Our sponsor this week is Taylored Expressions! They were kind enough to give each member of the design member our pick of a petite stamp set. With the theme in mind, I fell in love with their kitschy kitchen set.
I spent summers of my very, very early years on my grandparents' farm in eastern South Dakota. Besides farming, they also had Hereford cows and I was told that for years their was a picture in the state capital of one of their prize-winning Herefords with a little blonde girl on its back - that would be me!!
I have very few specific memories, but a lot of impressions. I remember being scared of the chicken coop, the dark and never-used dining room and the steep and squeaky stairs to the upstairs bedrooms. I remember loving the cool and shady strawberry patch, the long tree-lined walk to the field when we carried grandpa's lunch to him, and I most definitely remember the kitchen.
My memory of the kitchen is simply that it was spacious, smelled great, and that it had a large booth-type table inset into the wall. It's probably my strongest memory, so I have to imagine that there were happy times in that kitchen! I do wonder if it really was as large as I remember it, but my mother had told me that grandma could easily feed a dozen farm-hands.
Here is one of the few pictures that I have of that time. This my great-grandmother, mother, me and grandma in the farmhouse living room.
Given those memories, I had to work with the Taylored Expressions Kitschy Kitchen set!