Friday, August 20, 2010

Succulents and Silver ~



I have been picking up silverplate for a few years now. On any given day, you can find LOTS of it at Thrift Stores, Antique Malls or Flea Markets.  Trays, butter dishes, creamers, teapots, you name it!!

Usually, the older pieces are tarnished and dark. When I first started collecting, I would polish all my silverplate pieces... not anymore... the darker the better!  I never polish... Do you?

When displaying silver, I just have my pieces grouped together on shelves.  It's starting to look a bit cluttered, and boring.  This was becoming frustrating because collecting silverplate is easy, inexpensive, and fun!

My very favorite place to purchase silverplate is Salvation Army.  Most of my silver pieces cost under $7 each.

So.... what do you do with all your silver??

You plant succulents in them, of course!


 I got this great planting idea from my friend, Kymberley, owner of  3FineGrains .

With inspiration, I gathered up my silver and went shopping!!



Can you believe I almost gave away this silver urn? 

It had horrid fake flowers glued into it and didn't look good anywhere in my house. 

Good thing I took a closer look at it! When I removed the flowers, it was stunning!




I love the silver's texture and the little emblem on it...




These horse (or lion?) handles didn't even show before.. 

...and now they are the focal point of the urn!




This little silver creamer is a birthday gift for a very good friend.  

I love the scalloped edge and the delicate silver beading at the top...



I think she will appreciate the delicate etching 
and her monogrammed "B"initial. 



This silver container is an antique butter dish...




Can you see the little hooks on it for the butter knife. This silver piece has a few small dents which adds to it's vintage charm. Love the silver edging at the top. Having the lid to display is a bonus too!



Here's what you will need to complete this project:

1. Silver Containers with at least a 3" depth to hold your succulents
2. Soil made for Cactus
3. Small Gravel to help with drainage
4. Succulents 3 or 4 varieties

At Home Depot, I purchased the smallest size containers of Succulents. Each mini container was approximately 79 cents. I spread a small amount of gravel rocks in bottom of my container, added a layer of cactus mix and then added in my succulents.  I tried to vary the color and texture in each container. 


Here's the BEST part.....

Ready?


This project took me only 10 minutes to complete! Great use of the silver you have piled high in your cupboards!

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47 comments:

Suzan said...

I am SO happy I found your blog! What a great idea. I also collect silver plate serving pieces because I love them and because no one else wants them. I once got an entire BAG of silver plate items at the Goodwill for 2.97! I love the idea of putting a plant in a couple of pieces. Do you have to be concerned about how much light the succulents get?

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

That creamer is my favorite piece....great idea using succulents...not having to water them and only misting them to keep the greenery alive...clever, and oh so pretty.

Here's My SnT for the week Hope you can drop by for a visit.

Sharyn said...

Such a beautiful idea. Practical, pretty and useful. TFS - from Shabby Nest

Chic Creations said...

Oh, they are beautiful. What a great idea. thanks for sharing.

My Yellow House said...

What a great idea. I put all my little silver pieces away because everything was looking too cluttered but I think I'll get a few out now. I love how the green looks with the silver ~ thanks for another pretty idea!
Have a great weekend!
Sarah

Laura said...

Just found your blog from Rachel Ashwell's blog. Love your pictures and will definitely be following you. Lx

Lisa said...

The fleshy green of the succulents look fabulous with the tarnished silver! LOVE IT!
~Lisa~

Sarah said...

Beautiful post! I'm always on the hunt for fun and unusual silver pieces. You've found some beauties here! Love all the details and different shapes. I haven't tried succlents in mine, but I've put flowers and ivy in them from time to time. To polish or not? I generally polish the pieces I pick up, unless I can see that they are too far gone for that. I like both looks. Can one have it both ways? LOL
I posted my most recent silver plate finds on my blog last Sunday under the title Sister Time.
Just added myself as a new follower. I'll be back often. ~ Sarah

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hello! I love your blog and I love your ideas. So much beauty here. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Marie said...

I would have never thought of making my silvers a planter, but thanks to you I will now. I don't polish them either...too much work. That's back in the days when someone had live in housekeepers :) Happy Friday!
-marie

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Marcy, so nice to meet you, thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment. Your home is beautiful, congrats on being featured at Jennifer's.

I love planting plants in unexpected containers. Your silver pieces are all beautiful, such a great way to display. Look forward to seeing you around blogland!

Marilyn said...

Marcy,

First time poster here, courtesy of Cindy's Romantic Home blog.

The succulents/silver combination is really gorgeous. The colors and textures play off each other beautifully. What a great idea!

I've been reading some past posts, and have to say, I like your style!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

AntiqueChase said...

Suzan,
You bring up a very valid point... I have mine in a well lit room and once a week move them to a sunny ledge in my kitchen for the day. So far no problems...

Just water a tiny amount INfrequently about every 10 days..

Thanks for visiting and leaving your question!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful! I love this idea! I will be purchasing me some succulents this weekend!! Thank you for the tip, the beatiful photos and the inspiration!

