celebrating summer with vintage

i think we all have different things that make us feel like summer's here-- and that we love to do once it arrives. i think of dining outdoors, camping, summer nights on porch swings, cottage living, gardening, outdoor games, bright blue skies, picnics,  4th of July, patio parties, playtime..trips to the lake or beach.... in honor of summer's arrival i've been stocking a few vintage items in 5gardenias that speak of the warmer months ahead.  1. vintage Ker Sweden enamel cup and plate set  2. vintage paint by number mid west farm scene  3. antique wood croquet set  4. vintage toleware strawberry candle holders
happiest june to you all!


  1. I love to use enamel cups, even in winter because they always give me that picnic feeling...love those croquet sticks!

  2. Just catching up with blog posts..and summer hasn't caught up here in Seattle..so nice thinking ahead and vintage..lovely finds, Kathi! xo

  3. What a great post! I just came across your blog and I fell in love with it! It's spectacular! I love your style! Check out my blog and follow if you like it, I promise to do the same!
    See you soon, kisses!

  4. dawn-- yes.. total picnic feel to enamel cups.. and cottage and camping too. i once stayed in a sweet cabin in pecos new mexico for a time and purchased some enamelware plates and cups to eat off of-- it made everything look and taste so good...

    jen-- thanks for stopping in

    ginny-- so great to find you here ginny-- i just went poking around your blog and found so many new and wonderfully inspired pieces!

    and lirinka-- thanks so much for leaving a comment ... very sweet children's clothes on your blog-- i assume you're the maker-- i'll visit when i can! :)

  5. Stumbled on your blog and the cups stopped me. I've always lived in the country and there simply is no finer drink than water from the well in a metal cup on a hot summer's day.

  6. well D.A.-- i have to say i agree! enamel cups really do keep water nicely chilled-- and they feel so good in the hand-- glad the one pictured here brought such a fine memory your way!