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Friday, August 5, 2011

Kitchen updates and congratulations!!

First of all I want to Congratulate my hubby he made Staff Sergeant yesterday!
I'm so very proud!

I just made a quick lil banner before he came home for lunch.
(I realized after I loaded the pictures that you can see me and miss lil bit)
and ignore my wreath...the neighborhood boys come over about 7 times a day to see if Jonathan can play and I caught them messing with it.

Yesterday I spent all day in the kitchen.
Cleaning, reorganizing and redecorating.
Please keep in mind I live in military housing so I can't paint...or knock out a wall. ;) hehe

This is what you see as you're walking from the living area.
I'm still adding things to my pot rack. (ebay)
The copper bowls were a recent goodwill find.
I lowered the rooster hook holding mine and Reagan's aprons.

I added a flower my son planted for me under my cloche, on top of a Mackenzie Child's plate.

Sorry for the dark photos, it was cloudy this morning and afternoon.

I am still looking for a different valance for the kitchen window.
I can't make up my mind if I want a red check one, similar to my curtains in the dining room.

 The copper cow I bought a few months ago off ebay.

Whats that?
Why its my scentsy plug-in.
With my favorite ever scent....Luscious Lemon!!!!
It smells my whole house with just this one on.

Still not terribly happy with this corner over here...atleast not beside my stove.
The copper rooster I bought in a shop while we were in Houston.
The large LANCE jar was a recent find by my husband.

I LOVE this rooster cookbook stand!
I purchased on ebay.
Pioneer Woman cookbook, full of beautiful photos and delicous cookin!

The little lamp shade I bought off One Kings Lane a couple weeks ago.
I LOVE it!

Lastnight I made this chalkboard.
I bought 4 vintage tin trays off Etsy...and decided to turn one into this.

What do ya think?
If you have any criticism or ideas for me please share.
Also if you want to know where I bought anything I will be happy to tell yall!

I'm making a "homemade" strawberry cake right now.....stay tuned!

Have a good weekend.


NanaDiana said...

Hi Michele- I am one of you new followers! I'd say you are doing a good job with your kitchen. It is hard with military housing to really put your own "stamp" on it, isn't it? I'll bet your hubby was smiling all over when he got home and saw the banner on the door. Congrats to him- Military life is not an easy is lonely and scary sometimes- xo Diana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your kitchen is wonderful. I think you've done a great job decorating it. Congrats to your DH, that is magnificent, and thank you both for your service. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen is so cute! Congratulations to your husband!

Kimberly's Korner

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Michele,
First, congrats to your husband! Second, thanks for visiting our blog. Third, your kitchen looks great. We have the same color mixer. Don't you just love it? I love some of your recent finds. The red-checked tray made into a chalkboard is so cute. I'd say, go with the red-checked curtains and you'll be able to find so many accessories to go with that theme. I have 3 Lance cookie jars that I've had since the 1980s. I don't have room for a rack like they used to have in general stores years ago, but someday I'd like one. Have a great weekend! Jane

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh, I forgot to ask. Did you make your labels for your glass canisters? I really like them.

Kathy said...

Congrats to the SSG, so is my son-n-law he's in the Marines and they are based in Quanitco, VA but he is from S.C. you guys have a lot in common. I love your kitchen, I have that same cook book holder in red and I love those labels on your jars, really nice job girl!

Comeca Jones said...

Very cute girl! I think I'm with you on the kitchen curtain its nice but I'm thinking gingham maybe?! Everything looks great!I keep telling you your home doesn't look like military housing at all you've done a great job at making your house a home.

All That Glitters said...

Hey girl!!! Congrats to your hubs!! I think your kitchen is too cute! I have the same problem with my counters.

Take care girlie!!

Diane said...

Love your kitchen, very sweet and cozy. Love the canisters. Congrats to your hubby for making Sergant.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I bet that strawberry cake is good. I love that cow copper mold you have. I need to find one like that!

bj said...

awww, congratulations to your hubby. Please thank him for me for helping to take care of all of us. Thanks to you, too.:)

Your kitchen is precious. You've done a really nice job on it.
xo bj

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How wonderful for you two, congrats to your husband and how sweet of you to make the sign, especially the one on the fridge! I love the tin tray made into a chalk board and the rooster cookbook holder is adorable!
I can find nothing wrong at all with your kitchen you have done a wonderful job decorating it, it just has your personal stamp on it! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I loved having you!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Conrats to your hubbie! Your kitchen has a warm country French feel to it, that I just love. It is amazing to see that you can create that in Military housing. Great job!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great celebration. So proud of Justin and you, his military wife. Your decorating is just amazing. Your kitchen doesn't look like all the rest of them. Your idea for the vintage trays is great. I bet you could easily sell those. love you. mimi

Liz said...

Hi Sweetie!
Happy Saturday and Congrats to your hubby....wonderful news!! I love your kitchen and you have put so many wonderful touches in there. I love the Roo cookbook holder, so cute! I like your canisters, too!! Your kitchen is very warm, cozy, and inviting! Well done, girl! =)


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Michele, Congrats to your husband and how sweet of you to greet him with the banner. I love all the touches you have added to the kitchen and especially the chalk board you made. Cute idea!

Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ said...

SST!!! Congrats to hubby!!! You must be soooo proud!
It must stink now being able to do what you want in military housing! I say hubby defends our country, you should be able to paint any dang color YOU WANT!! ~Giggle~ I know that would fly with his commanding officer right?

I love your little corner The open recipe book all the gadgets, like you are ready to get started on a great meal!

Have a great weekend (or what's left to it)

Michele Smith said...

The labels on my jars came from Shelly over at
I'm not sure if she still has her shop open or not but you could find similar ones on ETSY.

Thank yall for all the sweet comments!

Tracy Green said...

i think your kitchen is very cozy, you are doing great job, I know millitary housing can be hard to make "yours", wonder if you can paint your walls RED!!!??? Im a huge smell good lady too, luscious lemon is in mine now, but my fav is mocodoodle.(scentsy)You help with my decision on bath, its goin to be RED!!!!thanks!!

Marianne said...

Hi Michele,
Congrats to hubby...that's great! I'm sure its hard when you can't paint but your doing an awesome job in your kitchen, love all of your personal touches. And I'm also thinking check fabric for the window. I'm just a check fabric lover!
Marianne :)

Sarah said...

Michelle, congratulations to your hubby. I have to say, you have your kitchen looking totally charming. I think you have the touch! Your little chalk board tray is very clever. Great idea!

Kristi said...

I LOVE chalkboard paint, I could paint everything with it!! LOL!! I love your glass canisters! Did you buy them labeled or make the labels? I have some plain ones and now you've got my wheels turning!! :)