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Monday, June 18, 2012

Calling In The Bucket Brigade

In the Amish community large tasks are accomplished quickly with work frolics.

The Shakers believed that many hands make light work.

We have purchased a home and must move within a week. I need to quickly, but thoroughly, clean all the interior surfaces and get everything covered and taped off for Mr. Décor’s painting posse. With kids home from school I thought it might be time to send out an SOS.

Mr. Décor said it sounded like a good Tom Sawyer white washing story. He doubts anyone will come. I told him he doesn’t know Phoenix bloggers. :)

We will throw open the doors of the new Décor To Adore manor on Saturday, June 23, 2012. By all means bring a bucket and an arsenal of awesome secret cleaning tips and tricks. Due to safety issues, small children should not attend. You can stay an hour or eight.

It will not be all work though. I’ll be having a contest for the cutest apron.

Any and all adorable workers will receive a darling gift.

In addition, a catered lunch will be offered. (Here’s a hint, it won’t be pb & j. :)

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For those who live far away you can send good thoughts and everything will of course be documented for the blog.

Send me an email or contact me on the DTA Facebook page.

Tom Sawyer Laura

37 comments :

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm sure you'll get some helpful hands, Laura! If I lived by you, I'd be there, so I'll just have to be there in spirit. : )

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I think Sat. is the 23rd? I would love to help! I am known as the Miracle Worker! lol!! My email is linked to my comment, so just send me and email with your address and times! :) If you meant Friday the 22nd though, that I can't do -- I work full time.

openid said...

Laura,

If I leave soon, I could swing by and pick up Sweet T and still make it there by the 23rd! (If only)

Love,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

See you Sat. Just email me the address. I am all set, can't wait to polish that kitchen. Hugs, Marty

Sandy said...

If I lived close I would be there in a heartbeat! Wishing you many helping hands to get the task done.

jeanetteann said...

Being on the other side of the world might make it a bit difficult for me to get there. But I will be thinking of you all,and there will be plenty of willing souls, I would think. xx

Jane said...

"By the time I get to Phoenix" you'll be all finished with the cleaning, painting, and moving! Sure would love to help if I were closer, but I'll have to send my good thoughts and wait for the pictures instead.
Great idea!

Auntie Em said...

I am sure you find lots of helping hands to help prepare your new home. If I wasn't away over on the other side of the continent I would be there with my apron and rubber gloves to help you get ready. How exciting to move in to a freshly cleaned home with nicely painted walls. Summer will be a breeze once you get moved. Enjoy!!! :)

Sophie said...

I'll be there in British spirit. Just a small matter of a rather large pond to negotiate my way across mop n bucket in hand.
Sophie

It's All Connected said...

I'd help if I weren't quite so far away. Instead, I'll give you the link to the 3 cleaning products that worked on my disgustingly dirty rental. http://www.itsallconnected.ca/2012/05/cleaning-products-for-tough-jobs.html

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Too far away to help :( but I know that you will have friends to come to your aid and I know that you will all have a wonderful time!

Priscilla said...

If I lived within driving distance (which, given your account of the temperatures there, is pure fantasy) I'd love to come an help. But alas, I'm here in lovely cool Portland enjoying 50° weather.

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh Laura....if it wasn't the weekend of the wedding I would definately help. I know all too well and not too far distant past how much work there is....you have lots of Good Wishes and prayers...

joleneotten said...

I would love to come and help - unfortunately, the 27 hour drive would be a bit long. Hope you get everything in tip-top shape!

Debbie said...

If I lived near you, I would love to come for something like that. It sounds so fun.

(Of course, on that specific day, I'll be romancing on my anniversary, but still... it sounds like fun, and I hope you get a huge, fun, bloggy crowd!)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laura,
I wish I was going to be there, I would be glad to help!
I know how wonderful AZ. bloggers are, I always feel the love when I come visit.
I got caught up on all of your posts yesterday...so happy about your new home, you will make it a showplace!
Hugs and more hugs,
Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just saw Marty's comment, Arizona bloggers are the bestest!
Cindy

Amy Jo said...

