"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mop Philosophy Monday

 I keep pencils in the kitchen, how about you?  Someone is always asking me for a pen or pencil, so to avoid the irritation of searching through drawers I just keep 8 or 10 pencils visible at all times.

Speaking of kitchen supplies, I've been going through cleaning aids like no-one's business, the kitchen is the room in the house that needs endless attention.
 I love to see everything shining and gleaming but of course within a few short hours (or minutes depending on Rascal Snack Habits), it's all a mess again.

 Never mind, let's breathe in the beauty of perfectly folded pink washcloths:

The perfect beauty of five folded pink washcloths.
 As our talented friend Heidi explained last week groups of three or five in decorating and homekeeping are particularly pleasing because these groupings are often found in nature, in petals or leaves for example.
I kept this in mind last week while finishing the decorating of my laundry room:
Folded towels and a blanket, ready to be carried upstairs.
 Three plates in a blue and white theme on the beadboard wall, hung up above the pine chest where I store extra linens and towels... it's a small detail that was very easy to implement yet so pleasing to see as one approaches the laundry room.
 I found two of these plates at the thrift store, there are so many pretty abandoned plates out there in the world that need rescuing.  I had to stop myself from buying more than two.

Another detail that I'm finding especially pleasing lately, yet so useful as well?
I attached tassels to those little keys that lock up various pieces of furniture and are so easily lost.  I can't imagine why I didn't think of this before, I've lost track of some important keys in my time.

Now that it's summertime I've been thinking about all of those years that we sent Ole Rascal up north to his camp in Algonquin Park, the packing up, the anxiety, the letters back and forth...
Red Detail in decorating: the Happy Canoe in the study.
 ...well he wasn't much for writing letters come to think of it, but he did construct this little canoe one summer as a birthday present for MrBP (it says BDAY on the opposite side).  He was always away for his Dad's birthday so he would make a special gift in the craft cabin.  We treasure the Happy Canoe, an important red detail in the decoration of the study.

Speaking of red details how about the window arrangement at the Sun Inn in Kirkby Lonsdale?


The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Our favourite pub and restaurant in old Kirkby Lonsdale.
Such a Red Detail!
Red Details in the Mop Philosophy Kitchen, some perfect red tomatoes warming on the windowsill.
 Cooking with tomatoes lately?  Me too, as per usual.  I'm also adding them to salads.  I guess I have red details on my mind because this was the topic of my recent Frock Philosophy blog post:
Red Details on Frock Philosophy 

 I'll be wearing some red details this week for Canada Day, and adding in blue to that colour combo for the 4th of July.
Speaking of which, I'm so excited because I'm having a Fourth of July party!  Are you?  Whatcha cooking?  I'm thinking steaks on the Bar-Bee, let me know what you're planning.
Have a great week whatever you're up to,
xoxDani







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  1. Dear Dani.
    I can so relate to the thankless task of cleaning. Things around me have to be clean and in order, much to the questioning glances from the rest of the brood. No-one gets it especially when they're right behind you mucking everything up again. The cat included who has a nasty habit of sourcing clean and freshly pressed ironing just to plonk herself right into the middle of it. Ayyyyyy! Loved seeing your precious pile of folded linen (minus the cat)!
    Details are what classify a home and I have a habit of creating little "collection" corners from lovely thrift shop finds for throwing in rings, keys, mail. Somehow, it makes the pile look more "together". Your plate collection looks perfect hanging on it's little space on the wall. And I instantly recognised that fire-engine red window frame on seeing it. It impressed me the first time you posted it, and today it reminded me of our primary school window panes. Same little panes high up on the wall to keep easily distracted boys and girls at bay. And I swear they were painted a vivid red too - a colour associated with many primary schools in our area. Amazing how colour can make such an impact and be forever filed in our memory!

