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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My late-summer hutch
Here is my hutch decorated for late summer. The top shelf has stayed the same with a Proverbs 31:31 stitchery made by a friend, and two flower teapots for one from another friend.
The next two shelves are decorated with a seashore theme. The topmost one holds seashell candleholders we made for my daughter's wedding, and also two special cards, a ferry schedule from 1970, shells, and some green sea glass. Here's a closeup of the ferry schedule, held in place between 2 shells. The next shelf down holds more shells, more cards, a large painted sand dollar from Florida, a small handpainted sand dollar done by one of my daughters, and some plain sand dollars from Maine. On the right is another candleholder we made for the wedding (10 years ago now) -- we frosted the glass, poured the candles, trimmed with gold mesh and seashell charms. A closer look at the large sand dollar, from Pensacola, FL. And a closer look at the small sand dollar. This one was painted by one of my daughters (in 8th grade, I think) after a trip to PEI. The bottom shelf features, as usual, some of my treasured ironstone dishes from my mother's family, but with some summery additions like an eyelet runner, sunflowers, berries, and ivy. The two summery tags were made by a dear friend; the "Kitchen Fresh" cookbook is from my vintage collection. Note the "strawberry bug" peeking into the pitcher. And there is my hutch decorated for late summer!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.