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Monday, June 22, 2009

Pots and Pops, on Met and Mosaic Monday

It's Monday!

I'm sharing a simple but oh-so-important metamorphosis here at That Old House, joining Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch (go visit!) and joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday (click! visit!).

Inspired by Mary's own mosaic for today, honoring Father's Day (which is a delicate way of admitting I totally copied her idea), I rummaged through my photo files and came up with some pictures of my Dad, my husband, and my husband's Dad.

So, Herb, Howard and Milt... great Dads, all ... this one's for you!

I have lots of pictures of my Dad, but I only had two of my father-in-law -- one from Alida's college graduation last year, another from going out to dinner after Annie's college graduation this year. See what happens when Zayde lives in Florida, but Pop-Pop is just 6 minutes away? A serious imbalance in camera time!


And now.... pssst. Pssssttt.... You! Yeah, you. C'mere. Lean in, I gotta question for you. . . You got any pots? No! Not that stuff! Pots, pots, like you cook in. Pots! Yeah, me too.

I like pots. I like to see them out and populating (potulating?) a kitchen, not hidden in dark cabinets, stacked in untidy piles, getting banged up and scratched. I don't think there is any finer kitchen decor than pots and pans. They belong.

I have always managed to hang our pots in our kitchens, no matter how tiny or goofy
that kitchen may otherwise have been (and we've had our share of tiny or goofy).

For a whole year I've been trying to find the right spot. With 4 doorways, a stair case,
counters, cupboards, freestanding storage -- a big-enough kitchen can seem too-small.

Then ... inspiration. At our last house, we hung pots from a shelf above a window.
We only have one window in this kitchen, and it's over the sink. But, why not?

Whatcha think?

Howard anchored a 4 x 4 between the two cabinets, and screwed in great big stainless steel hooks:

Ta-Da! I can hang enough pots to free up space in my corner cabinet to house the gorgeous stainless steel roasting pan
I bought on sale at Macy's on Friday, and still have room for more stuff!

More stuff . . . was there ever a lovelier phrase? Plus, we already had the 4 x 4 from a previous metamorphosis that
I haven't blogged about yet (not quite complete) so the pot rack was nearly free as well . . . leaving more money for more stuff!

Thanks Howard! (Don't hit your head too hard on your desk when you read this at your office.)

Happy Monday! I'm off to Princeton soon with Anne; she has an interview there,
so I am tagging along to shop, and maybe find (say it with me)... more stuff! -- Cass

P.S. Dion can't do a thing with his hair this morning! Time to go back to sleep.


  1. So much easier then being on your hands and knees looking into a cabinet under the counters. No excuse for anyone not to find a pan:) Good job! I am still on vacation but just had to steal a quick blog fix this AM:)

  2. What a fun post! Lots to look at. Great projects and fun pops photos! Have a fantastic week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  3. Well I am only 5 feet tall so hanging pots is not an option for me unless they were hanging low enough to bash everyone else in the face. I can't even reach the second shelf in the upper cabinets.
    Good idea for you tall ladies though.

  4. What a cute mosaic, Cass! They say that imitation is the best form of flattery... Love your hanging pots. too. Thanks so much for joining the fun at Mosaic Monday. :)

  5. Great idea, it looks super. Hugs, Marty

  6. Poor Dion! He and I are having a bad hair day together. :)

    The pots look fabulous in the window. What a great idea, and you can't beat the price.

    BTW - you've mastered the art of "Lisa's Voodoo Economics." You saved money on the pot rack so now you can spend what the supplies *would* have cost on something else.


  7. A perfect place for pot, er Pots!

  8. Oh Cass - - - Is that Howard I see in the bottom right hand corner of the Father's Day Mosaic???? I believe it is - - - and I believe he is sleeping - - - and I believe he is so soundly asleep that he qualifies for my NEXT "Unconscious Father of the Year" Award!!! Too bad you put that picture in a mosaic so I can't steal it without the whole mosaic thing - - -

    Beware Howard - - -

    That's all I've got to say!

  9. Hey Keetha -- yes that is Howard in the lower right corner! The girls and I were decorating the sunroom Christmas tree, Howard got bored and was taking a nap, so as we unwrapped ornaments, we put them on the tree, and put their wrappings on Dad. It was quite some time before he figured it out. Yes, Unconscious indeed!

  10. Such a good idea, your pots. And the mosaic for fathersday looks great

  11. Great mosaic. I made a big mess yesterday trying to find the right pan. I really need to work on that, but since I don't do a lot of cooking anyway, I'm not in a hurry. :)

  12. Dion - I know the feeling. With all this heat and humidity, what little natural curl I have it goes crazy. But Dion is still adorable. :-)

  13. Hi Cass! Oh, love your way to hang your pots! It's great! Now little Dion just makes me want to hold him and kiss that little nose! He is so pretty, um, handsome! LOL
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. What a nifty idea! I don't have a window in my kitchen. But I sure need somewhere to hang my pots. Just haven't figured out where yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Nice mosaic memories. Good idea for your pots too.

  16. Beautiful Father's Day tribute. Love the pots too, that first shot is my favorite.

  17. Wonderful pots - what a clever "curtain" idea. And the mosaic for fathers' day is fabulous - what memories.

    I love the photo in your banner - so homey and inviting.

  18. Very entertaining post. I hang my pots too. I just hope I'm not standing under them when the "big one" (earthquake) hits southern California. Have fun finding new stuff for the old house.

  19. Love your pots and pans! Great idea!

  20. Great idea-I love it! And tell Dion his hair looks very sporty. Just right for chasing birds, barking at the wind or...napping!
    Blessings, Misha

  21. Nice timely mosaic that will be treasured in your family for years to come.

    I do like the pots hanging curtain needed that's for sure!

  22. Great idea about the pots. So much easier than stuffed in a closet. Nice Fathers Day Mosaic also! :D Jewel

  23. Your DH is a keeper. Mine gets crazy when I want to put holes in walls, etc! Really, he has an aversion!
    Your pots look great, they shine and sparkle!
    Love your father's day mosaic too...

  24. Your potulated window looks fabulous, and our commentary was so cute! laurie

  25. Pots and pans should be out where they are easy to get to, especially if you intend to cook! I used to hang them all over the kitchen. Then I just basically gave up cooking so don't have to worry about it any more!

  26. HI Cass !
    I love your kitchen and that is a great place for you have an empty cupboard !
    Poor Dion - let him go back to bed...LOL !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  27. That's a great idea and easy to access. My kitchen is so small, I'm always looking for ways to store things! You are fortunate to have some space to walk around in. My little space is a one woman show, but there are usually 2-3 people in it and a dog or two :)

  28. Very clever! I wouldn't of thought of that!

  29. Great idea for storing those pans!


  30. Brilliant idea!
    I've always wanted one of those black iron hangers for over the kitchen island, but realized that my son and husband would be banging their heads on the pots if they leaned toward the island - and if the pots were high enough for them to avoid injury, I'd never be able to reach them!

  31. I like your U form kitchen set and....long hair your dog!

  32. *chants* More stuff, more stuff, MORE STUFF! Yes, yes!!

    The pots look great, gleaming in the light. Great idea!

    Loved the pop pics too. Dion looks none too happy there, hehe...

    Your daughter's Guam pics were just incredible. OH.
    I never thought of a coconut being the seed either, ha!


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