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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Met. Monday - Rearranging Accessories



Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for again hosting this wonderful event. It is one of my favorites. I love to see all the wonderful things everyone is doing. Be sure to check out her blog for a list of all the participants. You won't want to miss a one.


When we retired we downsized to a home almost half the size of the previous one. There is not a lot of decorating going on here, mostly just trying to make things fit. This was a new house, so not a lot of remodeling either. I painted and did drapes when we first moved in, so for now we are done. Mostly what I can do at this point is play with accessories. When I lived in Oregon my home was decorated with a lot of primitives. I still have a few furniture pieces and a LOT of accessories that I can't seem to part with even though that isn't the style of this house. I love to use some of these antique things in my kitchen, so from time to time I switch things around.


This is a picture of what the kitchen has looked like for a while now.


Then I shared this wonderful new rooster cloche that my son got for me. I put a bunch of faux apples in it and had it sitting on the breakfast room table and used it in this tablescape. I thought it would be fun to play with it and see what else I could put in it.


I pulled out a small antique granite coffee pot, a couple of faux eggs and a tiny antique tin of coffee and decided that I liked it. I placed it on the island where I previously had my black speckled rooster sitting.


I stood back and took a look and decided this just didn't do what I wanted it to do.


So off to look for more things and then to do something in the corner of the counter. I like this a whole lot better. I think it is a lot more interesting.


A few more tin cans, a wire chicken and eggs, a painted recipe box and it started to come together.


This looks better and it goes really well with my Grandmother platter.


A couple more tins and 2 old syrup pitchers fit really well on top of the breadbox that my Mother made for me. I use it to hold recipe books. The speckled rooster on the side works out great.


The coffee grinder was on the back counter, but I like it on the island for a change. Now I like the new look for something different. Very country looking, but things that I had such fun collecting with my best friend many years ago, so they bring back precious memories of time spent with her.


I think this will be fun to live with for a while, and then I can always just change it again.


Do you change out your accessories often? I have so many treasures that I love to play with and changing things around seems to always give me something new to look at. Ok, I am also shamelessly promoting the "Cloche Party" on Sept. 11th. Don't forget to get all your containers ready and be sure to get out all your stuff and play.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always look forward to your visits. I hope you'll come again soon. We're leaving in a few days for Oregon, so I will be gone for a week. See you when I get back.

Hugs, Marty

88 comments:

  1. Charming kitchen, I enjoyed viewing it, also thanks for the link to your favorite blog, its very nice as well.

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  2. I hope you have a wonderful time. I am inspired.

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  3. Absolutely wonderful kitchen. I love country, altho I am shabby cottage chic, etc.

    Nope! It takes a VERY lot to make me move something ... they grow roots as I like where it is, & that is where it stays. Rarely will I move a vase of flowers or something on the mantle.

    TTFN ~Marydon

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  4. Marty - It looks wonderful in its new home. Your cloche is just so pretty. I can't wait for the cloche party. Is the base of the cloche white ceramic? I just love the way it looks and it is a good size for a kitchen cabinet. Some are just too tall.

    Have a great week.


    Charla

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  5. Hi Marty! I love what you have done in your kitchen! You have some really fun and interesting things! The cloche that your son gave you is just gorgeous!! Have a wonderful time in Oregon!!...hugs...Debbie

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  6. Hi Marty - what a lovely kitchen you have. I love what you did in the corner with all the collectibles and I love that rooster cloche. I change out my accessories about every 6 months or so. I get tired of one thing and pull out something else. Makes me think I got something new that way! Have a great time in Oregon.

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  7. Hi Marty,

    Oh, I just love your little vignette! Great Job! Keep all of your primitives, and change them out in the kitchen. I love shabby chic, and pink, but I also love country. My kitchen is done is country, and I have all the old cans and stuff like you do. I will post it one day, for a Vintage Thingies Thursday. Have a nice vacation. :)

    Debbie

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  8. Dear Marty...What a gorgeous kitchen! I would SOOOO love to have this much space. We are still in the beginning stages of a kitchen rip-out/makeover and you've given me GREAT ideas.

