Hanging from the Rafters


I’m out of room so I’m hanging

from the rafters in my

Potting Shed!


This would be handy in my house

since I’m out of room there too :)


Watering cans. . . a pitch fork. . .


Baskets. . . a tray. . .



 A bucket suspended from

an old window frame~


A dairy scale weighing in

on a transferware plate~



Along with a couple of

other dishes sprinkled in~



A Hotkap~



And a few bundles of fragrant

lavender and buds in a mason jar~



Hope you’re hanging in there and

 surviving the heat or rain

this summer :)


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  34 comments for “Hanging from the Rafters

  1. August 16, 2013 at 5:39 am

    You have such a delightful collection of interesting things, Mary…I agree, hanging them from the rafters adds LOTS of storage space. Plus, they look great on display instead of tucked away into a cupboard!

    I’ve never seen a “HotKap” before….how ingenious!

  2. August 16, 2013 at 6:44 am

    LOVE that cute old bucket and I’ve never seen a hot kap before-so cool! Have a great weekend Mary and, um… Make sure those garden tools are secured well:@)

  3. Sandi Lee
    August 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Ingenious-as always! Wish they still sold hot caps!

    • August 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

      They do still sell them, but in quantities of 20! You can find them here :)

  4. August 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Soo cute!

  5. August 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I would love to have this sweet little area surrounded by beautiful things everywhere. I think I would have my morning coffee there!

  6. Franki
    August 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

    “I feel your gain.” Some of those items look very familiar!! :) franki

  7. paula
    August 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Love your collection, that little child’s sand bucket is tooo cute !!
    have a super day!

  8. August 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Mary, hanging from the rafters is both a clever and charming solution for storing and enjoying your growing collection of garden related treasures. That “hotkap” is too cute! I’ve never seen one of these before. The darling bucket with “birds on the wire” around the rim makes me smile. Another wonderful time spent in your potting shed! ~ Sarah

  9. Cheryl
    August 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Mary, I’d just love to come and “hang out” in your potting shed! Always enjoy when you post from there. Really love all your vintage finds…especially that sand! :)

  10. August 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I could spend a day wandering around your potting shed looking at all your treasures. I’m looking forward to seeing how you dress it for fall!

  11. August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

    well you did it, you made me get up and find my computer to comment this early morn, the cell phone wasn’t cutting it on your darling pics either. twins again, i am doing something very similar in my new little playroom, ok, laundry room, scott is building me. we went to the salvage yard to get the pieces to put in place last week. DARLING DARLING DARLING, but yours is holding way more then i ever imagined, this is earthquake country, seeing dishes dangle over my head would scare me on a daily basis!

    wild over your pail, i have been admiring them ever since sea dream came around, that may be next venture of play.

    the artistry in your shots is delightful, appealing from every single angel, LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! and thanks for getting me up in the cold rainy fog, now the kittens are running wild!

  12. August 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Good morning Mary ! Great ideas ! Still in Maine and enjoying the great weather. My husband is home in Fl. Lots of rain and heat.😱Have a great day!

  13. August 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Looks wonderful! I’ve always said, go up go up!! xo marlis

  14. August 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Only you could take an olio of things, hang them in a crazy mixed up fashion and make them look not only fabulous, but like, of course they should be this way!! Now I’m not going to ask you how you are going to get just one thing in the middle without disrupting the whole arrangement because I’m sure you have a plan! It does look adorable, plus you can enjoy it all it plain sight instead of tucked away~Have a great weekend!

  15. August 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Mary, you always MAKE my day when I visit you in the morning! Hanging from the rafters is a fabulous and BEAUTIFUL idea, so that you can see all your wonderful things! LOVE the childs bucket and have never seen/heard of a hotcap! Have a beautiful weekend. Hope it is nice on the lake and you get some boating time in:):) XO

  16. August 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Always love hanging around with you Mary! Jennifer

  17. August 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hi Mary,

    This is a perfect solution for the storage space dilemma, which I think we can ALL relate to. :) You have some wonderful vintage items, and this is a great way to display them. As for the weather, these daily gray skies and rains are turning into an endurance contest at our house — so depressing.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!

    Hugs to you,


  18. August 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    How fun! If I keep adding to my “collections” I will soon need to start ‘hanging from the rafters’…

  19. August 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Oh Mary, how cleaver to hang your treasures from the rafters. Love the little pail – so many wonderful items.
    Have a great weekend. Getting hot in So CA – so ready for fall.

  20. Bonnie Keearns
    August 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Your potting shed is awesome…what a collection! Have a beautiful evening in Missouri. We will be sitting around the fire tonight and enjoying the cool air…take care:)

  21. August 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I, too, am hanging my collections from the rafters in my potting shed. . .only because my husband thinks the shed is his workshop.

  22. August 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

    You keep making that garden shed better and better…when I think that it could not be more gorgeous, you do it again with another great addition…I so love all of your garden treasures and I so love the sand pail…remind me to tell you one day about the lady I met who wrote a book on sand pails among other things…She was always featured in magazines…a great friend of Jean LemMon…remember her from BHG and Country Home?

  23. Sandi Allen
    August 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Love your collection. Looks awesome hanging from the rafters.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. FABBY
    August 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I love your treasures up there, hanging from the rafters, specially the adorable bucket! Thanks for your sweet visit. Enjoy your last days of lazy daisy summer time. Big hugs,

  25. August 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    This looks wonderful Mary.
    I did hang baskets and dried flower bundles from the ceiling in the kitchen of our home on the farm. That was in the 1980’s, inspired by Mary Emmerling and Country Living magazine.

  26. August 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Love all your treasures just hanging around.I love all your vintage and repurposed items. I am pinning. Have a blessed Sunday. Ginger

  27. August 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    The more you add to your potting shed the happier it gets :) So pretty~

  28. August 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    So neat to use the space in the rafters.

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays!

    – The Tablescaper

  29. August 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Stopping by from plate addict–LOVE this!

  30. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    You have the neatest things and I love that you are hanging them in the rafters too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  31. August 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    i just love this! All of those interesting things hanging from the ceiling will certainly keep you looking up!

  32. August 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

    What a great collection! And a nice way to show them off as well. Stop by my Friday’s Five Features this week and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

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