.

This large glass ceiling light cover was a roadside rescue. Eventually it will become a bird bath, but recently I was looking for a décor piece for an event and it got to make its first appearance as a planter.

This light porcelain base was chipped and cracked, but only on one side, so I could turn those to the fence.

This light porcelain base was chipped and cracked, but only on one side, so I could turn those to the fence.

I have to be careful with watering, because I didn't want to drill holes into the light cover. All this has for drainage is a shallow layer of rocks.

I have to be careful with watering, because I didn’t want to drill holes into the light cover. All this has for drainage is a shallow layer of rocks.

In 2014 I took this pretty vintage lamp shade out to the garden where it covered the ugly plastic flower pot holding a pretty pink begonia.

In 2014 I took this pretty vintage lamp shade out to the garden where it covered the ugly plastic flower pot holding a pretty pink begonia.

A few weeks ago I wanted a very feminine looking planter for a shower. The lamp shade looked very pretty on top of a lace adorned flower pot.

A few weeks ago I wanted a very feminine looking planter for a shower. The lamp shade looked very pretty on top of a lace adorned flower pot.

This pretty white candle holder is the upcycled base of a lamp painted with homemade white chalkpaint.

This pretty white candle holder is the upcycled base of a lamp painted with homemade white chalkpaint.

Carlene at Organized Clutter has posted a fun tutorial on adding height to your garden. I don't really have enough room for ladders, but I do love putting plant pots on pedestals like this rusty metal lamp base. I just removed the wiring.

Carlene at Organized Clutter has posted a fun tutorial on adding height to your garden. I don’t really have enough room for ladders, but I do love putting plant pots on pedestals like this rusty metal lamp base. I just removed the wiring.

the lamp base was the perfect size to slide into the centre hole of a bundt pan.

the lamp base was the perfect size to slide into the centre hole of a bundt pan.

In the Pink with Vintage Gardening

Whether your tastes run to scrumptiously rusty and rustic old farmhouse junk or pretty antique glass and china, special one of a kind vintage gardens can often be created from items already around the house or garage.

My next door neighbour has had this simple, pretty white chair sitting on her front porch for ages. I just added an antique gathering basket I've had for years and my antique oil lamp birdfeeder to create a pretty vintage garden vignette

My next door neighbour has had this simple, pretty white chair sitting on her front porch for ages. I just added an antique gathering basket I’ve had for years and my antique oil lamp birdfeeder to create a pretty vintage garden vignette

I walked through the house and picked up items I thought would work. The pink theme was unintentional but demonstrates how something as simple as colour can unify otherwise unrelated items.

I walked through the house and picked up items I thought would work. The pink theme was unintentional but demonstrates how something as simple as colour can unify otherwise unrelated items.

 Dahlias, pansies, petunias and ivy

Dahlias, pansies, petunias and ivy

Birdfeeders don't have to be large and chunky. Or purchased from a specialty store. Little song birds (and squirrels) will make themselves at home feeding on seed in a simple thrift store melmac plate on an old iron lamp base turned candle pillar

Birdfeeders don’t have to be large and chunky. Or purchased from a specialty store. Little song birds (and squirrels) will make themselves at home feeding on seed in a simple thrift store melmac plate on an old iron lamp base turned candle pillar

Sweet alyssum nestled in a vintage china sugarbowl

Sweet alyssum nestled in a vintage china sugarbowl

Thinking Outside the Mailbox

New VIP Party Button-001Since I was a small child I have loved mailboxes. While many people associate them with bills and junk mail to me they are the portals that bring birthday and Christmas cards and letters from friends and loved ones around the world. Oh, those handwritten letters with handwriting as distinct and personal as a person’s fingerprints.  I have an entire board dedicated to them on Pinterest which contains a number of original photographs I contributed.

Here in Canada, Canada Post is phasing out house-to-house delivery of mail and replacing them with group mailboxes at the entrance to developments or the end of streets. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my beloved mailbox, and with every repurposing project involving mailboxes it is becoming clear that my beloved mailboxes can remain part of our abodes.

My neighbour Fiona has a gorgeous Edwardian-style mailbox and allowed me to play with it.

My neighbour Fiona has a gorgeous Edwardian-style mailbox and allowed me to play with it.

 This summer I rescued this lovely rusted blue mailbox from a rural roadside where it lay on the edge of a ditch, stuffed with faded , rotting newspapers

This summer I rescued this lovely rusted blue mailbox from a rural roadside where it lay on the edge of a ditch, stuffed with faded , rotting newspapers

Decorating mailboxes can be an alternative to wreaths for greeting guests or seasonal décor.

Decorating mailboxes can be an alternative to wreaths for greeting guests or seasonal décor.

2014 Mailbox Planter

White Rock’s Flower Lady: 2015 Garden Tour

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 love the vintage-style flower decal

love the vintage-style flower decal

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Notice the gorgeous vintage chenille curtains

Notice the gorgeous vintage chenille curtains

My friend and neighbour Sharon began her garden just around the time she retired (about 10 years ago) and has since won several civic and gardening awards for her amazing garden. This summer our region has battled level 3 drought conditions, so we can imagine the amount of hand watering Sharon has been required to do.

apologies for the lighting - it was evening of a very sunny day.

apologies for the lighting – it was evening of a very sunny day.

This is a magnificent antique bicycle and Sharon has just placed it in her garden, letting its fabulous old bones speak for themselves and not smothering them in baskets bursting with plants (which can be lovely but I think her decision not to in this instance was brilliant)

This is a magnificent antique bicycle and Sharon has just placed it in her garden, letting its fabulous old bones speak for themselves and not smothering them in baskets bursting with plants (which can be lovely but I think her decision not to in this instance was brilliant)

Beautiful antique bicycle

These are real boots, just very old ones.

These are real boots, just very old ones.

Shasta daisies: bright white and lemon yellow centres

Shasta daisies: bright white and lemon yellow centres

 Sharon paints everything that goes in her garden. It wouldn't be my tendency but I do see the benefit of having her 2 signature colours of green and purple as a base in her garden. Painting deprisves her of the lovely natural aging I seek in garden junk, but it greatly prolongs the life of her garden treasures and the colours work beautifully together.

Sharon paints everything that goes in her garden. It wouldn’t be my tendency but I do see the benefit of having her 2 signature colours of green and purple as a base in her garden. Painting deprisves her of the lovely natural aging I seek in garden junk, but it greatly prolongs the life of her garden treasures and the colours work beautifully together.

bright yellow against the purple.

bright yellow against the purple.

Here Sharon has allowed the natural age of the galvanized washtub to show.

Here Sharon has allowed the natural age of the galvanized washtub to show.

antique farm barrow repurposed as garden planter

antique farm barrow repurposed as garden planter

Rose coloured hollyhocks