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A Cheerful Dirt Dispenser


The fog rushed back in after the sun said good morning. It was strange to watch it fill in the sky rather than fade westerly. Thick, too. So pea-soupy thick, the birds flew low overhead. If I hadn't seen them I would've thought they were bats by the sound they made. Plap, plap, plap. 

The other day I mentioned that I was painting a rice dispenser, which can hold about 25 to 30 pounds of rice, maybe a bit more. A couple years ago I tried selling it at a garage sale. No takers. Earlier this week I decided it can sit in the garden rather than the garage.

The Mama stopped using it a few years after the Husband and I moved in with her. She switched over to storing rice in big tins that once held her favorite crackers. I think she simply liked the idea of keeping rice in happy looking canisters rather than a dull plastic looking thing.


The rice dispenser is no longer dull, and it no longer stores rice. Now, its job is to hold potting soil. Ha!

Here's what the other sides look like.

And, here's what the top looks like.

For those of you who are familiar with the Mama, do you think she'd approve?


Sunday means I'm hanging out at All Seasons, a weekly meme hosted by Jesh of The Jesh Studio. Click here to check out her blog. For this week's participants list, click here. Thanks, Jesh!

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  1. You've done a great job on the rice dispenser, I'm sure the mama would approve and love it immensely :)

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    1. Thanks, Eunice. I think the Mama would scoff at first but then enjoy using it.

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  2. Happy, Happy, Happy! beautiful and repurposed . . . I can't imagine what you'll think to do next. love & love, -g-

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    1. ps - that is a Gorgeous Picture.

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    2. Thanks, G! I'm decoupaging a bookcase. :-)

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    1. So as not to feel naked, I painted the can that holds soil for succulents this morning. haha

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  4. I agree, rice should be stored in something fun. Great repurposing.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I still use the Mama's tin can. She had three. I downsized to one. The other two have become (what else?) garden art.

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  5. It is important that you are happy...and it sounds like you are! Well done!

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  6. I wasn't familiar with rice dispensers but seeing your picture it looks pretty handy. It looks so nice all prettied up. I'm sure it will hold potting soil just as well.

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    1. Thank you. The Husband poured half a bag of soil into it yesterday for me. Sweet man.

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  7. I'm only familiar with the Mama from reading about her here, but I'm quite sure she would approve, because who would not? it's beautiful, functional art. And plus she wasn't using it any more for rice, so i know she would love that you kept the memories. I am glad you didn't sell it!

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    1. Thanks, Sallie. Seeing the result, I'm glad it didn't get sold either. I like to think that Mama would have eventually come around to liking her colorful soil dispenser.

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  8. I love the rice tin and the painting on it. It held a great deal of rice and was so large. It is a fun art piece now.

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    1. Thanks, Nora. It now acts as the keeper of potting soil. Gosh, I hope it's rain proof. That just came to mind.

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  9. The first time I heard a flock of turkeys fly by, It sounded like and looked like Pterodactyls! You should check out the movie Maudie. She painted everything, true story.

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    1. We love the movie and Maudie. The Husband and I saw it at a time when I was in my timid phase of exploring and experimenting with art. Maudie inspired me to starting letting go of my hesitation.

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  10. I think it would take the Mama a while to warm to it, but in the end she'd say, "Well done, Susieee." :D

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    1. Yup, just like she warmed up to compost and raised beds,

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  11. Great way to re-use! I love the scenes on all sides.

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  12. OK - you sucked me in with the title of this post. I just had to know what you are up to now … You are in a painting frenzy, for real. And yeah, I think the Mama is smiling.

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