Not Just For Chickens


My vintage chicken feeder is blissfully

roosting in my Potting Shed~


With dishes, a few finials and

 stamped garden markers~


Offering up a few

blooms instead of feed~






Providing an opportunity to do a

little window gardening :)











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  51 comments for “Not Just For Chickens

  1. Sandi Lee
    August 5, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Love everything-esp.feeder being my home town is the Poultry Capital of the World!

  2. Peggy Thal
    August 5, 2013 at 6:44 am

    So pretty. You put everything together to make it very interesting. Chickens never had it so beautiful !

  3. August 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful! Would even be prettier with the blooms. Pretty plates too!…Christine

  4. August 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Mary, your chicken feeder is so cleverly and wonderfully repurposed! I have one too that I need to revisit! LOVE the spoons! I have a ton of old silver spoons waiting for me to stamp! Your’s looks so at home in your feeder!

  5. August 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Very cool pics Mary, I love the stamped spoons! You have the best playhouse in all of Blogland:@)

  6. August 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    What a beautiful way to use the feeder, Mary. I love those spoons!

  7. Cheryl
    August 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Beautiful post today, Mary! Always love seeing your potting shed.

  8. August 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    It’s gorgeous… the chicken feeder being used as a dish holder. Genius!

  9. August 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I so admire your staging and photography skills…..Very very cute in your kitchen! Also, I hope that chicken feeder went through the dishwasher, multiple times before it went into your kitchen!! I’ve kept chickens before! Lol.
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    • August 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

      It’s in my Potting Shed so I don’t have to worry about kitchen sanitation :)

  10. Barbara
    August 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Love your potting shed and your display of everything!!! You never fail to give me ideas.. You are so inspiring.

  11. Franki
    August 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Oh, that “chick feeder” brought back memories…we used to get “chicks in the mail” when on the farm and I got to sprinkle feed in one of those troughs. I like your use!! franki

  12. paula
    August 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I too am a fan of your Potting Shed, dream on for me :) ! The stamped flatware is just the right touch in your garden box (chicken box hehe) do you make those??!!
    Have a super day

  13. August 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    What a darling potting shed vignette, Mary, using the chicken feeder. I’m in love with the red scale, too! I tried stamping flatware awhile, but it was so hard for me and my hubby!!

  14. August 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Another darling vignette and peek into the world of the lakeside potting shed. It’s fun to see how you have fun with all these garden related things.
    I just found a new garden book at a local thrift: Antique Flowers ~ Perennials~ Enduring Classics for the Contemporary Garden. Do you have this one? It’s lovely!

  15. August 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    very cute antique play station. being the retail twins that we are of course i have wanted to do my own spoons for years, but i can’t find them anywhere, i have checked a few good wills but they don’t care any pieces at all… we even have 2 size stamps, but alas i always come up short when you share your cute things…

    as for your cute box, i bot a few real old fruit crates from a salvage yard, again we are seeing double in so many areas. just came online to do some spiffing up of my crates, my first craft project by the sea and of course we are 2 peas in a shopping cart~

  16. Debbie
    August 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love your metal topped table. Did you build it? If so How?

  17. August 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I keep repeating myself…I love your playhouse…ooops…I mean your potting shed!

  18. August 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    You “plant” plates better than anybody I know.

  19. August 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    That chicken feeder is fabulous. I love this idea. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  20. August 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Love your photos…And the “keep calm and garden on’ spoon! PS – you were after me at Metamorphosis Monday :)

  21. Pondside
    August 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I truly love your little shed. Those “Keep Calm” spoons are very, very sweet!

  22. August 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    ha, this is so much fun, only you could put an old garden pot under a glass cloche and create such a crazy cool vignette! I have always loved the way you can casually stick vintage china in a planter box and make it look so kooky great! My favorite part is the cup and saucer perched on the overturned pot! And the stamped silver messages of course! You have such a fun place to play when it’s raining!

  23. August 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    You can out items together better than anyone I have ever seen. That chicken feeder is perfection, and I LOOOOOVE the spoons. Did you do a post on how to stamp them? Love it. XO

  24. Ginny
    August 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    An immediate big smile and wonderful memories of my grandparents lake house came to mind when I saw the first picture….my Granny’s everyday dishes!! So many of her home cooked meals & cornbread were served on those dishes! (first picture, plate on the right.) I didn’t get her everyday dishes but do have lots of her china. Can you remind me of the pattern name? Thank you for the memories!

    • August 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

      The pattern on the right is Johnson Brothers Fruit Sampler. My grandmothers pattern, Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers is on the left :)

  25. Rattlebridge Farm
    August 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    The antique chicken feeder was a find! So much eye-candy here, Mary. Dishes, spoons, itty statues. Love how the feeder has sprouted china flowers–pure genius! I could spend hours in your potting shed!

  26. Fresh Eggs Daily
    August 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I really enjoyed your post. I just found you over at The Scoop and would love for you to come share at my From the Farm Blog Hop! It’s a fun party that’s just getting started for this week.

    Fresh Eggs Daily

  27. August 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Oh how I love this place of yours!! I never, ever grow tired of looking about the place for new treasures. I wish I had a place just like it.

  28. August 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This fits perfectly on your windowsill, Mary! I love it! Love the plates and how you accessorized the front section.

  29. August 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    You have a remarkable way of creating beauty out of the ordinary, and that you never run out of ideas is amazing.

  30. August 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Mary, I LOVE everything about this post! (You know me and my chickens,,) I am certain that your jaw-droppingly beautiful creativity knows no bounds.
    What wonderful gifts you bring to us. Thank you so much. xo

  31. August 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Oh Mary…I love it when you post anything about your garden shed…love the chicken feeder and the way you styled it…and in the words of my granddaughter, “you make my heart happy”!!….Thanks for giving us so much joy in your beautiful work!

  32. August 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Mary, Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous potting shed at the Open House party. Your shed is the most adorable I have ever seen. I love the chicken feeder and all the cute vignettes.

  33. August 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I covet those spoons. I covet those spoons. I covet those spoons. :)

  34. August 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    You garden in high style! A beautiful counter arrangement!

  35. August 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Always great ideas Mary.

  36. August 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I need to go pull my feeder out of the yard and put it down the dining table. Beautiful vignettes.

  37. August 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Soooooooo Pretty!!

  38. August 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    You are the master stager, my friend. I love it: Keep Calm and Garden On! How sweet! LOVE it!

  39. August 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    just perfect for the late summer potting shed! I always love what you put together! now, where can we find that adorable stamped spoon?

  40. August 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    This looks wonderful. Love the chicken feeder and all of your additions.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  41. August 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

    So much rusty-chippy love…you display it well, Mary! I am always so inspired when I come here. I wish I had your creative mind, truly, I do.

    Hugs & Happy Sunday,

  42. August 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    So cute Mary, I remember my grandparents having a chicken feeder. Love the spoons too.

  43. Botanic Bleu
    August 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    The garden shed never looked better!


  44. August 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

    This is my first visit! Found you through Stone Gable….but I’ll be back! PS…don’t be dismayed if I am a no-reply….it’s been that way for a long time and I can’t seem to fix it!! Just enjoy the compliment…..your home is lovely!!

  45. August 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Oh my I love the Keep Calm spoon! How cute!

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