    Blessings to you girlfriend. Thanks so much for sharing with us...all your bloggie friends.

    Love, Rebecca

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  9. Marty, I LOVE your kitchen!!! Mine is so small & poorly designed - it just looks cluttered with anything on the counters. One of these days.... ☺♥☺ Diane

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  10. Marty, I love what you've done here. You have such beautiful things, and I love that you change them out. I'm an old stick in the mud that way! I just can't get over how beautiful that cloche is, and I didn't realize how large it is. Your son did a beautiful job choosing this for you. Hugs, Kat

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  11. I love what you did with the cloche...it all looks so vintage and interesting..it looked cute with the apples too,but I love what you did...glad you like Johns furniture,10 years now he has been doing it...have a good time away,talk soon,Chrissy

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  12. Marty it definately looks great! My hubs is such a for need only in the kitchen. So I have nothing pretty on the counter tops! And because of my granite backsplash...which I do love, I can't hang anything....so I will admire yours from afar!

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  13. I love you kitchen - so cozy and warm!! Neat treasures, too.

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  14. Marty,

    I love what you did!! And I think it's great that you brought some of the things you hold close to your heart back into view, regardless of their "style". You made everything fit perfectly because you have that talent!! And I love the look it gave your counter space~so much more interesting! :-)

    I am wondering if Apothacary jars are included in the cloche party...do not have one single cloche!! LOL!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  15. Hi Marty,
    I just the love the re-arranging and the re-decorating! You have a real knack my dear and I love the country look in your modern kitchen, it adds so much character and such a pretty and eclectic look which is always my fave! Just shows with a little creativity the options are endless! Great Job, Cindy

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  16. Marty: This looks so great! I LOVE that rooster cloche!!! I change my assessories around all the time too, just kinda gives things a fresh look!

    I am getting the correct cloche party button right now!

    Lou Cinda

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  17. Marty, I'm all for changing things around! Your rooster cloche (from your son) is one of the prettiest that I have seen, and I love what you did with it. I also love the way the tins bring to mind a kinder, gentler time in history! After seeing all you bloggers, I changed my kitchen up for a summer look, and will change it again for the fall. I have never done that before, but why not?! Linda

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  18. What a great kitchen. I love that you put the gorgeous coffee grinder on the island! PERFEC!
    ~Amy

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  19. Marty your kitchen is wonderful! I love your little cloche. Soooo cute!
    ~Liz

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  20. I love the changes you did. I love the rooster cloche with the new vignette. Have fun in Oregon. At least the weather is cooler there.

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  21. Marty I love what you did with the cloche! Fantabulous!! I do change around my accessories. It's a great way to get a fresh look, with no extra $$$.

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  22. Marty, you sure do have a knack for decorating cloches! Everything you put into them looks so darn cute! I struggle with vignettes so once I get things where they seem pleasing to my eye, I don't change them around too often.

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  23. Love...love...love the rooster cloche! What a fabulous gift from your son! Coffee Grinder is adorable. What else is hiding in your house? LOL!

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  24. You have the best accessories! I love your kitchen!

    I rearrange every time I clean. I'm addicted to re-decorating. Poor Russ jokes about looking to make sure his chair is still there before he sits. haha

    Thanks for sharing - I could look at your gorgeous accents and arrangements all day! Just beautiful!

    Roeshel

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  25. Looks great! I'm from the "more is better school" so I like the final one best too! Aren't you glad you kept a lot of your primitives? I wish I had kept more of my stuff when we moved here :-(

    Love that coffee grinder!

    This was fun, thanks for sharing!

    Katherine

    P.S. - Love the new cloche display, you are the queen of cloche vignettes, and to think you are going to be coming up with many more for fall! Can't wait to see them!

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  26. Hi Marty! Love your great primitives, particularly the old advertising tins. Your cloche is really gorgeous!

