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December 19, 2009

~ Gingerbread Kitchen ~

I'm joining in with my Sweet friend Chari at "Happy To Design" I just wanted you to see my Gingerbread Kitchen from last year....Thanks Chari for letting us have a do-over.... First posted December 2008

Hi Guys... Hope all of you had a great day today...I am still working in my kitchen trying to get it all spruced up for Christmas...thought I would give you an up date so far... Now this is the top of my Old wood burning stove...the long glass container is from a bakery and held Fresh baked cookies at one time...behind it is an old scale and I have one of my Blue and White Pitcher and a Butter churn sitting on it...you can also see another Blue and Gray Pitcher in the window...and of course the snow man sitting in a spatter ware bowl.. Now this is the front of the stove...I bought this right out of a collector home about 25 years ago and I love the fact that the oven doors are on the side and it opens from either side..click on any picture and get a closer look at it...this stove is ca. 1900 all the front is porcelain and its triangle shape and I have never seen another like this shape...



Now this is just another space I created...I had the Handy Man go between the studs and add more cabinet space for me to put my Old general store Candy Containers and my TV In ...hey I got to have a TV in the kitchen and didn't want to give up counter space...next to this is a Camel Cigarettes display case from ca. 1940 that I use to put more spatter ware and yellow ware bowls in..on the floor in front are more Butter churns..and that thing with magizines is a Grain scoop and it sits on a Shaker Grain box...



Now this is the back of the Bean Counter that came from a General Store ca. 1880 it has 18 drawers in it...I use it as an Island in my Kitchen...I had the maple cutting board made for the top...I do use this every day...



Now this is the Front of the Bean Counter...all the glass fronts are only maybe 2 inches in depth and this is what you would see at the store and say give me a pound of Beans etc..and all the beans etc would be in the drawer's that I already show you...So this has 18 glass fronts to go with the 18 drawers....I already show you the De Laval Cream parts cabinet I have at one end of the Bean counter and these are some of my Old Picnic Baskets at this end...I keep Potatoes,Onions, and Paper Plates in them...Great storage for me!!!



Now this is my HELLOOOO !!! that you !!! phone that I have hanging at the end of my top cabinets...see I even added some Holly Greens to it and of course a Gingerbread Man... The little book hanging on the phone is an instruction book on how to use a phone....bet this was before Cell phones ?



This is a National Candy Store cash Register and a Hamilton Beach Milk shaker maker that still works... the white thing you see hanging there are paper towels that hang from an Old set of Ice Tongs from my pot rack... Now the Granite on the top of the Bean counter I got when someone ordered it and then didn't want it...so its 8 ft long and I got it for $150.00 and really needed to put something on the top of counter...as people would sit wet drinks down on it and its all Tiger Oak..




Now this is just a Meat slicer from ca. 1880 and I use it to just sit things in...great display piece..and Picket See I have the same Hershey's Cook book as you 1934






This is the other end of the Bean counter with my Chas Parker Coffee Grinder on it and a Blue and White Salt box that I keep my napkins in...and if you look real close you'll see I have a Gingerbread boy trapped in that jar...little tree of course from where else but Dollar Tree...





This is the counter next to my every day stove...I had this mini Bean Bin made to hold all my Chocolate chips and stuff I use to make candy with...I love this because I can move it to any counter top I want for a change and trust me its been all over my counters...Also another Bubble Gum Machine sitting in the corner...Now the Glass containers here are Planter Peanut Containers from a general store... I have nine of these from differ years..I don't use canisters in my kitchen but old glass containers instead..that way I can display them plus put them to use... for added storage...





Just another shot of the counter...my oldest Planter Peanuts container is the 3 one in picture..it still has all the original decals and paint on it...the one next to it is shaped like a Giant Peanut..and the first glass container has a tin lid its just from a soda fountain that sold Candy...I know you can buy new ones like these now days...but is is an old one...There are so many re-pops out there that when you collect you have to be careful you are getting the real thing...





