Monday, September 19, 2011

Berry Box Re-do

I stole bought this berry box for $15.00 in April at the Renninger's Flea Market in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. I wrote a post at that time about filling it with herbs to use on my screened porch for the summer. 

When we cleared off the porch in preparation for Hurricane Irene's visit, I emptied the berry box and stored it in the garage thinking I wouldn't display it again next spring.

Then, on Saturday, I paid a visit to one of my favorite bogs, Mamie Jane's, and saw her post, Soda Crate Display.  If you've ever been to Jane's blog, you already know that she is "wicked creative" (as we say here in Maine). For her latest amazing transformation, she started with this crate that, viewed from the top, is very similar to my berry box ...
and transformed it into a Halloween masterpiece. I won't show you her finished piece here because you really owe it to yourself to visit her blog and see for yourself what magic she creates with vintage household objects. But Jane did inspire me to take my berry box back down from the shelf in the garage and look at it in a whole new way...a fall kind of way.

And here's what I came up with...

Instead of summer berries and herbs, my crate now sits on a table in the dining room...

filled with apples, squash, gourds, pomegranates...

and a few other fall goodies I had packed away for autumn decorating.

Jane encouraged me to think outside the box (literally) and see my crate in a whole new way...for a new season.

Now that I'm on a roll, who knows?  Maybe for October I'll change it out again.  Do you think I could find a way to fit black cats and pumpkins into this thing?

This post is happily linked to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House In the Roses
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A2Z
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Pamela Gordon said...

I love blog inspiration don't you? Very cute idea. I'd love to find a berry picking basket like that. Have a great day! Pam

723.home.plain & simple said...

If I could get my hands on a box like this it would be container heaven for me! NO such luck in Florida! BEAUTIFUL REDO!

Jane said...

Why yes I do believe you might be able to fit a black cat or a pumpkin or two in that crate :)
Thank you for all your sweet comments, you know I am very flattered!!
That berry box is awesome. Now you have inspired me. I'm looking at that box of yours (I love the legs) and I'm thinking that I should try and add some legs to my crate. Of course I'll have to find a cool handle too but that's part of the fun!
I'll keep you posted on how it works out.
Thx again!!!

Bella said...

Hi Cheryl,
Fabulous repurposing! The basket is fantastic to begin with, a really nice piece!! I hope you find a way to enjoy it for every season!

Sandy said...

Hello Cheryl, so nice to meet you! I love your blog here and the story behind it. My dear Aunt Louise died of Ovarian Cancer too. She was only 57 yrs old. It's so precious the name of your blog too.

I love your sweet berry box, and the glove in the first photo is a nice touch. Of course you could fit anything you wanted into that adorable box. Love the red table too.

Your camper is adorable!

Thank you for visiting me and leaving your kind comment.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a great idea! Great shots too. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Gail said...

Thanks for sharing the versatile berry box from summer to autumn look. Hope you show us what you do in winter.

Shelia said...

I don't think I've ever seen a berry box like this and it's just so cute! Love what you've done to it - all falled up! :)
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandra said...

I love your little box makeover and Jane's ideas too. She sure gives us lots of inspiration.

Everlasting Blooms said...

Cute! I love the little green plants in there, they give it such a fresh look :)

Custom Comforts said...

What a great way to display your berry box. I had one once, but sold it at a sale. So sorry I did that as I've never found one again. They are a unique treasure and find and yours looks just lovely.

Anonymous said...

I love this berry box,filled with Fall decor goodies too,I'd like to get my hands on one of these,did it come with the legs also or did you put 'em on?...were could a person get one these?
Love it!
~JO @ LazyonLoblolly

Cozy Little House said...

She is indeed a clever girl! This is so cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your box is fabulous. What a terrific find. I love it with herbs, but it is fantastaic filled with all the fall veggies and gourds. What a creative idea. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

AuntLou said...

I don't see that box getting retired until after Christmas -- and even then... :)