Sunday, April 21, 2013

Feeling the Blues.........

............Shortly after Christmas I decided to change the accent color in my kitchen to blue. Not a lot of change and didn't want to spend much money.  I hung this metal basket with eggs, some of which are a subtle blue...........

And, I had a little blue in this corner.

The plate and mug were a new Christmas present.
While I was hanging out in Cracker Barrel, near the airport, waiting for my friend to arrive, I spotted this jar.  I liked the way it looked and I liked that it was only $5. My kitchen was getting bluer.

Another little bit of blue I have had in the kitchen - the blue stripes on my big tea pitcher.  The bottles in the wire basket are clear - the light is playing tricks on them.

When Joanne(friend) and I scouted out Joann's(store) we came upon a big display of fabric samples which were for sale at a low cost.  Thinking "blue" I got this one and...

.....this one.  The brighter one with the bird pattern is my favorite but it is a bit much with its busy pattern and bright blue, so this one looks better on the butcher block table.
This one will probably become a towel.

My kitchen rug had "run it's course" and I have been keeping my eye out for one. Last week this plain blue (just what I needed) was in Ross for only $4.98. It has been years since I have seen a rug I like for that low price!

So now, with all the blue touches, this window treatment just wasn't "cutting it"!
I made new muslin strips and found perfect grain sack heavy cotton ribbon and sewed it to the strips.

The blue on the ribbon is not quite as bright as it looks in the picture. I like the look, a lot. But, had to go back to the Sewing Studio today to get more ribbon to finish the last one - when will I ever learn to measure instead of guessing!

On the way home my car turned right, into Tuesday Mornings, and what did I see there!!! A Waverly curtain panel which had been marked down to $11.99 and was now 60% off of that! $3 something!! It was in a sealed package and it wasn't until I got home that I saw the contrasting tab tops and buttons. I love the blue plaid, love the fabric which looks like a heavy linen, love the tabs and buttons.  I may end up making a short valance (using the tabs) to go at the top of the existing curtain, and would have plenty of fabric for something else. I can see a plaid apron hanging on the white door, a plaid table cloth for the little butcher block, maybe a few towels and...............

As you can see, I have more than enough blue for a new "leaning towards french" look. Some of it  may have to take turns! The best part, I have spent very little. Oh, yes, I forgot to show a little towel I made yesterday.

Somehow, it seems that blue gives a cleaner look to the kitchen. I will enjoy it until the fall things come out to get their turn.



  1. That is so cool that you found a fabric sample (darker blue one)that has a bird on it that matches your jar that you got a Cracker Barrel! All tose changes are so pretty!

    1. It is amazing how these things came together so quickly. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Blue is one of my favorite colors. I like what you have done with it...Deborah

    1. Thanks, Deborah. You are going to have to come over soon!

  3. Betty, I just love the curtains. The contrasting pattern is adorable, and the little checkered buttons are awesome!

    1. All of that was such a nice surprise when I got them home, Jackie.

  4. Good Morning Betty, Blue is my favourite colour for the kitchen. I love how your kitchen, with a little tweeking, is becoming a French kitchen, so very pretty.
    You certainly managed to buy some bargains...there is nothing like a bargain to make me smile.
    Have a lovely day.
    Best Wishes

    1. Thanks again, Daphne. I love your name, by the way.


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