Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Muslin and lace sink skirt and cafe curtains

There is something about spring that makes me want to get everything clean and fresh...especially in the kitchen. 

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I really wanted a new sink skirt and cafe curtains in the kitchen--and something different from the floral and check patterns I use in winter and summer.



I remembered my great aunt's antique gown that was hanging in the living room last year. It is so beautifully hand sewn with delicate lace and perfectly gathered ruffles. 


It has some stains and tears, so I can imagine my grandmother cutting it up to repurpose, but I decided I would not cut it up but make something similar from muslin and vintage lace I had on hand...


...and I just love how the skirt and curtains turned out -- just as if my grandmother had made them. Just a little ruffle on the bottom, but not too frilly. 


The lace-trimmed cafe curtains are hanging on a wire strung between two eye hooks. 


I also added a few spring touches of pink and green in the kitchen with two vintage Franciscan patterns, "Desert Rose" and "Ivy" just as I did last week in the dining room. I love how these two patterns work together.


I thought I needed something solid to ground the patterns and brought out the Hazel Atlas "Pink Crinoline" and the Wedgwood "Queen's Plain" I have been slowly collecting. I really like how the creamware and the pink show off the Franciscan pieces.



Spring has arrived in the kitchen and I really think it's just around the corner here in the mountains.


I'm ready for it whenever it arrives -- and ready to see my vegetables growing in the garden.


But before I do any planting, we have a lot to finish up inside and outside for the rescheduled photo shoot mid-May. That means all the porches and landscaping have to be ready, and that is not an easy task for the two of us. At least all the azaleas and rhododendrons will be blooming then, so it will be well worth the wait...and give us some extra time to prepare.

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26 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that you are thinking spring. We are heading to WNC on Saturday and look forward to seeing some nice weather and those gorgeous spring flowers.

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    1. Thanks you!! Hopefully the weather will be good! You know this time of year it might be snowing one day and sunny the next.

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    2. A little snow is fine... I just don't like the kind that stays for days.
      Your new sink skirt is so sweet and so nice that you used family fabric for it.
      See you soon.

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  2. Anita,

    Your spring spruce up is beautiful! Pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations and you have just the right touch of it in you new look. Somehow, I always seem to go a little pin crazy when I come over to your blog. I think I have pinned your kitchen with several different looks and I never tire of seeing it!

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    1. Oh Lynn, thank you so much:-) I enjoy changing things around a little too much maybe, but that's how I keep my small space so it feels new.

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  3. Love what you did! I absolutely adore the china. Is it Blue Ridge? If you know me, you know that the pink causes my heart to go pitter patter. I do am ready to brighten things up a bit. I'm basically a person who loves white and neutrals everywhere, but this winter I've seen a bit much of that even in Georgia. So I'm gonna be adding a bit of color-just a bit. Your kitchen looks so refreshing.

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    1. It is Franciscan "Desert Rose And Franciscan "Ivy." The pink is Hazel Atlas "Pink Crinoline" and the creamware is Wedgwood "Queen's Plain." I like to use color, especially lighter retro-inspired pinks and blues right now. I change it up though. Thank you--I appreciate that very much:-)

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  4. LUV the curtains. I made a simple muslin one for under my sink in the kitchen and laundry room. But once I hung it, I was not happy. Seeing yours, I now know what I want.. the little ruffle and bit of lace. a must enough to make it special. Thanks Anita.
    Luv the pink and cream dishes . BUT then, I adore your look.

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    1. Oh Gee, thank you:-) I went back and forth with the muslin, and once I remembered the nightgown, I really thought that would work. I even ironed it so it would look as if it had been starched then folded and put away.

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  5. That is beautiful Anita. Way easier than have to sew from scratch too. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ http://chicbytab.blogspot.ca/2014/03/chic-by-you-wednesday-link-party-4.html. Hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks Tabatha! I did make it from scratch though, including the gathered ruffles like a dressmaker would. I used muslin and vintage lace.

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  6. I know how you feel, I can't wait for spring! Love the sink skirt and curtains!

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  7. Beautiful Anita! I was wondering what to do with my vintage lace...now I know~

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  8. Blessings to you, Anita. Spring is here in Kansas and I am soooooo ready for milder temps that I could cry. Your Kitchen sink area looks sweet and appreciated seeing what you have done. The muslin is a favorite of mine. Years ago I sewed bedroom curtains out of muslin. Always loved it. I need to get back to sewing and enjoying the results.
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  9. Beautiful Anita! I was wondering what to do with my vintage lace...now I know.

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  10. Simply Gorgeous! I love the ruffles and lace. Looks amazing against your cabinets.

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  11. I absolutely LOVE those. The close up shot is my favorite. Muslin is a favorite of mine. I guess that's because it was one of mom's favorite textiles as well. As usual, I leave your kitchen feeling all warm and happy.

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  12. Looks like Spring and hopefully it's on our way down here in the South! Love the mix of colors!

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  13. All I can say is WOW! Your kitchen looks straight from a magazine.
    Brenda

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  14. Anita, this is so pretty! I have enjoyed watching your home evolve. Love the soft, pretty colors! So beautiful for Spring.

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  15. Hi Anita, I love what you did in your kitchen from your newly fashioned curtains to your colourful dishes. Very pretty. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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  16. Anita- I just love your kitchen. It is really beautiful and the skirt you made is perfect! xo Diana

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  17. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful. I love the colors, the vintage pieces, and your new sink skirt and curtains. All just perfect! It really could be on the cover of a magazine. Well done. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
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  18. Lovely! Quick question: Seeing how you have that sink in a kitchen cabinet, how did you attach the sink skirt? Did you add a curtain rod?

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    1. Yes, I just attached a curtain rod with nails actually, so it would fit flush against the cabinet. The nails are at an angle so it fits snug. Maybe there is a piece of hardware for that, but I just used what I had here and it has worked well, and you can't see the nails.

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