Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lilacs and a French Fireman's Bucket


Hello Everyone!
I hope you are all having a great Monday!
I wanted to share a few pictures with you that I took of some lilacs I purchased from Whole Foods and my french fireman's bucket.
Most of you already know I grew up in Montana....
 Lilacs grow like weeds in Montana.
When I was a kid I didn't really care for lilac bushes all that much....
I thought they just looked like a plain green bush... 
Well now I think differently about lilac bushes...
I do however wish they would bloom all summer long, but I guess that is why they are so special when they do bloom.
I decided to make use of this bucket to hold the flowers.


I found this french antique fireman's bucket at the flea market for my shop.
I couldn't pass it up, as it is red...
Red is one of my favorite accent colors to use in my home.


This bucket has a handle at the bottom of the bucket, that made it easier for the fireman to throw water on the fire....
Since it has a handle at the bottom of the bucket you can't use it to hold flowers sitting on a table.

However it can be used as a vase if you hang it from something....

I chose to hang it from my orchard ladder and fill it full of lilacs.













I can't wait for my lilacs to bloom.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
I hope you all enjoy your week!

Take Care,
Maria

93 comments:

Rozmeen said...

Goodmorning Maria,

these are absolutly beautiful!! I had lilacs in my home last week and I soooo enjoy them..the give so much extra spring feeling to the house...they were beautiful for a entire week..I am going to buy some new ones today :-)

Wishing you a lovely day,
Rozmeen

Il calesse said...

Ciao Maria,mi sono trovata per caso nel tuo bellissimo blog.Le foto sono davvero stupende e i lillà sono una poesia!Complimenti sei bravissima! A presto Lucia

martinealison said...

De superbes photos avec du lilas que j'adore... Je peux imaginer le parfum qui envahit votre pièce... Hum délicieux...
Bisous

Syl said...

Dear Maria, beautiful pictures, breathtaking! I love love love your blog, you are an artist and a inspiration. Thank you for that!

Wish you a wonderful week!

Sylwia

Miranda said...

Beautiful photos Maria! I too adore Lilacs. The strong scent, the unique tones of purple, pink and blue, ahhhh. It is one of my favorite flowers.

The new bucket is amazing and you put it to perfect use. Just gorgeous!

bibbitybob said...

Sure beautiful photos! I love that bucket, and lilacs are one of my favourite flower. We have a large tree outside our back door and I too can't wait for it to bloom x

Little Leslie said...

Gorgeous pictures. perfect in the bucket,too.

Mrs.Thornton said...

love your blog!
you're a clever woman~ i would be trying to prop the bucket up with books and such on a shelf...needless to say that wouldn't have turned out well.

-Amanda
mrsamandathornton.blogspot.com

LM photografic said...

i love this mix of flowers, so good together!
and your photos are always pretty!

kisses
http://lmphotografic.blogspot.com/

daphne radke said...

Your lilacs are absolutely beautiful, and love the bucket too... and what a great ideal to hang it from the ladder!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

C. Tvillingmamma said...

Can hardly wait ether...lovely

atelier de campagne said...

Morning Maria! Gorgeous! Those lilacs make that bucket, which already had a lot of character, distinguished!

Hugs,

Trinidad

Vintage Barn 27 said...

Love the firemans bucket and how you chose to make wonderful use of it. Lovely! Lilacs are so beautiful, can't wait for ours to bloom here in Michigan.

The fishermans cottage said...

As usual very lovely photographs. I love Liliacs they smell wonderful, unfortunately over here in England we have to wait till May till they flower x

The Moerks said...

So pretty, I really enjoyed these shots. The bucket is awesome!

linda said...

j'adore les lilas! et tes images sont très belles!

Lori said...

Perfectly perfect in that bucket.

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

beautiful! I'm patiently waiting for my lilacs to bloom:)

Red Door Home said...

Lilacs always say spring to me! Beautiful pictures.

decorina said...

so wonderful and so EARLY!!!! :)

Susan Hemann said...

Love the photos! Lilacs are my favorite Spring flower. They smell heavenly. Love the bucket too! I have two Japanese lilac bushes in my garden. I don't have space for the typical lilac.

sissie said...

What beautiful subject matter for your glorious photos. I love the fireman's bucket paired with the ladder and the flowers make it all so lovely.

hugs
Sissie

traci said...

so beautiful. i can't wait for them to bloom either. although i think we need to get out of the 30's before that can happen. still so chilly here. have a great day maria!!

Theresa said...

I CANNOT wait for my lilacs to bloom! I love your new bucket and am playing a bit of catch-up here, your post about the antique gardener was fabulous, what a beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing the inspiration! xoxo

Martina said...

Maria I love It!! I love to use red accents around the house too and this bucket is just fabulous!! Love the chippy worn look to it. Martina

Martina said...

PS-- You take such BEAUTIFUL pictures!! Martina

Home and Lifestyle said...

Beautiful flowers and wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Many hugs, Ingrid

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

That bucket is just sublime. Love it!

You always inspire me to see things in a new light!

Have a beautiful week!
Hugs,
Anne

ruby said...

