Friday, May 24, 2013

vintage flair in the garden

 Check out my 1970 green Schwinn bicycle!
This was my first "real" bicycle. I got it for my 8th birthday.
My best friend had the same one, so of course I had to get matching.
This bike has followed me (almost) all my life. It's been hanging in my garage
for many years. I've always loved how people take old bikes and prop them
up against trees or fences and put a lovely basket of flowers on the handlebars. 
I had Brian take down the bike today and I plopped it right between the hostas
and tiger lilies. I'll like it much better when I can find a bicycle basket - preferably
a vintage one - and the tiger lilies grow taller and start to bloom.


 My mom came out for a visit today and we went to a couple of our
favorite little shops. I found this great vintage butterfly ~ perfect for
hanging on the fence!


A little side note: this isn't our fence. It's the neighbor's fence that borders our
property. You might remember that this was the neighbor that had a very old,
falling down, rotting fence. And let's put it this way: she is not a nice person.
We can't talk to her, so we finally had to write a letter to our village Public Works
department about the condition of her fence. Wanna see how bad it was?.....


Can you believe it?! She left it like this for about a week and then her "fix"
was to push that first panel up as far as she could, and secure it to the post
with a bungee cord. I kid you not.


 But I digress. Back to more pleasant talk. This crib frame was from the crib that
my boys slept in! We couldn't keep the crib - it was from 1988 - so I at least kept
the frame, knowing I could do something creative with it. I've seen a lot of great
ideas on Pinterest. You can use these frames as a trellis in the garden - like what
I'm aiming for here. That's a Columbine plant in front of the frame/trellis. When the
gardening season is over (I don't even want to think about that...it's just begun here!),
I'm most likely going to hang the frame on a wall and pin photographs to it with
clothespins. I'll probably spray-paint the frame, too.


Are you upcycling anything to use in your garden decor, or using any
 vintage things for a unique, pretty look?

Join me this week at The Farm Blog Hop and The Creative HomeAcre Hop!


25 comments:

  1. Melanie - Love that you kept your bike and love it in the flower bed.

    Judy

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    1. Thanks, Judy! Brought back a lot of good memories. I loved that bike!

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  2. The fence looks so much better and now you can decorate your side of it. That's a good thing! Why do people have to be so ornery? Life's too short for such behavior, that's for sure. She needs to watch Mr. Rogers and learn how to be neighborly. :) The bicycle and bed frame are perfect additions to your garden. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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    1. I probably shouldn't be nailing things on the fence (the butterfly), but she can't see it. I have no idea why she's so ornery. She's been that way for many years. I hope you have a good weekend as well!

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  3. Mel...I love the bike! It's so sweet that you hung on to it for so long! Even if you can't find a vintage basket, maybe you could paint and distress a newer one. I love the butterfly, too.

    I was just wondering about the lady and her falling apart fence. What would happen if she didn't have the money to repair or replace the fence? Just a question.

    The crib frame...you are going to die when you see my next post!!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. That's a good idea about painting a newer basket - thanks! I have no idea regarding your question about the fence. Ooh, now I can't wait to see your new post!

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  4. Great you still have your bike to add to your up cycled garden decor. I like the crib frame idea for a trells too. It would be perfect for a Clematis . . .

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    1. I agree that the crib frame would be perfect for a Clematis - except I can't grow them! I've tried twice, with no success. I don't think they get enough sun in my yard. We have a lot of shade.

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  5. A redneck fix on that fence. I always refer to my ex-husband as 'Bungee Man' since he always thought a bungee would fix anything... No wonder he's my ex!

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  6. Your bike looks great in the garden and I know when you find the right basket it will be full of flowers. Love the butterfly. The 'old' fence, not so much...oh bungee fixes, I've seen those in my day! I wish I had the crib frame from my girls, but we sold the crib years ago to someone. who knew I would want to put it in my garden??

    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I had no idea about crib frames (or any bed frames) in the garden either - until I saw the idea on Pinterest!

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  7. How fun to have your old bike...means so much more to you! It looks so cute in the hosta bed! Love your wonderful old butterfly, too! I use an old chair and a garden cart in our garden!

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    1. I love old chairs in gardens too, especially when they're painted in bright colors.

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  8. Oh how I love that green bike!!!! Looks fab in your garden :) Our neighbors where we're building our new house have a falling down fence like that too. :( Not sure what we'll do about it yet.....

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    1. Thanks for the compliment on the bike! Uh oh on the fence...good luck!

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  9. amazing blog,
    I'm a new reader-follower :)

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  10. I've seen the bike-in-a-garden thing done often, and it always looks charming. Have you thought about painting it all one color?

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    1. No way! I would never ruin a vintage Schwinn by doing that. This bike is worth quite a bit of $$!

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  11. Love the vintage bike, it looks very much like the one my brother rode like, 25 years ago. :)

    Stopping by from SITS.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alison - I hope you'll continue to do so. :-)

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  12. Hi Melanie! I love your bike, I had one just like that except in brown. My sister and I had matching ones. I think the green is prettier though! Did you ask your neighbor if you could have the wood from her old fence? ;) I'm thinking not....wonder what she did with it! I love that you used the old crib frame as a climbing trellis for your clematis. What a great idea! I've been working on a recycling project for the garden myself and hope to have it posted soon. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

    Debbie

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    1. That is so cool that you had the same bike. I can't talk to the neighbor (long story) and I wouldn't have wanted the wood anyway - it was rotting and parts of it had carpenter ants.

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  13. Seeing your post linked up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop was great! Thanks for joining us and we hope you'll come and party again on Sunday at http://mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/05/CreativeHomeAcreHop2ndJun.html

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