Happy 2009 to all of you ! The week here was spent tucking away Christmas, it's all back in the attic now... I think I love putting it away as much as I love taking it out :). Even though the snow is still on the ground, I can't help wishing it were Spring already. January and February are such long months in New York. So the best I can do is pretend Spring is just around the corner and get things fresh and clean..... Fresh tablecloths, clean linens, new recipes, and cleaning all the corners was how my week was spent....come sit awhile, I'll make you breakfast and you can watch me clean, feel free to pitch in anytime :)
Time to get up.....
I'm usually quite the early riser, but the cold days make waking up a little harder, lol....
I think setting a Breakfast table is my favorite meal to set up for, its so simple and yummy. Plus I can do it in my pj's .... maybe that's the best part :)
And no aprons are needed , so I'll leave it in the frame for now..... :)
I bought this table cloth ( below ) right before the holidays from one of my favorite shops, they have a fabulous online store. Give them a visit and I promise , if you're into anything vintage or retro, you will not be disappointed !
The name of the shop is Retro-Redheads and it's truly scrumptious and filled with incredible vintage finds! Just click on the picture below and it should take you right there....
I spend the late winter longing for the fresh fruits and vegetables , so the next best thing is finding a nice Jam or anything that was instantly preserved in the freshest state. I spent many early summers canning my own Jam and sauces, but I didn't get to it last year, so the latest from the store will have to do....This one below is a favorite :)
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, or even the Pie, are my favorites , along with blackberry...In this recipe below you can substitute frozen fruit, so It's fun to make in the winter when you are longing to get that Spring/Summer smell going on in the house.....you can click on the card to see it larger, enjoy!
I have to admit, I really love cleaning when I'm in the mood :)....and I get in the mood very easily after taking down all the holiday decorations! If I had to pick which aspect of cleaning I like best, it would be washing the floors and Ironing. Any one who knows me, knows that I hate doing laundry, but if you ask me to iron something, I volunteer quickly and fall into an ironing trance, lol.....now don't get me wrong, I only like doing a few items, lol, don't give me a whole basket full, I'll just cry......I love The Good Home Co., all their products are natural and smell wonderful and best of all, they work beautifully!!!
The table cloth in the picture with the Rooster is vintage 1940's and a favorite of mine, it also makes for a sweet Breakfast table choice....
Funny cleaning quote: I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on. ~ Rosanne Barr ~
All pressed and ready to go for a " Ladies Brunch "....
After the holidays I like to rearrange things a bit, I put away anything that had a Fall theme or a deep color theme ......and bring out the blues and white again....although my red accents will stay out year round, I gotta have Red :)
Time to clean all the moldings too, they are high up so they get neglected most of the time, but it doesn't feel fully done to me unless I get to them ....but I don't make the journey up there too much of a habit. :)
As I was cleaning the kitchen chandelier off of all the Christmas stuff, I stood back and looked at it with just the silver beads left on.....and......I decided to keep them up :) I have been looking for just the right strand of crystals to add to this , so I figured I'd keep these up until I find some.......these have red , so they can stay :)
Well the house is clean, the kids are going back to school Monday and the holidays are over....I'm pretty darn happy about all 3 .... I might squeeze another Mother Daughter day in there, but for today , I'm resting and feel caught up a bit, finally!....
The streets are slick with snow and Ice, so after cleaning I picked up a few books and glanced through my collection of Vintage manuals..... this one cracks me up, I love all the pictures and reading what the authors thought about "getting dressed for the day"....I love the "idea" of always being so beautifully dressed.... but in reality, I'm a Jeans and sweater girl through and through. This was more how my Mother dressed me for church on Sundays :) But I love the visuals. Imagine taking care of the children , working , and shopping in this??
Now I worked up an appetite , so its time for some cake......the best kind for my New Years resolution too, fat free and decoupaged on wood , oh that Jenny's Bake shop is soooo good for the hips.....Coconut Cake, Yummy.....
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and are enjoying the last days of the Holiday Season! Thank you so much for all your sweet and uplifting comments on my "Year in Review", as always, I am grateful for each and every one of you!!
Now it's time to go to Home Depot, I have my weekend project to get to! Hopefully I can find a few hours to make a blackboard out of one of my doors or cabinets in the kitchen! This picture below from Country Living had me motivated !
Have a wonderful weekend Girls!!