Monday, January 5, 2009

my obnoxious carry on.

Coming home from Arizona, I was graced with what seemed similar to a third child.
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Dubbed "the white monster" by my Mother-- I had finally received the "pure white" king-size quilt that I had asked for over the phone.
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It was lovingly spring rolled tight, and tied with leftover fabric scraps.
My sister whipped me up a make shift bag from an old pillow case with extra long straps cut from some leftover thrift store yardage.
When I say extra long, they were extra long!
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So long as to be able to actually criss-cross and wear the bag like a pair of clown-like overalls and still have room for a party inside. (sadly, no picture is available!)
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It was a sight.
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But, I was determined to get aboard that flight with my quilt in hand, and make it home without a speck of dirt among it's bright whiteness.
My sister and her husband were miraculously departing from the same gate as I was and were able to help out a lot. It was so nice!
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While waddling to and fro, we kept hearing a slight ripping noise-- and would stop, only to check everything and shrug it off as our imaginations.
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Until, one whole side of the bag decided to give up the ghost and rip itself completely from it's matching counterpart. What a beast, that old white quilt. Causing a woman with small children in a busy airport such trouble!
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Stuck with a big white quilt and a homemade monstrosity unable to actually function as a bag anymore, we went to a ticket agent and asked for a plastic bag.
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What we got was even more obnoxious than the original-- at probably six feet in length, and wide enough for a small family of four to fit inside, I dumped my belongings in it and prayed that I would not run into anyone that I knew as I hoisted my gigantic clear, plastic Santa sack upon my back and waddled (with boys in tow) to our destination flight.
But, it made it home.
And, without a smidgen of dirt on it.


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I love the pattern and the way it catches the light.
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It makes my room so comfy.
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It's perfection brings all of my collections together.

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I was even inspired to set out some of my antique french school books.

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And-- see my room all:

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Thanks mom! I love it!

41 comments:

Tranquility said...

Haha - poor thing!
I can just picture it. Did no one stop to help? Sad.

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

Oh that quilt is lovely! It does your room good. Granted I never saw it before.. haha
Your room is very fresh and simple looking. Beautiful.

Gina said...

Ohh, I love it! Do you have built-ins in your room? It looks fantastic!

angi_b72 said...

LOVE IT!!!!

sandy said...

Beautiful!

tara @ kidz said...

We're remodeling a home in the spring, and I've been eye-ing bright white bedding for my room. I think you've just sealed the deal for me!

Laura said...

Oooh, I love it, and would have loved to seen you hauling it around the airport - too funny! Now keeping it white will be the trick!

Astrid said...

Did your mom make that quilt? It's truly awesome! I'm so jealous! :) Your bedroom looks fantastic- like a retreat for a Mommy.

Happy New Year!

Adawn said...

Welcome back - I love the quilt!!! Love that your back!! happy New Year!!! Amber

Shanna said...

This is SO pretty! I've had a white comforter for several years and I'm looking to find a replacement but our bed is an odd size. Would you mind sharing where your mom bought this (if you know)?? I'd love to see if they carry the size I need ;)

Thanks!

Emily said...

Shanna, actually-- she made it! It was a "special order!"

hoLLy said...

we have a white comforter too-i love crisp white! its just classic.

p.s. i'm a follower! now, you betta follow me too:)

Tamie said...

you're brave to have a totally white quilt on your bed. i had a mission companion who was nutty about white---i'm not sure that she is any more....but it sure is pretty and is a great brightener to the rest of your room

Elena said...

It's beautiful and would stay white for about .01 seconds at my house. How lucky are you to be able to have white?!

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the "L" on the wall.
Where did you find it? I've been looking for something similar everywhere!

Amy R. said...

What an adventure! I'm sure that made it all the more precious! :)

Tami said...

It's gorgeous! Love it! What a cute story, one you will remember every time you look at it!:o)

G. said...

Glad you decided to not go totally private. I enjoy reading. I was wondering...how did you figure out about the "gross" site visiting your blog? I'd love to know so I can check up on who's looking at my blog. I'm not really skilled at the tech stuff. BTW...beautiful quilt.

Cutler's said...

Love the new blog, love the quilt, and love your new camera. Can I have it?

Adrienne said...

OH SO PRETTY! I love that big L on your wall!

Katherine said...

Chello...lol That quilt is Beautimus!!

windhula said...

