We pulled into the parking lot knowing that my favorite eclectic junk shop was closed, but it was time for a stretch after hours on the road. Besides there is always plenty of good junk to pick through outside the shop, no need to go inside….all the good junk is always outside.
I saw what I wanted immediately, of course it was unmarked, no price tag…bummer!
It’s just common knowledge that if you stop by Queen B’s place off of 281 in Hamilton, TX and they are closed, you are allowed to write a check for what you find and slip it through a wee little hole in the door. Well I found what I wanted but didn’t know what to write the check for. Undaunted…I located the business card I kept from my last visit and called just hoping that maybe the call would be forwarded…and it was!
The owner was happy to oblige my need for spending more money at her shop. Don’t you love that technology was working for me this particular day in a quaint little town where the honor system still exists. It was meant to be…obviously.
My find that day was a large galvanized tool box.
It’s so wonderful…
With so many projects going on in our home right now, filling this with plants was not top priority. But man did it ever beckon to me every stink’n time I went outside. “Hello…I’m still waiting”
Finally, the waiting is over, I’ve added some plants and more. But first I’d like to know what you would have done with this fabulous find. Would you have used it inside your home? or risk rust and more patina by leaving outside? For me it was a no brainer…more patina please! Would you have added some ivy to spill out over the sides? Some lovely flowers for color and texture? Some china to add a touch of elegant whimsy?
Because that is exactly what I had planned for this spot…I just had to find the perfect shades of color and it all just happened to fall into place this past week.
First I found the most wonderful variegated potato vine…soft mossy green with tips of white and purple. It was perfect so I bought it and flanked each end with it…it spills over nicely. Then I found some awesome Lisianthus, I call them bell flowers (Eustoma grandiflorum) in purple and pink. I love these plants for several reasons, one because I can grow them, two because they have the most beautiful foliage, a soft pale green…which by the way looks great paired with the vine I bought. Next I added a lovely piece of Johnson Brothers china. Just because it’s chipped it still serves a purpose in my home…or garden in this case.
Now I need to transplant some ferns to grow around my willow bench and this little (room) area can be done.
I have rooms in my back yard…do you have those too?