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Sunday, April 4, 2010

On Little Cat Feet.....and a Horse Collar?

This week I'm linking to:
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House
Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts
Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick
Today's Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Metamorphisis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Roeshel at The DIY Showoff
2nd Time Around Tuesday at A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Whatever Goes Wednesday Someday Crafts
Idea Sharin' Wednesday Women Who Do It All
Vintage Thingie Thursday The Coloradolady
Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time

With Spring under way in our area, as well as most parts,
my mind can't help but wander to the garden.
I thought for this weeks mosaic I'd use some
vintage images of seed packets and catalogs.
Enjoy :)

A few weeks ago I had a "too early in the morning" appointment.
Was not looking forward to getting up and leaving the house by 6 am.
It's been along time since I had to be up that early :)

I grumbled when the alarm went off and hit the snooze button.
It went off again, so I grumbled some more and got up.

Driving down the backroads on the way to my destination 
I was thinking was a miserable time to be up...
notice I didn't say awake.

As the sky started to lighten, I noticed layers of fog
just above the fields.
Carl Sandburg's poem came to mind instantly.

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

I have loved that poem from
 the first time I heard it in Grade School.  

I wonder if he had seen the fog like this
just before he wrote it.

As it got brighter I noticed my mood was too.

The I realized I was going to see the Sun actually rise!

can't remember the last time was I saw the Sunrise...

just beautiful...

the colors were amazing...

I was in awe....

Maybe being up at 0 dark thirty isn't such a bad thing after all.
By the way I was on my way to get my annual Mammogram.
Maybe I'll get another "way to early" appointment next year too ;)


A while back I asked for suggestion of what to do with
an old horse collar I have.
Maggie from The White Farm House had a great idea...
planting it.

My wheels started turning....

I used some Baling Wire from my stash to hang it to the patio roof post.
(my Baling Wire has become like Gold to me now.
Since we've cleaned out the farm, there isn't any more....
what I have is all there is)  

ignore the webs and bugs....
(this was pre-Easter Cleaning)
and I was in a hurry! ;)

Maggie said add a basket..basket..basket
I have a metal basket in my Treasure Pile
I picked up at a yardsale last year!
It came filled with faux fruit,
I think I paid 50 cents for the whole thing.
Dug it out and dumped it out

the basket fit pretty good but it needed to be attached.
I decided to attach it to the post, instead of the collar,
to help make the collar a bit more sturdy
and not add more weight to it 

Now to hide the Baling Wire that was holding the collar.
I remembered my Daughter had brought home
 an old harness from her friends...aha!
I slung the harness over the wire on the collar..
what do you think?

I then lined the basket with Sphagnum Moss
 next I added Moisture Control Soil
and planted Bacopa.

The basket is rather small so one plant is all it can hold.
Maybe I'll find a larger one for next year,
but if not it's ok..
I really like the way this turned out

Thanks Maggie!!!


  1. Those sunrise pictures are beautiful and I love what you did with your horse collar, great idea!

    Kat :)

  2. That is neat, Deb! I never would have thought to put a basket of flowers with that! I hate early morning appointments, too, especially because I have to go to the day job after. I think seeing the sunrise was a good trade-off!

  3. Beautiful pictures. I love the horse collar planter - great idea! Be sure to stop by AtticMag this week for a Giveaway!

  4. What great photos! I'll bet you can guess which one is my favorite - the seed packets! Coming over from Cottage Instincts and a happy new follower!


  5. I loved watching the sunrise with you! :) How pretty!
    great job on the horse collar! It's a super idea.
    thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment on my vanity redo. It was quite a challenge!
    I hope you have a great week!

  6. Oh my gosh, the horse collar is wonderfull. I have to find one. wish me luck!! That was just a great idea.

    Thank you for visiting junkblossoms. I hope you'll come back soon.

  7. I am not a morning person, I snooze the alarm for at least 30 minutes :) Then it takes me another 30 - 40 minutes to get my eyes open. I love your sunrise photos, they're gorgeous. Great idea for the horse collar.

