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Thursday, April 19, 2012

French Harvest Trug

Good morning!  How are you?  I hope all is well!  If you are curious to know, I did get outside to enjoy working in my garden this week.  Although the snow hasn't shown up again, it has been quite a cool week with hard frosts most nights.  Hopefully, my flowers took it in stride and I didn't lose any of them.  The sun peeked out during the day and it sure felt wonderful!  There is nothing better than the sun on your face!

Today, I would love to show you my antique French grape harvest trug.  These wooden trugs from the south of France were carried on the arms of french vineyard workers while harvesting grapes.  This one, was found hanging on the wall of an old barn at an off-the-road french brocante.  Don't you just love the perfectly weathered gray wood?

I stuffed it with vintage french torchons and some tiny clay pots.  I got the inspiration to roll the towels from Tracey at French Larkspur.  It all makes a great display on our coffee table!

And of course, it is never complete without a bundle of the best smelling lavender!  Thank-you, Maria!  

I have a bit of exciting news for you!  My dream has always been to start up a store to sell my vintage finds.  I love hunting down treasures and collecting to decorate in my home, and I am always moving things around.  When I am finished with it, it just packs up into storage until I think about it again, so why not let it move on to display in your beautiful homes?  Karl promised me that if my blog ever became big enough, with maybe 500+ followers and lot's of daily pageveiws we could purchase a domain and set up a little online store for a start.  Vintage items, like this trug for example, will be available for purchase.  I am getting very excited about the prospect of it!  Please stay tuned for updates!

Thank-you so very much again for your continued interest!  When I started this blog last year, I never imagined that it would spark so much attention!  I am more than blessed to have formed such wonderful relationships with you and developed some amazing friendships through it all!

A huge thank-you to the girls over at Ivy and Elephants for featuring my bedroom chandelier!  They made my day with their sweet comment!  Thank-you Paula and Patti! 

Ivy and Elephants

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

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  1. Maria,

    I couldn't be more pleased to learn of your online store. You will do well, I know it!

    Best of luck living that dream. It will be so much fun becoming your customer as well as your blog admirerer!

    Love the trog- what a treasured find!

  2. I love the weathered wood on this wonderful piece. Your photos really inspire me and are so beautiful. I hope you can follow your dream and open your online store someday:-)


  3. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! And I just know you would do well at having an online store, how exciting for you!!


    :) T

  4. Every pic is so beautiful that I couldn't decide which one to pin! Congratulations on all your success to date and all the adventure awaiting! ~ Maureen

  5. Gorgeous and now I need a trug! :)

  6. OMG, I love it. I have not seen one of those before. You could do so many things with that. Love how you filled it.

  7. YES I DO LOVE THAT PERFECTLY WEATHERED GREY WOOD!!!! Your pictures are so so lovely!

  8. Your eye for detail is great and you have a lovely style of photographing. You will do well! I have pulled more things out of old storage areas here in the south of France than I can count. The owners are always shaking their heads and asking if I am sure that is what I want. I once pulled a chandelier down from a wooden rafter....that was followed by unearthing a batch of old hemp sheets....that was a good day! Can't wait to see what you do next :)

  9. Maria,
    I have not seen one of these.Great find and a lovely display too.

  10. LOVE your finds Maria~ so happy for you that you will be starting a store! xoxo

  11. Your blog is wonderful.......nice to have your own shop...we have also one a real and a webshop.....love from me....xxx...

  12. De très jolies photos... Le panier de vendange est ravissant. j'ai du plaisir à visualiser également vos torchons. Je possède les mêmes provenant de chez ma grand-mère.
    gros bisous

  13. Really beautiful photos...love that trug!
    I am about to open my online store too...keeping my fingers crossed for both of us!
    Happy spring Maria!

  14. Hi Maria~~ Love the trug and I think your dream of opening an online vintage shop is great. I am sure i would be a really good customer:))
    Hope you are having a wonderful week

  15. Oh Maria!! We have been having such nice days here in southern MI!! I am loving getting outside and working in the yard. I can't wait to see pictures of your gardens.
    We just got some baby chicks and are having fun with them.
    I LOVE that trug what a wonderful treasure!!! I hope you do open a shop I know I will be so excited!!!

