In 1990, my youngest daughter gave me a Hallmark ornament showing Santa as the caller at a hoedown for his reindeer. It was especially appropriate because my husband and I were ardent square dancers at the time.
The shelves on either side of the window hold snowmen made by my oldest daughter, Christmas mugs from grandchildren who are in their mid-20s now, and little S’Mores figures.
And the rest of the shelves hold vintage bottles, a fragment of a fancy apron I made for my mother over 50 years ago, grandma/grandpa salt and pepper shakers from a favorite restaurant of long ago, Christmas spoons, a St. Nicholas tile and my favorite Mary Engelbreit figures – “I Love Christmas”.
I have two wall hangings I made – one, a primitive based on my Christmas china…
(This is my post on how I designed and made the wall hanging.)
…and a countdown calendar in which felt cookies are removed from the big mixing bowl and placed into a pocket.
The newest addition this year has been a 1940s era doll table and chair set. The set now has a hostess, a 1960s Penny Brite doll. She’s graciously serving from a bountiful table with punchbowl, cupcakes, gingerbread house and candy canes.
My favorite is a tiered fudge dish fashioned from small bolts by my daughter.
I love to get out all of the vintage, collectible and handmade items for my October kitchen. On the window sill there is a pumpkin that my mother had 30 years ago, some funny S’More figures in costume and my oldest daughter’s hand-stitched tea towel.
…on the middle shelf is a miniature chair I painted along with candlesticks made by my youngest daughter, and some pieces made by my oldest daughter, including some felted wool figures.
In this case, it’s the “Witch’s Night Out” and she has everything she needs for a good time – an invitation to the dance, a fan, a mask and feathers, beads, her dance card, and her “Eau de Lizard”.
All I have to do is get a big bag of candy for the trick or treaters and I’m ready.
My oldest daughter has traveled extensively and in the 1990s, I went along on trips to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. In addition to the souvenirs we brought home, we have pieces that we painted about 20 years ago. The Dutch and Irish souvenirs are displayed earlier in the year, but these treasures make up the decorations in my May kitchen.
My daughter’s folk art painting of a Swiss Alpine scene…
…my hand-painted wooden German spice set and some German beer steins…
….a music box and some small souvenirs from Switzerland …
…some Dutch souvenirs that stay up all year, German plaques, and two of my hand-painted wooden pieces….
…..pieces from Germany, Austria, England, Hungary and Switzerland in the window area over the sink….
….lots of little Schnapps glasses which are easy to bring home on the plane….
….and one of my daughter’s painted pieces that holds jars of staples and is in the kitchen year-around.
It’s fun to look around the kitchen all through the month of May and be reminded of so many beautiful places and times.
I love Roseville pottery but I’m not willing to pay the high prices the pieces bring. I am willing to buy a piece with a chip which makes it much more affordable and I don’t mind the imperfections. This Roseville Freesia #15 bookend has a chip at the top and I was able to buy it for $26.
I don’t really collect salt and pepper shakers, but I liked this one, marked “Made in Japan” on the bottom, because of the Dutch theme and because the colors match my kitchen. It’s also interesting that they are joined with salt on one side and pepper on the other. This piece was just $9.50.
I had a good day at the antique store.
I’m lucky to have a lot of display areas in my kitchen. I have one large primitive shelf…
…four window sills…
…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.