4.15.2009

Fork It!

With home, gardening, shopping locally, green building, recycling, alternative energy and other green initiatives more and more of us will be jumping on the band wagon celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. But heck....us trash hunters ....hmmm....make that treasure hunters, also known as vintage lovers, have been celebrating Earth Day for as long as we can remember....... me, personally for about 40 years. Here are just two more fun ways to revitalize and use some old things that otherwise might end up in a land fill. Those old forks that have gotten stained and bent out of shape......save those darlings and use them in the garden. Here I have used them to hold the tags that came with my herbs I just bought recently for my little backdoor herb garden I am making this Spring.





I adore this idea, which I got from the most wonderful gal with the best ideas blog....Savvy City Farmer. She did a post telling us all we need to get away from the plastic and bring back the beautiful old coffee carafes, adding a little romance to your morning coffee. I haven't found one of those yet but I did find this fabulous old silver plate chafing dish warmer. Look at those sexy legs! And don't you know...... it makes the most fabulous wine holder.....pretty fancy huh? Reinvent what you have! It's fun!


Coming to a Vintage Nest near you soon! Never ever to see the likes of a landfill! FABulous old finds. A gorgeous vintage pink blanket surrounded with the best petite rose covered satin binding....still in it's original package. A gorgeous old reticulated creamy white lamp with pink roses...wowzer and the sweetest little bird and a French restaurant ware creamer.....yum!



34 comments :

Brenda Eason said...

Well, look at you ms. smarty pants. that fork is the cutest thing ever.

Beverly said...

Great inspiration, Lynn. I love the use of the forks. I am hoping to make it to the garden center this weekend.

trash talk said...

Heck, I thought us old junkers invented Earth Day! Clever reuse of forks, my dear. Sexy legs indeed...wish mine looked as good. Have a wonderful day. Debbie

CatHerder said...

OH I LOVE THE FORK IDEA! Im dying to make some jewelry from old silverware when i get the time.

Lisa said...

Great idea as the ones I try and stick in the dirt tend to blow away. Now you have me thinking...Maybe bending the handles to make placecard holders or buffet item tags...hmmmm..

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Great idea! I was just wondering today, where I would find something to hold the used seed packets in the garden. You have saved me ALOT of "wear and tear" on the car and me :-)

cityfarmer said...

girl, you are too fun!
I feel like a Mayberry celebrity!

I adore linking with other bloggers.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lynn, you are so inventive! I love your new uses for old things. You're right; we have been "green" for a long time! I think your "wine holder" was originally a centerpiece (I'm up too late and can't think of what those are called). I received one as a wedding gift. It has a small bowl that goes on the bottom and a large bowl on the top, and yes, the legs are just like your sexy legs! I haven't used mine in years (I do not like polishing silver). I'll have to get it out, polish it, and use it in a tablescape. laurie

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Good morning! I don't know what's going on, but both last night and this morning, I've tried to leave a comment about the fork. But it keeps telling me it was unsuccessful. Anyway, I loved this post!

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Francie said...

LOL, yup us "junkers" have been saving and re-inventing for years. I have made windchimes, card holders etc. out of old silverware for years.
I have a box under my desk just waiting...I love the idea you have...wouldn't that look great with a plate border? hmmm I think I have some plates I've been saving for mosaics with just a chip on one edge...okay now you got me goin'. :)
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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful ideas Lynn! When you were talking about the landfill, it brought back memories of my teen years. We loved to go to the dump. We were as happy as The Boxcar Children, when we found a treasure!

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

Thanks for posting that for me ~ I'm trying again on a different computer and using Chrome instead of Mozilla. Getting ready to see if it posts...if not, it must be me! :-)

But as I said, I really loved the fork-in-the-garden idea!!

Sue said...

Hi Lynn, Good ideas in this post. I think the way you used the chafing dish holder as a bottle holder is too cool! I'm gonna have to dig out the coffee carafe that is gathering dust on the top shelf of the pantry. Seeing it on the table might even make hubby think he is in a fancy schmancy restaurant. LOL
Hugs, Sue

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Another hectic week after the Easter break...
Amazing way to re-use the forks... ;) Always great ideas around here!

Blogtrotter has finished posting on Brasilia 2008. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I forked it too!!
Hit the Salvation Army last night..spent $4 on about 16 little forks for my garden..LOVE the idea :)

Happy weekend MH:)

The Muse said...

Reuse...loved once more in life!
Double shouts of cheer...and mega applause!

karlanathan said...

What cute ideas!

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! What happened to your Saturday? Miss it...

You wouldn’t guess where Blogtrotter is on its last post... Enjoy and have a great week!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

What a FABULOUS way to use old forks! Now I'm kicking myself for not picking up a bunch at a junk store in N.C. last fall! Oh well, she'll probably have more when I go back this year. I also love reinventing ways to use old things. There truly are so many interesting ways to use things. Blogs are great for helping us out with some of those.

Thank you for some great ideas today. Wish I could sit and bluebird watch with you! ;)

Donna

Nana Net said...

Everything is beautiful! Great pictures. Enjoy this weather while it lasts!

Nana Net said...

Hey, the person I called the the help desk for my security software! LOL

Margaret Cloud said...

I know where to come for vintage ideas, thank you.I never tried a herb garden, I might give it a try. Hope you have a nice week. We are rainy and today it was spitting snow, very chilly out.

Blessings of Health and Prosperity said...

I love the fork idea. I bend the outer tongs on the fork back to make them stand up and the inner ones up at the ends and use them as card holders on my shop counter. I get more comments on them! It works best with silver as it bends easier. Blessings, Celene

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very sweet ideas. I have a cofee carafe like yours!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Love your little herb garden. What a cute use for old forks! I have a huge assortment of old flatware I bought when we were making chimes with them; the forks can be put to good use now, and so easily!

OldBagNewTricks said...

Darling trashy ideas... That forky thing is just in time for planting season. How smart are you!?!

Jenny

Margie said...

Happy Earth Day and Thank you for making it good for all those years, I am right there with you too, your herb garden is so cute and let me add to the voices who praise your fork recycling. hugs Margie.

She'sSewPretty said...

I think the forks are a great idea! I just heard about it from Sheri at the Pawsh Poodle and I see she's been here already!

mrsjones6 said...

Hi Lynn, I Love the fork idea! With all of the plants I have started, this is a lovely and whimsical idea for keeping up with labels. I have not had a chance to email you about the Chicken coop yet, but I plan to post on it within the week. Audley designed ours himself and it is really nice (and fairly simple to build). I am sure he will be glad to draw it up and share it with you.Our first set of hens should begin laying within a month, so I am anxious to see how it all works for us.

Hope all is well,
Jen

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I love using vintage forks in unexpected ways..... love this idea....
HUgs
Linda

chris said...

Oh Lynn! What great ideas for the garden! you isnpire me so! SO happy your kids had a wonderful vacation in florida. It's just the thing for anyone who endured a long, cold winter like we all did! Thanks for stopping by & your kind words~xo chris

Kasey said...

lovely,lovely idea.
Hope all is well.
xo

GMG said...

Hi Lynn!
After the green, Blogtrotter entered the old town... ;)
Enjoy and have a great weekend! I’m going to be busy at the Music Fest (Bach’s legacy… ;))

the wild raspberry said...

so creative!
chasity

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