  16. Maria, Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my last post...I never miss a post of yours either. I love visiting here and get so inspired. You, your home and your words are so genuine, and I love that. :)

    I'm thrilled that you're opening a store. If you sell anything like the beautiful things you have in your home, I will definately be one of your best customers. :) Tell your husband we are all excited!

  17. Wonderful photos...great inspiration thats for sure...I do hope your shop works out..I am sure I would be a good customer(if you ship to Canada) all the best,Chrissy

  18. Maria, I have been following your blog for about 3 months now and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy all your posts. Your decorating and photography are so beautiful. We share love for so many styles and items and I can't wait for your store to open. I will be a loyal customer. Thanks so much for making my days beautiful. Diana

  19. The trug is amazing....you truly have an eye for finding beautiful things. And I for sure will be first in line to shop your store.

  20. Woo-hoo! Can't wait for the Rusty Hinge gorgeous-ness shopping opportunities!

  21. I love it all!! Congrats on opening a shop, that's wonderful news and so exciting!

  22. Sounds like there's going to be a lot of us bloggy friends standing in line for your new store, Maria! I'll have to fight my way to front! lolol! Now....seeing that we have come to realize that we are sisters separated at birth, I DO get first dibs...don't I....? hehehe! Have no fear about selling your beautiful treasures, Maria. You will do fabulously! Now please excuse me while I go find a job, so that I can make some money....to spend in your shop. :)

    xoxo laurie

  23. Hi Maria. Such a beautiful piece. I love the little feet, the handle, the color...love it all. What a great find.

    Blessings to you on your upcoming shop. I know it will be wonderful.


  24. Oh my, your pics are so beautiful! Love each and one of them :)
    Have a lovely weekend!

    Greetings from Australia♥

  25. That would be wonderful to open an online store. I hope you will ship items to Canada. I love your style.

  26. your trug
    is simply gorgeous

    and i adore
    all those red striped lines
    as well

    thanks for stopping by
    Stuff and Nonsense

    so nice to 'meet' you!


  27. Maria~I love the trug and how you've displayed it. Photos of your home are my very favorite. That is so exciting about your online shop! The small clay pots are so darling. Did you collect them over time or purchase them all at once?


  28. Olá Maria
    Gosto muito do seu blog, vou passar mais vezes.
    É uma inspiração.Até breve.
    Alice (Portugal)

  29. Beautiful harvest trug! What gorgeous weathered wood...and I am certain you will do fabulous if you open an online shop :) Have a great week, Maria!

  30. Hi Maria,
    love your photos shoots..wonderfully and artfully styled..will be adding my self as a follower❤

  31. Oh Maria,

    You have the MOST BEAUTIFUL vintage things!!!! **Swooning here!*** lol And if you do open up shop, I know I'd be a loyal customer!!! :) Wishing you a most lovely week, my friend!


  32. P.S. I just grabbed your lovely button and added it to my side bar too! :)

  33. I am so inspired by you Maria. I think that we started our blogs around the same time. You have done an amazing job with yours. I think it is a natural next step for you to have a shop. It will be beautiful and I am sure we will all love to visit it. Good for you! Have a great day


  34. Oh my - what's not to love about this? Beautiful!

  35. Hi Maria,
    Love this trug!! And what a cool name for a cool piece!! The gray is perfect in every way, and you styled it so beautifully. And the rug is gorgeous! I recently acquired a vintage French oyster basket that I adore! Don't you just love the character of these very used pieces? I really don't even care to shop retail any more!! Your blog is lovely! Hope your weekend is too!

  36. Oh! And I can't wait to see your shop! I have an Etsy shop that is going to be changing up a bit soon! Too much fun!

  37. I just happened upon your blog and am excited to see what you sell on your shop.

    I'll be back!

  38. Hi Maria,

    I cannot wait for you to open up your shop. I love vintage items. As a matter of fact the only things that I buy new for my home are kitchen appliances, electronic items and mattresses. I go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, thrifts shops and takings things off the street that other people are throwing away.

    Love and Hugs!



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