Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nifty and Thrifty and Free!

Don’t you love it when you discover something again that you already have?

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Well, here’s my new “old” discovery.  My antique Victorian wrought iron violet or posey stand!  I was cleaning out some things in the pool house, and there she was!

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Isn’t it the coolest outdoor decoration?  A sweet friend of mine gave it to me many years ago when I admired the one she had on the deck of her lake home.  She said, “Dear, I have another one similar to it in one of the storage sheds with my other antiques and you can have it if you want it.”  Of course, I tried to remain calm and said, “Well, I’m sure I could use it if you don’t want it anymore.”  Needless to say, we hauled this baby all the way home.

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It has 9 removable swing arms and was pretty rusty and crusty when I got it.  I gave it a fresh coat of white years ago.

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The Victorians used this as a holder for small potted African violets.  I think it makes a great votive holder.  I’ve had a tabletop version of this, too that I recently sold.

Below are two photos from Paris Couture Antiques. It is for sale on Ebay right now.

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Doesn’t she have this styled beautifully?  I tried to find other examples in photos, but they are so hard to find.

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I decided to try mine in the loggia.


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It looked pretty lit up at night!

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I let a family member borrow it years ago to use in a beautiful outdoor evening wedding.  I just love, love, love garden antiques.

I’ll leave you with a few more photos taken at dusk.

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I promise I’ll start blogging about something else besides the outdoors!  (Well, maybe not until after 
summer!!!)

Au Revoir,
Kim

Linking up to:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time Interiors
What's It Wednesday? at Ivy and Elephants
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

11 comments:

Little Miss Maggie said...

This does make a great votive holder. Those Victorians had something for every occasion. You are so lucky to have a friend share that with you.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

It's stunning - and please do n't blog about much other than your gorgeous outdoors- I don't believe I shall EVER tire of seeing it.

I just wish I could be there in person to witness it first hand!

Lovely stand, it is awesome.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great piece, and it looks beautiful with the votives.

Toni said...

Lovely stand, love using it with candles. I have not tired of your outside post yet - please keep inspiring!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great piece, Kim! I've never seen one of those before. I was going to comment that it probably looks great at night with the candles all lit ~ and it does!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

What a nice gift! Are the votives removable? It looks as if though you can use it for so many things. Cupcake stand, holiday centerpieces, OH! what a great gift!!

Blessings,
Darlene

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful, Kim! I see so many uses for this. I appreciate you linking to the OHP this week. Thanks!

srpprcrftr said...

Don't think I've ever seen one of those and I've been to antique stores all over the country. That is so awesome, I'm drooling.
Can't believe you'd be able to part with the smaller one. Just love it. So many ways to use it. Your outdoor space is breathtaking. I'm sure jealous of your pool. I'd help clean it if I could swim in it. lol
Enjoy your beautiful yard, sure worth showing as much as you can.
First time on your blog but I'll be back if I can find the place to subscribe on email.

Mel said...

New fan here from There's No Place Like Home. I LOVE your blog!
-Melissa

~ Lisa ~ said...

Now that is just toooo sweet. I'm in love with it.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodenss, your pool area is gorgeous. We are currently building a new home in a 55+ community so I will have a poool too, LOL! I will just have to share it with others:):). XO, Pinky

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