If you were to go through my
you would find a story as old as time itself.
Too much stuff and no place to put it!
I am not a hoarder,
at least not as defined
in the well known TV series,
but I do like to collect stuff
and to that end, I do a great job!
The getting rid of stuff is where the problem comes in,
and it certainly doesn't help matters
when a good size storage place
goes out of business,
so to speak...
...now it wasn't your typical storage place,
it was our motorhome.
We got rid of it and, believe it or not,
all that clunking and tinkling as we
drove down the road
wasn't loose fittings -
it was cabinets filled with
and a lot of pretties...
I don't like using paper products
as far as eating and drinking goes,
except maybe on an occasional picnic,
and that goes double
when we were on "vacation".
All the cupboards in the motorhome
were filled with
pretty glassware and dishes,
none expensive because
when I am on "vacation"
my joy is spending time at
Home Goods, Ross's or thrift stores
along the route
where I always managed to
find a few things!
Nothing was more fulfilling to me
than relaxing, sleeping and dining
in a pretty space.
But, what happens when that space
no longer belongs to you
and you might be a bit of a "gatherer",
and you have to unload
all that stuff?...
...we looked at each other and
"Remember that old
pantry/pie safe cupboard
that we have had forever
out in the garage"?
"But, that is so ugly
and where would it fit in the Cottage"?
So, as collectors often do,
we dragged that old derelict cupboard
into the kitchen
and, by golly,
we made it work.
There aren't too many walls in the Cottage
equipped to take on
an old derelict cupboard
and who needs an eight foot window
in the kitchen anyway?
So it took up residence.
With a little bit of paint
and a wire to hold it straight,
and a bunch of pretties
to camouflage the rest,
I now have a place to put
my seasonal dishes,
and that freed up room in other places
to put all the extra stuff.
Where there is a will,
there is always a way!
I have been a long time follower of
the Susan Branch Blog.
I love her style, her spirit and
her kind and generous soul.
I also love how she
punctuates her words
with her illustrations.
It is all pure magic.
In her latest post
I learned something that I wasn't aware of.
Evidently there is a fast moving
new trend in decorating going around.
Her description of it, and I quote:
"It's a world like your grandma's house
where life is more whimsical and magical
in an imagined past full of good things".
She gives it the name of
Granny Chic or Cottagecore.
While I have been decorating like this
for a long while,
I am so glad that it has caught on...
It is speaking my language!
So now the kitchen is dressed for fall
and the project I told you about
has been accomplished.
Remember, I said it wasn't a big deal,
only something a bit old and sweet
so I hope you aren't disappointed.
Come along on the tour at your leisure.
You have seen it enough times by now
that no words are needed:
The original cupboard
had screen in the doors.
It was shredded
so we replaced it with
two faux tin panels.
Another little inexpensive thing
we have added,
gives a bit of ambiance
to the kitchen at night.
I know most people use these little under the counter lights for task lighting,
but I am only here for the pretty
and that's what they do for me...
...they are so cute
and I ordered them out of a catalog
for just $13 for six.
Who knows how long they will last,
but they will have done for me
just exactly what I expected them to do.
Now I have managed to fill
a few rooms with autumn
and I hope that you enjoyed seeing them.
There is still time to
sit back and enjoy them
before everything changes again.
I might not like to admit it
but you know that is going to happen
and I am already fantasizing
under those little lights.
Hope you are having
wonderful fun filled