Sunday, April 12, 2009

Met Monday

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Met Monday hosted by our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure you visit her blog today to see wondrous things!!
Mr. Precious and I live in an olden house. We love our house and it's quite big - 3, 600 sq. feet and we really do live in every room. But, my kitchen is small, very small as a matter of fact! One thing that is quite wonderful about my small little kitchen - I have lots of cabinets and drawers for storage. I think a lady must have helped design this kitchen because there are quite a few little areas of conveniences.

Like this - these fabulous drawers under my little pantry. Yes, that's a little pantry and it is much bigger than it seems. You see these doors open and are lined with shelves and there are two more doors that open and they are lined with more shelves and then the back sides of the doors are filled with shelves! Then the back of the pantry is filled with shelves. I know, it sounds crazy and I'll have to post about the pantry sometimes.

But I'm getting off track - I want to talk about my little below the pantry drawers!

I got a breath of spring air this past week - got the fever and decided to clean and arrange these puppies! Are you ready for a mess? ; ) Now honeys, I'm not kidding!
I had to take out my tablecloths I used for my little round table in the breakfast room
Napkins! So many napkins! Won't you have a few? Naw, I think I'll keep them.
See? Messy messy messy. You thought I was a perfect one didn't you? Please tell me you did! :)
Oh, dear! Which way is up? Place mats, table runners, aprons! Coffee filters? Like I said...messy messy mess! Please don't hate me! I've changed my messy ways! :)
Now, you can say I'm the Most Perfect One! Order at last! I put all my napkins in the top drawer, well, not actually all of them, I have some in the china cabinet drawers.
Second drawer, steak knives, silver and little votives alonge with tea light candles and a few more dish towels. Aren't I the Most Wonderful thing you've seen today! ;) pleeeeeeeeeeeeze know I'm just kidding! :)
This doesn't look so neat, but it is! Folded round tablecloths are hard to fold to look pretty! These are for for my little round table in the breakfast room and aprons. I do wear an apron on occasion!

Now the bottom drawer holds my newly acquired Emma's Garden dishes! I'm running out of room for my dishes! Imagine that! :) But these little drawers are very sturdy and these fit so nicely don't you think? Oh, now I know why I had the coffee filters out! I've used them as bumpers between my dishes. I know you're not supposed to call these thingys bumpers but that's what I call them! At the back of the drawers I have my vintage tablecloths. See, you can fold square cloths neatly!

Okay, Dear Ones, there is my Met Monday post! I decided I wasn't going to go to all the trouble of cleaning out my little below the pantry drawers and not snap for you to see. I know you all do this to, don't you? :) I'm not the most organized and neatest one! Just call me Shetha! You know Martha! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Whistle While You Work

Just whistle while you work
And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place
So hum a merry tune
It won't take long when there's a song to help you set the pace

And as you sweep the room
Imagine that the broom is someone that you love
And soon you'll find you're dancing to the tune

(Spoken: Oh, no, no, no, no! Put them in the tub)
When hearts are high the time will fly so whistle while you work

Just whistle while you work
Put on that grin and start right in to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune
Just do your best and take a rest and sing yourself a song

When there's too much to do
Don't let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee

And whistle while you work
Come on get smart, tune up and start
To whistle while you work


  1. Oh Sheila,
    You are the most perfectest! Great job my dear and please please tell me about those lovely new plates you have. They really look beautiful! Emma's Garden? Cindy

  2. I think it all looks beautiful. I love seeing the dishes and the napkins and the tablecloths and seeing where they live! I just think it would be heaven to live in a home that has 3600sq! I know your visitor is going to enjoy it...hehehe

  3. What perfect storage for your pretty napkins and tablecloths. I agree with you - it's hard to fold a round tablecloth (kinda like a fitted sheet). I bet Martha Stewart could do it flawlessly!!!
    You make me want to tackle my cupboards!

