Tuesday, October 19, 2010

RECLAIMED RUSTICS ~ Vintage Cutlery Herb Markers

Okay, so this is going to be a couple different "upcycles" for my Reclaimed Rustics section this week, but in a super short post because it's 5 o'clock and I need to get started on dinner. Tonight is the first night for public skating at the arena in town and my father-in-law and husband have been patiently waiting to take Willen (who's still only 16 months) out skating. It's going to be so much fun for him (and them!) and I've got a bit to do before we head out.
So, here it is. My herb pots that have done so well on my back deck are about ready to be emptied until next year due to the cold weather we've been having lately. The problem is, they still look so full of life! I decided to try them inside beside my stove so I can continue to have fresh herbs at my finger tips. I found a cheap little bar with some hanging tin pots to plant them in this weekend so I got busy transplanting them this afternoon. They look so adorable hanging under my chalkboard ~ un petit jardin d'herbe! So it's not really a new use for them but it's saving them from my compost pile for now!

I was able to find one reclaimed rustic project to add to the little display, giving it a little more character at the same time. I had salvaged a whole box of old cutlery one time and found a set of metal stamps at an antique store about a month ago. I used the forks to create little garden markers and the stamps to stamp the names of my herbs in them. They look fantastic in the little tin pots and just make the whole thing so much more charming!

The different markers - it's even better that the herbs are in my kitchen because it makes the cutlery markers that much more fun.

I hung a few sprigs of rosemary with some twine as well. I figured since I was transplanting it, might as well dry it.

I'm also repurposing an old match holder and using it to hold my chalk and eraser by my message board.
The herbs - thyme, sage and parsley.
I also picked up this old carrier at the Country Living Fair and I'm going to use these cute little old jars to make a rustic little spice holder.
So there you have it. That's a few, simple ideas for a little indoor herb garden using reclaimed pieces. And the best part? My kitchen smells like fresh herbs all the time!


  1. Maria that looks really great. I can not wait to see it in person. We really need to get together with some pumpkin spice lattes and have a nice fall day together.

  2. How did Willen do with skating? Is he a born natural?


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