Thursday, October 27, 2011


Does this Copper Boiler bring back any memories from your past? I know both my grandmothers owned one; they were very common in days gone by when people were using them to boil water on their wood stoves. Water to be used in their "wringer washers", the old fashioned washing machines that had two rollers above the washing machine where you ran your clothes through to extract the water. Thank goodness we have travelled through time enough to be able to avoid that work-laden lifestyle.

My husband spotted this copper boiler online on a site devoted to selling items in our local area. He knew it would be something I would like as we both love antiques and spend our vacations going through antique shops. He promptly telephoned the couple that was selling this copper boiler and at 10 p.m. that same evening he proudly presented me with it. It was certainly not to use for laundry or for a mini bathtub to bathe the children in on a Saturday night. I had my own wish for it. I spent the next day happily filling it with white Peonies, Chrysanthemums, Asters and Lillies.

It is much more relaxing to just sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with it being filled with flowers, don't you think? Here is a front view as well as a view from the top.




Myric said...

I absolutely love this!!! And definitely would love to follow your blog. Thank you for the invite!
Very nice to meet you and thank you for the follow and visit :)


Anne said...

Thank you for telling me what this is!! I bought one of these at a garage sale this summer.


I love these copper things! Thanks for the comment...i'm following back.

Janlynn said...

Well I do remember wringer washers and having a favourite pin crushed because I forgot to take it off my blouse before putting in the wash, but The hot water came from a tap. City slicker!
The copper pot is beautiful and makes a perfect vessel for your flower arrangement.

Tina said...

What a great find. The flowers look lovely in it.

Have a great weekend.


smalltownme said...

I love copper! I have a small collection of copper tea kettles and other copper things so I am envious!

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage said...

It looks very pretty! I have one on the front porch that just holds a few gardening tools...not anywhere as pretty as what you have done! I would never consider heating water for laundry in one of these but I still enjoy using the old ringer washer...I know, I am a bit 'odd'! Thanks for becoming a follower, I'm your newest follower!

Leann said...

Hi Gayle

Love love love your style. I tried to follow you, but I don't have a facebook account and can't find another way.

I've booked marked you site and will be back.

Enjoy your day!

Gina said...

This is pretty! I love the copper finish & how you filled it with flowers. The possibilites are endless for this piece.

Tanya@takesix said...

Beautiful!!!! What a sweet hubby to do that for you! Your arrangement is gorgeous! It would look beautiful with a couple potted mums this fall too! I tried to follow your blog, but I don't think it worked. I'm not sure why. Happy Halloween!!!

Babs said...

Beautiful copper boiler! I love copper, but only have a couple of pieces. Your floral arrangement is so pretty in the boiler. Love the all white look. Thanks for following and I'm now following you. Yay! Have a great weekend,

Ann said...

The white flowers contrasted against that beautiful copper boiler are gorgeous. Thanks for visiting Moonbeams and Fireflies and following. I'm following back.

At The Picket Fence said...

What a beautiful copper pot! Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a sweet comment. I just became your 100th follower!:-)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

My mother-in-law has one and I envy her much like I do you!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I have one of these...with a lid. I store my outside gardening shoes in it. I like the way that you have used it much better! Tomorrow, out go the shoes!

kitty said...

What a fabulous find & how sweet of your husband to present it to you! I will be your newest follower!!

Honey at 2805 said...

I adore your large copper pot and it looks wonderful filled with flowers! What a sweet gift from hubby!

Thanks for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday~=!

Gail said...

OMGoodness Gayle, I LOVE your copper pot! What a find and a sweet gift from your husband. I'm glad you left me a comment otherwise I may not have find your lovely blog. I'm now one of your newest followers.

Enjoy your day,

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, Gayle, I love your copper pot and the white flowers in it look gorgeous! What a nice husband you have to do that for you!
Hugs, Cindy

Sue said...

I see these copper boiler pots in shops and they want an arm and a leg for them! I'll have to keep an eye open for them at the yard sales. Yours looks lovely with all the white flowers over flowing from it! :-)
~ Sue

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I have a vintage copper tub, also. I use mine to store wood for the woodstove. Thank goodness I dont' have to heat my water that way. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday, Gayle. Hope to see you again this week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Decorating with Cents said...

You did a beautiful job with the arrangement and I definitely love the copper tub! I'm a new follower, when you have a chance please drop by.

Kate said...

My mom & dad have had one of these copper tubs since I can remember! We always kept magazines and books in it!

Feral Turtle said...

Hi Gayle, Popped over from the Feral Turtle. You have a beautiful blog and I had to comment on your copper tub as I love anything copper. Wish I had the knack of flowers arranging. You have a lot of wonderful ideas. Love your fan calendar too. I am your newest follower.