Where the Magic Happens

filed under: Miscellaneous on January 5, 2011

And by magic, you know I am referring to my kitchen right?  Of course you did.

So I decided to do something I have never done before… and that is participate in a Works for me Wednesday post!

One of my favorite people, Bridget from Bake at 350, is neighbors with Kristen who writes the We are THAT Family blog.  Small world huh?

Anywho, I have been reading these WFMW posts forever, but never was organized or timely enough to participate.

Until today!

I need to preface this by saying, this is NOT a decorating post! 

I do NOT recommend anyone else tries to decorate as poorly as I do. 

And for the sake of all that is right in this world, do NOT look at anything in these pictures except the space ABOVE my cabinets. 

Thank you.



An almost dead plant and foil baking pan that has been there for at least five years.

I am trying really, really hard to follow through on my resolutions this year (my first time even making them!) and I was hoping to get more organized and efficient so I can spend more time with the kiddo's.

I happen to love cakestands, and they are all currently stuffed in a closet where I cant sit and dream of the cakes I can put on them.

Cause I do that.  Sit and dream about cakes.  Doesnt everyone?

So I figured, why not try and put them out where I can enjoy them and actually see what I have?!



Not exactly a design Martha Stewart would be proud of, but it WORKS FOR ME!



So yeah.  My work here is done.

Until I actually address the mess in the sink that is.

And I just have to mention this… my TRUE motiovation for trying to improve my space was seeing Amy's kitchen.

It. Is. GORGEOUS!!  Those windows!  That countertop!  I was green with envy.  Until I remembered that envy is bad. 

You must check it out!!

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  • Sally says:

    Yay! Love seeing all your pretty things on display! Doesn’t that just make you feel good?

  • Stephanie says:

    That is very fun. My aunt did that in her kitchen too. Nice job working on those resolutions! And we know that you did it in a timely manner since the bananas are still green on the counter. Oh wait?, did you say NOT to look below the top of the cupboards? My bad.

  • naomi says:

    Amanda, there is a reason I consider you a good friend-I dream about cakes too! Cake is my favorite food and its the thing I strive most to do well as a baker.
    Aside from that, the top of my cabinets look the same. Mine has more to do with the fact that I have a cakestand obsession and now have no where else to store them.
    Shoot if we were neighbors we could trade food and props!

  • Renee says:

    Well done, good for you keeping up with your resolutions ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy | She Wears Many Hats says:

    That’s perfect! And I just have to say, if envy were acceptable of course, that cake on your counter has me a little green. Yum! I wish we were neighbors.

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Yay….WFMW!!! So glad you joined in!
    I LOVE your cake stands….and Amy’s kitchen. I was feeling a little green as well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • carma says:

    That is a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚ take out things that make you happy instead of keeping them tucked away. Just be super careful getting them down from that height so you can enjoy them in one piece ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Bethany says:

    OMGoodness! I haven’t heard anyone else type anywho. Or you know, I haven’t seen it on anyone’s blog. That used to be my favorite word of all time. Thanks for the giggle. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love cake stands. My mamaw had a beautiful milk glass cake stand I always wanted, and my grandmother-in-law gave hers to me. I absolutely adore cake stands. I use them to serve sandwiches at lunch gatherings, cookies, cakes whatever. I think this is so cute.

  • Shaina says:

    I’m completely distracted by the coconut cake. What were you saying works for you?

  • Kristin Smith says:

    I LOVE it…what a wonderful way to display those beautiful plates…although I hope you had some help getting them up there..being pg and all standing on a ladder is not advisable! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know because when I was pg with my Elijah we were doing some painting and at one point I found myself standing on our kitchen counters painting the space above the cabinets and I stepped off onto the folding chair I used and it started to fold in on itself…could have been bad news. But I am not to smart when it comes to safety like that! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings, Kristin

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    Oh my goodness! I was having some kitchen envy when I saw Amy’s kitchen, too. I love your solution for the cake plates. I might have to steal that idea. But, that would force me to be brave and discover what might be living on top of my cabinets. I am frightened by that thought.

  • Ruth says:

    My mom uses that space to display her cookie jars, of which she has MANY!
    I think you and I have the same stove, except I’m sure yours is much cleaner. :0)

  • darcie says:

    I can’t be sure -but I think you and I live in the exact same house…well, not the exact same…
    but the same ‘model’ if you will –
    I would recognize that lack of cupboard space anywhere!
    The cake stands look great!

  • Becki D says:

    *sigh* I have cake stand envy. I’ve gone to Goodwill a couple of times to try to find one or the parts to make one like you do…but I just don’t have the cake stand eye like you do!

  • TidyMom says:

    LOVE it Amanda!!! …….next week tell us about shooting your cakes on that counter! {wink}……..I’m so jealous of you girls with kitchens with light and lots of room!!

  • Chantele says:

    This is my first time commenting, though I found your blog a few months ago–forgive me for stalking ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s exactly what I do with my cake stands! Of course, if you leave them up there for 5 years, they get coated in powdered sugar dust and then don’t look so pretty. I do, however, wash them before using them ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your green walls, too!

  • Kristen says:

    I love items with dual purposes… cake stands and home decor work very well together. It looks fantastic!

  • Tina Fisher says:

    Very nice Amanda….it’s you and it looks pretty!
    Was the cake a prop bonus?

  • pam says:

    I love it, I love your honestly. I really like where you put your cake stands