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Friday, April 30, 2010

What's On Your Kitchen Windowsill?

I have always loved my Momma's kitchen windowsill.  It is filled with odds and ends that reflect her wonderful personality.  She loves the outdoors.  She is creative.  She rarely, if ever, tosses anything and yet, her home is neat, clean, and uncluttered.  She sees the beauty in the smallest things of nature and I love that about her. 

What is on her kitchen windowsill?  Small rocks, pieces of wood, birds made from fabric and feathers, shells, coins, and other odds and ends that she has gathered from the outdoors and brought inside to enjoy.  She could probably tell you where each item came from and perhaps even when and where she found it.  That's pretty amazing to me considering the number of years things have been gathering on that windowsill.

You can tell a lot about someone just by looking at the things on their kitchen windowsill (in my humble opinion).  I began thinking about my very own kitchen windowsill and what is there right now.  So, I grabbed the camera and took a photo this morning.

 Here is what I found:
  • A baby photo of our oldest daughter, who is now 10, soon to turn 11 years old.  The frame is one that I received from friends when our daughter was born.  
  • Two-toned miniature vase - this vase belonged to my Grandma Robinson.  I was happy to have it as a remembrance of her and the flowers she always had in her kitchen.  The purple flower in the vase is one that our youngest sweet daughter picked for me.
  • See the colorful little woven bag?  My Julie made that for me for Christmas on her loom.  it is a special token of devotion and love and the fact she made it with her own two hands is even more special.  Love that!
  • The little "jigger" glass is one that my girls spotted at the thrift store and having no idea the purpose of it, fell in love with it and "just had to have it".  For a whopping $.09, how could I refuse?  It now holds our daughters' rings that fall out of jean pockets.  Eventually they look for them and I know right where they are and can surrender them at a moment's notice.
  • The die cast car - that was in my stocking this year!  Love it because it's from my parents!  A few years ago, we made a pact with my parents that we (my husband and myself) would only exchange stocking gifts instead of spending money on things that neither of us need.  It has become a stress-free and fun tradition and we take the opportunity to gift each other things that are sometimes very nice, but also very silly.  It's a great tradition and one that I hope we continue for many more years!
  • My wedding rings and my promise ring - I am one of 'those' wives who doesn't wear her rings at home.  I always wear them in public, but at home, this is where they stay.  Next to my rings, you can often find my favorite pair of earrings, which seemed really big to me on Christmas morning when I first saw them, but now they are just perfect.
  • Coupons - I am surprised there aren't more there, because other than food coupons, this is where I place promotional coupons and information so I am reminded of what I have as I am putting on my rings and heading out the door.
So, that's it for my kitchen windowsill.

What is on yours?  I look forward to hearing your responses!

All my best to you this evening. 


Susie B. Homemaker said...

What a cute post! I unfortunately don't have a typical window above my sink. Our house is super old and we've remodeled the upstairs but not the main level yet and our kitchen is in desperate need of a makeover! :p

Janet said...

I don't have a kitchen windowsill but I do have a little glass bluebird that I always keep by my sink. My mom gave it to me. It's a "bluebird of happiness" and it always makes doing dishes a little more enjoyable.

Susan said...

Aw, thanks Susie B! A makeover? Hmmm...sounds like blogging fodder, yes? :)

Janet, I love that you have a sweet bluebird from your mom right by your sink and I think it's so sweet that it makes you happy.

Thank you ladies for stopping by today!

tribalmama said...

I have always had a thing for Kitchen windowsills too (???)
I can recall what is on my moma's and grandma's.
I don't like curtains so in my first home I put up curtain rods but clothes pinned my kiddos art work to them. I also did not have a dishwasher so when I did the dishes (often) I could stand there gazing at their creations. The same things that sat on that windowsill sit on my newest aloe plant in a cactus planter, a homemade soy candle and an a citrus peeler. Sometimes you can find coupons on mine as well. :)

Susan said...

Oh yes, it sounds like your windowsill is lovely tribalmama! I love looking at the things our girls bring to me. Now that it is warmer, I anticipate the sill will begin to accumulate rocks, flowers, and other odds and ends our girls discover. :)

Thank you for stopping by Busy 'Lil Homemaker!

Marie said...

What a sweet blog you have! Thank you so much for leaving me a comment so I could find you! I started skimming your posts, and let me tell ya, I'll be back when I can sit with a cup of tea!;) I'll be homeschooling next year, so I'll be soaking in your input and tips about that adventure. As for the window sill...I have a tea light/tart burner that my brother got me over 10 years ago. I have a blue/green ball canning jar with dried lilac tied to it. Next to that, I have a flower in a pot that my son painted and gave me last Mother's Day. And I have a pumpkin-scented candle in a crock that my mom got me. You can also find my wedding rings there from time to time:)

Lynda Young said...

My kitchen is in the middle of the house but it does have an arched window looking into the backroom and into the backyard. On that sill I have a teapot, a piece of drift wood, an oil burner, and a small milk jug and sugar bowl brought back from Japan by a friend who'd done a year of missionary work there.

Susan said...

Hi Marie,
Aren't you sweet! Thank you for your kind comments. :) Your windowsill sounds lovely. I especially like the idea of a candle in a crock. I'll be visiting you today!

Susan said...

Hello Lynda,
An arched window? Oh how beautiful! And driftwood...oh that brings back memories of hiking the beaches in Michigan as a child. Thank you for stopping by! I'll be visiting you today too!

lifefromtheroof said...

This is actually quite insightful - I look at my kitchen windowsill and it represents several major themes in my life right now - avocadoes (I bought them on sale at 3/$1, and now they are screaming "make us into guacamole tonight or you will regret buying all six of us!", bottle brushes arranged like flowers, because we have babies in the house and therefore cannot afford real flowers, and medicine cups and syringes, for the spring colds that have suddenly hit our household. Oh, and some empty flower vases, and a digital camera, which is put there because otherwise a curious two year-old would find and potentially break it.

Susan said...

Hi lifefromtheroof,
I wish I could find everyone's name in order to address each person properly...until then, well, this will have to do. :)

Thank you for your kind praise. I remember the days of our kitchen countertops filled with bottle brushes, sippy cups and the like. Precious years, although at the time they seemed a little chaotic.

Love that you have a digital camera on hand!