Sunday, May 7, 2006

ahhhh....clean

From "The Wind in the Willows", Chapter 1

The Mole had been working very hard all morning, spring cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor and said 'Bother!' and 'O blow!' and also 'Hang spring-cleaning!' and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat.


All day yesterday I worked in my little mole hole until I flung down my brush and said "Hang spring-cleaning!"

The house just seems to sparkle in its cleanliness. Here are some pictures of my good work...





The family room was the last room that I got to and I didn't do nearly as much as I'd hoped. The mantel is a jumble of stuff...lots of Easter bunnies still hanging around. It still needs work but I did vacuum and dust (a little)



This is just a picture I wanted to show you. I used to carry this little reproduction toy castle and I'm so glad I kept one for myself. It is one of my favorite things.


And here's where I've put my new dollhouse...I still need to work on it but I did manage to banish some cobwebs and spray away the dirt and grime. I bought a ready-made wood floor that I will put in as soon as I paint the inner walls.


This is my sweet little desk. It didn't have a good home until recently when I decided to put it at the front door. I think it looks nice there.


I put a lamp inside this bird cage. Rich thinks it's a bit silly but I kind of like it.

25 comments:

maryann said...

oh.my.gosh! i love your sweet, sweet home! very, very unique and delightful! thanks for sharing!

vegasandvenice said...

Oh your home is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it!

teresa said...

oh what a treat seeing your big dollhouse and your ltle dollhouse! Love the yellow in your kitchen! Fun and cheery!
Love the lampshade in the birdcage....because it's unexpected. what fun to peek at your abode!! :)

ramona said...

you home looks so wonderful cozy!

weirdbunny said...

I love the birdcage with all the stuff in. Great house, so clean and tidy!!

Janelle Duncan said...

Amy you never fail to delight my senses. I love sharing your world with you, even if I am on the other side of it (Aussie!). Thank you for continually inspiring me and putting a smile on my face. Janelle

Cerri said...

Oh my Amy, your home is wonderful!! Love the way you stacked the cake plates on the table...Everything just looks so neat and homey, comfortable, charming..the list goes on!

Anonymous said...

Where, oh WHERE did you get your round kitchen table and chairs? They are exactlyyyyyy what I've been dreaming of!!!

Your house is adorable!

Amy said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. The kitchen table and chairs are from Crate and Barrel. Here's the link: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=882&f=4260

AnastasiaC said...

Your house is simply adorable Amy!!
I think your kitchen is so sunny and bright - your decor is unique!
I bet u love spending time at home!

Kim said...

Oh boy,I'm about to start spring cleaning too! You have inspired me with your sparkly & lovely home!

Michelle said...

Amy,

I want to hug your kitchen (is that possible?) - it looks so much like I want mine to look! And some day, it will, I know.

What a sweet home you have.

Michelle

Jenny Rebecca said...

Oh I LOVE your house!!! You should post pictures of it in the saucydwellings community on LiveJournal! :o)

Anonymous said...

Could you please share your kitchen paint color with us? It looks bright yellow possibly with a tinge of lime green - The best!

Amy said...

Here's the funny story about the kitchen paint. I bought a very, very lemony yellow and thought it was just right. When I started painting the walls, I realized it was not right at all. I had some paint left over from our powder room (a cafe au lait sort of color) so I mixed the two together with some water (that was back when I watched HGTV like mad and this sort of thing seemed perfectly normal). I used a rag and "washed" the walls with the watery and mixed paint. You might not like it as much in person. :) Rich says that it looks like Mexican restaurant decor. Uh.

Alicia P. said...

MY GOD. What the hell happened to you woman? Five minutes ago I thought you were about to call Merry Maids!

Jeanette said...

Your home is gorgeous. The lampshade in the birdcage is brilliant!!

gracia said...

I love that chapter from The Wind in the Willows... it was always one of my favourites... though Ratty was my all time favourite. Thanks for making me dig out my copy on the shelf and dusting it off.

Debra-Lynn said...

Wow, your kitchen looks amazingly just like mine, the white cabinets, white knobs, even the white trash can with the storage bins and 2 towel holders. You have wonderful taste, I must say * wink * wink *

Anonymous said...

You have a stunning home. I am actually looking for a bird cage like that...where did you find it?

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