Love the smell of lilacs I have two bushes my self and can't wait till they bloom. So looking forward to warm weather. enjoy your blog. Beautiful pictures!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh goodness, how wonderfully pretty!

oneshabbychick said...

Gorgeous lilacs, Maria! Thanks for {ALL} the inspiration! ~ osc

Wonen con Amore / Casa Shabby Chic con Amore said...

love your blog!
and your beautiful pictures!!!
Ciao ciao Barbara.
http://www.wonen-con-amore.blogspot.com/

lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful lilacs! Thanks for posting your photos! It will be at least a month before I can enjoy mine.

Anji Johnston said...

What a unique bucket! The lilacs are just sublime as are your photos.
Have a wonderful week!

Loribeth said...

How pretty! I love lilacs. It doesn't seem like spring if I don't smell them. We don't have any here where I live now, but we're doing some landscaping, and I'm hoping we'll plant one.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Maria ~
Those are just gorgeous
pictures!!
The lilacs are all in
bloom right now in Texas
and they are so pretty ~

xoxo
Lori

Pattie said...

Still waiting for all the flowers to bloom here But have to wait one more month... I have white ones and Dark and light purple. Great bucket

Pattie

Lori C. said...

No lilacs blooming yet here in Utah so I will enjoy looking at yours today. Thank you for sharing Spring happiness!

Lori C.

vintagegirl said...

I absolutely LOVE the sweet smell of lilacs, and they look great in the vintage bucket!

Sharon

Erin said...

Thanks for posting! We don't have flowers yet, I am so jealous of all of the wonderfully beautiful and fragrant flowers I have seen in Blogland. Thanks for posting the great pics!
Erin
http://alittlesomething2.blogspot.com/

High Street Cottage said...

I was browsing your shop over the weekend and could have sworn I saw the bucket there too. It's amazing! I love the way it looks hanging on your ladder. And I also use red in my home, lots of it! Wonderful images, Maria. xxx tami

Cindy said...

Omg, I can practically smell the lilacs...
Beautiful photos, again...

Cindy

Megan said...

Lilacs are such gorgeous flowers! I bet they smell pretty nice too. :) Beautiful photos!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Maria,
Those lilacs are just yummy!! They look great in the red bucket!
Wishing you a lovely week.
Sincerely,
Melinda

sarah atmyyellowhouse said...

Oh my gosh...these are beautiful photos! I can only imagine how beautiful the flowers are in your home. The bucket is amazing!

Thanks for always sharing such lovliness ~
Sarah xo

Ido said...

Hello Maria,
Lilacs are favorite of many people, I sell handmade soaps and my best seller is lilac, even on soap smells delicious. Beautiful pictures!
XXXX Ido

Jan @ BellaCasa said...

I too love this flower, but can't grow it here.

Jan @ BellaCasa

karen-holmes said...

thank you for the french fireman's bucket lesson...i did not know. and i can almost smell the lilacs in your beautiful photos... nice way to begin a week! xok.

Jen said...

I am SOOOOO jealous...we here in Wisconsin we probably won't see lilacs blooming for at least a month or 6 weeks!:-(

Gorgeous photos...they make me wish I lived where you do!

Iris said...

Oh the smell of lilacs... Sometimes even a bit intoxicating... THank you for this eye candy!
Iris

Rachel Noelle said...

~Beautiful~ xo Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Lara said...

Beautiful photos, Maria! I love how you hung the bucket from your ladder.. I can't wait for lilac season here.. it's still so cold.
Lara

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

BEaUtiFuL...
I Can't even imagine Lilacs at this time of year ~ Wisconsin still has SNOW!!!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Oh how I miss having a lilac bush :( I usually go to the Farmers Market and pick up a couple bunches to soothe me! I seriously wish I could scratch n sniff my screen right now Maria!!
Thanks for sharing :) With all this rain that we have been getting we are sure going to have a lovely Spring....even if it decides to show up late ;)
XOX

Betty Ann Harris said...

Oh, I truly love lilacs. The scent is heavenly and they are so lovely to look at. You're so lucky to have a Whole Foods near you, Maria. Your pictures are beautiful and I can dream of spring, because here in Pennsylvania it's freezing!I doubt we'll see our lilacs bloom for quite some time.

Judy said...

I was having a dreary day until I opened this beautiful spot of Spring. Thank you.

Elyse said...

mmmmmmm ... i love the scent of lilacs and these are a fabulous contrast to the weathered bucket.

take a deep sniff for me!

xo
elyse

Sue @ House Pretty said...

Lilacs...I love the smell...the look...not the bumblebees that are attracted to them. Oh well, two out of three aint bad!

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

Lilacs...so vintage and romantic.

They look dreamy paired with this rustic bucket.

What an amazing find...I can't help but imagine these fireman got quite the workout if dousing fires with these little buckets. :)

Rustic and White said...

Awww that bucket is to die for. How interesting it is with the handle on the bottom. Hmmm...I can smell the lilacs from here. I tried to put in a bush a few years ago but my dogs mangled it. I am hoping to try again this year...I think I will need to put a fence around the bush to protect it from my puppies:o)
Cheers!
Carrie

mybelleepoque said...