I know my Country Kitchen is not for everyone...but hey !! I am a antique collector and I put things out that make me Happy...So Please girls don't send the "Clutter Cops" after me lol!!!





My way of thinking is "I love it..I paid for it...and I'll clean it .... Hope all of you enjoyed another look into my Country Christmas Kitchen



May you all have a safe and blessed day....Hugs and smiles Gloria



77 comments:

xinex said...

I adore that bean counter...looks very practical. Do you use it for storage? How about the antique oven. Does it still work, Gloria? Do you use it?Looks like your kitchen is already looking Christmassy.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh Gloria what a collection you have!! I love it!!! I so want to jump into those pics of yours and play touch feeling for that is how I shop and look at things!!!

I hope to get a little more decorating done tomorrow - we'll see!!! things just seem to keep coming up- I better hurry up before I have to pack it all back up again!!!

Sure love hearing from you friend!!

blessings
mary

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Gloria,
I think the bean counter is wonderful! So much storage. I enjoyed your tour and comments!

Pug1 said...

GLORIA!!!!!!! You have such COOL vintage pieces!!!! I'm so impressed! LUV IT!!!!!!!! CHEERS Michele

Gollum said...

Everything looks so festive! I would love to see more of the bean counter.Wow--what a great piece.
Love your antiques.
((hugs))
Gollum

Jill said...

I love that bean counter! Love it! mine would be full of doggie treats! I love this antique stuff! love it!

Gollum said...

Gloria, thanks for stopping by. And thank you for asking about the book. I threw away the whole thing and started over. It wasn't a mean, trollish Internal Critic. It was my own MOMMA who worked me over. LOL Now I can't decorate, either, so I'm on a roll.

There is only one cure.

I am sending Young Gollum to Publix tomorrow for a cheesecake sampler. LOL But I am also sending him to Liquor World for stuff to put in eggnog. I gave all those tips to stomp out the IC, and sometimes nothing works but Wild Turkey.

I wish you'd treat yourself to a little Yorkie this Christmas! He or she would have such a wonderful, loving parent.I read a book a long time ago by Anne Tyler (I believe it was Accidental Tourist),and she said she wished hotels had cats and dogs--sort of like smoking and non smoking rooms. "I'll take the room with a view--and an orange cat!" Although you and I would pick a Yorkie.

((Hugs))

Anonymous said...

Hi Gloria, I just read Gollum's comment about hotels and cats and dogs. We have a hotel in the downtown area where people are welcome to bring their cats and dogs and a pet bed is provided. It's the Hotel DeLuxe (an old Portland hotel which used to be called The Mallory). Oops--I got side-tracked. I'm here to check out your kitchen and your Christmas decorations. You're inspiring me to get busy! In the past few weeks I've had much to do. With cold weather here, I'm turning my energy back to the interior. I haven't updated anything on RMS, because I'm busy. But never too busy for you. Love and hugs. Fieldstone/Pam

Sue said...

mornin sweet g! wow girl so much great stuff to look at, my old brain can't even remember what I just read! LOL!! All your things are just fabulous, the wood stove, the bean cabinet, the cash register and phone, gosh G, I just love your kitchen!! I wish mine was bigger, I would love to have an island! No wonder you been MIA, This post was alotta work!! Loved it sweetie, now rest today ok!! xoxoxo

marty39 said...

I Loved the tour of your kitchen and your antiques are such great fun. I would display all of them also if I had them. Loved it.

Kristen said...

WOW such great things. I would love to come to your kitchen...the kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in a house.

bj said...

Oh, your country kitchen is awesome! I love every thing in it and would arm wrestle you for that crock with the gingerbread man standing on.
Have a wonderful time in your sweet kitchen...
love, bj

bj said...

Oh, your country kitchen is awesome! I love every thing in it and would arm wrestle you for that crock with the gingerbread man standing on.
Have a wonderful time in your sweet kitchen...
love, bj

bj said...

