Monday, February 11, 2013

harbingers of spring

 
My neighbor called last night to say he saw a rabbit in his garden.  I've been watching the deer dine (gorge) themselves on fresh grass, and we had a squirrel here, a huge one, grey and so beautiful I watched him for twenty minutes. I have been willing spring to burst forth  by making these new animal busts on woodland stands.
 Running water! counters and light in the kitchen. And a beautifully stained floor thanks to Kim.
I've got piles of boxes to unpack, I hope my wooden spoons turn up soon, and my teas. Can you believe I packed them away in December. What was I thinking?
I make my first donkey bust!

Here's the other side of the kitchen. We are going to move the table in this afternoon after I fill the hutch..........
I can't think of a happier way to spend a Monday afternoon.
Here's a close up of the shelf Joe made. I've been using my old café au lait bowls and it makes coffee and tea taste delicious.

There's the kind of blue/turquoise tea kettle I told you about. Do you like my cleaning supplies on the fridge?  Did I go overboard with the kitchen pictures? I did try and show some restraint~
honest I did.

Thanks for your visit my dears. I haven't been visiting blogs as much as I love and enjoy doing so because of the hub bub around the farm, but things seem to be settling down a bit.
Wear your warmest socks; and drink lots of fortifying tea. I hope you see signs of spring around your own farm too.
xxx
julie

62 comments:

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Your kitchen is dreamy! Really, I think it's my ideal kitchen! Lucky You! Your woodland creatures are darling! Someday I'd love to have one!
Thank you for sharing!
Erica :)

Charlotte Bezzant said...

It looks gorgeous and fresh. Lovely to see the sun streaming in, as its been grey, sleeting, and snowing here today. Sending best wishes. Charlotte x

leon10 said...

what a lovely new light kitchen very cosy love youre pretty porcelain and frence bowls on de new shelf very looks great lovely
leon10

Mozart's Girl said...

Absolutely beautiful kitchen, Julie...so calm & filled with gorgeous things. I would love to drink tea the once with you! Happy February xx Rachel

gallerydarrow said...

Oh boy Julie your kitchen looks wonderful!

Oh that donkey bust!!! :) :)

xoxo

Roseanna said...

Julie,
The kitchen looks wonderful! So cozy and fresh...of course made even more lovely with your delightful creatures.
R.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your new kitchen look wonderful and bright! A perfect show case for all the gorgeous ceramic pieces you make! (What is the color on the wall? I love it!)

Deb said...

It all looks just delightful. Love your pottery.

Plushpussycat said...

Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous, and so are your pottery pieces! Lucky you--enjoy every moment! xo Jennifer

Cathy Kiffney Studio said...

Crazy about the animal heads and the donkey bust!
Kitchen is very inviting, perfect for displaying and using your pottery.
Spring peepers are singing up a chorus here, very early for them. Honeysuckle bush is blooming and crocus are coming up!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh julie! it is wonderful as are the busts! you must be so pleased with everything. how exciting! now get in there and cook up a storm!

Delila said...

Julie, your kitchen is just beautiful! it must be such a joy to bake & cook in such a place!

that deer bust is just too beautiful. the deer's in the woods do not runaway anymore when i see them, they are just curious to know who i am. natures miracles.

hugs.

Simply Shelley said...

Oh,your kitchen is wonderful, as is all your pretty things....thanks so much for sharing....blessings

millefeuilles said...

Ahhh, I can smell spring now! Nevermind what might be nestling in your fridge and pantry shelves; I could feast my eyes on your beautiful bowls, creations...

Can you hear my happy sigh all the way from France?

Keep drinking your tea and looking out for signs of spring. It's funny how I have always refrained subconsciously from drinking my coffee or tea from a bowl simply because I always used to have to do it when staying with my grand-mother and uncles and aunts. I think I rebelled by chosing to prefer cups!

Stephanie

Robin Larkspur said...

Beautiful kitchen. Your big cupboard is amazing. Have fun cooking and baking and enjoying this light, bright space.

Super new pottery!!!

jone hallmark said...

Your kitchen is the perfect kitchen!
I LOVE how white and LIGHT it is. And, isn't it the perfect background for your delectable treasures?!

gosh, I dream about coming for a visit sometime....
I hope it will happen one day.

Dear Julie, your magic is astounding and delightful.
Thank you so much for giving me a big smile today.

xo

Maria said...

