I still haven’t shown you a few of the things that I found in Ft. Walton Beach while I was with Alex - before baby Mason arrived. She was still working the first two weeks that I was there, so I had a little spare time to do some junking.
There was one big antique mall that was really convenient to her townhouse, so I stopped by regularly hoping to find something new. After a few stops with nothing interesting, I decided to give it one more shot. As I circled the parking lot looking for a park, I saw this sitting on the sidewalk outside the store with some patio furniture.
You know how your pulse starts racing when you see a treasure and can’t get to it? And, you feel like fifteen other people are already racing to get there ahead of you??? Well, my heart was pitter pattering like crazy and I still had to find a parking spot and then try to
run, sprint, okay, hobble over to check it out. After what seemed like forever, I arrived on the sidewalk and was able to check out the prize! I think I danced a little jig right there when I saw how wonderful it was and I when I saw the price.. I went into full Riverdance mode!!!
Here she is – all 28”x14”x17” !!!! She is huge!
The tag said “old galvanized container with lid” - $9.00 !!!! I thought maybe the first number had faded in the sun. But, it was really only $9.00. L-U-C-K-Y!!!
The top is galvanized and it was badly rusted. A good sanding, washing, and clear lacquer cleaned it right up.
I am pretty sure that the bottom is copper. I don’t think galvanized surfaces get such wonderful patina. The clerk told me she was pretty sure it was copper, too!
I can’t tell you how cute the worn wooden handles are.
I’m lovin’ it!
I think I am going to fill it with pink geraniums and leave it in the courtyard.
I took a few more photographs of the yard and the courtyard. G-Man is cleaning the fountain right now. I will do another post when the fountain is back together and the geraniums are in my new copper pot!!!
The vines have covered everything on the courtyard walls. This is after I pulled some of them away.
This one isn’t hidden yet. I think it’s time for a little gentle pruning!
An old window fills a corner.
This lion’s head has been up since we built the house 6 years ago. It is made of resin but I put concrete over it and did a rusty paint finish. It looks like concrete for real.
My only brother is a very talented carpenter. He has been making these cedar birdhouses for several years. He gave me two of them and I love them.
I have a couple of these old peeling columns in the courtyard.
I adore them.
I have a slate tile on the top to help keep water from seeping into the wooden top.
This grapevine heart needs a birds nest in the bottom, don’t you think?
My house number art is holding up quite nicely. You can read the how-to post HERE.
This concrete sweetheart is in the side yard.
She has been with me for almost twenty years and is one of my favorite things.
This area is down the hill from the concrete statue.
We haven’t done anything to this area yet. It is shaded by a canopy of low hanging branches all day. I’m thinkin’ a hammock would be perfect there.
This little bench is in the lower part of the yard.
I think this is where I will read my new “Flea Market Style” magazine.
Thanks to all of the gracious hostesses of the following parties: