I absolutely loved getting to peek into all of your kitchens, and as I made up the little contributors list below, I realized that I am so incredibly fortunate to know all of you. Thank you for opening your hearts up to this silly little blog, and thank you for welcoming me and my readers into your kitchens. I was amazed - some of your kitchens are smaller than mine (as I knew they would inevitably be), and guys, if you click through to some of these folks' websites, you'll see that even a tiny kitchen can produce some amazing looking food (ok, that last one was from my blog. but hey, I was proud to have made something pretty in my tiny space...even if I had to roll the dough in the living room. PS - remember this birthday cake? I just found this post and laughed to myself. For those of you new to this blog, enjoy).
Anyway, I hope you have as much watching the slideshow as I did making it. Feel free to click here to view all the photos in Picasa, all big-like.
The contributors (in alphabetical order, which is also how they appear in the slide show):
Alyssa, who makes and decorates some ridiculously awesome cakes (that she should post on her blog more often)
Bria has a gorgeous, not-so-tiny kitchen, and was generous enough to also share some pretty detail photos (including one of the secret photo station that she uses to take pics for her blogs)
Elissa has one of the tiniest kitchens I've seen in person, but she also makes some of the most gorgeous, creative, tasty-looking food ever. She blogs about her culinary adventures, and even shares recipes, and the first time I saw her kitchen I was shocked at her ability to make such ridiculously awesome things in such a small space. She puts me to shame.
Gabe and Kourtney are super eco friendly. Gabe's blog is all about ways you can (and ways he does) go green, including in the kitchen.
Jacqui, who takes gorgeous photos and makes food that makes your heart warm.
Josey, a new blog friend I'm happy to know. I'm so glad you participated!
Julie, who doesn't have a blog/website (I don't think), but whom I've known forever and recently reconnected with in an awesome, internetty, bloggy way.
Junket, also a new blog friend, who is hilarious and just became a West Coast transplant. Welcome to the Awesome Coast, lady. Start cooking!
Kate, who doesn't have a blog, but should totally be writing hilariously about her adventures in Los Angeles relocation and dating, because she has some hilarious stories. Actually, Junket and Kate, you live near each other. You should meet.
Kristen, my former roommate who now lives fabulously in a big ole house in London. Technically she and her boy are housesitting, I suppose, but it sounds pretty rad.
Lisa, the snarkiest (in a good way) chick I know, she doesn't know this, but she is pretty much one of my main sources for political news. So, um, keep sharing stuff in your Reader, Lisa. Also: kitchen stairs? Wow.
Penelope is a relatively new blog buddy, and her posts are just lovely. She is funny and charming and heartwarming and just all around sweet.
Shanna, who, well, if you've read my blog for more than a second, you've probably heard me rave about her. We've been blog friends for about three years, and this girl writes the most beautiful, inspirational, thoughtful posts about (delicious, gorgeous) food. I hope it's ok that I stole these pictures from the post you wrote in response to my original Tiny Kitchens request. I figured you wouldn't mind.
Suzanne shares some of the most ridiculously adorable Etsy finds ever. And pics of her Small Fry, who is supercuteness. And yeah, she's a nice lady and I'm glad we have connected recently via the interwebs.
Finally, major, major props to Tricia, who has cooked in some of the most awful kitchens known to mankind. Because I couldn't get these into the slideshow, check out the before and after photos of one of her old kitchens on her old Flickr account. One thing that I admire about Tricia and her husband is their willingness and ability to completely transform the apartments they rent. I am pretty inclined to say "jeez, I don't own this place, I don't want to put any effort into improving it" (though I did paint my current place); Tricia and Michael have seriously done some awesome things to some not-awesome apartments, and I am in awe of them.
Thank you again, again, and again to all of you for sharing your spaces with me. Many of you are folks I've never met in person, and I feel truly lucky to have connected with you and just want to give you all hugs. I think that this roundup, plus the Spring Cure (gotta upload photos! Ack!), will motivate me to make use of my tiny kitchen! Happy Kitchening, All!