Tuesday, February 4, 2020

In The Pantry

I'm a mad, crazy quilter and if it wouldn't look too strange, I'd have quilted wall hangings, both large and small, mounted on every available empty wall space throughout the house.  I've held myself back from doing that very thing and have, instead, put up all the quilted decorations I want in my pantry.

Below are ones I've had in there for quite a while.

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 Some time back, I made a few more as there is still lots of empty wall space for more small, colorful hangings here and there.

But I won't let myself put these new ones up until I'm completely done reorganizing and cleaning the whole pantry.  (Such will power!)

The pantry is a naturally cold room, located on the north side of our house, and I normally keep the blinds on the one window closed (opened them for the pics) to keep out both the light and any warmth from the outside (in the spring/summer/fall) that might be trying to seep in.

Of course, this time of year it's not a problem keeping the closed off room cool enough (i.e., cold) so I've been choosing warmer (warmer being defined as in the high 20s or low 30s outside) weather to work in there.  Obviously, we never let the inside temp of the pantry get down to freezing.  Sometimes in the coldest of winter we have to leave the door open a smidge over night.  It usually stays in the 40s and definitely feels cool when I walk into it;  just like I remember my grandma's pantry when I was growing up.

I can guarantee I won't be continuing my work in there today as the outside temp was 3° first thing this morning and is predicted to hit a high of 12°.  Think I'll find something else to occupy my time today.


Cockeyed Jo said...

Springtime is the ideal time to redo your pantry. That's when I usually do my food storage building. It's warm enough but not too warm or cold. As far as being a mad quilter, I used to be the same way with quilts and cross stitch. No project was complete without these personal touches!

wisps of words said...

Put your quilts up, all over the place! If it's fine with Papa Pea, why not? It's your house!

I probably have too many faerie lights up, all year round, for some people. But why not? It's our house and we like them. -smile-

Same goes for your quilts. -smile-

How lovely to have a pantry, which is almost a "root cellar." Isn't that what those (usually down cellar) places were/are called? Where things like potatoes and apples and etc., can be kept in winter?

My pantry is just for things in cans and things in glass containers and bigger things, in large plastic boxes. I do not have any food in pantry, which a mouse could easily eat. Just to be on the safe side. -smile- But it's basically in the 'middle' of the house, so no keeping-coolness in there.

Brrrrr... Cold temps! We are forecast for wintry mix (Eeeek) and then snow. Will see what transpires.

Glad to have my hemp rub! 'Cause these low barometric pressures, make my joints "revolt"...

😊 🌱 😊

The Wykeham Observer said...

That's a nice pantry. I like the way you finished and painted the walls and the pine shelves. Very nice. My pantry and all the closets in the house are very cold right now. Phil

Goatldi said...

Quilts everywhere yippies! I have begun to think Groundhog Phil’s early Spring will only apply to those East if the Rockies. As we are on night to of hard freeze. Low at 6:30 in the AM was 26 and now at twelve hours later dropping like a rock at 41 and going down.

Thanks for the howdy Mama Pea . Ten hours of sleep is amazing. Appreciate your support. What a treat!

Granny Sue said...

3 degrees! Where ARE you? Today it was 55 here, raining, but still comfortable. I love those quilted hangings, thank you for sharing them. I don't have a real pantry, just some very big cupboards and a root cellar. Which needs a good cleanout this spring.

Vera said...

So love those wall hangings, and they are giving me inspiration to have a go at making a few when we get settled again. I have not blogged about it yet, but we are selling our smallholding here in SW France because of Brexit (UK leaving the EU) and starting a new chapter of our lives in Shropshire, England. We are not going back, but going forwards.......Vx

Leigh said...

What a great idea for wall decorations!

I wish my pantry would get that cold. It was 63°F yesterday because outside it was almost 70. We're hoping to better insulate it soon, now that the freezer is out. The extra fridge will be out soon too, so I'll have more room for shelves. It will also be a good time to work on insulation and give it a thorough cleaning.

Val said...

My Pantry is just an open pantry in my kitchen. I wanted a separate pantry but everyone that comes in says mine reminds them of Cracker barrel. I think that's a compliment. I am going to do a post on my open pantry soon. Yours is wonderful!!! I love the idea of it being so cold.

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

What cute wall hangings (quilts)! So appropriate for a food pantry. Have you ever shopped at Temecula Quilt Co.? YOu should check out their website as they have all kinds of little quilts hanging on their walls. I love it and if I live long enough that's what I want to do. Also, if you visit Instagram, Laura Mattox has a wonderful sewin groom with lots of quilts displayed all over her house. Mostly doll quilt size. They are both very inspiring and so are you!

SmartAlex said...

My Grandmother's "pantry" was the woodshed off of the kitchen. I remember her setting things out there on the wood piles. And it sure was cold this time of year! I can still imagine that blast of cold air and smell of firewood blasting into the warm kitchen.

NanaDiana said...

I love all your quilted pieces. You do amazing work. I love that you have so many of them framed so you can enjoy them. I am betting people would snap them up if you decide to sell some of them!
Have a wonderful Wednesday- xo Diana

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for showing us your quilted pieces. And I love the yellow walls, so cheery!

