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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Happy Yellow Kitchen


My bright and sunny yellow kitchen.
Isn't it amazing what a half gallon of paint
and 5 yards of fabric can do :)


This was it before . . .
I liked it, but was ready for a change,
something lighter :) 


Before


After


 I made this sign, but I wasn't happy
with it.  So after hanging it
I decided to add a boarder.
All taped off and ready to paint.


I used my left over fabric
to make the toaster cover.
I think that rick rack and vintage
fabric go together like,
biscuits & gravy, LOL


I also painted this sign . . .
this photo is before the new blue curtains.


I'm loving the bright new look.







See the lovely embroidered dish towels,
my sweet neighbor made those for me :) 





Well, that's it!

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Next winter when the snow flies . . .
I'll still be having sunny days
in my happy kitchen :)

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Keep Smiling!
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Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

102 comments:

  1. It was a happy blue kitchen. Now it's a happy yellow kitchen. I like it!

    Rick rack! That reminds me of when my grandma taught me how to sew. :)

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    1. Hi Sandi, I know you don't see rick rack used much anymore, but it is perfect when you're looking to copy a 1930's or 1940's style. That is probably when our little home received it's indoor plumbing and these kitchen cabinets were built :)

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  2. Connie, your kitchen looks darling all dressed in sunny yellow. It is so neat and coordinated with all of your pretty accents! I really like the embroidered tea towels. What a nice neighbor you have and must be for her to have made them for you! ♥

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    1. It's wonderful to be living next door to people you love. We are blessed with the very best neighbors ever.
      I'm glad the work in done in the kitchen and now I can enjoy the fresh new look . . . thank you for your sweet comments :)

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  3. Yes, it is amazing what a little paint and material can do especially with someone like you behind it!! Love your new cheery kitchen! Those towels your neighbor made are beautiful! We have a rug like yours on your kitchen floor! We used it in our other house and it is now rolled up in the garage. Saved it in case we would need it! LOL Really cute toaster cover. Mine needs one. I just have a small two slicer toaster that I think I got at a garage sale for 50 cents! Is that a dehydrator I spy in the corner on the cupboard? Enjoy your new sunny kitchen! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I think what you are seeing is my food processor. I use that thing a lot, in fact it is my second one. I wore the first one ou, years ago :) Thank you for your sweet comment about the paint and fabric, you're good for my ego, LOL.

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  4. It looks great Connie.
    Yellow is such a cheerful colour ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. I think my new kitchen color may help with the winter time blues . . . they seem to attack me around February each year, LOL. Nothing like yellow to bring the sunshine inside :)

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  5. Your kitchen looks great. You did a fantastic job on it.

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    1. Thanks, it's nice to have a fresh new look :)

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  6. Oh...I LOVE it! It is perfection...everything about it is just so warm and inviting. Such a happy space! I am wanting to paint something yellow now.....hmmmmm! The dish towels are so sweet...love the carrot one! And the rick rack is the perfect trim! Enjoy your sunny new kitchen!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Thank you Vicky. It was fun to brighten it up with fresh paint. . . I have to admit I was a little bit afraid at first, because when I started painting the color looked must brighter all over the cabinets than it did on that little cardboard sample square that I brought home from Home Depot, LOL. After everything was done, I liked how it turned out. My kitchen only has that one small window over the sink, so this truly brought the sunshine in. It makes me smile :)

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    2. I can cetrtainly see why it makes you smile...:) I only have one small kitchen window as well but I don't get much sunlight due to being surrounded with trees. No complaints though because I love my one little window anyway. :) Have a great week!

      Hugs, Vicky

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  7. I love it. Yellow is one of my favorite colors. Sadly, Hubby hates it. I was able to paint my craft room Yellow and he stays out of it. HA! HA!

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    1. Hi Betty, that's a great way to keep the hubby from going in and borrowing your scissors, LOL. Yellow is such a cheerful color :)

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  8. Connie, I just love your kitchen! You know, those red curtains will look great with the yellow should you want a change later on! Those signs are adorable, too!

