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Warm Pie Happy Home

Springtime Decorating

Written by Aunt Ruthie on May 21st, 2018

 

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Hello Sugar Pies! Well, I’ve been so busy with my spring cleaning and decluttering I haven’t had a chance to post a few pictures of my spring decorating. And since it’s almost summertime and I’m gearing up to redecorate for it I figured I had better post my spring photos before it’s too late! Lol!

IMG_6152This spring I pulled out this old chippy window that came from my grandma and grandpa’s house. After several years of living in their home, they had their old windows changed out for less drafty ones. My dad saved the old windows for my sister and I knowing that we would cherish them. I love thinking how they looked out this window to enjoy the view of the sweet tangerines and lemons dripping from their fruit trees…and to see if their tomato vines had any ripe ones to gather…and to see the familiar car of a loved one pulling into the driveway coming for a visit which would give my grandma a head start on putting the coffee pot on and dishing up a beautiful array of her delicious Italian cookies! That’s the Italian way, to feed and pamper everyone who walks through the door!

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“As long as you have a window, life is exciting.” ~ Gladys Tabor

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Michaels was having a 40% off sale on their flowers so I picked up some of their very real looking roses and laid them in this white enamelware basket. They look just like the kind of roses my grandmother had in her yard. I know for a while silk flowers became a little outdated, which didn’t keep me from decorating with them but thanks to Joanna Gaines and her decorating influence she brought them back in style, especially the realistic ones. Having fresh flowers is wonderful but they aren’t as practical when you’re creating a decorative vignette that you want to last for a season unless you grow them in your yard, of course, which would be delightful!
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I also gathered a few of my vintage aqua-blue mason jars that coordinated with the blue gingham dishtowel. As you can see I filled one of the jars half full of water to give the rose an even more realistic look.

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“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love”

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
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Down in the meadow, the flowers appear,

Blossoms all pink and white make every garden bright,

Sing, Sing, Springtime is here!

~German Folk Song

IMG_6127A few years ago I found this dear signature quilt at a flea market and loved the simplicity of it and most of all the hand-stitched autographs. This is definitely one of those things that I wish could talk! It’s all hand done and the cotton is so soft and maybe even a bit sun-faded from hanging out on the clothesline. In doing some research I found that some quilts were made to raise funds for various causes from missionary work to supporting troops during a war. That would explain the names of both men and women on it. The finished quilt may have been auctioned off or people may have paid a fee, often ten cents, to have their name placed on a block in the quilt. Perhaps it was a prayer quilt! Whatever the history of this sweet comforter I’d like to believe that it kept a loved one warm as they drifted off to sleep under the silvery rays of the glowing moonlight and twinkling stars. (heehee!)

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And I’d like to believe that Lulla, Emma and Virginia were the best of friends!

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“The spring flowers are such a reaffirmation of God’s grace.”

~ Gladys Tabor

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So I had my mantle painted white! It was a dark stained brown and I’ve been wanting to brighten up the room by painting it white for a long time and I love it! I brought out my canvas cow and set two dairy cans on either side filled with overgrown looking greens and blossoms. Simple and uncluttered…and that makes me happy!

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I also had the back fireplace wall painted white! I plan to do the whole room as time allows but I’m loving the fresh feeling it gives the room.

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On my kitchen farm table sits a very old pie safe, which I’ll talk about in a future post. I love the way the warm sunshine pours into the room every morning.

“I value this delicious home feeling

as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.”

~ Washington Irving

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Sunshine and chickens…what could be more farmy? Heehee!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Do say hello, I always love hearing from my Sugar Pie Sisters!

You might enjoy a few of these other posts:

Spring Decorating at Sugar Pie Farmhouse

Cheer Up Buttercup!

Spring Fresh Farmhouse Goodness!

My FARMHOUSE FAVORITES

Chatting Over the Fence

Hooray for Spring!

My Vintage Farmy Apron Top

Come visit my Farmhouse Country Store

here for more down-home goodness! 

