To me, it represents the simple beauty that is so often found in Folk Art. Maine is full of hardy, frugal country people who have learned to "make do" in a hostile climate. Maybe the cracks in the bottom of the old wooden bowl inspired the craftsman's need to alter the piece. Or maybe the maker's wife wanted a way to simplify her day by raising her apple-peeling and other kitchen tasks to chair height. For whatever reason, oak legs were added to the bowl. The legs are beautifully made and pegged into the bottom of the bowl, with no nails or glue. For $5.00, how could I pass it up?
The finished piece has a quirky utilitarian beauty that I love.
For now, it will hold an Easter display...
But I have lots of other ideas for filling the bowl in other seasons...flowers or seashells in the summer, apples or guords in the fall, greenery and berries at the holdays. It may someday hold old cookie cutters in a corner of my kitchen, or balls of yarn by the woodstove for winter knitting projects.
Meanwhile, this little bottle-brush rabbit has made it his home.
I hope you will visit these amazing blogs to which this post is linked:
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at House In the Roses
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Second Time Around Tuesday at A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words
Twice Owned Tuesday Party at The House of Grace