Thursday, 13 September 2007

Happier Days

Today we are going to be happy.I got some advice about washing the eiderdown that I bought about 2 years ago. It was always a bit "mucky" and I wasn't sure whether it would wash. Thanks to the advice from jessica daisy I washed it at 30 degrees and tumble dried it and then gave it a very good shake and it looks about 10 shades lighter. Thanks Jess it has a new lease of life. This is its close up and below is the whole thing. This is for all of you that love eiderdowns!!!



Sarah bought the October edition of Country Homes and Interiors and low and behold the dinning table, chairs and dresser that we have ordered are featured on the front cover. Hope they look as good in our room when they arrive. We are off tomorrow to order a new fire for this room. We have seen some cast iron vintage ones which I love but I want to be sure as they are so expensive and don't want to make a mistake.


On a different note I enrolled for a day school course for 10 weeks to do some basic craft things. I am really looking foward to it and all the others there were so enthusiastic I'm sure it will be fun.

Meanwhile I'll leave you with the 2 boys Dougal and Hamish keeping each other company!! Many thanks to all of you for your good wishes following Lucy's death.

29 comments:

Mary said...

Those names, Dougal and Hamish, made me giggle...

In ten weeks at a craft class, you should be able to post pictures of everything you learn! I can't wait!

Sandi McBride said...

The Eiderdown comforter is so gorgeous!!! Dougal and Hamish...I just love it but it's the Douglas blood that makes the names seem so noble and befitting the two lovely cats that are lucky enough to carry them! Glad you are getting back to old form! Did you listen to Terry this morning, isn't the boyo something?

Grace @ Rose Cottage Lane said...

If you get tired of washing that pretty eiderdown I'd be happy to take over duties for you! LOL

Angel Jem said...

The eiderdown looks lovely! And, do please keep us informed about what you make, won't you?

Mary said...

Hi Mary -- thanks for visiting my new blog, and for your warm welcome. That is a beautiful eiderdown!!! And Dougal and Hamish? Love those names!

I look forward to visitng again soon.
Mary

sally's chateau said...

Oh no I left all my lovely eiderdowns in the UK, there was only so much I could bring across !! yours looks divine

Kat-in-a-flap. said...

I've just been raving about the same magazine on my blog,I love your eiderdown and I will save those washing tips .
Dougal and Hamish seem to be comforting one another,
Kat xx

jessica daisy said...

Hi Mary, thank you for putting up the plum cake recipe, I'll have a go at it next week.
Glad to see that the eiderdown turned out lovely, I've got a new one arriving from ebay next week, I one it for only £35!
I'm sorry to hear about poor Lucy, hopeful she's in a better place, and feeling more comfortable.
I hope you have fun doing you new course, you'll have to show and tell what you get up to.
Have a lovely weekend,
Jessx

Annie's Abode said...

Oh Mary you have made my day with the comments on my blog - thank you so much.

I am so sad to hear about Lucy - you must be feeling so low. Dougal and Hamish are lovely - I love their names.

I also love your eiderdown - how pretty!

Let us know how you get on with your craft course - I have applied to join a sewing group which startd in October. My aim is to start a quilt and I think a group setting will keep me focused as well providing some lovely company.

Thank you again Mary - have a lovely weekend.

Love Ax

Jorja's Nanna said...

That's a very pretty eiderdown Mary.
So glad you enrolled for the craft classes. Can't wait to see what you are going to make. Did you just enrol or did you have a class yet?
Jenny

thehomelyyear said...

Hi Mary,
Dougal and Hamish look really relaxed, but so sorry to hear about Lucy, so sad.
Your eiderdown is lovely. I've often looked at them, but always been worried about being able to wash them. Now I'll buy the next nice one I see. Noreen did buy one a couple of weeks ago for next to nothing and that has washed beautifully too.
Have a great weekend,
Margaret and Noreen at THY

Mia said...

