Edible Centerpiece

October 13th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Mmm, mmm, good!
Heres my new friend fresh from the foundry. Gorgeous wood! I dont think you can buy a salad bowl this pretty at the department store. At least not for twenty bucks!
It has two pieces. Ill be using the base for something else...Im sure of it. Ha!
You know i love the little details. A trip to the garage produced just what I needed for the finishing touch. An old, hand spun jump rope. The vintage rope is to die for and the handles made from old spools are adorable. Both work well with the warm, rich wood of the gear mold.
See what I mean about this being a perfect salad bowl? Didnt even have to give it a second thought!
You can find a variety of living lettuces in the grocery store, roots and all. This assures freshness at dinner time.
I love the combination of produce and flowers. Looks good enough to eat.
Just a final peek at how it all went together. Lets eat!
Mmm, mmm, good!

Mmm, mmm, good!

You can only imagine my delight when I came across this little beauty for twenty bucks. It's really worth far more than that, I happen to collect gear molds, and it has a multitude of uses. Yee, ditty, haw! Now that's a score any day in my book. Before I do anything else with it I decided to make it an edible centerpiece with living lettuce, fruit, and flowers. OK, maybe you can't eat the flowerss, but the lettuce and fruit are fair game. The object of course was to save some money and create a beatiful centerpiece for family anf friends. So any hoo, dinner guests can pick and choose from the goodies in the centerpiece and make their own salad. When the salad course is done, remove the gear mold bowl because, as we all know when the main course arrives there won't be room for a centerpiece on the table.

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Comments (21)

grannijo writes: Sue....hope the snow melts!...going to be in you area for the next five days at daughter's and we want to go "junking" all five days!!!...my first trip to MN!...hope I find some of your good finds and buys....sharon Posted: 10:26 pm on October 14th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: You know I love this! Now when is the dinner?


Posted: 8:32 pm on October 14th
SnowmanHill writes: Great idea! It is a great day when you find something you collect. The jump rope is a fun element to add, nice work!
The snow wasn't fun, glad it's gone for now.
Take care!
dana Posted: 3:49 pm on October 14th
georgiamoon writes: Sue, the colors of the veggies and flowers with the patina of the old gear mold are truly beautiful together. I love how fresh everything looks. Great find for only $20!!! How DO you do it? Love, Georgia Posted: 11:45 am on October 14th
fellowjunker writes: This is such a pretty little centerpiece Sue. Beautiful wood gear mold--unbelievable!
xojanis Posted: 10:57 am on October 14th
jacklynn4 writes: OOOHHHH! good find! I'm going to visit Minnesota to go junking-when it stops snowing that is:) Posted: 7:20 am on October 14th
William123 writes: This looks good enough to eat..! You had a great idea. Very nice junk salad bowl idea. You done great Junk.

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berton718 writes: Sue,
I love it!! I didn't know you could make junk taste good!! Posted: 12:23 am on October 14th
CottageElements writes: Sue, you have a good eye. Lesson learned, check prices when you see something cool and don't just assume it will be expensive. You maybe surprised at what you find! It really is a cool piece, and works great as a centerpiece. Thankfully, the snow is melting here in good ole MN, and we're suppose to have 60's by this weekend. Yippy for Indian summer!

Lani Posted: 11:48 pm on October 13th
oldnews writes: This looks good enough to eat, for sure! I LOVE the gear bowl, what an amazing score!! If it's any consolation Sue, we don't have 4 ft. of snow, but it's pouring rain, our power was out for 6 hours, and there are trees down everywhere here in sunny California! We apparently only have 2 seasons here now, summer and then immediately into winter. Spring and fall just don't happen anymore!! SO, I do feel your pain... Marie! Posted: 8:16 pm on October 13th
shabbychick writes: Sue - your salad is so yummy looking! And love the gear mold...that's very cool! And, I'm thinking that the jump rope can double as decoration AND after meal exercise too!

It really is a bummer that it's already snowing for you in MN...that means it will eventually end up in Ohio too. (Junking down south for the winter would be a good thing!!)

Kathy Posted: 6:40 pm on October 13th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: Well Jim you got a eraction from her. I'm laughing so hard about it,but you had a great idea.Maybe she will get out in the snow now.Sue I know this had to blow on you. HA HA Robert. Posted: 5:58 pm on October 13th
suewhitney writes: Well, well,well, Jim. Aren't you the funny boy?! Can anyone tell I'm hanging out on the site today? Too cold to go outside even to make a giant snow cone.

Sue Posted: 4:07 pm on October 13th
JunkArchitect writes:
Well that’s the coolest junk salad bowl idea I’ve ever seen. How about making a gigantic Minnesota snow cone out of it instead!

Posted: 3:51 pm on October 13th
suewhitney writes: I'm glad your all feeling my pain...I was looking for a little sympathy. I can always count on my friends here at JMS. Thanks!!

Be Well,
Posted: 3:37 pm on October 13th
alicemom writes: Yikes! 5 inches! another Yikes! You put your inside time to really good use! Awsome gear/salad/who knows what else bowl.
The jump rope handles are precious too. Again another jumping good project.
smiles, alice Posted: 3:11 pm on October 13th
suewannabeinkc writes: Sue, this makes even the vegetables look good. LOVE the jump rope handles made from old spools! I've got a big collection of these myself.
Five inches of snow? I guess there are some advantages to NOT living in MN! The appeal of the junk is strong, though...
Stay warm!
Joanne Posted: 2:06 pm on October 13th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: Sue,
Its amazing I'm getting ready to make a salad for lunch and you came up with a very nice delightful salad display. Just love it. Since you have all that snow you need to make a nice display in the snow.I know you can due it. I just want to challenge you. You have a special Day. Robert. Posted: 1:48 pm on October 13th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: You know how old houses have character? Well, this salad bowl has character! I think I'm equally intrigued by the old jump rope you used with it too. And now that I'm all geared up to make a healthy dinner tonight, I better get skippin'!
Very well done, Sue!
Candy Posted: 1:31 pm on October 13th
grannijo writes: Sue only you can find a use for anything...lol...very nice!!..would make any table a delightful place to eat...thanks for sharing...sharon Posted: 12:50 pm on October 13th
monakent writes: Yummy.... I'm talking about the wooden gear mold of course!!! What a beauty. LOVE what you have done with it, too. gailmarie Posted: 12:19 pm on October 13th
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