Monday, July 23, 2012

1930s Green Kitchen Tins and Other Things




It's "time" to move a few things out of the kitchen/keeping room to make way for the change over. One more quick look--then they're gone. Oh, don't worry--they're not going far--just to the back porch. . . . .

One thing nice about painting our walls a soft, creamy color--and the kitchen cabinets a classic white--is the opportunity to change easily into a different look and style. The neutral colors make a wonderful backdrop.

Since the historic district is set ca 1938 and we, at one time, allowed special visitors to tour our house, I decorated in the appropriate style of a 1930s cottage kitchen. Green was the accent color, with splashes of red. I collected many items in green, including the ones you see here. They were all well-used, rusty in places--but, with definite character. I have loved and enjoyed them all. . . .

I used the bread box for flowers and greenery--and for stalks of cotton bolls, when flowers weren't available. Rarely was there a homemade treat under the cake cover. More often than not, it hid a package of cookies or box of crackers or a stack of  paper plates. I hid homemade jams--and John's peanut butter--in the smaller bread box.

I love this sunbonnet lady--reminiscent of the sunbonnet quilts popular in the 30s. The tin may have originally been purchased with cookies or crackers in it. One of the marketing tools of that time. . . .

Isn't this little shelf cute? It's the one piece I based my 1930s kitchen colors on. It only measures 7 1/4" x 11". It's chippy and painted on some type of particle board--but it is vintage. And, the good news is, I've decided to sell it. . . . Only $5.00, plus $3.99 shipping! If you're interested, email me. . . .SOLD!!!!

The frogs were for fun. They showed up in wooden buckets or as part of a vignette or anywhere that might bring a smile to someone. Why frogs? Well, there's a story behind it, concerning a cat we had when we first moved here and his night out eating "frog legs". But, I won't go into that tale right now. Let me just say, we had--and have--numerous green frogs at the farm. They sing to us at night, cling to our windows at the strangest times, and perplex our house cat, Boo, to no end.  We like having them around. They eat spiders and bugs and mosquitoes--and the kids love catching and playing with them. It's a farm thing. . . .

Now, it's time for a change. I'm clearing everything out and starting with a blank slate. I'm afraid these "green things" are the first to go. I can re-purpose them as storage for garden seeds and supplies, to hide nails and hammer,  and maybe for drying flowers.  I'll still enjoy them----on the back porch. . . .

25 comments:

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love the green!
green, green, green...my favorite color. I always say that about green--but honestly, I just don't have much in my home in the way of green. Weird.

The frogs are cute, so glad your keeping these items to enjoy elsewhere.

Can't wait to see the new room. I bet you can't either~Pat

Heide at ApronHistory said...

That shade of green is so soothing. I have been collecting green handled kitchen gadgets, to match my great great grandmother's rolling pin. I am not a great green fan, but the color is growing on me.....

Love that little sunbonnet lady!

The darling homemaker said...

I love green and currently looking for a 1930s bread box. But I have to say, you have a beautiful collection.

xox,
Jacqueline

simplicityinthemaking said...

Oh I love it all. You need some green depression glass for a little added elegance. Lobe green depression glass.

Anne said...

You have a lovely collection.But it is fun to change things around.Good to use as storage too!
xx
Anne

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

I really like that shade of green. And that pan made into a clock...too cute!

Jann Olson said...

Oh my, drool running down my face here. I love, love the green tin collection. Do not sale them (unless it is to me) lol! They are absolutely precious. I would kill (well, not really) for a collection like that. Hope you share them at Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Tanya said...

well i just love this little collection and i can't wait to see what you'll do now! hurry up!!

Anne Payne said...

The whole collection is beautiful but I absolutely love the bread box!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Those are my favorite colors!! I am wanting to decorate my kitchen with the same colors. We have just been working on re-doing our kitchen and now I need to be on the look out for these types of things. Yours are just so lovely!!!
Blessings,
Susie

Sam I Am...... said...

You have wonderful vintage items! I also love your colors and the pan made into a clock? What a great idea! I have about 3 or 4 of those pans in yellow. I need numbers though! LOL!
Great idea for putting things on the back porch. I missed your sale or I would have snatched up that cutie in a heartbeat! I love your taste in all things...it matches mine! LOL!

LV said...

You have used your vintage things very well. I enjoyed seeing your home and the way you are using them.

chateau chic said...

Your green vintage tins are wonderful. But it's always fun to make a change to something fresh and new.
Mary Alice

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I have such a weakness for green, and your vintage treasures are so charming. I love the scale and the fabulous old bread boxes.
Visiting from VTT

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Our kitchen is green and I am pea green with envy over all of your darling things, so charming!

Happy VTT!

Janet - BikerChickNews.com said...

Oh my goodness, LOVE all these pretty green items! I'm visiting from Vintage Thingie Thursday and will be combing your blog for inspirational photos of the 30's kitchen!

Adin B said...

Oh my! I love all your vintage collections. Those tins are awesome and I love that scale. Oh how nice. :)

Margie said...

i LOVE your tins ... i had a similar collection only in red. but it was time for me to move on as well. i still have some of my pieces and use them in other areas of my home for other things! i'm looking forward to seeing your new kitchen!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Beautiful treasures and vignettes. I just love the tin with the silhouette. My favorite!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a nice collection you have! I love the greens and the Sunbonnet Lady on the tin. I have a creamy colour on my walls too but don't have the cabinets painted white, yet! Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I am so in love with your Kitchen greens!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Chenille Cottage said...

Such cooling shades of green...perfect for the hot days of August!
Your blog is such a delight...and, I'm happy to have seen your photo on Jann's blog!
Have a happy day!
Carolynn xo

Jann Olson said...

Hi Dru, you know I love this collection. Just wanted to say thanks for linking it up to Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Jann Olson said...

I'm back again, ha-ha! Just love this collection so much that I had to feature it on Share Your Cup. Thanks again for sharing!
Hugs,
Jann

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I don't know...but this was a painful post....I love your green items...that one with the lady in the dress...oh...I hope they find a happy and safe home on the porch!

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