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  27. Marty,
    I love the subtle changes you have made. I definitely love what you put in the cloche.
    The old tins are so cute on the bread box. I love that a lot of your pieces have special meaning to you, like your grandmother's plate.
    Your kitchen is charming and cozy!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and suggesting to raise up the curtain rods. I am definitely going to do that!
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  28. I am the queen of shaking things up around here! I swap stuff, put things in closets, forget I have it, discover it again, and it just keeps on going!!
    I do love the changes in your kitchen. I wish I had some old tins. I love all of yours.
    Rhonda

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  29. awwh! I fresh look! Gives you a whole new outlook, doesn't it?! I think we were on the same wave length today! :)

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  30. Hi Marty...I wish I had your talent for creating beautiful vignettes! Tonight I realized how pitiful the coffee table in my family room looked and made a few changes...wondering why all these years I never realized it. I need your creative mind! I loved hearing how you collected your pieces and the memories make them that much more special. :-) I really like how you used your wonderful collectibles! Happy Met Monday! Susan

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  31. Marty, I love your kitchen! Now that cloche! I told you before, I think it's fabulous! I think I also mentioned how well it would look on my hutch! ha!

    Great piece!

    Tina

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  32. Beautiful! I love the details on you cabinetry - Like the white scroll molding on the island!

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  33. Oh your kitchen is so gorgeous!!! I love the cloche and how you've got it all set up now. Everything looks wonderful! I dream of a kitchen like this.

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  34. Love the rearranging.

    I adore Roosters too :)

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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  35. Marty,
    Your small changes look great,and yes,I do move my accessories around.It's no wonder I'm always misplacing things!

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  36. HI!!!!
    I only change for holidays!!!! I'm kinda like it like it is kinda person-- except Holidays!!! Although I love what you did, that looks so cute, love your decor, I had my other house all country and when we moved I kept some, but gave alot of it to my Mom, she loves it all. I might just mix a few things up around here!!!! You have inspired me!!!
    Love,
    jamie

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  37. Your kitchen is beautiful. Love all the changes you have made. Yes I'm guilty of changing things around myself.
    Sandy

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  38. Hey Marty !
    I love your new cloche ! Your son knows what you like - so cool !
    You are practicing up for the 11th of Sept already.....
    I know what you mean about decorating and redecorating...
    Hugs ~ Kammy
    p.s. have a great vacation !

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  39. Marty, That cloche is"to die for". It is wonderful and I love what you did with it. Your kitchen is great.

    Yes I change especially in my kitchen all the time. I love to decorate for the season and change it several times.

    Happy Monday.

    Barbara

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  40. Wow, loving that beautiful contertop. This is the one thing that I want to do soooo bad in my kitchen, new counters.

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  41. Marty-I love everything about your cloche and your kitchen, but I had an especially good time reading your granmother platter!

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  42. Oh Marty, you are SO GOOD at putting together the most charming vignettes and groupings ... So pretty. Your kitchen is gorgeous -- I love those cabinets, love the color of the wood. Very classic! And the island just adds a note of elegance, and just that little touch of "difference." Lovely!
    Cass

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  43. Love your kitchen decor. I am constantly tweaking my kitchen counters.

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  44. I love what you did with your cloche! Your whole kitchen is gorgeous. It's homey and beautiful at the same time.

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  45. Oh Marty! Good Morning Honey. Hope you are having a wonderful day. I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I love the coffee grinder on the island. Looks so refreshing and the kitchen corner looks so inviting. I really love the cloche with the eggs, the little coffee pot and the can in it. It looks so country, which is me. You know an old country gal at heart. Love the rooster too. I could walk around for hours looking at your beautiful things. Thanks for sharing my friend. Country hugs. Love Ya, Sherry

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  46. You are so creative in your arranging of items in your lovely kitchen. You have wonderful pieces that you have collected.

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  47. The kitchen looks great, Marty! You sure are talented with accessorizing! I think it's always fun to change things out whenever we feel like it.

