An Eye on Irma and Puttering Around the Potting Shed


I hope this Monday finds you safe and dry. With an eye on Hurricane Irma and early tracking predictions having her heading toward the Carolinas, I spent part of Saturday removing watering cans around the Potting Shed and securing anything that would be a potential projectile with high winds predicted.


We dodged a bullet when Irma changed course, but it looks like parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee won’t be so lucky. We were in Charlotte in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo made landfall at Charleston, South Carolina as a Category 4 storm. It was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made its way inland to Charlotte, leaving us without power for a week, and some for as long as two weeks, with downed power lines from trees and high winds. My heart goes out to those in Florida in the path of Irma and those in Texas who are recovering from the aftermath of Harvey.


We had our bags pack to head to Savannah this past week for a little getaway for a few days. We cancelled our trip when Irma became a threat and Georgia declared a state of emergency, adding gas shortages and traffic problematic for those evacuating Florida.

We had a little ‘stay-cation’ instead, boating and enjoying some beautiful weather with temperatures in the 70s, and a calm and serene lake with the weekend boaters gone home after Labor Day.

 I spent some time puttering around the Potting Shed doing a little clean up this past week, feeling the nip in the air and ready for fall. I’m anxiously waiting for pumpkins to arrive in the garden centers and for leaf peeping weather which usually is the end of October for us.


 I found a pair sconces at a favorite antique mall several weeks ago. I hung them on my decorative shutters framing my window.

I loved the flowers on the sconces and thought the black finish would complement the tole trays, adding some additional blooms. Instead of a candle, I added terra cotta pots to sit on the sconces, with the hole of pot resting on the candle nail. Roses from the grocery store add some welcome flower therapy, filling the tole cachepot. . .


. . .adding blooms for mason jars with greenery snipped from the shrubs. . .


. . .and filling a little creamer.




I was thrilled to find a tole painted on watering can on Etsy several months ago.



And a pair of vintage black scales work as bookends on my shelf.



The plate and creamer are Robert Sprays by Wedgwood, you can find them at the table, HERE.


I’m watching the hurricane coverage and seeing the destruction this morning in Florida and keeping those in the path of the storm in our thoughts and prayers.


On a lighter note, this is the only Irma and Harvey you’d want to meet. Harvey and Irma Schluter have been married for 75 years! He turned 104 in July; she will be 93 in November. Read more, here.

Gusty winds and rain tonight are in our forecast through Tuesday, but no potential flooding.

If you’re in the path of the storm, stay safe! ♥

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  38 comments for “An Eye on Irma and Puttering Around the Potting Shed

  1. Emily Antonecchia
    September 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Love all your tole and the Rose in the bird house is precious….As always, so creative. I bet you have been busy getting all projectiles put away because that has been my weekend! /stay safe!

  2. Vanessa
    September 11, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Your favorite antiques mall is my favorite antiques mall too! I was there last weekend :) It’s one of my happy places. Be safe as we prepare for Irma. Blessings!!!!

  3. September 11, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The roses with the tole painted pieces are so lovely Mary! I can picture you madly trying to secure everything outside your potting shed before the storm~ Irma is really proving she’s a fickle woman, threatening everywhere and changing her mind! So far so good for us, just a little rain and wind today and a non event we hope. I’m sorry you had to change plans but it sounds like you had a lovely weekend~ our area is full of evacuees now, everyone wandering around waiting for it to be over…

  4. Norma Rolader
    September 11, 2017 at 8:27 am

    l enjoyed this post and thank you for all your information on the antique mall God bless and glad hurricane Irma miss ya’ll please keep us in Georgia in your prayers

  5. September 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

    PS I saw Harvey and Irma on the news, hilarious!

  6. Cindy Horn
    September 11, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Your bichons are beautiful….do you have a secret for keeping their eye area so white and clean? I sure enjoy your site
    Thanks, cindy

    • September 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Hi Cindy, I don’t really. They’re groomed regularly and Gracie, unlike Chloe, doesn’t tear at all. I have to wipe under Chloe’s eyes constantly.

      • September 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

        Mary, someone with a white dog told me she gives her dog bottled water and it has never had brown stains under the eyes. I gave my cat distilled water to avoid urinary problems after the first expensive ordeal.

  7. September 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I’m glad that you secured anything that might get propelled, Mary. Too bad about you change of vacation plans, but better to be safe at home. I’m loving your new sconces on your shutters. You potting shed looks happily dressed in blooms. The article on Irma and Harvey was a sweet one! Thanks for sharing that news on love.

  8. Cyndi Raines
    September 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

    So glad you will be out of the storm path! Still praying for those who are in the path and without power. The tole watering can is sweet. The couple Harvey and Irma are precious. Praying for the families of those who lost loved ones on 911, another anniversary today.

  9. Granny Gay
    September 11, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Such a handsome tole watering can there, Mary……the “grocery roses” are so lovely and just what we need this morning after watching the winds and sheets of rain all weekend. Praying for a peaceful return for those having to go back home and begin picking up the pieces. Also, silently remembering our fellow citizens lost today in 2011. May you have a wonderful day today…those pumpkins will be springing up soon in the markets…

  10. Patti
    September 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Beautiful, as always. Love Irma and Harvey!! My prayers are also with all who are impacted by the storms and with all who were impacted by 9/11.

  11. September 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Thank you for your beautiful post. The roses are really perfect for the containers you chose. This beauty lifts our hearts at a time when we need our hearts lifted. I continue to pray for all those impacted by these horrific events.

