Monday, April 13, 2015

How to attach a duvet cover to your comforter with NO SEWING

Today I took on a much needed, long overdue, super easier than I thought, and too long complained about project.  My husband was getting frustrated with me when I would tell him he was stealing all the blankets when really we both were covered, my side just didn't have any downy goodness inside of it.  We have the most cushion-y, feathery, airiest, like sleeping wrapped up in a cloud, comforter in the world.  We also have a solid and stylish comforter cover from IKEA the land of everything I love and can afford!  Unfortunately, either because in Sweden their duvets magically don't get all wadded up in the corner of their cover, or because they are saving money because it is IKEA after all, the cover didn't come with little loops or little ties in the corner.  Neither did my heavenly (not from IKEA, but still awesome) comforter.  So, my dilemma for many months has been do I take an hour out of my afternoon to sew on loops and ties to both my comforter and my cover or just continue complaining about the bunchy mess that is our feathery soft bed!?

TODAY: The solution. No sew, took me ten minutes, so far it has worked and I am in LOVE!

One set of sticky, no-sew Velcro dug out of my stash!

Stuck the hook part (the part you don't want sticking to everything in the wash) to the corners of my comforter.

 See how scratchy that is?  You don't want that getting stuck to all of your sheets in the wash!

 Get distracted by a cute boy falling off the bed!

Hard to tell what is going on here because this part of my cover also happens to be white but the under part with the previously mentioned sticky Velcro is on the comforter. The top is the duvet COVER with the soft part of the Velcro attached.  I did this on all FOUR corners on both sides of the comforter (topside and underside) and all four corners of the cover to match. That is 8 hook Velcro tabs on the duvet and 8 loop Velcro tabs on the duvet cover.

This one is easier to see what is going on.  Grey is cover. White is comforter.  Put the soft tabs on the part that is going to get washed (the cover) the scratchy tabs on the part that will always remain on the bed (feather part).

 Now stick your comforter down inside of the cover so that all four corners match up. (Don't try to take a junky picture of it because as you can see... nothing but a fabric mess going on in this shot!)

There's the flash.  See, corner inside cover!

This is a look at is when it is first going together so you can see all tabs in one corner.

 Then you just flip the other tab over and secure it on smoothly and you should at that point be right side out.  Unless of course you did something horribly wrong in which case I would suggest a strong cup of coffee or a nap.  Leave the project for a day when you are feeling well rested under your downy goodness and are up for a little mind bending.  If you are doing this with little kids underfoot... good luck all together. Your ten minute super easy project just because 45 minutes of reigning in bed jumpers, blanket tangle uppers, smooching sweet baby toes kinda fun. But afterward you can rest assured that you will have a comforter that won't wad up in the corners, will always be good for reading books and snuggling babies in the morning and is basically the happiest place in your house.  That is if all the kids are sleeping!

 What nice corners you have. All the better for covering you with my dear!

Seriously, at this point I should have taken a shot of the whole lovely bed but WRINKLES, my goodness, wrinkles... next time I'll iron it then blog about it.  Ha ha, yeah right!

CUTE huh!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

snowpacalypse 2015

So we don't live in Boston and we aren't living with 100 inches of snow but when we have winter records all week it is pretty epic for Louisville.  We had the most snow in one storm in the last ten years here on Monday. 8 1/2 inches in one day!  It shut down the city for three days!  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there has been no school.  Last night we got two more inches and spent more of our morning shoveling.  The kids have loved it.  I am loving having my husband home for a few extra days.  I am not loving the mess that our house has accumulated with everybody cooped up in it.  Here are some pictures of our adventures over the last few days!  Looks like with the sub zero temps in store for Thursday and Friday we may be out of school all week.

Baby boy wishing he was out with the big ones and Daddy!

Half way into the snow. Got about 4-5 more inches after this in the last few days.

Helping Daddy shovel.


Emma trying to shovel with a snow scraper!

Not so sad that he is in the house anymore. Because he loves his mommy!

