Saturday, March 24, 2012

a niche post for Toast bedlinen owners

I mentioned that the Toast duvet cover cover makes a fine bag for my Macbook, but that I had yet to find a use for the matching pillowcase case. Lucille, after some painstaking research, kindly confirms that the pillowcase case is just the size for an iPad, and I've also used it to store the power cord that accompanies my laptop, bringing some ticking stripe chic to the whole tedious motherboard and chip arena.


[cherrystone cushion] 

Since then, things have moved on: I've turned another pillowcase case into a rather lovely cherrystone cushion. You fill the bag with the cherry stones, sew the flap down sturdily, and voilà.

If you haven't met a cherrystone cushion, they serve the same purpose as hot water bottles, but more elegantly. Three minutes in a microwave or fifteen minutes in an oven leaves the cushion beautifully cosy for a few hours.  It's washable, throwable, looks well on the lower shelf of one's obligatory French-style bedside table, and doesn't drench inquisitive children.

Three lifestyle points to me. Trí phointe, trois points.


22 comments:

  1. But how many cherries did you eat and how long did that take?

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    1. Yes, it would have been more authentic of me to eat them. Double drat. I happened to have a small sack of cherry stones to hand.

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  2. That's also what I want to know. How did you clean those cherry pits enough to put them in the bag?

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    1. You can buy them online, Chania, ready cleaned. I realise that doesn't answer your question though.

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  3. Excellent laptop cord idea. And thank you for introducing me to the cherrystone cushion. You should write a cushion encyclopedia.

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  4. What a great idea Mise ..... we've got so many of those Toast bags throughout our family that we could start a cherrystone cushion shop. Can you use any fruit stones or even ordinary stones ? XXXX

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    1. I think other fruit stones would be too big or too spikey, Jacqueline, and few of them retain heat as the cherry stones do. I'm glad your family sleeps so exquisitely. -

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  5. You are graciousness personified. You even co ordinate your links...

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  6. mise - is there no end to your domestic goddess-ness?!
    we do a similar heat back thing down here, but due to climatic constraints, we fill ours with wheat. Not many cherry trees in this neck of the woods.

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  7. I don’t think we have Toast here...is it like Target? or more posh. ok. so you don’t eat the cherries and then put the pits in a bag...got cha.

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  8. Hello Mise

    I am saddened to think that the hot water bottle might become "toast". I do love the thought of the heated cherry stone bag and imagine it is comforting on a cold night. Wishing you a great week

    Helenxx

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  9. You are indeed a lifestyle blogger extraordinaire Mise. Fancy having a stash of cleaned cherry stones on hand for every eventuality.

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  10. Hello Mise:
    Well, we have to say that we did not get where we are in life by ditching the hot water bottle. Oh, dear us no!We have been and, no doubt, shall continue to be lifelong devotees of our 'hotties' as we fondly refer to them. No matter that we are often scalded as we merrily fill them with boiling water [not as per the manufacturer's recommendations], no matter that our feet and any other unsuspecting bare flesh has been subject to red rashes from searing heat and no matter that the hot water bottle rubber continues to emit a dead fish smell throughout its useful life. Cool Britannia was not only named so for its style, it is the land of freezing bedrooms and, no matter how much you try to persuade us, we refuse to believe that warmed cherry stones, albeit in a designer bag, will do the trick of warming our toes on a bitter winter night!!!

    We love Cherry Pie.....

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  11. Ha! I knew there had to be a solution to my leaky hospital/ institutional looking rubber hot water bottle! I love cherries; though I would probably buy the ones online that are (hopefully) already sanitized!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    The 2012 Artist Series

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  12. You're a total domestic genius!!!!

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  13. Your post had me chuckling Mise! Cherry stones? Mine is made of buckwheat and I chose an elegant material for 'display' purpose as well.
    But...I must say I still prefer the hot water bottle (in my opinion it remains warm longer) but I agree with the inquisitive children possibility...
    May you have a blessed Sunday!
    (Did you remember changing the clocks?)

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  14. I could totally see you hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. You would be poised and perfect and have little napkins made it of pillow sleep covers. I am also a fan of Toast. Especially the Winter Toast. A lovely end to a gorgoeus Galway weekend. I hope you all enjoyed the sun.

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  15. i ddon'y knoe ehsy yo dsy whoutout moveing my fingers correcgtly over the keyboard in a sober maner.
    suffice ti is to say. i'm gointg o bed now and i senjouy very much your columds.....

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  16. Wait, I have a mirrored side table - what did I miss?

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  17. I do not own a toast cover cover, but I do have a pretty flannel bag that an ironing board cover I bought from Anthropologie, that really does make ironing pleasanter, came in. Since the cover was removed from the cover it has no purpose in life. Until now- I am enthralled with this cherry stone idea, because being cosy is my favorite thing.

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  18. I make up for my lack of sewing skills by general good-naturedness:). I hope it's working.

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  19. I think I will have to buy the bed set just to get the cover...great idea Mise. Original, I like that. :)xx

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