When you've been a collector all your life, by the time you're in your 80s, you've likely accumulated a lot of stuff. That's the case with Mitch's aunt Gin. She's not only a collector (of many things) she's also the type of person who finds it very, very difficult to throw anything away. Anything. She's lived alone in a little house across the street from Mitch's parents for many years until a couple of years ago when she had a fall and was all alone. Since then she's lived with my in-laws. At first she would go to her house some during the day and sew or work in her yard, but feeling more and more frail, she's nearly stopped going home at all. When she heard Alyssa may be looking for a little house to rent she offered hers. The conditions were that Alyssa pay the utilities and look after her cat. She jumped at the offer and couldn't wait to get to work making the little house her own. Gin didn't mind if she painted, she just wanted to be sure none of her stuff was thrown away.
After about a week of scrubbing, and painting, and thinning, the kitchen is looking good. It's a sweet, cottage kitchen, just what Alyssa wanted. Gin went over for the first time yesterday to see the changes. It was hard to judge her reaction at first. She just kept saying it's not the same place. Finally I asked if she was sad, did she wish it was the way it had been. She shook her head and said no, I like it better this way. Phew, we were beginning to worry.
Nearly everything in the after pictures was there before, just lost among a lifetime of collections. A few things are Alyssa's, like the knobs on the cabinets.
The tablecloth was my contribution.
The washboard wasn't always decorative, it was really used for washing clothes. The wooden bowl behind the rolling pin was made by Gin's father. It's a dough bowl for making biscuits. I doubt it will get any more use than the washboard in Alyssa's kitchen.
I better start looking for some fabric to dress up those windows.
Up next, the living room.
On an unrelated note, if you are interested in hearing me say ahhmm about 50 times in less than 5 minutes, check this out. When the very talented, very kind, Lori asked to interview me for her podcast, Sew Forth Now, I very nervously agreed. You see, I have a voice for blogging and I communicate much better when there's a backspace button. Lori did a wonderful job with the interview and made me feel very at ease. If you can stand to listen to my southern drawl (I can't) you might get some ideas for handmade Christmas gifts. Check out the other episodes while you're there.