    Happy Canada my friend and definitely do the barbie for your celebrations. BBQ's here are synonymous with celebrating national holidays. Can't have it any other way. Throw everything on for convenience. Vegies, steaks, seafood. The lot. Enjoy! Helen xx

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    1. Helen it seems easy to fire up the grill too especially because I pretend I don't know how it works, hehe, instant help with the cooking. Yes my family think I am a nutter for needing everything tidy and just-so, but you know our son is the same way, which he didn't discover until he was on his own at Uni. He was the one with the huge Floordrobe too.
      Thanks so much Helen. x

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  2. Well I too have a 4th of July party… but not for anything American themed - it's my Dad's 70th birthday party! So I will be kicking up my heels (sort of) although no BBQ and Summer picnics. It'll be arctic at his house. Thank you for the shoutout! Love that little red canoe, and agree with you about key tassels - so useful (as well as attractive). Enjoy Canada day and the 4th as well xx

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    1. Heidi I hope the party is a big success! Maybe you'll write a blog post about it? I always love new birthday party ideas. x

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  3. What beautiful tassels, my little keys are tied to bits of old grungy string! No July 4th but we are going to the French Embassy for their Bastille Day party in July. I think I might be walking cliche and go in red and blue.

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    1. Tabs give me your colours and I'll send you some tassels. How many do you need? I have a great source (revealed to Jen below). Grungy string will not do for our Tabs!
      Do the walking cliche! x

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  4. Love the canoe. So sweet and pleasing to the eye (not always a given with crafts: I'm thinking of my 9 year old's sweet but strange endeavors on the pottery wheel last summer.)

    I have one junk drawer in the kitchen that I allow to be a disgrace of phone chargers and pens but keep my own pen with a running shopping list by the coffee maker. Love the tassel idea. My furniture keys came with but my kids are forever losing diary keys. A large tassel would help a lot.

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    1. Jen my youngest daughter once went to a week-long art camp, very expensive, which involved building a pottery "garden" and making vegetables etc for it, except that she made a giant hair ball. That's right, built the garden, all normal, and then made a pottery hair ball and plonked it in the middle: "the Farmer's Hairball". It was both hilarious and gross!
      I despise the junk drawer and I've tried to keep one from forming in my new kitchen but it's a battle.
      Designer Fabric Outlet on Queen has lovely tassels very well priced, you can order them online. x

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  5. I never don't understand the key and lock for furniture... Except for desk drawers at work but not at home. Do you lock the drawers and doors? Does the key stay in the lock? I do have a key on my key ring that I have no idea what it is for. Looks important so I keep it. I'm just rambling now....we will be have a small party on Saturday. We shall smoke some ribs and chicken, have corn on the cob, watermelon, and biscuits. I also found a recipe for "Sunset Sangria" from the Potterybarn catalog I have been wanting to try. Our weather has cooled off so it should be a great week.

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    1. BB we have some antique furniture with keys, our sideboard for one, and I have to use the key or one of the doors won't shut! Kind of annoying. And if I keep the tassel key in the door Scout tries to eat it. Another large side cupboard from Austria has a key... why they locked everything I have no idea, wine cupboards maybe?
      Your menu sounds amazing! I know you'll have a blast cause that's how you roll. x

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  6. Tassels on keys!! That is utter brilliance. I plan to steal the idea immediately.

    When we lived in Canada, the Canada Day menu was always cold ham and potato salad. I have no idea where it started. My grandmother did it, then my mother. Perhaps because no one had air conditioners and didn't want to heat the kitchen by cooking anything. Since moving to the US, the 4th of July menu has varied widely. For the last few years it has been shrimp and steak on the grill with a variety of sides, but always strawberry shortcake with some blueberries tossed on to round out the color trio. The first week in July usually coincides with the start of monsoon and many a 4th has been rained out. There is nothing like the smell of the desert after a rain, so I never complain.

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    1. DF the thought of rain in the desert seems very refreshing indeed. That's a terrific menu you have I would love it! Funny we don't really have traditional food for July 1st, I should change that. I'm actually going for a special lunch with a couple of girlfriends because my hubs is...working! The holiday mid-week means lots of folks are doing the 9-5 tomorrow and taking a day off on Friday instead.

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    2. Oh and the tassels trick, steal away please! x

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  7. Fun to be seeing all the Canadian flags on lawns up here. So lovely and green.

