Thursday, January 26, 2012

Toys in my Kitchen.

There's something about the end of January
that makes me need color.

I do so admire the white walls and decor I see so often
on Pinterest and other blogs,

but I have found,
I NEED color.

Bold colors make me feel happy
especially in winter,
when I'm stuck inside so much of the time.

They sing to me...
of spring time's fresh red strawberries...

and cheerful walks in a country meadow.

The contents of my refrigerator even welcome me with colorful faces.

(If only those left-overs tasted as cheerful as their containers looked.)

My mother gave me some vintage canisters for Christmas
that I spied
and longed for
at the antique center in town.

(Aren't mothers grand?!)

My husband gave me a Christmas gift that compared in delighting me:
a nice little bit of spending money
and a morning baby-sitting while I wandered into the same antique center


I think if I had been offered a diamond ring
or the gift he gave,
I'd take his gift without thinking twice.

I have a running list of things I'd love to replace with vintage:
usable items
that can withstand the onslaught of little hands
and a farmer's big ones.

This time,
I was on the hunt for a new sugar bowl.

I had a nice reproduction set:

but I wanted something that would match my new canister set.

I lingered and looked for over an hour,
and finally,
I found exactly what I was looking for.
I headed home with a happy heart
as well as a few other vintage treasures from the morning

like these sweet little dishes that were 50% off

and this much needed


enamel pot

that was 20% off

as well as a few wooden things I can paint for the craft sale next winter.

Having over half my gift money left,
I couldn't have been more happy to return to my little people
and my weary Farmer.

(What a great man!)

I scrubbed up the new sugar bowl
and set it right to work,
and as I examined it...

I discovered it's original purpose:

my sugar bowl had actually been part of a little girl's kitchen set.

"Funny bit of irony," I thought.

Not wanting to waste my old canisters,
I decided to break out the can of Annie Sloane's Antibes green chalk paint
and then waxed them with rugger brown when they had thoroughly dried.

Cheater vintage, but at least the color is better suited.

While I was painting my old canisters,
I grabbed the silver lid to the spaghetti jar
I'd used upside-down for my Christmas table decoration:

I applied the same to it,

and now that sits with my sugar bowl

in front of my tole-painted platter I found at the second hand store
for $1.

I am loving the way my kitchen is coming together.

I feel like it takes a lot of looking and waiting to find the exact pieces to love,
and do the job that's needed,
but I think when I do,
the look and the price is definitely worth it.

How about you?
Do you find that happy colors,
especially in the middle of winter,
make your day look brighter?

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  1. I love your colorful touches. I am the same way this time of year, I crave color and happy vignettes. You did a great job!

  2. I totally understand your need for color! It usually happens for me until the flowers grow in spring. enjoy your cheery colors.

  3. I need color, too. Lots of it!


  4. I love all the color in your kitchen. I also like the vintage feel of your bits and pieces.
    It all goes nicely together. I totally understand the time alone to shop and browse. Good for you!


  5. We are on the same wavelength. I love color. I have a collection of that same orange enamelware. (Last night I burned the lima beans - hope the pan recovers.)

  6. I'm with you! I need color and you have some wonderful vintage color!! I love all of your pretties!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Great colors, I love them! Especially love your vintage tea towels, since I'm a vintage linen junkie. Found your blog thru Table Top Tuesday link.

  8. Oh I love all of your vintage items and you have them displayed so beautifully. Great corner hutch also. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  9. You've made your kitchen so happy and cheery!! Love the touches of vintage. Your "vintage-fying" the canisters and spaghetti jar are the perfect compliments!! And I adore your new old sugar bowl. must almost actually like being IN your kitchen! ;o) I do so know the joy and fulfillment of finding those "perfect" pieces. With as small a home as we have, everything has to be useful too....It can be a challenge, but it makes those special finds all the more appreciated. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  10. I love the way your kitchen is coming together! What great colors! I wish I could see it all together like you do.

  11. I need a new sugar bowl too. Wilson broke my glass one I was using.


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