Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Activities



Playing with a few Easter decorations...
I bought this pretty table runner last year at a close out sale...







The little bunny is an old tea drip catcher sitting on a cushion made from antique fabrics...by Kim Stout of Thistle Hill.
The heart was made using antique fabrics by my mother in law.



A few of my old chocolate molds.







...very pale blue eggs...





Spring is finally here!
There is lots to celebrate...
...and lots to be grateful for!

Tomorrow I am beginning the big clean out...
I will be going through boxes and closets and sorting and organizing.
Things will go to the thrift store... in the "to be sold pile" and in the trash!
This long overdue "spring cleaning" will continue for many weeks to come....

As a life long collector and having lived in the same home for over 36 years...
well, to be honest...I don't know what I have!

Stay tuned as I am sure to uncover some long forgotten treasures...
I will report my progress and my finds and may need some decision making help!
Do I keep? throw out? sell? donate?

It is overwhelming...daunting in fact...
...but I am resolved to get it done!

Are you with me?
:)

50 comments:

DustyLu said...

I too have begun my spring cleaning! It feel so good to clean and let go of things. I can't wait to join in your fun and see what treasures you find and what stay and what goes! ~Lulu

Jane said...

Good luck with the cleaning. It will be interesting to see what you uncover that you have forgotten about.
I love your chocolate molds!
Jane

The French Bear said...

Oh? Hmmmm..... anything I would like to purchase? He he...... you know one man's j..... is another..... I mean a woman's treasures!!!!!
You could be like Corey and add a pay pal button!!!! I'm in if you do!!!
I love the white bunny and the table runner.... lovely!!!!!
Look at all those chocolate moulds!!! Wonderful!
Hugs,
Margaret B

FILIGREE MOON said...

Kudos to your resolve! Those chocolate molds are divine! ~ Angela

Terri Gordon said...

Hi, love your post, everything is so beautiful. Boy we lived in one house for over 20 years, my husband got a dumpster, we had a garage sale and took what did not sell to goodwill. It was so much work, you have your work cut out for you. Good Luck. Terri

Carla said...

I'm spring cleaning closet of all those wonderful small sizes which used to fit the younger version of me. I just have to let go...! Letting go is hard to do...sounds like a song.

Lisa said...

Lovely!!
Happy Easter!
Hugs, Lisa

north pal said...

oh my, that would be hard to help you decide what to keep. i have a hard enough time what i should throw. good luck and we will halp if we can. Bestest,Denise

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

I'm inspired by you to try to do the same. Its too long in coming for me. I hope you unearth some lovely memories and show them off. Happy Spring cleaning to you~

Beach House Living said...

Those chocolate molds are treasures.

A backhoe would need to be bought in around here for a true clean up.

Gail said...

I'm right there with ya! Cleaning out, clearing out, purging big time!
And it does feel good, I don't want to be one of those senior citizens who has to move out of her home and have people come in and gasp at all my cr##p that I've left behind. So I'm starting while I'm still young-ish, getting rid of stuff that I don't need and haven't used...I mean really, why keep it?
Best of luck and have a lovely Easter holiday.......

kjquilts said...

Oh, yes! I'll be waiting and watching!

Linda said...

Lovely Easter items! Just love the runner! I am trying to clean things out, too- just trying to simplify...Have a wonderful Easter!

Linda said...

Beautiful things. They make me smile. I need to open boxes and sort so I know what I have. Sigh...such a job.

maryann said...

Good girl for doing some Spring Cleaning!! Feel free to send me anything you want to semi-part with!! :) :)

Thanks for the lovely photos!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh, I need to do this too. Keep putting it off. Love those antique molds, they're wonderful. And those blue eggs, just perfect for Easter. Have a lovely weekend.
Debra

pam q said...

Yup...I'm with you!

I've already started and working at the task.

Slowly.

But surely.

Can't wait to see what you find!

LiLi M. said...

Ah your Easter treasures are swell! Cannot wait to see what comes out of those boxes, in fact I should do the same over here! I live here for 8 years but 'gathering' things is something beyond control I guess...

Mayflower said...

Hello dear Laura, what a wonderful photo's. I love the easterbunny from the first and also the paleblue eggs are so lovely, paleblue is my color this Spring, I love it. I must also do a spring cleaning, but at the and of the summer my son is leaving home and he takes lots of stuff with him so my house is half empty haha.
I wish you Happe Easterdays.
Warmly greetings, Mea

LouBoo said...

Pale blue eggs and spring cleaning...two of my favourite things! Bizarrely! Have a Easter lovely weekend.

Bonjade said...

Oh......such lovely spring images again......
I am offering myself specially for you, I know the anwer, I would say: donate!!!!
You may call me;))) I love to help you.
Do you want my address????;)))
Nice day, I will follow the process

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Laura
Well I cleaned out 2 shelves in a cupboard the other day... only 2 shelves. haha.. along way to go yet.. I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with whatever you uncover.... can't wait to see the goodies.. xxx Julie

FRAMBOISINE said...

