I've had my radar set for wooden totes lately,
and have been fortunate to find several at flea markets and auctions.
This tote started out looking like this and it's the
2nd one I've found like it - snowmen and all.
I loved how the first one turned out and
almost did the same makeover on the second one,
but I had some beautiful pages from a book
called, "The Country Diary of Edwardian Lady",
which is a facsimile reproduction of a 1906 nature journal by Edith Holden.
and was an enormous success.
The book is filled with her stunning watercolor illustrations
of plants and animals and is accompanied by her lovely, neat handwriting.
I layered the images over pages from some of my 1800's Peterson's magazines.
I like the contrast of the text and the watercolor images.
When I went outside on Tuesday to take photos,
the day couldn't have been more perfect.
The sun was shining, but wasn't too hot,
the birds were chirping up a symphony,
and it was just the kind of day you could envision
Edith going for one of her many walks to write in her journal.
My tote seemed made for such a day as this.
I gathered up a variety of objects to put
inside the tote that I thought complimented its cottage garden look.
Old glass medicine bottles look gorgeous anywhere,
but really look pretty inside the tote.
I'm sure by now, you can tell that I was having a
great time taking pictures of it, but the day was too
perfect not to just snap photos until my battery died.
I probably spent 2 hours taking pictures that day
(including the bud vase garland I showed you yesterday with
some of these old bottles).
I'm not a great gardener and could probably kill
a silk plant, but thankfully, old pots look
pretty with or without plants, so I had
to show them in the tote as well. The ivy
is very tolerant of my brown thumb and
has managed to survive so far.
My little brass sprayer leaks, but I love the way it looks.
they are for holding so much more than tools,
so I think this tote would look nice in a bathroom
holding hand towels as well.
If you love the images from the book as much as I do,
there are plenty of these books available on Amazon
for very reasonable prices.
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