Two Duvets, One Bed

August 7th, 2014

When we visited Iceland a while back, I got some of the most sound sleep I’ve had in recent memory. Instead of a top sheet and one big comforter draped over the bed, Icelandic double beds are topped with two fluffy down duvets (untucked) and no top sheet at all. I had a whole duvet to myself (with no one yanking it away in the middle of the night), and I slept like a rock. I went home thinking Iceland was just a magical place, and I would never sleep that well again. It didn’t cross my mind to change our bedding at home until the hotels in Switzerland had the same kind of bedding, and once again I slept great. If you share a bed, two untucked duvets with no top sheet is genius. Think about it…

  • no more tug-of-war over shared covers (this is huge)
  • there’s no top sheet that will untuck from the foot of the bed, creep up, and tangle around your feet
  • no worries about having the proper comforter to sheet ratio on each side of the bed
  • if you share your bed with a night farter, offensive smells will be trapped under their duvet (not yours)
  • your duvet will be left unscathed if your sleep walking spouse regularly pulls the covers off the bed and wanders around the house with them in the middle of the night
  • you can bunch up your duvet however you want, stick your feet out the bottom, whatever, and it won’t disturb your bed buddy’s slumber

So, is your mind blown?! Are you going to rush out and buy two duvets? Our queen sized bed is now topped with two twin duvets, and we love it! I only have two problems with our new and improved bedding set up. First, frequent duvet washing is kind of a pain in the butt, but we’re getting better at un-stuffing and re-stuffing them quickly. Second, I can’t figure out how to make our bed! It was so easy before, and now I’m bewildered. Here are the bed making options I’ve come up with.

1. Wad up both duvets and leave them in the middle of the bed. (Our current technique.)

two duvets one bed

2. Spread the duvets out side by side. Not much better looking than the wadding method.

two duvets one bed

3. Fold each duvet in half and lay them next to each other. This screams “dorm room” to me.

two duvets one bed

4. Drape a blanket over the “dorm room” technique. It helps a bit.

two duvets one bed

5. This is how the beds in Switzerland were made up, with each duvet folded in thirds. It’s not too shabby, but I don’t love it, and it’s annoying to have to unfold that much when you get into bed.

two duvets one bed

6. This is my favorite look—fold each duvet into thirds and top it with a tucked in blanket. Let’s face it though, I’m too lazy to do all that folding and tucking every morning. Maybe we’ll stick with the wadding method on a daily basis, and save this for special occasions.

two duvets one bed

Which is your favorite? Is there some trick to making a double duvet bed that I’m missing?

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Lion Cut

August 5th, 2014

Mabel gets so hot in the summer with her thick coat, so I did my best to shave her down and give her a lion cut. It’s a little sloppier than I intended, because she’s so darn wiggly and really hates the buzzer. Even taking these photos was a feat, because I couldn’t get her to stop racing in circles around the chicken coop! I can’t hold the wiggles against her though, considering how far she’s come since last summer. If you’ve ever wanted to try the art of cutting hair, practice on a dog. They really don’t mind if you screw it up!

lion cut

lion cut

lion cut

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New Cards & Notecard Sets!

July 30th, 2014

I just added 9 new paper treats to the shop—four greeting cards, four notecard sets, and one postcard set. I hope you like them!

I finally put my sad bear drawing to good use on this punny “missing you” card.

new wit & whistle cards!

The perfect birthday card for somebody with a dark sense of humor!

new wit & whistle cards!

I made this anniversary card for my husband this year, and I figured it probably applies to other people’s marriages too!

new wit & whistle cards!

A card to brighten someone’s day for no reason at all. Gotta love those fond childhood Polaroid memories.

new wit & whistle cards!

A set of brainy notecards.

new wit & whistle cards!

A notecard set for when you need to express large quantities of gratitude.

new wit & whistle cards!

Pretty thank you notecards to send to your grandmother.

new wit & whistle cards!

Sweet notecards for when you receive such a nice thank you note that you need to say “you’re welcome”…. or a snarky notecards to send to someone who should’ve thanked you but didn’t!

new wit & whistle cards!

A set of postcards that state the obvious!

new wit & whistle cards!

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Cookbook: Fresh & Fast Vegetarian

July 25th, 2014

Usually when I flip through a cookbook there are only a handful of recipes that seem appealing to me, but I added Fresh & Fast Vegetarian by Marie Simmons to my collection a while back, and it has gradually become my most used cookbook. Almost all the recipes sound delicious, so it’s hard to decide which I’ll make next. I’m not a vegetarian (although I could be if it weren’t for filet mignon and bacon), and Daniel is nearly 100% carnivore, but we’ve both enjoyed most of the recipes I’ve tried from this book. They’ve had plenty of flavor, fresh ingredients, and some are nice and spicy which distracts Daniel from the missing meat. A few of our favorites are Roasted Sweet Potatoes Topped with Quick Black Bean Chili, Red Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk and Toasted Cumin, and Coconut-Vegetable Curry with Cashews.

Take peek inside the book over on Amazon to see if you’d like it too, and maybe treat your taste buds to a little creativity!

Fresh & Fast Vegetarian by Marie Simmons

Fresh & Fast Vegetarian by Marie Simmons

Fresh & Fast Vegetarian by Marie Simmons

Fresh & Fast Vegetarian by Marie Simmons

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Sketchbook 7.23.14

July 23rd, 2014

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of my 5 year anniversary deal! I’ve shipped all of your orders out, and I hope you love your goodies when they arrive. You guys are the best.

Speaking of goodies, I’m going to be adding some new cards to the shop next week. Here are a few teasers from my sketchbook!

Amanda Wright's Sketchbook, Wit & Whistle

Amanda Wright's Sketchbook, Wit & Whistle

Amanda Wright's Sketchbook, Wit & Whistle

Amanda Wright's Sketchbook, Wit & Whistle

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