Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day & See Ya!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to pop in to let you all know that I’ll be back in March or there abouts. I’m in the home stretch as far as getting my house ready to list and I really need to concentrate on finishing up my bathroom remodel and then just cleaning and depersonalizing.

I'm not packing up my stuff yet so here’s a little bit of Valentine's decorating that I did do. This is my foyer tree this year.
VDaytree
I used the same sticks from last year!! But this year I used fabric hearts instead of the scrapbook paper ones I usually use -  How To Make Hearts From Cereal Boxes.
heartgarland
I replaced my mitten garland with this fabric heart one.

pillow
This is not VDay decor but I wanted to show you anyway. I found some vintage potholders last week and I pinned the prettiest one to the center of this pillow. How cute is that! Vintagey toile goodness! LoVE it!
flowers

I hope to start looking at houses in a few weeks as well (I need the motivation to keep up this pace)! I’ll do my best to take pics of the contenders! Probably won’t post them until I get back to blogging though.
pillow2


So, Happy Valentines Day, thank you so much for stopping by and see you in a month or so!

XO

56 comments:

Vee said...

You always have some wonderful things for us to try and they're easy enough that even I think that I might accomplish it. The hall tree is fabulous, but the thing that is really taking my eye is the way you've used the crocheted pot holder. I have skads of them hidden away in drawers. This is just the thing! A perfect way to use them and enjoy them. (I always hated using them as potholders. They don't make good potholders and they're too pretty to get dirty.)

All the best as you get your home ready for the market. Have great fun looking for a new home, too.

Tanya said...

Hi Manuela. I've been going through closets and organizing also. Your Vday decor is so cute. Good luck on your house sale (and hunt). Hope it all goes quickly and smoothly. Stay warm!

Megan said...

Hopefully house-hunting will not be very stressful for you and that you will find the perfect house for you and the perfect buyer for your house--
Your "blogging-break" will give me the an excuse to go back thru your older posts when I need some Pleasures of Homemaking motivation.

Hope you will be able to post some pics of the potential houses. I love virtual house-hunting.

Rose H (UK) said...

It's not usual in the UK to decorate for Valentine - but I do love your tree Manuela, simple, attractive and very effective.
Such a pretty jug of flowers and your pot holder is lovely.
Good luck with the decorating, de-personalising and house hunting. Looking forward to 'seeing' you in March. Until then 'Happy Valentine's'!

Stacey said...

Good Luck Manuela! Selling and buying are both big jobs. You are going into the right time of year to take on this project. :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Good luck!

Andrea said...

I love love love the pillow. I will look forward to you blogging again, but understand that you are busy with your house and move. Good Luck. you will be missed.

Pat said...

All the best with the sale of your home Manuela! See you in March.

Deb said...

Just love that little Valentine tree. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Paula said...

I love all of your pretty red Valentine's decorations. They have to make you smile!

Good luck with the rest of your renovations.

Pamela Gordon said...

I always love to see what you've been up to in the decorating department and will miss you until you are back! Wishing you all the best in your house selling and hunting. Blessings, Pamela

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, Manuela! I am set on the end of the month to get listed. I just need to do a good cleaning and we'll be good to go {since we did most of the work two years ago}.

notes of sincerity said...

Happy Valentine's Day Manuela! :o)
Have a great month and looking forward to hearing from you again in March. :o)
Sincerely, Trish

Debby said...

I went through this a couple years ago. I hated de-personalizing, esp. my pictures. But it was nice to get rid of so much stuff. I was so exhausted the day we signed the papers to list. That same day I had to have a brain MRI. In all the noise I fell asleep. They kept trying to get me to wake up, hah. It always takes me a couple of hours each night to fall asleep, so this was amazing. Good luck. We are waiting to relist when the economy gets a little better here in Ohio.

Nadine said...

LOVE the pillow!!! I am going to have to borrow that idea! :)
Best wishes for both selling your home and finding a new one!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Scrappy quilter said...

Best wishes as you look for your new home and as you put your present home on the market. Hugs

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Manuela,
Your Valentines decorations are wonderful! Have fun house hunting and I will see you when you start blogging again.
Hugs,
Penny

Bonita said...

What pretty decorations! Love what you did with the potholder and the pillow! The toile X and O are precious too.

Hope you get lots done in your time off from blogging and that house hunting goes well. Looking forward to seeing the contenders.

Laura said...

I've said it before, I'll say it again! I wish I could buy your house! (with all of your 'stuff' included of course!). ;p

LOVE that pillow. You're so smart and creative.
Good luck with everything! Can't wait till you're back. :)

((hugs))
Laura

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Good luck with all the packing : )

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Oh this house will sell in a flash! How could anyone see it and not want it...fully furnished and all the wonderfulness to boot..you'll have to fight to keep your belongings they are all so wonderful!

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Valentines day Manuela! "Sniff" I'm going to miss visiting your beautiful, warm, bright home when you move but I hope you will share how you make the next one shine:>)

Cindy said...