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    1. There in the wash; I'll keep them. Like you say it will be a nice change and an easy one, too :)

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  9. Your new kitchen is a bright and happy place, Connie. And I love those embroidered tea towels. Such a kind neighbour.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, thank you so much and yes, we are truly blessed with sweet neighbors. Shortly after we moved in her husband went out one day and cut a hole in the fence and put a gate in for us. Before that we we had to walk out on the road to get to each others house. I love our backyard gate :)

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  10. Love it!! My favorite ~ the fabric curtain beneath the sink ~ speaks country to me.
    I wish I could be brave enough to paint something here. :)

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    1. Be Brave Sister! It's only paint . . . if you don't like it you can always paint it again. Paint is about the easiest and cheapest way to change the looks of something. Like Nike says, " Just do it!" Have a little fun :)

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  11. Lovely kitchen! Your sense of decor is delightful.
    Nothing like keeping the cook happy and inspired! :-)

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    1. Hi Lindah, and thanks for stopping by . . . yellow certainly is a color to keep a smile on the cooks face.
      A happy cook just might be a cook that bakes more pies, LOL.

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  12. Your newly painted cupboards are adorable and the toaster cover is just the right finishing touch!

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    1. I barely had enough scraps leftover to make that toaster cover . . . the old one was starting to get a little shabby looking and needed to be replaced anyway :)

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  13. Just fabulous, Connie. I love your bright new look. xx

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    1. Thank you, I think it makes the kitchen look not just brighter but bigger, too :)

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  14. Super duper cute! Love all of it, blue and yellow are so pretty together love how everything marries so well. The sign is perfect and I would be willing to bet some delicious foods come out of that kitchen especially if your garden has anything to do with it. Enjoy your space Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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    1. I was out hoeing and pulling weeds yesterday and I can not believe how fast my tomatoes are growing this year. They are already blooming we could have tomatoes by the Forth of July :) I'm looking forward to canning this year too . . . we are going to try our hand at Dill Beans and Sauerkraut, this year. Canning is something we do together and that makes it even more fun :) I'm delighted that you like my kitchen . . . the bright new color makes me smile :)

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  15. It looks amazing, bright and sunny. You have a talented neighbour the cloths are very pretty.

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    1. I love those dish towels. She asked me once why I wasn't using them . . . I just think they are too pretty to use. I don't want them to get stained or worn out :) I'm happy that you like my kitchen. This new color certainly brighten it up and brought more light into the room :)

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  16. Nice update. Yellow is very cheery indeed. Sweet embroidered towels from your neighbor. :)

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    1. Thank you so much :) I love those dish towels, she even inspired me to start embroidering again. It's one of those things that my mother taught me when I was a child, but then went by the wayside. Our old vintage home (1905) called for designs of a vintage nature. We are blessed with the best neighbors, ever!

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  17. Yes you will always have sunshine in your bright an cheery kitchen, Connie, even in the depths of darkest winter! Love your new kitchen. What a sweet neighbour to gift you those pretty embroideries. I am always amazed the difference a can of paint can do! Everything looks fabulous!

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    1. Hello Kim, and thank you for your sweet comment. I do get the winter blues around February and cabin fever sets in . . . this new kitchen redo will certainly let the sunshine in and maybe make the winter not seem quite so long :)

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  18. Hi Connie! Your kitchen is so charming - love all the color pops! Your curtains and the appliance cover are the icing on the cake. I especially love the rick rack detail - it just says happy to me! Jane

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    1. Hi Jane, You know I spend a lot of time in that kitchen and having it be a happy and cheerful place is important. I think this redo is going to not only make it brighter but also make it a cheery spot to work in :)
      Grey skies . . . not in my sunny kitchen, LOL.

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  19. Such a pretty kitchen, love the yellow cabinets. It is a wonderfully optimistic colour.

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    1. You are so right . . . it will be pretty hard to be grumpy working in that kitchen, LOL.

