Fall Centerpiece in An Antique Tool Caddy

The morning after I returned from my fabulous trip from France…

…..my neighborhood was holding their annual Fall yard sale.

Even though I had just a few hours sleep….

…..my friend Merry and I set out to find some treasures.

I was quick enough to be able to get this great antique tool caddy..


I filled it with faux Fall florals that I had on hand..

…..and a few pumpkins that I bought at the Farmers’ Market.


I just love the inscription on the bottom of the caddy…

“Made by H.N. Walker about 1894…Presented to M.A.F. 1934”



I so love the color of this caddy….


And I just realized that I purchased most of these faux Fall florals from the same friend….

…..at last year’s Fall Yard Sale! So you see why she is the first house I visit!!!


I added this rusty iron pumpkin…a pumpkin that is so very special to me.

I purchased it many years ago….on one of our Fall trips to Abingdon, Virginia…

…..a trip that we would take with our friends…my dear friend Ruth who sadly passed away 6 weeks ago.

We loved scouring the shops in Abingdon and came across these pumpkins….

…..that we each bought.


I hope to go to Abingdon this Fall…to plant a memorial garden..

…..at the farmhouse she loved…the family farmhouse….the one she wanted to spend her retirement in.


I miss the phone calls…of her asking me how I did something she saw on my blog…

I can still hear her voice…


And I shall celebrate her life in the beauty of the Fall Season she so loved…

Hope you have a wonderful day….celebrating life and the beauty of Fall.

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  1. Shirley, I adore this caddy! What a fabulous piece with the inscription on it- a treasure. You have decorated this beautifully! I know you miss your friend and her wonderful calls and visits! I lost my best friend at 19 and still think of her every day! Thanks for sharing this lovely Fall centerpiece.
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  2. Ooh, ooh, ooh. I love that tool caddy, too. Awesome find. It looks fabulous on your table.

    Don’t you like to think that your dear Ruth is still keeping an eye on what you have going on in your life? She must smile at the love you shared.♥
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  3. Oh Shirley, what a beautiful center piece with your caddy. I have been looking for one but don’t seem to find any that is not so expensive.
    So glad that you had a wonderful trip to France. AS you can see I have changed my email and I was so afraid that I would miss your posts. Have a great week. Stop by and see my Fall tablescape.
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  4. What a beautiful find and what wonderful memories of your friend that you have and can cherish.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
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  5. Oh, what a sweet post. I love the rusted pumpkin and the whole centerpiece. What a great tool box. Glad this brings sweet memories of your friend back to you.

  6. Linda miller says

    The fall centerpiece is just beautiful, Shirley, as always. I can’t believe you were out shopping the garage sales shortly after arriving home though. Memories of Ruth and your friendship will always keep her in your heart.

  7. Such a beautiful centerpiece, just love it! Your home is so pretty…
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  8. oh I LOVE this, such a gorgeous color! good thing you were the early bird!
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  9. Ooh, what a wonderful find- love the inscription on the bottom. I’m so sorry about your friend- I know you miss her- it sounds like you had a sweet connection.
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  10. The color, patina, and arrangement…perfection!
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  11. Your new found caddy makes for a great centerpiece on your beautiful table, Shirley! The wood tone of the table goes so well with the fall florals and pumpkins.
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  12. Lovely find and sweet thoughts and memories of a dear friend.
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  13. Soooo pretty! Love the old tool caddy and the fall treasures you have tucked inside. Your dining room is beautiful!!!!!
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  14. Oh Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss of your good friend. I will keep you both in my prayers. I love, LOOOVE the caddy! And you have filled it beautifully. Love that iron acorn too. XO
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  15. Shirley,
    Love the tool caddy, the color and the inscription on the bottom. What a treasure to have. Sorry to hear about your friend Ruth. It’s nice to have sweet memories of those that have passed though.
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  16. Oh Shirley I just LOVE the way that looks!! Love that last shot…so pretty!
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  17. Gorgeous tool caddy and such a lovely remembrance of your friend. Hugs, Marty
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  18. Oh shirley. Celebrate your dear sweet friend ruth today and everday after. She would love the caddy!
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  19. Shirley, I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your friend. It’s always takes a long time for comfort to come to those of us left behind.

    I do love your lucky find! I’ve got to go where no one would want to go and see if there isn’t something like that in our garage. We sometimes stay in Abingdon and enjoyed the locals. Wish I had known about the sale.

    I’ve only been to Paris once and loved it. Business for hubby and fun for me! Glad you enjoyed your adventure there. Can’t wait to hear more about it.
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  20. Your fall centerpiece is so beautiful Shirley and filled with such wonderful memories of your dear friend.
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  21. How cool is that Shirley! I can’t believe you mustered up the energy to go to a yard sale. That is what I call loyalty to the thrift LOL!

  22. awww hugs! Beautiful tribute Shirley, your centerpiece is stunning. xox
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  23. Love your tool caddy Shirley, complete with the inscription on the bottom! It makes for a beautiful centerpiece on your table!
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  25. LOVE this Shirley!!!! And you had me with the inscription!

    Totally pinning to the bhg board!

    Happy day!
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  26. Shirley this is so unbelievably gorgeous!! Love the sunflowers in there and that box is fantastic!!! Hail the Queen!!

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  27. Oh Shirley, I know Ruth’s memory lives on in you. What a dear friend you are… to all of us!
    Your fall arrangement is random abandon! Someone just wrote that about my centerpiece today… and I think it so fits your beautiful antique tool caddy. I especially love the dried sunflowers. Gorgeous, as usual!
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  28. Such a beautiful Fall arrangement Shirley. So sorry you are missing your friend. It will be bittersweet to visit Abingdon this Fall.
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  29. I’m very sorry you have lost such a good friend. Your tribute to her is very very special.

    Love your beautiful centerpiece and photos.
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  30. OMGosh,Shirley. I can’t believe you found that gorgeous tool caddy at a yard sale. LOVE the color and your arrangement. It’s so neat that there’s an inscription on it, and are those dried artichoke flowers? Great texture.
    The metal pumpkin looks so good on top, and what nice memories it brings.
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  31. Oooh – what a great find, Shirley. You did such a wonderful job of filling it and it looks perfect on your table. Love the inscription on the bottom! Such sweet words of sentiment about your friend. I know you miss her so.
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  32. I love the chippy paint on that caddy! And the color-to swoon over! What a beautiful arrangement too. I love that it holds sweet memories of your dear friend. Hugs,
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  33. Very nicely done…

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