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Inspiring Finds &
A Big Surprise REVEALED!

by | Oct 22, 2009 | Decorating Inspiration

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Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!Love this (real) board and batten from the Newly Woodwards
completed for a Procrastinator Project!
I think her husband deserves “Husband of the Year”
from The Inspired Room.

I just finished going through every single AFTER photo on the Procrastinator Party. Wow, that was fun! I hope I didn’t miss anyone. I really had a great time seeing what you all did and accomplished while I was busily painting my own cabinet! Felt like we were all neighbors checking in on each other, didn’t it? Love that about blog land!

One sweet lady even started a blog (called Welcome Home) as her procrastinator project! I love it! And because I don’t want to hoard all the best blog commenters in the world to myself, maybe you could take a moment to buzz over here to congratulate her on ending her procrastination and starting a blog…go ahead, I’ll wait….click here to visit her…

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!

Oh, how I adore this idea for a pillow from Bay Buttons…

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!

If you think you can’t get much done in a week, check out this before and after from Leaving Footprints, taken just one week apart!

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!

From unfinished to finished room! Great job!

You ALL did a great job Procrastinators! Next party…January!

Ok, now…for the big SURPRISE!

I’ve had to keep a little secret from you. Due to the public nature of blogs, I was unable to tell you all that just about 30 days ago we got THREE offers on our house in PORTLAND!!!!! Not one. Not two. THREE! Yes. After that ridiculously long summer of silence, I am happy to report that as of YESTERDAY, my house is SOLD. Gone.

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!

Now, we didn’t make as much money as we should have with this sale BUT, we didn’t lose our shirts either so we have to be grateful for what we have. I’m just happy to have it sold before the holidays! Even after all the effort to get it sold, it felt a little bittersweet knowing my house (and kitchen, whahah) has gone to someone else, but I’m excited about our new life here in Washington so it will be OK.

And as of Monday, if all goes according to plan, we will own the house we live in and we can call this chapter of life DONE. You know I”ll be breaking out the paint can as soon as the deed is recorded. Yes I will.

Thanks for all of your prayers, support, comments and encouragement these long months. Truly, I feel like I could use about a month vacation in Hawaii to recover from this year. It was filled with unknowns and stress and hard work! But I am happy to be on the other side and ready to move forward!

So, get ready for many more projects and before and afters around The Inspired Room! All on a budget of, well, zero. Yes, that should be interesting. Let’s see what I can come up with. I’ll be scouring blogland for inspiration, that is FOR SURE!

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!

It IS a beautiful Friday…let’s share what made this week beautiful!

PS. Enjoy the Procrastinator Party AFTER photos here! And, I keep forgetting to send people over to my tumblr…I do add links to it from time to time so check it out!!

Inspiring Finds & <br>A Big Surprise REVEALED!


  1. Lizabeth

    So so so happy for you, Melissa! The good Lord came through decidedly (3x over!) in the end. I never doubted the miracle, just enduring is such difficulty!!! We went through the same thing not long ago. Counting our blessings. Just know you are not alone in the losses. I know that some have endured worse. Can’t wait to see the new paint colors. Wish you were here to help me renovate my “new” house – you have such great vision. xoxo Lizabeth

  2. Keri ~ Forever Folding Laundry

    Wow – congratulations! Three offers is fantastic!

    Love your blog. Inspiring…every single time!


  3. RML - Being More Through Having Less

    Congratulations on selling your house! That is just wonderful and a fantastic end to the year. Your blog is very beautiful and inspiring – thanks for existing!
    .-= RML – Being More Through Having Less´s last blog ..Cleaning, Cleansing… =-.

  4. Arlene

    Congrats on selling your home. We have been in the same boat before although not as long. So I know how relieved you feel. God Bless.

  5. Nicole aka Gidget

    Congrats on selling your home! How exciting. The Lord’s timing is always right on, even though it’s usually not what we would expect. :)
    .-= Nicole aka Gidget´s last blog ..Applesauce and Bread =-.

  6. kim

    congratulations!! I can’t wait to see some wall colors!!!

  7. Marcia

    i’m so happy that your house sold and that you can stay in the one you are in. this made my day! looking forward to seeing all that you’ll do now that it’s your!