    Your blue plates are cheering, and you can add to your collection. Rascal alert!

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    1. Lane oh those Rascals, if I'm not Alert at all times well I should be. Hope you are enjoying your hols. x

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  8. It is a tomato time of year:). And grilling on the 4th - de rigeur, no?

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    1. Lisa I think so. For many years we spent the 4th in North Carolina, Duck to be specific, with my Dad. We had some great meals there including grilled ones, I miss it! x

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  9. Love the tassel idea for keeping track of keys and I adore that red canoe...
    Happy Canada Day to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks Hostess a happy one to you and your family as well! x

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  10. I wanna know how you have good tomatoes already and we don't?! Have you not been swamped with rain as we have to your south? My 4th will be pretty low key this year. Will have my usual big cookout in August instead of this weekend. Which will turn out to be better as we are in an extreme pattern of rain. Selfishly, I hope all the fireworks are rained out. Very upsetting for Barbie! Love the red canoe.

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    1. Stephen Andrew will there ever be tomatoes in this water-logged land? Seems doubtful. Mine are from a greenhouse somewhere but still pretty good. Barbie should react to fireworks they sound scary, Scout doesn't react at all to loud noises, thunderstorms too, she's like: whatever. Very odd for a dog don't you think! x

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  11. Dani it is so fun and refreshing to see your lovely vignettes!! Have a wonderful holiday!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Art Gallery Opening!!

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  12. Those tassels are far more charming than the big clunky things attached to men's room keys they always hand me at remote gas stations...I'll pass along your fine example next time.

    I like the logic behind the 3 and 5 groupings.

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    1. G you've brought back memories of gas station washrooms, not all pleasant I have to say! x

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  13. Love the plates! Slice up some eggplants, brush with olive oil and barbecue - then layer them with fresh slices of tomato for an easy side to your steak ! I make gazpacho all summer - another easy side to your steaks in wee bowls. Happy Canada Day - we will be at a country parade! xo

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    1. anon good suggestion on the eggplant which I love, I'm doing it! Now I am craving gazpacho. x

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  14. I make salsa and guacamole all summer. Right now that's an expensive project, the only available tomatoes with any flavor are the little cherry tomatoes (NOT grape), and there seems to be an avocado shortage. Every time I drive past a farm I shout at the tomato plants to hurry up.

    I love tassels on keys, there was a fabulous tassel and cording store not far from us and I really had to restrain myself because we only have 2 pieces of furniture that close with keys...

    And I keep a jug or vase or old Pommery mustard jar of pens and pencils in every room. Naturally Himself is functionally blind to them and is always asking where we keep the pens.

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    1. Fred I think Himself and my own P have lots in common.... lovely use of the Pommery jars though, x

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  15. My family member accuse me of being a "wisker" or is that "whisker"? They mean that I put things away in the kitchen before they are finished using them! Yes, I like a tidy and clean kitchen. I spot Bar Keeper's Friend in one of your photos--my favorite cleanser for a stainless steel pot that reeds it.

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    1. Susan the BarKeeper's Friend is a friend indeed, I use it on all my copper, it's terrific stuff.
      Yes I get accused of this also you're in good company ;) x

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  16. Happy Canada Day Dani! Do you do any BBQ's or parties? I am going to a July Fourth BBQ. I am usually asked to make a cold Asian noodle salad that feeds a lot and I will also make a Caesar salad. Here in California, we always have corn on the cob, watermelon, some kind of BBQ, and potato salad for a typical July Fourth dinner. I've just started putting out all my little flags and red, white and blue things.

    I Love your reds and I am also loving red more and more lately. Thank you for the advice on groupings. The blue plates look terrific. I have been thinking of doing a wall with green plates in my dining room and I bet 5 would look right. This is so what I need. Wish you lived near so you could advise!!
    Thanks for the comments on NYC! Our hotels were very close to each other. How fun you are going again. I love it! xo Kim

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  17. Catching up with reading! Love the tassel but you know in Korea in the olden times they used tassels plus if you knew how a pretty knot at the end of the Tassle?

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