Monday, January 2, 2012

Peaceful Vignette


Do not run through life
so fast that you forget
not only where you have been,
but also where you are going.
from "Peace",  author unknown

Happy New Year.  Relaxing a bit since Christmas week, and taking a stroll down memory lane with my 2011 reviews, allowed me to focus on why I started blogging.  I wanted to share my experience, and create a journal.  I was reminded of my true passions, and  gave a lot of thought to where I wanted to go in 2012.  It's going to be a busy year, but I'll be taking chill breaks to maintain my perspective.  So, as I chill a bit more tonight, I wanted to share a simple vignette I put together with garage sale finds.



Do you know what these are?




I didn't think about what their original function was when I purchased them, but they are vintage graters.


I knew right away what I wanted to do with them though.




Look at the really cool shadows they create.



I have a piece of foil protecting the base.




They now reside on the desk next to my front door.  With my vintage mirror behind them, they look so peaceful.


Even more so in the dark.



I'll be back with redesigns, finds, tutorials, and more.  Lot's of fun stuff coming up.


Sharing With:
Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Nite Special
My Romantic Home: Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
At The Picket Fence: Inspiration Friday
Common Ground: Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
No Minimalist Here: Open House Party
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays
Ivy and Elephants: What's It Wednesday
Faded Charm: White Wednesday
A Stroll Thru Life: Tabletop Tuesday
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesdays Treasures
Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tuesday



63 comments:

  1. Those are so neat!! I like how they look with and without the candles. That was a good idea to use them that way.

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  2. Those are really unique. I have never seen any before. Love the designs the light makes.

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  3. I love decorating after the holidays. Neat little graters with the candles. Paired down, but oh so sweet!

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  4. those are very cool! Great industrial find!

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  5. There's something about your blog that makes me smile everytime I visit. Maybe because your creations are simple yet very smart!!!

    xoxo
    Myric

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  6. I have those same graters and mine are not so vintage - they are for my KitchenAid mixer:) You are right - they look great as votive holders.

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  7. As usual Rosemary you're thinking out of the box and I love it! So pretty with the candles. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. so pretty. I have to check your blog before I go to the thrift shop so I know what to look for, lol.

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  9. These are great! Love the look and love the light and shadows!

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  10. You know how I feel about pierced metal and candlelight, so I'm drooling over your graters - gorgeous!!!!

    Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  11. what a lovely idea! I had no idea what they were until you said so! and they are so pretty!!
    best,
    maureen

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  12. best to you in this new year ... your eyes sparkle about like these lights

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  13. Wow, what a neat find! I love the way they look with the candlelight shining through!

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  14. Really great finds! Makes a great tablescape too! Love the light! Drop by my blog soon...have a gift-away going on!!

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  15. Great finds! and as usual you have created another wonderful repurposed use for these. You always have neat ideas!
    Eileen @ cottage beach house

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  16. These are great. I think from the old electric graters. They snap on. Love them as candle holders.

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  17. Wow Rosemary, they look beautiful with the candle light shining thru. It was great vision to imagine them as votives. I love the artistry of your shots they really invoke peace.

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  18. I've never seen graters like these! What fabulous candle holders they make! Love the shadows they cast, too! What great vision you have! Hugs, Leena

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  19. They're treasures. You're amazing for the transfer. Reading your blogs is a pleasure and inspiring. Happy crafting 2012.

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  20. EXQUISITE PHOTOGRAPHY !!! amazing effect .. love it .. hugz x

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  21. oh you are so f...clever!!!!ahahhah

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  22. Great find and wonderful shadows.

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  23. What a wonderful find & clever idea! Your photos are beautiful.
    Happy New Year!
    -Lynn

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  24. Rosemary, I started working at 13, in the kitchen of a local BBQ place. I used those to create cole slaw, I remember having to grate the cabbage so close that I have a little scar on one of my fingers from getting too close! I haven't seen one in a long time! Memories, hope your year is wonderful and filled with just enough chill time to keep you creating!
    Debbie

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  25. I would've had no idea what those were! What a wonderful idea that was to use them as votive holders.

    It's a good thing to slow down once in a while, life just passes us by. My mom always used to tell me "Don't wish your life away"!

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  26. I always look forward to your posts....those are really cool and I love the designs! Thanks for sharing so much this year and looking forward to seeing all you do in 2012!