I adore your country kitchen...everything looks fabulous...

bj said...

oops, sorry...i posted twice...duh!!

Bo said...

Hi little Gloria...You have the most fascinating home...I love seeing all of your treasures & I agree totally with your philosophy of "you love it, you paid for it & you'll clean it"...LOL ;-) Bo

Glenda said...

You have too many treasures for me to be able to pick just one, however the bean counter remains a favorite along with your antique stove and collection of milk churns. I still remember watching my Aunt churn milk and pressing the resulting butter into her butter molds. Thanks for the memory trip.

santamaker said...

Hey Gloria,
How fascinating to take a tour of your home! I want that bean counter! WOW... that's the neatest piece ever!
Your place is looking very festive! But YOU are the best ornament in your house!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love your amazing kitchen, Gloria! Thanks so much for the tour.

Jessica said...

Gloria~ your kitchen is darling. I adore the bean counter; I remember it from RMS. I oohed & awed over it way back then. :) Great clickable pictures, too. I can admire every knook & cranny!

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs~ J

laurie said...

It takes me SO long to visit your blog. There are just so many wonderful and interesting treasures to see. I have to enlarge every photo and study them closely, so I don't miss anything. Love that old stove. Heck, I love it all. laurie

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Gloria, Love the bean counter! So unique! I spotted some gingerbread men in your home too. Like you said...they are getting hard to find. Hobby Lobby ran out really quick. I guess they are popular this year. Have a great day!Kristen

Lynne said...

Gloria your kitchen just rocks.. I am in love with that bean counter. Wouldn't it look awesome in my shop? Now the register is just awesome..however, I'm glad mine is abit more modern..lol.You truly have some unique things. I can see many a happy hour drinking coffee in your kitchen. Do you think we could get Len to wait on us? I miss you too darling.
hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Gloria, Love it all! I've never heard of a bean counter but now I want one too. It's gorgeous! Love the cash register as well.
I wanted to let you know I have tried to sign your guest book and can't get my mouse to click in it. I think it's the Christmas background. I'll sign as soon as I can. HAVE A GOOD ONE! ~Melissa :)

Picket said...

Man....what a post full of glorious eye candy!!!! I think it is illegal to have that much antique goodness all in one home! lol lol I need you to adopt me that way I want have to fight with the other kids when you leave me that bean counter and that phone and well anything in this post! lol lol Girl I could just live in this kitchen & be so at home..you lucky dawg you! Love ya girl...have a beautiful day! ♥

Sue said...

OMG GLORIA!! you got me and amelia laughing our butts off, first Dot now you!!! love ya girl!!

profenretraite said...

Hi Gloria..Well, as usual, I am amazed at the number of really unique antiques you have managed to collect! Everything is gorgeous!!...Debbie

Chari said...

{{{GLORIA}}}

Big hugs and sweet sloppy kisses to you this morning, my friend...hehe!!! Just stopping in to say "Hello" and to see what you've been up to! Goodness Gracious Girl...you have been busy decorating...your kitchen looks absolutely divine!!! I loveeeee all of your cute lil' gingerbread men!!! And I just love your newest addition from Lynne...so sweet!!!

Well...I've been trying to get my home decorated...I'm on day 3 of trying...hehe!!! I'm moving soooo slow and not getting much done...we're having really cold weather and my old bones have really been screaming at me! I do a little then I do and lay down...so at this rate, I might just get it all done by Christmas...hehe!!! Just had to stop by and tell ya that I miss ya and love ya bunches!!! Have a great day Sweetie...

Chari

ann said...

OH GLORIA,I DO LOVE YOUR TIQUES AN IT REALLY IS STARTING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS AT YOUR HOUSE,HUH??...ANN

Tootsie said...

you don't miss a thing! looks great friend. can't wait to see more!
thanks for the visit this morning

Tootsie said...

you need to move your guest book to the bottom of the large part of your blog...we can't sign it where it is...it is too small of a space and part of it is cut off!

squawmama said...

