Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Shabby Chic Surprises At Every Turn

You know I am helping my
friend, Ruth, sort through her "stuff"
so we can stage her house.
We have gone through 
formal living room
two bedrooms so far.
We have emptied closets,
emptied chests of drawers,
and emptied baskets
and storage containers.
She knew what she had but
I was smiling all over when
I discovered some of the pretty things
she had hidden away.
We have found some very wonderful pieces.
She has trunks and trunks and trunks.
These are going to auction and 
what is hiding inside.
I'll show you tomorrow if I can get my act together.

Love cherubs?
She has several!
The auction house is coming in a few days.
Meanwhile, we are sorting and packing.
Ruth is making some fast decisions
and I am proud of her.
It is no easy feat to let go of
things you have collected for years.
They have offered me anything I want.
They are generous like that.
But....I, too, have
but I found a few little things
that make me smile and think of Ruth.
I'll show you the BIG THING they gave
me soon-after I break the news to
My Hero....shhhhhh

As for the Mr?
Well, I told him he had to pack his
cuz  I was afraid I might come across
something that looked like THIS!

Ha!  You have NO IDEA how funny
this really is....Tom in a Speedo!!!!!
 I am probably "in for it" when 
I get there this morning!
I hope he doesn't shove me in one
of those trunks and slam the lid shut.
Things like that HAVE been known
to happen, you know!!!!
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  1. You are having fun. Can't wait to see pics!

  2. Diana, At least you are helping out. I am excited to see how you stage their house. I bet the ideas are stacking up in your head.xoxo,Susie

  3. You are the best at making hard work fun, Sweet D!
    Just the "word" Speedo makes me cringe and return thoughts of Shabby Chic flowers.

  4. Sounds like you are having a blast. I LOVE shabby chic. If I were helping Ruth I would probably trying to buy every thing!
    Have a great day.

  5. LOL,so nice that you are helping them.. looks like you have lots to work with which is a good thing! Have a great day Diana!

  6. Hi Diana,

    What a wonderful friend you are to assist. I hope they are able to make a sale quickly.

  7. I can tell that you are having a great time while helping your friends. The trunks are beautiful!

  8. I LOVE the bedspread in the first picture! I'm on the lookout for one like that for my bedroom! It is WAY too much FUN to help others "clean house"! It's like getting ready for an estate sale!
    I've done it myself! "We" found the dog's ashes along with the "Mr" ashes. The lady of the home was in a nursing home at the time! You NEVER know what you will find is so true! LOL!

    p.s. wish I could come to the auction!!!

  9. Definitely sounds like you're enjoying yourself and having fun with your friends :) Have a lovely day.


  10. Don't worry, girl. They'll turn you lose as soon as they open the trunk up. Bwhahahahahaha!

  11. Hi Diana,
    I love the Shabby's you found. So pretty. I would love to see her cherubs I have an addiction to those!! Have fun. New treasures daily!!!

  12. At least we'll know where to look if you go missing! Love the soft colors of the pillow and bedding! It's so hard to downsize...I know! Hugs!

  13. I know this is really hard work but what fun to find hidden treasures. I hope you'll let us know eventually the kind of look your friend will go for when they do move. I know, don't cry, Diana. You'll miss each other but I'm sure you'll stay in touch.

  14. That is going to be a wonderful auction . . . wish I could attend :)
    You are a sweetie to help your friend, I'm sure that she would be overwhelmed without your help.
    God Bless,
    Connie :)

  15. Cleaning out and making all those decisions is hard! I bet having you there is just a huge help in the process!

  16. You are just like Houdini! You'd make it out of that trunk!:-) It sounds as though Ruth has been giving this some thought before the time came to actually go into action. It is difficult to part with pretty things. I'm not ready!
    xo Nellie

  17. Ohhhh.....!!! lolol! You are having way too much fun over there, Diana! What a hoot! I can see you two girls getting in to some serious trouble. lol!

    xoxo laurie

  18. What a great friend you are to help.
    I'm sure you are finding wonderful treasures.
    Love the speedo's..... ha ha.
    Your having to much fun, but I have a feeling you are always happy.

  19. I remember when we downsized to sell our home. Still have said home, hah. My son and his wife came and really got the ball rolling. My husband still hasn't found one of his dress shoes. It was before I blogged and started liking vintage. Yikes the things that went in that dumpster. I am now getting rid of things that I am not using, little by little. I t has to be a big help having you and a lot more fun. Can't wait to see the big thing.