  8. Diann

    Congrats on selling your home! I can only image the relief you must be feeling! Now you don’t have to worry about that and enjoy your holidays!

  9. Arleen

    Hi Melissa. Wow, what great news about selling your house! What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. ~Arleen
    .-= Arleen @ Seasons for All ´s last blog ..Enjoying Hearth and Home =-.

  10. Becky K.

    I am sooooo very happy for you!!! Having been through similar experiences I know how very stressful it can be.

    God has His very own timing and it was time!

    Enjoy the process of personalizing your new home. I am sure we will all enjoy watching what you share of that.

    Becky K.
    .-= Becky K.´s last blog ..Ten Things You May Not Know… =-.

  11. Jen

    Oh, I’m so happy for you! I just heard this morning that September was the best month in real estate that we’ve had in 2 years! I’m so glad that you get to move on from this now. Hugs, Jen
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Finding Your Joy =-.

  12. Erin

    Congratulations on selling your home! That is so exciting and it will be great to finally get to paint your new place.
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Time for the weekend =-.

  13. Diane


    I’ve been praying for you, as I know *lots* of other people have too. I hope I’ll be able to say “Sold!” soon as well :)

  14. Julia

    Congratulations!! That’s wonderful, Melissa. I’m so happy for you. These days, no one takes a house sale for granted. That must be such a relief! Now you can really settle into your new home and enjoy the holidays. :-)
    .-= Julia @ Hooked on Houses´s last blog ..Hooked on House Tours: Fall Edition =-.

  15. Shilo

    I’m so happy for you! It will be so great to get settled and enjoy nesting! Praise God that He is our Home (Ps. 90:1) even when we feel we haven’t one on earth!
    .-= Shilo´s last blog ..Hospitality at the Zoo =-.

  16. Kathy

    Thanks for hosting the Procrastinator Party, Melissa! It was great fun and got me to get my project done. Congratulations on your house selling! I’m sure it is a big relief to you and a weight off your shoulders. How nice that you will own the house you are currently in, in time for the holidays.

  17. Heather

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your house saga all summer and am glad that’s it finally over for you. There is nothing worse in life than being in limbo, I think.
    .-= Heather @ what’s happening this week´s last blog ..October Garden Bloggers Bloom Day =-.

  18. Adrienne

    Hi, Melissa –
    I’m sitting here smiling at the way God works. Just when we think He’s got us on hold, He comes through and we find such relief at the end of His plan. I’m thrilled that your Portland home has sold and that you will be able to finalize everything with your new home. And I can’t wait to see what you have planned to make it your own. Congratulations – and I understand the sense of joy and relief.
    .-= Adrienne´s last blog ..What To Do? =-.

  19. Kate

    I am so happy for you! That is such a stressful situation….you must feel one hundred pounds lighter. Enjoy your new home!

  20. sheri

    that is such wonderful news – i am so excited for you, and you must be as well! God’s perfect timing, right? Sometimes we wonder what calendar or clock the big G goes by because it doesn’t sink with our own respective eastern standard time or pacific standard time – but if you let go, let him drive, he will get you there on time.
    .-= sheri´s last blog ..It’s an After-Party – all the cool people are gonna be there… =-.

  21. Missy K

    Your blog is a staple on my blog reader, and I HAD to stop and say– praise God that your house is sold and that you can move forward with your life in your new home! I know your beautiful house in Portland will bless it’s new family, and I look so forward to seeing what you do with the space that is now really yours. Blessings!
    .-= Missy K´s last blog ..Rustics ReBorn Reborn =-.

  22. TidyMom

    I’m so happy for you Melissa!! Congrats on the sale!

    .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..Survey Time!! =-.

  23. Kathleen Grace

    Congratulations on selling the house! God always comes through. I will be watching to see what beautiful things you do in your new home:>)
    .-= Kathleen Grace´s last blog ..Hi =-.

  24. Cherri Engle

    Melissa, Congratulations on selling your house. I know that ‘in between’ stage can be very challenging. Iknow God helped you all through it. I prayed for you and love hearing the Praise Report!!! Yeah!! I can’t wait to see all of your projects as they unfold for your ‘new’ place.
    .-= Cherri Engle´s last blog ..‘Nesting’ Around My House =-.