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  20. Your kitchen is totally charming. I loved seeing all the embroidered dish towels. They're sweet.

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    1. Good Morning Kyle, thanks for stopping by. Well, if nothing else, it certainly brightened it up and made it a happy place to work. I love those dish towels! I think there are six in all . . . I asked you, who has a sweeter neighbor than I?

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    1. Thanks . . . it certainly brings in the sunshine. My kitchen was too dark before; I think I'm going to like this brighter look.

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  22. I love it!! Now I need to come by for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy it with you. :)

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    1. Say when and I'll get the coffee pot going :)

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  23. Hi Connie, oh I liked the blue cabinets you had but I LOVE the yellow and it looks so bright a cheery in your country kitchen. It's so nice that you are such a talented sewer too.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks for your visit.
    Julie xo

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    1. I feel blessed that I know how to sew, too. It's a talent that has saved me so much money through the years. There was a time when I even did dressmaking on the side, just to have money to afford new fashion for myself. That was many many years ago. I haven't made clothes in a long time and at the price of patterns these days, I'm not so sure you would save any money doing it, LOL.

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  24. Connie - you did it again! I loved your kitchen before but you have pulled out all the stops this time - you know me - I LOVE colour! It is really beautiful - I hope you take the time to just sit and enjoy it! And by the way - thank you SO MUCH for taking the time - AGAIn to come over and kick my butt! I promise I will post…. xxxxxxx

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    1. LOL!!! Well, sweet sister, your butt needed a good kick. I am so happy to hear from you and delighted that you like my bright new kitchen. I know that it's a bit loud for some people, but our kitchen was in need of some sunshine and I was not getting enough from that little window above the sink. I'll be looking forward to seeing a new post . . . have a sweet weekend. Hey, don't make me visit again with a swift kick on my mind.

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  25. Your kitchen is so adorable! I really like the yellow and all of your cute d├ęcor!

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    1. Thanks Debby . . . I know it's more color than some people would want, but it fits me to a T :)

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  26. Connie, it looks wonderful.. so bright and cheery! My craft room is about that color! It was this color when we moved here and I have always meant to paint it, but I must admit, I do like the brightness of it, and it's always a nice warm and welcoming place to come to, especially in the winter. So I may leave it. I've started making or buying a few things with this color of yellow in it, so it may be here to stay. LOVE all of your darling accents and country kitchen pieces.. the towells on the rod in your canning cupboard, the flowers on your windowsill, the towells there (so cute!), the blue and white pieces, the sunflowers, your newly edged Farm sign and the cow sign! Love the curtains under the sink too. It sure is good to know how to sew. I've made almost ALL of my curtains over the years too and have saved many of them "just in case". Now that it's done, are you going to tell us HOW you did it? Did you sand first and then use a primer? All of my kitchen cupboards are dark brown, but solid wood, and I would love to paint them white, but it seems like such a long process (sanding, priming, painting several coats). How many coats of the yellow did you put on? Did you take the doors off to paint them? Oh so many questions! I bet you are glad it's all done and you did a wonderful job and it is just "the cat's meow" as my aunt used to say! Hugs... Marilyn P.S. Can't believe you have tomatoes blooming! I haven't even planted mine yet! erg.g.g.g..g

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    1. Hi Marilyn, because my cabinets where always painted and not varnished or waxed, all that I did was wash them and buy a good Behr paint with primer built into it and start painting. If your cabinets are finished wood, it would take more prep work than I had to do (none, LOL). Sorry, but you will be in for more work. It did take three coats, to cover that darker blue, but I'm happy with the finished kitchen. It's so cheerful and while you're doing dishes and cooking dinner, you need to be in a happy mood, right :)
      You might look into chalk paint. I have heard that it will cover without prep, but I don't know where I heard that or whether it's true. Google it.
      Have a sweet Memorial Day weekend.
      Connie :)

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  27. What a sweet happy kitchen!!!!!!!!! I love all your little accents as well, that's my kind of kitchen!

