Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cupboards and shelves





 I know, here we go again! Talking about the old cupboard that sits on our little front porch. I love this old cupboard, (thank you Pat), but want something different to display on the shelves. Something old fashioned. Any suggestions? I suppose it held dishes many many years ago but since it's on our little country porch, well, what do you think?


I've put another coat of Tung oil on the cupboard. If you promise to overlook the dust, you can have a peek inside at the bottom shelves...


 Canning jars. Lots of canning jars. Dust settles quickly on things when you live on a dirt road, especially in dry weather. Why, you can imagine how much space these canning jars were taking up in my teeny tiny kitchen. 


I like cabinets and shelves. This one you've seen before too. Poppy and I found it at a flea market in 1989, the year we moved into the cabin.



Now I see what I don't like about that sugar bowl and cream pitcher on the bottom shelf...that creamy color.


This cabinet was built to display dishes, but we needed a bookcase. Over half these old books need to be pulled out and carried to the thrift store. Do you recognize the rooster in the painting?


That would be Big Boy. Pam, a dear sweet friend who reads my blog, painted the picture and sent it to me. I love it. Thank you Pam.


and my little thrift store desk in the sewing room. Later, I found the hutch at another thrift store and added it. Funny how you notice things in a picture like those purple colored books on the left. Those have got to go! 

Well that's my post for today. It's about dark here and only 4:50. I stay confused for a week or so after the time changes. Of course, I stay confused most of the time anyway.

Thank you visiting. Please do come back.

Love,
Henny


































48 comments:

  1. Do you have colorful things you can put in that bowl where the little pan is sitting? Balls of yarn, holiday ornaments you can change up, rolled up scarves, sewing scraps, old toys, etc? Maybe move some of the books there?

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    1. Thank you Denny. I appreciate the ideas. I can round up some things from around the house.

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  2. I like the paintings/prints you have on the shelf. I would add some pottery if you have some and I like the idea of a bowl with Christmas ornaments for the holidays. I see you like red transferware. I have a few pieces packed away in the garage and when I get to it I will send you a piece to add to your collection. It was fun to see your cupboards. :) Deb

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    1. Deb, I would absolutely cherish a piece of your red transferware. I do have some pottery pieces that I could move around. Thank you!

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  3. Enjoyed looking at tour shelves and all their holdings.

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  4. Hi Henny! I like that old cupboard. It's not dark yet here in Denver. I hope I can stay up until our usual early bedtime!

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    1. Thank you! I know! At 8:30 last night I could hardly hold my eyes open. Guess it will take some getting used to.

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  5. The nights are drawing in here too, makes for cosy evenings, but short days! Love your cupboards and shelves, helps feed my nosey bits, I loved looking at all the bits of crockery, gorgeous xx

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I love the way you put that..."the nights are drawing in here too". Love it!

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  6. Hi Henny,
    You know what I noticed, your cute lamps. I just love them. I also would love to have that old cupboard, that is keeper!
    Have a great new week!
    Carla

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    1. Thank you Carla. I love small unusual lamps too, and probably have too many of them in the house.

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  7. It does feel strange with the time change. Getting dark so early! I love the cabinet with your china. So pretty. I know what you mean about noticing things in a photo you didn't notice before. Just great thrift store finds! Have a lovely evening.

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    1. Thank you Melanie. Don't know what I would do without the thrift store!

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  8. Love all of your cupboards. I was just cleaning the bathroom and was noticing all of the dust on the walls and those little cobwebs that get on everything. I hate to dust!
    Love you bunches.

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    1. Bet you don't hate dusting as much as I do! :) I dusted the ceiling fan in our bedroom this morning. Yuk! Love you too!

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  9. You have lots of fun old stuff.
    Some bright holiday color would be good on your porch cupboard.

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    1. Thank you Linda. I do like the idea of decorating the old cupboard for the holidays.

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  10. I love to see your pretty dishes neatly stacked in your cupboards. You know me and dishes!!
    Jars do take up an awful lot of space. I pack mine in boxes, seal them with packing tape, and put them in the garage ( labelled, of course, because I'm sure to forget where I put them.)
    This crazy time change messes me up too. Wish we'd stick with one way or the other instead of back and forth!

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    1. I know! Every time I see a teacup and pretty saucer, I think about you!

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  11. I love your charming pieces filled with dishes, books and collectibles. I have mama's 1947 small maple china cabinet filled with dishes. For your outdoor hutch....recently when visiting the granary, I saw a collection of oil lamps/lanterns displayed that was very nice. God bless you both this week.

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    1. Oh Mildred, and I do love oil lamps. I had started collecting oil lamps when we first moved here but the really old beautiful lamps can be expensive. I love that idea. Thank you.

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    2. I emailed you a photo of the old lanterns that were displayed in the granary. Funny thing, they also had a big box full of old rusty horseshoes. The first house John and I lived in we dug up what we thought was a horseshoe; John worked with the man whose grandpa once farmed the land and he told us it was a MULE shoe!

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  12. The time change is still confusing me. I kept wondering why I felt tired at like 9pm

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    1. Me too Adam. I could hardly stay awake at 8:30 last night!

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  13. How about a wreath leaning up against the back. I like the balls of yarn idea too that someone suggested. You have a lot of pretty dishes. Nancy

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    1. I love that idea. A wreath and someone suggested a pottery bowl filled with holiday ornaments. Thank you Nancy.