  25. Nancy

    So happy to hear your good news! Happiness to those who will live in your house and happiness to you as you move forward in your home!
    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..Mom’s Clam Sauce -a little different =-.

  26. paige

    congratulations on the home sale!

  27. Paula

    Congratulations! I went through a similar home selling experience several years ago – I know how hard it is to wait on God’s timing. Enjoy feathering your nest; I can’t wait to see the paint colors, ideas, and projects!!

  28. The Domestic Chick

    God is so good. I am so happy for you! My husband is a realtor and the market is certainly up and down so what a blessing! I have been a reader for a long time. I do not comment much but boy do I love your blog. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!
    .-= The Domestic Chick´s last blog ..Vitamin D =-.

  29. Bonnie Mattson

    Melissa, congratulations, I am so happy for you. What a relief, as you say, albeit bittersweet.
    .-= Bonnie Mattson´s last blog ..Grab Your Button =-.

  30. Elizabeth

    Congratulations on your house! God is so good! Can’t wait to see what’s coming once the house is officially yours!

    Thanks also for encouraging us to leave comments on other people’s blogs…sometimes I get so set on my daily routine of blogs, I neglect to see what’s out there. I love the way you lift up the other blogs around you…very inspiring!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Remembering Our Song =-.

  31. Design Esquire

    Congratulations!!! I hope you guys can start moving forward now that this great weight has been lifted.
    .-= Design Esquire´s last blog ..Beautiful Colonial Home =-.

  32. Pam

    I’m SO happy for you and your family Melissa, to finally have this house ordeal behind you and a new nest to really feather now! This has been a year of overwhelming stress for me too and God keeps telling me “just praise me and I will bring victory to every battle.” Every minister I hear seems to be saying that these “storms” are the preclude to many blessings — that they usually precede God’s fresh anointing. Seeing the long-awaited answer for you gives me joyous hope for that fresh season of blessing for us all… Enjoy your Fall settling in! God’s blessings overflow to you…

  33. Denise

    Congrats Melissa, I am so happy for you!!

  34. Natalie

    Congrats on selling your house!! :)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Hello Fall! =-.

  35. Pat

    Congratulations on the house selling, Melissa. Our daughter is going through this now, too. I think they’ve decided to give up and rent it, at least for awhile.
    .-= [email protected] Porch Musings´s last blog ..~Rhoda’s Recipe Party~ =-.

  36. Kaye

    I’m so happy for you. It’s an inspiration the way you’ve “kept the faith.”

  37. anne

    Congratulations Melissa, at last you can breathe and relax..and move on to the new chapter in your life. :-)
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Thank you to Trubes….. =-.

  38. Kim

    I am so happy for you! Congrats on the sale of your house….we were in a similar situation about five years ago and when it’s done you feel like you can finally move on. Happy decorating!!!!

  39. Pinky

    YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!! It is SOLD! I know you are releieved and I will be waiting to see what gorgeous things you do now in your NEW home! Congratulations!!!!! Pinky

  40. Beverly

    Praise God. I am so happy to read about the sale of your house. And, how wonderful it will be to own your new home. I know you will fill it with charm and beauty to accompany the love already there.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Puzzle Friday =-.

  41. Katie

    CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for your new home…. ;o)
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..I Should Be Doing Laundry =-.

  42. teresa

    Oh, I’m so happy for you. What a relief and a blessings. Can’t wait to see all you wonderful ideas for your new home.
    Happy Day.
    .-= teresa´s last blog ..finished Master bedroom =-.

  43. sandy

    More than anything, I’m excited about the S O L D news!

    Woo Hoo!

    Wow! What a process ..

    Happy Beautiful Friday, friend!
    .-= sandy´s last blog ..Borrow a Farm for a Birthday! =-.

  44. LeAnn

    Melissa, that is wonderful news and worthy of a huge celebration. I am very happy for you.

    .-= LeAnn´s last blog ..My new obsession….. =-.

  45. AnNicole

    Oh my gosh! I’m so excited and relieved for you that you sold your home, and were able to purchase your new one. I know it must be bittersweet saying goodbye to your gorgeous kitchen, but I’m so thrilled for you and your new adventure.

    XO – AnNicole
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..In An Accessory Rut? =-.

