Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Odd Item Finds a Home at the Lake House



The lake house has proved to be the perfect place for the overflow of my collections......



And lends itself beautifully to all things to do with nature.....



There always seems to be something tucked into my pocket...We have brought back sea shells, stones, twigs, bits and bobs from all sorts of places we have traveled to....in spite of being warned about the wrath of gods and seemingly ridiculous laws....



This poor delicate butterfly was found in this comatose state.....it lives on now under this cheese dome turned cloche .....my littlest visitors marvel at this specimen!





Don't you love wire ware? This is one of three little wire baskets...they are hooked together and hang from the porch ceiling...it holds tiny old French clay pots and new herb markers.....



I have a thing for architectural pieces....in this case...porch balusters...don't they look neat stacked on their sides with chippy white paint?



Interesting books, books and more books.....old brass pins....



Fungi with a bit of bling... an old metal stamping....



Look at this wonderful old book, titled...Seaside and Wayside and dated 1899...

"So he wandered away and away,
With Nature, that dear old nurse,
Who Sang to him, night and day,
The Songs of the Universe"
Longfellow





Scattered about are many found bird nests....this one in a little old spice tin.....



Some pretty vintage trim.....lots and lots of sewing notions tucked in old baskets and boxes around here...

If you enjoy these types of images...stop back again as there are years of collected treasure from nature and the great outdoors as well as from yard sales and flea markets filling the nooks and crannies of this place. The corners of our lake house are filled with reminders of our hikes and travels and never ending treasure hunting....

31 comments:

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

A post about this house was the first of yours i remember seeing... and it has been a blast since them. Thanks for sharing all these lovely collected treasures.

Chrissy said...

Could this be my favorite post yet???Yes,I think it is, love everything about it!! So glad I came by before bed, talk soon...Chrissy

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Wonderful collections. And accompanied by Longfellow. Thank you! ~Mindy

Elyse said...

so so lovely. i loved seeing the porch balusters. i bought 4 chipped aqua ones last summmer and they were just bound in the center by loosely tied cheesecloth. i love them just like that and have them on the radiator in my "girlie office."

how wonderful to have a lake house. my town has a beautiful pond and during summers my house begins to feel like a lake house, all breezy and casual.

beautiful post!

xo

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I adore all the soothing colors. It must have been fun going thru all your old collections and photographing them for us. I can see why you love spending time up there. It looks so peaceful.....even if you do have to spend time cleaning up for guests!!!lol
Carole

*The Beautiful Life* said...

The Lake House... just the name evokes thoughts of relaxation, lazy days, family, & good memories. I think I speak for us all when I say we'll take a post on the lake house any day! More pics please! :)
How about a photographic tour - room by room?

Can't hurt to ask...

Thanks, Laura!

Ruth

Lisa said...

Super Cool!! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Lisa

JOY said...

What a great pleasure to have a second home to fill with treasures!

Barb said...

Laura,
Love these pics!!
Of course the nest is the best.
That's coming from the nest queen herself!!

Blessings,
Barbara Jean

The Sobbing Settee ... said...

Sooooooo many beautiful finds! Love the balusters ... don't you just love it when the original paint is still on the object ... chipped or not.
Thanks for sharing!!!

Fluitenkruid said...

The butterfly haves a great place to rest where everybody will admire it's beauty.

Lululiz said...

Wonderful treasures and gorgeous photographs, such a lovely post, thank you.

G-style said...

Hello Laura,
how wonderful you have a lake house, and it's the perfect place indeed to put all that stuff you cannot put in your house.
I love the things you show us here , they all create such a nice atmosphere !!
The picures are beautiful , warm greetings from Gea

Allidink said...

Ooo! Cool things! I do enjoy these types of pictures :)

All the best,
Allison

Livs Lyst said...

Helo my dearest friend!!

I`m busy as you can see at the time, so I haven`t got the opportunity to visit you as often as I want to... You have soooo many old and beautiful things Laura! Wao!! That butterfly...!

I realy hope you have good days!!! I have ;O)
I enjoy life. Juhuuuu! And very soon we open the blog shop. That`s exciting... I wonder if people will like our things. But anyway; we are going to have fun!!!

Hug from me ;O)

Kerstin said...

WOW..I really enjoy your photoes... beautiful..
The wire basket was lovely..did you make it by your self??

Wish you a nice day..
Hugs Kerstin

Les Cotrions said...

Your lake house is a source of treasures!!! I love all your finds...very charming and inspiring photos! I'll be back for next images!
Happy Wednesday!
Vale

Guusje said...

Beautiful Photo's!!!

English style said...

I enjoy your post !!!the pictures are so beautiful !
and what a beautiful butterfly under your cloche !
have a nice day !!

Greets Yvon

Bonnie said...

These pictures are all so georgeous....
Thanks for sharing.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

A glimpse into your marvelous collections. Do show us more. That bird's nest in the tin box is gorgeous!

cheryl kuhn said...

Oh I want to move into this wonderful house and be surrounded by all those beautiful items!!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

L, you are a artist, thanks for visiting my garden.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Laura
After having been without a computer for a while, I am glad to do some catching up now. I particularly liked your lupins post. How wonderful to have a so many in one area! We have an area in front of the house which could do with some colour and this has given me an idea! Lupins, lupins it is.
Your posts are always an inspiration!
Take care
Isabelle x

Mélanie said...

Wonderful finds and tresaures , love the nest of the butterfly ...

PattieJ said...

Aaaaaah The lake house.... How I wish I had one of those.... hehehe. Adorable treasures! Thanks for sharing.

Pattie

Rosemary said...

You have such an eye for beauty!!! I love everything you do!!!
Have you ever seen the movie, "The Lake House"?
Just wondering!
Have a lovely day,
Rosemary

Andrea ~ Faded Plains said...

Love the greys and silvers that run throughout your photos...lovely!

jade said...

What a wonderful post!!!! All the beautiful treasures and that loveley poem....love it all!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

Have a very nice week, Hugs Jade

A Vintage Mood said...

As a matter of fact I do love wire ware! ;)

Playing catch up little by little after having been away from blogging. I'll have to come back to check out more of your gorgeous, gorgeous pics.

Beth said...

Simply wonderful! I especially love the Seaside and Wayside book. It would be most perfect in my house!