Julie, your kitchen is charming and so cheerful. Thanks for sharing the pics. (And please, you didn't go overboard. Inquiring minds love to see where you work your magic.)The cupboard is darling and the shelf your friend made is perfect. Have fun putting it all back together and saying hello again to all that were packed away.

Tammie Lee said...

your kitchen is dreamy gorgeous! how i would love a spacious and light kitchen like you have created! have a grand time in there.

love your spring pieces too! you are so far ahead of us, i have a foot of snow and a frozen earth.

polkadotpeticoat said...

Where to start, Love your woodland busts.....your cafe au lait bowls.....your hutch...and last but not least your new kitchen...its fabulous!
I'm off to have another look around...Heidi

Aprilgirl said...

Your kitchen is lovely, Julie. I especially like the Nantucket cup cabinet pulls. Always wished I had put those in my kitchen when we remodeled. Beautiful pottery pieces. Enjoy that new kitchen...

Dog Trot Farm said...

Julie, what a warm and inviting kitchen, very work friendly. Speaking of work, I so admire your art work, even though we here at Dog Trot Farm have 35.5 inches of snow dumped on us, your post did put me in a "spring" frame of mind!

Lori ann said...

it's such a treat to be invited to your beautiful, perfect kitchen. it really is julie! how wonderful for you! enjoy! LOVE the animal potterys, more incredible work by you. lots of specialness here today.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

The kitchen turned out fabulous. The counters and cabinets are just lovely. You must enjoy being in there so much. The woodland busts say spring is close.

Valerianna said...

The kitchen looks GREAT! All that is needed is your work EVERYWHERE to fill the nooks and crannies with all your furred and feathered friends!

(and with almost 3 ft of snow, I think spring might be a loooong way off here!)

sharon said...

I adore your new quaint kitchen, it makes my soul so happy to see that hutch included, and all your bowls and kettle and stove, they are glorious and they sing to me! I am afraid spring is still pretty far away here, I can never get used to living here in the winter after my entire life, it just seems to get longer and longer. Please send at least sunshine, I already feel your warmth.

annamaria said...

What a gorgeous kitchen! And all your creatures and bowls...such lovely, lovely treasures!!Enjoy it all dear Julie!

lynne h said...

sigh, julie, you could have a thousand pictures of your kitchen and all i'd see are the animals busts... oh. my. goodness. you have really done it this time... pure, pure delight...

xoxo

Librarian said...

Your kitchen is like a dream come true! I love the colours, the neat and tidy look of everything, your beautiful creations mixed with older things everywhere.
I must admit I am not entirely sure about the clay busts; they give me something of an eerie impression, like the heads of stuffed animals would do, mounted to the wall of someone's study or living room.

Susan Wells said...

Your busts are so friendly! I love them especially the dove. I feel like I could tell her anything. You must be so tickled about your beautiful kitchen. I can't wait to see what you make!

Vicky Lovejoy said...

Julie your kitchen is divine!! You could never go overboard sharing pictures of it :) I love every one and Your pottery looks so beautiful in there!! I'm sure you're breathing a huge sigh of relief now it's finished and I'm wishing you many happy times in there!!
Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Julie...your new kitchen is so charming. What a lovely spot to sip a cup of tea...surrounded by all your treasures! Cheers!
My collection has begun...a sweet owl spoon for my daughter...an owl lover. I'm hooked!
Robyn

pat said...

I've missed you too Julie. I think we've both been in hibernation. Spring cannot come soon enough.. Lovely kitchen, hurrah!!!!

Anna M. Branner said...

Never too many kitchen pictures! You must be both proud and RELIEVED. We are at the tale end of a partial home renovation (the kitchen will come later, and I have saved your pictures!) and I just want to live there now and not deal with the construction for awhile!

I absolutely LOVE your donkey bust. I stalk your etsy site. :)

Pat said...

Julie...Oh, I DO love your new kitchen! I knew I would because you had a hand in it. I will still miss your sweet little 'old' kitchen though, I loved it so, but am proud for you and hope you enjoy many more years in it, cooking, looking out the window and enjoying all that is around you. You and your 'poet's heart!' Happy Valentine's Day, dear friend....pat

susan jenkins said...

OH MY!!!! I LOVE your kitchen!! I know how hard Kim worked, the painting, floor, ceiling and it is amazing!! Of course you KNOW I LOVE that window over your beautiful farm sink!!! Your table will be wonderful in there!! Oh what to say about your beautiful fugurals, amazing, every one!!! All unique and precious!! My favorite? Who could choose???
Wonderful, wonderful all!!
xxoo S

Pauline said...