Still no snow here on the ground, very strange winter. I am, however, quite alarmed at the amount of salt the town has just thrown down in anticipation of the overnight ice storm to come. Either they are trying to get rid of a lot of it because it's February already and or they know something we don't and it's going to be a doozy of a storm!

Mama Pea said...

Cockeyed Jo - It makes sense to do the pantry re-do in the spring, but then my days will be spent (or should be being spent) outside. So although it's not the most opportune time in many ways, there's still a list of things I want/need to get done during this "indoor" time.

wisps of words - I love what I've seen of your faerie lights around your house! I love to shop in bulk and take advantage of sales so my pantry is invaluable to me. Plus, living where we do, we can keep the pantry cold enough to provide good storage conditions for what I keep in there. (Even in the summer months.) 'Tis a good thing!

Phil - Yep, this time of year we Minnesotans have to think about areas in the house getting too cold. A hard concept for folks living in the southern part of our country, I know, but it's true.

Goatldi - That silly groundhog never gets it right for us. I mean it's pretty reliable that we'll still have snow on the ground in April!

Granny Sue - We're in northern Minnesota, but have actually had a fairly mild winter . . . so far. Not much weather below zero even! Your root cellar is a very handy thing to have and I hope you have it stuffed full of wonderful food this winter!

Mama Pea said...

Vera - I had a feeling you two were contemplating a move! (Female intuition?) Congrats on making the decision which will be good for you. And you're right, it will be moving on to a new and better phase of your lives! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Leigh - I'm sure the insulating you are going to do will help A LOT! And in your mild (well, compared to us) section of the country, you have more trouble keeping your pantry cold while in the winter, we have trouble keeping ours from getting too cold!

Hi, Val! So good to hear from you. I look forward to your post on your "open pantry." I'm sure it's quite attractive. What your guests say would be considered a complement to me, too. Just so they don't start shopping from your "Cracker Barrel" shelves!

Sam I Am - Funny you should mention Temecula Quilt Co. I have a note right here in the middle of my desk to order something from them . . . for the first time! And I will now check out Laura Mattox on Instagram, too.

SmartAlex - Ah, pantries, woodsheds, root cellars. What memories they can bring back!

NanaDiana - You are so sweet and complimentary! Thank you.

Elizabeth - I first painted the pantry walls what I thought would be a soft beige. But when it dried, it looked quite PINK. Eeeek! So I repainted them in the cheery yellow and love it.

Be sure to keep your vehicles off (as much as you can) those roads with all the salt on them. Instant rust!! (Always a problem for us in the winter.) :o(

Lynne said...

Love the way you have them all arranged. That sounds like a good size pantry. Our pantry at home was always cold. I wish I had one in this house. I've got and over sized closet for my pantry in the kitchen. Not complaining, but really liked the my Mom had. It's funny how that brought back those memories. Take Care xo

Mama Pea said...

Lynne - My pantry is 8' x 16' and we added it on at the same time we put the addition to our original 16' x 40' house. And I LOVE it! I know what you mean about memories. I think a lot about my grandma's pantry. But you know what? She didn't have any cabinets or cupboards in the kitchen proper so all her dishes, pots and pans, utensils, etc. were kept in her pantry! She never had hot running water in that house either. All water for dishes, etc. (and for the bathtub off the kitchen!) had to be heated on the stove. Guess we don't have it so bad, do we!

Retired Knitter said...

Wow, you have a large pantry but I never grew up with anyone having a large pantry. My pantry is the size of a small closet - pretty standard for a condo and I feel pretty glad to have one that size. My mom lived in apartments and older apartments had no pantry!

Mama Pea said...

Retired Knitter - I do appreciate my very ample pantry. I once read that you don't need a lot of "living space" if you have ample "storage space." And I think the pantry surely does help the other living spaces in our smallish rooms. (There is a shelf or two in the pantry that holds items rather than food items!)

Lynne said...

That was how it was when I was little in my Mom and dad's house. Saturday nite bath"s were in by the wood stove in a big galvanize tub. Yes all water was heated on the stove. My mother and father worked very hard. Mom had to lug water up a hill from the pump house. I honestly don't know how she did it all, when you think there were seven of us. xo

Susan said...

So, will we be getting a before and after? Heehee. I don't blame you for wanting to quilt your walls, so to speak. Such lovely pieces need to be seen!

Mama Pea said...

Lynne - Bless your mother for all the hard work she did in raising your family! Our first several years up here in Minnesota, we lived in an old tin can of a trailer and had to heat all our water (pumped from the hand dug well outside), too. Young daughter bathed in a round galvanized wash tub on the kitchen floor in front of the wood cook stove and Papa Pea and I took sponge baths at the kitchen sink! (This is why I still appreciate hot running water and a wonderful bathroom with a shower to this day.) As you did growing up, and we did also, we made it and are none the worse for wear today. Plus, if we ever had to do it again, we'd know how!

Susan - Thanks, my friend. Plus, just think of the extra insulation the quilted walls would provide!

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