Sunday, January 22, 2012

{beautiful souls}


I adore old confectionery and biscuit tins
I never pay more than a few dollars for them



they have so many wonderful uses
at Christmas I gathered a bunch for under the tree
they are perfect for gift giving.....no wrapping required 





they may be old, scratched and dented 
but they are still stunningly beautiful

While photographing these charmers
this quote popped into my mind........

I promise to keep on living as though I expect
to live forever.
Nobody grows old by merely living
a number of years.
People grow old only by deserting their ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin,
but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
Douglas MacArthur
xox

happy new week to all you beautiful souls out there

78 comments:

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love your Mug in the previous post and yes I too believe a little silliness is wonderful.....and these tins are so BEAUTIFUL but what sets off there colors and pretty patterns and florals is them all grouped together!!!
Your blog is always such a bright spot for me!!

tinajo said...

Very pretty tins, love the colors in them! :-)

andrea creates said...

i love old tins too-i have a lot of chocolate ones from italy :)
these are all so pretty!
happy weekend koralee~

Martina said...

Lovely box collection - and so fotogenic! The quote is great too - we don't want wrinkles on our souls - ever! Happy sunday to you!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

They are all gorgeous!! Great uses for them or just being pretty!

Saphy said...

I adore old tins as well. They feel so nice to have around.

Pat Winter said...

How true this is. Lovely post and lovely tin collection.
Hugs,Pat

AnnaVallance said...

Love that quote and all your old tins. What a great idea to use them for gifts instead of wrapping paper.

FrenchBlue said...

Dearest Beautiful Soul in The Whole World,
Thank you Thank you Thank you for this post.., Your words speak directly to my heart. I have been really sick since new years, which makes me unmotivated completely, makes me feel really old and takes away all my inspiration...I will not stop unfolding beauty, Becasue of you and this post I am going to push even harder for the magic I know is there~~
Thank you for being on this planet Koralee~
My Angel~
XO
Big Warm Hugs!!

Rizzi said...

HAPPY NEW WEEK TO YOU TOO.......THE CANS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL...I HAVE A FEW CANS MYSELF......ONE CAN THAT I HAVE WITH THE PICTURE OF ROME ON IT IS OVER 50 YEARS OLD......THEY ARE SO LOVELY......RIZZI

GardenofDaisies said...

You have such a lovely collection of tins. Each one a beautiful piece of art. I love using them in my sewing room/office to hold buttons and assorted bits and pieces. (I have that same round blue-floral-lattice tin. ) Happy week to you too!

Ashley said...

I love vintage chocolate tins and these tins that you have collected are beautiful....Wishing you a lovely day! Xoxoxo

fee @ chipper nelly said...

love that quote!
and adorable tins. Quite partial to a biscuit too!
happy new week Koralee,
fee ♥

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

lovely collection!!
i have a few myself that i just love!

xx

ivana said...

All of your bins are beautiful and the quote... just in time for my birthday!!!

Lynne said...

I love the quote . . . which I just added to my collection, giving MacArthur the credit and you a mention because you "peak my interest."

I too collect tins and have several I could add to your collection. I have my favourites I decorate with at Christmas. I love to pack cookie goodies inside tins to give to friends . . . it reminds me of something my mom would do.

Be well . . . happy . . . and may there be no wrinkles to your soul . . .

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Amazing all grouped together with the bright colors and patterns. The black with the red roses is amazing. (another thing to hunt down this year)
happy day and happy week to you too!

It's me said...

Happy new week my darling...love love ...xxx..

Blondie's Journal said...

I've never seen such colorful tins {except maybe at Christmas}. Very pretty! I love the quote...makes you think!

XO,
Jane

Madelief said...

Your collection looks great Koralee! All those bright colours and floral patterns. I haven't seen them this beautiful in Holland.

Enjoy your new week!

Love, Madelief xox

Jane said...

I do love that quote Koralee. I'm a sucker for the old tins too, you've got some good ones there. Jane x

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

My goodness, that's a Big Bunch of Blue Beautiness!! Love your idea of using these lovelies in stead of wrapping paper.
Enjoy your Sunday, sweet Koralee and do have a wonderful start to the new week xoxoxoxo

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Love the colors of those tins, especially the blue ones! That quote is a great inspiration. There are soooo many interesting things in this world to give up trying to find out more about them! Have a wonder-filled week!
Gerri

Alessandra said...

