A New Toy for my Succulent Garden Bed

I bought myself a new toy.  Really!

Tonka Front End Loader in a Succulent Garden
Vintage Tonka Front End Loader


 A vintage, metal Tonka front end loader.

Tonka Front End Loader in a Succulent Garden
I hit a flea market last Saturday and found it.  I think it was originally yellow but was already re-painted orange.  It was in pretty good condition.  I paid $20.  More than I like to pay for garden junk, but I will be able to use it for several years.


I ran across these plastic cones in Dollar Tree, and purchased three in yellow.


Tonka Front End Loader in a Succulent Garden
I spray painted them a neon orange, and I painted the base black, by hand with a brush, with Rustoleum chalkboard paint.

Tonka Front End Loader in a Succulent Garden
I also picked up two bags of river rock at Dollar tree to add to my succulent bed vignette.

Tonka Front End Loader in a Succulent Garden
Vintage Tonka Front End Loader in a Bed of Succulents.
Angelina sedum at the left front corner, flaming carpet sedum (angelina, blue spruce and voodoo sedum mix) at the upper right and hen and chicks on the lower right.

Tonka Front End Loader in a Succulent Garden
I'm having fun with my new toy!










17 comments:

  1. How cute! It's a "man garden" ;)

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  2. cute as can be. you always have the best ideas...:)

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  3. Glory be Carlene. It is darling.

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  4. Now that's CUTE. Would have never thought of a truck moving rock.
    Ann

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  5. I would have NEVER come up with that....but it is so cute!!

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  6. The perfect garden accessory! Now you just need a few little gnomes and they can do all the light digging for you. Very cute!

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  7. Sooooooo cute! I have five or so vintage Caterpillar pieces that belonged to our son. He is now 30. I want to do something with them. I so wish you could come over and help me! Adorable!!!!!!

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  8. So LOVE it and I think that we may have one or two of those in the attic of our barn...hmmm...

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  9. you are still just a kid at heart. Love your new toy and how you used it.
    Hugs.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  10. Carlene,
    I love this idea!!

    I am going up in the attic to look for my son's Tonka trucks that i saved!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  11. So cute! My grands would love this, too.

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  12. An adorable touch of whimsy -- now hopefully no one will come along and start playing with it! LOL

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  13. Carlene, your new toy is too cute! Perfect for your succulent garden. I have a tiny rusty truck that is planted with two chick and hens. Love the addition of the cones.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. That is sooo adorable Carlene! I never would have thought of that, and I totally love it!

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