Recycling Old Lace Curtains

When we moved into this house 11 years ago, the previous owners had left behind three lace panel curtains.  They were too pretty to get rid of but I really had no use for them and they have been hanging in a closet since 2001.  Yesterday, I finally decided to do something with the panels and made new curtains for my kitchen windows.  I needed bottom panels and valance for the window over my sink and three valances for the bay window area.

I was able to make use of the pretty bottom edging on the panels for the window over the sink ….

…and cut all the valances sideways to be able to use the pretty side edging for the bottoms.

I took down venetian blinds to make the kitchen brighter and more open.  Although I’ll be replacing the lace curtains with heavier ones in the fall, I don’t think the blinds are ever going back up.

Time for Easter in my April Kitchen

I’m lucky to have a lot of display areas in my kitchen.  I have one large primitive shelf…

…four window sills…


…two small corner shelves ….

…and a small decorative cabinet.

There’s a place to hang a handmade bunny dishtowel….

…and to display a 1970s cottage cheese container.  Yes, we did love our shades of orange back in the ‘70s.

One item I’m going to be displaying for all of the Easters to come is this wonderful spring-like picture of my youngest granddaughter.  The pink is just so perfect.

79th Birthday Countdown – Day 3

My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays.  This is what I found on my kitchen table on Tuesday morning.

I collect items from an old Cincinnati dairy, French-Bauer – I remember watching their horse-drawn milk wagons when I was a child.   At one time, they also had a restaurant in downtown Cincinnati.  This is a tiny 4-1/2 inch ice-cream spoon from that restaurant and the name engraved on the back, “French Bros.-Bauer Co.” dates it to the mid-1920s before the name change.  This is a nice addition to the china pieces I already have.  My daughter definitely knows what I like.