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Handmade Gifts

I love handmade!   Over the last few years I’ve asked my husband to make me gifts rather than buy them.  He hates to shop and lately I’m the same way.  Handmade means someone took the time to think about the person they’re gifting and come up with something that they think is perfect for the giftee.  Here’s a few of the things my wonderful man has made for me over the years.

This is my favorite photo of the Eddie and I. He took two old single-trees, cleaned them up and put them together to frame our photo.


Three spice racks made from oak, cedar and pine and now full and hanging in my country kitchen! Most of my most used spices in one spot and easy to pick out what I want.


Shelving runs lengthwise in my 30 ft kitchen on both sides. 

He made these in two different years to hold all of my old kitchen decor. 

I hate using plastic storage containers now. I had a large stockpile of 1/2 gallon canning jars so I moved all of my dry goods into the jars. Eddie made me this unique cabinet to go over my pie safe and that holds a lot of our food.

Staples are in airtight containers and easy to put my hands on. No more smelly plastic containers.

Eddie made me a baking tin cabinet from some wormy chestnut boards from the farm.

My round baking tins and loaf pans go in the top shelp. The baking sheets and bread pans go on the bottom shelf.

It fits perfectly beside my range and the spice shelves are directly above it.

This is my newest piece of handmade gifts from my husband! appliance/baking center in the kitchen.

I’m the luckiest girl alive to have such a loving and creative man to live with.  He doesn’t understand why I like the old, primitive look because he likes the more modern look.  I keep telling him I’m just a country girl at heart!!

Country folks!!

I Am So Blessed

I am so blessed to have the husband that I’m wed to for 45, almost 46 years! He is always so attentive to my wants and needs even when it’s a pain in the derriere for him!!!  He puts up with my love of animals and the work it takes to care for them.  He puts up with my hunting needs, not paying attention to him when I’m reading or sewing and so many other things.  He tries to see to my wishes for handmade, primitive decor.   This is the reason for this post!!  He claims to not be a carpenter but wait until you see what he has made for my country kitchen for my birthday and Christmas (both in December).

I have a passion for country decor and primitive country!!  After he had the kitchen painted for me this summer I got a “wild hair” and decided to get rid of all of my plastic containers I use for food staple storage.  I HATE plastic!!!  I changed everything over to old blue 1/2 gallon mason jars with zinc lids.  THEN I asked for a special place to put them.  Here’s what I got:

The hutch is made of wormy chestnut from the farm. It has chicken wire attached to the back for looks.

Notice the chicken wire attached behind the jars.

The jars are 1/2 gallon size and have zinc lids on them.

The shelving unit he made me sit over the pie safe and holds two rows of the jars.

THEN, he made me a small cabinet to go beside my stove for storing cookie sheets, loaf pans, and the pans I use on a daily basis.  It also is made from chestnut lumber from the farm.

The top and front have three coats of polyurethane and the two shelves are now full of baking pans!

It fits snuggly to the wall and stove. Now I have a work area while cooking!

Crocheted Dish Towels

Do you like the convenience of a dish towel hanging close by in the kitchen?  For years I’ve made my own hanging towels and they’re quick and easy and only take half a towel.

This one is hanging on the top drawer of my kitchen sink this morning.

I have lots of them and change them about every other day depending on how much they’ve been soiled.  Here’s how I make them:

I go to the Dollar Tree and pick out a full hand towel designed for the kitchen. They’re only a dollar and you get two towels out of each one.

Then I fold them in half and cut them in half.  Then I turn down the cut edge about a 1/2 inch and using a large darning needle threaded with a matching yarn, I blanket stitch the fold down.  The stitches are usually about 1/4 – 3/8 inch long, longer stitches will show more and not fill in the top of the towel quite enough.

Darning needle threaded with scrap yarn.

I use a beige or tan yarn most of the time because it matches everything and I have a lot of “almost empty” skeins of yarn.

Tie off the end of the towel with a couple whip stitches and knot.  From here I make a single crochet using a Size F crochet hook in each blanket stitch across the towel.  At this point you can use any crochet stitch you want throughout the towel until  it’s about five to six inches wide.  I mix the crochet stitches on some and single crochet throughout, just depends on my mood and how fast I want to make up the towels.  At the end of each row, DO NOT chain and turn.  This is how you will decreast the rows to go into a point.  To decrease the row, pull the yarn through two or three stitches.  My instructions aren’t great but if you crochet at all you will know how to do this.  For more details just comment on this post.  When I get towards the end with about 6-9 stitches on the row, I add that turning stitch until I have a tab look at the end.   At the end of the last row you crochet make a chain of about 10-12 chain stitches and carry it back to the start of that row and pull through your first stitch several times to make it stay.

This is the point I spoke of earlier where you make the loop which will go over the drawer handle. Then you hook the loop over the button to keep the towel in place when you need it.

It’s really simple to make and great to have so you don’t have to go searching for the hand towel.

Fold that tab over and place your button in the middle of crochet work to meet the chain.  Your done! Not sure I would make a very good crochet instructor unless it was a one on one session!!

Imagine these hanging on your kitchen sink with red or green toppers or even chocolate or bright yellow.

I made these in February and saving them for gifts.


Let’s walk through my kitchen before I make bread today!

I love my country kitchen & pantry and everyone thought I was crazy when I decided to paint the trim candy apple red.  I love it and can’t spend enough time in it.  You’ll notice there are NO kitchen wall cabinets but plenty of antique cupboards and shelving around the top of the walls in both the kitchen and pantry.  Let’s get going so I can start that bread, okay!

This looking from the kitchen into the living room. We have a very long kitchen. The floors were redone with laminate about five years ago.

I love the old porcelain sink and it overlooks the enclosed back porch through the original windows. I love the gingham curtains I made for the windows.

Now you can see some of the sink storage and the old portable dishwasher at the end of the sink serves as storage inside and makes a perfect microwave cart.

Hoosier for dish storage, making bread, cookbooks on top and beautiful shelving above that my husband made from lumber sawed on the farm.

Our kitchen is used for cooking and gathering with the family!!

Our kitchen table was made by my husband’s uncle, Holland Caldwell. It comfortably seats eight but ten can be squeezed in when needed.

Cupboard used for canned goods and other food. This cupboard matches the piesafe and both have tin-punched fronts. They’re beautiful and weren’t used until we moved into the house. They were hidden in the pantry.

This the entry to the pantry right off the kitchen. When we moved in the house 10+ years ago, every room was the color of pistachio pudding and though I’ve painted every room in the house I still find little spots of green I missed. It’s now white with red trim and red shelving.

I found it more space saving to hang most of the cookware on the walls and not stacked under or on shelves. I use all of the iron skillets and pots.

The other wall of cookware in our pantry.

My refrigerator is in the pantry too.

I have two dish cupboards running over with dishes in the pantry. The stops are used to store large post with lids that can’t be hung. Thank goodness there’s storage in the bottom of the stove for my baking pans.

This cutting board was hand made for me by my Dad’s best friend, Bobby Rose. It was made from some pieces of scraps of wood/lumber from our farm. I’m very proud of it and only use it for a show piece. I will hand it down to my granddaughter.

I started collecting rolling pins a few years back and love the way they “country” my kitchen!! They’re not just for show though. They’re used daily for biscuits, pie crust, crushing nuts and whatever else I need them for.

Well, enough of the kitchen/pantry tour.  Time to get some bread made and the house tidy.  Talk soon!!!