Next the valentine decor was put away. I love hearts and the warm touch valentines bring to a home, but had to make room for Spring. I love the hand carved wooden heart bowls. They sometimes reappear throughout the year with various goodies in them. After all, hearts should be something we should have all year . .. not just at Valentine’s Day!
I haven’t decorated as excessively for Spring and Easter this year as sometimes . . . it just felt good to have things a bit simpler. As I am not really a “pastels” kind of girl, most of my Easter touches aren’t traditional.
I call the sweet pig on top of the cabinet Porky Petunia. Isn’t she cute? I bought her as a mascot for my Antique Shows, back when I still had Past Blessings Antique Shows on a regular basis. Everyone always tried to buy her and she eventually started to get a bit chipped from all her travels so she has since retired to the top of the kitchen queen.
Our kitchen is open to the living room and dining room, so there is always a pressure to keep it clean . . . if it is dirty, it seems to make the whole upstairs feel dirty. I love the big wooden star I found for $1 at a garage sale . . . it was originally for stringing Christmas lights on it up on a roof top. The dough boy, which acts as our kitchen island, was a gift from my husband Ron for our 15th anniversary. I repainted it the aged green color, but am contemplating painting it cadet blue in the near future.
I keep the basket of eggs out most of the year, but it is especially fitting at Easter time. My husband bought this egg basket for me for my birthday last year . . . he picked it out all by himself . . . I think he has pretty good taste!
The red china hutch is made up of two pieces I “married” together. The top part used to be an old built in from an old church here in Spokane. I painted the back cadet blue, so that my large red transferware collection would have a bit more “pop”. I used to have a much bigger collection of red transferware than this, but it seemed to take on a life of its own, so I did a major thinning a couple years ago. The bottom is an old dresser that I bought from a lady in my neighborhood. I painted both pieces colonial red to tie them together. Sometimes I open the doors and hang old linens from the doors, but I liked the cleaner look of closed doors for spring.
Well girls, this is all the time I have for letting you take a peek at my home today . . . I will post the remaining pictures next time. In the meantime, I would like to encourage each of you to take the time to feather your own nest. Our homes are a reflection of us . . . if it is dirty or dingy, it reflects an unhappy heart. Let the love of God shine through your home to bless you, your family and your friends. Until next time . . .
Tonight I just got home after setting up for our latest show, “Pickin’ Christmas”, which will take place at the Greyhound Event Center in Post Falls Idaho this coming weekend, December 3 and 4. We have the spots all marked off, the placement figured out for everything from decor to ticket booths . . . and my booth is done. I am pleased with how simple it came together and how nice I think it will display. But still tonight finds me anxious and stressed.