Sunday, December 29, 2013

French Trugs and Wood Totes

A while back when a friend and I were shopping up in Florence at an antique mall I spotted this tote on display way up on top of a shelf:

I couldn't get down fast enough! Once I had it in my hands I turned it 36o degrees looking for a price tag, without any luck.  I asked the clerk about a price and he said he'd call the seller.  A few minutes later he found me with the {bad} news: "NFS". Yes, the dreaded "not for sale".  Why do sellers taunt us so?  Fast forward to a week before Christmas when I miraculously was able to get Mark to that store to take a look!  I told him "This!  This is what I want!"

Today he cut up some wood and nailed together a rustic version of that tote.  Here's our version make with wood from our old siding:


While he was cutting up that I made another version of a trug. I used some scrap wood; I save everything! The round handle was made from a piece of driftwood we found at Whiskey Run Beach about a year ago!

I'll probably white wash or paint both of these; white, it's my signature color, I guess!

I've been looking up wood totes, tool boxes, trugs, French market trugs, French garden trug and more.  Don't you just love how "French trug" sounds so romantically nostalgic?  I do!

Here's what Google said:
noun: trug; plural noun: trugs; noun: trug basket; plural noun: trug baskets
  1. 1.
    a shallow oblong basket made of strips of wood, traditionally used for carrying garden flowers and produce
Just for fun do a google/online search of "French Market Trug" or something like that, you'll love what you find!
Happy New Year and many blessings to you in 2014,


















  1. 1.
    ying garden flowers and produce.


             Happy New Year and many blessings,

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Merry Christmas!

We've been busy as everyone else, but realized GASP we didn't have a tree up and it's just days to Christmas.  I blame it on the fact that Thanksgiving this year practically fell in December!  So after a fun weekend away we took a little hike around our property and found the perfect tree.  It was so small we decided to put it in a watering can!  I filled the can with rocks to steady it, then just poured the water for the tree right in the watering can. 

NOEL!   (The sign is a pallet style sign; I painted a bunch of these and "Be Merry" for gifts this year.)

Christmas blessings to you all!