  4. Happy Easter Sheila! I feel like I've just come back from the dead myself! No irreverence intended of course but we've all been sick this past week with the stomach flu! UGH!!!!! I got sick last Sunday and it wasn't til yesterday I felt almost normal again! I missed everybody in blogland and it's going to take me awhile to catch up I think! Ooh! I'm so jealous of those drawers! You did a fantastic job of cleaning and arranging! Martha ain't got nothin' on you girl!! God Bless, Lauralu :)

  5. just KNOW I think you are PERFECT..and if I tried to tell you any different would know right away I was lying! ~grinning all over the place~
    I am a fan...a bona fide fan...and you know how us fans are!'re still on that pedistal as far as I am concerned...and Whoaaa be to the one who says otherwise!!
    Those drawers look wonderful!! (as everything always does!)
    Sending you a HUGE hug!!

  6. You are a busy bee. Very tidy indeed.

  7. Ahhhh, this all looks so so nice, worked hard and now it will ALWAYS be perfect to me.
    I WOULD take a photo of my JUNK DRAWER in my kitchen but NEVER...well, if someone started a Mr. Linky for SHOW US YOUR JUNK DRAWER/S, I MIGHT !! tee hee...
    Great post, dear one!
    xo bj

  8. Hi Shelia...I love your neatness! And I must admit that I was eyeing all of your goodies as you were packing them away!! Soooo pretty! We don't often get to peek into someone's stash!!! Thanks for sharing...hugs...Debbie

  9. Sheila, You are lucky to have sunch wonderful storage. I loved this post. In my eyes you are perfect. xoxoxo Terrie

  10. Sweetie Pie Sheila, What a job you took on., and it all turned out so beautiful too. I need to do a little bit of this too...I need to do alot of this... ;) Great makeover! ~CC Catherine

  11. Sheila - I will be gone all day tomorrow, but I will leave my front door open. Please come in and work your magic on my drawers..and cabinest, too, please. :-D I am an Unorganized Soul with an Organized Person just screaming to get out. You have inspired me. Thx for sharing, Barb

  12. Doesn't that FEEL good?! It is so tidy and orderly (as I expected:) My downfall is getting in a hurry and then chaos reigns!! I should have posted my morph today--a dirty ditchen to a semi-clean one :) Have a great week!

  13. Sheila, your drawers are now so tidy & organized. I bet that feels wonderful, because it looks it! I must say you have some pretty things in those drawers!!

    Have a wonderful week, Nicole

  14. oh my good that must have been so cleansing!! my junk drawer is toooo scary

    happy met monday


  15. Well Sheila, I STILL think You're perfect, and I can relate to the drawers filled with napkins, candles, and plates. :) Oy ve! LOL!

  16. Ooh, what lovely little drawers you have, Shelia! Heeheehee! You can take that any way you want!

    I want to see the inside of that magical pantry!

    Justiney :o )

  17. Hi Sheila...boy do you have alot of linens!! Isn't straightening up drawers and such... very rewardng and such a great way to spend a bit of time...You always feel like you accomplished so much when your through and see the finished results...

  18. You can come over and organize my place next!

    Great job! Doesn't it feel great to tackle chores like this!

    Happy Met Monday!

  19. Wow! I would love to have all that storage space. I agree with the others, it feels so great to accomplish jobs like that. It might be that you are the only one who will look at it but it sure feels food. :)

  20. Such loveliness Shelia!! Everything looks much neater now!!


  21. Shelia, Isn't that a great feeling to have things so organized and orderly. Love it! Oh, love the previous post and the song "He's Alive"...always liked Don Francisco's music! Linda

  22. Morning Shetha ( winks )

    That is the most wonderful little nook you have there....I'm quite envious of all your storage...and your collections. WOWEEEE~ now please show the pantry so I can drool some more....that is one thing I do not have, a pantry....make it 2

    Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs~ J

  23. Dear Sheila, sharing your drawers and then all cleaned up, was very brave. You did a beautiful job too. You made me so happy, as I am neat as a pin everywhere except my closets and drawers. Oh, I think I am inspired now, to get busy and clean up my secret messes. I can do it, I can do it!!!! I think I have convinced myself.

    You are dear and perfect to me. Now, I better get busy before I lose my inspiration. BIG smile.


    PS...I better start whistling.

  24. Hey there Sweetness, thanks for dropping by, I miss ya.I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I'm so jeaslous of all your storage and drawers you have. A womans dream. I may not post so much, but I still read them when I have my coffee, when I can manage it.

