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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Fav - Met Monday - Laundry Room


Thanks to the gracious Chari @ Happy To Design for hosting this wonderful meme. She has so much to share and a list of all the other wonderful participants that will show you some past favorite posts. Be sure to go by her blog and see them all.



Thanks to the lovely Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting these fabulous metamorphosis mondays. It is always such fun to see everyone's projects and transformations. Be sure to check out her blog to find a list of all the wonderful participants.

Today I am joining both Sunday Favorites and Met. Monday. I am showing a post I did on April 27th. Hope you enjoy.

Today I am featuring my laundry room. I don't have a before picture, but it doesn't take much imagination to picture a white room with nothing. I have been busy trying to find a place for all the collectibles and treasures that didn't previously have a home. I found the perfect place in the very stark laundry room, and now I love to go in there. This turned out to be the perfect place for a lot of my primitive antiques and a lot of needlework that I did many years ago.





Standing in the doorway, this is the view that you have. I put my craft and sewing cabinet against the right hand wall, and now I can really use it. Everything is within easy reach. The room is long, so there is plenty of room for the door to the garage to open against the wall.




There's room for the second refrigerator next to the washer and dryer and I love the cabinets above for lots of extra storage for cleaning supplies and laundry stuff. I did the applique quilt block years ago and framed it to use as wall art.



The top of the refrigerator was the perfect place to put my antique American Flyer wagon. This piece is very old and very unique being wood. On top of the cabinets I put my dad's old wooden tool box filled with flowers and an antique child's toy horse.



A better view of the wagon. You can see part of the lettering that says American Flyer. I have a plant and an antique tin sitting inside.



Above the washer and dryer I hung this old side panel of a wooden box that held Ivory soap. Yes I know, the appliances are old, but they work great and I'm used to them.



This is another view to show an overall view of all the things I have hanging on the walls.



This is the wall space between the garage door and the craft/sewing cabinet. My Mother painted the poppy plaque (a fabulous treasure) and I did the quilt block that's again framed. The washboard and other items are things I collected years ago.




More quilt blocks and collectibles above and on the craft cabinet.



An applique needlework piece I did years ago, framed in an embroidery hoop, an old painting of kitties, a 1929 calendar and on top of the wine cabinet my 1902 Sears catalog, bee hive and tin.




A cross stitch sampler I did years ago hangs above the garage door.




A crewel "Welcome" that I did and a Log Cabin quilt block that my Mother did. She also made the frame.



My grandmother's two flat irons. The small pointed one was used for all those ruffles that she wore. She heated these on a wood stove. The blue butane iron was one my Mother used when she was young. The wood plane was my fathers. He used that when he built his first house. The tricycle holds a plant in the basket.



A closer view of the quilt block and other items hanging above the craft cabinet.



As a grandmother of 12, I have to have my bragging wall. The refrigerator door is the perfect place to give me a smile every time I walk into the laundry room.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed all my old things. I appreciate it every time you visit.

62 comments:

  1. Good Morning Marty and Happy Sunday.

    I love this post. Your lanudry room is so nice. I only have room for a washer and dryer, and the wall space behind them.

    I love your display of antique irons. They are just wonderful. I love the green quilted piece. Did you make it? The little beehive sitting on the one cabinet is just precious. I love your wagon ofcourse. I would have it up high too. It keeps it away and safe from fingers and hands that do not remember to not touch.

    Love it all sweetie. You have such a beautiful home.

    Happy Sunday. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  2. What a great room marty, I can see why you enjoy going in there. A good incentive to get the laundry done!! Thank you for sharing.

    Hope you have has a great weekend, it has been very wet and windy here in the UK?

    Kindest regards, Jackie.

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  3. Hi Marty! What a warm and inviting Laundry room! Love your irons and the American Flyer...how nice to have an extra frig! that would sure come in handy for the Holidays. Have a great Thanksgiving week my friend...enjoy your big family! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  4. Marty, How charming. I love the family history going on here. What a pleasant place full of memories to do your chores in. Plus a showcase for all your talent! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Hugs, Pam

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  5. The laundry room is so welcome and inviting. Makes you want to do laundry :) Love the antiques. You have some beautiful pieces.

    Your fridge door says it all. Grandkids are the best. I love being able to say that now that I am a grandma to 2 in 2 years.

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  6. Having a laundry room like that would make for effortless laundering--it is so special! The treasures you have are so cool. I especially like how you have your dad's wooden toolbox displayed. Have any clever ideas how I could display my dad's bowling ball?

    I recognized the circa 1986 washer and dryer--we had the exact same set! The washer died ten years ago, and the dryer three years ago. I wish they still built them that well.

    Sunday blessings to you!

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  7. So many loved treasures!!! I love your laundry room. The irons bring memories of grandma. I've never seen a buthane one, though, wow. your needlework is gorgeous! 12 grandkids!! You're blessed!

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  8. Hi Marty,
    You have made your laundry room into a treasure chest with all your wonderful heirloom pieces and your own handiwork.
    Mine looks nothing like this!