  20. How fun! What a blessing you are to your friend! Roxy wasn't kidding when she said you were one funny gal!
    I hope you find more fun things to go through!

  21. Cool stuff! Wish I could attend that auction :) But I prolly need to do more cleaning out myself...being in temporary housing reminds you of how little you actually need to be happy. But I do miss some of my cottage knick-knacks, packed away till the house is built.

  22. I don't know whether I should be happy for you to see all the good things or tired for you...cuz I KNOW that is a LOT of work!

  23. LOL, Diana. You sound like a great friend to have...can't wait to see how everything is staged!

  24. OK the Speedo thing made me LOL!.. I adore those trunks!!.. Your friend probably has so many wonderful treasures!

  25. I know exactly what you mean by too much stuff! My daughter's big nightmare is that she'll have to clean this house after I die.
    Love the Speedos!

  26. LOL yikes! Well I cannot wait to see the reveal....of the room :-)

  27. Your are such a great friend - 1. for helping out so willingly, and 2. for keeping all of us laughing!

  28. I want to see staging photos. So it looks like Tom has all he needs for his Florida move. ;P

  29. Wow! I always think it would be fun to stage this house and pare down like a move but stay right here!

  30. Sounds like you are having fun helping out a friend. You are so funny!!


  31. Those trunks are so gorgeous! I can't wait to see what's inside!

  32. Yes, they have been known to happen!! Lets just hope not to you!!!
    The thought of finding those undies is...*grimace* I don't want to think about it!!
    You are a wonderful friend!!

  33. I'm sure your friends are grateful for your help and support through this move of theirs. It's good to have an extra set of eyes and hands to help out with things. Yes, I know conservative and modest well. I had to laugh at those speedo's! Can't wait to see what you got too.

  34. Oh my goodness I'm amazed at the linens. Is that a quilt under the ruffled pillow? Sure wish I could come to that auction. You are the best kind of friend too. A helper when you are faced with a task like this is so important. Can't wait to see what you are bringing home!

  35. Oh, so much fun! Can't wait to see more!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  36. When I saw those Speedo's I had a vision of someone walking down the beach in them with a beer belly hanging out... LOL... Oh my.

  37. It's hard to let go of things but I'm sure it's a whole lot easier with such a good friend to help and keep the smiles going!

  38. It sounds like fun! I can't wait to see your next post!

  39. Haha, you are so funny, Diana. I can't wait to see what else you have found in those trunks. I would love a chance to help someone stage their home, I know you will do a wonderful job of it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  40. Diana,
    How nice of you to help your friend Ruth out with her house. I bet it's been an exhausting few days. I love cherubs too, and I can't wait to see the goodies that she gave you. Will be back to see.


  41. Those drawers brought some laughter I bet ! I wish I was there- I love shabby chic and other people's stuff! It just doesn't get any better than that.

  42. She has cherubs? Wish I could go to that auction! It looks like she does have some wonderful pieces and I'm sure that having you help her sort through it all is making an overwhelming job so much easier and fun! So sweet of you to help her out! Speedos! LOL! Those are a big no! Yikes! Hugs, Leena

  43. Oh I'm dying to know what the " big " thing is Diana!!!!!
    One of the trunks???

  44. LOL, he probably wouldn't want you in his drawers, handling all those personal items, anyway.

  45. Can't wait to see all the treasures!!~~Angela

  46. Make him put it on , and then give him a big wedgie.

  47. I have such mixed feelings on this. I have stuff stashed away too..and I know one day I will have to start parting with things..(I already have!) and after I do give things away..there is this feeling inside..and it's hard to put it into words. It isn't that I don't want to do it, I do...
    How nice of her to be willing to let you take some of the things home with you that she has collected over the years. :) I know it makes her feel good knowing that you will treasure them, and the just the little I know you..I have NO doubt that you will! :)

  48. Oh, I needed the laugh the final photo brought. :)

    P.S. You're a good friend. I know it can't be an easy task, physically or emotionally, helping a friend do what has to be done.

  49. Ha There is where you are! I guess you may feel like a little kid in a toy store :)
    Have a great weekend, Diana!

  50. You're too funny..sounds like you are having a great time..Enjoy all those treasures..


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