2.04.2015

Floral inspiration

It's about this time of year...when the holidays are long over...
that winter just seems so ...so...unwelcome to say the least...

I really shouldn't be complaining...we've had little snow here...its just so...un-green!







Looking ahead to the Vintage Market in late March where I'll be a vendor, finds me seeking floral inspiration...


Recently discovering a stash of vintage seed package labels that I had misplaced fueled my inspiration...
let me walk you through it...


















Step one: rejoice in the fact that after searching for longer than I can remember, I found these vintage French seed package labels...

















Step two: find a few old painted boards...the crackled pink paint on this one was perfect...I sawed it in half...















Step three: unearth rain gauges bought last fall on clearance...swap out glass gauge for test tube...

don't know yet what I'm going to do with the calibrated gauges...any ideas?
















After gluing each seed label onto a board and sealing the entire board with a coating of wax, I nailed the metal tube holder at the bottom of the board.  The test tube was a hair wider than the original glass gauge but gentle persuasion opened up the metal clamp just a little bit more...enabling the test tube to be held snug in place.  
Two more nails and a length of wire at the top of the board comprise the hanger...

Add the stem of your choice and its ready to hang...
















































I just used whatever painted boards I had on hand...but you could color coordinate as you like, using new boards painted your color choice...sanding the board and the edges before you glue on the seed label helps to give it that distressed look...


























I like them grouped together but a single board could brighten up a sliver of dark space...






















I checked online and the company I bought these labels from years ago still has them available for sale...and they swear that they are not reproductions but the real deal...find them online at www.simplyfrenchvintage.com


A simple stem in a simple vase...the hope of spring when we need it most...







































Joining the Vintage Inspiration Party over at Knick of Time...
because doesn't everyone need a little more inspiration...

15 comments:

  1. I love them...we all could use a little spring right now! Your blog is delightful, I am now following. :)
    Denise

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  2. Very cool! I've gone back to "gathering" myself...time to get a bigger storage unit! (o:

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  3. These are 'beyond awesome'! I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

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  4. Super cute! Glad you found your list seed packets!

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  5. These are adorable. What amazes me most is that you can remember where you purchased them. Lol

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  6. Your imagination astounds me! (in a good way) I want to go to this Vintage Market! :-)

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  7. These are wonderful. Admittedly I am a little winter weary this week. We got a dumping of snow and lots of gray days this week so far. I am trying to keep my chin up though.

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  8. So pretty! I love the rain gauges...wonderful find! Such a fun idea to add the test tubes for flower holders!

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  9. Love these, Amy, your imagination is inspirational. What a gorgeous combination.

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  10. What a lovely idea, Amy. They look beautiful and so springlike.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  11. Amy, I just really want to play with you. When I was a little girl I went for a sleepover at a friend's house. Her Mom was kind of a "hippie." They made their own homemade pizza (unheard of in my small town in the 60s), lived on a boat and were very artistic. The mother planned a craft for us - sculpting little works of art from clay gathered from the river bank. It seemed we were playing with mud to me! But, oh how I remember that adventure and the spirit it awakened in me! Your spring project of test tube vases and vintage seed packets, brings that same spirit of creativity, resourcefulness and beauty - and just as when I was a little girl, I'm inspired to do the do the same! Thank you!

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  12. Such a lovely idea......would look great hanging in my conservatory!

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  13. This is brilliant! Great idea!

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