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  9. That is a tremendous collection and an absolutely perfect way to display it! You have the coziest laundry room I have seen. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. A laundry room that pretty makes a chore a little more pleasant. Your needle work is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Wow, that's one of the coolest laundry rooms I've ever seen. Love all of the antiques!

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  12. You have some very special memories in there. I really love the wagon. I find that my laundry room gets so dusty. I have shelves about my washer and dryer and keep some of my larger soup pots etc. there. I always have to wash them when I use them because of the dust/lint. You may need to keep one of those long handled dusters handy with all your pretties in there!


    Sue

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  13. I think it's a lovely room - - - far TOO lovely for doing laundry!!!

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  14. Such a lovely laundry room! Mine is stark, as you say, and horrible. It is in the "mud room," which also happens to be the only closet/storage space on the whole first floor . . . so you can imagine. It's like doing laundry in a big, messy closet.

    It is the project we are going to tackle this winter and you've inspired me. Thanks!

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  15. I'm so glad to see this post, Marty! I have a fairly large laundry room that needs to be "prettied" up, and I've just had no idea what to do,but you've given me inspiration. That will be my first project next year.

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

    God bless,
    Mary

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  16. Hi Marty,
    This room would make me want to actually do some laundry.......I might even fold it too!!

    Have a super day

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  17. Hi Marty...

    My friend, I was just tickled pink to see you join up for the fun of Sunday Favorites this week...what a sweet treat!!!

    Girl, I remember when you posted about your laundry room...I love it! What a treat to visit it again...it really is lovely! Hey...if I had a laundry room this pretty, I don't think I would mind doing laundry quite so much! Hehe! I really enjoyed looking at all of your beautiful quilt and stitching art...so pretty! And...all of the sweet old vintage treasures like your Grandma's flat irons! You've done such a fabulous job of decorating this room...I always admire you gals who have such pretty laundry rooms!!! Thanks for sharing it with us today for Sunday Favorites, Darlin'! It really was a treat!!!

    Also wanted to thank you for your very sweet note about my Autumn dining room...you're always so kind and generous with your compliments!!! Thank you, my friend!!!

    Have a super Sunday!
    Love ya,
    Chari

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  18. Ooops...just lil' ol' me again!

    Wanted to tell you that I can't hardly wait for the cloche party in December! I worked on my little mini cloche this past week and I'm so anxious to share it with everyone!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  19. Wonderful,love the wagon, irons and all needlework. Hoping I feel better and join your Cloche Party. Calling in help to get things I want for it. lol

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  20. Your laundry room is warm and comforting. Unlike laundry day!
    Love the irons and washboard.
    I'm going to turn mine into the beach in Cancun!

    I'm just going to HAVE to go buy a cloche to fix up!

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  21. LOVE the wagon and all the oldies! That trio cat painting is adorable!
    Brenda

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  22. It is even more beautiful in person...you Know I love a lot of the old things in there!!
    Talk to you soon....

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  23. Hi Marty,
    I loved this post and love it again! What a bright and cheery laundry room filled with all kinds of treasures! Sure makes doing laundry more fun (well if that is possible) I can't believe it's been less than a month since I was in AZ! Looking forward to your cloche party too! Hugs, Cindy

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  24. you are such an inspiration Marty!!! You have given me some great ideas for my teensy ugly laundry room

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  25. Marty, you are so blessed to have 12 grandchildren. How wonderful for them and for you.

    The wagon and tricycle are just precious. They fit perfectly in your laundy room. I just have a laundry closet but maybe I could do something cute in the entryway where it is located.

    Thanks for all the ideas you so willingly share and for the comments you leave for all of us. You always have such kind comments for everyone.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Charla

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  26. What a great laundry room!! Fabulous!

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  27. Wow. I'm speechless. So beautiful. I really love that wagon. You have some of the best timeless pieces in there. Rosie

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  28. I love your laundry room. Absolutely adorable! I am so smitten with your cute wagon with those big spoke wheels. too charming!!

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  29. I am so glad I stopped by because this is a wonderful idea. My laundry room is very bare and I have lots of collectibles to put somewhere, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Marty, I think that all those family heirlooms are just precious.

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  31. Love your laundry room!! I don't remember seeing it before so am glad you reposted!! The little hive is darling and I love the wagon too!

    blessings
    mary

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  32. Hi Marty,

    Thanks for dropping in on the Open House over at French Kissed. Your visit led me to your wonderful blog and I have just spent some time getting acquainted. Your Thanksgiving table looks beautiful and I love what you have done in the laundry room. This is the perfect art for this room. I can see why you would look forward to walking in. I'll be back soon.

    ~Jermaine~

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  33. Hello Marty!
    God bless you this Thanksgiving.
    I think you're Utility room is warm and cozy. Your artwork and detail items make your room inviting!
    And I think to do laundry, the room needs to be inviting. Grins.
    d

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  34. HI!!!
    Now that is a Fantastic laundry room, not a boring one!!! I enjoyed looking at every item in there!!!!!
    I still have old fashioned washer and dryer too, no more repairs though, when they die--god riddance!!!! Here comes that red or black front loader!!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  35. Hi Marty! I have always loved your laundry room. It has so many interesting things especially your beautiful quilts and needle work. You are so talented!...Christine

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  36. Marty, Wow so neat...my laundry room and pantry are together, so you can imagine how that looks. We have discovered and finally admitted that we have too much stuff and we are cleaning out.