  46. Deanna

    Congratulations on the sale of your house and the purchase of your new home! Won’t we have fun seeing what you do with this place!

    God’s timing is always perfect!
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..Autumn At Creekside Cottage =-.

  47. AmyE

    Such great news!!! It was an amazing house, but so glad it finally sold. And can’t wait to see what you do in the new one.

  48. The Stylish House

    I’m happy you can move on to a new chapter in your life. Your Portland home was lovely and now you will have a fun new design challenge.
    .-= The Stylish House´s last blog ..Audrey’s Tiffany Box Blue! =-.

  49. Karen B

    AWESOME! I was hoping that was your news. Finally, but three at once. God is Good, isn’t he?
    .-= Karen B´s last blog ..Paperback Pumpkins =-.

  50. Leanne

    Congratulations on the sale of your home. What a relief! Now you can relax a little and feel the stress melt away. I can’t wait to see what paint colors you pull out of your hat for your new home. Have a beautiful weekend.
    .-= Leanne´s last blog ..Autumn in Utah =-.

  51. Lorrie

    Oh what wonderful news, Melissa! It’s never easy waiting for God’s timing, but always worth it to look back.

    blessings on you and your family,

  52. Julianne

    CONGRATULATIONS! Ooh, I took a sigh of “Ahh, it’s done!” for you.

    I love your blog and I love this procrastinator’s party, too (even though I didn’t participate…!).

  53. Debbie

    YIPEEEEEE HALLELUJAH! THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER!So glad for you and your precious family to finally have this burden lifted off of you. So very very glad! We should celebrate somehow….maybe with another cup of coffee! hahaha….Melissa this is wonderful, and I know you are so appreciative of having this happen.
    Give your self a big yippeee hug from me!
    [email protected]
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Fall Home Tour =-.

  54. Jan Ogden

    Praise God, Melissa,

    God is Soooo Faithful! It’s been great to watch the grace of patience that God has given you through all of this!

    Hugs, Jan
    .-= Jan Ogden´s last blog ..Fruit Sauces- Serves Many Purposes =-.

  55. Ramakrishna

    Ya.It is lovely.You just not need good taste,but the atmosphere to make it execute too!Kudos
    .-= Ramakrishna´s last blog ..I went to a movie =-.

  56. Amber T.

    Wow, congratulations on the sale of your home, that must be a huge relief! Good news!

  57. Jackie

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you. We went through a similar situation over the summer. We finally moved into our new home in early September. So there are many to do projects on my list. I will be looking to you for inspiration.

    Have a great weekend!
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Little House on the Prairie =-.

  58. jewelboxhome

    Bravo Melissa! It’s just wonderful to hear that you have sold your house! I could not be happier for you!

    And the procrastinator’s projects are so fun!

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face every time I visit your blog!


  59. Marla

    Whoo-hoo! Doin’ some Happy Dancin’ for you! (picture the dance done in Charlie Brown Christmas).

    Oh, now you can buy the house you are in, and paint, and hang things on the walls, and change things around, and…and…and…
    What decorating bliss yet to be experienced in the months to come!

    Now, to be serious, we have to start praying for the purchase process of the house you are in so that the move will be ‘full circle’ so to speak.

    You and your family are in our prayers Melissa!;)

  60. Cara

    Yay! Congrats on selling your home! It must feel like a big weight has been lifted off your chest. So happy for you!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Pants for Skinny Kids =-.

  61. Aimee

    Congratulations on selling your house Melissa! Thanks for continuing to INSPIRE me with your posts!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..9 Months Old =-.

  62. Richella

    Oh, Melissa, I am so glad. So very glad for you. What wonderful news–and what lucky buyers! I’m thinking that your old house must have a blessing built right in, just for having been your house for all that time. And now you can work your magic on your new house!

    Blessings for a wonderful weekend!
    .-= Richella´s last blog ..An autumn house tour =-.

  63. Rachel

    I was sooo hoping that was the big surprise! Now you can start adding some special touches to your new place…and just in time for the holidays!

  64. Jocelyn Stott

    Congratulations and I think it must have happened when it was supposed to, for whatever reason. I am sure some day you will look back and see why it just sold now.
    .-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Daydreams =-.

