Tuesday, January 31, 2012

bring me sunshine with your duvet cover cover

A recent present of a Toast duvet cover was very gratefully received: it was pretty and soft and peacefully striped and had the feelgood 'organic' label attached, but, best of all, it came in its own matching duvet cover cover.



There's been a trend in recent years to label everything round the house - soap bowls, string holders, bread boxes, jam pots, tea and coffee jars and all that vintage glory stuff.  I've campaigned tirelessly against this, led marches, organised petitions and sat in for sit-ins, as I don't like being patronised by my groceries, but somehow it's different if you use containers for the wrong purpose.


a fine cover for my Macbook

As though any greater delight were possible, the matching pillowcases came in smaller, even more beguiling bags. I don't know what I'll do with them yet but just having them makes my life complete.

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  1. Brilliant! I completely agree! =]

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  2. Hi Mise,
    Well,as we speak, the exact same Toast duvet cover and pillow cases are on our bed ( although, mine are the beige/grey ticking ones). I too, received them as a gift and, I love the bags that they came in but also wonder what to do with them. I thought that maybe I could make some delightful cushions for the bed, but have yet to get around to it.
    You, being the wonderful seamstress that you are, could have them done by this evening and they could be on your bed before you can say 'feather or duck down' !!
    I love the way you have used the duvet one as a cover for your Macbook. I have a feeling that 'she who must be obeyed' in Blogtopia will be bestowing you many blog points for that wonderful idea. Go to the top of Blogtopia class Mise. XXXX

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    1. Everybody, have you spotted that Jacqueline has the very same duvet cover (colour aside) as I do. I didn't realise I was in with the in crowd but what a feeling! Have you got this duvet cover? Be there or be square.

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    2. Surely Mise is 'she who must be obeyed' in Blogtopia?

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  3. Having seen the above I have now concluded that I need more pink in my life. The duvet cover looks soft and snuggly, like much washed cotton sheets when I was a child.

    Just to let you know I refuse to name things too, which means we have to sniff all the herbs and spices I have decanted into adorable mini kilner jars, they look beautiful on my little shelf, but are a complete mystery sometimes until you close your eyes and sniff. I also have great fun mixing the tea, coffee, and sugar jars (plain white china)so you always get the one you didn't want. We know how to live in the North!

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    1. It sounds wonderfully zen, Susan, all that sniffing and guessing. I so approve. Do people name their children in the North, I wonder, or just get by?

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  4. Mattress ticking is the best pattern of all. Instantly soothing, IMO.

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  5. I just realized that I need pink ticking stripe in my life. I will send all covers to you, as I tend to have an anxiety attack when confronted with domestic items I should do something with.

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    1. Thank you, Jen. We would not want you to have an anxiety attack. I will willingly shoulder the burden of not doing anything with them.

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  6. Repurposing...the ultimate anarchy! vive le revolution!

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  7. What a wonderful re-purpose! Do you or pink & blue daughters have anything else electronic that would fit in the smaller bags? I seem to remember something about Scottish husband being fond of gadgets too... though perhaps he might not like the colour palette. A book-reading device or games-console or something akin might be aesthetically improved by a ticking-stripe coverlet.
    Or else,fill them with dried lavender and hang them somewhere you'll get to see them everyday.

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    1. A fine idea, Sadhbh; I like the thought of all technology being covered in ticking in the great soft furnishings versus motherboards battle.

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  8. Or fill them with dried lavender and a hamster for that cute sleeping-bag-hamster moment?

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    1. Arthur, do you write a quirky blog? Should it possibly be dequirked a little?

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  9. Covering anything with attractive fabric sounds like a great idea to me. Out with the plastic covers, in with the fabric.

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  10. I am worried for your Mac Book ... what an identity crisis, from cutting edge technology to being labelled a bedding bag!

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  11. Breaking news: the pillow case case is a perfect fit for my i pad. Not sent from my i pad.

