Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!


Another year older and I hope... wiser. :)

Hubby and I are going out to lunch to celebrate. We have a coupon to a favorite cafeteria. Nothing fancy but anytime someone else is cooking and doing dishes is a celebration. My gift from him was $10.00 to spend at Goodwill. A great gift!

I thought I'd show you that the mini island I moved from the wall into the center of the kitchen is working great. Even hubby is used to it being there (and he takes awhile to get used to changes).


It continues to hold my huge mixing bowl and the vintage bowls nesting inside it. I don't need that really big bowl often but when I do... it is the perfect size.


All three of the nesting bowls have the same design but were purchased from garage sales separately. I love having them so handy and with a small kitchen, I use storage wherever I can create it.


While I had the camera out, I took a picture of my Dayspring tea tray. I did have a beautiful patchwork of vintage hankies on it (inspired by Friend Debra, who won the Dayspring give away a few months ago). I came across this lovely scrapbooking paper in my stash and thought it would look pretty for late summer through autumn.

I love this Dayspring tea tray... the back of it is similar to a picture frame which allows you to place whatever you want under the glass.

By the way, the teapot and teacup shown are among my favorites... the teapot was a birthday present from Stephanie when she worked in a coffee and tea shop in college, the "July" teacup was a gift from her to remember our time spent at Old Sturbridge Village together a few years ago.

I'll be back later today with another pantry post... Lord willing and the creek don't rise.

43 comments:

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Brenda, Happy Birthday! I hope you have a delightful day and a whole new wonderful year of grace!

b said...

Happy, happy birthday to you!
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Elizabeth

Becky K. said...

Hope your birthday is wonderful!

Happy Birthday to you!

Becky K.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Happy, happy birthday Brenda! I hope you find something marvelous at Goodwill and enjoy your lunch out!

Manuela

P.S. Love the tray makeover!

Lindsey in AL said...

Happy birthday, Brenda! You are in excellent company as today is the day my baby turns 2 and my dad and his twin have their special day as well.

Many happy returns!

And I love your tea tray! I will have to look for something like that myself, or maybe talk Dad into making me one :D

Debby said...

Happy Birthday to you, Brenda!!! I even have a special birthday greeting for you on my blog!

DarcyLee said...

Happy birthday, Brenda! Enjoy your day.

Shan said...

Dearest Brenda,

Happiest of Birthday Wishes!

Yours kindredly,
Shan
Honey Hill Farm

Kimberly said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! You are a blessing!

freetobeme - Anita said...

I wish for you a very happy, happy birthday!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Happiest Birthday! I hope it is full of loveliness!

Those bowls are just like ones that my mom had while I was growing up! Memories!

Enjoy your day, Brenda. I am thankful for you and the thoughts you share here on your blog!

Vee said...

Happy Birthday, Brenda! It sounds as if it is shaping up to be a wonderful one.

Suburban Simplicity said...

Happy Birthday -- hope you have a wonderful day :)
Sandra

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Brenda!!!So glad you were born!!Blessings~Sharon

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! God bless you!

Matty

Pom Pom said...

Happy Birthday! I wish you cake!

cheri said...

Oh, happy day! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Brenda! Hope your day was special.

Lori in PA

Lallee said...

Brenda, I'm so glad I happened to stop in and check on you today. Happy Birthday!!!!! I hope it is a most wonderful day for you, and an even better year. God's best blessings to you, friend. Don't forget to tell us what you find at Goodwill.
XO,
Lallee

Anonymous said...

A very Happy Birthday to one of my favorite bloggers! Yours is the first one I read each day. Thank you sooooo much for the wisdom and advice that you give all of us readers. May you have many more happy birthdays and I wish you love, health, happiness, and the many blessings that come from our Heavenly Father! Dianne

Margaret's Ramblings said...

You won't believe it but while I was reading this I was drinking tea out of a cup and saucer identical to your one. I bought it a few weeks ago in our village charity shop. It made my day. We must have excellent taste.

Happy Birthday

Margaret

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Brenda - it's such a wonderful day in our little corner of the Midwest - I hope the sun is shining brightly on your corner too! I do hope your Goodwill cash will go far and something just meant for you will be there to make your heart sing and remind you of your Heavenly Father's tender loving care!

Patty said...

