Friday, March 13, 2009

in the kitchen today...


...I'm doing dishes. My dishwasher has been doing a disappointing job of it lately, but in my new spring cleaning mood I am getting a lot of satisfaction from doing the dishes by hand... and they even seem to sparkle more...

And, this 25-cent yard sale tin has been put to use as our new napkin holder...

Hope you have a great weekend!

46 comments:

  1. Don't you just love a great yard sale find?

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  2. Oh I do love your sink! We had one of those until about 2 years ago. We mistakenly decided we wanted "newer" and have regretted it ever since! New isn't always better...! Happy Friday.

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  3. I love your plates & the knitted dishcloth!

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  4. I think my mom has a tin like that. Now I'll have to check it out!

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  5. The knitted discloth hit my eye immediately - just delightful!
    I like the tin too. What a good idea.
    Have a blessed weekend.

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  6. I love your sink and wood countertops!
    When we first moved in...our dishwasher was pretty stinky in its working ability. So...I asked Chris to take it out and now I am the official dishwasher. Although it isn't always "enjoyable"...I do like it being a more old fashioned way of still taking care of my family! :)
    Your plates are beautiful! And I love the dishcloth. I would like to try knitting dishcloths like that too!!! :o)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. There is something about hand washing dishes that I find comforting.
    Your tin is like the ones my Mother used when I was growing up, she also had matching cookie sheets, oh, and she washed dishes by hand.
    I find your blog so wonderfully down-to-earth in this crazy upside-down world...thank you.

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  8. Anonymous6:50 PM

    The first time I "saw" my mother in myself was once when I looked down at my hands among the suds while washing the dishes. They looked just like my mom's hands. Since then I occasionally do dishes by hand as a comfort chore.

    It's a bit of a splurge, but I had a coupon to try Mrs. Meyer's dishsoap with the basil fragrance. It smells really good and makes doing the dishes a pleasure.

    What a cute dishcloth! Cute design.

    --Vicki K.

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  9. What a great use for a pretty tin~ and especially LOVE to see cloth napkins~~ so earth friendly. Lovely.

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  10. That is actually an old loaf pan...a friend of mine collects pans like that.

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  11. You always find the greatest finds. Clarice

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  12. I love your dishcloth! So glad you are enjoying doing your dishes (such a lovely kitchen).

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  13. I love your tin. What a great deal. I would wash dishes by hand all the time with that sink. It is gorgeous.

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  14. Love the dish rack too. I wish I had an old farm house sink. Love reading your blog.

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  15. Love the Drying rack for your dishes.
    I once read a quote years ago (sadly I cannot remember where) that stated "never trust a kitchen with out a dish rack". It struck a chord and I think about it every time I wash the dishes.
    It's almost like therapy for me.

    Love the baking tin too...I have 3 of this pattern style - 2 8" round and one long narrow loaf pan. They're so pretty!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~ Rebecca

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  16. Can we just exchange houses????

    I love your reading your blog; your pictures, your creativity, your words... it's always so inspirational, like right out of a magazine. Yet it's so real...
    Thank you!!!

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  17. I'm in love with your sink. I enjoy doing dishes by hand and I do it often.

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  18. Love the knitted dishcloth! Especially the color! Your yard sale find is great and you put it to such good use. Have a great weekend!

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  19. Love the pictures! When it comes to doing dishes I think atmosphere is one of the most important parts!

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  20. Hi Deb! I see a very familiar napkin at the front there. ;- ) I am still reading here whenever I have time - your blog is always a delight.

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  21. Your kitchen sink is set up just like mine. Except mine is one of those old enamel unit's from the 1940's. And, I don't even have a dishwaher so I always wash my dishes by hand. Your kitchen looks so cheery. I love the napkin holder.

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  22. I have 3 of those bread pans. They are wonderful! I use mine when I make my whole wheat bread. They come out of the pans with that pretty pattern baked into the loaves:)

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  23. Yes, your dishes do sparkle.

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  24. Our dishwasher bit the dust about 4 years ago(hard water)...it is now my potato bin! I really do not mind doing dishes by hand...I get them cleaner than the dishwasher ever did, and I find it sort of soothing and relaxing.

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  25. Well set-up like that, of course one would enjoy doing dishes! ;)
    I love the bright & cheerful dishcloth and what a great idea for holding your napkins! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Nadine

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  26. Hi Deb, the dishcloth you made me is draped in almost the same way this eve on my dishes:-)

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  27. Hi. I just bought a dishholder at Goodwill exactly like yours. Do you know anything about it? Was it made this way? The tin seems so rustic.
    they sort of seem like they don't belong together. I'd love to know, if you have the time. Love the green dishcloth,too. Mona

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  28. I like the ideaof the napkins in the tin; mine are hidden away in a drawer, so I want to get them out now and make sure they get use LOL

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  29. Ugh, our dishwasher went wonky 2 weeks ago, so now I'm using it as a drying rack while I wash dishes by hand. There are only two of us, but we use way too many dishes. I HATE washing dishes by hand. Just my two cents!!
    But you go for it!

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  30. I love to see clean, sparkling dishes but I don't always like putting them there :-6

    Love your napkins and tin~

    ~Cinnamon

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  31. I love the green dishcloth with everything. It all looks wonderful to me. And your idea to use the little find to hold napkins is a great one.

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  32. I second Alicia. Beautiful dishes and dishcloths.

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  33. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Hi! I´ve been reading your lovely blog for a while now, but never commented before. I loved your story about making maple syrup - I didn´t know that it took so much work, time and sap to get a pint of syrup!

    And about washing the dishes -handwashing does seem to make the plates and glases more sparkling :) And if you aren´t in a hurry it´s kind of meditative too.

    Thanks for sharing your homespun life!

    Anja, Finland

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  34. I was just directed to your site for your dishrag pattern - have subscribed and will have fun coming back to see all your site has to offer. Great blog!

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  35. Oh, your kitchen scene here is so beautiful and visually satisfying! I have the same pan, and will now pull it out to us as a holder for my potholders on the countertop! I've enjoyed my little visit to your blog, it's wonderful!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  36. Love the knitted dishcloth. I still am using the one I got from you and having it hanging on my dishrack!

    Manuela

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  37. I love, LOVE, your farm sink!!!

    This is exactly what I've been wanting for a very long time. We have the newer, divided stainless steel sink and I HATE it. Large pots don't fit in it and the steel is hard to keep clean and scratches easily. Someday I'll get a sink like yours. :-)

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  38. I just love your sink! We handwash because we don't have a dishwasher - too few cabinets that are too precious to take away and no extra room.

    Just love the cozy look of your kitchen sink area! Too cute.

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  39. Deb~~I notice that your cotton dishcloth is still a bright, vibrant green. What kind of cotton yarn do you use? My bright cotton knitted dishcloths look dull and worn after several launderings. Thanks for any help you can be with this!!

    shelley

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  40. Beautiful tin! I love doing my dishes by hand, it gives me a space of time to just be.

    God bless.

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  41. I love your napkin holder, very nice. I really enjoy washing dishes by hand and they do sparkle moreso than from the dishwasher (mine, anyway) I really enjoy your blog. It always feels so homey, comfy and calm. Blessings, Heather

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  42. What a sweet post. I love the use of your new tin! and the cake looks yummy. I'm having a Donation Drawing over at my blog! Please tell all your friends! Blessings, Mikki Jo

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  43. That lime green dish cloth catches my eye.

    Jody

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  44. I love the loaf pan for holding napkins.
    I have an old black lunchkit that I use for napkins.

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  45. I've been doing dishes by hand for over 10 years as my house doesn't have a dishwasher. I don't mind doing them either

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