Bon courage dans ce travail de longue haleine ... Il n'est jamais facile de se défaire de ses trésors même oubliés !
Mais le soleil du printemps revenu va t'aider, j'en suis sûre, à faire les bons choix !
Belle journée et à tout bientôt.

Theresa said...

I am with you and had started just that but was sidetracked by my husband's accident. I am getting back with it next week:) Have a blessed day and hope you get a lot done!

carpe diem said...

HOLA LAURA! que conejitos mas dulces,me encantan
un abrazo,Olga

A Cottage Muse said...

Love the pale color of the eggs! Spring cleaning...good luck!

cheryl kuhn said...

Please make sure you make a donate to Cheryl pile....lol....I will be anxiously awaiting to see the pics of your clean-out. I love the little bunny by Kim, it is too sweet for words!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Oh, I'm so jealous of your spring cleaning - this is something that I should definitely do, but it won't get done this year :) I'm a collector too (drives my husband crazy because he just doesn't understand). Keep us up-to-date on your progress. We will all be here supporting you and giving you virtual help along the way.

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Love all of your photos...ofcourse! Cleaning and sorting and organizing always feels so good.when it's done. ;) Sounds like a big job but it might feel a little like shopping in your own home when you come across something you forgot you had! Have A wonderful Easter! Theresa

Sheila said...

I too will be doing some major cleaning.. But the reason behind mine is that we are going to be moving in a couple of months. So in the process of packing i will sort and chunk some things too.. I hope each of you have a wonderful Easter . Sheila

mary beth said...

I would love to get some spring cleaning done but it aint gonna happen this year..I just look the other way and plug forward with the mess...I wasn't going to get any bunnies out to decorate with this year, but your white one and that table runner just made my heart go pitty pat! If I had those, I would definitely get bunny crazy! thanks so much for sharing your pictures of them! Press on, sister!

Mathilde said...

Bonjour Laura...
Comme il est joli , ton monde...si plein de charme et de féminité...
Je te souhaite de bonnes Fêtes de Pâques ..:-))
Peut-être à bientôt

all kinds of everything said...

The chocolate molds are beautiful
Wonderful pictures
Good luck with the spring cleaning!

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Sarah said...

Oh, so many lovely vignettes you've shared. I love my visits to 52 Flea. I need to do a bit of spring cleaning too, but the garden is what is getting the attention for the moment. I'll be eager to see what you find in your clean out. LOL
Happy Easter Weekend!

TheSmithHotel said...

Lots of work but it will be worth it! Can't wait to see what you "find"!

Jody

Jeni said...

Your chocolate molds are stunning. Love them.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Vicki K. said...

I'm so happy you will document your spring cleaning - it is so inspiring to 'walk' with you!

beth gales said...

I had decided not to put Easter decorations out to keep life simpler, but your pictures are making me rethink that! So pretty!

Andy's Attic said...

I love opening boxes and drawers that have been sitting for ever. It's like Christmas. I did it after we retired and moved to a smaller place. Now I find I am creating new boxes and drawers that will sit.....
Have fun,
Annette

Roberta said...

A nice long sunny weekend w/ the windows open makes the job a little easier! It's my plan too!

Tanya said...

Love all of your spring decorations. The chocolate molds are something that I would love to collect but never get around to! I love them at Easter and just might try using them to make a chocolate bunny.

Floss said...

Can't wait!

Patty said...

Happy Easter, I love that patchwork heart it's so so cute!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh Laura I need to do the same thing. I still have things in boxes from moving to the cottage last June and I know I don't have room for everything. I find it hard to part with things but I know it has to be done. Beautiful photo's...love the chocolate molds in fact that reminded me that I have a mold in storage I need to find and bring in! Have a wonderful day and good luck with your spring cleaning!
Maura

Rosemary said...

First of all, your Easter decorations are really pretty!!
I wish I could be there to help you clean out, sounds like fun to me.
Can't wait to see what you might unearth!
Good luck!!
Rosemary

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Oh Laura I miss you too. I still have a couple of minutes til the library closes.

I am so sure you will discover some real treasures. Memories of them will come rushing back. I hope you are enjoying your time at home.
Hope to see you soon!
xxx
Carole

SecondHandRosie said...

Love the quote by Channing! That is beautiful.

Yaya Chique, Home of debi lynn designs said...

I too am cleaning out the warehouse at the studio....don't ya just LOVE it when everything seems to be back in some sort of "order" when you get done? Good luck with it all and can't wait to see what treasures you find lurking in all those places you might have forgotten? :) Have a blessed Easter! xo...deb

Cindy said...

I need to spring clean too but when spring comes, I have too many irons in the fire! I decided to start spring cleaning all year long. I think it's a good idea to put some of the stuff on your blogspot and see if anyone would like to buy it! You have such cool 'stuff'! It seems there must be a way for all of us junkies (I mean collectors!) to have a "garage sale" blog to visit....somehow....Cindy
PS - where can I get one of those Sally Jean Charms that says "sometimes she shopped at garage sales."