Saturday, October 31, 2015

Autumn kitchen.

  I took a week off work (and blogging) to act as girl Friday for my hubby
who had surgery a week ago.  I'd say he's well on the road to recovery
since he was able to put down his crutches to hold the kitchen chandelier
out of the way for the photo below.  It wasn't on his list of exercises,
but I think it falls under the category of occupational therapy.  :o)

I spiced up my shelves with a few seasonal accents.  The sweet pie bird was a gift
that I've yet to use for pie baking.  I've got a freezer full of apples, so this may be the year!

Yummy caramel and cinnamon flavored coffees fill the basket on my mug rack.
If you're trying to cut down on coffee consumption,
do not buy a Keurig!

I had my own list of things I hoped to accomplish this week,
 and finishing my Scandinavian inspired buffalo check fabric shades was one of them.

  They're made from a 102" long tablecloth, so there was more than enough fabric
 to make unlined shades for both windows.  They add warmth to the kitchen
 but still allow sunlight to filter through.

This window is 90" wide, so finding a curtain rod that didn't sag in the middle was a problem.
I bought inexpensive metal electrical conduit that's lightweight, but sturdy, and cut it to length.
  After I hung the shade, I ran a strip of double-face tape along foam pipe insulation and
rolled the shade around it for support and then tied it in place.

In keeping with the season, I found some Frankensteinish bolt thingies
to pop on the ends of the metal conduit.

Colors of the season.

Last fall I found the cookie dough pail in the perfect wood tone to join my
green ice cream maker on top of my pantry cabinet.  15 pounds of cookie dough.  Yum!

I bought the picture years ago at a friend's garage sale.  The print has buckled from
 water damage, but it's such a lovely image.  I'd love to walk along that lakeside path!

   I usually display the thrift store embroidered wine bottle cover with the yarn embroidery
 facing the wall, but the color is welcome this time of year.

  Green and orange have long been 2 of my favorite colors.

Harvest baskets.

A gloomy Halloween seems to be the norm for us.

Bite marks from a grandchild, or are there more sinister
forces present at 911?

My work station for this Halloween Eve.
I'm not normally the candy giver, but this year (unfortunately) the duty falls on my shoulders.
 All I have to say is brrrrrrrr!!!!


The infinity scarf was a quick waiting room project last week.  It looks much better hanging
on the hook than it does around my neck.  Apparently twisting and looping one of these things
 into a fashionable accessory is an art I've yet to master.

  The vintage Red Cross bag was just one item in a box full of vintage goodies
 sent to me by blog friend Linda (Itsy Bits & Pieces).  Thank you so much, Linda!

The time has come to turn our clocks back for Daylight Saving Time.
On Monday I'll be driving home from work in the dark.  Sigh.

It's very hard to motivate myself to go for a brisk walk in the cold dark night
after dinner.  I do believe with the cold rainy night that's forecast tonight,
 I'll have plenty of calories from candy bars to work off.  oink oink

Thanks for visiting and Happy Halloween!


*I'm joining the parties at:
Tweak it Tuesday Cozy Little House
Make it Pretty Monday  The Dedicated House
Share your Style  The Essence of Home
Let's Talk Vintage  Bella Rosa Antiques


  1. Your new window treatments look wonderful! Love the brown buffalo check! I love your kitchen and the little touches of jadeite green! Happy Halloween.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Oh geez, is this really the weekend of changing the time? I never know till the last minute because I live in my own little world I guess. I pinned several pics of your kitchen. I LOVE it. And I'm SO glad that I am not the only blogger with a refrigerator with a top freezer. I was beginning to think I was, living in an apartment. And I rather like them actually.

  3. Vickie,
    your kitchen is charming! The Buffalo check valances are perfect. Love all the little fall and Halloween touches. Orange is one of my favorite colors also, goes perfect with jadeite green!
    It's supposed to rain on our little trick or treaters tonight and for as gloomy as it's been today, don't know if it's gonna hold off till they get their fill of treats!
    Have a good weekend,

  4. Your kitchen is just filled with charm. Love it all and it makes me what to start over in mine.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Falling back~~~~ LOL
    Happy Halloween. xo

  5. So many pretty things to see on this post!! Love the window treatments!

    I just bought a keurig lol. Oh well.

  6. Your kitchen is so charming all decked out for Halloween! Green and orange are my hubbies favorite colors too. I love how your checked window treatment turned out, it really does add a nice warmth to your space. The photos that include your green table are my favorite- just beautiful!

  7. I love your crisp clean kitchen, Vickie. My favorite object you've displayed is the garage sale print. It's something I'd keep forever. I also love your little cuckoo clocks. Stay warm tonite and safe from the goblins. xo, T.

  8. Vickie I so love your home. Your orange and green (that crocheted potholder and those utensils - swoon!!) really work for me too. I know what you mean about the darkness that looms starting tomorrow. I guess we just have to pull up our big girl panties (traded in from the bikini briefs after all that candy, bleh) and suck it up for the next few months.
    So sorry your hubster had to have surgery, no matter what it was, but sounds like he's coming along and that's good. Sounds like Nurse Ratched is helping him in his recovery. >:^P

  9. Vickie, your kitchen is lovely! I enjoy your blog and am mainly a stalker, since you won't hear from me very much��! But, I really like reading blogs like yours in different parts, from me, of the US or even Canada. I like reading about the weather, different foods, and traditions! And of course, our fav, decorating!
    You were talking about "Brrrr," how cold it will be while handing out candy and I am in my house with the AC turned to 70!!! �� Any shopping or yard work is done early so we won't burn up! And then we stay inside and work on whatever is planned!! �� Crafts, sewing, painting? SEC football��?
    Anyway, I'm way, way south in Georgia. Really not that far from FL! So just know you are appreciated and fun to read about!! Boo! Happy Halloween!!

