Wednesday, May 18, 2011

this is one of those if you give a moose a muffin posts...

They're here!!!
Oh I just love them so.
Hannah and I brought in bunches of the freshly blossomed lilacs to make the house smell like spring.
Actually, she said "now I know it's spring, because the lilacs bloomed"
so true.

For the last couple of days I have been cleaning, organizing and getting rid of stuff.
just stuff.
You know, the kind that you take home with the sole purpose to make it beautiful again?
the idea file was getting too big and the time that I physically have to do every
idea I brought stuff home for seems to be shrinking!
So it was time to let go of some of the extras.
Which was a wonderful feeling really.

Because then I found this fabulous egg basket just sitting in the attic full of parts of said projects.
Now it holds my reading materials for bedtime on top of a wicker cooler.

In the aftermath, this pillow that I had made a while back got it's just rewards and is now sitting in the 'pillow place of honor'.  I made it with a skirt that I found at the GW.  This is one of those projects that is a no brainer...

step 1 ~ sew up the top
step 2 ~  insert a pillow
step 3 ~ sew up the bottom.
step 4 ~ admire all of that ruffly goodness.
easy peasy.

sitting right here on top of the dropcloth 'bedspread' which gives the room a neutral that the funky green walls do not.  I have had painting the walls on my ta da list for quite some time now... lets see, we moved in here about 6 years ago now. 
yup, some time now.

They unfortunately match the ugly green carpet.
I know, the pity party starts about now.
Unfortunately I don't have enough to go around... you know I try not to wallow in it.
So I'm going to have to make it a  B.Y.O.P. party.
I hope you understand!

Since the carpet isn't going anywhere anytime soon, I have lived with the walls too.
After this whole rearranging and cleaning though, I think some paint is in this rooms near future.

Yes, I said rearranging... right now, my shoulders, arm and back are cussing at me something fierce!!
" Hey lady, how old do you think you are?"
"We know how old you are and you are WAAAAY to old to move that bed and a dresser and all the other stuff you thought you were young enough to do yourself"
"How about next time you use some patience and let somebody help you!!!"

(I cleaned up the cuss words for those of you with delicate ears)

I was actually smart enough to know that I could NOT move this fireplace upstairs from the kitchen.
I had Cam help with that.
sweet redemption.
My aching back says "way to go"

I know it's not really cold enough to have a fire going, but I  just had to see it lit up in there :)

Our bedroom smells so lovely.
This urn was just sitting empty on the front porch begging for some flowers!

So you ask... "When is she bringing out the muffins?"

These suitcases were the nightstands in the bedroom before yesterday.
These and the ones that are now at the end of the bed.
I saw this idea somewhere here in blogland and I'm sorry but I can't remember where right now, but if you know who inspired me or if it was you, please let me know and I will gladly credit my source of inspiration!

I knew someone would be able to jog my memory!  This idea is from Kasey over at Lola B's
Thanks Kasey for the inspiration and thank you Melinda for the info!

The doilies are a cover-up.  I need to put a new piece of molding around the frame but the doilies were on the table near by and the glue gun was plugged in...
I'm so happy I didn't play carpenter and instead played
crazy glue gun lady with a pack of doilies!

feel free to send in an application for admittance to the club :O

So there you have it...
suticases get moved
room gets cleaned.
pictures get rearranged.
bed is moved in front of windows for the spring/summer night breeze.
fireplace gets new home.

muffins all around!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa xoxo

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  1. Loving it AL! Lilacs, as you know, are my faves for very sentimental reasons. that skirt-turned-pillow is sooooo lovely! (need to head to GW right now) :) "Ditto" with not having enough patience to wait for some help when moving large pieces of furniture around...(when inspiration strikes....there's no such than as "patience!") Love the new look...especially the suitcases in the fireplace surround AND the very clever way you used the sweet! Happy 100th WW mon amie! :)

  2. Your doily idea is so clever! Had I seen it before I would have added it to my post today of creative ways to use doilies! We must be thinking along the same lines.

