vintage tins

July 30, 2010

Friday, already? Wow. I am totally glad! It has been nice getting things back to normal around here and I can see my floor again now that everything has been cleaned up (kinda). Yesterday, I caught up on most my emails and went through iphoto deleting tons of pictures because we are running out of space on our computer. I am snap happy so we had tons of doubles, triples, quadruples from one shot, so you can imagine how full our hard drive is.
Also, one thing I have gathered from some of your emails is that many of you are requesting more recipes, is that right? We will hopefully try to get more out there, but it is difficult cause I am not the cook and Ben doesn’t blog. I must convince him to get on this space and share what he cooks! Something, I am looking forward to is the cooking that will utilize our freshly planted herbs. We planted them in some vintage French tins and I think they look most lovely that way. I went back and forth between planting them all together in a bucket, or in the garden bed, but I really like the look of this much better.
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There are still a few herbs I would like to get like garlic chives and another cilantro because the one we had died, but currently we have basil, sage, tarragon, hot & spicy oregano, and chives. Anyone have any other herb recommendations?
I am planning to do a shop update sometime Monday morning, which will include these dollhouse pillows (includes a giant one). I meant to do it today, but Friday snuck up so fast, so it will have to wait until Monday.
Time to get started on my Friday… I am craving Indian food, so I am hoping we can get some tonight. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to meet another Cakies sponsor!
p.s. My sister is hosting a giveaway and has a little interview. Plus a couple weeks ago, I did a short bit about our summer table for The Stir. Check it out here (scroll down to see ours).

21 comments on “vintage tins”

  • jozen says:

    ooohhhh….maybe i will be the lucky one to snatch up one of the dollhouse pillows?

  • ooooh love these tins – and good photos of them (as usual). ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura says:

    Tins are a great idea! You should plant rosemary and mint. Mint iced tea in the summer is just great.

  • Rubyellen says:

    oh rosemary! we have that too, but it isn't on the table as it is a bigger plant and thus on the floor! and mint iced tea… must. get. mint. now laura, how do make the tea?!!

  • merideth says:

    oh my goodness. how do i become the one to get to buy that giant one? oh how i would love to be the one to buy it for my girls. it is so darling.

    and i love that you bought the black and white umbrella. awesome.

  • Ooh they look great like that!

    If you find out the recipe for the mint iced tea, please let me know! I have three different kinds of mint right now and would LOVE to make it!

  • Meg says:

    three other herbs that i grow and seem to use a lot are thyme, rosemary & mint.

    i ADORE the look of those vintage tins!!! i'll have to try to find some neat tins for my herbs before next summer. love that idea!

  • beautiful! i am so in the mood to go back to the thrift store to shop for things like this. great post!

  • laura says:

    love the tins used as planters. did you put holes in the bottom? rocks? don't forget parsley!

  • Rubyellen says:

    laura- yes, ben drilled one hole on the bottom of each container. ah! parsley… i am not a fan! find me the right recipe with is, my mind can change.

  • Kuky says:

    I say thyme. That's my favorite herb.

  • Jenni says:

    I love the tins! So cute! I recently came across a new herb that I think would be fabulous- I know it sure smells good. And that is the Curry Plant! And that would work great with the Indian food you're craving!

  • These look delicious already!! I'm such a huge fan of growing my own herbs!! But I'm not doing it in such a parisien and vintage way! Parsley is also very good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nelle says:

    I'm with some of the others, thyme, rosemary and mint are pretty un-killable. Coriander (or cilantro as you guys call it) is very killable, for me anyway! I planted pineapple sage too, hoping to use it with mint in a punch or iced tea, but the sun fried it one hot day before I got a chance!
    L.o.v.e. the vintage tins by the way.

  • Lin says:

    Rubyellen I love how you have used these tins! Gorgeous!

  • I was going to say mint as well. Strawberry mint water is also very good. ๐Ÿ™‚ And mint iced tea. Many tea bags can be cold brewed and you just add mint leaves to it – it's delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • karlacola says:

    SUPER cute! YAY to the receipes! What if ben could just write one down on paper one night a week and you blogged it? We too have a pretty cute veggie garden and I would just love more ideas to utilize all those veggies.
    btw your umbrella is AMAZING! If I had seen this before I left for Australia i would have brought one with me. I am soooooooooooooooooooo envious. I have been thinking of ways to SEW one that looks like this LOL

  • Melissa Jade says:

    it looks beautiful! i was thinking of doing this but the thought of rust seepage made me a bit nervous. Did you do something to seal these containers before planting to avoid contamination?

  • Becky says:

    loving those vintage tins. Maybe something like that will work for me. We have so many snail, rabbits and squirrels stuff gets munched on quickly in our backyard.

  • Prue says:

    Thyme has already been suggested, but my favourite is actually lemon thyme. It looks the same but smells and tastes of lemon as well.

  • Monica says:

    We planted a plant called Borage. I'm not sure if its considered an herb, but its about 18″ tall and produces pink and purple edible flowers that taste similar to cucumbers! Here's a pic: We got it at a nursery in June.

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