Friday, February 26, 2010

My Kitchen Just Got Happier

This week I added a few little touches to my kitchen.  Just some small things that have gone a long way in making the kitchen a happier place to be during this last week of February.

Placing some pink tulips above the sink has made dishwashing a happier task.  They are such a pretty shade of pink.  Just looking at them is making me excited for Spring's arrival.  I know it won't be long at all until the bulbs start blooming around here.  Springtime in the south is a beautiful thing.

I replaced the remnants of my Christmas scented candle with the scent of Hydrangeas and Hyacinths.  Happy, sweet Spring scents are wafting through the air.

I have always found the kitchen a happy place to be.  When I was a kid I absolutely adored the times when I could sit on a kitchen stool in one of my aunt's kitchens and watch the ladies cook together.  I found it mesmerizing to watch as they chopped and mixed, basted and baked.  Once in a while they would step outside to pick a tomato for the salad or a few chives for the baked potato.  That part really thrilled me.  (I know, weird ~ but true).  What can I say, other than I think I was meant to be a homemaker.
But, I digress ...
Anyhow, this time when my homemaking desires were being formed, took place during the 60s.  That time in history when the aunts were cooking in dresses and pearls and they all had aprons on.  If it was Christmas, they sported Christmas themed aprons.  One year they all had the latest fad in aprons ~ a dish towel stitched to the front of their apron. If the gathering wasn't at your house that year, no need to worry about bringing your own apron.  Each lady had a drawer full and would supply one to everybody who helped out in the kitchen.
As you might be able to guess aprons make me happy.  The sight of an apron is enough to take me right back into those happy kitchens of my childhood.  Recently, I was the lucky winner of an apron giveaway.  The beautiful apron pictured above was made by Karen at Little Pieces of My Life.  She is a very talented seamstress and quilter.  I was so excited when I learned that I had won an apron that she made.  That made me and my kitchen very happy for sure :-).  Thank you Karen.

Thanks for joining me today as I reminisced about some of my happy kitcheny memories.  As I said, I think I was meant to be a homemaker and this reminds me of my favorite thing about blogging.
Prior to blogging, I never in a million years would have admitted to my love of homemaking.  The reason being that it seemed to me while I was a stay-at-home mom and loving every minute of it, it wasn't a view held by too many people I knew.  As far as I could tell the June Cleaver and Harriet Nelson's of the world had joined the workforce or decided that staying home to raise your family and (heaven forbid) enjoying it was something that would bore them to death.  The blog world opened a new door to me.  Once I stepped inside that door where homemaking is an art form and aprons are once again hip,  I had come home.  I can once again sit on my kitchen stool and watch women feather their nests and celebrate the making of home.


  1. Kim what a fun apron!
    Springtime on your table at least. We have to make spring if it will not come to us. Beautiful tulips.

  2. Hi Kim,
    I just love your post. What wonderful childhood memories. I almost felt as though I was there too! I think it is memories like that, that makes me love homemaking as well.
    Oh and your apron is beautiful. Congratulation on the win and what a talented gal Karen is!

  3. These tulips are simply gorgeous; what a great colour!
    I loved taking this trip down memory lane with you.
    Congrats on the apron!

  4. Your kitchen memories are delightful, Kim and that is the sweetest apron! And the tulips....well, they make ME happy too!!


  5. I really like that apron and your pleasant kitchen. I rarely put on my aprons, but I do have a nice herb garden out my back door with parsley, rosemary, chives, basil, oregano, chilantro, dill, etc each summer. I love fresh herbs!
    I always think I'm going to mess up my apron! Which shows they are nicer than the clothes I wear obviously! How goofy is that?

  6. Kim,
    I LOVE the tulips and the aprons. Yup there I was in the 50's and 60's with my mom and aunts dressed in pearls and aprons. Memories to make me smile. I just posted a thrilling aspect to my life, I am retiring Sept 30. I have to say I will be SOOOO happy to leave the working world behind and just be a homemaker again. Your kitchen is such a happy, lovely place. Have a beautiful weekend.

  7. I think I will go out and buy some tulips. Those are beautiful and sure brightens up your kitchen.

  8. I'm with you all the way on this one, Kim! When my kids were growing up, most mothers were going to work. This mom loved to stay home and make quilts and fried chicken and crafts. How boring, my kids thought. I still love it. And yes, blogging made it okay to be who we are.

  9. Oh, do I love those beautiful tulips! Sunshine right there on your kitchen counter! Congratulations on the apron! I loved what you shared about loving being a homemaker. It's so true...blogworld definitely embraces and encourages of the many things I love about it.

    Happy Spring!

    P.S. Thank you for your kind comments this week! What a blessing. = )

  10. The touches you've added to your beautiful kitchen, are just delightful! The new candle , I'm thinking..... smells... delicious!

    I'm with you..... I'm a home-maker at heart.... and love it!

  11. Oh Kim that apron fits perfectly in your kitchen! Love the tulips, they always remind of Spring.
    I to was in the kitchen with the cooks wearing aprons and pearls.
    And have always loved "nesting".


  12. I love your new apron and I think we must be close to the same age! I always wear an apron when I cook and love being in the kitchen. I have a single red rose on the counter above my sink right now. Enjoy your weekend! Stay warm! ♥

  13. Pink tulips, lovely kitchen pictures, a new apron that you won, and memories from your years in the kitchen made this another beautiful post. I was a stay at home mom too, and I could relate to all that you shared here. And yes, blogging has opened up a whole new world for me too. A world were I have met so many dear people who enjoy some of the same things I do.

    Congratulations on winning that nicely made red and white apron. You will have fun wearing that.

  14. Kim, I could't wait to retire so I could stay home and play house and have loved every minute of it...I'm also one of those nuts that love to clean and feather my nest for family and friends...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend do somthing fun bake a cake ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  15. Great apron! Congrats on your win.

    The one thing I'm seeing for the first time is the location of your sink. I love it! I have recently decided that if I ever do get to have my kitchen redone, that's what I'd like to do...spin the sink away from the wall and actually see what's going on in the rest of the room.

    Enjoy those tulips!

  16. Lovely post. I too remember the area of aprons.
    Your new apron is so nice, congratulations on winning. I love all the windows in your kitchen. It all looks so nice and bright. Looks like spring already in your kitchen.
    Have a great day Kim.

  17. Kim,

    Your kitchen does have such a happy feeling. I wish my table had all those pretty windows to look out. I guess we are always jealous of what someone else has. Not really jealous because I'm happy that you can enjoy it. The tulips just add the icing on the cake.


  18. Kim your kitchen is so cheerful and beautiful! Love the pretty flowers and the candle sounds yummy. :)

  19. Hi Kim! Your kitchen is one of the prettiest places to visit. I love your apron story. You reminded me of when I was a child, during the '60's, too, when all my aunts would get together and cook Christmas dinner. Congratulations on winning that beautiful apron! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

  20. The apron is adorable. It would fit right in with my kitchen colors.
    Congrats on winning.
    I too was a say home Mom and loved it. My girls are college grads and still choose to stay home with their children for now.
    Have a great week, Kim.

  21. I love your tulips...Not mention your kitchen...:) Meme

  22. today i just got a new apron in the mail (that I am SOOOOO excited about: and it reminded me of this happy post. i love your blog and hope your home enjoys the upcoming celebration. i am going to spending alot in the kitchen with my new apron and hope you have happy times in yours with your apron. aprons make the best gifts for ourselves and our friends. i think i might spread some happiness with more of these amazing aprons for the holidays. thanks again.


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