  10. I can see that my smileys didn't work! Sorry!

  11. I LOVE your kitchen table...Did you make it? I'm looking for one about that size and height for my craft room as I craft standing up! Love your kitchen!

  12. It looks great! I like the window coverings you made and the touches of mint. I love how your spouse held the chandelier out of the way for your photos!

  13. Your kitchen is adorable. I love your cute fall touches and the new checked curtains.

  14. Ditto what Katie said! The bite marks on the candle made me laugh! We have bite marks (from someone I won't name but she knows who she is) on one of the slats of our faux wood blinds. I had to let the little someone know that blinds are not usually meant to be eaten! : )

  15. Vickie,
    The kitchen is looking so bright and pretty. You did a great job in this room. Love all the natural light that comes in your windows. The window treatments are fabulous. Love everything.

  16. I LOVE your kitchen, Vickie. The colors are perfect and you have a knack for keeping displays simple and yet stunning. I especially like your curtain. You've inspired me to spend a little time reorganizing my own kitchen!

  17. I love your kitchen and your shades are a work of art...just gorgeous! :)

  18. Your fall kitchen is gorgeous. I love all the white with the touches of seagreen and the warm touches of wood.

  19. I can't tell you how much I love your kitchen! They layout is similar to ours - and we also have the soffits above our cabinets. I just showed my hubby your photos and told him when we have our kitchen redone, I'm using your photos as inspiration! Love all the white. Our kitchen is stuck in a 1980 time warp with oak cabinets, butcher block laminate countertops, country blue walls, and white wainscoting. :-o

  20. Your kitchen looks so pretty! I love the new curtains you made. I spied some cute vintage style Halloween decorations too.

  21. Your kitchen looks so very wonderful!!! I absolutely love what you have done with it and how it has turned out! So very inspiring, as is your entire house. Also, may I offer you my extended squeal of delight over that large squirrel that is hanging out on the shelf in your entryway. He is magnificent!!!!

  22. Can I live in your kitchen? I'll bring my own pillow and won't take up much space. You can just step over me when you go to make your 23rd cup of coffee each day.

  23. It's looking soooo pretty! I'm in breadboard heaven looking at these pictures. The Franken-bolt is inspired too. It adds a touch of industrial I think. x

  24. See I told you that you were super talented! Look at those beautiful curtains that you created! Love your beautiful kitchen with just the right touches of my favorite green :-) It was a very rainy, cold, Halloween here as well. Hope your husband is feeling better soon!

  25. Your kitchen is so charming and cozy. Love the curtain you made from the tablecloth...It rained here all day on Halloween and we had very few kiddies out, so guess who's eating the leftover candy! Love your rooster hanging light too. Did you knit the infinity scarf? If so I'm a knitter too1

  26. Your kitchen is so pretty and inviting! Love the Buffalo check! Thanks for sharing. Feel free to share this post or any other at my Make it Pretty party which is currently live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Have a great week ahead. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  27. Oh Vickie,
    I don't think I've ever seen your whole kitchen. It's beautiful. Love the new curtains and the touches of orange and green.


  28. Holy cow, Vickie! I'm in love with your kitchen. It's soooo pretty. I love the new buffalo check shade. Your windows are gorgeous. The dining set and the chandelier are amazing. I adore your cabinet hardware and all your accessories. Love, love, love it all! xo ~ Nancy P.S. Glad your husband is on the mend. How cute that he held the chandelier out of the way so you could get a photo. Good man!

  29. Can I move in? Your special touches are everywhere to be seen. I love the trio of wood cutting boards, and the window treatment and the ice cream and cookie bucket and--I could go on and on. I love it all, Vickie.Hope your Hubs is recovered. Did I say-I love it all?

  30. It looks just lovely. It's very understated and soft. I love all the ironstone

  31. What a nice kitchen you have, Vickie, I love everything you've shown us. Hope your husband is on the mend.

  32. Your kitchen looks cheerful and welcoming for the season. Is your house really always that neat and tidy? I want to be you when I grow up.

  33. Hi Vickie, Your kitchen is so pretty and welcoming! If I lived next door, I'd be over having a cup of coffee/tea with you in that beautiful kitchen! It has such sweet charm...Mrs. Clever at its best!! Beautiful vintage, decor style.....I adore those window shades..the large check is perfect! Thanks for visiting my blog...I feel so bad not blogging as much these last months but I will be doing a little more....Blessings~~~Roxie

  34. I LOVE the lightness and airiness in your pictures and love your style of seasonal decorating. I think we love the same colors. These pics have me wanting to paint EVERYTHING white! I just love your home!

  35. love ... love ... love ... the green table legs, the ice cream maker and tin, all the little decorations.

  36. Hi Vickie! Popping back in to let you know you are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the party. Have a happy week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  37. I could spend hours in that kitchen of yours, Vickie. It's one of my favorites in Blogland. Even though it was gloomy outside, there's not a bit of gloominess inside. The bite marks on the candle cracked my up!

    I'm glad your husband is doing better :)


  38. Kathryn is right. Your kitchen is perfection, so beautiful! Love the colors!...Christine

  39. Vickie, I just adore your kitchen! I have 3 pie birds and have used them in a pie twice. The first time the poor thing feel over. Guess he wanted a taste of that pie. lol! The cookie container is fabulous and I love the color of your ice cream freezer. It all is just delightful!

  40. hi,,, vickie,,,I love your house and your blog ,, you have a new follower


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