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Fabulous Fruit

Apr 8, 2014

by Mallory McInnis

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Is strawberry picking one of the highlights of your summer? Have you ever sat down to eat one clementine and ended accumulating a half-foot-tall pile of peels? When you walk into the produce section of the grocery store do you feel a jolt of happiness (and hunger)? Yes? Then you may love fruit as much as I do.

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[1. Vintage playing cards from Cute Eye Catchers; 2. Vintage apple container from Wise Apple; 3. Felt strawberry by Felttess; 4. Cherry necklace by Jennifer Loiselle; 5. Strawberry post earrings by Boo + Boo Factory; 6. Felt grapefruit by The Felt Chef;  7. Sangria print by anek; 8. Marble watermelon wedge by Feralia Vintage; 9. Vintage pineapple glasses at Not My Problem Island; 10. Vintage teak bowl from Trulleberg.]

I don’t only love eating fruit — I also enjoy incorporating it into my wardrobe and home decor. Almost all of my impulse purchases are fruit-themed, and I’ve gathered enough fruit-related accessories and garments to outfit myself for a week’s worth of work at a farm stand. Wouldn’t it be nice to buy your pint of blueberries from someone wearing a blueberry-print dress? I think so.

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[1. Fruit pattern print by Nikki Miles; 2. Fruit postcards by Oana Befort; 3. Vintage strawberry cups and saucers from Sweet Shop Vintage; 4. Pear tote by Karolin Schnoor; 5. Little cutie card by Parrott Design Studio; 6. Fruit stickers by Esther Sandler; 7. Grapefruit bowl by Vegetabowls; 8. Vintage dress from Revenge of the Dress; 9. Pineapple cross-stitch pattern by La Valise à Pois; 10. Summer rain cards by Rachel Ang; 11. Vintage apple coasters from House of Seance; 12. Vintage plum jam pot from Swear to Mod; 13. Vintage fruit crate from Third Shift.]

One of my favorite picture books as a child was Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow and Maurice Sendak. In the book, Mr. Rabbit helps a little girl put together a gift for her mother. The gift involves bananas, pears, apples and grapes; I always thought that seemed like a pretty ideal present (in fact, I still do).

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[1. Pear card by gumo; 2. Clementine brooches by Caroline Dowsett; 3. Pineapple pillow cover by Avril Loreti; 4. Papaya earrings by Sisunyak; 5. Grape birthday card by Pup & Pony Press; 6. Banana salt and pepper shakers by Michiko Shimada; 7. Apple of my eye print by Helen Dardik; 8. Mrs. Berry plushie by Pretzel Pretzel; 9. Kiwi platter by Bemika; 10. Blender from Vintage on Wings.]

Sometimes when I’m making a smoothie (putting an excessive amount of thought into the perfect fruit-to-fruit ratio), I feel rather like a witch hunched over her cauldron — only with more appetizing ingredients.

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[1. Passionfruit soap by Scent Handmade Cosmetics; 2. Watermelon slice earrings by Jordan Sondler; 3. Vintage crop-top sweater from Sparv in the Iele Tree; 4. Oranges print by Sarah Abbott; 5. Banana earrings by POM by Pomegranate; 6. Pineapple by SCENERY; 7. Wooden apple brooch by Jetta’s Nest; 8. Kiwi pillow by Winter Petals; 9. Vintage fruit crate from Msmichiganroux.]

Buying local, in-season produce is a great choice to make, but — much to my delight — you can buy kiwi pillows and watermelon earrings year-round.

What’s your favorite fruit?

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