I love your antiques Gloria... I collect them too but it is a drop in the bucket compared to you... And the holiday decorations are looking good girlfriend... Have a good night

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Lady Katherine said...

You have a lot of things I have! I do not have your stove or the bean counter thats great! I love your kitchen. I do not have built in cabinets, I have hooiser, glass pie safes, tin punch pie safe, I could go on, I'll have show it one day. Yours is wonderful!

Lady Katherine said...

You have a lot of things I have! I do not have your stove or the bean counter thats great! I love your kitchen. I do not have built in cabinets, I have hooiser, glass pie safes, tin punch pie safe, I could go on, I'll have show it one day. Yours is wonderful!

lvroftiques said...

Gloria it's a little overwhelming for me!! There's so much that I love!! I'm like a kid in a candy store! That bean counter is a dream piece for me! And I've never ever seen a stove like that triangular one of yours!I know I've said it before but your tiques are spectacular girl!! Vanna

kymber said...

Gloria, I am positively drooling over your bean counter - I would love to have that much space to store things. You are a fortunate girl! I love your blues in your kitchen too. Your kitchen looks so homey and warm.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post about sharing the crafts that we all are working on. As time goes by, I hope to have enough new cyberfriends to participate each wednesday so that we will have lots of new sources of inspiration to motivate us.

You have such a lovely home - Thank you for sharing it with us!
Kymber

Chrissy said...

OH this tour did me good, I think its been 10 whole minutes since I thought about getting another crown!!!!Always glad to see you have stopped by..

salmagundi said...

I finally got here to check out part 2 of your kitchen. So much to see and take in - I was enlarging pictures like crazy!! We have the very same gum ball machine that you do - it came out of my husband's family grocery store. We also have a glass cannister similiar to the one you have spaghetti (I Think??) in that came out of the store, also. No clutter in your kitchen - just neat stuff!! Sally

Diane said...

I love your bean counter!!! I drool everytime I see it too. Your gingerbread people & snowpeople make me smile everytime I see them too. Great job my friend! ♥ Diane

imjacobsmom said...

Gloria, You have so many cute things! I'm loving your bean counter, your crocks, your picnic baskets, etc. It all looks so warm and homey to me. ~ Robyn

Carrie said...

Your kitchen is fascinating with all the antique implements. The Christmas elements you've added to the decor add just the right amount of holiday delights to the setting.

Carrie said...

Your kitchen is fascinating with all the various antique implements. The holiday elements you've added are just the right touch for holiday cheer.

Anonymous said...

Gloria there is no doubt you have the best collection ever! I love that bean counter too and my grandma had a phone like that hanging in her kitchen too... hymmn I wonder what happened to that? So many unique wonderful things, what a thrill it would be to tour this great place in person. Thank-you so much for sharing all of your wonderful things with us. Love, Cindy

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Gloria, You have so many beautiful things. I love your antiques. I am sure it took years to collect so many treasures. We do not allow clutter police in blogland. And you do not have clutter.
Hugs, Terrie

nikkicrumpet said...

I think that is the most amazing kitchen ever! There are so many neat things...it's unreal! that island is some kind of special treasure!!! What a story your kitchen could tell with all that history.

Diane said...

Gloria,
You are just too funny!!! I know what you mean about all the decorations. I keep thinking how quickly time is rushing by & I'm not anywhere near finished. I may be on floor under the table before this is done too.

How did the white fudge turn out? It sounds so yummy. I attempted to make fudge once & it was awful! Didn't do that one again! ♥ Diane

Kristen said...

Thanks for stopping by. Looks like you are way ahead of the game on the Christmas decorating. I finished and may post a few pictures today. We do things pretty simple...less to clean up later :)
Have a good day

Lynne said...

Good morning sweetie.. yippee you get to stay home and enjoy yourself.. I'm in the shop today..so hope to be able to catch up on some visiting off and on..boy I'm behind on that huh? Miss ya girl..hugs ~lynne~

Shelia said...

