I don't change my sideboard all that often. My hutch is more of a display for special collections, while the kitchen shelves and other cupboards are for regular use. So the hutch gets a revamp only when I want a different look. Usually for a change of season.
I've been doing some spring cleaning already. The weather has something to do with it, I'm sure. But it's also a new day in my life since I gave up shopkeeping. Scurrying back and forth, sorting and dusting, I feel like a character out of a Beatrix Potter tale. Or Mole at Mole's End with his brooms and dusters.
I've also taken a page or two from Edith Holden as my inspiration. In her Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady of 1906-- another year with an odd winter--, she relates how " the mild winter has brought out the Hazel catkins, wonderfully early. . . ."
Her wonderful watercolors of nature bring the outside in from the cold. I was surprised to see dead leaves rendered on her January pages, thinking that it's more of a fall thing, but that's exactly what's still outside my own window in piles on the ground.
I've been wanting to gather my brown transferware together. Arranging my English cupboard is a bit like doing a puzzle without a picture for a guide. It's all trial and error, fitting bits and pieces here and there. Thinking I need this color here, and that shape there, until it all comes together. And of course there's only so much you can include.
I have fresh shelf trim. The eyelet was given to me by my friend Ann Baird. The rest is a jumble of finds, some recent, some older, and all vintage.
A few things stayed put, like my famous prize cow butter dish. I guess I'm not tired of looking at it yet. . . .
Who would want a life without handles and spouts? . . .
One down. . . . so many to go. But spring is still a long way off! Not that I EVER finish cleaning.Thanks so much for stopping by. I recieved many truly wonderful e-mails and comments in recent days, and I'm still catching up. What day is it anyway?? (Just kidding. . . haha. . . . . sorta.)
My best to you, my friends,
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