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    1. How blessedly fortuitous, Lucille! More technology concealed!

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  12. Very clever way to use an odd but very pretty item! I'm sure your Macbook is very happy...and maybe, Pink and Blue's Lego's would be very happy being toted around in the smaller bags...just a thought!
    xo J~

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  13. I'm smiling from ear to ear...clever use of the over-packaging!

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  14. You're so clever Mise. When I die, I'd like to return to this world as a Twinnings tea caddy filled with Illy coffee beans and take pride of place on your kitchen dresser. xx

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  15. I love toast. Your MacBook surely sleeps well now, snuggled in that pouch all cocoon-like. Loving this sunshine on the first day of Spring!

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  16. Hello Mise

    What a beautiful duvet. I will not be one bit surprised if there is a blue line evenly painted on it sometime soon (blue girl might just want her logo on it)Besides "blue girl" is a much more familiar brand to "toast".
    Perhaps Scottish Husband might light to hang it from his motorcycle, it could hold marbles, golf balls and his tin whistle. Just a thought

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  17. I know that feeling Mise..all these lovely devet covers and the like have lead me on to big decisions...the latest is a steam iron ..which looks like something from 'the mother ship' to battle all those creases and make them look as lovely as the day they were purchased. I wonder if I am in trouble on this front!
    Jeanne xx

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  18. duvet...
    can't spell just thinking about lifting that steam iron! :)

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  19. You are so clever!! I love your comfy duvet cover and cases!! I do anything I can to snuggle up warmly in this winter weather!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  20. I've never seen a more lovely MacBook cover.

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  21. Hello Mise:
    Oh no, it is now official.

    We are the outcasts of the bedroom duvet cover brigade.

    We have no Toasty ticking in either pastel pink or greige.

    We shall not rest easy in our beds at night.

    We shall have no cover for our trusty PC.

    We shall be Mr and Mrs Blogland no mates......

    But, dearest Mise, what really mystifies us as we peer at the picture of your delicious pillowcase cover, is what the 'housewife' had to do with it all?!!!

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  22. What a great idea. I'll do that with my bag that came in a bag, basically providing me with two purses.

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  23. This amazing concept has not hit the Colonies yet, I can hardly wait. I want to cut up a wet suit that MOTH reckons has mysteriously 'shrunk' & make it into a cover for my iPad. I'll tell him you told me to & as always, thank you for the inspiration.
    Millie xx

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  24. How lovely! I lovely the anti-techie pink striped sleeping bag for your laptop - Toast is such a tempting shop and you have made it even more so!

    Pomona x

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  25. GORJUS - I would have bought it just for the label!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Such a cute idea! it would be a shame to let such a pretty bag go to waste. I would likely use it as a shoebag, or to stash my knickers in for travelling!
    Thanks for popping by my blog and your sweet comment on my blogiversary. And I agree about your curtain fabric dilemma - when I lived in Ireland, I was so discouraged by the styles available that just weren't "me".

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  27. It was great to hear from you. I am very envious of your Toasty stripey covers and all the packaging, my little Jack Russell would love a sleeping bag!

    Denise

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  28. I want to say "cute":D
    I want to say "kawaii":D

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  29. thats the best thing i have seen in a long time !
    serious :)
    ~laura x

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  30. Good thing putting it to use. I fear that these bags all around the globe will develop issues, being left empty and forlorn in musty linen cupboards, while their contents get to live in the real world and be admired.

    you're doing your bit for trendy packaging liberation. I commend you darl xx

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  31. I love your duvet cover, and your MacBook cover is perfect. What a great gift!

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  32. sweet pink prettiness for the pinks and blues in your household..such lovely cheerfulness abounds in your glorious part of the world.

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  33. I just love your duvet cover and I was just thinking that can I use like this cover for my duck down duvets. I just love your ideas and your Mac book cover looks elegant.
    Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

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