God knows my needs

in art, books, china, kitchen, my home, organisation, thrifting  17 comments
Feb 24 2010
The kitchen shelving I bought before painting and work.

As an adult and home maker, I have come to realise this:

If something in a woman’s home is not right, the woman* is not right.

It could be emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and even how the home is set up. How the home functions. If it, at all, functions.

And often, this “function” is determined by the woman’s psyche. How the blocks are set up in the woman’s mind.

The Conundrum

Our tiny 40.5m2 (440 sq.f) home is taking shape. We still have a 30m2 storage space to store our “don’t needs” but our essentials are here.

My brother-in-law purpose-built the kitchen in the studio-space with bare essentials: floor cabinets with one shelf, rangehood and sink. They bought an antique wall-hung cupboard to go above the floor cabinets, but have since taken it with them.

So I’m left with barely any storage, and a bare wall:

What with needs to be on the counter top, there is no other space for preparing dinner etc.

What with needs to be on the counter top, there is no other space for preparing dinner etc.

I’ve been scouring eBay daily (and nightly) for some kitchen shelves, much like this one on eBay that I wasn’t able to get because it was interstate:

Pity about the interstate problem, it sold for a very affordable $80!

Pity about the interstate problem, it sold for a very affordable $80!

The hunt continued. And prayer increased that God would provide me with an affordable, preferably vintage, solution. After all, He knows my heart!

The Chance Meeting

Last weekend, it rained all day so garage sale-ing with MIL was postponed. Instead we spent some time pottering around our homes, cleaning, gardening. Until 3pm, when I was besieged by an urgency to hit two tiny vintage/antique stores 10 mins.

MIL was more than happy to accompany me in an attempt to salvage our day’s expectations, which I was really appreciative about. The first little store was an affordable treasure trove of pretty things and a few choice vintage furniture. I walked away with my MIL’s birthday gift to me, a lovely old Japanese made plate with the cutest bluebirds and cherry blossoms, AUD$22.50:

A cute Japanese made plate with pretty bluebirds and cherry blossoms

A cute Japanese made plate with pretty bluebirds and cherry blossoms

And I picked out the most gorgeous children’s book, with beautiful illustrations for $6.50, The Tales of Arabian Nights.

My vintage copy of The Tales of Arabian Nights.

My vintage copy of The Tales of Arabian Nights.

My vintage copy of The Tales of Arabian Nights.

My vintage copy of The Tales of Arabian Nights.

My Godsent

But it was at the next little store that God answered my constant prayers. Whimsical Notions is an antique-y store in Warrimoo, NSW. The front of the store was the unaffordable stuff, like an art deco lady lamp for AUD$1,150. The back however, was the more junky part. Old dressers, dusty washstands, broken cabinets and piles of crap. Behind all that mess, I spied what looked like the top part of a kitchen dresser.

To my growing excitement (which I desperately tried to hide from the antiques store owner), I discovered that it was a stand alone stained pine (yuck) kitchen shelving!!! Had I found it???

The width and height of the shelves I needed were very specific and limited but I wanted something to fit exactly that space (no smaller, please, God).

It was the right size! Thank you God!

The kitchen shelving I bought before painting and work.

The kitchen shelving I bought before painting and work.

After some elbow grease and pale pale pink paint in gloss, I have now hung it.

My beautiful newly painted kitchen shelving

My beautiful newly painted kitchen shelving

Thank you God. Now I get to open my packed treasures and fill these shelves.

(And wait for the walls to be painted white!)

* With men, it is their work and the recognition gained from said work that affects their equilibrium.

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