Monday, April 14, 2008

~Spring is Here~

Warm weather, green grass, perennials peeking from the gardens, birds chirping and to add a cherry on top of the whip cream....I have the pleasure of Spring Cleaning! Now, it may not seem like much fun to some, but for me, I love to open the windows, turn on my favorite music, and with bucket and mop in hand, I dance through the house!

This week, linens are on my list. During the winter, I collected beautiful vintage dresser scarves, table clothes, sweet Southern Belle pillowcases, Damask napkins, handkerchiefs, bed covers, aprons, etc....

I've been looking forward to preparing them for placement in the shop. I love to treat each piece for spots, gently hand wash them, then lay the linens on the grass to naturally bleach each treasure. This may sound strange, but I love to iron! Only vintage items, mind! I spritz each piece with Egyption Cotton, as I iron, the scent in the air is scrumptious!

Stop by the shop when you have a chance, I've listed many linen treasures already, and have a ton more to follow~ You'll also find more pretties in each category! Take a Peek...


Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

So pretty Michelle! I would love to use some of my grandmother's linens that I have in a closet. Have fun spring cleaning!

*A day at the Cappuccino Café said...

My sweet Michelle,

I know what you's the best when you can open up the windows, turn up the music and begin the spring cleaning! Seriously, after all the cold, closed-up winter months, it's the open windows that make it seem like fun for me!

Keep the pretties coming sis, I so enjoy shopping at your gorgeous store!

By the way, is that a hamper there next to that shelf???

Love ya bunches,

Cathy said...

Hi M,

I absolutely love to iron linens too! And I put mine on the lawn to dry too! Oh we have so darn much in common its scary. I usually use Sweet Pea or Peony iron spray. I will have to try the Egyption Cotton!

See you soon, xoxo

gail said...

Hi Michelle, I love your lines you have here. I really like them around the house. I am glad you are enjoying your spring!!! I cant wait for September to come and see everyone hugs, gail

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Michele, Just stopping by to say Hi. Hi! :) I don't care for ironing but I do enjoy taking care of the wonderful old linens I find and my little dresses. Spring cleaning....not so much. Opening the windows around here is hazardous to your health right now. There are just clouds of yellow pollen whirling around. I think I have said this before but it bears repeating. Your website is so gorgeous and so you~ Pink Hugs, Lynn

Life With Laura said...

OOH I just love your linens! So pretty. And I love your blog too. It's very warm and inviting. So glad I stopped by. Enjoy Spring time!
Janet's Creative Pillows

Theresa said...

Oh Michelle,
I love to iron, too. I've noticed several of your blog guests do too. And here I thought it was a lost art....The smell of the fabric, the feel of the cloth, the glide of the iron kind of gives ya warm fuzzies. Ooooh, I better get busy and get my linens done. You have inspired me today. You are so much fun on the forums. Bitsy says Hi, Auntie Michelle.
Here's to Violet Scents and Linen Dreams, Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

HI Michelle !!! Ohhhh I miss you and all of our MMP friends !!!
Your linens are gorgeous ! Isn't it just the best when you get to open the windows and let the sun sine in ~ I am such a sunshine gal that it is my favorite !
I have to try the laying the linens on the grass ~ I have heard that works wonders ~
Talk to you on the forum !

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Michelle,

I love your website! I found so many nice goodies in there. Gonna add you to my favourites, because I got a feeling I might be able to draw some inspiration to make something into miniatures from you someday!

Pei Li

Christine O'Brien said...

Hi Michelle!

I'm with you. I love to open the windows, get my bucket and mop and start scrubbing everything down to get rid of anything left over from winter's closed up feeling. This year I started in the garage and I'm working my way IN from outside. I started on the back deck this week and got it powerwashed and I'm sanding it, getting it ready for a new coat of stain.

I have three boxes of linens that I collected over the winter that I need to treat and iron. Oh, you are so far ahead of me! It will be May already before I get to them. :(

I just love your shop and that photo of the pink rose with aqua leaves has me intrigued. I must go visit your site right now!

Your sister only lives a couple of hours from me. What a small world!


Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Hi Michelle,
well so sorry to tell you, I hate to Iorn! I only buy my husbands shirts that have a polyester blend because I want to avoid the iron as much as possible.
but im happy if your happy,

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Beloved Creations said...

I love linens and I just made a purchase of some that I will also post. I absolutley love that pink jewelry box.

heidi said...

you have a lovely ironing spot!

Jean said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes. I stopped by your blog and read your post about beautiful linens. My mother passed away in January and I took the majority of her linens and did pretty much the same thing you did. I love washing and ironing those old pieces and letting the memories flood back of times we used them. Many of them she embroidered or crocheted herself so they have special memories for me. I have a question for you though. What do you use to spot treat and what exactly is Egyptian Cotton? I have Egyptian Cotton linens of my own but is there a fragrance called Egyptian cotton? Where would I get some?

Have a wonderful Mother's Day too Michelle. My children, alas do not live close to me either so I guess a phone call will have to do. I do not drive anymore so getting somewhere is a challenge for me. I hope you have a very happy day.

Creative Life Diary said...

I love to go back ...a year ago to see what my favorites were up to this same month last year. Ironing....beautiful linens is what Miss Michelle was doing and enjoying it...Funny...
I ironed pretty little dresses all day yesterday and watched Lifetime movies one right after another...It was the best day...
It's the little things! :)
XOXOX Bobbie