12.9.11

Vintage Cow Tags and Early Fall Centerpiece

Cows and Fall just seem to go together around here so I decided to make a quick centrepiece to incorporate my newest etsy find and celebrate early fall.

We are full into Fall Fair time with both of our boys in 4-H clubs (Dairy, Beef, Rabbit and Tractor.) Our family loves cows and farm related items and when I found these vintage brass numbered cow tags on Etsy I had to buy them. I think I have found a new collection!

I tried to find 97 and 99 for the birth years of our boys, but settled on 77 and 99.

The cow tags are surprisingly heavy and so different from the plastic versions used now. I especially like that the numbers are engraved.

The cow tags are displayed on a square white platter with a simple wood berry wreath in Autumn colours, a pillar candle and some pine cones.

Two large pinecones I bought last year add a natural element and more Fall colour. I love the wavy glass and bronze finish on the pair of lanterns.

I removed the white table runner and if I can find some burlap I would love to make a more rustic runner for Fall.

I will be sharing a tablescape using parts of this centerpiece later in the week. Have you started to add any fall vignettes to your home?

I'm linking with...
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Fall in Love link party at Modern Country Style

21 comments:

  1. Very pretty centerpiece. I love the cow tags added to it. Very unique.

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  2. Love these cow tags! How unique. That is something I didn't come across in my mil's house - surprisingly - as she saved everything!! Your table vignette looks sweet and I also like the lanterns. I've started my fall decorating too and will be posting later in the week. Have a great week Elizabeth! Blessings, Pamela

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  3. Pretty fall vignette and I wish I could find cow tags around here.

    Sylvia

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  4. Wow, I've never thought of this! We have sheep ear tags up the yazoo...hahahaha...I like your inspiration. Great lanterns too.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  5. Your talk of cow tags reminded me of weekends and summers on my uncle's farm. I bet if I had the patience to wait through local farm auctions I could find a few. I did get several of the original cow bells when the farm quit years ago. I am sure they came from his father or even further back.
    I like your idea of incorporating the past and recognizing your sons as well. (You may have to fake a 7 into a 9.)

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  6. I would have never known they were cow tags! Very pretty table.

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  7. Your table looks so warm and earthy. Those gigantic pine cones are awesome! Wherever did you find those? Treasures from a hike?? andrea @ townandprairie

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  8. How cool those tags are! I wonder if I can find one with a 3?!

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  9. Soooo cute...I've never seen cow tags used like this and I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing at NTT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. Very nice!love the cow tags.Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I think I have a stash of those somewhere! Thanks for the inspiration to so something creative with them!

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  12. Hi Elizabeth,
    I'm a Texan, and your vintage cow tags caught my eye! I'm glad they did - love your style. I'm a new follower.
    -Revi

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  13. Too cute! Just love the cow tags, what a nice touch to your fall centerpiece! Visiting from NTT!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  14. What a unique idea using cow tags. I don't know enough about farming to have even known what those were. I love decorating with numbers and letters though. BTW, I have temporarily solved my problem of posting comments on blog where I have to select a profile first. It's not showing my profile image though so I'm still working on this solution. At least I can comment for now though. I really appreciate your advice. Kim and I tried it, but my computer doesn't seem to be cooperating.

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  15. Love the cow tags...have never seen them before...great color and graphics on them. They add a perfect touch to your fall arrangement. Nice job!
    Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

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  16. your centerpiece is Just Right :) ...my first visit here so I'm off to the Home Tour :)

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  17. okay, coming back to say I have serious Cubby Hole envy!!!

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  18. I love it! Those tags are perfect. And your lanterns?! That cut glass must throw the light beautifully.

    Thank you for linking up to Modern Country Style's Fall In Love link party!

    Sarahx

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  19. Found you at Funky Junk & I was really surprised to see these tags! We have one, but it's not painted and the funny thing is it's #77 also! It's hanging from a nail on our rustic barn beam mantel. I just had to share that with you. ;^)

    Your display looks very warm and inviting even without the burlap! The lanterns are also really cool looking!

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  20. That centerpiece is to die for... and as a farm girl, I am all about the cattle tags. Cute and creative!

    Carol
    antiquetexan.blogspot.com

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  21. Love the simplicity just lovely!
    First time here, newest linky follower! I will return to see more of your blog, hope to see you visit and follow too!

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