Friday, February 20, 2009

Beautiful Comforts.....

Comfort: Satisfaction or physical well being provided by a person or thing

"Comfort was allowed to come to them rare, welcome, unsought: a gift like joy."
~Ursula K. LeGuin~

(Making progress in the Master Bedroom decor!)

This week beautiful living here at Quill Cottage consisted of beautiful comforts. The week began with Darling Daughter being sick and needing the comforts that only a mom can give when one is under the weather, soothing words and prayers as well as homemade chicken noodle soup. For Darling Daughter, holding her hand and praying for her is one of her favorite comforts.
(The new headboard arrived and has been installed. I love it!)

Midweek, on the day of my friends visit I found myself in need of their comfort. Daughter-in-love ended up in the hospital with something, thankfully, unrelated to the baby, and is home and both are doing fine now. Having my two best friends presence and the distraction of one gorgeous little grandson was a comfort for me that kept me from worry. Even under the circumstances we had a wonderful visit. There is nothing like the comfort of friendship in times of crisis.

(I found a bed skirt! I love the quilted tailored look and the slight sheen to the fabric gives it a touch of luxury. I wanted to tone down all the floral and not overwhelm Handy Hubby and make him sleep in the land of precious so I chose a solid bed skirt rather than the stripe that went with the bedding. I picked out a tone that runs throughout the pattern that also brings in a little bit of a masculine touch. This is a Waverly bed skirt purchased from Target.)

After things were settled and Gorgeous Grandson returned home I started to feel under the weather. Oh the comfort of my very own bed! Yes, it is that super sized one that Handy Hubby insisted upon, and it was a veritable cradle for me to snuggle in. Nothing ever felt so good as to lay every aching part of body upon that fluffy mattress with my head resting on down filled pillows. I was comforted by the cool sheets on my fevered skin and warm blankets pulled up to my chin when I felt chilled.(This is what it would have looked like had I chose to use the full line of bedding, a little too much for me. Bedding pattern is Garden Dreams by C & F Manufacturing Co. Maye it is just me but if you could see the watermelon stripe on the bed skirt against the quilt, I don't think it compliments it well. I purchased my pieces from Belk)

Little kindnesses came my way in the form of favorite comfort foods, creamy buttery whipped potatoes to sooth my sore throat and a favorite sore throat hot drink, jell-o. When I was little and I had a sore throat my mother would make me a cup of hot black cherry jell-o to drink and to this day it is my favorite sore throat reliever. Comforting words of , "How are you feeling?", "I hope you feel better soon.", and "I love you." were a soothing balm.

(The throw pillows are left over from my other bedding. They are a bit bight for this bedding so I intend to remove the stuffing from them and tea dye them slightly. After dying I am going to use some old needle point pieces, found at a flea market, as well as new and vintage trims to gussy them up a bit.)

I thought a lot about how I take small comforts for granted just assuming they will always be there. I have much to be thankful for. I was even able to find comfort in sickness this week as it heightened my awareness of many of the beautiful blessings in my life, those who people it and the simple creature comforts. All these comforts did come my way, unsought, most welcome, little gifts of joy.

(For back pillows I chose not to use matching pillow shams but a less expensive alternative, king sized pillow cases in a gold color to match the bed skirt. A simple trick to gussy them up is to gather the end as shown above in a pleating fashion and secure with a rubber band.)(Have handy a corded tassel tie to match your bedding.)(Knot tie over rubber band area and then remove the rubber band.)(Tie in a bow and you have a pretty and inexpensive decorative touch to add to your bedding.)

To see how others are reaching out for their beautiful life goals, visit Melissa at The Inspired Room where today she shares 5 lovely ideas for adding ambiance and cheer to your life.

Miss Sandy


Barbara H. said...

I am definitely scheduling a stop to Belk's over the next day or two! I have been looking for bed coverings with pink, blue, and green -- I can usually find two of the three together, but not all three. And we have a pattern on the carpet, so that complicates choosing a pattern for the bedding. But this is lovely. It might even be possible to make something similar -- a quilt is beyond me, but this looks simple. I'll be looking forward to seeing your gussied-up pillows.

Small comforts are such a blessing. Thanks for the reminder! Glad you're feeling better. I have never heard of drinking warm jello!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your bedding is lovely! I like the quilted bedskirt too.

Sorry to hear that you were under the weather, but it sounds like you were surrounded by comfort and love.

Have a wonderful weekend.

kathy said...

Sorry you were sick - glad you are on the mend --Hmmm would make one feel better jus tto snuggle in that delicious bed -- love it all - the headboard lovely -- looking for a daybed -- for guest room
myself -- hmm a large headboard and a twin turned sideways -- may be an idea !!- I so love this bedding -- had lots of floral matchy matchy - and ready for a change myself -- Thanks always for the inspiration - IN spiritual thoughts and _WORDS and sharing your ideas also

Susie said...

