Learning about Bed, Bath, Linen and More to make Home a Comfortable Place to Be

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Ralph Lauren Cossette Floral

Everything I know about bedding, I learned from Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein

Truthfully, I began selling bedding online 13 years ago when bedding was crafted from gorgeous 280 thread count Egyptian Cotton Sateens like Jardiniere, or Guinevere, or Lambert Stripe, or Stone Harbor.

Tommy Hilfiger had Meadowcroft, a stunning Navy Blue that I still see occasionally on some Hollywood movie of yesteryear. I don’t think Calvin Klein has a had another blockbuster Bedding Collection that could beat Bamboo Flower or Anemone.

Ahh, Anemone, with that large floral in perfect lavender on a bluish lavender background. I couldn’t find enough fabric to make all the shams in-demand by that great collection.

While you’re visiting a few collections, I’ll share some stories from those early days that you might like to hear–

Welcome! Hope you browse awhile–

All I want is a Patio Set made from Chicken Pallets

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All I want is a Patio Set made from Chicken Pallets

When hubby and I first met, he was a long-haul trucker. He delivered Chickens from East Texas to California, and from the sunshine state he returned with fresh produce for Big D (Dallas.)

The loading-house in East Texas required wooden pallets on the floor of the forty-foot, refrigerated trailer to stack their boxed, frozen chickens. Payment for those pallets was deducted from your pay for the haul and amounted to $250 each week.

Problem was, once you unloaded the 40,000 pounds of frozen chickens, the pallets were tossed in a trash pile with every other trucker’s excess pallets because the load of Oranges headed back to Texas came with their very own Pallets that were free.

So the very next week, you received another deduction for brand new pallets ($250) as you loaded the next load of chickens.  A pitiful merry-go-round and a waste of good wood–talk about depleting the forests!

Either way, it was an expensive waste for us. Hubby knew he could sell the pallets back home in Texas or better yet, re-use them again and save $250 each week. Eventually, these conservative truckers created a resolution.

After designing a lightweight rack to fit beneath the belly of the trailer, they commissioned a welder to make it! Voila! We gained an extra $250 every week by returning and/or  re-using the wooden pallets, and the shiny new metal rack actually looked pretty neat. Not to mention we also saved a lot of trees.

Sort of like the rack that held the Chicken Pallets, I’ve been yearning for this Patio Set since I first spotted it on Pinterest. I couldn’t follow the photo back far enough to give credit to the owner, but this is the pattern Hubby will have to use (a photo)

If I can talk him into making this set for me 

Pallet-Patio

Isn’t this just gorgeous? I love it — and I’ve added a few things below to make your very own backyard a cozy place to be!

Also, if you have time go to Pinterest >> Search Pallet Furniture  >> It’s stunning

There are more Sets like above, Swings, Chairs, Bookcases, and much more!

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My Sons ~ The Plumbers

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It’s wonderful to have a child go to med-school, especially pleasing to see your son or daughter become a doctor.

But I’ll share a secret with you– it comes in really handy to have a son who’s a plumber! And another secret I’ll share today– I have two sons and they are both plumbers!

Funny thing too, Most folks I meet are sure envious about my son’s being plumbers while their child is just a doctor.  Of course they often have a leaky faucet at home, too. And, from what I hear lately, a little maintenance on the home plumbing might make you wish your son hadn’t been so eager to go to Med-School.

I wouldn’t know though–my sons are plumbers… eh

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Aprons for Every Holiday and More

I love aprons. There is something about cooking with a pretty apron tied around your waist. The more ruffles the better I like the apron. My daughters feel the same as me when it comes to Ruffles.

My sons have their Favorite aprons as well. Most are labelled with bragging rights to their favorite Barbecue or NFL football logo. (Dallas Cowboys of course, for our family, since we’re originally from Texas) [Read more...]

No Boring Hand Towels Here!

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Being a fabric guru (since birth, I think), I have difficulty tossing the smallest scrap of fabric into the trash. And if it’s from a “one of a kind collection,” or sateen, or a new arrival, or striped, or plaid…okay, I can’t throw away any scrap of fabric no matter how small.

I confess!  A few years ago I had several bulging trash bags full of scraps and little room to store them.

Since the scraps were large enough for generous quilt squares, I decided to donate them instead. Seemed like a good idea to me and I could avoid the hot-sweats of  throw away perfectly good fabric. [Read more...]