Stuff I Love Archive

New Year– Time to Organize

Posted January 6, 2014 By Suzanne Holland
My Favorite Kitchen Friends

My Favorite Kitchen Friends

The new year brings an urge in me to clean and organize. Lucky for me it does the same to my husband. I usually start with the kitchen because it takes such a beating over the holiday. As I was going through the utensil drawers this morning I came across some of my favorite “kitchen friends”.
I have very small hands and have found through the years that the Big knives my husband prefers just don’t cut it for me.

I find it really hard to stay away from Sur La Table. I would rather go there than a clothes store or textile store and I am a Couturier. Probably because my other self loves to cook and bake and immerse myself into all things yummy.

Which brings us to the trips to Sur La Table when I slowly started building my collection of favorites.
Kuhn Rikon makes these incredible tools. I started with one small really sharp knife. I was hooked.
Next came the more than awesome can opener. Then another knife and on to the veggie peeler. I am not saying you can’t use these if you have Big hands(my husband is hooked on them too), it is just a really great thing for me….and they come in super fun colors.
The latest item is from Zyliss. I have 4 kids–I make a lot of sandwiches. Nothing is more annoying than not being able to clean out that last little bit of Nutella from the jar or spread the sandwich even and cut through the layers without destroying the sandwich. Not anymore. My cute little orange sandwich knife from Sur la Table has fixed all that.

We’ll let me get back to organizing and cleaning. I know for sure these guys are staying.
If you are cleaning/organizing too, I hope you are successful and having fun!

Silk Wedding Gowns For Barbie

Posted January 4, 2014 By Suzanne Holland

When I was a little girl I spent hours designing and making clothes for my Barbie.

I am sure that is what lead me to become a Couturier.

Now I am all grown up with a 25 plus year career under my belt and two

very creative little girls with oodles of Barbie Dolls.

Alice and Lily have come up with some fantastic designs and as time permits FREE SAMPLES

we dig through my silk scraps and draft little patterns to create what they have

envisioned.   It is fun.  Even more so than when I was a little girl.  Of course I didn’t have

expensive silks and beads and sequins galore either.

I thought you might like to see a few of their designs.  and yes they do play with these.

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Vintage Egg Baskets

Posted January 4, 2014 By Suzanne Holland
Egg basket my son found and gave me for Christmas. Love, Love, Love

Egg basket my son found and gave me for Christmas. Love, Love, Love

Vintage Egg Baskets ….

have been a favorite of mine forever .  I only had one until my oldest son, Andrew surprised me this Christmas with one he found in an old barn situated on the property near our tree farm.  The land is owned by a friend and Andrew did have permission to take the basket.

He did a fantastic job cleaning it up and I have enjoyed using it to gather eggs.

I don’t know if I ever mentioned what breed of chickens we raise here at what we affectionately  call “Little Holland Farm”.

My oldest daughter Alice is working on a re-populating project of a rare breed —The Barred Holland…….funny huh

Tractor Supply Company

We have two really great lines of Buff Orpingtons  and we have Mille Fleur d’Uccles.  Our d’Uccles  hens have all gone broody at the same time and hatch day is this weekend.   We will be hopping with excitement to see how many make it in the cold.

We also have a few hatchery egg layers that are really sweet pampered pets.

My husband of course would argue that All of the chickens are

spoiled pampered pets.

Mud Room Idea

Posted January 3, 2014 By Suzanne Holland

If you have kids like I do, you will understand the need for a “Mudroom”.

When my husband and I built our new home, the first “must have” added to the design was a large laundry/mudroom.

Our Mudroom  includes a lovely bench long enough to accomendate  4 bottoms.

Below the bench we have a heavy duty storage basket for each child, to store their “stuff” in.  Directly above  the bench are hooks strong enough to hold  heavy book sacks , coats, hats, etc.

Above that wonderful, functional Mudroom bench are storage cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling.  You can never have too much storage. FREE SAMPLES

Now on to what I really wanted to share.   I wanted a really cute way to label each hook in the Mudroom .  You know……to stop the bickering over spots.   So I got the kids to let me update their silhouettes.  My husband and I love marking the kids growth with silhouettes.  We have them throughout the house But I think this might be my favorite because it is small and useful.

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