    Jane

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  48. I love change when it doesn't cost any money!! Your coffee grinder is spectacular. Sally

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  49. I like the way you put things together. I'm one of those boring people who fixes something and then lives with it just like that forever!

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  50. Marty, good morning! First of all, I LOVE your kitchen island! So pretty. I was admiring that bread box, and enlarged it. Then I read that your mother made it! How talented a woman she must have been also! I will always love both cottage and country things, as to me they go together. Both have a sense of nostalgia and history. I just love what you arranged here. You should do vignettes for peoples houses for a living! Hugs!
    Brenda

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  51. Hi Marty,
    I like your changes very much. Your kitchen's earthy colors provide a perfect backdrop for your accessories. You definitely have an eye for design and proportion!

    I'd say it's fitting that you're hosting the cloche party ... since you're "Queen of the Cloche!" ;)

    bye for now,
    Bill

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  52. Good morning Marty!

    Isn't that little cloche just the CUTEST one ever? And, I love your prims inside. I used to use tons of primitives too and I'd forgotten how darn cute they are. Now I wish I had them back! Great job....your kitchen is sooooo pretty. Just charming.

    Hugs,
    Spencer

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  53. Your kitchen is so charming country and cute, that you couldn't go wrong with where you place things. Love what you put on the cloche jar!

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  54. Hi Marty,
    Everything looks terrific! I love your granite! That rooster is my favorite and I like the cloche with the apples! Have a wonderful day! Hugs! Luanne

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  55. Oh Marty, I can't wait to see what we find at your stores out there by you. I love going thrifting. It is like going on a Tresure Hunt. I am so looking forward to many years of friendship with you. You are my cup of tea.
    Love Ya, Sherry

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  56. I know exactly what you mean by downsizing by half!
    We did that too.
    I also like to change my treasures. They become invisible if you don't.

    My Met Mon is about the smaller home.

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  57. How pretty it all looks Marty!
    I just adore your new cloche. The style is just perfection in your beautiful kitchen.

    Have a wonderful evening my friend.
    ~Melissa :)

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  58. Love what you did with the cloche..you are the queen!
    Have a wonderful week, and I will practice for the September event..I wonder if I could find a class ..Cloche 101! :)

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  59. Hi Marty,
    I just love seeing pictures of your kitchen. It really is beautiful. Your accessories are so country and old fashioned looking. It really is fun moving things around a lot....I do it almost every day. Amy :)

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  60. Marty, it looks beautiful. Switching accessories can really freshen up a room.

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  61. I just love your kitchen. Where o where did your son find that wonderful cloche. I would love to have one. Your vignette under it is great too. I love the little Glendora coffee sample. Product samples are so hard to find now. I really enjoyed seeing the change.
    Have fun.
    Jean in Virginia

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  62. Road Trip!! Off to Oregon? Where in Oregon are you going? You forgot me, come back. I wanted to go. Tony and I went to Brookings, Oregon. It was a beautiful place and we had such a wonderful time. That is my Outdoor Wednesday post.
    Bring me back a surprise. Love Ya, Sherry

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  63. I LOVE your rooster cloche! And, like you, I have way too many accessories and decorations, but I love to play with things and change them around.

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  64. I love how you continually switch things up. That is what I like to do, it keeps people guessing:)

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  65. I like what you did, Marty! You are just like me cause I switch accessories a lot too. It just gives the area or areas fresh new looks without spending a lot. I sure like all your primitive stuff...Christine

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  66. Hi Marty,

    I am so loving your rooster cloche!! I love how you can mix and match and move things around and it looks so wonderful everytime. You have a true gift! Enjoy your trip and be safe!

    Sharon

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  67. I love all your tins, the cloche, tell your son I want one too! No really! lol It looks so wonderful every way you change it! Oh the grinder, how I love it! Love the box with eggs, just all so Wonderful!

