Monday, December 21, 2015

Tweaking & Fluffing In the Kitchen

Hello friends and happy Monday to you! I have been enjoying my days off for Christmas break. Yesterday I piddled around the kitchen and did some fluffing and tweaking. I have had fun adding things here and there. My Secret Santa at work gave me a few ornaments that found a home in the kitchen. I didn't buy anything except some Epsom salt and a bag of cranberries. That's what you see in the jar below. The adorable little Santa mug was bought at a yard sale or thrift store a couple years ago. I actually have two of them and came across them in my craft room. I added a tiny bottle brush tree and sat this one on the kitchen window shelf.

Here's the rest of the window. There's one of the ornaments I received from my Secret Santa hanging from the pitcher in the middle.

A couple weeks ago, the Hubby bought this home. His mom thought I might want it. I wasn't sure what it was so I googled the information I found on the grinder and discovered it is a nut grinder. I love the vintage green color. The patina is so pretty. I attached it to the top shelf on the right side of my sink. I hung another one of the ornaments from my Secret Santa on it.

You can see how it looks in the photo below. I received the gorgeous plaid dish towels from one of my kindergarten team teachers. I love them! Plaid and Christmas just go together!I rearranged this area slightly.

There's some yummy chocolate in my Buffalo cup.

I tweaked a little to the left of the sink as well. I am loving the pops of red and green!

One of my favorite vintage finds ever is this green dish. I don't know why, but I just love it! It looks great at Christmas, Easter, & Saint Patrick's Day. It is filled with some yummy chocolates gifted to me by one of the school board members. Every year he gives every single school employee candy of some kind. Very generous!

The cute Jingle All the Way dish towel was part of a gift from a student. It is so cute! The red ceramic mug was a gift from another one of my team members. There's the other tiny Santa mug on the green jar.

The bar now holds the  centerpiece from my dining room table. It is currently holding tons of tools and other things being used for the bathroom renovation. We are getting closer to completion! I am so ready!

The lantern holds a battery operated candle. The jars hold Epsom salt and cranberries. The tall jars also have a sprig of fresh cedar inside. The short jars hold a tea light candle. 

These are spaghetti sauce jars that I washed and recycled. They are just too good to throw away!

I have been enjoying my new Bath and Body White Barn candles as well. This Mahogany & Balsam one smells so good! I also got one called Dashing Through the Snow that smells just as good. I love candles and even more when they smell so wonderful!

It feels nice to slow down for a bit. I enjoyed a morning out and about with Mama. I had my oil changed and my vehicle serviced for the Hubby and son's upcoming road trip. They will be heading out for a fun weekend in North Carolina after they drop me off with my friend who is going to Prague with me. I am so happy about their trip! They have never done anything like this and I know they will have a blast! Anywho, after they finished with my car, I ran errands and bought groceries for a couple family parties this week, as well as road trip snacks for my guys and food to prepare for them to eat next week while I am in Prague. I am hoping not to have to return to town. I want to enjoy the next couple days working on the bathroom remodel, cooking, preparing for the parties, visiting with family, and packing for my trip. I am super excited but am not rushing this week. I want to enjoy every second of my break. I would be lying if I said I wasn't extremely excited about my trip too though! I can;t wait to spot Miranda in the airport and wrap my arms around her. Oh how I miss my girl! I know most of you are taking a break from blogging until after Christmas but this is the best time for me to blog since my job keeps me too busy to blog much. I hope to share my new travel clothes and things soon. 

Until then.......


  1. Good afternoon, dear friend, and what a delight to pop in for a visit :) Your kitchen is simply lovely and perfectly charming for Christmas. I just love the pretty white dishes and the pop of red here and there.

    May you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas, sweet Vicky. Enjoy your time with your precious daughter. Hugs to you!

  2. It all looks lovely, Vicky! I love the jars with the Epsom salt, cranberries and the greenery. Such a festive idea. I just love how you rearrangedoing everything and the pops of red and green are just perfect!
    I hope you have a blast with your daughter... Merry Christmas!
    Hugs, Amy

  3. It all looks lovely, Vicky! I love the jars with the Epsom salt, cranberries and the greenery. Such a festive idea. I just love how you rearrangedoing everything and the pops of red and green are just perfect!
    I hope you have a blast with your daughter... Merry Christmas!
    Hugs, Amy

  4. Vicky I love your Christmas decorations this year. I am keeping Christ in my heart this very hard Christmas. Prague! Can't wait to hear your stories!

  5. Oh, how pretty! My favorite picture was the one of the candles lined up. But, all of them are beautiful! Glad you are enjoying a break from work, and I look forward to your posts! God bless you. :)

  6. Wow, you got some great things from school! I love the Bath and Body candles too. I bought one for a gift - it smelled so good I wanted to keep it! Lol. The nut grinder is cool. My mom had a metal and glass one. It was the best at chopping nuts for baking! Love all your candles and snow scenes. They are so pretty and festive! Enjoy your time off! Can't wait to read more!

  7. Very sweet décor! I love the Epsom salt and cranberries! I may have to add some to my décor....although I am supposed to be finished. Have a safe, wonderful trip!

  8. I love all of your décor, Vicky. I know you said you were going to scale back this year due to your trip, but everything looks so festive. Prayers for safe travels for your boys and you!

    Merry Christmas.

  9. Everything looks so beautiful as usual Vicky! ;o) I can't wait to see that bathroom remodel! Have a wonderful time on your trip and Merry Christmas!


  10. Hi Vicky, your home is beautiful and so cozy and inviting. Have a special trip and blessings to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas. xo

  11. I love all of the tweaking touches that you have added! Can't believe your trip is so close! Have a great time!

  12. Vicky,
    Your kitchen looks so pretty! I love that you repurposed the spaghetti sauce jars, they look pretty too!
    Have a wonderful time in Prague and I cannot wait to hear all about your trip!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Big Hugs! Kimberley

  13. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas my lovely! I will be waving as you pass over this side of the pond over to your darling daughter! Take care my lovely xx

  14. Wishing you a wonderful trip and Merry Christmas!!


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