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    1. I'm so happy that you like it . . . come on over anytime . . . I'll let you cook in it :) Just tell me want you want me to buy and the grocery store, LOL.

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  28. You did such a wonderful job brightening up your lovely kitchen! I do so like the touches of blue you blended in with the yellow. Love the fabrics you used in the curtains and such pretty embroideries from your neighbor to go with them!

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    1. I am loving having the kitchen so bright and sunny . . . it did need lighting up :)
      Thank you for your sweet comment.

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  29. Excuse me while I stare some more at those towels. Im such a sucker for embroidered tea towels. Or any kind of vintage tea towels.
    It all looks so nice.
    Lisa

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    1. I know, they bring a homespun feel to the kitchen . . . a reflection of days gone by :)

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  30. Let's count the ways I love your new kitchen... but, there are so many! It is just perfection right down to the smallest detail. I noticed that you have a different range in the yellow pictures. Very nice!

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    1. That is a long story . . . I loved my old range and special ordered it about 15 years ago. The oven went out and because they never sold that many of this model, they discontinued it and we could not get parts. I was so disappointed. I like the new one, but I loved the old one :) I am delighted that you like my redo that much . . . I like it, too :)

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  31. I love, love, love. LOVE your happy yellow kitchen. It was pretty before but I really like how happy it looks now. Sunny and bright. Vintage kitchens are the best in my humble opinion.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I love having an old vintage kitchen. This house used to be a parsonage, can you imagine how many hymns where sung while cooking in this kitchen. This house was in terrible shape when we bought it, but now it's home and we love it :)

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  32. Oh Connie, I am LOVING your bright and cheerful kitchen! Everything looks wonderful including all your little touches of love here and there. Wonderful job!

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love how bright it is . . . it just makes me smile :)

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  33. Everything looks very nice. Such a bright cheery kitchen.

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    1. Thank you, I'm enjoying how much more light is reflected with this yellow and it actually makes the kitchen seem larger :)

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  34. The yellow kitchen is so bright and pretty, I love it! The blue had its merits, but definitely the yellow is a great choice! I love all of your decor, the embroidery is beautiful! :)

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    1. Thanks, it's a much happier kitchen now :)

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  35. Connie, I love your new colors. That rack that holds your canned goods is wonderful. Sweet curtains and towels. You certainly are a crafty girl. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, thank you so much, you are always so kind. I know that this is brighter than many people would want, but it actually brings in more light and makes the kitchen seem even bigger. How can I ever be sad cooking is my cheerful yellow kitchen? LOL

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  36. VERY pretty! You've added all the cozy touches, too!

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    1. Thank you, I am delighted that you like it. Thanks so much for stopping by . . . I love having guests :)

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  37. What a fun, cheery kitchen! I liked it before as well but I agree that they yellow is very pretty!

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    1. Thank you. I was in the mood for a change and wanted to bring more light into the kitchen. This yellow did the trick :) Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it :)

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  38. What a beautiful, cheery kitchen! It's amazing what a little paint can do to transform a room!

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    1. I know . . . paint takes a little work but for the money it's the best deal on giving a room a lift :)

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  39. Connie, I lOVE your yellow kitchen. It's so charming and cheerful. I like the blue accents, like the blue tea pot. I have blue in my kitchen at the moment, and I like your combination of yellow and blue. The canned jars on the cabinet wall looks charming. You did a great job on this, and I think you picked just the right color.

    Happy Memorial Day, my friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you so much! When I started painting I was feeling like it was too bright, it's really hard to judge a color with those little cardboard cutout from the paint stores. Now, that it's done I like the bright cheerfulness that it brights into the room. I'll never be sad cooking it that kitchen, LOL.

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  40. Great job Connie!! Your kitchen is so adorable. It is cheerful and cozy. Love the new look.

    Enjoy, Janie

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    1. I'm delighted that you like it . . . the room was a little sad in it's blue state, but the yellow just ushered in happy :)

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  41. wow....Connie...this is just darling....great makeover...there is nothing better than a happy yellow kitchen that seems to say...welcome, come on in!!!

