My Latest Love

I am sorry to disappoint you all — it is not a lovely piece of furniture or a new chic outfit or adorable pup. It is something as un-sexy as a window cleaning gadget. Yes, really!

In two days a photo shoot is taking place at my house (a first for me – yikes!) for a chic design magazine. It has put me in over-drive.

Usually I hire someone to clean my windows but this time I decided to attack them myself. So on Mother’s Day, when many of you were busy celebrating, I sent hubby and the kids to the Swedish school (which they attend once a week) and then I marched down to the local hardware store and came back with  the “Ettore Window Wand Combo” and a rectangular bucket.

The best investment ever! Yes, I can personally testify that this gadget made window cleaning fun and so easy. (This is not a paid advertorial. This is my very personal opinion). ABC, three strokes with the sponge, then turn the gadget and 1, 2, 3 and the squeegee instantly took care of all the access water and left the windows crystal clear without one single streak!  (I use simple  organic dish detergent). I am totally smitten with this gadget which makes me look like & feel the most perfect housewife (Ha!). I was purring like a cat the rest of Mother’s Day! (I am obviously easy to please).

Speaking of love, I want to distribute some extra love to my good blog friend Claudia with Stonehouse Love who just launched her first on-line store — Hey Little Diddle. Congratulations my friend! The store looks wonderful! (All the items are made by indie designers and artisans).

Here you will find all kinds of lovely things for the young ones.

 Hop over and see for yourselves (here).

I am off to fluff pillows and figure out where I can hide hubby and three messy kids until it’s over… I hope to give you a photo-shoot update soon.

Warm hugs to you all!

Written by Splendid Willow in: My Home |


  • tinajo says:

    Oooo – I´d love one of those but I guess they can´t be found in Sweden… Bummer!

    Have a great Monday! :-)

  • Charlotta says:

    There you are..! :)

    I can totally understand the pre-shoot stress. Deep breath my dear. Let your house breathe the true spirit of you AND your adorable quartet. What you have shown us is beautiful and I am sure the shoot will be wonderful. x

    Love a good house-frau gadget and I may need to find myself one of these to end the embarrassment of our filthy windows..! Well done for tackling yours by yourself.

    Warm hugs to you and good luck with the shoot.

    Charlotta xx

    P.S. Skriv en rad innan du aker ok. x

  • I had cleaning windows on my to do list this weekend. It did not get marked off of my list. Guess it was a good thing, going to look for this gadget today. Can’t wait to hear more about your photo shoot! Have a wonderful week!

  • Franki Parde says:

    This looks like a “god-send” as the wind was so strong here that it blew the pollen THROUGH the screens and baked it on our windows. UGH! It’s off to ACE! Looking forward to the photos from your “photo shoot!!” Remember to always “look up” at the camera!!! 😀 franki

  • I think I need go buy one of these! So tired of all the pollen blowing around and making everything a mess. Wishing you great success with the photo shoot! xo

  • Mia says:

    Good luck, it will be super (especially after that window treatment :)!
    Warm hugs

  • Julie says:

    I need this gadget!! And yes, everyone must visit Hey Little Diddle…so incredibly cute!

  • Delishhh says:

    I think washing windows is such an instant gradification – love your post made me laugh! Good luck on the photo shoot! I bet it will be lots of fun!

  • Tina says:

    Oh, Mon I am so excited for you and can´t wait to hear more about the upcoming photo shoot.
    This equipment looks like something I could use in my business. I have realized I can´t compete with others when it comes to cleaning windows. The result may be brilliant but I´m not as fast as my rivals. I´ve realized that it takes a lot of practice! But, this might just be the answer to my prayers!?

  • Good luck with the photo shoot. Can’t wait to see the published pics. Your home is so wonderful. It’s gonna be great. Mona

  • it will be great, Mon! can’t wait to hear more…Good luck! Many hugs to you

  • i love how you casually pair the surreal news of a forthcoming magazine photo shoot with the reality of a new domestic tool. omg. i’m reaching for my anxiety meds at the thought of preparing for a photo shoot, and it’s not even my house!

    git down, cool chic mama!

    so proud of you!


  • LiveLikeYou says:

    You should get commission from that cleaning gadget company. You made it sound so much fun I have to check this out. Heck who cares about Mother’s day when you can clean windows with a fun gadget?? Yippee it feels addictive. You are so funny! I know your house will look SMASHING in this photo shoot. Can’t wait to see! xxxx

  • Haha Michele, me too! I’d be stressing big time and she’s talking squeegees!

    Thanks again Mon for the shout out my little shop! You are always so sweet and supportive. I can’t wait to see our house in a mag! Congrats! xocc

  • ok. I am typing slowly and carefully as to not make any typo mistakes ughhh…i meant YOUR house not ours and shout out FOR my little shop! thanks Mon!

  • Sonia says:

    Hi, I hope you are all doing well! We moved to our new home and we are enjoying decorating all over ! I totally follow your blog! Will definitely buy the new gadget but will give to the cleaning woman to use!!Kisses to Will, Peter and the Girls including you!


  • Lovely post Mon!! I can’t wait to hear about the photo-shoot and I will definitely pop by this new shop for a look :) Hugs to you,
    Nancy xo

  • Hi just found you via Greet-belgian pearls..Nice to see the Swedish touch..I guess you are Swedish?..Iam :)) You have a beautiful Blog //Marie

  • Lana says:

    Ah you make me laugh my friend! Your new gadget does sound wonderful though! Good luck for the shoot, I’m sure it’s going to be fabulous!x

  • This is incredibly exciting news, sweet Mon! I CAN’T WAIT to see the shoot photos!! And well done on finding the perfect window-cleaning gadget, hehe! Good luck with the prep for the shoot, I’m sure it’ll all be marvelous and go swimmingly well!

    Love to you!

    Meera xx

  • liza says:

    We have that gadget!! And I agree with you 100% – it works so well and makes cleaning … not so bad. I hope the shoot goes beautifully, as I am sure it will!

  • Oh, aren’t you the mysterious one sitting on this bit of news! I’m so happy for you – and dying to know the details of course! 😉 Best of luck with the shoot!!! xo

  • Mon,
    What exciting news!!! I can’t wait to see/know the details. I’d be a wreck too but remember that’s what stylists are for :)
    Thanks for the heads up on the window gadget…if I ever get around to cleaning the windows, I’ll give it a try.
    Happy Tuesday my friend,

  • Photo shoot? How fabulous. Can’t wait to hear all about it! As for your handy tool, wish I had that today when I washed my windows. I used a squeegee but I still needed to use a sham to polish the windows!
    Sure makes the house sparkle though!

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