Your kitchen looks fabulous! I love love love your new busts, particularly the donkey, he is just gorgeous!

Pixie said...

Gorgeous kitchen, and love that finish on the floor.....what a beautiful bright airy space...
Lovely post.
Pixie xx

Claire said...

Hey Julie, what a lovely, light kitchen you now have.
Love your shelf with all your wonderful pieces on it and filling the hutch with all your special treasure would be fun.
I'm sure all the new animal busts will help encourage Spring to arrive.....
The Autumnal change has started here.......

Claire x

Madelief said...

Dear Julie,

What a pretty kitchen you have! Your animals look perfect on the shelves. They are so very pretty!!

Madelief x

makiko hastings said...

absolutely gorgeous kitchen! I LOVE it! Enjoy it Julie. xm

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I love the look of your kitchen and your pottery just makes it home!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Your kitchen is amazing Julie....and it is the perfect place to display your beautiful pottery! What a dreamy place you live in.

*Susycottage* said...

Hello Julie,
I have no words .... your work every
Once enchant me, more and more beautiful.
But you're a fairy out of a book of fairy tales?
I envy your skill, and your creativity .... really!
Love Susy x

Jorgelina said...

Gorgeous kitchen!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I LOVE your new kitchen and your vintage stove! It's just perfect!
V

Garden Celebrations said...

Your marble counters are perfect for pie making! And that stove! The kitchen turned out lovely, Julie!

Laura Tieri said...

Hi Julie! I just found you in a round-about way. I LOVE your work. I was looking at your SOLD pieces in Etsy.Everything is so beautiful!
Your kitchen looks great. We just redid our cottage's kitchen with white cabinets. I'm curious about your stove...are there 4 separate ovens? I see 4 doors there.
I haven't snooped around your blog enough to see where you're located. I'm from Chicago (U.S.).
I'm going back to look around some more. :o)

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Thanks for all your super duper comments , and Laura,
The top door on the left is a broiler, the oven is on the right
the two and the bottom are a warming oven, and a storage drawer.
The top folds down to cover the burners and the center griddle. I'll show that in a future post.
Its an O'Keefe and Merrit, c. about 1948. Thanks for stopping by
xx
julie

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Julie I think your kitchen looks perfect...so light and calm, and such a happy space to cook, bake, eat and sip tea. Your pottery looks so pretty on the shelves, and I am looking forward to seeing the filled hutch!
I love the new busts, especially the sweet donkey.
Wishing you a happy week.
Helen x

Oldflowers4me said...

I love your world...

Zuzu said...

Oh Julie! I don't know how I missed this post - I'm so late to the "party"!
Your kitchen is gorgeous - the perfect showcase for your beautiful pottery. And there could never be too many photos! :)
Hugs,
Zuzu

Maggie Ann said...

Yes, I saw a large group of birds this week.....swooping down together. It caught my breath. Spring is on schedule, just what our Heavenly Father...designed. I do love the cozy warmth of the wood-burner. Oh so much. Happy homemaking to you...I know it all will be so special. And your outlook on things is like sunshine. What a gift! =)

vicki said...

Oh Julie- your kitchen is delightful!! Will you ever want to leave it!! What a beautiful redo- you must be SO excited!! I'm sure by now you have found your wonderful things and have enjoyed many cups of tea in your beautiful new kitchen!

As always- your creations are so lovely-- I love my newest piece so very much!

Vicki

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I think the kitchen is beautiful, full of wonderful light.
The chicken plate on the shelf has to be one of your pieces isn't it. Its perfect.
Susan

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Thank you all for your warming comments, and yes Susan, its my plate, its really rather large, I made it to serve a big bowl of pasta or veggies.
xx
j

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Dear Julie!
What a lovely inspiring kitchen,
and please more donkeys, more busts, more everything <3
XX
Becky

nina said...

it's been such a long time since i visited anyone's blog. now here i am. you have been missed. i love your hutch! the perfect friend for your pieces...xo

Kristin said...

I absolutely LOVE the rabbit in your header picture. What a lovely piece of art it is. I'm envious of your talent. You are so fortunate to be gifted like that!

Kristin

Katherine Dunn said...

You know I love that donkey...

Karen said...

Your kitchen is lovely and the fox and creatures just beautiful! x

Kathryn Glover said...

Julie, Your kitchen is wonderful and bright! I can tell that the love is pouring in with the light. xoxox Kathryn

Roseanna said...

Your new kitchen is splendid! And...I covet that beautiful shaped platter, sigh.

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