  12. Melinda
    September 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

    We are getting ready for the winds here in Greenville…hope nothing real bad. Sorry you missed your trip downstate. Love your painted watering can~ It feels like chili for supper tonight.

  13. September 11, 2017 at 10:43 am

    The sconces are perfect on those shutters…like the roses instead of candles. That watering can is awesome. Thankful we will not get Irma….praying for those that did and will.

  14. September 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Well, you certainly put the waiting hours to good use in decorating the shed – great little sconces, and I love how the whole vignette looks together with the tole trays, watering can, and the scales. You were smart to stay – so many friends and family had such terrible experiences on the road, trying to flee.
    Our farmers’ market is so full of pumpkins, mums, asters, and cornstalks already – I have to curb my enthusiasm! I did get a few things transplanted last week with the cooler temps – love this weather!
    Have a great week, and I hope most of what’s left of Irma is just media hype, not so much physical damage.

  15. Joanna @ Gingham Gardens
    September 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Your potting shed must smell divine with all those roses. Stay safe.

  16. PatinCal
    September 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Lovely as always.

    FYI, last night for dinner I roasted a chicken and served it with your muffaletta dip and pita chips; tomato, peach, and corn salad; and almond poppy seed cake They were all delicious. Thank you.

  17. September 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    The roses and tole are beautifully arranged in your potting shed. We are expecting Irma’s arrival here in NE AL in the next couple of hours with heavy rain and winds. It has been raining all day and the wind started yesterday. We have secured everything outside, hopefully.

    • September 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Stay safe Pam! ♥

  18. Ricki Treleaven
    September 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I love the combination tole platters (and other items) with the pretty pale pink roses. Very pretty post, Mary!

  19. Marilyn
    September 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Thank You for this lovely post.

  20. Joan
    September 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Your shed is lovely.

  21. Marion
    September 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Happy that you didn’t get the weather that was expected.

  22. Karen Wright
    September 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Mary, beautiful presentation of the tole, with the lovely roses! My favorite is the birdhouse with the rose in the door! So creative!

  23. Rattlebridge Farm
    September 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The toile watering can is so elegant with her long, graceful spout. The sconces are pretty, too, as are the roses and vintage scales. I just finished clearing the yard and porches of projectiles, and I may not pull them out until hurricane season is over. Jasper freaked when he saw the junk in the living room! Lots of activity in the Atlantic (Jose), it seems, so we may see more dire weather. Hope Jose blows out to sea. My son sent videos of the Wilmington beach, and the wind sounded like a war zone. We’re expecting rain any minute–stocked up on flashlights and non perishable food in case we lose power. Stay safe!

  24. franki
    September 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    A bright spot in some “heavy duty” weather warnings!!! franki

  25. September 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Oh how i love to see the results of you puttering around in the potting shed. Love all of your beautiful tole trays and the new addition of the watering can. Hope you are not affected my by Irma…and I so love that adorable couple…I have family (6 family households) in Florida..they all sustained damage, but minimal to the structure and trees down,etc…they are all safe and sound and 2 out of the 6 already have their power restored. Have a great week…hopefully uneventful as far as the weather!!

  26. September 12, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Ojalá este terrible huracán no deje ninguna huella en vuestra casa ni en vuestras vidas.

  27. September 12, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Your new sconces are adorable Mary, perfect for the potting shed! Stay dry and give The Girls a hug for me:@)

  28. September 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Your eyes must always be open for new treasures though I suspect the potting shed is becoming quite full. The Harvey and Irma story is nice relief from tales of devastation.

  29. September 13, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I live in Central Florida and my least favorite words are “outer wind bands” After back to back hurricanes in 2004, I really stressed. The eye went over about 2:15 AM and from 2 AM to 5 AM the winds were terrible. Our electric came back on today at 11:15 AM. Thankfully, I didn’t get a lot of damage but trees are down everywhere. A lot of roofs were damaged. One of the things I did this time because supplies were flying off the shelves, was use some battery operate LED Christmas lights. They were great. I wrapped one string around the shower rod because that was my safe place. Another I strung across the kitchen cabinets. LED lights are very bright. I am not a fan of candles because of asthma.
    Good luck to everyone in the path of this hurricane.
    Love the distraction of your shed Mary. As usual, the photos are awesome.

  30. September 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Your Tole pieces just seem to work great with the flowerpots for fall. Bringing in earth tones is always my favorite, so Happy Fall, and glad you dodged the bullet, Sandi

  31. September 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I thought of you and your watering cans as I moved all my porch and patio plants to the garage to avoid being battered by the wind and rain. We were blessed just to have limbs and lots of leaves carpeting our lawn.
    My cousins arrived Friday night after evacuating from Jacksonville. They left today( Wednesday). Friends that stayed there sent pictures and there is a tree on their house and skylights caved in but did so after the rain stopped so that was good. Hope to hear more tomorrow.
    We were fortunate only to loose power for about an hour on Monday. The worst hit during the night Monday but we had power. Felt very blessed.
    Just now catching up reading blogs.Love your roses and tole. So pretty.I have a smaller watering can similar to yours that was my mother’s.
    Glad you were spared damage.

    • September 14, 2017 at 5:17 am

      I’m glad to hear you didn’t have any damage Bonnie and no prolonged power outage. It’s hard to see all the devastation from Irma and it looks like the Keys will never be the same. I hope your cousins’ clean up and repair goes smoothly and glad they had shelter with you from the storm. ♥

  32. September 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Beautiful post, as always. Your pups are so photogenic — little angels! :) :) After Harvey, I’m still trying to figure out what day it is!!!!!!!!

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