Welcome to my pantry filled with yesterday’s treasures.
(Turn on the sound for the video to hear the sweet song my son wrote!)
Over the years, I have acquired passed down items, shopped for second hand things and been given vintage gifts.
The pantry off of our kitchen is the perfect place to keep all those pretty things.
I hope you enjoyed the little tour.
Stop in again!
PRETTY THINGS MAKE A DAY SO MUCH NICER.
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Take advantage of lazy summer days by creating a vintage style sitting area that takes only a few minutes to set up!
Follow me to my backyard and let me show how you can put together your own lovely summer place where you can escape to without having to leave home.
I LOVE MY WHITE KITCHEN!
I’d been living with dark cupboards and walls for a long time, actually for decades.
It was time to lighten and brighten up!
What’s the use to own lots of pretty vintage things or handed down treasures if you store them away?
I say put them in your everyday life.
There is nothing flashy or complicated here.
It’s just simple and sweet.
Wasn’t it just summer with birds singing and morning coffee outside on the back steps?
I was looking back at fall pictures I took (before I got my fancy shamancy camera) and pulled out some favorites taken with my plain old camera.
Looking across the street.
The sun cast a perfect light for a photo shoot.
Fresh flowers were arranged in a vase and a cake looked pretty on a glass cake plate.
Then, before I even took the first picture I got the call….
Hi friends! Thanks for stopping in here at Renew and Remember.
Life has taken some twists and turns for me this summer, but I am getting back to what I like to do…blogging about vintage treasures!
A new blog post is in the works and it’ll give you the scoop.
In the meantime, I’m on Instagram most days.
Take care and check back soon…..!!!!
I haven’t always liked antiques, but when I was a young bride and building our first nest, we couldn’t afford new things and I had no choice but to decorate with handed down old stuff and shop at thrift stores and estate sales.
I’ve begun to sort through boxes of old family photos and pieces of history.
I’m learning where I came from.
A warm hello from a cold place.
That place is Minnesota.
When I look out my window on a winter’s day, I can hardly believe that in a few months green will replace the white and warmth will replace the cold.
But for now it’s as winter as winter gets.
Hope you had a lovely holiday season and are now in a more relaxed mode and looking forward to the New Year.
We enjoyed a quiet and cozy Christmas, getting a fresh blanket of snow the day after.
Here’s the view from my studio.
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This time of the year, before I zero in on the greenery of pine, I gather the gray, brown and gold grasses and weeds.
The empty lot next to our house is full of long grasses and weeds that dry into mellow tones after the summer is over.
My dream house is a country cottage with a thatched roof surrounded by tall trees and flower gardens.
A pond with swans would be welcome.
It probably won’t happen in my life…but I say, “never say never”.
I love looking through cookbooks printed by community or church groups.
The older the better.
These softcover, low budget books that are spiral-bound or held together with staples, even yarn, contain tried and true recipes that women were proud to share.
From a typewriter to an office mimeograph machine or a local print shop, they were usually sold for fundraising needs such as a library addition or missions work.
Here’s a gem I found in a Duluth thrift store.
Smorgasbords in Minnesota’a Northwoods, by the Ladies Aid of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Twig, Minnesota.
The little birdhouse that came from my childhood home now sits in our backyard.
A few birds poked their beaks in this summer, but none settled in.
It looked so lonely and birdless especially on a foggy morning, that I felt I needed to do something for this old house.
So on a perfect sunny day, I enjoyed sitting at the picnic table while I worked on the makeover.
Here is the BEFORE….
And, here is the AFTER!