  8. There is something so quiet and serene to be up when the sunrises..set you up for the day!
    Good luck w/ your mamogram...a breast cancer survivor I am..the yearly mamogram saved me.

  9. It looks awesome! Love the halter draped over it too! You did a fabulous job! Now, I definitely have to find me one of those. I love that you used things you had for it too. So inventive!

    Thank you for the shout out! You are just too sweet!

  10. Hi Deb
    Enjoyed seeing the vintage gardening packets and catalogues. We have a fellow locally that has a garden shed full of antique tools, old seed packets and catalogues - I just love to look at all his stuff.
    Great fog photos - too bad you had to leave so early for your appt. but then you wouldn't have seen it to capture.

  11. I love your mosaic! I hope that you have a wonderful new week!

  12. My goodness, Deb, you are quite the party girl this week! :)
    I am retired and could sleep in, but get up before dawn on purpose. I love the quiet, the beginning of the day, the changing light at dawn, and taking my sweet time waking up - happy.
    Love your mosaic (I can't wait to get out and play in the dirt), and your hanging basket is a beauty!
    Wishing you a lovely week,

  13. WOW!! This post was full of creativity from your mosaic to your horse collar with a breath taking sunrise and mystifying fog in between. What a great read and beautiful eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Oh my...I love the vintage seed packets...what a darling idea for a mosaic!


    Happy Mosaic Monday!

  15. So cool!!! Great idea and awesome pictures :) hehehe With all the graphics you do I bet you could have some fun with that too!!
    Love it!

  16. absolutely delightful! I love it! ...What great images! I hopped over from Cottage Instincts and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and hope that you will do the same. until later...

  17. I love those old seed packet graphics - so bold yet so charming!


  18. Deb,
    Luv what you did with that horse collar...also luv the sunrise pics!


  19. Coming by to say thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! I much appreciate it :)
    And I love that Burpee's label *sigh* :)

  20. Your pictures are gorgeous..and I loved the harness and basket. It's wonderful.. and the sunrise pictures..*sighs..I love them.
    Happy VTT and have a lovely weekend.

  21. What a great idea turning that into a planter, it adds such a charming touch to a vintage piece. I have never cared for fog much, I always feel trapped or something! Have a great VTT!

  22. I just love the plant in the collar. It is lovely! Perfect basket. Love the harness draped over, too. Nice job!

  23. I love it. It is perfect. The plant may get bigger and be just enough. Don't want to cover up all that beautiful collar, and your seed pack mosaic is very colorful and creative. Good job.

  24. Hi Deb,
    I followed you over from a comment you made in Brambleberry Cottage. You mentioned that you have been looking for a sectional mirror like the one pictured in her post about the Charlotte antiques show. That picture was taken in my booth at the show. The mirror is 1 of a matching pair that I faux finished and installed vintage mirror in. The bottom panels of mirror have the original etched flowers still intact. It makes me feel good that someone noticed it. Let me know if you have any interest in them. Congratulations on having such a nice blog. I have become a follower.


  25. aloha deb,

    i love your fog turned into sunrise photos, its beautiful and your reused plant basket is fantastic.... thanks for sharing

  26. Amazing photos! I also love the plant basket you created. You are very clever!...Christine

  27. What a great idea. Bacopa is so pretty and dainty, too. Vintage seed packets would be a cool collection, I think. Hope your test comes out good.

  28. Wonderfull blog!!!
    Blessings from Costa Rica,

  29. oh how absolutely pretty!!!
    have a great weekend and thanks for linking in this week

  30. What a fun post, from the cool seed packets, sunrise photos, and the basket dealy you made for the flowers. I like to lay seed packets around for decoration, and found a picture with vintage seed packets at a garage sale or thrift store that sits on the floor in my dining room.

    Thanks for your comment on my blooms. I love it that you used the word, "fab".

  31. that sunrise moments are beautiful and breathtaking!!

  32. Impressive multi-tasking ;-)
    It's been quite some time since I've visited but I've enjoyed catching up in my reader this morning. Thanks for making the whole post available in your feeds. I thought I'd click on over to let you know that I love this series of photos especially.
    Hugs and blessings,


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