    Maybe one day I can show mine.
    Barbara

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  37. Just so pretty, I love your collections of so many unique and interesting things. You just have that 'touch'! Everything just works together.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  38. Hi Marty, Love the laundry room...What a great size...What a great collection of family heirlooms... I know it would make laundry a little more enjoyable for me...I have 4 girls, so you know that the laundry room is one I spend a lot of time in...I love love love the little wagon...Well I love it all but that wagon is wonderful...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  39. Marty, I'm so glad you shared this post. I just love this room so much, I might even enjoy laundry a little more! I adore that antique wagon. And I just noticed the cat quilt blocks, how wonderful! Have a great week my friend. Hugs, Kat

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  40. What a wonderful laundry room! You have so many treasures there. I would have to use that wagon and horse for Christmas decorating! And the quilt samplers are so neat in the room. Love the irons. You have a great eye!

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  41. Your laundry room looks wonderful, Marty. It's a room you wouldn't mind spending time in, even if it is to do laundry. My laundry room is as you said yours was before: All white. It's very utilitarian, but I would love to redo it someday.

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  42. Wow what a large area. Love the needlwork on the walls. I have an old scrub board that was my Moms on the wall and there are times when I take it off the wall to use it. A little elbow grease does wonders for a grass stains on baseball uniforms. What a fun place to put the photos of the grands. They are so cute. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Joyce

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  43. Morning, Marty! Oh, I love your laundry room! How wonderful it is so spacious and you can fill it will your pretties! Love all your needlework and that quilt block is so pretty. What a precious little Radio Flyer! I've never seen one with the wooden part! What a treasure! You're so fortunate to have so many lovely things and your home is so pretty.
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving,
    Shelia ;)

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  44. What a sweet cozy space. I imagine it makes the laundry seem like not such a chore.

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  45. cozy and fun place to do laundry, love that little wagon...I'd love that!!

    Have a great day!

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  46. A laundry room big enough for an extra refrigerator! Now, that's special. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Marty.

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  47. Wow even I would not mind doing laundry in that room. lol
    What a nice post and lovely room.
    Makes me want to do something with mine.
    Just found you today. Had to join so I could back.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Maggie

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  48. I am so glad I stopped by because this is a wonderful idea


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  49. What a great idea to make the laundry room so beautiful and nice to be in! I love the idea of having all the family pictures in there. You obviously adore your beautiful family!
    Blessings and best wishes to you and your family this Thanksgiving, Marty.
    Natasha.

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  50. What cozy beautiful space! I can imagine that doing the laundry wouldn't be so bad in such a place!

    Manuela

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  51. DEAR MARTY,
    JUST DROPPED BY TO WISH YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AND WAS SO BLESSED BY SEEING YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM. I LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL POPPIES YOUR MOTHER PAINTED AND YOUR QUILTED BLOCK.
    I HAVE NEEDLE POINT HANGING IN MY LAUNDRY ROOM. YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME.
    IF I CAN GET THROUGH THE PAIN OF THE HOLIDAYS I THINK I CAN BREATHE. I WANT TO JOIN YOUR CLOCHE PARTY IN DECEMBER. I'LL COME BACK LATER TO SEE WHAT I NEED TO DO.
    ANGEL HUGS
    DEBBIE

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  52. MARTY,
    I FORGOT TO TELL YOU, ME BEING A CAT LOVER, I LOVED...LOVED...YOUR OLD PAINTING OF THE CATS...IT ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE A QUILTED PIECE AT FIRST.
    ANGEL HUGS
    DEBBIE

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  53. Now that is my kind of laundry room!!!!! I love it!!! What great treasures you have surrounded yourself with

    Just want to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving sweetie..may you have a blessed one filled with love and much laughter! ~Picket~

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  54. Wow, Marty, that is a laundry room with personality. I love all the family memorbilia and can imagine the loving memories they bring when you are in the room.

    What a great display of your quilt blocks, --I saw some nice hand quilting, too!

    If I had that room, I would probably take the laundry job away from my husband! :)

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  55. Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  56. What a nice laundry room you have! I love rooms that have personal meaning. Makes me want to get cracking on mine.

    Your tablescape pics are so lovely, too! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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  57. Marty,
    I love your grandmother's flat irons! You do beautiful hand work too. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Cathy

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  58. This is so wonderful. I have such an attachment to things my mother and grandmothers made. I just love every piece of this precious collection. That American Flyer wagon is AMAZING! I have never seen anything like it. AWESOME! AWESOME!
    ~Liz

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  59. I love your laundry room and especially love that you used things that have personal meaning to you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Gail

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  60. Love the feel of this space. makes you wanna do laundry :)

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  61. Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
    anyhow thanks for the good read!

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