Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tiles and Smiles

Look what I got in the mail today! A while ago I gave away some flannel scraps and fat quarters I knew I would never use. Donnelly was the recipient of those scraps, and this is what she made to thank me! It was wrapped up in this delicate, pretty tissue with the nicest card!

And see what's inside - a lovely, handmade, tatted doily! There aren't many people who practice the art of tatting anymore - Donnelly's work is outstanding! And she said: "I used a vintage Coats and Clark size 30 that I picked up at one of our local thrift stores. I love the feel and colors of vintage threads. The spool still had the original $0.19 sticker on it!" So stop on over to Donnelly's blog for a visit!
Here is what greeted us when we arrived at the Squash House on Thursday - the frosted beach glass tile in the kitchen is installed! I am so happy I can barely contain myself! It is exactly as I envisioned and the installers work is incredible! Already the kitchen feels warm and cozy! There is only one more thing do to in there - new cabinet and drawer faces. We're having them custom built by a local contractor. See those two upper doors on the right side? They will have clear, hammered glass inserts and open from the center out. They will also have hidden European hinges and can be opened without hardware - although I will add it at some point just for decoration.
Here is a closer view of the tile against the stove.
Below is the new sink and faucet. I can pull the nozzle out and fill a pan with water as it sits on the stove! The sink is extra deep at 11 inches (maybe too deep - we shall see). That little fixture to the right of the faucet is a built-in soap dispenser.
And here is the crowning glory - my Maple Bar finished and installed! We had them use the same stain as on the butcher block counters, but because they are two different grades of maple, the stain is slightly darker on the burled maple. That's what I wanted, though - something unique and different! Oh - you can also see that I haven't replaced the switch covers yet. I think I'll use enameled porcelain covers, so I need to look around for different options.
Here is another view - looking the opposite direction.
This is a close-up of the maple burl stained and finished.
More fun things to show you tomorrow - stay tuned!

26 comments:

onlymehere said...

This turned out beautiful! I can hardly wait until tomorrow! Cindy

Orcsmom said...

The kitchen is turning out gorgeous! I also have a deep sink, 2 sided, and I love it! Especially for soaking roasting pans around the holidays. I have also used it as an ice bucket for bunko. Of course the sink is cleaned out real well first, but then I fill it with ice, and everyone puts their choice of beverage in there to get cold, and close at hand. Can't wait for tomorrow's shots!

Pam

Trisha said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful, Candace! I love the tile. And oh my gosh I would love to be able to stretch my faucet over to fill a pan on the stove. So cool!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Lovely tatting. Your kitchen looks great!

Lisa D. said...

Everything looks beautiful, Candace! It must be so much fun to see all your dreams coming together!

Linda said...

Oh can I come and mess up that lovely kitchen, a cooks dream.

Purple and Paisley said...

wow, wow, wow on your kitchen...mom has the same faucet...it is awesome...and the tatted doily? how beautiful and sweet...☺

Julia said...

Oh it is looking so warm and beautiful! I love the maple bar and the tiles are scrumptious! Will you be leaving the cabinets white? This is going to be such a beautiful place to live! :~)

Melanie said...

That is looking so good you must be so pleased after picking the maple out like that in the wood yard.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous tiles and maple bar! So warm,cozy, and inviting. Love the faucet. Mine is very simlar with the pull down nozzle. What did I ever to before without it?

What a beautiful tatted doily. A little treasure for your new home.

Kaaren said...

Gorgeous! Wait til 'Better Homes & Gardens' sees this!

I wish I had a deep sinks. They would be perfect for wasing large pots and pans. I think you'll love them.

The burled maple turned out even better than I imagined it. You've got some great craftsmen working for you.

Can't wait for tomorrow's show and tell!

Ulla said...

Isn't it wonderful to see your dreams come true in the kitchen? The maple looks lovely, and the tiles, too.
Your little doily is so delicate.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

ohh (read squeal) The kitchen is so lovely. Way to go on the progress. Love it.

Shanna said...

I love your kitchen. The tile on the backsplash looks amazing.

Sherri said...

The house is looking spectacular...I bet you can't wait to move in!

Karen said...

Beautiful, Candace! I already to go to the donut store and buy a maple bar, now :)

Anne said...

Oh Gosh, it all looks wonderful! Love the tile and can't wait to see the cabinets.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's looking awesome. I love the tiles and so glad you found great installer. I'm getting ideas for my kitchen update!

Tudy said...

If you go to my blog you can see what I have tatted in the past. I found a collar I did years ago and it got me started again. I only did 2 small pieces today but I like doing it.

Your house is really coming along.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my Goodness, your dream is coming together, I love it all!! Each and every detail, perfect!

Anonymous said...

Oh it is all so very gorgeous..you have such vision to make those selections and know they would all work! My gramma tatted and I am happy to have some of her pieces. You are right,it is almost a lost art.Lucky you! Louise

Mary said...

It all looks so beautiful. How lucky you are!!

Mel said...

I LOVE the maple counters! The tiles are beautiful as well!!

Beautiful doily, what a gift! I can't fathom how that is done, but the results are so delicate!

Gran said...

Great photography!

Carrie P. said...

Your kitchen looks great. Love that tile for sure.

Libby said...

How wonderful to see it all coming together. It looks great!