  65. Jess

    Congrats on your home sale!!! We are in the same boat with a house we need to sell after moving from VA to TN – we jokingly call it our “summer home” but that stress is so incredibly frustrating. That and the need to want to decorate everything in sight without the ability to do so! Honestly that is part of the reason I started blogging – I keep finding all this great stuff online and have no place to put it! So again – congrats!
    .-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Frugal Foods – Ginger Garlic Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry =-.

  66. sarah { abeachcottage }


    what a relief that must be for you :-)
    .-= sarah { abeachcottage }´s last blog ..A Great Beach Cottage Find ~ Vintage ‘Glory Box’ Before =-.

  67. Brenda Kula

    I am soooo happy for you guys! Now you can truly start the next chapter of your life. And before the holidays too! We rented this house before we bought it too. Made a huge difference to be able to do what we wanted in regards to changes. I’m just so relieved for you. Congratulations, and celebrate this weekend!
    .-= Brenda Kula´s last blog ..Kitchen Banquettes Save Space =-.

  68. Jill

    Cograts on selling your home. We had a similar situation when we moved from Seattle to Maryland. It was nerve wracking and we were relieved when it was over.

    Thank you for your generous mention about my blog. The good will and visits from your faithful readers has been tremendous!

    I publicly thank you in the post I wrote today.
    .-= Jill´s last blog ..You like me…You really like me =-.

  69. Kim

    Thanks for the shout-out. That just made my Friday. =)

    And, I let hubby know he was nominated for Husband of the Year. Color him thrilled. He cannot wipe the smile off his face.
    .-= Kim @ NewlyWoodwards´s last blog ..House hunters – in-law edition =-.

  70. joanne

    Congratulations! It sounds like things are coming together now and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next! Have a great weekend…;p
    .-= joanne´s last blog ..Heartfelt Friday… =-.

  71. Maureen

    wonderful news! congratulations on your house sale, and those are some lucky new owners! i can’t wait to see what you do with your new home!

  72. Myrnie

    SO FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

  73. Penny

    I am so happy for you!!! I know this has been a rough year. Now you can start nesting in your new home!!

  74. Rona

    Congratulations on selling your house. It’s been a rough year but I’m sure there were many blessing along the way.

  75. Cre8Tiva/Rebecca E. Parsons

    melissa…i am so happy for you selling the house…i have not been as fortunate…mine has lingered in a bad market for 3 years now…soon to be gone, but not as i wished…so we are both beginning new chapters…i love where your blog has gone since we first met…you are one talented gal and i am always inspired by you…i started a new online magazine/radio show called Artistically Speaking (…so i will have plenty to keep me busy…hugs, rebecca
    .-= Cre8Tiva/Rebecca E. Parsons´s last blog are my sunshine…somer thompson… =-.

  76. Wendy McDonagh-Valentine

    Congratulations on the sale of your house. That’s wonderful!! It sounds like you’re enjoying your new location. If and when the day ever comes that we sell this house that we’re currently in, I know I’ll be so sad. To me, your home is a member of your family. As long as the new family that buys it is a good one it’s a little easier. I just discovered your blog recently and I look forward to catching up on past posts. :)

    ~ Wendy
    .-= Wendy McDonagh-Valentine´s last blog ..Strength Comes in Many Forms and a Sunday Saying . . . =-.

  77. Susan

    YAY~!! for you! I understand the stress of having 2 houses! (BTDT) I absolutely can’t wait to see your projects now that you have a full tank of gas!! :) Yipee! Praise God for the blessings!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Day 1 =-.

  78. janice

    I’m thrilled for you! I was hoping this news would be your big reveal! I can’t wait till you get everything signed today and start making this new place really feel like yours. A big happy hug for you from Scotland. I’m glad your prayers were answered.
    .-= janice | Sharing the Journey´s last blog ..Clutter: What are You Really Holding Onto…and Why? =-.

  79. Puna

    Congratulations Melissa. What a wonderful thing, finally!
    .-= Puna´s last blog ..Oakcrest @ Home, 2009 =-.

  80. Barbie

    I realized I never gave you a proper shout out!! THANK YOU for showcasing my master bedroom makeover!! It means a lot to me that YOU liked it!! Congrats on your house selling. :-)
    .-= Barbie´s last blog ..My Latest Find =-.

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