A group of talented (and nice!) bloggers have a challenge every month to use something you own and put a new spin on it. This month, we use a tray.
My mom always had (and still has, to a lesser degree) a bunch of trays in her kitchen. She uses them daily. I am not like that. I have a couple of trays on top of my ladder pot rack, and I almost never use them. So I got up on the kitchen chair and grabbed the first one I saw...this awesome green enameled tray from Target.
We recently changed the coffee table in our living room from a blanket chest to one of DL's restored factory carts. I decided that the green would look great on the old wood, and so I walked around the living room looking for some things that would create an interesting scape.
The first thing I added was this little pewter nut compote from the dining room. It has one of our dozens of birds nests (we have an arbor where several appear each year, and generally two or three blow down over the course of a year. We don't ever take them out of the arbor, but if they blow down to the ground in the fall, they're fair game because mama won't come back to a nest that's been moved. And they're always empty anyway.). The nest has two painted wooden eggs and a small honeycomb, which we found (weirdly) in the hatchback of the Volvo.
Then I added a small vintage jar. It was obviously someone's souvenir of Niagara Falls. (I collect Niagara Falls stuff, having spent a great deal of time there as a kid.) After that, I added an oversized rabbit's foot fern.
I like the natural elements of this grouping (I'm counting Niagara Falls as 'water.' So sue me.) and the way the green tray contrasts with the old wood. You can't see it here (because the photos are taken in place...I'll be more specific next time), but the fern is about six inches taller than the compote, which is about six inches taller than the jar, so the scale is nice.
There will be another tray in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned!!