Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing June

The purpose of the “Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing” post is to highlight some of the more popular posts shared during the previous month. We are unboxing all the DIYs, vintage items, antiques, furniture makeovers and crafts shared during the previous month. Basically, I am unpacking information shared within the last 30 or so days.

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I am also collaborating with three other bloggers and we share our handpicked favorite finds with you.

Sky Lark House Monthly Unboxing

Sky Lark House Unboxing June

I will also be sharing some posts, information and events from around the world that you may be interested in.

Sky Lark House Anna Photo

So let’s get started!

Collecting Butter Pats

Collecting Butter Pats 2

Writing about collectible vintage and antique items is one of my favorite past times. You ask so many great questions about collectibles; how much they cost, where to find them, how to be sure they are authentic and more. This post on collecting butter pats was well received by you. Apparently, you love to hunt for and collect these tiny cute dishes.

Upcycled Potting Bench

upcycled potting bench

Now that summer has arrived, I spend every free moment in the garden. This year I needed to create a potting bench in which to store my supplies and that provided work surface for potting up seedlings. Rather than spend money buying a new potting bench, I decided to use what I had on hand. You can read all creating an upcycled potting bench for your garden.

Styling an Antique Cupboard with Ironstone

Cupboard with Ironstone

Towards the end of April, Mr. SLH and I spent some time in Tennessee and while we were there we found this antique cupboard. It was so beautiful – I decided that it HAD to come home with us. It was also ridiculously heavy. Once we got it home, I filled with some of my favorite pieces of ironstone. You can read all about how to style an antique cupboard with ironstone.

Collecting Vintage U.S. Flags

Collecting Vintage US Flags

The end of May marked the beginning of summer, which I usually refer to as “flag season”. Some of my favorite summer collectibles are vintage and antique flags. In this post on collecting vintage US flags, I show you how to identify an older flag, list some well known manufacturers and give you tips on what to look for in the design. It’s definitely worth a read.

In related news

Kim from City Farmhouse partnered with Domaine of the Flower to create most amazing line of wallpapers.

Have you heard of Dr. Greger -the well known nutritionist? He has an entire website devoted to plant based nutrition and videos that share the scientific evidence of eating plant based foods. There is no gimmicky dieting. It’s just simple advice on how to eat healthier. Check out this video on the benefits of flaxseed. There is an app you can download that gives you a checklist for eating 12 plant based foods everyday known as the “Daily Dozen“. You can watch more videos on plant based nutrition, read more about the scientific studies and get recipes on

Read how the building for a local newspaper in Marfa Texas was saved. The interior is stunning.

Look at these images of the 2023 Chelsea Garden show. I’m pretty sure if I went to this garden show, I would never leave.

Speaking of gardens and gardeners, my favorite garden designer P. Allen Smith has a blog with all sorts of great advice.

Stacey has some fabulous healthy-ish recipes for this time of year. Check out her blog for inspiration if you are stuck in a cooking rut.

Finally, I love incorporating vintage garden decor into my home and Robyn offers some great tips.

Hand-Picked Faves

Hand Picked 4 You

I got together with some of my favorite bloggers and we are sharing our 4 favorite finds for the coming month.

Anna from Sky Lark House

These finds are items that I have ordered, currently use and enjoy. I am linking the actual product I purchased, not a similar item.

  • The arrival of Memorial Day marks the official start of summer and “flag season”. While I prefer vintage and antique flags, I found some great new patriotic decor. This package of 4 US bunting flags that are 3 feet by 6 feet is fabulous.
  • Eating a healthy diet is always a top priority. So, I bought this package of organic ground flaxseed. You can add them to a smoothie, put them on yogurt, add them to your salad … you get the idea.
  • These sandals are great for summer. I love the metallic finish because it goes with everything and brings some sparkle to your outfit.
  • This kona coffee facial sugar scrub is fabulous! I have been using it 2-3 times per week. It does a great job of exfoliating your skin.

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware has a fabulous blog where she shows you how to refurbish furniture and repurpose thrifted items.