  3. Theresa ~ You did so good !!
    Everything looks beautiful and your lilacs are gorgeous!!
    I am seeing lilacs all over blogland and am wanting some so bad!


  4. The brown tones of the suitcases against the white the look! Ya know, I really need to get myself a lilac bush. Have always enjoyed that fragrance!

  5. ...LOL!!
    I knew I'd be rollin' when I read your title!!
    where to begin...
    ADORE lilacs, and as soon as they bloom, they are in my home EVERYWHERE!!
    second, when I want to move heavy furniture around, I use those slider glider thingies from the home depot ~ they work effortlessly when you get the urge and no one is around to help heave ho :)
    third, sign me up for the doily club, as I think you know how I feel about lace ~ lol!!
    and lastly, I'll be over to pick from your cast away pile of treasures to behold!

    (love how you used the egg basket!)

    xo, Rosemary

  6. Oh my gosh... Theresa - it's all gorgeous!!! Even the green walls! LOL I have green walls in my kitchen - avocado green... I know that surprises you, doesn't it? hahaha!

    Seriously - it's beautiful! I know your muscles are aching - but it was so worth it!!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  7. I've always loved Lilacs even though they don't grow in my area, I still think they are so pretty. Happy WW!

  8. Great post, Theresa, love the part about BYOP, yep, I have those myself. Everything looks lovely! The suitcases in the fireplace are a wonderful idea. Hope you're having a great week! xoxo Debra

  9. LOVE it all Theresa!!! Your lilacs are just beautiful and the house looks gorgeous!!
    I love the suitcases under the mantle, I saw this on Kasey's blog, "Lola B's". I've been thinking of moving my suitcases under my mantle as well.
    Wishing you a wonderful day my friend.

  10. It seems to be in the air, the cleaning of the
    I feel as you do Theresa, overwhelmed with stuff.
    I just did a post late last night on this topic.
    I spent Sunday rearranging and yesterday purging.
    I love the basket as a book holder, adorable.
    Have a great week

  11. Oh sweetie you always make me smile..

    we are so overdue for phone chat - we're both just running around like chickens with their proverbial heads chopped off..or I guess not so proverbial after all lol

    cluck cluck

    If I lived near I would be there with my paint roller in hand and get er done!

    doily trick is genius you crazy chicken.

  12. I love this post. I also move heavy furniture on my own - 1) because it has be to moved right that second and 2) I don't want anyone's opinion on why I shouldn't move it. lol Love the changes!

  13. Wow! Busy girl! I am still trying to figure out the perfect drapes for the living room. Not really having good luck with it either. I wish that I had gotten as much done as you did. Great job!

  14. I am so jealous of everyone that has lilacs blooming, Theresa! My parents had a lilac bush many years ago in their old house and I loved the way the house smelled when my Mom brought some inside. Enjoy them; they look wonderful on your dresser!

  15. Oh my gosh, Theresa, I love everything--and wow, those suitcases are amazing too!!!

  16. Hi Theresa! The lilacs are beautiful and I bet they smell heavenly. I love the suitcases stacked in the fireplace and your mantel is just lovely. Thank you for joining my Open House party.

  17. Hi Theresa,
    The lilacs are beautiful. I think it's very special that your daughter equates spring with the smell of lilacs. That will stick with her forever.
    Your room looks lovely. The suitcases in the it!!
    Have a fabulous weekend.

  18. I love the smell of lilacs! I went for a walk the other day, and with everything in bloom, my whole walk was filled with pretty floral smells :)

    I love everything that you did in the house too! And I don't even mind the green carpet - just think of it as though you get to wake up in a room filled with pretty green moss every day ;)

  19. How lovely your room is~ I love your the suitcases and the mantle! Your lilacs are gorgeous too~would love if you shared at Feathered Nest Friday :)

  20. Oh, I love the stack of suitcases inside the fireplace...and LOL about the comment on "do we have to do every idea that we find on the internet...there just is too much info out there...that's where I am at, too.
    Have a great weekend!

  21. Great post! I love coming over to your blog, you always have something pretty to share. :)

  22. Hi there~ Just stopping back by to say thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope you will come share again soon! :)


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