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April 19, 2007



I am SO in the mood to garden this weekend, and it is supposed to rain! I plan to go by the garden center anyway and pick up several of those hanging baskets of colorful flowers to hang on shepherd's hooks in my backyard. They give a nice flash of color where you don't expect to see it. Your old tools remind me of my old "trug" basket, full of old and dirty hand tools. Must clean them up one of these days!


oh gosh that RED & YELLOW together such a POP! and i HAD one of those french provincial bedroom sets in the 70s ugh! I like your version wayyyyy better:) xo


I am still waiting for all the piles of snow to melt! How I wish I could garden this time of year. But it is finally supposed to be sunny this weekend and, dare I say it, in the 60's!


I love what you did to that nightstand! The red looks so great against the yellow house. Have fun with the gardening :)

The Feathered Nest

I'm really loving that red! I'm going to have to find something to paint that color.

Shame on me too, I have planters out front that need filling. Maybe this weekend!


I love red. My kitchen walls are red, and so is one wall in the foyer. Maybe I should spread some red outside...

Susan Ramey Cleveland

You find such neat stuff. I love the red table.


Love that res night stand. The birdhouses are so cute.. My Dad makes birdhouses out of tree branches and I have several of them around my yard.. I think they are so natural looking


What a neat color of red. Everything is so quaint and sweet.



Oh I adore the garden tools! I love finding old things and using them.


I know just the kind of Fr. Provincial set you're talking about cuz I had 'em as a kid! Loved them and thought I was so classy with my dresser, nightstand and desk - oo-la-la! You've given yours that perfect Daisy Cottage touch!

kim in Camas - ScrapToMyLu

what great tools!
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One Womans Cottage Life

Kim, I've always loved your dresser on your porch! It inspired me to start painting an old dresser white for my front porch:) I hope mine turns out just half as lovely!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

I'm glad someone other than me has empty pots waiting for flowers. When it's beautiful here I'm busy. When I have time to garden the weather is stormy. I'm putting petunias in my pots soon.

The Decorated Houset

So this is the confessional post for those with empty pots. Whoops, me too. I've been thinking about them though.

Kim, those are beautiful with their old patina. How many have been tossed out? Even by me. Funny how things with a bit of age look so much better to us as we grow up.

That little side chest painted red is so perfectly Daisy Cottage delicious!


Your old tools are wonderful - in our area, they are getting harder to find. Your red and yellow porch always brings a smile to my face. Its so inviting/cozy and says - come, have a cool drink, chat and just "be" and watch the world go by.


I love the look of your porch. The red bits look so good against the yellow. I really like what you did to the nightstand. Those tools are great. Old gardening tools are so much nicer than brand new ones. It's nice to wonder who's used them over the years and in what garden.


I wonder how old your tools are, they make me think of the "victory gardens" that everybody grew instead of lovely little lawns back during WWII, could they be that old? Your house certainly could have had one of those gardens in it's yard. You have such a sweet little porch, I would like to do my large condo balcony up in a quaint old way. Cindy S.


Have fun using your garden tools! I need to get mine out of storage too. Can't wait to plant some flowers!
God bless :)


Love those old garden tools. We have a few too. One of my favorite garden tools must be very old! It's all sort of rusty and has had to have the handle replaced more than once. But it still does a great job!

And yes, we have empty flower pots here. After the freeze, we are tad reluctant! Will get to it, next week, perhaps. I can't wait to get some plants and flowers on the back porch!!

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I love the one that looks like a hand...I have one almost identical to it that I've been using in a "gardening" vignette in my laundry room. Love your red dresser too! Do you actually keep anything in the drawers of it? Seems like it would be great to store some gardening items in...and the color is just PERFECT for your lovely little cottage!

Southern Heart

I just love red and yellow together! And you did a great job on that looks very happy at your home. The tools are wonderful. Garden tools should be well loved. :)

I have *lots* of empty pots, too. That's on my "to-do" list for next week.

Have a great weekend!



Old garden tools are so much fun. I wonder about the people that used them before me and what they were like. It's a great reminder of how they don't make things like they used to. Fun colors too, oh you'll have fun gardening with those. Have a great weekend! Happy planting.

Betty Jo

Gorgeous photos my friend. I too have pots that are empty. I was so eager to get them planted when we first arrived here, then the cold snap came along, and I lost steam! Thanks for the reminder!! xoxo


Those are beautiful pieces of art, Kim. Especially when displayed on your lovely porch. I think we've all got pots to fill now...I know I do! :)

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Can you imagine the former owners of those tools, I think a gently old soul with gnarled hands and a pipe!

Robin Sherwood

Your dog's picture always makes me gigle. What a ham!
Love the birds nests too.

Allie from Minneapolis

Hi Kim, love the garden goodies, the new chest, and the bird houses. All are so cute and perfectly you!

cherry menlove

Oooooh vintage garden tools. There is NOTHING like vintage garden tools to make a girls mouth water!

Cherry xx


I adore your little red chest! I'm getting ready to do a similar finish (in apple green!) to a table from my parents. Can you tell me a little more about how you achieved such a lovely "patina"? Thanks!! Love your blog, btw!

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