Tour Through Blogland - A look into our Kitchen

It is day number 6 of the 31 one days of writing...a few things that I am seeing that this challenge requires...lots of planning, lots of dedication to time, and lots of pictures! :) Today I was tagged by Lauren Hooker of Elle & Company Design to share a little peek into my life and what I call "work".

Well, for me my "job" has taken many different looks since I married Ben. I have worked for our church some, been a nanny for a summer, sold design prints, and offered blog design services. I have crocheted my heart out to make a little money for Christmas, and made what feels like a gazillion loaves of sourdough bread for people in our community. I now work as an assistant manager at a bakery in town called The Biscuit Shop, and will soon be baking biscuits...what?!? I also have recently become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils, AND am planning to launch an Etsy shop in the next month (as soon as my logo is finished). 

So...yeah, it is easy to see I wear a lot of hats. However my passion is in the kitchen. I have only just discovered this passion, and have spent many hours pouring myself into this new hobby of mine. So today I wanted to show you my little humble hallway of a kitchen and let you in to what I am up to right now! 

The picture above is what you see when you open our front door. We live in an old Victorian home that has been broken into several apartments. It is full of character, creaks, and occasional loud noises from neighbors! 

So onto Lauren's questions...

What am I working on? 

Well right now, I am baking 18-20 loaves of bread a week from my little kitchen and selling them to friends and local people around town. I am also tweaking my designs for several products that will be in my Etsy shop soon. I cannot wait to share more, but until then stay tuned to my Instagram account for sneak peeks and updates! 

How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Honestly I do not know many people that work at a biscuit bakery, make bread every day, and have a huge passion for design and handmade things...maybe I know a few folks that are into one or two of these things but not all three. So I feel like my "job" or the ways that I contribute financially to my family are unique and allow me to pursue my creative passions on a daily basis! I love that more than anything. 

(this wreath is made from piano sheet music that belonged to my mom and grandmother)

Why do I write/create what I do?

I blog because I love it, and it is such a wonderful outlet for me to pursue more creativity. I bake and spend time in the kitchen because it brings me more joy than I can really express. I wrote yesterday about why I bake bread, and that post really does capture my feelings about the kitchen as a whole...creating beautiful, homemade food for friends and family that I love is good for my bones, and soul...and it rewarding to share something that I pour so much of myself into with people so special to me! 

(these frames above my oven all belonged to my grandmother, and have even inspired some products you will all see in my Etsy shop soon!)

How does my writing/creating process work? 

I think I will take this question in the direction of creating process...I am inspired most by daily moments. Little moments in the morning sipping coffee, or when I am cooking a meal for dinner. Inspiration comes to me most in real life not on Pinterest (I love Pinterest though, don't get me wrong). I love taking a recipe and tweaking it to become my own, and more than anything I love working with whole ingredients...especially things that I have never worked with before like saffron, fennel, and acorn squash! 

Who am I nominating? 

Jenni Frank of Frankly My Dear
Leia Bryn of Leia Bryn Blog
Kaitlyn of Sew My Soul 

Tune in tomorrow for my lessons learned about true hospitality vs. Southern Living Hospitality! 

Inspiration for the kitchen lover

Pretty things make me happy. The kitchen is my favorite room in our house. So kitchens, with pretty things in them, seemed like a wonderful idea for an inspirational post. Here are my recent favorites when it comes to the ideal kitchen. Enjoy! 

classy kitchen
Image Source: Better Home & Garden

Teal + Copper. I may never own copper pots or pans, but there is never a time that I see them that I do not swoon. I love the rustic/cottage vibe they put off, and there are copper pots in Downton Abbey so of course I want them. :) Love the simplicity of this space. It is clean without looking cold, and organized without feeling like you cannot take your shoes off and be a messy cook!

white pitchers
Image Source: The Art of Doing Stuff

I love these pitchers. They are very aesthetically pleasing and just make the whole counter space look clean, which is always a good thing. 

free botanical prints
Image Source: Poppytalk

Botanical prints. I think these are just lovely and guess what? you can print them yourself at home FOR FREE! Follow the image source link and print these little babies, put them in frames above your cabinets or simply tape them to your fridge! 

