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In the Garden With Frolic!

Jul 20, 2011

by chelseafuss handmade and vintage goods

Chelsea Fuss authors the popular daily lifestyle blog, Frolic!, which was named as one of the top design blogs in the world by The London Times. She is a Portland-based floral designer and prop stylist who often teaches flower classes and hones her styling skills on photo shoots for product lines and books. Chelsea is also a regular contributor to Project Wedding, MyWedding.Com and Babble.

This series of products is inspired by my first love, the garden. It’s probably my favorite place to work and play. I only have a little plot now, but I practically grew up in a garden and I think there’s no better place to spend time. I chose these products for their clean lines and organic materials. In many cases, they are vintage or eco-friendly. A garden space is pretty on it’s own, so anything brought into it should let the plants do the talking.

Planting and Harvesting

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage seed starter kit from ethanollie; Handmade linen apron from small batch production; Vintage canvas sack from ethanollie; Mini lemon tree seeds from Seven Acre Woods; Vintage straw sun hat from  ethanollie; Wooden garden markers from Andrew’s Reclaimed]

Here are a few basic tools to inspire planting and harvesting your garden. Any tool brought into the garden should be simple and serve to complement nature’s overwhelming beauty.

Eat + Play

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage enamel refrigerator drawers from JoieDeCleve; Vintage etched glass sailboat decanter from JoieDeCleve; Dyed tea towels from Elisabeth Bentz; Handmade coffee farm table from JosephSpinaleFurn; Vintage industrial mop bucketfrom ethanollie; Vintage celluloid knife set from ethanollie]

The most rewarding part of gardening is simply reveling in the payoff of all the hard work. There’s no better place than a garden to enjoy good food and good company. Here’s everything you need for a real garden party.


[Clockwise from top left: Handmade cinema tea gown from Alexandra Grecco; 1960s vintage flower pin from allen company inc.; Vintage porcelain cutout oxfords from dear golden]

There’s no reason why you can’t get prettied up to enjoy an evening in your own garden. Here’s the perfect outfit for a midsummer night’s meal. Happy gardening!

Thanks to Chelsea for sharing her finds! Vist her at Frolic!

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  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 5 years ago

    Nothing is as inspiring or as invigorating as cultivating a beautiful garden.

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 5 years ago

    My best memories as a kid took place on a farm or in a garden! Even now when my son and I eat fruit off our trees it's when we are happiest. And those oxfords are adorable!

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 5 years ago

    Wish I had the time to garden more. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • oppning

    oppning said 5 years ago

    Beautiful topic !

  • ickleson

    ickleson said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring, love the things you've chosen.

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 5 years ago

    The main pic is so cute!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    My garden consists of two basil plants & a rosemary bush but I love it like it was 40 acres! :)

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 5 years ago

    Wonderful feature + shops! I love the story you created around the garden.

  • GardenApothecary

    GardenApothecary said 5 years ago

    ohhh, great like. I'll check out frolic now...

  • chelseafuss

    chelseafuss said 5 years ago

    Thanks for including me, Etsy and thanks for the nice comments:)

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Great feature!

  • NatalieDrest

    NatalieDrest said 5 years ago

    Lovely items, well picked!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    No other place I'd rather be than in my garden.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    It's winter in Australia and a little cold to be sitting in the garden but lots of work is happening to prepare for that burst of spring.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful curation, some favorite sellers here ...and a few new!

  • zenceramics

    zenceramics said 5 years ago

    Besides my passion of making ceramic art I recently found an inspiration in gardening. We moved to CA 2 years ago and I have been planting fruit trees and designing my zen garden. It is so rewarding to harvest first crop of peaches and figs. I find gardening very therapeutic and relaxing. AND I have an opportunity to display my ceramics in the garden.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    This is so inspiring. I adore it!

  • UrbanBlooms

    UrbanBlooms said 5 years ago

    I'm inspired to have a garden party now!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    I envy anyone who can garden. I have a pot in front of my house with a very colorful sign I made that says "flowers" and points down at what I'm pretty sure are some wild flower seeds I put in there two years ago and have begrudgingly popped up and are trying to escape. Given enough time, I'm sure I could single handedly kill an entire rain forest.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Beautiful garden finds =)

  • myrakim

    myrakim said 5 years ago

    Chelsea always has the best eye for things. She's great!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 5 years ago

    Perfect! I love my postage stamp size gardens and long for more space to plant big things, like pumpkins and corn. Soon......I hope!

  • BoomerBabiesUpcycles

    BoomerBabiesUpcycles said 5 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for sharing this.

  • milkthiefvintage

    milkthiefvintage said 5 years ago

    love the photos! great post :D

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 5 years ago

    Garden is my favorite place EVER! Each morning when weather allows, I drink my coffee out there, and listen to the birds.... lovely post!

  • tntstudio

    tntstudio said 5 years ago

    I love to work in the garden. This year my husband created a beautiful outdoor room for us to enjoy. I planed mostly perennials

  • zenceramics

    zenceramics said 5 years ago

    I am lucky we have a lot of space for gardening: both flowers and fruit trees. When I was young I never liked to garden. Who would have thought that it would become a passion.