Welcome back! Missed your daily posts. I'm in love with white. To my husbands demise, I just about painted almost everything in house white over the holidays. Can't go wrong with white, I say! (Love that letter "L" above your bed, where did you get it?) P.S. Great shots in your previous post too. Got to get me one of those fancy cameras!

Emily said...

To the ladies that asked about the letter L above my bed:

My dad made it! Isn't it awesome?! I was in SLC two years ago and saw one similar in a botique shop for well over $85. I asked the owner of the shop if I could take a photo and she said "okay?!" and I did and sent it to my dad for a quick reproduction! It's actually made out of scrap metal used to print newspapers. I painted it white last year when I painted my bedroom wall that French Quarter Gold.

Blissful Babe said...

I want that lovely piece of furniture to the left of your bed in the photos! With the baskets and all! Is there anything, ANYTHING at all, ugly in your house? Please tell me you have something that isn't so wonderful. I could move in with you. Totally. I love the frenchy stuff!! And the quilt, of course, is so blissful!

Just say Julie said...

Looks fabulous indeed! Can't imagine the sight of y'all in the airport hauling that around.

Simply Me... said...

Okay where have I been, I think you've posted about 3 times now without me knowing I better start checking over here about every hour or so LOL... Oh miss Emily it sure is nice to have you back! your one of my favorties you know! keep them coming...

much love :)

Robyn said...

EM! How are you girly! HOw I have missed you and your blog...*gasp* you are going private...! NO! I love your blog EM! Please take me along...*pouting* I just got back my life...yes I am cancer free! Yippeeeee! See my life begins anew! I see if you do go private you want us to email. Will you do that before you go private I will mail you a fab cupcake friend! Bribbery might get me everywhere! Sorry you have had some issues not NOT fun and really gross!

Well girly Happy New Year to you and yours! I have missed you and love being back!

Lee Ann said...

What a story! So wish there were pictures.:-)

Will you share where the quilt came from? I'm on the hunt for a pure, white, king sized quilt! But I'm hoping mine will be delivered to my door. :-)

Susie said...

It's beautiful!! What a great piece!!

WishTrish said...

Twinhood confirmed. Both of my girls have pure, solid white matelasse blankets, and mine is a solid cream matelasse. I just keep typing matelasse because I like the word. Really, I don't know why matelasse isn't in everyday conversation, do you? Someday, I'll take pictures of my matelasse. After I dust...

the duchess said...

Classic. Simple. Clean. Elegant.

Kellie H said...

oh that story Emily!!! I could not keep that at my house...my doggie & 2 kiddos + white do not go together. Your mom did great work.
I love the new design!! I am glad you are still blogging.

mom said...

My GOODNESS Emily...When I heard the story about the airport I about died...All I could think of was that pure white on white fabric and what seemed like miles of binding I had just hand sewed on it!! I am SO thankful that you had help from Amanda and were able to get it home spotless! I am so glad it never even touched the airport floor!

It looks wonderful on your bed in your room...very very nice. Now don't let the boys in there!! And after it is washed and dried, it is going to look even better!! Just be sure to not over-dry it in the dryer and keep fluffing it up as it does dry to keep it from balling up into a knot.

I'm so glad you love it and happy I was able to make it for you! I am sorry it did take me an entire year though!

Dad said...

Hey Emily... the L looks good painted. For those wanting to know, it's a hollow wooden shell covered with old Prescott Courier newspaper printing plates from 1983 I think. And... the white quilt mom made looks good on the bed I made right before your wedding. Hummm... your whole house seems to have been furnished and decorated by the members of your family. How cool is that?

Brindi said...

You're back! Your room is beautiful - I could go on about the paint colors, the furnishings, but I think everyone else already did. Love it. Love the quilt. The best furnishings are the ones with stories behind them.

{leah} said...

At least they didn't make you buy a seat for it.

The quilt looks beautiful, it was definatly worth the hassle... coming from someone that didn't have to hassle with it.

Shanna said...

You LUCKY lucky girl! ;)

Anonymous said...

So glad you're back. Missed your blog and the music. Love the quilt.

Jennifer said...

Wow, it's gorgeous!! =)

Dawn said...

That should've warranted a trip to Ross for a cheap suitcase. Totally worth the $15 for that headache! Looks great though, totally worth it!

Jenni said...

I LOVE white. I have written entire posts about my love of white. Your quilt is lovely.