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    1. It will certainly be a kitchen full of sunlight and cheerfulness. It's going to be pretty hard to be grumpy in a bright yellow kitchen even in February :)

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  42. So, so pretty, Connie! I love a yellow kitchen, and recently painted mine a similar yellow. Your sink curtain is FABULOUS. Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much. Did you post photos of your kitchen? I would love to see them.

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  43. It is amazing what paint and love can do....great job.

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    1. Hi Pam, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is wonderful to see who is reading my blog and to connect in a blogging sister way . . . making friends across the miles with dear friends of common interests.
      As Martha would say, "It's a good thing" :)

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  44. Cheerful and beautiful ! I wish you lived near to me :) x

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    1. Dear Sweet Daisy Deb, I would love to visit your beautiful country one day. My Great-Grandfather was born in Leads and then moved to the Isle Of Man before meeting my Great-Grandmother and coming to America. It would be lovely seeing the places of my heritage. Thank you for the loving comment and your kind thoughts. If it were possible I would bake a cake and have you over for tea and a good chat on the porch. Our weather has been perfect for sitting outside and enjoying nature. Here's wishing you a lovely day filled with sunshine and flowers :)

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  45. Oh my girl, it is so bight and cheery; I absolutely love it! The blue was pretty too, but such a fun change. And the checkered border on your sign was the icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann, I have always loved your SYC but had problems when I went to share on it. I'm just not technical, but I think that I figured out what I was doing wrong. Maybe you can teach an old dog a new trick or two, LOL. I'm glad you like my kitchen. As you know, I was planning on going with green, but I just couldn't find a green that made me as happy as the yellow. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit, you're a sweetie pie :)

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  46. Hello Connie, Thanks so much for your visit to my blog & the lovely comment you left me. I LoVe, Love LOVE your kitchen transformation. What a delight it all is!! You are very clever ... I now am your newest follower. Happy Weekend to you Connie .. (its Saturday here in New Zealand) Xx

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    1. Hi Julie, I am so happy to see that you came to visit and excited to have you as a follower. I'm looking forward to a sweet blogging friendship :)

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  47. I love yellow! It is such a bright and happy color. One time I painted my kitchen walls yellow and accented shelves and other things in the kitchen with blue! You are so talented. Sewing, painting, making signs....and everything looks perfect!

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    1. Hi Cindy, thank you so much . . . what a sweet thing to say:) You have been so busy this year, there is certainly no moss growing under your pretty little feet. I absolutely loved the photos of your pond party. I would love having a swimming pond on our property . . . we did bring the old stock-tank with us, so we have a cooling off red neck pond, LOL.

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  48. Hello Connie, your new yellow kitchen is beautiful, it looks warm and sunny and fresh. I can see you are going to really enjoying being in that room. Your quilts are lovely, did you make them? I do admire your cosy home.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by . . . yes I did make the quilts. That's my favorite winter pastime :)

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  49. Love your kitchen,so pretty and welcoming.x

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    1. Thank you so much . . . it is a happy place to be and I think that I am really going to enjoy it when winter comes along and I still have sunshine in my yellow kitchen, LOL.

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  50. Hi Connie. Thanks for sending me the link to this post. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your handiwork. I liked the blue cabs very much, but the yellow is just so 'happy feeling', and looks so great with the blue & red of your other curtains, etc. I loved seeing the vintage collectibles you have on display, and Oh, did your canning projects look wonderful as a display. You can anticipate a yummy meal when you eat them too. Loved that check border on your rooster sign, and you truly do have a farm kitchen. It must be motivating to cook a nice meal when your surroundings are so attractively decorated. Thanks so much, I really enjoyed this. I was sort of expecting to see something 'quilted' as part of the decorations. I did notice the pretty veggie embroidered 'cotton sacking' towels. Now that is another vintage look too! Hugs & have a great week.

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