    Love Ya,

  25. please come to my house.... I need you!

  26. Spring cleaning!!? You did great job!!! :-)


  27. Love this concept. I thought I had a lot of napkins. You got me
    beat. I need help to get mine all organized. I have two draws in the dinning room hutch. And in the spare bedroom I have two deep draws that are filled with napkins and place mats. I have given some to my daughter. I haven't even started spring cleaning.
    Thank you for my SSS.

  28. Hi Shelia,
    You are right. I did think you were the most perfect one. I'm glad to know that you are human after all!

    Your drawers look great. It makes me feel so much better to get my drawers organized. I need to go do it right now!

    :) Diane

  29. Shelia, you are so organized. Wow, love all your drawers. So many pretties.


  30. There is nothing like a well organized drawer or drawers to make you feel fresh and clean. You have inspired me to get to work on mine! Amy

  31. Shelia, this is great! You get a grade A for "absolutely perfect". L-O-V-E the china! Thank you for sharing.

  32. Now that it's all neat and organized, get Mr. Precious to take you OUT TO EAT. Whatever you do, do NOT cook, or it'll get messy again.

    (This is my Special Secret on How to Keep a Neat Kitchen.)

  33. I knew you were perfect (just closed my eyes till I got to the after pix)...
    great job with beautiful results...

  34. Hi Sheila, I am just drooling at all your wonderful "resources" for entertaining! Oh my! :) You have some great stuff and you did a most wonderous job organizing them! Are you free on Wednesday to come to my house for a little organization??? LOL! I sure need it! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

  35. And a great Met Monday post, it is, dear Shelia! Those drawers are a great idea.

    I'm putting away dishes today. Rearranging etc, to make room for the new blue dishes. J is working on another metamorphosis. And we have precious g'kid with us today. Lots going on at our house.

  36. You are one adorable lady, Shelia! I love your organizing Met Monday! Those dishes are beautiful!

  37. You have so inspired me to clean out and organize. I love the shallow drawers, they let you see exactly what is in the drawer without having to dig to find something. That is where I get in trouble, digging and making a complete mess of everything just to find that one particular item.
    Also loved your plates, very springy.


  38. I wish I has those in my kitchen. I keep the linens in my bathroom linen closet and always have to run to and from like a total loon but then again I am kinda loony tunes!

  39. I need to clean out and straighten up my linens, too. Yours look wonderful - may be it will inspire me to get up off my duff and do something. Like all grandmothers everywhere, I'm tired, but need to start sweeping up the Easter grass, etc. Tell those kids of yours that you need grandchildren - they make every holiday special!! Sally

  40. Oh, I love the drawers, you can never have too many. Yes, I do have some drawers that look like your before, but I am determined to get them straight. Yours look just perfect now and what a treat to open them and find what you want. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  41. That is my kind of before and after! I love the organization of your new drawers! You are so lucky to have that space! Beautiful plates!!

  42. Great job, doesn't it feel good to have it all organized and the way you want it! I have been doing alot of that too and it feels good to get it done.
    Linda Q

  43. You will always be the mostest perfectest one in my book Sweet Pickle! lol Man I wish I had storage like that...I just might could become a 'dishacholic' if I had that kind of storage! lol ♥

  44. I bet you found wonderful treasures while you cleaned out your cabinets!

  45. So organized and so pretty at the same time!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my post! You're very funny...I like your blog...besides being very pretty, it's very entertaining!

  46. Hi Shelia
    Spring has really sprung in your kitchen and your drawers! Oh my. You did a pretty fancy job...we all know you are so organized but you know sometimes reorganization is a good thing. You do have lots of napkins...and I love the new dishes too.
    Doesn't it make you feel good when its all done.....I know it does!
    have a lovely day

  47. hi shelia...i love your blog so much that i'll be"following"you gilr!!have a great day...

  48. Wow this looks great...I love seeing other peoples napkins, tablecloths and makes me feel more normal. Why do we never have enough of them. I have tons and when I have company I always seem to be looking for something I don't have. You did a great job and I love the new dishes!