Lou Cinda :)

AntiqueChase said...

Marilyn~
Thank you that was a nice compliment! Hope you visit again soon

Linda said...

That is such a great idea...now I know what to do with all the silver I have stashed away. Thanks!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your silver pieces and what a great idea planting succulents in them. I need to go look at Salvation Army. I have not checked there yet. Some of the flea market/antique malls want too much for their silver. Thanks for a great idea.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I love this idea! The succulents look so beautiful in all of your silver pieces! Thanks for passing on this wonderful inspiration!
Have a great weekend!
~ Jo :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marcy, I have quite a collection of silverplated items purchased at thrift stores for just a few dollars. I have never tried to grow succulents but you have inspired me. Have a great weekend. xo, Sherry

Irma@CosasBellas said...

Hi Marcy! I'm also a SoCal girl and I am just THRILLED to have come upon your blog!!!
What an INCREDIBLE sense of style you have!
I have a succulent garden, since I live in a condo and only have a cement patio, and I too collect old silver pieces and use some as planters. I even use an old silver pitcher to water them with, it sure makes my little space look more elegant.
I can't wait to come back and visit and get another eye-full of your gorgeous pics.

Have a BLESSED weekend!!!

Your newest follower

Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a wonderful combination. I love the etched Victorian pieces the best and you have some nice samples. Really lovely display idea! Jacqueline

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Hi...first of all I saw your cottage of the month. You have a lovely home. I enjoyed seeing it. I also love the succulent idea. Living in AZ, that would be very easy to find....glad you have a blog...I will be back to visit!!

Tara said...

HI there,what a great idea,I think I'll have to do the same as it's so cute..
Please come over and visit me soon..xx

mimi said...

Hey Marcy... thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I adore your blog and love your use of silver pieces with succulents! Lovin on your home too!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Wow! I love LOVE this idea! The silver and the green is such a fresh and clean combination.

Carol said...

Oh wow! I'm so going to do this, love the succulents. Great idea, thanks for sharing.
Carol in GA

Lori said...

I just started following you. Saw you at Lauries party. Your blog name got me right away. Love antiques. Your home looks lovely.

Sandra said...

I just found your blog today and became a follower. Love your decorating ideas...I will be back soon. Come say hi.

marĂ­a cecilia said...

Hola Marcy, I have seen your so gorgeous home at The old painted cottage and wanted to came over to let you know how much I have loved it!!!!
Greetings from Chile
maria cecilia

Sherrie said...

I love succulents and silver! What a beautiful combination. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

Fabulous house plant displays!

Red Door Home said...

Such a cute and simple idea. A wonderful combination.

Noell-Hyman said...

I love it! Love that urn, especially, and so glad you told the story behind it! I know you already had these projects done before (I think) but I hope that as you do new projects, you'll show the before's as well!

I don't have any silver, but I have been wanting to buy succulents (I LOVE them) and you've given me a few ideas of other bowls/containers I could consider using.

Thanks!!!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great ideas and great blog! I have read through many posts so far. I am now following!
Bonnie :)

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

What a wonderful idea! So they are ok in there without having to drill holes or anything? I think I'm going to have to try this!

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Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

AH!! I'm SO glad you posted this on Layla's party! I was skimming over all the thumbnails and yours just jumped right out and grabbed me. I absolutely LOVE this idea. I'm a sucker for succulents! :) I've pinned this on my pinterest board so others can find you too. I'd love for you to share this on my Garden Party Blog Hop this week! What a great idea.

http://unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-garden-party-time.html

Alina @ My Yellow Umbrella said...

I have a thing for succulents...it's all I have in my home! Thanks for the great & beautiful idea!

Amy - Get Busy Gardening said...

Beautiful! I love succulents! I also love finding cool containers to plant them in. This is great!

Amy

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a great idea! And I love the idea of embracing tarnish. I have a lot of silver languishing in my hutch, all huddled up in silver cloth. Maybe I should consider something like this.

Stopping by via your link on The Polohouse.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I just adore the succulants in your beautiful silver pieces!! It looks so beautiful! I never polish my silver either. I love it tarnished. It's such a gorgeous patina.

Sarah said...

One of my favorite posts! I'm going to do this some day soon.

Miss Kitty said...

Love your title, your pictures, your ideas,and your silverplate! I would never have thought to mix silver and succulents but it looks SO great. I saw your post over at The Polohouse.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Whoa, Marcy!
Lots of terrific comments and here I am late to my own party!

So thrilled to see this fantastic idea and your wonderful vignettes.
All so pretty!

Hope your package came today?
xox
A

CAS said...

Wow, I've fallen in love with your blog & your home. I'm new here via The Polohouse, & I am now following via GFC, LF & Pinterest. Yea, I know, I'm an all or nothin' kind of person....lol! I hope you might follow back. I took the tour of your home and it is so beautiful. I never would have thought of using the silver pieces for the succulents, but it's such a great idea!
CAS

The Nester said...

stunning!

Amber said...

I love this idea!