Day Two of snow.

After his 5th trip out in two days! Note the towels on the floor and the drying rack for winter clothes in the background!

The nice thing about snow days. Homemade bread!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Sticker Letters and Sunshine

The sun is shining again here in Louisville.  It seems for us lately that if the sun is shining it is in the 20's.  If the rain is pouring down it is in the 60's.  Too bad that the sun and the temp can't get together for a day.  60 and sunny or 20 with snow, we'll take either!

I was working on my "Drop-In" plans for my MS youth group this week and came across this video from Kid President!  Love it! Our theme this week is "New Year, New You: Be Awesome!" I thought this video fit the bill pretty well. Plus, who doesn't love Kid President?

News on the home front is all about learning.

Today we did both finger painting and some letter work.
We have done some other letter work, on M, O, E, P and C but today we did a picture of trusty old A!

I made an outline of a capital A and lower case a on a piece of construction paper and had the kids go to town covering them with stickers.  I have seen some projects where people use bingo markers to fill in the space of a letter and I thought hmm we have a TON of tiny stickers, why not? Our large sticker collection is largely supplemented by address labels with the address part cut off.  When you cut the address part off you are left with tiny little square stickers perfect for this type of project.

Here's what we did.

Happy Crafting and Happy Learning this first week of the new year.
Now some random pictures of cute babies and cats who like both sunshine and crafts!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

PHFR 12/18/14

Funny: The kids got this huge art kit from one set of grandparents for Matthew's birthday and grandma told them it was a gift for me.  The whole Thanksgiving break they kept pestering me about it saying, "Mom, when are you gonna open your gift from grandma?"
 Eventually we opened it and did some MAJOR crafting. Water colors, markers, crayons, rulers, erasers, stickers, stamps, this thing has everything.

Happy: two kids and a box of Christmas decorations, too many ornaments for one tiny tree and of course wearing the Christmas stockings like slippers!!!!

 I let them go to town and decorate the whole thing by themselves.  They had a blast.

 We have some ornaments that look like little brass trumpets and French horns and saxophones and this is the kids playing their pretend instruments.
 Proud of their decorations!

 With the fireplace.
 A big boy in his seat playing and waiting patiently for us to finish decorating.  We did find some Christmas stuffy's that he could play with.
 Look at that Christmas smile!

 We hung the pompom craft that we made two years ago at a pinterest party at Daddy's school!

 Happy: This is my 4 year old's block house that he recently built.  He wanted to leave it for Daddy to see when he got home and I said it was ok but snapped a picture anyway.  Sure enough the crawling baby Godzilla got in there and tore it all down shortly before Daddy got home.  We saved some tears knowing that it was preserved in the camera!

 Pretty: I got to go to Lights Under Louisville this past weekend with the youth group from the parish that I work at.  It was really neat.  It is an old cave that was a mine and they have millions of Christmas lights in the cave and you actually drive through it.  My mom thought that they mustn't let you drive through it because of the exhaust fumes but they do.  It is huge and they have all of these giant fans.  The only underground Christmas light show in the world!  Worth a trip out if you are ever in Louisville for the Season!

Pretty: Watercolor paintings by a 2 and 4 year old!  Need I say more!

Funny/Real: Almost every weekend I make pancakes on Sunday morning. Sometimes we have eggs and bacon with them but this weekend we made the pancake batter threw in a few chocolate chips and dumped the whole bowlful in the rice cooker.  A pancake cake!!!!  Awesome!  It tasted like a pancake with the texture of a cake and it looked like a cornbread!  What fun! As you can tell by how much is left by the time I snapped off this picture it was a hit!  Just make your pancakes according to the directions then stick them in a rice cooker and let the steam do the rest! YUM!

Pretty: Our newest Christmas craft project.  We are preparing for the arrival of some visitors so we are busy making placeholders out of TP rolls for everyone at dinner time!  We have to make 9 total and we are going to make them all a bit different but we have 2 so far!