Monday, June 17, 2013

Olive Jars (new life)

While I was in Southern Italy, I did a little shopping in my family's garage.
There was so much stuff that I wanted to bring back with me, but I had to pick few things and hope it all would fit in the suitcases.
(I still have more...I am a good packer. LOL)
This particular garage is a "farm garage", 
so it was full with rusted farm tools, glass containers, old and big 

industrial scale, wooden handmade ladders and more.
A lot of those are still in use today.
The olive farm is located in southern Italy, where my dad grew up.
Of course I had to bring back a couple of jars that were used to hold olives.
As you can see, those jars are not "usable" anymore for that purpose, but I wanted to bring a couple back for decoration.
I filled one with my aged clothes pins 
(that I made here),
and one with corks.
A little bit of Italy in the US.

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Kelly said...

Those jars will come in handy, I'm sure! Now you're making good use of them instead of them just sitting in the garage. Don't you wish you could've brought that huge ladder home with you too? LOL!

Lena said...

These are awesome! I bet there are so many treasures in that garage :)

Revi said...

Yes, too bad you can't bring a ladder home! :)

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Those are super cute and how much cooler that they came from your family farm! love things with a sentimental meaning attached!

NanaDiana said...

Oh-What fun to have things from your family birthplace. How very special- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

That ladder is amazing. I can see the wonderful craftsmanship in it. How nice to bring a few things back home to enjoy.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

How sweet that you could bring a touch of Italy home. Love the look those jars have. They hold such character!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

What a wonderful piece of Italy to bring back home with you. And, how beautiful that it was actually used at the olive farm your dad grew up on. I love their repurposed life.

must love junk said...

Love these! Can I tag along next time you go to Italy? ;)

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Those jars are really charming! What great usable keepsakes... that not only hold things, but memories as well. How wonderful!

Libby said...

You know, shopping in other people's things is fun. I love thrift shopping, but it's even better when you know the story behind the item. And you can, when it's from your family. Great finds!

p.s. I've been doing a little bit of backyard shopping at my mom's. :-)

Art and Sand said...

How fun to visit family in Italy and bring home such fun reminders.

I would love the ladder.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
That is probably the most painful of all facts that we always face this penalty of not being able to carry it home with us. But paying for an additional suitcase still is way cheaper than having to send it by mail!
Enjoy your newest treasures as it also has such sentimental meaning to you.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

So nice to have such great memories from your trip and special keepsakes. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty