Sunday, September 18, 2011

First Room "The BUTT'RY"!!

       This "Butt'ry" (pantry) was previously used ....
                        ..........for a Laundry Room!


       I forgot to take a picture of the icky rusty laundry sink
                    that Hubby-Bear
                             was quick to remove at my request,
                                         The floor was saturated and wet!

Oh look! A Potato Box!...........
with LOTS of LINT!!!!!

The shop vac did a wonderful job of getting those little bullet plugs
out! One at a time "pop pop pop"!

"CITY people used to have pantries.
The country counterpart of the pantry
 is called a "butt'ry." In occasional
hidden corners of New England, this
country room may still be found in use, but  only the most
old-fashioned houses, loved and lived in by the
most old-fashioned kind of  people have a "butt'ry" these days."    
                                                      The New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook 
                                                               Mary Mason Campbell  *1968* 
                                                                              (Illustrated by Tasha  Tudor)                   

 I think I may just keep these swinging doors to the
Butt'ry off (but I shall paint them proper just the same)

Oooooooo!!!, two layers of contact paper!!

Color inspiration!

A cupboard from our previous Home
fits in the Butt'ry as though it were made for it!!

Coming together!!

A neat Cellar Door latch!
(a bit tricky to paint around)!

Cellar Door

"A big basket of apples fits into the corner;
a pan of potatoes brought up from the cellar
is next to the apples."
  The New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook 
                                                                                        Mary Mason Campbell  *1968*    

Take a look at The pantry at the Wilder NY Farm:

The pantry in the Surveyor's House

                                                                                                       The Pantry in the Surveyors' House-
                                                                                                        -Photo courtesy of the Laura Ingalls Wilder
                                                                                                                Memorial Society, 105 Olivet Ave.,
                                                                                                                     Box 426, De Smet, SD 57231 

"She opened the third door. A squeal of excitement
came out of her mouth and startled the listening house.
There before her eyes was a little store. All up the walls
of that small room were shelves, and on the shelves
were dishes, and pans and pots, and boxes, and cans.
 All around under the shelves stood barrels and boxes."

                                             By the Shores of Silvercreek
                                                   Laura Ingalls Wilder
                                                       (illustrated by Garth Williams)

Mama Mousiekin is excitedly planning "putting up" all these petite apples for the winter!

                                                                               Therefore if any man be in Christ,
 he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
 behold, all things are become new.
                        2 Corinthians 5:17


Next.. The KITCHEN!!
(must rid the pinkish/lavender walls
and the Pinkish Red TRIM)!!!

*.......*sneak peek*........*


Blessings and Love, Linnie


  Beloved, I wish above all things 
and be in health, even as thy soul prosper
 that thou mayest prosper
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The Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook


I believe in angels,
The kind that heaven sends,
I am surrounded by angels,
But I call them friends.

- Aizabel Parinas -



  1. Love the Laura Ingalls' books. Your pantry turned out beautifully! Can't wait to see what you do with the kitchen.

  2. Dear Linnie,

    You've been busy! The butt'ry looks fit for a farmin' queen. :) I love the potato box, and all your implements just look so natural there, like it was meant to be for sure.

    It looks like the Mousiekins are making themselves useful, too. Tevye and his new bride Goldie (did I tell you about her?) would like to send them a housewarming gift, if they could have your new address. :)

    Good luck settling in this week. We wish we were there to help paint!



  3. Linnie,Thank you so much for singing to me on my birthday.What a happy surprise for me.I love whatching the progress on your home.I pray the Lord gives you strength and joy all at the same time-Denise

  4. Linnie, I am speechless!! I am drooling!! I am amazed!! You are doing such an incredible job of restoring this beautiful home to it's original grandeur...bravo!!
    Love your photos of the the apples(how fragrant they must be) and those dear mousiekins...I know they are such help to you ..teeheeee.
    Love you, dear heart...pace yourself and remember to rest and eat healthy:))

  5. OOOOOOHHHHHH & AHHHHHHHHHH and Squeal!! It looks so good I love it!! Oh and it looks like you brought it back to life the way it should be the colors you chose are wonderful.....I am just in awe it looks amazing ~Enjoy your new home ~Love Heather

  6. Loved and lived in - already! I have to say I always read you with delight- too speechless to comment, but this! This is perfect!

  7. Oh my gosh it's beautiful!!! You did an incredible job rennovating the butt'ry! I can't wait to see the kitchen redo:)!



  8. Your butt'ry looks so beautiful! What a great job you did on restoring it. I love the colors you picked. Thanks for sharing all your in progress pictures and finished pictures. It was fun looking through them all. :)

    God bless,


  9. Dear Linnie,

    We absolutely love your Butt'ry! The colour you painted it looks wonderful! The potato keeper is such a neat thing! Such a lot of work but a labor of love! Your big bowl of apples looks so beautiful on the butt'ry shelf and the Mousiekins look so cute with their gathered apples! Tasha Tudor would have loved your Butt'ry!

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah and Tillie Tinkham the mouse at the Corgyncombe Courant

  10. My Sweet Linnie what an amazing job you are doing! Thank you for the peek into your home! Also for the joy you bring into my world! Once agin I see more Beautiful pictures...Each has it's story to tell. Thank you, my dear friend!

  11. OH LINNIE, YOU ARE ALREADY MAKING THIS HOUSE into a restored historical mansion!!!! IT IS FABULOUS MY FRIEND! I have to run off to work now, but this is marvelous and has such a colonial look...the MOUSKINS ARE LOVING IT, I AM SURE!! Anita

  12. Linnie - I love it! What a great post! I love before and after stories - sort of like our lives when Jesus transforms us! So awesome what you've done with your Butt'ry. The book quotes were perfect - and the Mousekins look very pleased with the progress. Looking forward to losing that pink and red kitchen - and what you'll do with it next!!!!

  13. AMAZING LINNIE!!! I cannot believe what you have accomplished so quickly! It is just beautiful too!
    I am avidly awaiting the kitchen installment---as a passionate DIY restorer of an old house, I am loving every word and photo. glad to see the little bee skep I gave you at the bottom...It sure does have a wonderful home1
    Love and hugs,

  14. Oh Linnie, Your But'try is the envy of all who dwell in the Hollow! The green paint, the wooden floor, the potato bin... my gosh, I love it! I want to just sit there and contemplate on canned tomatoes and beans. This really is a treat. Our old house does not have one... do you think it is too late to add one on? I am going back to your But'try right now!

  15. WOW. Wow wow wow! You did an amazing job with your butt'ry, Linnie! It looks a thousand times better! I love that you excavated that beautiful room out of such crumminess and bad taste :) Amazing! Now I cant wait to see how the rest of the house comes along!~

  16. The transformation is remarkable. Rose and I were both sitting here amazed as we scrolled through and read your post! I think all pantrys should from here on out be called butterys, even my very modern "pantry" could be romanced.

  17. Thank you so much.I have to go back a read your message to me a few more times HeeHee I'ts just me at 59 .

  18. Pssst! Oh Linnie! Guess what? you are my giveaway winner for this week! Send me an email and I'll get you all set up for your book! :D
    audreyeclectic (at)

  19. Linnie DARLIN'!!!!!

    How's the homestead coming along dearest? AND THANK YOU FOR VISITING ME!!!! It is a grand pleasure to meet our blogger friends face-to-face, for we have all shared so much joy and bliss with each other that when we FINALLY DO MEET, it is as if we have known each other forever. GOD MADE IT that we COMMUNICATE and make those connections. GOD is the best linguist ever, for He knows that words are powerful. HMMMMMMM...His Son..the WORD showed us all the possibilities!!! WOOOOOO! Praise Him and have a fab day, Anita

  20. Ohhhh I can't wait to see the kitchen. ((sitting on the edge of my seat)) I was born in Keene, New Hampshire and I have only been able to visit once sense I was born. (during a family reunion and only 9 miles away from where my dad was born) I love love love the look and feel of a New England home. I try with my small funds make my home have a bit of New England flavor.

    I have a butt'ry that we are trying to get some shelves in. I would love for it to look like yours! It looks sooooooo lovely.

    And thank you so much for the links to Almanzo's homestead. That was a real treat to see. I have the boys read the Little House books to build their fluency in their reading. And Farmer Boy was always a favorite. [o=

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  21. Oh Linnie dear ~ shades of
    a miracle!(not to mention
    a keen eye and elbow grease)
    your buttery is timeless,as
    though having been there
    always. You transformed it
    to its ideal and someone up
    above is looking down and
    blessing you for restoring
    the spirit of your beautiful
    home as they may have once
    known it. You not only
    salvage lovely carpets, you
    resurrect forgotten dreams.
    Thank you for sharing this
    wonderful journey with us.

  22. Linnie, it looks wonderful!!
    What a fabulous butt'ry!
    You have a beautiful decorating gift.
    My goodness that was a lot of lint to get rid of, lol!
    This lovely old house must be so happy to have you taking good care of her now :-)

  23. Oh Linnie you did a FANTASTIC job! It looks so cozy and I love the color. Love the little tiny apples, too! They made me smile :-) What work you put into it, but hard work is rewarded. Will be back to check on the kitchen, and am adding you to our "Blogs We Like" list! Take care!

  24. I found your blog via "Rookery Ramblings", and I'm so glad I took the time to peek! What a beautiful result to the project you've taken on! Truly redeeming the lost...

  25. Linnie,what a beautiful butt'ry. You did such a wonderful job! Can't wait to see the kitchen. Enjoy!
    God bless!