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03 June 2009

Silver Spoons for Lovely Tender Leaves

I've always been a bit hesitant about putting markers into my carefully thought out and lovingly tended gardens. Everything, including my gardens, is a work of art to me, and I really labor over each element and decision... more than I should sometimes, really. Quite honestly, I hadn't come up with any clear visions of my own nor found any markers truly suited to them. So the gardens have gone without.
Until now.
I wish I had thought of this idea -- ingenious, really.

On an Internet search for vintage silver to flush out my deliciously hodge-podged silver "set" I was led to "Liberty Post" who was featuring these little treasures, born out of the mind behind "Monkeys Always Look", local Allison Cecil.

Don't you love it when things work out like that -- little treasures unearthed that you didn't even know you looking for -- until you found it; you then can't imagine how you ever did without it.
It's that perfect of a match for you.

I love their antiquated elegance and the utter simplicity of the stamping - and the tarnish and the crooked letters matter not, because the concept of this garden gem is so grand that nothing can take away from that -- they actually add to the charm and beauty. Perfect within its imperfection.
Markers are not the only thing on Allison's menu --
Take a gander at these window sill beauties also at her etsy shop:

"This Echeveria Violet Queen requires life in a silver plated creamer. As royalty is accustom to finer things in life." -- Allison Cecil.
Oh, I do like how she thinks.
Yes, oh yes indeed.
Photos from Monkeys Always Look Etsy Shop and Flickr photo stream.


Helen said...

Isa, you are spot on! Her treasures are just that - treasures. I must go take a quick peek. Thanks for sharing.

HeddyShea said...

I LOVE these! I wish I didn't already have some or I will out and purchase ASAP. Well... maybe I can still purchase, my handmade tags aren't nearly as lovely!


niartist said...

oooo - me love! er, lurve! :) I think this is the perfect idea for an herb garden, any garden. BEAUTIFUL! You're always finding great stuff - off to see how much these beauties are ...

vicki archer said...

Those tags are so lovely and what a clever idea to use old silverware. Very pretty, xv.

the wild raspberry said...

great finds! thanks for the heads up.

donna baker said...

These are so sweet Isa. Perfect for pots as I can't imagine them in my corn. And even better, the deer can't eat them!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a beautiful idea!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh, simply lovely!!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Those are A-mazing! Love it!

Now I'm gonna need some of those metal letter punchie thingies....

Alicia said...

I'm with Gina. I wonder if the craft store sells a metal punching kit????
Thank you soo much for sharing.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Isa, you are welcome to come shopping with me anytime. Here lately I've been finding cute silver things. I really like these markers too! I always enjoy you stopping by, Theresa

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...


ps. my hubby said it was Malibu Lake too! thank you :)

Carla said...

Aren't they adorable. What a clever person! So stylish. Carla x

Oliveaux said...

Oh yes they are wonderful. I cannot wait for my landscaper to finish so I can plant some herbs and get some beautiful tags. Ax

Kristin said...

OK...Lovin these herb spoons. Very cool!

Chrissy said...

Oh Isa.... I can not tell you how pretty this post is, I just love it!!! All the best, Chrissy

anna said...

for the first time on your blog
and I love it..I will follow you and link you on mine blog..if that's oké with you?
gr. Anna

Nadine @ BDG said...

I love the typesetting on these-- they are like plant baubles!

Miss Kris said...

Hi Isa!

Oh my!!! I love these! They are so pretty, a lovely way to take something old and make it into something BEAUTIFUL!!! I must check them out!

~Miss Kris~

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for markers...such a perfect look!

Anonymous said...

She is so on my wavelength. Thanks for this great post.
G in CT

Jessica Turnbow said...

That is so clever, I love this! Thanks for posting