Friday, 7 October 2011

When life hands you lemons.........

....drink it in lemonade form......

.....ooooohhhh really rather lovely and refreshing.....

.....then take the lids off with a tin opener....

.....and fill with soil to use for seedlings on the window sill....

.....I have to say, I am a bit of a sucker for packaging, and I just couldn't get rid of these cans, not even for recycling. The lemonade was super lovely. Quite tart, not your usual sweet lemonade. And you know me, I love a lemon or ten! My can opener was no super duper fancy one, but it took the lid off and made the the edges all smooth and lovely so there were no sharp bits. I kept the foil lids and put them on lolly sticks so that on the back I could make a note of what seedlings were in each can. So....there we go.....I get to keep the limonata love in my kitchen a little bit longer. I love these.......hummmmmm....they have orange ones too.....I might just have to pop back. I have a feeling there won't be a lot of space left on my sills!



  1. What a great idea - I love these tins too & am reluctant to throw them away. Some basil would look lovely & really cheer these upcoming winter months x

  2. Hej Vanessa

    Ooohh Ahhh those cans are lovely...
    and what are you going to grow in them?
    I can remember having a lemon balm plant I think it's a herb... growing in my garden in England...I bet that would be uber cool growing in one of those cans, it really did smell of lemons every time you rubbed the leaves.
    Lovely post!
    Have a lovely lemony weekend

  3. great idea
    i like thinks i can make it


  4. Lovely idea Vanessa! They look really pretty. Now, do you think Pedigree Chum cans will look as attractive?! :-)

    Hope you're well.


  5. I like it, great post and idea!

    Have a nice weekend, kisses:)

  6. I love this idea - looks fabulous :) x

  7. I have seen those cans before, they are lovely. Such a great idea to use the lids in that way!
    Isabelle x

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  9. After your OFFENSIVE comment(s) over at mine I just wanted to say how totally pants this post is. Awful. You really should try to take a decent photo for once in your life.........

    Yours sincerely,
    The Green Eyed Monster

    ha ha haaaaaaaaa!!

    Gorgeous as per usual. Clever idea too. Must pin it!!


  10. I would buy them just for the packaging - forget the lemon or ade - even though I do love lemons. Packaging all the way for me.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Nina x

  11. I will have to seek these out, can't remember where I have seen them but now I will be on a mission to find :)
    Lovely idea to keep them too ,
    Happy Friday Yay x x x x x

  12. That is such a brilliant idea and a good excuse for more lemonade.....or even orangeade

  13. Oh, these are gorgeous! I have herbs growing on my window sill in Tate and Lyle syrup cans ... I must remember to photograph them sometime. Yours are much prettier though ... she types as she ponders where locally might sell Sanpellegrino Limonata :D

  14. oo love that idea.. they look so pretty all lined up in a row like that.. very holiday looking to!!


  15. Hi Vanessa, what wonderful cans, I wouldn't have wanted to part with them either. One of the very best parts of gardening is growing things from seeds and cuttings, hope you get lots of lovelies from your special pots.
    Have a great weekend.
    Carol xx
    p.s. not only did I solve my comments problem but I've taken the plunge and now have a little blog. Scary!

  16. They look so happy and sunshiny...I've not seen those cans before but will definitely be searching them out! I'm a sucker for packaging too....I've been known to buy lovely tins of Amaretti Virginia cookies and chuck the cookies because I really don't like the taste, but really wanted the tin.

    I noticed tucked behind the cans in one or two of the photos is a tin/packet of Nestle Milo....just wondering where you've had that from, cause I thought it only came from New Zealand? -xx-

  17. Love this drink...I could drink bucketfuls. What a clever idea my friend...hugs to you today. oxox

  18. Oh, how brilliant as usual ! Mind you Pink Milk's idea was great too......ummm.....Pedigree Chum on your window sill now there's a thought!! Blah! x

  19. Such gorgeous packaging, and a lovely way to re use it! Have a great weekend, Vanessa,
    Helen x

  20. The photos do a great job of showing off the beauty of those cans!

  21. Lovely cans and yes it would be impossible just to throw away.

  22. Mmmmmm - I urge you to try the orange one immediately - it's LUSH.
    Beaut photos, genius idea - you are a creative guru.
    Have a jolly weekend
    Emily x

  23. Brilliant idea! I agree some things are just too pretty to throw away and anyway it's even better to reuse than recycle!

  24. Love the idea :)! and...what are empty sills for anyhow ;)

  25. Oh Vanessa,

    These tins look great!!!!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

  26. what a stroke of luck! i have kept these cans for my seedings too (not the orange ones though, for some reason we are not as keen on the orangeade) and was wondering what to do with the lovely foil top covers (as like you i couldn't bear to bin them) and Bingo! there you have it! brilliance!! thank you :o)
    btw your photography is stunning!

  27. Lovely, that packaging is great, love the inventive use of it.

  28. Oooh, Vanessa, they are luvverly!! Sounds yum too - where do you get it from some fancy shcmancy deli I bet so I won't be able to get any?!!

    S x

  29. what a treat, this made me smile so much... when life hands you lemons... fabulous!

  30. Oh I saw this the other day and thought how lovely. I had never seen those cans before here in the US and just assumed it was a UK thing. So yesterday I was at my local pharmacy and what was in the cooler but both the lemonade and orangeade! So some of each came home with me and I'm sitting sipping one as I type. Can't wait to get the tops off and some seedlings planted.
    Always an inspiration you are.


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