Sunday, May 2


Greetings, dear reader!

I have been happily "nesting" in an effort to get my kitchen "switchover" ready for the finishing touches, my aluminum blinds and vintage toweling valances.  One of the things I love to do around the house (all 750 sq. ft. of it) is create little happy vignettes that are photo worthy (or, at least seem so in my opinion!) As I've shared with you, I've been gathering goodies to make the formerly Tuscan now 1940s(ish) retro. So I decided to set the table:

I found the cool plastic plates in the "dinnerware" section of The Country Door..and the aqua melmac is genuine and discovered in an 8 place setting at a flea market!

I am attempting to create something akin to Cath Kidston's remarkable patterns...however, I had to do it all on an extreme budget:

Which made me search and scour all the harder for wonderful vintage glasses like these! I love the happy colors and the floral pattern...AND they are plastic! Found at a wonderful shop on Etsy called Kitsch Cafe.  And I have added a sweet couple to my fawn collection:

Aren't they darling?! I don't think I'll be collecting any more because I don't believe I will ever find anything sweeter!

And of course a place for my mushroom salt and pepper shakers, my vintage tray holding goodies dear to my heart: My vintage wood girl and dog, rescued from a used (ugly) lamp base, my red and aqua cupcake and pedestal, and one of my 10 party magpies from Magpie Ethel's!

These are a pair of retro canisters I picked up for only a few dollars...I just love their happy colors! Again, my hope is that mixing the dots with flowers and checks, that I will create a cottage-y look without looking like I've tried too hard. :-)

Remember the fab AltAred Art package I got with all the wonderful vintage linens and such?

I will be using said goodies to make an altared art creation for my kitchen...stay tuned!

And now I'm off to finish painting the picture frames for my cookie jar again soon!

Paula Clare


Creative Breathing said...

Oh Paula, I'm on my way for lunch! Cute beyond belief! I am just discovering that adding collections to a room makes it so homey. I'm going at it as well on a striiiiing of a budget, but the hunt is always fun! Have a great week ahead! E

Creative Breathing said...

I am embarrassingly back to say I have just discovered my E Award! I am so excited to get this from the Queen of all Scraps! Paula, you must share your camper book pages, it's so cute! I'm thinking you need a Summer Camper Along! I know it is now on my list of have to make, and I know there are lots of camper girls out there who would love to camp along! It's bad enough I have so many ideas floating in my own head, but now I'm borrowing yours as well! Have a great week! E

Erin said...

Okay that is so cute. Those are so the colors of my kitchen. Adorable.

Sandy said...

Oh Paula!!!!!
This is just wonderful! I just love this!!!!! What is that wonderful little border in the last photo????? I think I am going to go crazy until I can locate one, but first I need to know what it is????? The colors are perfect!!!!!! You are going to have such a cute kitchen...and the blinds and the valaces will be 100% right on!!!!! I just love all of it!!!!!!! Where did you get all of those goodies in the last photo???? I know just which jar you are getting! :)

Cat said...

LOVE IT!! I love it MORE than Cath Kidson, actually. Around here, you get bored seeing her same prints in everyone's possession, that the vintage stuff looks even more precious and unique.
Have a great week!!

She'sSewPretty said...

I love Cath Kidston too but certainly can't afford to have it sent to me from England. You've done a really good job of pulling everything together for the same look. I can't wait to see it all done!

~Mary~ said...

The colors are beautiful and bright. I love everything.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your newly decorated kitchen is looking so cute! I love that aqua melmac! I saw some purple at the antique store this past weekend.. it was cool too.

Nan said...

All this stuff happens to be my favorites too. Love the colors and combo's you have picked. Can't wait to see more. PS I want a little fawn set like that too !!

The TinCan Cottage said...

Oh, got it going on there...I think it's Unanimous..."D Can't wait to see it all together...please post alot of pics when you are finished! :D

I'll Be Back for More Fun Soon...

Anitra Cameron said...

That is all just too adorable for words. It's almost 11 here, and I guarantee you, I am going to bed with a smile, thinking of your darling kitchen setup!