Getting Ready For Company {My Favorite Thing}

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I love having overnight guests and never tire of getting ready for them to arrive.  My guest bedroom is simple and cheerful.

My very favorite thing to do in anticipation of their arrival is ironing the guest bed sheets!  Do you think possibly I’m a little crazy?  My two closest girlfriends tease me and say I’m just a little messed up.  They are probably right!

 

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Recently those two girlfriends and I had a lovely little trip to Estes Park, Colorado (which I’ll tell you all about next time) and my friend Luanne brought me the most amazing gift.   A set of vintage pillowcases in the most beautiful yellow ever (as well as two darling home-made potholders).

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My guest bedroom is yellow and I’m sure that is why she chose those particular pillow cases, but I’m pretty sure she had no idea how perfectly they would match.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?  There is something about vintage linens and the handwork that is just so special.

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So, last week I had company from Washington for a week – another girlfriend visit, can you even believe it?  (My husband is such a good sport!)  And so I was super excited to get the room ready for her with my new pillow cases!.

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And for me, getting the room ready includes ironing the sheets and making the bed just perfect!  There is something about freshly ironed sheets that just makes me so happy!

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I also love the Hospital Corners on a bed!  You can read a great tutorial on how to do it here.

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A couple years ago I made pillow covers for the down throw pillows on the beds and I still love them.  The blue goes perfect with the yellow.

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And the final touch to make the room company ready?  A little home-made gift!

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So tell me… am I very weird for loving to iron sheets?  Somehow I’m thinking there are probably a lot of other Farmgirls out there that do the same!

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AND FINALLY!  Announcing the winners for the crocheted dish cloths!  Since it’s been two weeks since I wrote the post, that means I’ve made a few more so instead of choosing two winners, I chose THREE!  They are:

Roseanne

Sandi

Christine 

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And still, the very best company ever are the weekly overnight visits from my grand-girls!  They each have their own bed but they always, always end up in one!

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Until our gravel roads cross again… so long!

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Dori

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  1. Sandi King says:

    Dori

    My mother and my aunt always ironed the sheets. It somehow makes them more comfortable and if they were washed and then hung on a line outside to dry and then ironed, the smell of them was heavenly, and the feel was crisp and clean when you crawled inside. Heavenly, just heavenly. I may start ironing my own now that I have been reminded of this special feeling. Thank you for bringing to mind wonderful memories.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Sandi,

      I know… what is it about ironed sheets that are so comfortable? I just haven’t been able to figure that out. I love climbing into them at night! And I do not have a clothesline yet (one of the last things to be done on our hilltop) but I grew up with one and always have had one before and you are so right. Sheets dried on the clothesline are amazing! :-)

      Hugs,

      – Dori –

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Oh, and your dish cloths are in the mail! :-)

  2. Esther says:

    I love your guest room and those pillow cases are so beautiful. Sweet picture of your grandgirls, how nice they can stay overnight every week!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Esther,

      I’m betting you iron sheets don’t you? :-) I have a feeling your guest bedrooms are extremely special. Someday, we’ll come for a visit!

      Hugs,

      – Dori –

  3. Cathy R says:

    Oh Dori, you are so very blessed with grandgirls living close by! They are beautiful! I like to iron but must confess I have never ironed sheets. What a treat for your guests! ENJOY!!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Cathy,

      I do remind myself every week how lucky I am to have my little grand-girls down the road. This week they were telling me how they want to grow up and I said, “I don’t want you to grow up fast because I love having my little girls come spend the night”. They reassured me that they would always come and spend the time with us once a week – even when they are grown up! :-) Of course I think grown up to them is when they are old enough to ride their bikes over! Ha!

      The next time you have company – iron your sheets! You’ll be hooked! :-)

      Hugs,

      – Dori –

  4. Jo Gill says:

    I love your posts. I have made two dishcloths using your pattern. I’m not an expert at crocheting, but I am pretty happy with them. Thanks.
    I love getting my guest room ready too, and like to include some fresh flowers. I don’t iron the linens though.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Jo,

      I’m SO happy to hear you’ve made some dish cloths. I find that I love every one I make better than the last. There is something so relaxing to me about sitting down and making a dishcloth. I’m contemplating some lessons this winter so that I learn to make some other things. I think I’ve learned all that I can teach myself! I’ll keep you posted!

      I love including fresh flowers in my guest bedroom too. Especially in the summer from my flower garden! :-) Try ironing sheets sometime… you’ll be hooked!

      Hugs,

      – Dori –

  5. Vicki Gammon says:

    I also love ironing sheets/pillowcases!! Actually, I enjoy ironing period. There is something peaceful about it. As I iron out the wrinkles in the fabric, sometimes I am ironing out some wrinkles in my thinking as well! :) I enjoy your writing.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Vicki,

      Honestly I have to admit that I don’t really enjoy ironing. But, somehow ironing sheets is different! :-) I love what you said about ironing out the wrinkles in your thinking. So, I’ve decided that I am going to learn to enjoy ironing and look at it as a time to take care of some wrinkles in my life that really need a good pressing! Thank you for the inspiration.

      Hugs –

      – Dori –

  6. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Dori, I grew up with my Mom ironing all of the bed linens, tablecloths, and other household items. We had one of these big irons where you sit down and mange the big roller with foot pedals in our basement. You are so right about ironed sheets just make a bed perfection!.. Alas, I did not get the enthusiastic gene for ironing sheets, but I do have a collection of vintage pillow cases and I always iron them and use them weekly on my bed. Maybe we are showing our ages?? Hehehe, my kids don’t even own an iron. Iron, what is that? And why would I ever need one? I can just hear them talking in my mind!! LOL!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Winnie!

