A Tablescape, Baking Day and a Clothesline

by Michelle on April 23, 2009

Today was such a gorgeous day I decided to wash some of my vintage linens. I have a regular routine of washing all my vintage quilts, lace and linens in early Spring and always air dry. They smell so wonderful and the sunlight makes the colors so bright and gorgeous. Most of my tablecloths I pick up at Garage Sales or Church Rummage Sales for $2-$10 each.

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Below is my typical dinner tablescape with my every day china. We always eat in my kitchen unless it’s a special occasion or we have guests. I just love my every day china. It’s Bennington Stoneware but when I bought I did not know anything about Bennington Pottery. I bought it at TJMaxx and a dinner plate was $2.29!! I bought 8 place settings for myself and 8 place settings, including bowls and butter plates, for my housekeeper as a Christmas present. I also picked up a few serving pieces and the total for everything was around $150. Dawn was thrilled beyond thrilled with the dishes and her children were so excited! I love my stoneware as much today as when I bought it. And now knowing the cost of Bennington Pottery, I wish I’d of bought more!

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I’m a baker. I bake almost every day and some days I just bake all day long. When I designed my new kitchen it was with baking in mind. Below are a few pictures of my kitchen on particularly heavy baking days. Note you can always see a latte sitting somewhere within my reach!

Now this is how my island is supposed to look, very neat and clean. The large cutting board is from my MIL and it was one thing she brought to America when they immigrated in 1947.

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The below pictures are of my working island. As you can see from the photos, I multi-task and usually have several baking projects going at once. The large blue/white mixing bowl is Spode, a $49 Ebay purchase on a particularly bad day during our construction project. It definitely lifted my spirits! I always have at least 1 cake stand containing cupcakes, brownies, cookies or whatever on my island. I’ve noticed that when people enter my kitchen they immediately look around for something handy to eat, so I just make it easy.

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Bake Day

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Tablescape Thursday is a weekly event graciously hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

And Thrifty Thursday, another weekly event, is being guest hosted this week by Chandy of What Now? and Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville.

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  • Elyse April 23, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I just loved this little tour of your kitchen. I’m in total admiriation. Your kitchen is a baker’s dream. And that island, well, it’s fabulous. You know, my favorite part of going home to Atlanta is getting to cook and bake in my Mom’s kitchen, where there’s plenty of room to spread out! In my apartment, the kitchen is about the size of a shoe box :)

  • The Raggedy Girl April 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Table Scape Thursday!

    I am stopping by to visit From Between Naps on The Porch and your Farmhouse table scape is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    from Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

  • Linda in AZ * April 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    * What fun this was ~~~ and I really LOVED the laundry blowing the the breeze, as well as seeing your FAB stove/oven and setting! YUMMY! THANK YOU!!! Linda*

  • Keetha Denise Broyles April 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    It is all lovely, especially the linens on the line picture.

    BUT to be honest – – – the thing that really calls my name, being a displaced Wisconsinite, is the red barn in the background.

  • Chandy April 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Good morning! Wow, those linens are precious! Love clothesline drying and wish that I can have one someday…

    Bennington sounds wonderful and those dinnerware look great! I’m so glad you joined in on the fun this week!

  • Katy April 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Beautiful tablescape and lovely kitchen! Great job… the island is just perfect for baking! Great job!! ~Katy (please stop by my blog and register for a blog give away today!~)

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) April 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Love your dishes. They are just wonderful. Isn’t it great to find some that you just love and use them for years. Your kitchen is so lovely. I adore that huge island. I had a really huge one in my last house and it is so nice to be able to really spread out and still have everything in one place. I now have the whole kitchen messed up when I bake. lol I also love that ruffle edge cakestand. So Pretty. Thanks for coming by my TT and your kind remarks. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

  • Joyce April 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Oh honey what a fun post. I love the tablecoths on the line which reminds me of easier times. Your kitchen is beautiful. Can I come over and play with your flour since I like to play with flour? Thanks for sharing this refreshing post with me.
    Joyce

  • Yellow Rose Arbor April 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    What a great kitchen! I wish I could bake everyday, I love to bake, but my husband is diabetic so I can’t :-(

    I love the picture with the clothesline and barn!

    Nice pottery dishes!

    Katherine

  • Janie's World April 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    What a wonderful kitchen you have. Oh, I would love a big kitchen! Your dishes are wonderful and how lucky you thought of your housekeeper and got such a great deal!

    I love the vintage tableclothes hanging outdoors to dry. When I was little my Nanny (grandma) used to hang her laundry outside whenever she could, seeing that picture reminds me of her.