I was so sad to read about Lucy. But I am glad you have two lovely boys, Dougal and Hamish, to cheer you up. And you eiderdown looks just lovely. How lucky for you that it washed so well. I am also looking forward to photos of you lovely new diningroom furniture.

Papoosue said...

My name is Susan and I am an eiderdown lover! I'm glad it washed so well Mary, bet you had your fingers crossed!

I haven't forgotten your prize by the way, I'm just not very organised. Blame Sarah, she lurgiefied me - lol xx

jules said...

such a pretty eiderdown, well done you for enrolling in craft classes, hopefully you will be able to show us some of your wares when you are an expert

Merisi said...

So good you can take your eiderdown through the wash! I have been doing so for years and dry them in the dryer together with some clean tennisballs, which give the downs a workout and a lot of fluff.
Here in Austria it's so easy to get beautiful duvet covers, which I find very useful, and making your bed is easy with a shake of the whole thing, without having to run around the bed adjusting the flat sheet. ;-)

corry said...

Hoi Mary, I love your eiderdown, real cozy! Those two kittens, Dougal and Hamish look so cute!

buttercup&roses said...

Ohh your so brave washing your eiderdown, I always take mine to my mums for her to wash for me so she can take full responsibilty when they go clumpy!!!

Just read about your poor lucy, Im so sorry sweetie, I know how hard it can be to lose one of your babies...

Thankyou for asking about my kittens, they are getting very big, very naughty and very good at hiding in places they shouldn't! I will post some for you to see.

Jennifer x

Cathy said...

Dougal and Hamish look so cosy together - such great names too. the eiderdown is so pretty - glad it came up so well after a wash. Hope the course goes well.

Kari said...

The eiderdown looks fantastic and the cats are adorable. I'm still so bummed about Lucy, though. The poor thing. And poor you guys for having to say good-bye to her. I must be going soft in my old age. I mean, I've always FELT awful about losing pets, but NOW I'm actually SAYING I feel bad. (Too many years spent trying to be the "tough" one I guess). I just think of Lucy being ill and I feel so sad. The good thing is that she's not suffering now, is she? Oh, I'd better stop before you send a note to my aunt to have me certified as too soft and way too crazy! lol

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Love the eiderdown Mary!! Just to say I haven't heard from kat yet, have you?xx

fredsworld said...

hi Mary, next time put it in a single duvet and tie it, because some older ones split, fill the pump with feathers, the water will not drain, major problems! how do i know this, i washed one that split!!!!!!

Kat-in-a-flap. said...

Dearest Mary,
Thankyou for your kindness,I had an awful day yesterday ,words were said that will take a long time for me to forget.
I'll be ok,I think as I get older things just run deeper.
Hope you are feeling better too.
Kat xxx

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Hi Mary, visited you today to discover your sad news about Lucy, I'm so sorry, she looked a sweet cat.The craft classes are a great distraction. Let us know how you get on, Best Wishes from Annie x

Ragged Roses said...

Your two boys look very happy! It's amazing how fresh eiderdowns can look after a wash, but it's always so scary when you wash them! Hope you enjoy your course and thanks for the birthday wishes
Kim x

Sandi McBride said...

Hi Mary, hope you will come pick up your award at my place...and get to blogging!!!

cd&m said...

That eiderdown is gorgeous

Country Cottage Chic said...

Your eiderdown looks absolutely gorgeous - I'm on a mission now to find one myself!

Sandi McBride said...

Mary, thought you would like to know, the little grey kitten we began calling Precious, got a home today. She was adopted by a young nurse, Hope Haithcock, who lost her own dear cat to old age the last week in August. She said the greatest tribute she could think of for Baby (her cat) was to bring in another and give it the love it deserved. I'm missing little Precious, but she (as we found out she was)is going to a fantastic home. I've known Hope since she was a child, so there are no worries!

Pigtown-Design said...

Great suggestions on washing the eiderdown. I just bought an old one and am trying to get up the nerve to wash it. I will have to remember about the tennis balls, or tennis shoes.