“Do you think we have enough rooster and chicken stuff in this kitchen?” my husband asked when my new placemats arrived in the mail.
|Perfect for my country-style kitchen (even hubby agrees!)|
He made me think. When we first bought our little farm, the country-style kitchen had a very cute border tile of farmyard poultry that we loved. It seemed to be a good starting point for decorating the room.
|The kitchen tiles that started it all|
Our friends certainly thought so. Our first rooster-themed things were gifts—ornaments and dishtowels.
|Italian, but purchased in San Francisco when the Romance Writers of America conference was there|
I enthusiastically picked up on the theme. I’m a lover of gadgets and knick-knacks anyway, and love to bring back souvenirs of my travels. So over the last few years the collection has grown.
|The gorgeous girl in the middle was bought in Reno, Nevada when the RWA conference was held there, and came home in my hand luggage on the plane|
Two years ago, a house fire destroyed most of our kitchen and severely smoke-damaged everything else in the cottage. Most of those border tiles went, only a row around the chimney breast (we have an old-fashioned wood stove in the kitchen) remained. Try as we could to find those tiles to use in the rest of the kitchen, they couldn’t be replaced.
|I use this cute timer often, I found her in Mendocino, California when I was doing location research|
Thankfully the other chicken-themed stuff remained. I like them even more knowing they survived the fire.
|Bowl from a flea market, eggs courtesy of our chickens|
The latest purchase is some beautiful placemats and coasters, exactly what I want for my wooden table. They’re easy to clean and look smart. I love them!
|I didn't need it, I just thought it looked cute by the fireplace!|
I’m sharing some of my treasures here today, but there are others. Too many? I don’t think so. My eye is too easily caught by a rooster or two. (And yes, I am writing a story with a rooster in it!)
We have real chickens, too. Thirteen Isa Browns at the moment who look wonderful in the yard and give us beautiful brown eggs—perhaps my favorite chicken-themed items of all!
|Meet Ginger, we rescued her from the jaws of a fox and my daughter nursed her back to health|
I have friends who collect owls, dolphins and cats. My daughter loves anything with Audrey Hepburn on it. It makes gift-giving so easy! What about you? Do you have a favorite theme for collecting? Anything unusual? A theme you’ve grown tired of? Please leave a comment—I’d love to hear about it!
Kandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction.
Her new contemporary women's fiction e-book, Reinventing Rose, is available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other e-book retailers.
Kandy’s romances include the Amazon bestseller The Castaway Bride, Something About Joe, and the award-winners Love is a Four-Legged Word and Home Is Where the Bark Is.
Watch out for her first release from Harlequin Romance in 2014.
Visit Kandy at her websitewww.kandyshepherd.com