Sunday, April 19, 2015

I'm Back...and Have a Kitchen Update!

Two week....I can't believe I haven't blogged in two weeks. Not that I haven't thought about it a dozen times, but I have been busy folks! Busy spending time with family and friends, working on the kitchen, teaching, and so on. Life is good and I am blessed beyond measure! I'm happy to have time to share a little kitchen update and a sweet giveaway I won. 
 Here are some pretty flowers I offer up as an apology for my absence.

I've never bought tulips before. I don't know why. They are so pretty! I love this bright, sunny yellow. If you look beyond the flowers, you can see a bit of my new shelves. Would you like to see more?

Here you go! I am so excited that the hubby finished my shelves last week. I have been impatiently waiting for them for weeks and I am in love! I had so much fun creating vignettes on them the night he finished them. I'm sure they will change frequently, but I'm happy with them for now. These are on the left side of my window and sink.

And, these are on the right side. I'll share a photo of the whole wall when I finish painting window and corner trim and sew my curtain. Soon...very soon! What do you think?

I am still loving my wood look tile counter tops. They are so beautiful! We got the veneer edging on and stained. 

Here's the new rug I ordered from Overstock to go in front of the sink. I had reward points from an order my sister placed through my account, so this rug didn't cost me anything! I wanted something bright and colorful and that's what I got. You can see the toe kick we put in today. I wanted it stained instead of painted white. I thought that would be easier to keep clean. We installed the flooring last week. 

We have a few more things to finish.....

*hook up dishwasher (almost complete)
*install range hood
*finish installing trim & paint it
*pantry shelves and door
*bar top
*install one light fixture

I think that's it. We are so close! I never realized how many little details there are to a kitchen remodel. It has been a lot of work, but so much fun too. I have enjoyed seeing my vision come to life before my eyes. Such a rewarding feeling.

So, let me share a sweet giveaway I won from my sweet friend Pam over at Virginia Retro. She recently had a spring giveaway and I was the lucky winner! Look at my goodies.....

Everything was wrapped up in sky blue tissue paper and a sweet blue gingham box and topped with one of Pam's sweet handmade tags. This sweet yoyo was on top of the gingham box...:)

I love this little springy! It will soon be adorning my table. That is as soon as we get all the remodel tools off of it!

Isn't this beautiful!

I love the sweet little strawberry dish that was included in the giveaway. Some of you know I love setting my table with a strawberry theme on occasion!

So many vintage goodies...:)

And another pretty tablecloth. Someone put a lot of time into this one. I look forward to using my new treasures Pam. Thanks again! If you don't know Pam, you should go visit her right now. She has the most amazing collection of vintage tablecloths I have ever seen! And she and Mr. Retro have quite a collection of other vintage items as well. She has a cute fur baby too....go over and see Doyle! He's so adorable...:)

I hope to be back soon. This week my kinders take a standardized test called Stanford-10. I pray they do well! We have been reviewing and they are well prepared. I will be glad to get it over with though.  It's a lot of stress for me and the kiddos! Have a blessed and beautiful week my friends! I plan to...:)

Until next time.....



  1. Oh my, Vicky! Your kitchen is looking so wonderful and inviting...I spied the cookies ready to go into the oven... can almost smell them from here :)

    I'm so happy things are moving along on the remodel. Won't be long and school will be out and your hubby better watch out! What projects do you have lined up for him this summer?

    Congratulations on your win. You received such sweet treasures.

    Have a blessed week!

  2. I love those shelves also and it's great how close ya'll are getting! Keep up the good work!

  3. Love the look of the beadboard with the tile countertop. The open shelves are styled so well. You hit the vintage jackpot with your prize. I can see that strawberry bowl filled with strawberries and cream.

    Yuck - standardized testing.

  4. Vicky, your kitchen is looking so good! I was so happy when I saw you won Pam's giveaway! So many sweet things.

  5. Hi Vicky, your kitchen is looking beautiful and your idea to stain the toe kick is very wise. I had painted mine white in our other house and it was always a mess. I got to the point of just giving it a once a year paint over. That was easier that scrubbing off the scruff-marks. You must be so happy each time you walk into your new kitchen. You and your hubby did such a lovely job. I love white kitchens!
    Great tablecloth, too . . . I'm a big fan of vintage tablecloth's.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  6. Oh, what fun and sweet goodies from Pam. I was SO happy when I saw on her blog that you were the winner :) Enjoy your new pretties, my friend.