Congratulations on the new home!

The work frolic sounds so fun... If only I were closer. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Jill Elaine said...

If I lived in Phoenix you know I would be there! I will think of you and send lots of stamina your way!!

Lorrie said...

What a fun idea! I'd come if I lived closer (but I'd have to stitch up a new apron first); since I can't I'll just send best wishes for a productive day.

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Sounds like a great plan and I would SO BE THERE...however the distance will keep me here. I will send good thoughts and look forward to all the photos!
Glad you have a new home!
Warmly,
deb

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, how I wish we could be there to help! What a great idea to ask for help and I know they will come - for the food if nothing else. You and I are living parallel lives, it seems. House on market, cleaning and fussing like crazy, hope we sell as quick as you do! Can't wait to see the new place. Ann

michele said...

i am nowhere near phoenix but i might have a reinforcement i can send over. i love that you are making a party of it!

smiles to you.

michele

Carol said...

I am almost never out of town, but THIS weekend I am. RATS. And I even used to have a housecleaning business...

Louise said...

I work on Saturdays otherwise I WOULD be there, but any Wednesday or Thursday I will be there to help. How about next Wed?

I would really like to help with PAINTING, I am very good at it, I can get a great straight line around the ceiling and by the baseboards without tape. I painted the rooms so many times in the house that we owned over the years that we nearly lost square footage, I also painted the kitchen and the bathroom cabinets. When we moved into our rental two years ago I was allowed to paint over some pretty "out there" colors in paler neutrals. . .so let me know.

Lady Dorothy said...

I would if I could! Just love the idea, though. You've received a couple of yes's so far; I hope you all have fun working together!

Redhead Sadie said...

I'm there, darling....just need a time and a place! See you Saturday!!!

Miss Jenny

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

What a great idea! I'm sure it'll all go smoothly ~ hang in there! Wish I lived closer, I'd be there! Good luck!

Kathleen

My name is Darlene Payan said...

All-righty! Been praying, "God use me, surely there is a work I can do", just let me know where and I'll be there.

I gotta bucket and a darling apron, what else do we need? Oh, elbow grease? Yes, I have that, too.

Call me or email I will send it to your email.

Blessings,
Darlene

Liz said...

I would if I could!!!! I'm so sorry. We have family stuff going on and I was gone last weekend. :( I hope you know that I wish I could be a part of your big move!!! I've been praying for you guys and I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to see your new Manor! :)

~Liz

Mary Ellen said...

This is such a great idea Laura! I sure wish I lived in AZ so I could come and help! Looks like you are getting a good crew together already!

Bettyann said...

oh Laura wish I lived closer as I would surely come and help...good luck..

martinealison said...

Je ne vais malheureusement que pouvoir vous apporter une aide spirituelle... je suis trop loin pour vous venir en aide et cependant j'aurais bien aimé.
Je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage pour l'aménagement de cette maison... je suis certaine que tout va bien se passer.

Gros bisous à vous.

Maria (Magia Mia) said...

If I were there, I'd show up with my painting gear, since I'm a painter by trade. We'd have that place whipped into shape in no time!

May all the Angels make themselves available to you Laura....:)

Lisa and Joey @ Paintbrush and Screwdriver said...

I would be there with bells on if I were closer!

I'm so happy for you :)

Kathy B. said...

Oh Laura, if I lived closer I'd be there for sure. I'd make you be my best friend and we'd whip that new house into shape in one day--steam clean in the morning, paint in the afternoon, rearrange the furniture, hang pictures & decorate far into the night. It would be your favorite house ever. We would shop for a few perfect new accessories and go out for a fabulous no-calorie lunch the next day! I'd be a great best friend--solve all your problems with a listening ear, a quote of just the right scripture & wise words of advice. Sweet Boy would call be Aunt Kathy & love me to pieces! Well...at least in MY mind that's how it would go! In the meantime, I'll keep praying for you! God would probably make a better best friend anyway!

The Star Gal said...

so glad you found a place and cannot wait to see it before/during and after.

Gloria in Virginia