Bless your family…make home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie

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Warm Pie Happy Home

Pantry Tour!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on May 17th, 2018

 

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Howdy Sugar Pie! Well, as promised, I’m sharing my pantry update with you today! In a previous post, I shared that I was spring cleaning and decluttering my pantry…and boy did it need it! It’s crazy how things can accumulate and get out of control! I didn’t even think to take a before picture but trust me it was overloaded…there was just too much STUFF! I use my pantry not only for food but my extra bowls, platters, small appliances, jars, and such so it was time to get purging! Every time I went in there I cringed a little and I would have this recurring thought ‘I’ve got to get in here to clean!‘ but as it is with life, other more pressing things always got in the way until I finally decided, ok that’s it ( I said to myself with my hands on my hips), I’m getting this pantry organized for crying out loud! Lol!

I got started thinking that I could breeze right through my cleaning in a couple days but right in the middle of it, I needed to stop and help my daughter move her things out of her dorm room for College break. Then some other things came up and so, unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish until a week and a half later! Eeeeek! I have no doubt that our environment affects our sense of well being because this mama was not happy about stepping over things to get ingredients to cook for dinner. Goodness!

Finally, I got back to it and got it done! Yay!

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So after I cleaned, purged, and organized I decided I didn’t like looking at all of my extra things on the lower shelves. They were things I needed and wanted to keep but I still felt like it looked cluttered so I ordered some crisp white cafe curtains and some tension rods  to hang on the lower half of the shelves to make my pantry look simpler and prettier.

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See what I mean? It still looked a little cluttered.IMG_6232
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Finally, my cafe curtains order came in and in just a few minutes, using tension rods, I was able to hang them so easily!

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I love how simple, clean and fresh my pantry looks now! What do you think?

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I left the four white baskets exposed because we use them every day for snacks and drinking containers and I didn’t want to have to fuss with moving the curtains each time. The other things that are behind the curtains are things we use occasionally, so it’s no big deal.

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My granny aprons, freshly washed, hung all in a row and ready to go!

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On the very top shelves, I added some vintage goodness…a nod to the turn-of-the-century and old-fashioned ways. Take a look at the coffee pot with the wooden spool knob. The original knob must have broken off so most likely the farmer or the farmer’s wife cleverly attached the old thread spool to the lid. Back then you made do with what you had!

The very old tomato cans (they are empty) are from the area where I live. The label says Heart of the Ozarks. I love having a little bit of history from my home town.

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I purchased my potato and onion bins on eBay but I recently saw them at Hobby Lobby if you’re interested. Onions and potatoes need to be kept separate otherwise they spoil quicker.

IMG_6303 (1)The glass percolator coffee pot belonged to my grandparents. I love thinking about them sitting down at the kitchen table for a cup of hot coffee to have with Grandma’s homemade Biscotti’s. My grandparents were from Sicily, Italy and came to America back in the early 1900’s. They were the cutest couple! I loved being in their kitchen. I can still see the spaghetti sauce bubbling on the stove and freshly baked bread on the table. Grandma’s kitchen was one of my favorite smells!

IMG_4648I just had to throw this photo in of my Italian grandparents sitting on a paper moon in New York City on their honeymoon! Oh honey!
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This is the baking-center side of my pantry. When I designed my baking center and pantry I was inspired by the turn-of-the-century houses on Main Street USA at Disneyland. I imagined what the kitchens might have looked like inside those charming homes with the cute front porches. I’d like to think that Walt Disney might have given me a wink if he could’ve taken a peek at how my pantry turned out! Heehee!

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This view is looking into the pantry from the pass-through window.

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This is the view looking into the kitchen from inside the pantry.

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My grandkids love to play in the pantry…and that makes me happy!

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I love the detailing of this old farmhouse screen door…the best part is that it squeaks!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my pantry tour!

Please say howdy in the comments below and let me know where you’re from!

Thank you so much for stopping by… it’s always wonderful having you here.

Here are some other blog posts you might enjoy:

5 Ways to Make Your Home Warm & Wonderful

A Little Bit of Good Ol’ Summertime Goodness

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Ruthie

Call Me Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Goodness Mayberry Style

Be sure to check out my

Farmhouse Country Store here

if you love farmhouse style everything!

Come on back and see me again real soon!

Bless your family…make home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie

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