  • tntstudio

    tntstudio said 5 years ago

    Oops! Sorry I didn't get to finish my comment. We planted mostly perennials, so it would be less work for us in the years to come. Also, I joined a organic community farm this year. I love the fresh, chemical-free vegetables.


    GLAMOURGIRLCHIC said 5 years ago

    my garden has been a lifelong project...a handmedown acquired love from mother and grandmothers! i have many heirloom plants that are from my grandmothers original flower beds... seeds and plants passed thru 3 generations! of all the beautiful plants I have .. the heirlooms are by far my favorites! It's an Addiction, an obsession! but it is my fav place to be .. where i feel complete! thanks for helping to inspire future gardeners!!!!

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    BirdiesCozyNest said 5 years ago

    Lovely garden bliss... ♥

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    So simple, so clean, so neat! Gardens are beautiful no matter where they are or how big or small they are!

  • PearlAmourJewels

    PearlAmourJewels said 5 years ago

    I love gardening and memories of growing up with a pear tree in our backyard. Yum!

  • beachngoodthings

    beachngoodthings said 5 years ago

    very pretty - love the simplicity!

  • go2vintage

    go2vintage said 5 years ago

    Good reminder of how therapeutic having a garden is - Thanks!

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 5 years ago

    That gate image - so mysterious what might lie beyond

  • ShawnBoenArt

    ShawnBoenArt said 5 years ago

    There is nothing like digging in and being among flowers and the like. Mother Nature at her finest.

  • rosekraft

    rosekraft said 5 years ago

    Gardening speaks to our nurturing side. Our small garden here in the city can be very orderly and generous in years we carefully tend it.... wild and unruly when we let it go. But there are always Meyer lemons, mint and parsley - and our three hens lay the most wonderful eggs even when the garden looks like it's been abandoned! So much of what I do is inspired by my garden.....

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Neat! Love them all.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    I grew up seeing my Mum cultivate her gardens. Wish I could have one of my own someday.

  • Ficurinia

    Ficurinia said 5 years ago

    My shop is all about the garden lifestyle and I love this post! Too bad I need to go pack for a weekend get together in Seattle with garden bloggers from all over the country! Yaaaaaa! I cannot wait and am super curious to see how many of them know about etsy. I just wish I could linger and look around more. Happy gardening!

  • ethanollie

    ethanollie said 5 years ago

    my favorite place at home by far. thanks for the features!

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! Thank you.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    That cinema gown is so stunning! I love it beautiful picks, theres nothing quite like spending time outside in the summer : )

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Great finds, I love how they flow on the connecting garden thread!

  • DesignsStainedGlass

    DesignsStainedGlass said 5 years ago

    I love working in my gardens. We have many veggie beds with a large variety of plants. Then there are my perennials mixed in with the annual flowers all around my home - I tend to get carried away - running out of room. It is so rewarding when you see all the beautiful colors emerge all summer long.

  • OldMillVintage

    OldMillVintage said 5 years ago

    Looooove the inspiration... THANKS !!!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    A garden is one f the few places where someone can do tough, sweaty work yet it's so calming and bountiful. Early morning, when no one is out but the birds, dragonflies and mosquitoes, you look around, sample the delicacies (even if it's just a nibble of basil) and can easily find inspiration to go in the house and create.

  • VitaNostra

    VitaNostra said 5 years ago

    The garden... one of my favorite summer spots. I love the idea of a midsummer night garden party. Conjures up so many wonderful images! Great finds and thank you so much for featuring my Gate print!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 5 years ago

    I love vintage items and love to find them and give them a new home with someone who loves each one of them....but I also have a part-time job tending a beautiful flower garden because I love being outdoors in nature and I couldn't live without doing that....especially in the summer.

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality said 5 years ago

    I'm very blessed to have a garden in London...where I wear long skirts, have fire circle tea parties & grow alpine strawberries! Happy growing everyone!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    The dress gets a love button!

  • dreamingdevotchka

    dreamingdevotchka said 5 years ago

    There is nothing like fresh vegetables from a garden -- or eating raspberries straight from the bush when they've been roasting in the sun! :) Thank you for this inspiring collection.

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 5 years ago

    Stunning. I love everything you have here. "Natural beauty should be preserved like a monument to Nature." - Neil Youn

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    Speaking of a garden, I just came in from our vegetable garden a while ago with green beans, squash, tomatoes and potatoes. We'll be eating healthy this evening! Love your product choices for this article. :)

  • TheRightJack

    TheRightJack said 5 years ago

    Beautiful simplicity in your choices. Enjoyed your article.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great blog! Great gardening picks!

  • WarmCountryMeadows

    WarmCountryMeadows said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed your article. Love the gate.

  • the20minutegift

    the20minutegift said 5 years ago

    Yes- very enjoyable indeed! Love your thoughtful choices.

  • Cecil2

    Cecil2 said 5 years ago

    LOVE your selection!

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 5 years ago


  • orchidandreptile

    orchidandreptile said 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful and inspiring. Real garden parties are the best!

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 5 years ago

    Great post, great passion, great items - congrats!

  • BlueFireStudio

    BlueFireStudio said 5 years ago

    I just had to walk through that old gate to see what this blog had going on. nice.

  • Steampunkitis

    Steampunkitis said 5 years ago


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