  49. Girl I could do some shopping in those drawers of your..loves great Pickel...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  50. Hi Shelia!

    I have an award for you (or more)


  51. Hey Shelia; I love your pantry draws. How great they are, wish I had some like that. You did a wonderful job on them. And I can't believe you would ever run out of room for your lovely


  52. Oh Shelia --
    You are just full on wonderfulness! I just love your freshened drawers!

  53. Sheila,
    I'm new to your blog. Love it!

    Your post today inspired us all to go take care of our drawers! I'm on my way right now! And I've always loved "Whistle While You Work!"

    Hattie From TN

  54. Hi Hattie and it's nice to meet you! I'm so glad you've come by to see me and I hope you'll come back!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  55. Lucky you to have so much storage space! I always wondered where you kept all of your pretties. You know, even when you had a mess going on there, it all still looked great!

    I am with the others who want to see that big pantry! I bet its bigger than my bathroom, lol.


  56. Shelia, I covet your storage and all of your tablescaping materials. Girl, I can see you are gonna keep going for years with new tablesettings after we run out of stuff.
    I bet it felt good to organize...always make room for some new goodies..(yeah, like you need more!)

  57. Happy Met Monday!

    I am back from my vacation!

    I have a Diva pic from my vacation.

  58. Sheila~ ~You have inspired me to redo my kitchen drawers. I've got a few that really need some work. It's nice to meet such an organized gal. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  59. Hi shelia~

    I'm up late browsing around I wanted to tell you the name of the restaraunt we frequent. Baby Yega it's in downtown Houston ( Montrose area ) here is he link:

    It's such a wonderufl little place...the atmosphere is so charming. :)

    Have a good night!

  60. Good morning Shelia :)

    Your pantry sounds very complicated, but fabulous LOL You are far more organized than I am right now and your drawers look wonderful :)


  61. Hi Sheila,
    Your post made me laugh....I was telling my Hubby that I wanted to clean out our shed on my day off the Thursday....and all I could think about was the mess....but look how your pantry looks now....fabulous.....I didn't think clean could be this much fun....great post....
    Mo :-)

  62. Oh my! Do you have a lot of table linens! Nice that you have room for them!

  63. I AM INSPIRED!!! Great post. I'll tell you, there is nothing like the feeling you get when you open a drawer or the fridge or a closet that you have cleaned and is like your own little I right? It really helps you appreciate all you makes you smile!

    Smiles ~ Ramona

  64. I just love how many drawers you have for your plates, napkins, We recently redid some of our cabinets and that was the first thing i told my husband to build...drawer for storing our pots and pans. I love it but wish I had more. Oh well. I love your le crucet red pot, I have one of those too.

  65. You are so organized. I love looking at all your linens and china!

  66. Dear Sheila,

    Thank you so much for writing me the sweetest comments.

    They touched my heart.

    And, your blog is truly lovely.


  67. Of course you are the mostest perfectist :0)
    I love how great everything looks when it's all organized and neat :0)
    Enjoy your day!

  68. Oh my Shelia what a job you did organizing all that stuff! You must feel so terrific now to have it all done. How wonderful to have such great storage space.

    I'm so delighted that Stella is coming to visit you and can't wait to see what you two do together!

  69. Oh my Shelia what a job you did organizing all that stuff! You must feel so terrific now to have it all done. How wonderful to have such great storage space.

    I'm so delighted that Stella is coming to visit you and can't wait to see what you two do together!

  70. Ok Sheila now I REALLY LOVE YOU because in are human after all! You pulled it all together in the end and organized all those wonderful goodies and found lovely new homes for them all. There is nothing more satisfying than peeking into a drawer or cupboard and seeing all your favorite things all lined up nice and neat. Now I know a lot of those old napkins and tablecloths have to be ironed too at some point! Perfection is a lot of work. Thankfully there is only one perfect person and that is God. Knowing that keeps us humble doesn't it? It keeps us right sized...just where we belong.:)

  71. What a great little space. i'm just dreaming of what I would put in there if I had all those drawers in my kitchen! Lovely job!

  72. Yep, I thought you were perfect, and I still think so! Those little drawers are wonderful! And all of your neatness is wonderful! Love that china! laurie


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