Happy Birthday, Brenda..have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!
I have the four piece refrigerator set that matches your bowls. Part of it was a gift, and part of it came from Goodwill.
Have a wonderful Goodwill treasure hunt with your birthday money.
nancyr

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Brenda!!! Hope your day brings many memories to cherish throughout the years. Happy hunting at the Goodwilltoo! Your hubby sure picked out a good gift!! He knows his wife doesn't he! Jody

Quinne said...

Happy Birthday, Brenda! Love & hugs, Q

Gretchen said...

Happy Birthday Brenda! I love your island there. I know what it is like to have a small kitchen.

I've never seen those trays with the glass. That's a terrific idea.

Gretchen

Susan B said...

Happy Birthday, Brenda!! I hope you had a lovely lunch, and day!

Sue said...

Many happy returns of the day, Brenda!

I also hope this coming year is full of the Lord's blessings for you and your family.

PS I have those 3 mixing bowls. They were a wedding present for my first marriage, back in 1978. I still love THEM, at least. (only being partly facetious...)

Raewyn said...

Happy, happy birthday, dear 'Grandmother'! I'm so grateful to God that He "nudged" you to began a blog - you've been so inspiring to me, day after day, with your perfect words that cheer me up and say gently in between the lines, "It's all right...everything will be fine. Be at peace. Have hope."

You share so much of yourself through this blog and I had to say a heartfelt thank you, as I know your honesty has cost you at times, with rude comments.

But, when I come to your little corner, it really is like I'm going to visit 'Grammie'...and even though I may not have the pleasure of sitting in your actual kitchen or living room, enjoying tea or little goodies with you, I am always cheered and warmed when I come to "visit" and read your blog. I couldn't ask for a better aunt/grandmother sort of person, so thank you, Brenda, and the very best birthday wishes to you. May you have a scrumptious day down to the moment before you go to bed after a cup of tea. :)

Much love,
your little'granddaughter',
Grace

Rhonda Jean said...

Happy birthday Brenda! You'll catch up to me soon. ;- ) I hope you and your husband enjoy your lunch out. Loved the photos today. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Happy, happy birthday, Brenda. May you have a wonderful year! (MD)

Anonymous said...

Blessings to you on this anniversary of your birth! Thank you for posting so often; it lifts me up!

Friend Debra

Rachel and Family said...

Happy Birthday! Lovely photos!

Jennie said...

Brenda, Happy Birthday!

Sallie said...

Happy Birthday, Brenda!

I have the set of those same bowls. Those were the bowls my mom always used when I was growing up. When my grandma passed away, she had a set as well that was just like new. They came home with me and I use them regularly. I plan on getting a set to give to Caroline when she is old enough. :-)

Abounding Treasures said...

Hope your birthday was wonderful, Brenda :o)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Brenda and many,many more. I have never posted to your blog which I truly enjoy reading each day...but I did want to wish you well on your special day! Blessing to you and your loved ones.

nanniereese

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Brenda, I pray you had a fantastic birthday. It sounds like you had a nice lunch (can't wait to hear about it) and a shopping trip to find some treasures. We're not really older, we're more mature. Happy Birthday to you!!!!

Carrot Top said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! May the Lord bless you, and keep you, may the Lord cause His face to shine on you and give you peace.

You are loved so very much!

Carrot Top

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to YOU!

Please forgive the day-late arrival. Let's just say this greeting marinated a bit longer than the rest and therefore may pack a bit more flavor -- that's my story and I'm sticking by it. : D (It was my Mother-in-law's Bday yesterday, also. I DID get her greeting out on time. Whew!)

Workin' MAMA! said...

you have inspired me -
i'm rather new to your site - and loving the pantry posts - as your way of doing things reminds me fondly of my mama, grandmama's, aunts --- and so, as a wife of 1 and mother of 2, ii only have to visit the grocery store for produce and dairy - bread too...
that's it!

thanks for the inspiration - I plan to work my way through all your posts eventually!

love the musiq!

latrice
working mama in the northwest!

Deb said...

A VERY Belated Happy B'day to you Brenda!! I hope Blogger notifies you of comments that come in on much earlier posts. I'm catching up tonight on your blog; I had 24 posts not read. Now I'm almost done. Very interesting and enjoyable reading.