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  14. Oh I like your cabinet! I would do something seasonal...like a bowl filled with pine cones or decorative gourds..you could change it around. Use your favorite stuff that you can wash often. I would put a heavy piece of cardboard below that second layer of jars in the bottom of the cabinet. Some of those jars filled with treasures would be pretty on top also...rocks, pine cones, silk flowers...bit of this and that! :)

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    1. Oh these are good ideas. Thank you! I do love pine cones too, and there are plenty to be picked up this year! I had not thought about filling any of those old jars.

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  15. That old cabinet is a treasure. Great idea to use the one as a bookshelf.

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  16. I like to display old things on our porch like an old grain scoop, iron shoe forms, crocks, insulators, enamel pans, etc. Then add seasonal things like birdhouses,clay flower pots and old garden tools in the spring, some small pumpkins and gourds in the fall, pinecones and greenery for winter. Old birds nests look great year round - put one in an old dish or wooden bowl or clay plant saucer. My favorite thing on the porch is a wringer wash stand. I only open one side to save space, added a small board across it so I can set an old canner planted with geraniums on it in the summer, and in the winter I put a large enamel pan filled with pine cones, osage oranges, some greenery cut from our bushes and red berries from the craft store as well as an old grain scoop. It's so fun to decorate for the seasons!

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    1. Oh Arlene, thank you! I would LOVE to see your porch. The old washer stand sounds great. I would love to have an old wringer washer, like my Aunt Berlie used. I can probably round up several of the old items you mentioned by just looking through the house. I do love greenery at Christmas. You've got me wanting to go do some decorating now!

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    2. Oh yes, forgot about the ice skates (& sleds) etc. Here's a link for photos if you'd like a peek. https://www.flickr.com/photos/73872182@N00/albums/72157674811659031 I always wanted a wringer washer too - wanted to plant in it. I did acquire a pr. of round white wash tubs that I plant.

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    3. Thank you Arlene. I have tried and tried and cannot get address for the photos to work. The only thing I can see, is when I enter NOO the system changes it back to small letters. It's me, I'm sure. My daughter will be here tomorrow. I will ask her to try it for me. I'm not giving up! :)

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  17. I love the idea of displaying old vintage things and making them seasonal. A vintage pair of ice skates decorated with a little green fir would be effective for this time of year.

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    1. You know, why haven't I been doing that? I am not very creative. Thank you! The vintage ice skates sound beautiful. I would probably never find a pair around here.

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  18. For some reason most of your photos are not showing on my iPad this morning. But I do love your primitive old cupboard. I think it would look lovely with some kitchen tools from the times it was from along with some changeable seasonal decorations. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Hey Cynthia! I hate that about the pictures. You probably just got lucky...seeing pictures of the same old stuff. :) Old kitchen tools sound good and that would really go with an old kitchen cupboard. I have several pieces around too. Thank you!

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  19. Terrible to say but I forgot all about the time change! I think for once too I didn't feel any different. Maybe that is the key, just ignore it!
    I love you old cupboard on the porch. So pretty! So many other commenters have some great ideas for what to put in it. I like the idea to decorate it seasonably.
    I had a GIANT purge of my books when we moved two months ago. Now I just have to not bring any more in!
    Have a great week.

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  20. The cupboard looks wonderful and shiny. I'm surprised that it looks so good exposed to the elements out on the porch. Our porch swing stays out all the time and does get to looking not so good after a year or so. That tung oil must work wonders. It must be nice to feel you can put out things on the porch and not worry about them being stolen. We've had tables and benches stolen off ours a couple of times----University students I guess (they ought to be in the library studying!) or more likely Fraternity brats. You've gotten so many good ideas for decorating your cupboard , I can't add anything else as a possibility. Be sure to show us a picture after your decorating work.

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  21. Oh I do love your old cupboard. It is a treasure. You've gotten some great ideas for it in comments. My suggestion is a collection of old crocks on it.

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  22. I love your cabin. It's woodsy and comfortable. I'm wondering if you have quilts tucked away anywhere? Maybe get them out and display them in the bookshelf if you're able to reduce the number of books held there. That would bring some color to the shelves and soften the look. Your dish cabinet is adorable. I'm trying to figure out how to hang cups in mine to give it a more old fashion look.

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  23. I really enjoyed this post...love the shelves. And love the painting!

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  24. I'm confused with ya! When does it get better?! ha ha ha ha LOL

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  25. I know what you mean about the time change. It does take some getting used to.
    Your cupboard is a great treasure. I would have fun playing with it. I think it would be fun to change it up slightly for the seasons. Perhaps a bowl or basket of gourds would be nice.

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  26. Just had to mention that I had been busy and not taking time to look at blog world, so I am catching up! So glad your girls are coming to visit, you will have a great visit. I did enjoy seeing your bookcase, and the Big Boy portrait, it was truly my pleasure to do a rooster portrait! I have been dazed and confused with the time change too, and I guess I hadn't recovered from our Scandinavian time change either. Oh, well, I get a few extra things done in the morning, but get tired too early at night. My little Daphne and I took a photo with the pumpkin aprons, and I will send it to your email. Take care, love to all.

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  27. I have been catching up here at one of my favorite blogs,
    so much delightful things to see :-)
    Many many blessings and warmth,Linnie

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