Make A Strawberry Patch Coffee Station
The flowers are blooming, the berries are ripe, and warm breezes are blowing here in the sunny South Carolina Lowcountry. It’s time to style my Coffee Corner for the warmest time of the year-with one of my favorite spring and summer themes, STRAWBERRIES!
My black Keurig stopped working about a month ago, giving me an opportunity to buy a colored one. I chose the red one, because it coordinates with the trim in my kitchen. Also, red is an all-season color. I used the same red tone for the Hand Painted Strawberry Cutting Board that hangs above my new Strawberry Patch Coffee Station. My husband created his own unique hanger for the cutting board. I told him that I was going to need a few more of those for similar projects in the future.
The strawberry cream pitcher and lidded sugar bowl were picked up at Goodwill a few months ago. They are unmarked, but they look similar to pieces I’ve seen from Sebring Pottery. The flowers and fruit are very well made, and beautifully hand-painted.
Ever since I fell in love with antiques in my early 20s, I’ve always wanted an authentic metal milk can. As they’ve become less plentiful, I’ve learned to settle for things shaped like real milk cans. I couldn’t pass up this ceramic strawberry milk can vase I found at a local thrift store. I filled it with my daughters’ flowers from yesterday’s recital and used it to adorn my little coffee nook.
I bought the stackable Best Friend coffee cups from TJ Maxx. I like the stackable cups because they are easily stored in small spaces.
One of my favorite pieces in this coffee station is the crimped Fenton Hobnail milk glass condiment bowl with the silver handle. I have several small pieces that go with the bowl, but they are too fragile (and precious) for everyday use. What a great bowl to liven up that artificial sugar!
I decided to make a few quick strawberry adornments with my sewing machine. The strawberry coffee mat and mini strawberry garland added just the right amounts of pattern to the beverage area. For the coffee mat, I used a small piece of burlap as a pattern to cut my strawberry cotton fabric. Then I pinned the right sides together, and sewed with a straight stitch.
I trimmed the edges. Then, I turned the mat out, ironed it, and stitched over the opening. I finished things off by top-stitching with the #16 stitch on my Brother sewing machine. I enjoy pairing burlap with cotton. The burlap is stiff, and gives the project body. The cotton provides the beauty and pattern.
The strawberry garland was fun and easy. I folded a small piece of red gingham in half, and cut a strawberry shape. I did the same thing with the stem using green felt. I sewed around the strawberry, around the stem, and on the back (where the stem and strawberry meet) using a decorative #17 stitch. Sometimes it’s fun to just wing it, without a pattern, and not take things so seriously. Just let yourself (and the rules) go, and create! I sewed the strawberries to the yarn, and sewed the yarn ends to prevent unraveling.
I hope you enjoyed my not-so-serious Strawberry Patch Coffee Station.
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