The new headboard and new bedskirt looks wonderful Sandy. I definitely like your look better than the other one pictured.

Sorry to hear you have been under the weather. I'm afraid I have joined you in that regard. My poor hubbie has been fighting bronchitis for over a month and finally went to the doctor. He also had the pink eye and a bruised ear drum.

I went to the doctor this week too and was diagnosed with an upper respiratory tract infection. I have to admit life has been pretty rough the last few weeks.

Take care of yourself and have a great weekend!

Vee said...

You have everything looking so lovely with all your tricks and tips. I think what you've done is just right and your new bed is beautiful.

I am sorry to read that you had to take to your bed because of some nasty bug that appears to have affected everyone in the family. It's good to know that your hubby chose well... (I'm sure that I could get used to a larger bed, too.)

And so good to know that your daughter-in-law is feeling well and that the baby is fine.

We really do have so much to be grateful for...

Have a restful weekend, Miss Sandy.

Lorrie said...

Your bedroom is looking just lovely - a wonderful place to be when you're tired and sick. I'm so glad you are feeling better.


Lady Farmer said...

That nasty bug just keeps recirculating! But I *ALMOST* think it would be worth it to be in that beautiful, downy nest of a bed!
Like you, Gentleman Farmer and I love to have hot jello when ill. And oddly enough, when I was feeling so aweful this last bout, I was craving creamy mashed potatoes! That was a first.
Thanks for the decorating tip with the king sized pillow case and the cording.

Teresa said...

Very nice bedroom set- you did good, and how thoughtful to think about your hubby- :}
Thanks for sharing all your ideas and great tips-
Happy Day

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

So happy that all are well again.

How lovely your decorating is. And what wonderful tips you pass on to your readers.

Thank you for everything in this entry.

Aunt Amelia
"Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
~Jane Austen

Deidra said...

My husband's mother calls me her daughter-in-love too! I can't think of anything better! So sweet.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy, I love the new headboard and bedding. Those are all my favorite colors in the bedding. I'm happy that DIL and baby are ok and I sure hope you and your daughter are feeling better. It is so refreshing to get new accessories for the bedroom and yours is just perfect!

LiLi M. said...

I had to think twice about daughter in love (yep I'm blonde and I have dyed my hair even a little more blonde.) No wonder that everybody is on the mend when you have such gorgeous beds and bedlinens.
Though I have to say that I am happy to hear that!
Have a nice weekend!

Songbirdtiff said...

Your bedroom looks like the perfect place to snuggle in at the end of the day. The new headboard is beautiful!

I like your version better than the professional one, too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

I'm reading this in bed almost ready for dream land and I'm sure glad 'cause the beautiful comfy bed made me want to snuggle in~
Sweet dreams...
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Gayle@Mountain Moma said...

I adore the roses. I think your house is a place I could come heal at. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me at my blog, I will stop by often and visit your lovely spot.

Catherine Holman said...

I love your new bedding and the headboard! Hope you're feeling better.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Your bed looks so warm and cozy! I love your clever pillow trick. I need to make one of those for my bed!

abeachcottage said...

sigh it looks so lovely

great idea with the pillow too

happy blogging!


abeachcottage said...

sigh it looks so lovely

great idea with the pillow too

happy blogging!


LilyHaven said...

Your bedroom looks lovely. The colors are so warm and inviting. And, the bedskirt looks just perfect. Great choice.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving such a sweet comment.

Your blog is wonderful. I'm a big fan.


JanMary said...

I love your new bedding, and all the additional little touches - like the gold tassels. Perfect choice for the valance sheet too.

Thanks for sharing. A beautiful room to be in if you have to be sick!

Suzy said...

The bedding is wonderful and I love the decorative pillow.
Thanks for stopping by and your kind wishes.


KathyB. said...

So lovely to realize the comforts we do have and reflect on how they ( good bedding, beautiful surroundings and the ability to appreciate them)are blessings we have in abundance! And definitely not overrated, a good night's sleep! Bless you and thank-you again for a creative moment of tranquility. And praise God your daughter-in-law is fine!

Gina said...

Aren't comfortable things so wondeful! You bed looks like the perfect place to curl up! And I love your pillow trick-it looks great!

Liz@Violet Posy said...

What beautiful bedding, just what you need when you're feeling under the weather. I hope your daughter is feeling better now.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Your new bedding ensemble is lovely and thanks for the handy pillow tip! I know about the good medicine that only a mother can supply. I always tell mine that she lowers my blood pressure just by being near. Your daughter and DIL are so fortunate to have you in their lives. Many Blessings, Kt

Hill upon Hill said...

I am glad you are recovering. Sickness can be a time of rest and restoration.

Elizabeth G. said...

Hi, Miss Sandy!

I love the pretty bed linens that you have. Pretty! I hope you are feeling better.

God bless,

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