Morning, Gloria! Oh, I just love all your pretties. My Mr.Precious would love to have that beautiful cash resgister. Honey, you must have one big kitchen to house all your things.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deb said...

Hi Gloria! You are quite a collector. I love the stove and bean cabinet and a host of other things. Beautiful! Deb

Sue said...

hey sweet G, I'm almost ready for the BIG BOY! I have to go to Target tomorrow for my wrapping paper and a bunch of other goodies, then after I wrap and redo the tree, I'll be ready! Yup I gotta redo the tree, I'm not happy with it! Amelia broke one of my good ornaments yesterday, oh well, what can ya do!LOL! have a good one sweetie! xo

Carrie said...

Hello Gloris,
Thank you for your visits to my nativity blog. I just wanted to let you know that I just posted about the second holiday giveaway. Here's the link:
http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/12/second-holiday-giveaway.html
Carrie

Lynette said...

Hi Gloria - love, love, love that bean counter - it is incredible!! You have been so busy, everything looks great!! I always love your posts -
Take care ~

Lynette said...

Hi Gloria - love, love, love that bean counter - it is incredible!! You have been so busy, everything looks great!! I always love your posts -
Take care ~

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Well I LOVED taking the tour through your kitchen! I feel like I am back in some general store where you can buy candy for a penny! You have some AMAZING things lady! How do you find all these treasures? and that's exactly what they are...treasures! and it's wonderful that you are preserving a part of the past with all of them. I could spend hours in your kitchen just gazing around.
I really think you should contact Country Home out to your place for a magazine spread. You have so many antiques that people don't see anymore! Hmm...now you've got me thinking about switching houses - maybe my great old Uncle would like to see his niece again! haa! ;) Thanks for coming back by and I took your advice and put the nativity scene picture as the front of my blog. Great idea from you girl! :) Be back soon. ~ Laurie

ceekay said...

Great kitchen...love all the antiques...especially the register.
You must be thrilled to have all those things around you each day!

Donna Marie said...

Gloria,

Your Kitchen looks simply marvelous daaahhling!!!!!


xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Tomarie said...

G~~Your kitchen is one of my FAVS on RMS!! I love the bean counter and all the wonderful antiques!! I just love the way you honor history! Your blue tiles are just gorgeous!! L~

Alicia said...

I love the bean counter! So much storage space. Very necessary in every kitchen.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Gloria!

You have some absolutely awesome cool things! love the cash register and Shake maker!! What fun it was to take a peek in your kitchen!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Madeline's Album said...

Gloria, you have so many great antiques in your home. You could start an antique store, but I know you would hate to part with any of the items you have. Everything looks so nice and Christmasy. Have a blessed Sunday. Madeline

Keetha Broyles said...

Very lovely, Gloria! Out of ALL THOSE beautiful things, the little crooked Christmas tree is what most caught my eye - - - and made me chuckle!

Vivian said...

This is the first time I have visited your blog. I love your kitchen. I can't wait to take awhile and sit down and read your archives. Merry Christmas.

Lettered Cottage said...

Oh what a beautiful post! I MUST go antique shopping today! Thank you for the inspiration. :-)

Layla

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Love your kitchen Gloria! The bean counter is the neatest "island" I've ever seen in a kitchen...and so much storage! I could just tour your wonderful rooms for hours...so many fabulous treasures. Thank you for sharing them with us! I'm finalllly off work for a few days and getting to visit my buds in Blogland! Yipee!
Merry Christmas, sweet friend!
Susan

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Gloria, what a wonderful collection. I love, love the bean counter. Heck, I love it all!!!

Merry Christmas to you, sweet girl. Wishing you all of God's many blessings!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Chari said...

Mornin' Sis...

What a treat...to get to see your fabulous Christmas kitchen from last year! I just love it, Sis...ofcourse, you knew I did!!! Hehe! When I was looking for your Christmas gift this year...I started by looking for gingerbread men because I knew you decorated with them in your kitchen for Christmas! Well...that's when I ran into the pretty black toile runner, etc! Ohhh...by the way, I'm glad that you took the brown placemats back and got the black toile ones! That is what I ordered for you anyway! Good deal!!!