I love little decorated boxes :-)

Ciao
Alessandra

Maaike said...

Hi Koralee, so happy to see some of your pretty treasures! Wonderful to be surrounded by these beauties...

Wishing you a beautiful new week too!

Love
Maaike

Becky~ said...

Oh such beautiful tins.I collect them as well.The more the merrier.Happy new week ahead to you...blessings xo

by Teresa said...

Ohhhh.. I love the tins, too! I only have a handful, but I love them. I have 2 vintage xmas designed ones that I keep my crocheted hearts and snowflakes in for the holidays. Happy week to you too!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

LissyLou said...

you have a great collection - i love them x

Shelley in SC said...

So very pretty!! I never thought about them for Christmas gifts, but that would be perfect. Have a very wonderful week, Koralee. Still snowing??

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

So beautiful! I love the tins....would love to find some like those! And yes those are always wonderful around holidays :)

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madam Spoiled said...

LOVE the quote!

Love and Hugs,
Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madam Sppiled

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YES YES YES Douglas MacArthur! May we continue dearest to HUNT for more creative ways to inspire others to HE WHO INSPIRES THE MOST....oh dear, life can be so beautiful! And I love this idea of having a box that does not require wrapping paper!!! LOVE TO YOU for the week ahead! Anita

June said...

I LOVE that quote Koralee. SO much truth in it.
Your tins just make me happy!!!!
hugs...

dutch sisters said...

I love your tin collection!

flowersandhome said...

Happy week to you too Koralee! I love the colourful flowery tins; sooo many of them together makes the most gorgeous picture. I will remember the quote and try not to loose my ideals and dreams.
Bye,
Marian

malia said...

what a fantastic collection!

Vintage Home said...

beautiful quote...stunning & practical tins!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Such pretty boxes! I love them.. I think it is always a good idea to use boxes or depending on the gift, sometimes I will buy a new tea towel, put the gift in, tie a pretty bow and there you are. The wrap is also a gift.
Happy new week to you Koralee and a bonjour to you Anita!
Penny

Palomasea said...

Fantastic quote, dear Koralee...and those tins! Gorgeous, love them!
Have a lovely week, beautiful soul:)
xoxo,
- Irina

Angela said...

Great quote and pretty tins!

Karen said...

Pretty pretty tins! Happy New Year to you, too! xo K

emilyandtheyellowhouse said...

Wow! What lovely finds! :)

found and sewn said...

I have a growing collection of vintage tins, they are pretty and practical

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Wonderful!
I think the dents and dings (and wrinkles) make them that much more beautiful!
Who wouldn't be delighted receiving a gift in such a beautiful box??

Μαζί... KaPa said...

I love them...You are so lucky to have them!!

Crafted by Carly said...

What a gorgeous collection of tins!!! A girl can never have too many!!! ;-)
Carly
x

Cozycomfycouch said...

Hello Koralee! So beautiful! :D Your blog makes me cheerful! :D Have a great week! :D

Jewellers Dublin said...

Love the images, so vibrant and fun. From Engagement Rings

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

These boxes are so beautiful and colourful. Love them!


Gabriela

wendy said...

What a great idea...using those lovely tin cans for putting presents in . Now I will be on the look out for them.
That last quote is a good one.

Roselie said...

I love this quote, so true! And the biscuit tins, what a lovely idea to use them for the presents! Happy new week!

Frances said...

Oh, Koralee ... how beautiful! I have a collection of these old biscuit tins, too. In fact, I think I have one just like the flowered one at the very top of your first photo! My oldest sister and I used to visit a lot of antique shops in Lancaster, PA and we would often find such beauties there. I have also found some beautiful ones at a local flea market. They do add sparkle and joy to any space. Such a great idea to use them for containers for gifts! My heart leaps for joy every time I see you have posted something new to your blog! Thank you for the time and passion you put into it.

Tracey Fisher said...

Beautiful collection and love the idea of under the tree. Perfect.

Nezzy said...