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  68. I love the cloche with the coffee pot in it. It works perfectly in your kitchen.

    It was fun to see your thought process as you went along.

    I find it amazing how just a little change on the countertop can make a kitchen feel so new and fresh. I do it all the time, too.

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  69. Marty I LOVE your redo of the kitchen corner. The cloche was pretty with the apples but, I love the eggs & coffee pot too. YES, I have to change things around here becuase I get bored with stuff staying the same. I saw that red coffee grinder in the begining before you even moved it or mentioned it. LOVE IT!!!!

    So glad you liked my new front door. It is a beauty! Have a great week.

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  70. Change is good! Why go out and buy more when you can change things around and feel like you've been shopping because all looks different! I love to do that--always have--even with large furniture. One time my husband got up in the middle of the night and he was thought he was going out the bedroom door and bumped right into the wall! Boy, was he mad that I had moved the bed and he forgot! Like I said, "Change is good (sometimes--hee! hee!). Blessings...

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  71. I love to change my doo-dads around also! You have such cute things they would look good anywhere! Especially love the cloche. :D Jewel

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  72. Hi Marty, Yes I change my accessories ALL the time! Your country cloche looks great with the little coffee pot and tin. I love all your tins and your country items, they bring alot of warmth to our homes don't they! Nice to meet you Marty, I believe this is my first time here but it won't be my last! xo Sue

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  73. How are you my sweet friend?
    I haven't heard from you in a while and was getting concerned. Stop by if you have a moment.

    Have a blessed day.
    ~Melissa ;)

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  74. Thanks for coming by and letting me know Marty. I'm glad all is well. ~Enjoy your vacation! ;)

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  75. I love your nostalgic touches! And especially that you can just switch them out when you want a change :)

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  76. gorgeous kitchen! love that cloche. I've been looking for one for weeks!! well, months really. Yes, I change things around alll the time! drives my family nuts, but secretly, I think they like it!
    have a sweet and creative day!
    hugs
    vivian

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  77. Love the new arragement in your kitchen....good job! I change things out all the time! I LOVE your new cloche from your son!!!! Where did he get it???? Keep up the good work! I have a little arrangement in my kitchen with old tins and old spice cans from when my moma first was married. I cherish those items!! :)

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  78. I love it, what a great idea changing things round. I do this in other rooms but don't seem to bother in the kitchen. It has made me want to do something exciting...first I'll have to find my kitchen! LOL

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  79. I love the changes that you made, and the bread box your mom made is gorgeous!

    Have a great weekend!

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  80. Marty, I forgot to tell you that my daughter's name is Martie.

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  81. What a beautiful kitchen. Love your decorating!

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  82. Marty,
    Just checking on you. Haven't seen ya around much lately.
    Miss you!
    Traci

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  83. Marty if you happen to get this before tomoorow afternoon can you e-mail me your B-day date? I saw on another post that you have one coming up soon. Tomorrow for my B-day giveaway I'm going to highlight upcoming B-days in Blogland. Thanks my friend.
    I hope it's okay with you. :)
    "amiller45@ec.rr.com"

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  84. Marty, your kitchen is just so inviting. I think that coffee grinder is just amazing and deserves a place in the spotlight. I love what you put under your pretty cloche, and you've surrounded it with similar items, so that it fits in beautifully. I loved seeing that you tried different things before you settled on what you liked best. I do a lot of that too. Thanks for all of this inspiration. laurie

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  85. I just love your kitchen! My old kitchen was all antiques and roosters. Have a great week!

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  86. Marty - I have already commented on your wonderful post but I wanted you to know I mentioned your September Cloche Party on my post at Rhoda's Southern Hospitality, Today's Thrifty Treasures. I hope it was OK. I guess I should have asked your permission first. I am sorry.

    Charla

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  87. I'm adding you to my post now!
    Thanks for the super sweet B-day wishes. You are so kind.
    Happy "early" Birthday to you my friend! You look WONDERFUL! :)

    I'm glad you had a great time!

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