I remember going to the woods to cut lilacs with my great aunt when i was younger... Amazing that a picture of flowers can bring back such sweet memories. Thank you for that!

sue in mexico mo said...

I enjoy your blog very much.

Did you know that old fireman buckets are sometimes pointed on the bottom? A handle or a pointed bottom made the bucket useless for mopping, etc. as it would tip over. Therefore, it wasn't 'borrowed' and moved away from the firefighting equipment.

Al said...

It's been too cold here in New York, my lilacs aren't going to come out for a long time! But I can't wait though. My quince bush is the first thing to bloom in my garden (besides the crocuses) and it is still hesitating! Visit my blog when you have a moment. I just posted a piece on handbags.
www.skylarkmanor.com

{molly beth} said...

LOVE those lilacs .
so beautiful in that rusted bucket .
your style inspires me !

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http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

Bohemian said...

Oh Maria your Lilac Bouquet in the Old Fireman's Bucket is lovely and your photography as always makes every vignette look truly enchanting!

Dawn... The Bohemian

A Rosy Note said...

Those lilacs are so pretty, I can't wait until they bloom here...it will be awhile though. I always wanted to get married when lilacs were in bloom so they could be my wedding flowers, think how nice that would smell!

Have a good week :)
~Tricia

culturafemenina said...

Beautiful detail with the bucket.Spring is in the air!!!
Fab blog
iela

Allison said...

Maria, these photos are breath taking. So beautiful! I love your fireman's bucket. That's a treasure. Now I want to pick up a bunch of lilacs for my house tomorrow! They are lovely. Hope you have a good week.

All That Jazz said...

I love that bucket, Maria! I have one almost exactly like it. I got it at an antique mall and did a post about it. Mine doesn't have a cool handle on the bottom though. It does have the chippy red patina, and it has the letter B on it....which is my Farmboy's last name initial. ;-) Right now it holds scrap wood, but in the future I hope to use it as a magazine rack or to fill it with greenery.
I love lilacs too! My sister has a white and lavender bush and I always cut some when they bloom, which probably won't be until May unless we get some better weather!
Your photos are lovely as always!!
xo~michelle~

Designe said...

Wonderful photos! I love!:)

KarenSue said...

Lilacs don't grow in Florida..
or peonies. My wisteria just finished blooming..I love them.
I'm on my way to kalispell this weekend. It's still snowing there.
Beautiful photo's! I think I will check my Whole Foods today.
Enjoy your day~KarenSue

Iselin said...

Beautiful pictures!

Linda said...

All I can say is.....so, so, so purdy.
Linda

Burlap Luxe said...

Inspiring spring time over here!
Love the photo's.

xx
Dore

Madelief said...

Hi Maria,

Your bucket with lilacs looks absolutely fabulous!

Lieve groet, Madelief

simoemma said...

Buon gusto!!Bellissime foto!! Il tuo blog è delizioso........ciao,vista l'ora buona notte!!

Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Hi Maria !
Your photo's are gorgeous ! I just received Fifi's book ! so great, so inspiring ! I made a post about the book with somme lilac too !
Xoxo

Robyn said...

Maria, you find the BEST goodies!

Cassie said...

Hey! I just started following your blog, so I wanted to leave a comment. I love your pictures. So pretty. :)

have a great day,
Cassie

Lisa said...

I'd take all the lilac bushes I could get, and can't seem to find any around here, which is unusual.
Gorgeous as always,

Lisa

Ann said...

So lovely...
I love the images on your blog ♥

Erin B. said...

Beautiful! I can't wait till our lilacs start blooming - hurry up spring!

le ciel flamand said...

I adore the smell of these flowers, and their colours are just gorgues! You've made wonderful pictueres, I can't wait untill they start blooming in our garden...

Hugs, Annelies

Pink Pig said...

your inspiration is amazing and i can't wait to fill my bucket with flowers... snow coming again this weekend so right now i am dreaming. thanks again for sharing these amazing photo's!

Leah C said...

Oh lilacs are my most favorite flower!! Can't wait for my lilac bushes to be in full bloom again...oh their sweet fragrance:) Love your images!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Maria,
Your blog is so gorgeous. You have such a great eye and you have such a gifted eye behind your camera lens!
Which is why I just nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog last evening.
Stop by if you get a chance and collect it.
Thanks so much.
Alison
ThePolohouse.blogpot.com

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

We just love lilacs and showcasing them in the antique bucket is more charming than words can express. Lovely!

paperbird said...

ALL so gorgeous Maria.
Your images are so pretty. I have a sweet sap bucket the same color- I will have to remember to add some lilacs to it when they finally bloom.

Happy day to you.

Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful! I can't wait for my lilac bush to blossom this year. I'm a little worried because we had an early snow alt year. Hugs!

Priscila Peters said...

Very pretty! I didn't know that lilac could look so pretty.

5 Star Weddings said...

My favourite flowers of all time, so pretty!

Theme Wedding said...

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