Sunday, June 13, 2010

Crates: Tins, Trivets and a Planter

I have always loved old crates and wooden boxes.  This one was in my laundry
room for years and has now been upgraded to a place in our breakfast room. It sits in 
a sunny corner and makes me smile everytime I look at it.

The colors on this starch crate are very vivid and the corner fingerjointing is a nice detail.  Isn't
it amazing how much work went into one box of starch?

Don't you love the picture of the washer women?

My "Apple Crate"

This crate I found in my mother's barn.  I call it my "apple crate" but it obviously wasn't built for produce.  It was built with square nails and it has hinges (on the right side) indicating it once had a lid. It was probably  hung horizontally. It has a double letter tray (on the bottom right side). Maybe a home built wall unit that hung above a desk? I use it to store my tin collection and trivets.

Some tins are old and some are not.

Even a tin from an airline I worked for many years ago!

Perfect place for my trivets on the side

My favorite corner of my breakfast room!


  1. I love your crates...especially the "apple" crate! Love all the little cubby holes of varying sizes. Very cute place to store your collections.

  2. I love all of your old crates and boxes! What a wonderful collection. :)
    ~ Jo

  3. That's a starch crate?!? Unreal isn't it? It's really a piece of art in today's world. The stamped typography on the other side is wonderful and VERY old world.

    Thanks for sharing your collection on SNS!

  4. Very cute apple crate and decor! About the russian website, that guy is your newest follower. He signed up to follow me today too.
    very strange indeed!
    ps thanks for letting me know, how did you find it?

  5. I wondered why a Stalin-esque looking man was a follower on my blog. Somehow he got someone's linky linked up to his blog. How do we get off of there?

  6. that collection looks great like that. i really like it.

    thanks for letting me know about that russian website. i found it quite strange that that guy become a new follower. i clicked on his profile, and felt better once i saw he also joined blogs i was familiar with. i'm still not 100% sure this isn't some sort of scam, buti am glad to be "interesting blogi". lol. international exposure, huh? good for us!

  7. Very pretty, tidy blog you have here. I love your home, so light, airy, and full of character. I love that you kept the airline tin and so many other pieces of family history. So much good design!

  8. I love crates to! I have a pretty nice collection of them, even a starch crate to. Mine is a different brand. I love the lables and the dove tail construction of alot of the oldies. I have some in my kitchen and some in my laundry room.
    Love your whole nook and love the crate in the corner as a planter!

    That was funny about the Russian website! I've run across that site before!

    It looks like from the comments above that he's following us all.

  9. Thanks for letting me know about our Russian stalker! It was fun, wasn't it! Love your crates and that corner of yours is a delight!

    A happy week to you my dear!

  10. Thanks for the Russian link. Kinda, um, interesting???

    BTW, love your blog! Fun ideas!!! :)

    ~Lori@live,laugh,love,create :)

  11. Was nice of you to come visit today... I would like you and your readers to go into my blog and read my new post...
    We may have a STALKER in blog land!
    or it may be nothing? He has a bloghop at the bottom of his blog.. I'm on it and you may be also??

  12. Oh these crates are marvelous!! Thank you for commenting on my blog! I'm going to follow yours as well :)
    To answer your question about the paint - Ivory Towers - I purchased it at Lowe's and it's Valspar brand!
    Thanks!! Terrell ~ Frou Frou Decor

  13. I am loving your 'apple crate' I would have loved to hang that above my desk. I wish I had a pretty collection of crates too

    Thanks for showing me the link to the Russian blog. How funny :-)

  14. Beautiful crates! I especially love the detial on the starch crate.
    Thanks so much for the heads up on the Russian blog! Very interesting! I'm not quite sure what to think of it!

  15. Those are all sooo cute. I love crates like that - anything with letters or numbers gets me going! Thanks for that link to the foreign site - you're right...too funny!

  16. Those crates are great!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice note. Should we be honored or scared about that Russian blog? It was a crazy thing that is for sure!

    Take care,


  17. Hi there!
    Thanks for popping over with the translation for the RUSSION blog where you found our links! I still need to look at the site...
    I've been reading your blog this am.. congratulations on your retirement and best to you in your creative endeavor's and in blogland! I love your wood stove... my brother an sister inlaw have the same on in their summer cottage.. Sure warms up a cool day by the sea! Look forward to more of your projects!

    Dandelion Wishes,

  18. ohh I love those things!! Thanks for the tip on the funny Russian website! :)

  19. How cute is this?! I love old tins, boxes and crates! You've done such a great job of putting everything all together for a sweet vignette! Soooo country with your wood stove.

  20. Hi there,
    Thanks for coming by to tell me about your new blog! I saw the slipcover you made. So cute. I love the skirt.
    Also, that's the prettiest crate with the wash woman on it.

  21. Hey there-
    Thanks for the tip on the funny Russian website! That's so strange! Love your blog, I'll be back...I love the crates!

  22. Just darling! Ok. You've inspired me. I have a couple of old crates - one holding firewood and one in garage holding gardening stuff. They need to be on display! I'll try and get to them this week. Thanks for the inspiration!


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