What beautiful little tins, I can see how you'd have a vast variety of creative uses for 'em. They're a gift in themselves.

More than that I love that quote, I've never heard it before but it is so very true.

Have a blessed and beautiful week sweetie!!! :o)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

They are so pretty! I used to have a lot of tins, but I just didn't have a place to store them...so I sent them on their way. Mine weren't nearly as pretty as these!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful tins and beautiful quote, especially the last line.

scarlett clay said...

I don't even have one of these things, I need some! :)
Your collection is gorgeous!

~Scarlett

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

bestill my heart!!!!! hugs....

Barbara said...

I've always loved those, Koralee! They make such perfect gift containers. I wish I had more space to go flea-market shopping again!

Tash said...

Beautiful photos and words as always. Blessings to you lovely one xx

Lisa Graham Art said...

I will be on the lookout for these when I shop in antique and thrift stores...never thought of them for gifts...great idea! What a wonderful quote too...so true!

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful colours in those pretty tins, and beautiful thoughts today. Have a happy week, Koralee!
Helen x

Lulu and Co. said...

I love how you see things and turn them into treasures! Absolutely perfect and delightful! I now will look at beautiful containers in an entire new light all because of you!!!
xo,
Lulu

Lynn said...

Wow, those tins are gorgeous! Hope your week is going well.

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Oh, I Love these! So pretty and such a good idea for gifts! I also love the poem. So, So True!
Thanks for sharing. :)
Joyce

Maria said...

Hi Koralee!
These finds are definitely beautiful treasures! It must have looked like the Three Kings visited your home to have these tins under your tree! They do remind me of treasures from the Orient.

Your words and quotes today are so thoughtful... losing creativity and curiosity would surely wrinkle the soul.

I wonder if this is why we always feel 25 inside!

Thinking of you as you work toward your goals ~ and also about our school days!
{Whenever I smile at my fifth graders and their adorable nature, I always think of what you wrote me about loving this age group!}

Have a wonderful week, Koralee,
xoxo,
Maria

Carol said...

I do love those old...charming tins. Wonder who had their "biscuits" for tea from inside these beauties!!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello koralee~there's nothing like the beauty of patina. scratches, nicks and dings are what adds to their charm. Not to mention the story behind each and every one.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DEAR FRIEND!How was your day today precious? Are you also in the report card stage, or not yet? We are on semesters now, which is better than TRIMESTERS! Imagine? I cannot believe we had to do report cards THREE TIMES during the school year! But now just having two reports is enough!

How is your book organization coming along? There is so much FUN to be had and I wish you the energy to get as much out of this new year as you can. I cannot wait to see the fruit of your labor my dearest! NIGHT NIGHT KORALEE, Anita

Teresa said...

Hello Sweet Friend~
Where have I been? I haven't even seen this new blog design.
I've got to stop living life so busy and make time for popping over to visit my best blog friends.
Love these happy tins.
Also love the poem. I've got to jot that down and send it to my parents.
Hugs to you!
I made Snow Ice Cream this week! ;)
Going to get an ice cream freezer like yours.
Happy Week Sweet Koralee!
xoxoxoxoxo

francis said...

The old ones are beautiful but there are also beautiful new ones ....sigh .....
Every time I buy one I tell myself that one will be an old one too at any time .....
wish I could fold one and send it in an envelop ......
I am making Valentine-cards now .....makes me feel good to be busy making Love-stuf .....
Happy days for you ...all my love

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING DEAR ONE!!! Happy day at school, Anita

Suz said...

Koralee,
That is wonderful! You always make me smile. I just love those tins.
Big hugs,
Suz

Monica said...

Your tins are very cheerful, and I think I quite agree with your quote. I hope you are having a happy week :)

Helena said...

Beautiful tins and beautiful words!!! XOXOX Helena

à la parisienne said...

These biscuit tins are gorgeous and so cheerfully YOU!
I also love finding a treasure for a couple of dollars~such a thrill!

Mandy

koralee said...

Hi Barabra...thank you for visiting me...I am having a hard time getting on your yummy blog lately but I am thinking about you and love receiving you lovely comments. xoxoxo HUGS

MelanieMargaret said...

Very cool...good idea to put gifts in!

-Melanie