Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fresh Start

Its that time of year when we all seem to want a fresh coat of paint, or make a change of some kind, inside and out. I like to freshen things up but not lose the character in the process. Rust and wrinkles...its all good!
Last summer I found this Decoware bread box in the bargain bin at an antique mall in Wadena MN. I paid just $4 for it. Add two cans of spray paint, antique ivory for the inside and sage green for the outside, and for around 10 bucks I have what I call a "treasure" and my kids call "dead people junk". Jon patiently took me to 4 different stores looking for the perfect paint color...we didn't find it (it exists only in my mind). The doors are so fun, inside and out so we kept them original and painted the rest. Jon was the one who put on the final coats, it kept running for me, with all the furniture and ski's he has sprayed he is pretty much the master when it comes to laying down a smooth finish.
Pretty fun huh?!? When I shut and open the doors it makes the sweetest little "ting" sound. My Grma Brown had a bread box and it reminds me of the one that sat on her counter. Mine will live in my sewing room.
This is my other New Year fresh start. For the 1st time I am trying a sourdough starter. I had bubbles after the 3rd day and after a week I baked my fist loaf of sourdough bread. It didn't have the sour flavor I was expecting, but it was good non the less, so I'm letting it do its thing for another week and see if that improves the tang. Rust and wrinkles, ting and tang, its all a good "fresh start" to my year!

8 comments:

DayPhoto said...

Brown? Hummmm do you do family research by any chance? Brown is a very common name, but who knows we could be related.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Love the breadbox--My grandmother had a bright orange one with little folk art people on it--wish we had kept it!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

mmmm...bread starter! that sounds fantastic - and how fitting with that adorable breadbox! What fun! Yes, you've got that right - we are itchin' for some projects to start (or finish!!)
Best of luck getting your's done Jody!!
Karla & Karrie

StitchinByTheLake said...

Jody I've found that sourdough starter gets a stronger taste the older it gets. You need to keep it up for several weeks...it gets better and better. I love the breadbox! What will you keep in it? blessings, marlene

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Hmmm Wadena MN I wonder if you were at the flea market on Hwy 10 --- old turkey barns now big flea market.... What a fun breadbox....

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just hang in there with the sourdough. The older it gets, the better. So worth the effort. blessings,Kathleen

Tami said...

Yes, your man was very patient in trying to find that elusive green. Although this wasn't the one in your mind, I think it turned out beautifully.
I think we should keep candy for our grandchildren when we are old ladies. Wouldn't that be fun for the kiddos to go get gum out of the secret box? (You know that is still the plan. Your little injury isn't going to mess that one up. I'll do yoga with you, and keep you company when you need to do your Flat Stanley.)

Blondie's Journal said...

The bread box is very cool...you did a great job with it. I remember having a smaller version growing up, I wonder why we don't have them anymore.

I have never made sour dough starter but always wanted to. Maybe after you have done the next batch you will start to taste that sourness. I love how that works!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really do appreciate it, Jody!

XO,
Janie