      I remember my grandmother having one of those big irons. They were amazing! I’m going to have to ask my Mom but it seems like I remember my grandmother ironing my grand-dad’s blue jeans in that thing! :-)

      You know what? After getting these vintage pillow cases from my friend, I’m thinking of starting my own collection. I LOVE THEM.

      Hugs to you!!

      – Dori –

  7. Susan says:

    Love vintage as it reminds me of simpler times when my mother used to make such beautiful pillow cases . I used to, too. But as you age your ability to do such things wanes with time. Love embroidery on pillow cases. Love your color choices. The pillows make the bed cone alive!
    As for ironing sheets. …I used to iron sheets before polyester cane jnto my life. Now i just fold them as soon as I take the sheets out of the dryer. Or put thrm on the bed ss soon as they come out of the dryer. But I used to love sleeping in a bed with the smell of sheets thst dried out in the sunshine. Love thst smell of fresh sunshine on sheets….with the softness and coolness i feel on my feet. It used to be a comforting sense of if security, because my mother always tucked us in. Its what i miss about the sheets.
    I love that hotel feeling of sleeping in a well made bed after being on the road traveling. Loved it when friends offered us a nice cozy invite and warm bed when we visitted….hate having to go to a cold hotel room and a bed thats been skept in….and you never know how clean it is.
    Your guest will enjoy a good nights sleep, Im sure!
    I love yoyr lovely touches…,abd i think its do nice I f you to even leave a gift f I r them….im curious as to egst I t cou I d be…a nice vintage nightgown for the females? Cool. Your granddaughters are so beautiful….will bet they loved the bed sheets too! So cute! Love ghe giraffe. I have a similar one, hugs.
    Susana

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Susana,

      Yes, vintage definitely brings back those memories of simpler times! Any drying sheets in the sunshine is most definitely the best! :-)

      – Dori –

  8. Susan says:

    P.s. no your not weird, judt thoughtful and very caring and hospitable to yoyr guest….so Greek…love Greek hodpitality! Your such an encourager….its nice to know there are people in the world who know h I w to be hospitable. …and go the extra mile . Your a Queen of caring! Susana

  9. Deb Bosworth says:

    Hi Dori,
    This is such a darling post! I adore vintage pillowcases too! When I had my booth a couple of years ago in the Antique Mall I carried several sets of vintage pillow cases. Some were embroidered, others had edges adorned with delicate crochet. They sold very quickly and I gave some sets a way to visiting farmgirl friends who came to visit me in Plymouth. Before I put them in my booth, I washed and ironed them and I loved it! It felt good to take my time and think about who might have made them. I also made a beautiful pillow from three single pillow cases that came in a lot of linens that I purchased. One day, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to stay in your cheery guest room! 😉
    Hugs my friend!
    Deb ,
    Beach Farmgirl

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Deb,

      Oh how I would love to have you as a guest in my house! :-)

      My friend, Luanne, that gave me the pillow cases also collects vintage tablecloths and when she was talking about the many, many ones that she has (like so many you can’t imagine!) I actually thought of you because I remembered reading your blog post on making pillows from vintage tablecloths! But I’m going to go back and read it again. And I love your idea of making a single pillow cover using multiple pillow cases. I’m going to read that and ponder my next project! :-)

      Hugs back,

      – Dori –

  10. Krista says:

    Your guest bedroom is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with your rug. I must admit that I fall into the category of younger people that hardly iron anything unless it’s absolutely necessary!! So I have never ironed sheets before. But, the way you girls explain how wonderful the sheets feel once they have been line dried and ironed sounds so inviting. I may just have to give this sheet ironing a shot. And in no way do I feel that you are crazy for doing it. Keep up your passion, its inspiring!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Krista,

      Okay, you absolutely MUST iron some sheets and let me know what you think!!!! The sheets I have are 100% cotton and they come out super wrinkled from the dryer (although from the clothesline they lose some of those wrinkles so that helps). So it makes it really rewarding to iron them. But, honestly I do feel that cotton sheets have a much softer feel than the polyester/cotton blend that is so popular today. Just my opinion maybe? Anyway, please try it and let me know! :-) But beware… you’ll be hooked!

      Hugs,

      – Dori –

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Krista,

      One more thing. That rug is from Target. I got it on sale and it was very inexpensive. It doesn’t exactly suit the old fashioned look of the bedroom, but it works for now! If I could, I’d give it to you and that would give me an excuse to look for something else! :-)

  11. Deb Bosworth says:

    One more just for fun! Pillow from a pretty vintage table cloth
    http://deborahjeansdandelionhouse.blogspot.com/2013/02/vintage-inspired-pillows.html

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Okay, so I went back and re-read this post and I love it all over again. I’ve got several vintage tablecloths but the problem is? I LOVE THEM on my dining room table, so I’m not going to cut into them. BUT, I’m going to be on the look-out! :-)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Deb, these are SO pretty. I just love them. What a great idea.

  12. Marilyn Collins says:

    Your granddaughters are adorable and beautiful. They look so cute and contented snuggled in bed together.
    Marilyn

  13. Nicole Christensen says:

    Hi Dori,

    I love your guest room! I especially love your white and yellow. Vintage linens are a favorite of mine, too. I have a guest room that is decorated “vintage”, and I have two special pillowcases that a farmgirl (who is my ol’fashioned pen pal)hand embroidered for me.

    My guest room is always ready for company, but like you, when I know someone is coming, I iron the sheets so they are crisp! I don’t always iron my family’s sheets every week because of time, except for the pillowcases, so I’m with ya on ironed sheets!

    Lovely post…can I come stay in that guest room? It looks so inviting!

    Farmgirl Hugs,
    Nicole
    (Suburban Farmgirl)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Nicole,

      I’m ready for you to come any day! :-) Bring your darling farmgirl daughter too!

      Hugs back,

      – Dori –

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