Bringing a Little Bit of the Farm to your Outdoors!

November 30th, 2009 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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Heres a close-up of the farm piece I added to my bird bath.  It has a great rusty patina.   I actually have no idea what it was in its former life.  Any ideas?
Heres some of the elements that were added to my bird bath.  Some of the greens were free from the compost.  Love that!  I also added weather resistant berries (aka faux-LOL!) and an extra large Christmas bell.
Heres a better view of the piece.  It slightly resembles a pumpkin, dont ya think?
Dried hydrangeas make a perfect compliment to the greens.  I also added a rusty architectural piece.
The bell is like the topping on the cake.  I also embellished it with some berries and fresh greens.
The finished piece.  Now I think all I need is a little snow!  Whats up with 60 degrees in November?  I better not complain though.  I Minnesota it can be 20 below next week.  Ha!
Heres another piece Im assuming came off the farm.  Someone added the rusty chippy painted tin pieces and I love it! 
Isnt the patina wonderful!
This small vintage sled is a great addition to it!
And how about some vintage house numbers? 
Heres a close-up of the farm piece I added to my bird bath.  It has a great rusty patina.   I actually have no idea what it was in its former life.  Any ideas?

Here's a close-up of the farm piece I added to my bird bath.  It has a great rusty patina.   I actually have no idea what it was in it's former life.  Any idea's?


As in my previous project, I seem to be drawn to old, rusty, crusty farm equipment.  Might be the Minnesotan in me.  Here are a couple examples.  I have no clue what they were in their previous lives, but it doesn't matter.  I think they both have that cool factor, don't you?  The one piece is a perfect addition to my bird bath.  The larger bird bath has never actually been used for the birds (sorry Mr. Robin), but has been great for live plants in the summer and greens at Christmas.  When I purchased the bird bath, it was a two-fer, and the smaller one sits perfectly inside the farm piece.  The other farm piece, purchased as is, looks great by my front door, don't ya think?


Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette at Cottage Elements
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Comments (17)

tattooeddaisy writes: I just found your little space here on the big www. I think we are soul sisters. I'm from Kansas and love junk, the rustier the better! I'm a former florist and love these Christmas arrangements! Posted: 8:17 am on August 13th
fellowjunker writes: Wow-zers Lani!!! You have created an absolute masterpiece in your birdbath......I love these outdoor arrangements!!!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 11:04 am on December 3rd
CottageElements writes: Thanks Gretchen for the plug! LOL! Can't believe I'm doing a tour again this year. Wow, it's a lot of work! Hey, Jim, if you take a trip out here, we'll have to take you to all the hot spots, and that goes for anyone else that ventures to the great state of Minn-e-sooo-ta! Ya sure you betcha! Thanks for all the great comments!

Lani Posted: 10:31 pm on December 2nd
shabbychick writes: Lani - just beautiful! Who would have "thunk" that farm junk could be so cool...and elegant! I picture lots of farmers missing a few select pieces of equipment in and around the great state of Minnesota...ha ha!!

I love the rusty-crustiness of it - a great display!

Take care,

Kathy Posted: 1:36 pm on December 1st
MimiToria writes: Lovely indeed and even lovelier than the photos show this. Lani will be on a home tour the 12th of December, so if your in the area, you should really check it out. Her house is filled with wonderful items and ideas.
Lani, love all the added details you've been putting on your items of late. You can do it and its awesome. Just that little bling on your bell is so very cool. Love it all.
Gretchen Posted: 12:03 pm on December 1st
junkermidge writes: Oh, it's all so beautiful and SOOO inspiring. You've done a beautiful job (as usual).
Midge Posted: 9:57 am on December 1st
JunkArchitect writes: Lani, great old piece of farm equipment...whatever it is. I'm going to make a Minnesota junk run this spring because you have too much cool stuff.

Jim

Posted: 9:08 am on December 1st
chippingcharm writes: Amazing like always...and I love your "farm junk"! You definitely have an eye for repurposing and pulling it all together! Laurel Posted: 9:46 pm on November 30th
Prior writes: Very classy!!! Lezlee Posted: 9:36 pm on November 30th
DownHomeDIY writes: Once again, you have create a stunning display! I love the compilation of all your elements. I am now in search of a bird bath! So many possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration.
Love it!
~MB
Posted: 3:45 pm on November 30th
itsnotjunk2me writes: Lani, Another "be-yoo-tiful" rendition of holiday decor! Love all the rusty, crusty, patina too. Your decorating ability is just so awesome- LOVE it! and when we get this kitchen remodel done I can get on with some decorating around here- i am sooooo inspired by all that i've seen so far. ~judi ;) Posted: 1:19 pm on November 30th
RustyDiva writes: Loving everything about this post! The rusty crusty pieces are to DIE FOR!!!!!! Maybe Alice can pick me up on her way ~ I'll bring the black leotards and surveilance equipment! :)

Kenda Posted: 12:51 pm on November 30th
SnowmanHill writes: Lani, everything looks fabulous!!! I love it! I can't do any outside decorating until next week, boohoo! We have to get done with our sale Thursday nite, and then I'm spending the week-end with a dear old friend and then back home to decorate. Have a wonderful holiday season.

dana Posted: 10:45 am on November 30th
alicemom writes: Lani,
OK I am coming up from Texas and bringing the van!
Fab-u-lush!
smiles, alice Posted: 10:15 am on November 30th
monakent writes: Yes indeedy, you have the knack. Your birdfeeder tableau is GORGEOUS. However....I absolutely ADORE the piece with the sled in it. OMG, do I wish I could get my hands on that piece for my house (good thing for you, I live on the southeastern part of Wisconsin....way too far to sneak over to your house and "borrow" it for the Holidays!!!).

Lani, as usual, your work is superb. These pieces could easily be featured in a decorating book. Can't wait to see more. gailmarie Posted: 10:09 am on November 30th
oldnews writes: Wow, this is beautiful! I don't know what that farm thing is either, but I do know that I LOVE the way it looks with your bird bath!! Very cool!! Marie Posted: 9:09 am on November 30th
suewhitney writes: Stunning, Lani! You've created a beautiful look that can last all winter long. I too am drawn to all things far. Me thinks it does have something to do with being from Minn-e-sooo-ta!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 8:22 am on November 30th
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