I spend most of my time in my kitchen these days. Good thing I just love our kitchen. I work on my laptop in a comfy wing chair. When we moved here, the original kitchen was in the basement. I am told basement kitchens are called "summer kitchens." Our house was renovated in the late 1940's by an architect and he added the ell off the original 1751 house. Not sure about his reasonings for a kitchen in the basement but he and his family only lived here during the summers and perhaps it was cooler. When we moved here we converted 3 rooms on the first floor ell into our present day kitchen. It was a mess of a lot of work and money but I am so glad we did it then. I turned the old kitchen into my studio and worked there. I still use that space but because I changed my computer from a standard desktop to a laptop, my work tends to travel around the house.
Having the kitchen upstairs makes this house so much more livable. The kitchen is full of lots of my colorful pottery and antique china. It is the nerve center of our house - like most homes. The kitchen table is usually covered with stuff - magazines, The Farmer's iPad, old cups of coffee, a vase of flowers and usually a cat or two is sleeping on a chair. The light pours in nicely and I take many photos on the kitchen table - especially the food shots I have been taking lately.
The photo above shows you one of my favorite spots in the kitchen. It is the little window beside the stove and next to the trash can. Do you see the different colored glass in the windows? All of the old windows in the house have tinted glass in shades of lavender, green, and clear with bubbles and lines through them. Love that! The windows are not efficient but I will have a hard time replacing them. Our friend Bob and I built the shelves one weekend and I store all my tea on the little shelves. If you look closely, I have added a Sunflower Garland above one of the shelves made out of the upcoming Sunflower and Zinnia Pattern. This shot was tricky to get with all the backlight pouring in. I've been working hard on trying to master my camera and figure out how to actually get a photo like this to work. I've been enjoying the Photography Section on The Pioneer Woman's website. There are all kinds of fun tips and trick. Check it out here.
Our kitchen will be having quite a work-out this week beginning today. Mom arrives for Thanksgiving tonight. The turkeys have been purchased and the cooking will begin and pies will be baked. Mom makes a gorgeous pie. I can't wait - Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because it is all about the food and friendship and there is no gift pressure. I love sharing our house with our family and friends, whether it is a small dinner or big over the top holiday shindig.
Like I wrote about yesterday, I use handmade wool potholders exclusively. And now I have two new ones shown above! I made them out of two of the Felted Sunflower and Zinnias. I am including the instructions on how to make the potholders in the pattern that launches on Friday. Here's another view.
Which photo do you like best? The hanging potholders or the potholders on the black background?