Well Darlin', I just love looking at your fabulous kitchen! And...it's so funny because each time I do, I find something new to see! For instance, I have always loved that gorgeous antique National Candy store cash register but today was the first time I noticed that it had all the fleur de lis on it! Ohhhh Sis...what a treasure!!!

I am always so intriqued by your antique oven and it's so pretty! They always decorated everything so pretty back in the olden days! I just love that it has double doors and the fact that they are located on the sides of the oven is just awesome!!! Just wondering, does this oven still work? Of course, I just adore your big ol' bean counter! I think it was a genius of an idea to use it in your kitchen for the kitchen island! And...can you believe your good fortune of finding that beautiful slab of granite for just $150? Ohhh my goodness...that was the deal of the century, Sis!!! You just have some of the most fabulous antique pieces in your home...I love it!!! One of the things that I have always really liked and think is such a great idea...is how you have made all of these beautiful shelves to display all of your pretties...cutting into the wall and making build-ins is such a grand idea!!!

Well, Darlin'...what a treat to be able to see some of your awesome collections in your kitchen! I always have sooo much fun looking through everything!!! And I loved getting to see all of those adorable gingerbread men again too!!!

So happy that you decided to share this fabulous post again with us for Sunday Favorites, Sis!!! It was such a treat...thank you!!!

Sooo...are you about finished with your Christmas baking? I haven't even started mine yet. We went to town yesterday and I got all my supplies so I will have to get busy this week! I may not be around blogland as much! We'll see! Love ya, Sweetie...so happy to see you today!!!

Chari

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Gloria! I have so enjoyed myself in your kitchen! I love all of your wonderful olden things and you really know how to set them up to look their best! I'm still loving that long glass thingy that held cookies! I have never seen anything like that in my life! Now you didn't show everyone your blue sink! I adore your blue sink and want you to share it too! :)
Be a sweetie and I wish you and your dear family a very Merry Christmas.
Love you,
Shelia ;)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Now Girlfriend,, you know I adore your bean counter.. I'm drooling over it now...so that spot I'm sorry is mine.. You do have some of the most incredible things. I could stay for months and enjoy each and everything you have.. now that being said, if you find something missing it's here. I promise to take reallllll good care of it, love it as you do and keep it clean... lol.. I've truly enjoyed seeing your kitchen again. I sure hope the little gingerbread boy trapped in your apothacary jar gets to come out soon... many many hugs my friend... love ya
~lynne~

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

I loved looking around your beautiful Gingerbread kitchen.
You are a Girl after my own heart ~ I love antique things too.
Your stove and the bean counter are fabulous, well everything is but those really stood out.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,
Hugs
Carolyn

fairfieldhouse said...

Gloria,

I am a fellow antique collector (I live in an 1880s Victorian) and admire all the pieces you shared; especially the general store (bean) counter and cash register.

I'm new to blogging but will return.

Merry Christmas!

La Dolfina said...

Hi Gloria,

Wow, what a kitchen! I can only imagine the good times that roll thru there! Merry Christmas to you, my sweet lady!!
God Bless,
xo
Terri

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

That bean counter is AMAZING! Wow, what a great piece!
~Michelle

Melissa Miller said...

Just GORGEOUS in your kitchen! Love the gingerbread men and all the "pretties" here. You do such a great job decorating your home.

I'm just admiring my precious pinecone again. Thank you so much for thinking of us sweet Gloria!

podso said...

Am enjoying this repost...I love all your old things!

ceekay said...

You are doing it to me again!!
Oh, it is 11 oclock at night...but if I could I would go to an antique store...I need a fix after seeing your lovelies!!

Vivian said...

I love your kitchen. I am on the look out for a Hoosier Cabinet at this time. (Hopefully fairly inexpensive.) Wish me luck.