Welcome to our country Christmas kitchen! My hope is that you stop by for a cup of coffee and conversation then leave with a renewed desire to make the world a better place.
This is the place where our family gathers every day to eat and talk about whatever is going on in our lives. It's not fancy, and it doesn't have granite countertops, or 42 inch cabinets, but we love it, and I have given it a lot of vintage charm with things I made or found around the property. You can see the difference I have made by looking at last year's kitchen HERE.
I made a new shade with the leftover fabric from the pillows I made this summer. A vintage Jewel Brite angel tree topper sparkles in the greenery. An old lantern from the smokehouse hangs in the window.
On the window sill are my grandmother's vintage Holt Howard porcelain angels and a Commodore candy cane all from Japan post WWII.
The handmade wool rug is part of a collection from a family relative on loan to me from my mother. I used tea towels to hang as cafe curtains.
I also made another sink skirt, this time without so many ruffles. I created the illusion of a farmhouse sink with trim salvaged from the old house. I took off the fake drawers then cut this piece to fit over the whole front. I love the look it gives.
I added some Christmas cheer with greenery, cinnamon sticks and the Royal China "Currier and Ives" dinnerware that my mother gave me last winter.
I love the blue of my grandmother's tole tray over the stove. Her rolling pin is grouped with some bamboo utensils, my other grandmother's potato masher along with my mom's enamel coffee pot. My dad made the tray in high school.
My grandmother made the little sachet bag from feedsacks and filled it with Balsam needles, which still smell so heavenly. The slab of marble came from the old store.
J & G Meakin "Romantic England" coffee cups hang over a Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles" platter, and a tray of old silver.
The little notepad was my grandfather's and still has some of his surveying notes inside:-)
Companies used to give him notepads, calendars, etc., as promotional items.
Glaringly obvious is the missing tile on the back of the island! I *hope* to dismantle it and put it back together in a square/rectangle shape, but who knows when that will ever happen. There is a lot of wasted space in this shape and we really want to get 7-8 people around it.
Iron skillets and an old colander hang humbly from screws attached to an old piece of trim. I saw this in a photo of an English cottage and loved the unpretentious look of it. Of course citrus has always been a big part of a country Christmas, and I keep it ready in this truly vintage farm basket from the smokehouse.
I hang cutting boards on this side from cabinet pulls I attached to the old trim. A little burlap stocking I made holds greenery from the woods.
The dwarf Alberta Spruce will be planted in the spring.
Apples, oranges and grapefruit are ready to grab for a quick Christmas snack. The wooden candlestick stood on the parlor mantle in the old house.
On the other side, I just added greenery and lights to the tops of the cabinets and a ceramic tree from 1971.
I added a stocking to the old screen door.
My dad made the sign. He used to ride Indian Motorcycles in the 1950s.
So that is the tour of the kitchen. I'm getting ready to pop a spiral-sliced ham into the oven that my mom just brought over, then the kitchen will be filled with the scent of cooking ham. I'll also be baking an apple pound cake today for my 13-year-old to take to school tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm doing laundry:-)
Thanks so very much for stopping by. It has been difficult for me to get back in the swing of things after the horrific events of last week. I continue to keep in my prayers those affected not only in Connecticut, but also around the world who are dealing with so much darkness. My Christmas prayer is that we all make a difference in our own families and communities by showing the love of Christ to every person equally.
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