a hanging fruit bowl

Check out this old meat safe.  It hangs above the island bench at Elise’s house, and she uses it to store fruit – so it’s a hanging fruit bowl.  And it is a really great idea!


This safe was inherited from family friends.  Elise painted it white.  Originally she had it sitting on her bench, but she has a beam overhead, and thought it would look good hanging.

So she looked out for some vintage hook scales (is this what they are called?) and voila!  Now she can use the whole bench and store the fruit.  And it looks excellent!!


cream johnson bros.

Two years ago I started a collection of Johnson ware cups because 1. I liked the fineness of the china and 2. they could handle the dishwasher.  They cheer me up immensely for my morning cup of coffee, and it is lovely to serve tea to anyone who pops past with some nice china and a teapot.   With these out you can’t go wrong!

Op shops are a great source of Johnson ware, but as it is becoming more popular and less of it is out there to be discovered for a bargain, there are other more reliable places to shop … the secondhand shop on High Street in Thornbury, for example, sells mixed china for $5 a piece.