A Spring Facelift for the Kitchen

I know we all are looking forward to Spring…

….to the milder temps and pops of color from the beautiful colors from trees and flowers.

So, if I can’t have that outside…

…..I thought I would bring it inside.

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Yellow flowers make me so happy…yellow tulips and daffodils…

…..plentiful at the stores this time of year.

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So what’s best for a Spring menu?…Spring Rolls!!

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But absolutely the “take out” kind!!

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The other side of the kitchen got a bit of a makeover too…

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The bread box that I have had forever was on top of the cabinets…

…..you would never notice it, unless you stood back 6 feet or so..

So it came down and replaced a silver tea set I had there.

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A pitcher full of silver spoons and a pitcher on clearance from Williams-Sonoma outlet keep it company.

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I added this great vintage tray that I bought at our neighborhood yard sale…for $5.00…thanks Martha!

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These faux pears were originally in a decorative glass container…….

…..these pears were purchased years ago from Pottery Barn….they found a new home on this tray.

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So let’s move to the other side of the room again…

I have this A&P vintage shopping cart at the end of the counter.

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The bottom portion is filled with magazines and vintage kitchen tools and cookie cutters…

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The upper portion originally contained the “vintage kitchen items basket”…

…..now that I moved it to the bottom portion..it left me room to place these:

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I brought up some of my vintage tablecloths from the pie safe downstairs in the media room kitchen…

I have been collecting these over the years…

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I thought I would place the happy daisy tablecloth on the top (made by Vera)…..to welcome in Spring..

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I have an entire set of these adorable “days of the week” tea towels…

…..this one seemed more appropriate for my Spring time decor…

Across from the shopping cart is a new “towel bar” that I purchased from Ikea…

…..it is actually a bar that you can hang little pots and hanging shelves from.

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The “towel bar” fit perfectly there…any larger and it would not have fit!

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Bought these beauties from my friend who collects and sells antique linens…love them! (Martha again!)..

She also is an artist…I have featured her before…she painted this apple…

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And the last thing that I added to the kitchen today was this beauty that I just received…

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From Dear Lillie…love her work and her blog…

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I love that song…”A Wonderful World”…

And it is wonderful when a friend comes by and leaves a “care package”…when you are down with a cold…

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Of homemade chicken soup and wonderful homemade cookies!…Thanks Chris..!!..she is an angel on earth!

So you see, it is a “wonderful world” !!!

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A world filled with wonderful people like you!!….

Have a wonderful day!!!

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Treasures found in Florida and a Sisters trip to {IKEA}

Last week I tagged along with my hubby on a business trip….

…..one of his clients was close to my sister’s home, also where my mom lives.

My sister took a couple of days off from her busy shop. Thanks to my other sister filling in for her.

We scoured the local antique shops and thrift stores….and this is some of what I found.

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Hello my pretty…she was waiting for me on the shelf of my sister’s church thrift store…

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Score!!…Wedgwood ironstone small covered dish for $3.00…

…..I couldn’t pick that little pretty up fast enough!!

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It has a blip or two…but barely noticeable…and who cares for $3.00!!!

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I love the pretty lid…

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And the wonderful crazing…

As I move things about in my kitchen this week…

…..waiting for something to be delivered before I do a post….

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For now..this pretty will find a home here…

At the same thrift store … I found this beauty…

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Do you know what it is?…Well, other than the obvious…

I saw this and had my sister turn the chair around to verify it….

…..and my suspicions were right!!

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It’s a Hitchcock signed chair…for $17.00. Score…twice!!…

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I am not sure where this will land…but I have an idea…

On Saturday…the “four sisters” went shopping….to Ikea in Orlando…

…..it has been YEARS since all four of us went shopping together.

Ikea was never the same!!

My sister eyed this beauty and placed one in her cart.

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This pretty tray…for $9.99..

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It is a very light cream color….I picked it up…then thought about where I would use it…

…..I stood there….thinking….(I always do that!)….then I put it back….

……….thinking that it wouldn’t work in the area that I wanted to use it…

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Then I saw it displayed in another area..and saw how pretty it was…so while my sister babysat my cart…

…..I raced back to get it!…and I am glad that I did.

We all had a great time at Ikea getting great things at great prices…

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Like many pretty faux plants like this one (still practicing with my macro lens!)…

…..we headed to Cheesecake Factory at the Millenia Mall and like Ikea…the place will never be the same!

And I cannot believe that I did not have a picture taken of us!!…Having too much fun….uuggh!

I will end this post with another bargain…found at a major chain thrift store, The Salvation Army….

My sister and I looked at this item…thought it was a fantastic price at $195.00…but did not buy it.

When we went to the cashier, I discovered a sign that said, “Red tag items 50% off”…

Now, wait a minute, that piece had a red tag…we raced back…and my sister bought it for my mom!

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A Baldwin Fun Machine Organ…for $100.00….scored again!

My mom played the organ as a child in Japan…she was so excited to be able to play again…

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She stands proudly along side the organ…

She will be celebrating a birthday soon…88…which is a milestone birthday in the Japanese culture…

…..meaning double infinity!…she can still run circles around us…it is her happy attitude on life!

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My brother in law had to pick up the organ the next day with his truck…

…..and in the meantime, my sister and I had to do some furniture and painting rearranging…

……….that post to come later.

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And mom will be enjoying many hours playing…and relearning her tunes…

…..a good thing for “the brain and dexterity”…

Then my sister remembered that she had an antique metronome…go figure…and we placed it on the organ.

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In the meantime…mom is always having fun…she opened her Valentine’s Day gift from my brother and sister in law..

…..they sent her Shari’s Berries…oh yumm…glad I was there when they arrived!

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She immediately took off the ribbon/bow and put it on her head…she is such a goof!!..but goofy is good!

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Peace!

So my sister and I had a great thrifting day…and my mom was happy too!!

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More to come on my Florida adventures…and my new adventure that I am soon to embark upon…

…..with the support and encouragement of family and friends, I am going to do something I have always wanted to do!

Stay tuned :)

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!!!

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