Monday, February 18, 2013

My kitchen, my camera

This is my kitchen, newly painted (oops, you might notice a paintbrush on the counter), with my new curtains done, made with the fabric I bought at Mood!  Ta da!!!

There are some tins on top of the corner cabinet, and actually, on all the cabinets, plus on three shelves on the opposite wall, also pictured here.  I collect tins. The ones up high in the corner are junky; but my favorite and best ones, the antiques, and the most unusual, are on cabinets to the left of the left-hand window, not visible in these photos.  I put them there because they are farthest from the stove and associated grease.  The stove is just to the right of the right-hand window.

Below, you'll see two photos where I was playing with some creative controls on my new Nikon.  Seriously, sometimes I can't figure out how to do the simplest things, but I have figured out some of the crazier features of the camera.  One feature is sort of an outline or sketch, but it reminds me of a solarized image.  The other is a selective color feature, with the selected color obviously yellow.  I haven't figured out how to change it to a different color yet!



 Above and below are a few more views of my windows and their new curtains.  The crazy shelf-thing in front of the window is a seat for my cat.  She loves sitting there and looking at the birds and squirrels in the tree outside the window.  Sorry they are sideways.
 
Below is the fabric from the former curtains.  We used to have a chrome/vinyl dinette set and a cheerful flowered border, and this whimsical fabric went great.  We have removed the border, and now have a dark reddish-brown wood kitchen set, and deep red chair cushions, so the whimsy just didn't go any more, and the curtains were very faded. 

 On another wall, there was an arrangement of framed photos, underwater photos that I shot in the 1980's while SCUBA diving!!!  It's time to replace them, so I am going to pick all new photos, repaint the frames, cut new mats, and when it is all done, I'll show them all to you.

12 comments:

  1. The curtains turned out great! The fact that the material came from Mood is beyond COOL!!!!

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  2. Love the "pop" of red in the curtains -- that fabric was perfect. Also love that little car tin. Do you remember what came in it???

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    1. Christie, the car tin says 'The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss' on it, and I probably bought it in a roadside antique/junk store or flea market; not sure where or when. Don't know what could have been inside it - it could have been anything from a toy to candy I suppose?

      Glad you like the red - it was an important factor in the curtains, helping tie together some seemingly disparate colors in the kitchen. Besides, that deep cranberry red is my personal favorite color, hands-down.

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  3. What a great collection of tins.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't even shown you the best ones! The antique dragon tin, for example!!

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  4. Thanks for posting!! As you can imagine, I just love seeing peoples kitchens/homes. Love the curtains, you did a great job!

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    1. Thanks! Totally different from your renovation, as our counters/cabinets/floors etc are not that old, having been replaced by us in recent years, and therefore don't need replacing.

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  5. I have always loved tins! Must be an art teacher thing! You have a great collection.

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  6. Love the tins and the curtains. Great idea for a seat for the cat. My cat would probably love something like that!

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  7. So, you’re a collector just like me eh? I collect buttons. ^__^ I actually have a curtain that has buttons sewed on it. I once heard from my neighbor that curtains add character to one’s home. I did it the other way around, and put character onto my curtains. Would you relate your curtain to your personality?

    Roxie Tenner

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    1. Hmmm - I love my curtains but I would not say they are just 'me' -they represent decorating compromise between me and my husband (so it is more 'us'), plus a compromise between fabric I envisioned and what actually existed in the stores. I had a particular color palette in mind and I came pretty close, actually! Love the cranberry!

      I had really crazy colored and patterned curtains when I met my husband. Wile he is pretty open-minded, he is more traditional than me in decorating ideas, so over the years we have come to a mutual understanding and compromise plateau.

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