A friend is someone who knows you and loves you any way. And my friend Peggy is such a friend. She had noticed that I was eyeing some Coca-Cola crates but hadn’t bought one, so recently she gave me this one as a gift.
|Coca-Cola Crate filled with Wildflowers|
I loved it!! When I got it, I was thinking of using it to serve drinks on the back porch when we had guests at the ranch. But apparently those old coke bottles were smaller than I remembered. This coke crate has 24 small cubbies that were way too small for my glasses. What was I going to do with it? I then thought that maybe I could use it to display wildflowers. So I began searching my house for some small jars that might fit in the crate. I found some brown glass supplement bottles that fit perfectly. For months, I had been saving these brown glass jars because they looked like old time medicine bottles and I thought I might re-purpose them one day. How many times had I kept something that I never used, or thrown away something that I wish I had kept? This time I got it right, yay!! I didn’t have enough for each cubby, but I thought it would look fine.
|Coca-cola Crate with Glass Jars|
Next, I collected my flower gathering cane, gloves, and clippers. As I put on my boots, Molly, our collie, perked up. She knew I was headed out the door and SHE was ready for an adventure. She poked me with her nose, indicating that I needed to speed up the process. She seemed to say that she was ready for whatever we might encounter, a snake, a neighbor’s cow, rabbit or a possum. (She takes her protection job very seriously.) I patted her head, as she continued to prod me out the door with her nose. She headed for the woods.
|Molly the Collie|
“Sorry Girl,” I told her, “we’re not going to the creek, this time. I’m just getting gathering some wildflowers.” She seemed disappointed, but thought that maybe Mr. CH was in danger, so she ran over to the shed to check on him.
I turned back to my task at hand. I put my gloves on, since I would be cutting thistle, which has lots of stickers. The flowers below are such some of the flowers I gathered for the arrangement. It took a couple more trips to fill the crate.
|Basket filled with Flowers|
Then I filled the bottles with water, pouring from an old vintage ironstone pitcher.
|Preparing the Floral Arrangement|
Next, I placed the flowers in the bottles, trimming the stems when necessary. I liked using the little bottles for the flowers, since wildflowers don’t have long stems. And I liked that the arrangement would not be tall, so it wouldn’t block the view of the person sitting across the table.
|Adding Wildflowers to the Arrangement|
At first, I used all of the flowers that I had picked, but soon realized that the yellow and brown flowers were distracting from the purple and pink flowers.
|Editing the Wildflower Arrangement|
We enjoyed the arrangement during lunch when I served homemade chicken salad.
And then later we enjoyed the flowers on the not-so-formal dining room table for dinner.
|Wildflowers on Table|
I used a feedsack for the table runner. Most feed sacks have a seam on both sides, so I just ripped out the seam, and voila, I had a table runner, that required no sewing. This week I have been working on a new project, and that table runner has been transformed into pillows, but I’ll share that with you later!!
|Wildflowers Arrangement and Feedsack Table Runner|
|Country Dining with Wildflower Arrangement|
O taste and see that the LORD is good;How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
Very cute ideas! I wish I could come up with stuff like this! Thanks for stopping by The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug – I’m now following you back and can’t wait to read more!
I don’t love you “any way” – I love you because you are a great friend – and you love me back (and, many times, first)! That is such a cute idea – so glad you saved those bottles. I need to try something like that in my Coke crate (hope I have some bottles the right size). I love your writing style. When I read your blog, I feel like I am reading a very interesting book! I love your blog – the writing, the pics – all of it!
Sandy Elliott says
Beautiful pictures! I wish I could take pictures half that well. 🙂 Can’t wait to see more of your stuff. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you back.
Sandy~ Cherished Handmade Treasures
Jeannies Bottle says
Beautiful! I have a Pepsi crate like that and didn’t know what to do with it. Thank you for the idea!
Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says
Thanks Jeannies Bottle. Be sure to take some pictures and then leave a comment when when you do. I can upload yor photos and show them on the blog.
Love the idea! TFS and linking to my party 🙂 My goal was to find great new blogs and I love yours!
abusybee - DoubleClick Connections says
Beautiful flowers, and love the old crate!
liz at liz's paper loft says
what a fab idea! I can’t believe I just got rid of a coke crate that I had for years! story of my life!
Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says
Oh no Liz!! Sorry to hear. But I bet you have something else in your house that will work to hold flowers. Hugs!!
Julie Anne says
that is fantastic!! I love wildflowers and your collection is so cheery!
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Jill Nordin says
I truly loved your arrangement and the coke case. My dad ran an old “general merchandise” story much like Sam Drucker’s in Petticoat Junction and I never gave
a thought in the late 1970s that they would become an ‘antique’. I really enjoy your blog! (Also your collie is beautiful)
Dona Daugherty says
I put flowers in an old Coke crate. I was wanting to protect it from the weather and water as it sits outside. I plan to take it in whenever weather is bad. Any suggestions for how to weatherproof the wood without ruining the crate?
How about a clear coat of wax Dona?
Dona Daugherty says
Thank you. I will give it a try. 🙂