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  27. Hi Rosemary,

    Great photos!
    Love the glow...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  28. I saw & know directly they are graters. I came from the Philippines and my old grandpa had several kinds from the condense milk cans.

    Amazingly, that we can repurpose them and voilá! A unique candle holder.

    Great idea.

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /chie

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  29. Great idea Rosemary! They make wonderful candle holders.

    Looking forward to you're inspiring and informing posts through the new year.

    Kris

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  30. Hello,
    I am so glad you stopped by Hibiscus House. I decided that I had to stop by yours and am glad I did. I will now be following you. I love what you did with the graters. You have given me a new idea for what to do with my old ones..very creative.
    Dolly

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  31. Vintage graters!? Wow - have never seen anything like that -- what a beautiful find and they DO create a peaceful feeling as candle holders.

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  32. Cool idea... I have Salad Master graters... hmmm...

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  33. Cool idea... I have Salad Master graters... hmmm...

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  34. Junk finds make THE best decorative items! Your grater elements are wonderful, Rosemary! And they DO make such interesting light patterns on your table. ;)

    Thanks for being a part of Time Travel Thursday last year. I look forward to having you join the fun in 2012, as well. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  35. Those are so cool and I love the shadows they cast. You find the neatest things.
    Cindy

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  36. Wow, those are really neat, I've never heard or seen anything like them before. Great buy!

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  37. They look great! I saw a "not vintage" grater once, in a thrift shop, with a suggestion to set over a candle! Yours look much better.

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  38. O Rosemary, thank you for all that you inspire, I also thank you for sharing your beautiful time with me when you visit.

    I am now inspired by you my sweet friend.
    xx
    Dore

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  39. This is fantastic Rosemary. I love your finds. Also, I saw about the splendid blender in Wendy's blog. Its fabulous. So want one of them!

    I am really inspired.

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  40. They are so neat my friend. Thank you so much for the nice words about my new bracelet and neckless :O)
    Take care......

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  41. What a very clever idea!! I love it. I added you to my blog roll today. Blessings in the new year Girl!!

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  42. OMYGOSH...this is genius. I grew up with these...my mother had them and used them in their original form. I''ve passed up a ton of them in thrift shops...never realizing what adorable candle enhancers they made. I'll sure buy the next ones I see. :)) Thanks for your inspiration.
    If I am not already a follower, I will be in about 2 seconds. :)

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  43. I already was a follower...YAY...

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  44. Oh I havn't seen those graters for years. What a great idea. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  45. I love the industrial feel of these graters, yet they put out such a pretty light.
    Thank you so much for all the inspiration you've given us in 2011, Rosemary. Cheers to 2012!

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  46. Since I have seen them at my Grandmothers house growing up I knew there were graters LOl aging myself, these young gals wouldn't know what they were LOL

    I like the idea of small candles glowing in them in the dark, as usual you always have great ideas

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  47. Great NEW use for something OLD, worn and beautiful! I love all of your projects and look forward to more...
    Happy New Year!
    Rene

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  48. love. love. love. LOVE THEM!

    Can't wait to see what you do next!!!

    Mary from sweetlittlebluebird.com

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  49. I know you have so many comments to read but I have say ...COOL! My Mom had a cheese grater when I was young - those look like part of it! :) You rock!
    Holly - Down to Earth Style

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  50. The vintage graters look fabulous with the candles lit inside them! You are one of the most creative people I have ever met in blog land.
    Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  51. They do look like vintage graters. What a great way to use them! You're so creative! :)

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  52. Beautiful photos Rosemary...I knew they were graters, but I would never have thought to put a candle in them....beatiful idea...

    Lou Cinda

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  53. Very, very cool photos! Love the vintage graters, too.

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  54. I love it...those look great. Nicely done.

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  55. How creative you are and this looks so pretty! Happy New Year!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  56. Hi Rosemary,
    those look great and I love candles.TFS.You really do have an eye for thongs.
    Have a wonderful week and happy WW/
    XO Marie

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  57. Sometimes the simplest ideas truly are just the best. This is one of them. LOVE this!!

    I shared it on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 115. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150554797881141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  58. Ok that was a great idea and right up my alley!
    Thanks for the inspiration.. I'm pinning it!
    Susan

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  59. Those are very very cool! I wonder how they were used as graters? Were they attached to some sort of mechanism? You and that hubby of yours come up with the most interesting things! I love them as votive holders! Vanna

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  60. Those are absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a grand day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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