With the gleeful anticipation of Spring just around the corner, I’ve been sprucing up the nooks and crannies of my home……The Theme: American Farmhouse Fresh!
It seems fitting because my home is built on an old cattle farm, which had been in the same family since the Civil War. When we purchased the property, the cows still roamed the hillside. They were so cute! I always thought it would be fun to have a cow of my own, I would tie a bell around her neck with a yellow gingham bow, and name her Daisy Mae!
On the mantel, above my cook-top, I have arranged some vintage “Market Fresh” provisions and produce from the “Piggly Wiggly” ….you know, that adorable corner grocery store from one of my favorite movies…. Driving Miss Daisy! Milk, eggs, bread, butter, fruit, vegetables, and a few canned goods would have been on the market list of any American homemaker in the 1940′s. This is an actual clipping of a Piggly Wiggly advertisement, probably from the late 1940′s…..a 25 pound bag of sugar costs only $1.50!
I love the simplicity of how life was back in those vintage years. A Homemaker (let’s call her…Mable…) did her grocery shopping without the interruption of cell phones! Mable gathered her goods, dashing a check-mark next to each item on her list, dreaming up the delicious, comforting, home-cooked meals she would serve her family.
“Our family members will carry the atmosphere we create in our homes for the rest of their lives.” ~Mrs. Dunwoody
Speaking of Miss Daisy, last time I was in California, I found the most adorable hat that would have been perfect on her, at the Barn Sale that my sister Sherry and friends have each month in the Wine Country of Temecula California. Look at the dear little daisies and black velvet ribbon! Love it!
Back to the Kitchen! I love anything with polka-dots! So, I decided to add some to these plain-jane flower pails. They are so cheery, and look sassy, especially in lipstick-red!
Here at my “Betty Baking Center” (named after Betty Crocker, “America’s First Lady Of Food”) I painted the back wall Farmhouse White. Before, it was a wood-stained, medium brown color. It adds so much more light and really does look sun-fresh and scrubbed clean! Do you see on the left side, the cutest little red vegetable bin? Well, my sister-in-law Linda was at an antique store and called me right away to tell me about it. She said “you have to have it! It is so you!” She was so right! That same day I found a white-washed Victorian table on wheels, to set it on.
This way, I can see if I am getting low on potatoes and onions, so now, I never have to question if I have them or not when I’m shopping at the “Piggly Wiggly”! Goodness knows, I want to be a smart shopper, and not buy more than I need!
Speaking of Miss Daisy, last time I was in California, I found the most adorable hat that would have been perfect on her, at the Barn Sale that my sister Sherry and friends have each month in the Wine Country of Temecula California.
Look at the dear little daisies and black velvet ribbon! Love it!
I also hung these light-as-air lacy curtains, adorned with garlands and tiny dots! (From J.C. Penny) They look like the kind you would find at a sweet rosy-cheeked Grandmas house, fluttering in the crisp spring breeze, fanning a hot pie on the window sill.
On my kitchen island sits a picnic basket topped with my favorite “4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie” lamp (designed after the vintage children’s poem)
Say gals! Check out these fab T-shirts my sister Sherry designed! They are so darling with a pair of jeans and some sparkly bling!
God Bless ,you adorable girls, you!