Cindy of Reinvented Delaware

Regina from Saved From Salvage

Regina is also a fellow refurbisher of furniture. Her blog, Saved From Salvage , is full of inspiration and great craft ideas.

Regina Saved from Salvage

  • ECloths: I’m so excited to pass these on. I saw these on IG and I ordered them right away. I am finally able to actually look out my windows when the sun shines in and see. No more streaks. Wet them in warm water, ring them out, wipe your windows and either air dry or dry with another cloth and bingo. Beautiful. No more paper towel wasting or Windex. #gamechanger.
  • Solar Fountain: Next on the hit parade is another find that someone was sharing on Instagram. I need to stay off of Instagram if I ever plan to retire. I was gifted a bird bath and I just ordered this solar fountain to place inside for the birds. I’ll share as soon as it comes, I’m so excited and the birds will love it.
  • Beach Tote: We are heading to the Bahamas this month and I’ve been looking for a large tote for the beach to carry my snacks, books I won’t read, magazines, Yahtzee, my sunscreen, towel, hat and phone. I ended up ordering this old standby from L.L.Bean and can’t wait to use it.
  • Packable Straw Hat: Ok this is another vacation related item but it’s adorable. Perfect for poolside or beachside or even perfect for a picnic or listening to one of the many outdoor summer concerts coming up. This will be my go to in the Bahamas to keep my from frying. Best part is it’s packable so I don’t have to worry about it getting squished.

Lora from Lora Bloomquist

If you love vintage and antique items, Lora Bloomquist has some inspiration for you. Her blog Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder is full of ideas for repurposing and reusing these items.

Lora Bloomquist
  • After a long day of gardening, there’s no better place to stretch out and relax than a hammock in the shade. A classic rope style will allow the breeze to cool your back. Make sure to grab a pillow and a vintage quilt so you can doze off watching the clouds. (great Dad’s day gift idea, too;) Find a hammock like ours HERE.
  • Hot summer days require plenty of hydration. I love making simple, refreshing sun tea. I fill a glass pitcher with cold water and suspend 6-8 tea bags in the top. I cover with plastic wrap and let it steep in the sunshine all day. My favorite flavors are Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy Original and Green. I see they also have some other flavors I need to try. They have both caffeinated and un-caffeinated versions, FYI. Find Good Earth Tea HERE. (Cute striped pitcher can be found HERE)
  • Our family has come up with a revised version of the classic croquet game. It’s called “extreme croquet”. They don’t just set the wickets in grass, they spread them far and wide so players have to go through woods, through sheds, on driveways-the harder the better. Memorial Day’s game lasted 3 hours! I have a great collection of old games to choose from (and decorate with), but my eldest, Mr. Freckles, said the new games have longer handles which is easier for taller people. If you don’t have a croquet game in your yard game stash, definitely get one…and play it extreme! Find classic new croquet sets HERE. Find vintage croquet pieces HERE.
  • Brightly colored enamelware can be found in all the fun summer colors. Because it’s unbreakable, it’s perfect for the porch, picnics, and camping. I’m filling my porch cupboard with my vintage collection this summer and think I need to get some enamelware plates to set a cute outdoor table. Love THESE vintage-looking ones and THESE yellow ones. THESE vintage-looking plates are cute, too. Wouldn’t it be fun to set an outdoor table with a mix of vintage and new enamelware? Find vintage enamelware HERE.

In Closing . . .

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you are taking advantage of all that summer has to offer.

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  1. This blog and a cup of coffee was such a nice way to start the weekend. Thanks for all the info and tips!

    1. Thank you so much Kathy for stopping by. I am glad this was a nice way to start the weekend!

  2. You guys always share the best stuff! I love that you have a flag season. That sounds like so much fun! Thank you for the information on the daily dozen and the flax seed too. I try to sneak it into my smoothies but I could definitely use other ideas as well. I can’t get over how they saved the newspaper building – that is so cool! There is an old post office in my hometown that I am dying to save. It would be such a fantastic project if I lived there full-time. Off to dive into all these links. Big hugs, CoCo

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