"On the first day of spring, whenever that may be, any day of March, April or May, the sky is swept clear of cloud and rain and winter murk, the morning sun shines in through the kitchen window and there is a little warmth in it.
Start to spring clean, very early."
This is a quote for a sweet book called "Through the Kitchen Window" by Susan Hill. I did some spring cleaning in my kitchen last week.
I dusted my canisters and made sure they were full.
Here is the rest of Susan's quote...
"Turn out the cupboards. Sweep to the back, cleaning all the debris of spilled rice and sugar and currants and dead ants; rub away the sticky round rings of jam and marmalade. Throw out half-empty packets and half-full jars with lost lids, and dented cans and unlabeled bottles. Rip off the dirty shelf papers. Brush cobwebs from corners.
Soon, everything smells of hot soapy water, and woodwork drying slowly in the sun and the spring breeze blowing through the open door."
Along with spring cleaning, I also got out some of my special things to display. They had been put away around the holidays and I had forgotten about them.
This shelf holds a special plate and server that was a birthday gift from my mom. In the front are our mini creamers. We have a cow, elephant and bunny so far.
My friend, Julieann recently asked what we have on the top of our refrigerators. I have various tea things and a pitcher. They were all found at resale stores over the years.
I completely rearranged my sideboard last week. Here is the "before" from this past Christmas...
I tried to overcome my symmetrical issues by making things uneven. :0)
I've been wanting to do "Art Study" with the girls and Benjamin so I framed the first picture we will be looking at. Dried roses are in the silver dish and there is a Mourning Dove nest under the glass.
Various tea books and jars of apple butter are on the left.
After cleaning, I brought in some of my Asparagus fern and Columbine to enjoy in the house.
Lastly, I want to show you an idea I read about in an old Victoria magazine. I see teacup saucers that are missing their cups in antique stores quite often. They can be used as saucers for other glasses too.
If you have been spring cleaning, be sure to reward yourself with a special treat!
Thank you for looking at the pictures of my springtime kitchen!