    I see cookies that are ready to be popped into the oven....can I come over? :) I am loving your kitchen, Vicky, and I know you are really loving it. I'm so happy for you!

    Enjoy your week! Love and hugs to you!

  7. glad you are the tulips...glad the kitchen is almost favorite is the crocheted potholder- beautiful!

  8. Vicky your kitchen is just gorgeous!! I love those countertops!!! Congrats on a fabulous win. I hope you enjoy all of your new treasures!

  9. Vicky, you and hubby did a fantastic job on your kitchen! The shelves look great and are perfect for surrounding your sink. Great coffee station too. I just love it all. Time to enjoy after all your hard work.

    I'm so happy you like the giveaway goodies. I'm always in awe when I see the hand embroidered linens and think of the work that went into them. It adds to my love of vintage linens. Thanks so much for the shout out, I'd love for your blog friends to visit. :)

    Hugs, Pam

  10. Everything looks great, can't wait to see the finished project! Yup, life is good!!!!

  11. Looking good my friend, looking good! I do love your kitchen worksurfaces. Enjoy the week, and try to have a rest in there at some time. Take care xx

  12. How exciting that your kitchen remodel is almost complete. I know it was a lot of work, but well worth all the effort. Love the shelves and your pretty treasures. Congratulations on being the lucky winner of Pam's many pretty things.

  13. Hi Vicky,

    So lovely to meet you! Your kitchen vignettes on your new shelves are very pretty! I would have done the exact same thing: started styling them as soon as that last nail was hooked! And, your yellow tulips add sunny appeal to the already bright space!

    Wishing you a lovely Tuesday,


  14. I'm glad you're back, I kept checking your blog thinking I had missed something major! lol! Your shelves look beautiful, I'm so happy your almost done with this big project, you'll be so happy once it's finished!


  15. I love your shelves, Vicky! I can't wait to see it all. It's so exciting to get a project done and it brings your vision to life. Everything looks wonderful so far.
    And what a great giveaway to win! Lots of wonderful goodies, for sure! Best wishes for the testing. Hope it all goes smoothly.

  16. The shelves are perfect Vicky! Open and so nicely styled. Good job!

    Sounds like you got some great deals, especially on that rug. Free is good. Very good ;).

  17. I love it all Vicky! I'm so happy for you! Enjoy your new kitchen friend!

  18. Hey Vicky, thanks for being so sweet and your lovely comments about my grandmother! I love your shelves and white cabinets and you giveaway presents you won are lovely! Hope you have a nice week. Good luck with the kids too.
    Julie xo

  19. Ah, so good to stop by your lovely blog again, dear Vicky! You have been ever so busy and creative lately! I simply love your kitchen shelving and the pretty vingettes you arranged on them! The colour scheme you've gone for is really stunning!
    And the rug you added to your kitchen is so bright and cheerful! You must be so excited to be almost done and now for the fun part - finishing touches!!
    Aww, how sweet Pam was to send you such gorgeous goodies! She does indeed have a wonderful blog and I love popping by to see what she has added to her vintage collection:)
    Hope you are having an especially blessed and peaceful week!
    Much love and big hugs to you!

  20. I just love the look of open shelves in the kitchen! They look gorgeous on your walls! How fun to play with what goes on each one. Love your rug too. It is fun re-doing a room. Starting another small one myself soon!

  21. Your kitchen looks great! It's been awhile since I've visited your blog. Your kitchen cabinets look the same as mine and thank you for the tip on the toe kick (we still have not done that).I was planning on painting it white for both the bathroom and kitchen but not now! My floors are cork in the bathroom and will be wood in the kitchen so I'm going to match the floors....thank you tons for that idea! So glad I had not done that yet! You are a lot further along than I am, this is the 2nd winter working on this one and it's still not finished...but thank goodness my dishwasher is hooked up but hubby did not get my pendant lights up over the bar (and he's an electrician so there's no excuses!!!). I can't wait to see more of yours! Love the shelves too! Have fun!

  22. Aww Vicky, your "patience" was well worth the wait.
    You and your husband have done a fabulous job with all the remodeling. Everything is just lovely.
    I was so happy to see that you were the winner of that awesome love gift. What a special treasure.

    Those tulips in their bright yellow are gorgeous!! Tulips are my all time favorite flower, just love them.
    I have tried over the years to plant the bulbs in our garden, but to no avail with our grey squirrels. They sit and watch me do all the planting, then sneak in and eat the bulbs.

    Have a beautiful and blessed week-end, Vicky.
    Love, Debbie


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