Show & Tell – Kitchen Accessories

While planning my kitchen makeover, I did my best to resist buying any new kitchen accessories. However, now the end is in sight, and the BIG full reveal planned for next week, I have succumbed to a few purchases over the past few weeks. This week they are my Show and Tell.

I am also joining in the with Melissa at The Inspired Room and Hooked on Fridays today over at Hooked on Houses – as I seem to be hooked on a certain colour combination! Can you guess what colours?!

The new apron
The pastry brush and spatula, oven ware and serving plate

The spoon rest

The new washing-up bowl!

and of course a few I have already shared….

the COOK letters
the pottery I painted myself

the new glasses.
Am I a sad person that I want to blog about a new apron and washing-up bowl? All were bargins, and apart from the letters, they all cost less than Β£5.

So, final painting and finishing permitting, we will have the new kitchen, it all it’s glory, next week. I hope you will join me!

For more Show and Tell on fridays, visit There’s No Place Like Home.

In other news, I have completed 6 new bracelets. Some new charms and beads I ordered have now arrived, so I can’t wait to use them.

The new items will soon be available and you can check them HERE or MY ETSY store.
ALERT – proud mummy moment coming up

Yesterday at school both my daughters were named Super Kids of the month! These are given out to a number of pupils each month for great effort and attitude.

My daughters got them for great handwriting, careful work and smiling. The other for being a great friend and great progress in reading. I love that the awards are not just for academic achievements, but for lovely social skills too.

Tonight is the opening of the new buildings and facilities at our kids’ primary school. Yesterday we made 5 dozen brownies to sell this evening at the event in aid of UNICEF.

I am also helping tonight to sell a photo montage of the old school (now demolished) which I created to raise money for more play equipment for the new school.

Finally …promise…….You asked – I answer. I will make my way through the questions, in no particular order!

Question from Creative Junkie Were you born and raised in Ireland? Was your husband?

Yes, yes and yes! I was born in Co Fermanagh, and have spent most of my life in Co Antrim, both in Northern Ireland (apart from one year when we moved to England for my husband’s work).

My husband was born and raised in County Armagh. As Northern Ireland is such a small place, nowhere is ever very far away!

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  1. Wow, your new kitchen will look great!!! Photos you showed are stunning πŸ™‚
    I also love your bracelet, it’s fabulous!!!
    And congratulations on your wonderful kids, you have to be very proud πŸ™‚

  2. That’s one of my favorite blues! I love all of your new kitchen accessories. What’s an outfit without accessories, right? Speaking of accessories, your bracelets are beautiful. What a fun new venture.

  3. congrats to the girls!!!! Those brownies look yummy!!! I love the soft blue to you using.
    Happy Scrapin’ Kat
    Keepsake-Creators Co-Owner

  4. I love the blues and actually thought they were the Nigella Lawson range until yu said they were bargains:) Very well chosen.

  5. Well, I love all the light blue items! I can’t wait for the full kitchen reveal next week! Ours still has three more weeks to go.

  6. Hello! How proud you must for BOTH your girls to receive such a wonderful award.
    I love the pottery you painted too! Very clever.
    I lived in Cork for 5 years with my husband who now lives in Australia with me. I do love Ireland (& Northern Ireland although I have not seen much more than a little of Down and Antrim!)

  7. Your kitchen treasures are so sweet and I love that blue. I can imagine your kitchen will be lovely! Thank you for sharing with us.


  8. Strange? No!
    A kindred spirit? Yes!

    Love your knew apron and fabulous blue finds!



  9. I cannot wait for the kitchen reveal! I’m loving your choice of colors and if I could, I’d reach right into my monitor and yank those COOK letters out and plunk them on my counter.


  10. I love the colors of your new kitchen! Beautiful painted pottery! What type of paint did you use? This gives me an idea to custom do my own pottery.:)

    Congrats on your daughters rewards! You have every right to be proud!

  11. I’m visiting from Julia’s Hooked on Fridays blog party…

    I really like all your new kitchen accessories, especially the pottery that you painted πŸ™‚ The apron is pretty too — love that colour!!

    Congrats to your girls on their awards. You’re right, it’s important to acknowledge all different skills, not only academic achievement πŸ™‚

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  12. Where did you get that apron???? I LOVE IT! I’m looking for a pretty apron right now. πŸ™‚

  13. Hello JanMary…

    This is my very first visit to your blog…I find it quite delightful!!! So very nice to meet you!

    I love, love, LOVE your new kitchen colors!!! I must admit that those pretty aqua blues have been showing up at my place too! Hehe! The aqua is so pretty with the crisp white…so fresh and pretty! No, No, No…you are not sad for blogging about your new apron or wash bowl! I think we should be proud and thankful for all that we have!!! I for one, enjoyed seeing all of your pretties! I hope to be back for your new kitchen reveal next week!

    Congratulations to your beautiful daughters in their achievements!!! They sure are beautiful girls…I can see why they received an award for smiling…how very sweet!!! And I totally agree with you…I think it’s important to acknowledge our children for such “social skills”!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family and home with all of us!
    Warmest wishes,

  14. Congrats on your daughters achivements, nothing warms a mother’s soul like watching their children do well. Your kitchen is lovely in all those fresh shades of blue.

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