Hi Manuela,
Happy Valentines Day to YOU!!! I am excited for you to sell your house, because I know your next one will be lovely after you have put your own stamp on it.
Happy "finishing up the work" days!
Hugs, Cindy

My Cozy Casita said...

Good luck with your house selling and hunting. Your Valentine tree so cute.
Blessings.
Isora

Jen said...

Your holiday decorating is always so inspiring! With all you have on your plate I know your family appreciates the touches you add for the holidays. I love the garland with the hearts. Just too cute!

I hope all is going well for you as you get ready to list your house. I know it is a lot to do!

Thinking of you as you go through this transition!

Jen

Richella said...

Hey Manuela! It's so good to see you here! Your cheery Valentine's decor looks wonderful, and it's going to be so much fun to have a whole-house tour when you get everything done! I hope you're able to finish all your projects just in time for great spring showings and a quick sale.

I miss you in the blogging world!

Debbie said...

Almost missed this as I've been twirling and whirling for days on end.

I love your Valentine decorations. Of course, I do...

I hope your house sells really quickly and you find the PERFECT new home to start putting the Manuela touch on very soon.

I'm impressed at your drive and ambition for this new venture. You're an inspiration!

thefirstlady said...

Manuela, that pillow is GORGEOUS! Good luck with your home sale. I hope you get what you are asking for (if not more). Looking forward to your return in March.

Betsy said...

That looks SO cheery! :)

Along A Widowed Road said...

Hi Manuela,
I too am going to be looking at houses as the realtor will be taking me out some time in March.
I'm super excited for this next chapter in my life.

Have fun and take lots of pics.

Viola

buyffxivgil said...

That was really so sweet and elegant. Love the flower arrangements and that cute pillow. Hope you could find the perfect house.

Leann said...

Love these little sneak peeks into your home. The pot holder pillow idea is fab!

Good Luck and See you soon!
Leann

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Happy Valentines and best of luck to you!

Ann @ I blog, therefore I am. said...

Love the potholder on the pillow! Good luck with the house buying and selling.

Julie Harward said...

Love it all...and sending XOXOX's your way..have a great Valentines Day! ;D

Storybook Woods said...

Charming sweetie, you go girl and hang in there xoxox Clarice

Mimi Sue said...

Don't work too hard! Love all your V day decorations. They all look great with your yellow rooms. Mimi

Becky K. said...

Wow! You have so much going on....all of it is exciting. Wishing you the best as you go through this process.

Looking forward to your return in March. Can't wait to see what is happening then...

Brenda Kula said...

Manuela, I can't wait to see your new home! You take care of yourself and don't get overwhelmed now. (Of course you'll be overwhelmed. Who isn't when it comes to moving and redecorating?) Hugs!
Brenda

Nancy said...

Manuela,

Your house looks so cheerful and inviting for any time but especially with your Valentines decor.
That pillow is so adorable! I just love it. I like your tree and the cute garland you have hanging up. Everything is so pretty!

Nancy

Melanie said...

I will miss your posts, Manuela! See you in March...

Claudia said...

I love your decorations, Manuela. Best of luck in the next few weeks! See you soon!

xo
Claudia

Victoria said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

Good luck with the house hunting. I can't wait to see what you come across.

When you have a few pare min I was wondering if you'd let us know how your garbage can/composter turned out last year.

Jen said...

Good luck with selling and the house hunting!

Jeannette

Sonya said...

Oi amiga! Sigo seu blog tem algum tempo e acho fantástico. Gosto da sua criatividade das suas idéias. E o jeito alegre de se expressar através das postagens. Parabéns. Tenha um òtimo domingo. Beijinho

Kelly said...

Gorgeous decorations....especially the toile X and O! Good luck with the house!

Kelly

Julie said...

Good luck!

Donna said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Manuela! Love that pillow. Good luck to you!

Hugs,
Donna

Heather said...

I do so love how you have used your books as art in that last photo. Lovely!

goodgirlgonehome said...

I don't know what I will do without your blog for a whole month... I think I'm an addict. lol

Good luck with everything! How exciting! Moving is such a hastle but finding a new house and a clean decorating slate will be fantastic!

Gumbo Lily said...

Stay focused as you turn into the homestretch! We'll look forward to hearing from you in March.

Jody

Jen said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. I just finished a book page wreath that I was inspired by the one you made. I would love for you to come and take a look at it. http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com

Thanks

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You always have such beauty around your home! I just love my visits here! Looks like you have been quite busy! Everything looks perfect - and LOVE that pantry organization thing that you have going on!!

smiles for you,
Becky

Lynn said...

Such cute Valentine's things! I love the potholder pinned to the pillow, too. What a great, unique idea.

diXymiss said...

Such lovely valentine touches. As eXpected, the toile "X & O" are my faves! Hope the preparations are going well and you enter the home stretch...

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! I hope you are coming down to the home stretch in getting your home ready! I have been there...what a job! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie