June 19, 2018

Growing Flowers in a Basket...

Sometimes using the ordinary in unexpected ways
ends up being pretty cool.

I had this idea for this old gate.

I wanted something to pretty it up...

something flowing, colorful, and unexpected.

My first thought was to use one of those old mailboxes.  You know, the vintage metal ones that would hang by the door.  I had it all planed out in my head.  I would spray paint it aqua and plant pretty white flowers in it that would grow and spread and drape so pretty.  It was going to be eye catching.

But I searched and searched and a pretty vintage mailbox was not to be found.  At least not locally.  I could have bought one from Etsy I suppose, but who has time to wait for shipping when all these wonderful ideas are bouncing around in my head needing to be done?  

So I used what I had.
 I had baskets.  Lots of baskets.

I chose one and got busy.  No spray painting needed.
Baskets are already pretty in their natural state.

I lined it with a plastic grocery store bag.  I simply poked a few holes through the bottom with my finger for drainage.  I then carefully added the potting soil and arranged the flowers just the way I wanted them.  A few patriotic touches to make it homey and welcoming doesn't hurt either.

In this picture below I spot a little bit of the plastic peeking through the flowers.  No worries.  Nothing a little bit of tucking can't solve.  The plants will be growing and spreading and it will all be hidden in time.  

To be perfectly honest these flowers have been in this basket a few weeks now but I waited to photograph them to give them a chance to fill in.  They still have lots of spreading to do.   The growing season is still young.

I rather love having this on my porch.  It's one of  my favorite things out there.

There's a saying that goes Surround yourself with beautiful things.  I totally believe that and I've tried to live my life that way.  We don't have to have a lot of money to have pretty surroundings.  We don't have to have fancy material things.  We just need the will and a little creativity to turn our homes into a place of refuge and beauty.

Wishing you lots of sunshine and beauty.

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  1. What a clever idea, and it looks so lovely

  2. I much prefer your sweet basket overspilling with pretty flowers, Beca. I love how you repurpose 'ordinary' pretties and make them spectacular. I so agree with you about surrounding ourselves with beautiful things that don't cost a lot of money. It is always so much fun fossicking around what we have and giving them a little love, adding beauty to our days. Have a beautiful filled with sunshine, lovely Beca

  3. Precious! You have a magical touch...Diana
    And that kitten is the sweetest!

    1. Yeah we think he's pretty cute too.
      Thank you Diana ♥

  4. Great idea! And so pretty. Have a blessed rest of the week

  5. Your flowers in the basket look beautiful:)

  6. Brilliant idea!! I love the patriotic touches you added. It is a very welcoming basket of flowers.

  7. Oh, it's so lovely! Beautiful idea! I especially like the patriotic touches. The Fourth of July is not too far away, and I'm already thinking about and looking for patriotic decoration ideas.
    It's always a pleasure to virtually visit your home, it's such a tranquil and beautiful place!
    Hugs from California

  8. I love the way you decorated the basket so pretty with the flowers and the patriotic decorations! You are all set now for the 4th of July. :)

  9. Hi Beca! That's so pretty! Beautiful indeed!

  10. Your garden gate looks charming and I think it is always a win, when you use what you already have. Keep your eyes open and one of these days you'll come across an old mailbox and for pennies on the dollar. I do think it takes more imagination and creativity to use what you have on hand and make it beautiful and fresh and that is exactly what you did.
    Happy Summertime!
    Connie :)

  11. Beautiful idea. Your cat is Lovely. Have a Happy weekend Beca.

  12. Beca, the basket is perfection! I love planting in unusual things and this is just the sweetest! Thanks for sharing with SYC. You will be one of tomorrows features. :)


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