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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's at the Brown Gingham Cabin Kitchen

Welcome to my BG Cabin Kitchen!
So glad you came through the woods of Bloglandia today for a little visit. The kitchen Garden is starting to bloom out. The herb garden smells wonderful with all the Mint. Thought I lost my Thyme, but it is sprouting/spreading like wildfire. My Lamb's Ear with Rye and Red Clover next to the water pump is blooming profusely and the Clematis, Rubeckia, Summer Phlox, Shasta Daisy, and Black-eyed Susan's/Echinacea is up and waiting for their turn to show off. If you notice I don't have many annuals, well, I love the pops of color, but the older I get and more prone to allergy attacks of mold and fungus diggin in the dirt isn't as fun as it used to be....(I do put some small pots around)...I miss it, but I always preferred natural gardening. Some call it Roadsidia Gardens....Prairie Gardens...Butterfly Gardens.....Gardens to Attract Birds.....and several other names. So, what I do is plant perennials and a lot of wildflowers....okay weeds you see growing along side the road, hence, the name Roadsidia. I'll let you see some pics closer up on another visit. Let's go in and I'll show ya around. Now, its not a big farm kitchen, nor a magazine spread gourmet designer kitchen, but I love it and it's filled with things that have meaning..and yes....everything is used. The vintage stuff is not just for show.
This is the may have taken a look before...oooo..let's not go into the laundry room today...hehe.
Click pics for closer look.
These 2 Lodge cast iron skillets commemorate  United We Stand   and the Smokey Mountains.  I use them for large trivets  The Morton Salt ad sign is a trivet. the copper mold and metal wall  hook begin my Strawberry theme.

 More molds and a ceramic strawberry themed pie plate as wall decor and a NEHI metal sign..just cause that was the first soft drink I remember in childhood (pre- Mt Dew in 64')

Love plaster fruit. My Grandma and Mom both had/has em on the walls. Again, they make great trivets.
The 1940's wooden cutting board in the left corner was my  grandma's and  to the right of that are some of my vintage cookbooklets in a metal paper plate holder.  Some I give away with my apron's and others are my keepers..yes... they are used.

Jim got me this pine cabinet and I use as a spice rack for the most part. Of course there is a 'vintage' repro can of baking powder from Watkins and Calumet. I love pitchers, so above I display a 30's-40's farm motif one and another smaller floral patterned. nestled between the two is a full box of paper straws..I remember my Grandma always having those on hand.
And, at the end of this hall are a framed Strawberry packing label, a  metal ad sign,
 strawberry themed cross-stitch meal prayer, and a 1940's wooden shopping memo board.

Remember, I always say a wall is a blank canvas to be filled...who needs wallpaper? LOL. Ready for more?
Look up.

Those are a few of my hand-wrought aluminum serving pieces on the wall between the  kitchen and dining room and then below that my plate rack.......................

that holds my strawberry china, molds, an apple scented wall basket, and more plaster fruit

 These two pics show the kitchen wall.

AS you can see the border is a vine of strawberries. The color scheme is red, black, and white

The decor over the sink that's between to two cabinets.

The matching cabinet with more vintage treasures and cookbooks, and of course you see vintage aluminum all around

This is over the stove

Here's a close-up of the strawberry accent  lamp over the sink.

and this is our picnic basket....Scotch Plaid....sometime I'll have to show the whole collection I have. The Campbell's Soup set isn/t old, but it shows the Soup Kids from the 30's to now.

As you can see from past posts I collect vintage cookbooks and this shelf over my baking center is only half pic'd
Below is the rest of the area.

The mixer was a Christmas from my CarGuy. He saw that  it was a Sunbeam  vintage reproduction,
so it was the perfect present.

I hope you enjoyed your peek at my kitchen. I enjoy cooking there so much and everything around has a special meaning or memory. LOL...there is even more space to fill in for other vintage finds and sometime soon I hope to show a little decor change in color or theme..just small tweeks.
Now, you grab the drinks and we'll head out and see what everyone else is doin...there are some great Blog Parties thru HERE the whole week


Marydon said...

Melody your kitchen is bright & full of beautiful pieces. I love the plate rack, too.

Have a great eve ~

LV said...

I still have an occasionally use my mother's old iron skillet. The cook the best.

Neabear said...

You have some fun RED pieces! I loved looking at your pictures and getting a glimpse of your kitchen!


Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

You have such a happy-looking home! There's nothing like red to cheer up a spot.

Beansieleigh said...

LOVE your kitchen! And "Who needs wallpaper?" I couldn't agree more! (0; Thanks for the tour! It was fun! ((hugs)) ~tina

~~Carol~~ said...

I'm crazy about your kitchen, Melody! It's full of charm, and I'd love to sit in there and have a cup of tea with you!
Happy REDnesday,

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love all your vintage treasures especially, the red and white goodies. I had a one of those plaid picnic baskets at one time and really wish I didn't give it up. Thanks for sharing all your treasures.

Diann said...

Oh Melody, you have so many fun vintage treasures! I love the bread box! I have been keeping my eyes peeled for one while out thrifting!Thank you for sharing this with us this week at TTF. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Magnolia Tea said...

What cool skillets and tin signs you have! I love vintage kitchens.
Have a great weekend!

Daniella said...

Forget you? Never!! LOL!!
As you saw, blogger ate my followers and blog roll. I've been slowly collecting my blog roll as they show up at my blog! I was trying to make a new one from memory, but most blogs are known as something else, know what I mean? So it is a great thing that you visited!!
Your kitchen is awesome! So whimsical and colorful! I love it! Thanks for having me over!!!

Zootsuitmama said...

I love your style, cute, friendly and homey! I just joined your blog cause it makes me happy!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Melody!!!
You're so cute, you cracked me up with your Holy Cremoly! ;)
Yes, absolutely, I plan on scanning and sharing some of the insides of those wonderful needlecraft magazines. Sadly there aren't really any terrific crafts for me since I don't do cutwork embroidery or make tatted lace or knit but good googly moogly ;) the advertisements and graphics are fantastic. So much fun!
Hope all is well at your end?!

Ioana-Carmen said...

you and your blog are stunning!
Do you think we can follow each others blog? :X

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Your kitchen must be so welcoming and cozy! Love the molds.....they add such nostalgic charm!

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful post!!!! take a look on my blog and if you like we can follow each other?
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

You have a lovely kitchen full of lots of beautiful and useful things. Am feeling a tad envious of some of them :-)

Marcela Gmd said...

Thank you so much for your comment!!! I follow you now!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Besos, Marcela♥

Marcela Gmd said...

I have a award for you in my blog!!!
I hope you like..
Have a good week!

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