Friday, March 30, 2012

Sunny Yellow Forsythia and a Whatzit


The sun shone so brightly today...
...yet the temperature was cool.
A perfect spring day!


Years ago I bought this zinc container
 at the Trade Secrets Garden Show.
I was with my girlfriend Paula...and she bought five.
One for the backs of the four chairs in her dining room...
...and one to hook over the foot-board of her bed.


I seem to remember the vendor telling us that they were used by
 French grape harvesters to carry their tools.


...but Paula didn't remember that...
...so maybe I made it up!


Do you know?


Let me know if you do!


Whatever it's original use...
...I love it !

Hope you enjoyed your day
 and that you have fun plans for the weekend!
:)

36 comments:

Muffy's Marks said...

I don't know what they are, but you have given them a good home. Very Clever.

d e l i g h t said...

Whatever it is it works so perfect on your chairs. The yellow flowers are beautiful and I adore the touch of lace.
Linda

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Neat whatever they are - not sure if it is just me but two of your pics didn't upload properly and I couldn't see em.

Have a GREAT weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very pretty!!

oldgreymare said...

Don't know BUT forsythia is my favorite as I think I told you last year too. Makes me miss my Dad.
xx
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Karena said...

Laura I know that I love it!! It is the perfect floral vase!

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FleaingFrance & French Shopping Tours said...

I don't know but they look great on the chair! I think I prefer things to have a new use anyway....have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

What ever it was used for originally, I think you've found the perfect use for now. Love it, too!
Stop by to see my Violets of March post. Your violets are featured. ;-)
Thanks again for allowing me to use the photo. ~ Sarah

WolvesAtTheDoor said...

Ah, just beautiful! I wonder how I could make my own, what a lovely idea for a garden tea party - to have one on the back of every chair!

June said...

Well I think whatever it was used for, I like your use for it even better Laura :)
It looks like the leather sheath I keep my garden knife in.
hugs from here...

1717mk said...

Beautiful idea, I like it.
Magda

pinky said...

Hello Laura,enjoyed your blog.I love enamel ware.
i would love to have an enamel coffee pot in good condition as it reminds me of my childhood days when Mum would make coffee during teatime for us kids, thanks dear.

Andi's English Attic said...

That's a nice story whether it's true or not. :) xx

PURA VIDA said...

Very nice patina

manon 21 said...

Le jaune est la couleur de ce printemps en France,on en voit partout...

Bon weekend mon amie

Manon

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Rozmeen said...

I also dont know...but they look beautiful. xoxox Rozmeen

chateau chic said...

I sure like how you've used your little zinc holder. Perfect for flowers and adding some fun to your chair.
Mary Alice

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

I know what they are.......they are awesome and just about one of the coolest zinc items I've ever seen. (Tell Paula if she ever wants to rid herself of one or two to let me know...hehe).

Ahhhh, forsythia and Spring! I think we've just skipped Spring here.

Enjoy the weekend weather,
Susie

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

It sure looks like it could have been used for some sort of snipping tool. Whatever the original purpose, it looks pretty darn cute holding the flowers.

Bliss said...

It's a hook for a chair with yellow flowers in it. I can't think of anything better to use it for, so lets just go with your idea.

~Bliss~

CHRISTOPHER BENTLEY said...

I think they are vases from a mortuary supply, used for leaving flowers at peoples grave sites.

Wild Oak Designs said...

Cool....Love the flowers....I think we are all ready for spring....
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

joanne said...

the whatzit is a vase for flowers that go on a grave. it is placed in a recess and you pull it up and put your flowers in it....

ThreeOldKeys said...

Beautiful ... forsythia = spring.

I'm pretty sure the zinc pockets are actually holsters for duelling gardeners. Who can draw their clippers fastest?

Just kidding.

You found the perfect use.

Judy said...

I've never seen a chair with a vase on the back! How clever.
The forsythia are breathtaking! I think their brightness and lush blooming pattern make them among the most beautiful of spring blooms. Your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for the treat.

Judy said...

Shame on me, I didn't read your text closely enough. The chairs are your creations and did NOT come that way. More kudos to you!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Laura dear! WHAT A FABULOUS piece! Is it vintage? I wouldn't be surprised if it is a tool for the French harvesters to carry their tools..they are so artistic in even the most practical inventions!

Thank you for visiting today to offer encourage! The love and support is amazing here. I love your grape hyacinth on your sidebard!

Have a great weekend, Anita

ceparie said...

I have to agree with Susie From My Home to Yours, that it might be for holding flowers at a gravesite but I am not an authority.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

I don't know what it is either, but I love what you did with it. Love that piece of tatted lace wrapped around it.

Debbie

Nella said...

I absolutely love those containers....they would be perfect for weddings!!! So many ways to use them. N.xo

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Oh I love that! Is it me or is the Forsythia extra gorgeous this year? I love Paulas idea of putting them on the backs of chairs too. Have a great week:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

LizlovesVintage said...

Laura,
I've never seen these before. They are fantastic!!
Have a great week,
xxx Liz
I will email you :)

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love these fun containers. They look perfect with your bright yellow forsythias. Love them on the back of the chair.

~Shanon

W. theAntiquesLovers said...

So Nice Laura!!!!

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