My kitchen window looks out on my backyard now covered in a foot of snow. The scene outside changes but the window pretty much stays the same. Every item on the sill has a story. The brass lady at the top came from my husband’s family. We have no idea how old it is but are pretty sure it was a bell that sat on the table and was wrung when a servant was needed. The clapper underneath her pretty skirts is her feet.
The grapevine wreath in the middle is a decoration I made over 20 years ago. I used to have a Christmas tea and would invite girlfriends and my sisters over for tea, complete with little sandwiches, scones, and little desserts. It was fun, yummy and decadent. This was one of the gifts I gave to everyone one year.
The peppers are cayenne peppers that we grew in our garden this year and decided to dry. Four months later they’re about ready to crush and add to the pepper jar. Nothing like a good shake on the pasta.
The bottom sill holds a flat, smooth rock, a small cup with an egg and feather, and a bluish tinted bottle with more feathers. The rock was found by my son many moons ago and given to me as a gift. A reminder that gifts don’t have to be expensive or bought to make the heart sing.
The small cup is a hand me down from my family, I don’t know where it came from but it is very dainty and lovely. When our friend Jenna gave us a dozen eggs from her chickens at Cold Antler Farm, one of the eggs had a feather stuck to it, and one of them was blue. I blew the egg out, rinsed it and found it fit very nicely in that cup. Adding the feather made it look a bit jaunty.
The blue bottle was bought by my son at McCartee’s Barn in Salem, NY. The feathers inside it came from turkeys at Jenna’s farm. These are both reminders to me that we will someday have our farm, hopefully towards that area of the state.
The curtains around the window were made by me using two pillow shams that came with a comforter. The comforter is a curtain for our sliding glass door.
I find comfort and memories from these items. Do you have anything like this in your home?