  • Candy April 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, but it takes one back to see pretty linens blowing in the breeze…
    Love that red cake plate and all the baking, everything. Except no flour flying through the air…Go Girl!
    Candy

  • xinex April 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I love, love, love your kitchen! I like your tablescape too, of course, pretty eggy tablecloth, perfect for the dishes!…Christine

  • Songbirdtiff April 23, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    What an amazing kitchen you have! I’m jealous of your clothes lines. When we buy a house, I WILL have some.

  • Jill April 23, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to be standing at your beautiful island baking all day. The photo of the linens on the clothesline makes me hope that spring will be here to stay soon.

  • Mid-Atlantic Martha April 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Oh I do love your vintage linens! And what a wonderful kitchen – perfect for your baking!

  • Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity April 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I loved this post. It feels like you’re almost there with you. You have a wonderful kitchen. I adore vintage linens. And I love your dinnerware. I am a very casual person. I could move right in and feel at home. Thanks for sharing!

  • jennifer April 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I am captivated by the photo of your vintage linens on the line! That is an awesome photo!

    Great post.

  • Cass @ That Old House April 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous spatterware dishes! And what a buy on them, too.

    But your kitchen? Spectacular. Wow, just wow.

    I love the hanging laundry, too. Reminds me of our last NYC apartment; I used to hand my damp laundry on a clothesline out a big kitchen window. Not exactly a farm setting, but — still, it worked! Love wind-dried clothes and linens!

    Cass

  • Carrie April 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    What a great kitchen…your table setting is very welcoming and lovely.

  • Christi @ A Southern Life April 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the tour of your kitchen. Everything you were baking looked yummy. Love the clothesline with the vintage linens and I always enjoy seeing the “everyday” dishes.

  • Ivy April 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I am so jeleous you can hang your wash out in the sun. I love that!
    And you vintage linens ARE great!

  • Cindy (Applestone Cottage) April 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I am so happy you stopped by, so that I could find your lovely blog! Your kitchen is my dream kitchen and the table you set is just how I like things. I love vintage linens too. I’ll be back soon,…. Cindy

  • Kathleen Ellis April 23, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Your linens are lovely…and your kitchen is fabulous…great work space on that island!
    ;-D

  • susan April 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful, but I just loved the picture of the clothesline with the linens blowing. It brought back fond memories from my childhood! And you’re right they do smell better!

  • Melissa Clifford April 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    You just have one of the best blogs! I love the kitchen…I love your non-dusty wood floors (mine are dusty today)…I love your posts. Great one on the puff pastry!

  • Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) April 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    That was sooo much fun…just like being there and getting a real tour of how you work in your kitchen. I love your everyday china…and what an awesome deal you got! It must be great to live in your home and always find these delicious little treats waiting in the kitchen! :-) Susan

  • Marsha's Mpressions April 24, 2009 at 1:50 am

    What a lovely kitchen! Next time you bake, call me, I’ll be right over! :=)

    Marsha

  • Robin April 24, 2009 at 3:06 am

    I love your dishes……and that tablecloth too. :-)
    Every time I come by you have such wonderful recipes, which doesn’t help the diet any. But as I told my husband the other day…..I’ve decided to retire from waistline management. 😉
    Thanks for sharing all your lovely recipes.
    Hope your day has been beautiful….

  • Ldy ~~ Dy April 24, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Your table is very inviting and cheery! Love it! I also like your kitchen… perfect for all your baking. Your picture of drying linens is great! Thanks for dropping by!!

  • Kammy April 24, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hello,
    I loved your tour – I too remodeled my kitchen (still the
    floor to do) I loved also choosing
    what I needed – isn’t is great ?
    I see you have a clothesline,
    I do too – I just love to use it!
    I added my name as a follower to
    your blog as I like your style !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  • Kathleen April 25, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Beautiful, Michelle..your kitchen is delightful! And your dishes are lovely..

  • Christina April 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    What a wonderful, happy post. Love your table setting with all the mix of beautiful things. The tablecloth and the green gravy boat are my favorites.

    Love the island and the history of your cutting board. Just loved the whole post. Makes me want to go and bake banana bread for my family.

  • Kim @ Starshine Chic April 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    You have a fabulous kitchen. I would kill for a work island like you have. I might even do some baking. I am not a cook nor a baker, but wish that I were. If only I had more time & wasn’t quite so lazy. Thanks for visiting my tablescape post & leaving me a comment. It really means a lot to me. Sorry that it took me so long to visit yours. I enjoyed my visit.

  • Shari May 1, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I love the peek into your kitchen! Looks like a wonderful place to work/play.

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