I was raised in Virginia and lived most summers in the hills and hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee. I have an avid appreciation of all things handmade and all things used to make things by hand. As well, I love decorating with everything and finding different uses for all things old. You only have to browse some of my archives here and find the pleasures I receive in country living. Pictured above is a group of blue pottery. These pieces are all made by hand. Made by different potters, but grouped together they make a sweet collection for lovers of blue decor. These pieces can be mixed with other colors for a wonderful French Country look. I've used these to hide away gum, lollipops, loose change and those things you can't find a place for when they are lying around. You know...twist ties, paperclips, pins, and stamps. And of course...flowers!!!
I particularly like antique mason jars. In these are stored macaroni, dried beans, and loose tea. I have these in various places in my kitchen decor. To the right is one with herb teabags stored next to a couple of my teapots.
On my kitchen windowsill a group of jars sit with rice, flour, sugar and other staples. On the cornice connecting my cupboards I've hung antique rolling pins and opted out of putting up a curtain because the sun doesn't come through that window very much. So I like to keep it free of covering. That's an old iron plow tine in the center of the pins. I'm planning on using it to hang my collection of iron pots and pans some day. (One of those things I haven't gotten around to yet.) [ALL the blue pottery is going to be on ebay soon.] selahV