colorful kitchen china
Image Source: Garimpando Frida

I am a color kind of gal. I love bright, I love bold, I love patterns. So mixing these plates and mugs is right up my alley. Love how illuminating it is to this little white shelf, just makes it all pop. 

cozy kitchen
Image Source: Hooked on Houses

I told Ben when I saw this image the other night, "Honey, this could be our kitchen one day, can't you just see kids running around in a kitchen like this?" I love this kitchen. It is livable. Don't get me wrong, I love all the gorgeous BHG kitchen images out there just like the next girl, but I want my house to be livable, inviting, and comfortable. I want my kids to feel free to mess things up, and guests to feel immediately welcomed and at ease...this kitchen seems to give off that feel. It just seems lived in, which is a great characteristic in my book. 

cottage kitchen
Image Source: Country Living

This one maybe not so much giving off the "lived in, mess me up" vibe, but still gorgeous just the same. I love the chunky woven baskets and the rustic wooden island. 

vintage soup cans
Image Source: Under the Sycamore

How adorable are these? They would be cute year round in any room of the house, but the kitchen just seems like the perfect place for vintage soup cans. 

modern simple kitchen
Image Source: Better Home & Garden

Simplicity is bliss. That is what comes to mind when I see this kitchen. I love the wine crate drawers, and subway tile backsplash. And oh the day I want a kitchen with gorgeously large windows. (gorgeously large? can I say that...hmm...I am gonna go with yes).

How would you describe your "kitchen style" what makes your heart happy? Check out my previous post "Kitchen Wishlist" for some fun handmade items to add to your kitchen! 



Etsy Kitchen Wishlist

It is Thursday! Do you know what that means? It means it is wife day for me. Sounds kinda silly huh? well...let me tell you about wife day. For those of you who may not know, I work full time for a local church here in our little Mississippi town, and I work primarily with college students at MSU and our children's ministry. Well my staff team leader really believes in putting emphasis on the family and the home. So because of that, we have wife day for the married staff ladies. It is simply one day a week (that we choose) that we are not to do our typical ministry related duties and tend to things related to our home. For example, grocery runs, cleaning the house, exercising, and resting are all wife day approved activities. So Thursdays are really special to me. Today's wife day agenda includes tidying up the house, doing some laundry, finishing some crochet orders, and resting. The resting is so important and special to me. Ecclesiastes 5:12 says, "Sweet is the sleep of a laborer..." after working hard it is always so rewarding to have a day during the week to shift my focus to my home and pour into my duties here as a wife and keeper of a home. 

Anyways, I wanted to do a fun little post today. First, I love our kitchen, it is tiny, has no counter space, and used to be a hallway in our large Victorian old home that has been broken into apartments...but I LOVE the kitchen. It is one of my favorite places to go in our apartment to clear my head through making food. So that has been my inspiration for this post. Second, I love Etsy, because I love handmade (read more about why here). So a wish list for my favorite room, from my favorite website only seemed appropriate. Also, on an unrelated note, I have had so much fun learning more about Photoshop lately. This little graphic below was so fun to create!! Yay for editing software! 

1. Recipe Cards 2. Tea Towels 3. Handstamped Spoons 4. Kitchen Prints 5. Latte Mugs 6. Felt Flowers 7. Pyrex Mixing Bowls (click to go to listing on Etsy)

So I have listed these adorable handwritten recipe cards that I cannot wait to get my hands on! These are made by a friend of mine from college, she is so talented and does beautiful calligraphy and prints! 
These tea towels are just too cute, I love that they include a recipe on the towel, these would make any plain old sink or oven look special by hanging these up. 
Anyone that even knows me a little bit knows how much I adore my coffee, so of course I had to include hand stamped sugar spoons and these handmade pottery latte mugs. They heart in the bottom just makes me feel all fuzzy! 
Finally, last but not least, yellow is one of my favorite colors and so these adorable felt flowers and mixing bowls would be perfect to brighten up any kitchen on even a rainy day. 

I really hope you all go check out these talent filled, handmade Etsy shops soon. None of this is paid advertising by any means, I just love these shops and these items. I currently do not have any of these items (hence the whole wish list thing) and I cannot wait to add some of these to our little kitchen space soon. What are your favorite Etsy shops or items? I would love to hear from you!

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