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If your kids love animals (and if you love beautiful design) then check out this duvet and bedding set by Dwell Studios. The bedding boasts a pattern inspired by toys of the 1960’s and colors inspired by Italian designer Gio Ponti’s interiors in Italy.

These gorgeous and modern designs from Dwell will brighten your child’s room and inspire them to creativity. This set also features 100% brushed cotton canvas which is a soft yet durable material.

One of the best things about this particular duvet set is the lovely, muted colors that they’ve made the animals in the pattern. The blues and greens are extremely easy to work into your child’s room, regardless of the pre-existing color palette in the room. And, if you’ve decided to do an animal theme in their bedroom, this might be the perfect addition to the room, and be a great starting off point to base the rest of the decor around.

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Silk screen painting can make any inexpensive set of silk, satin, or cotton sheets go from ho-hum to glam. You can use this idea to even turn flat sheets into amazing wall hangings or curtains. Turn old sheet on hand into other items, like pillow covers, for your home too. Try this a few times on scrap cloth or something you don’t mind ruining, before doing your project.

Ingredients and Tools:
• 2-foot wide or larger squeegee
• Sheets
• 2×2 boards (enough to make 2 frames)
• 3 or 4 Vice grips or wrenches
• Self-adhesive paper or foam/rubber stamps
• Spoon
• Ink or fabric paint

Directions
1. Buy a sheet pattern or sheets for the size of bed you will be using them on. If using this recipe to make curtains, buy the appropriate size for your window cut them off on the bottom 3 inches longer than needed for a curtain and sew a 1.5 inch seam by folding it over and using magic seam or a sewing machine. If using it for pillows, follow their pattern carefully.
2. Buy a large squeegee appropriate for the size of image you desire. Buy or make a frame that just fits the length of the squeegee in either direction. Make a second frame and use a couple of vice grips or locking wrenches to tighten them together in the next step.
3. Pull the material over the frame, making the exact place you want the image or design to show up inside the frame. Have a friend help you hold it while you tighten the material over the frame as tight as possible while connecting the two frames, one below and one above, while also tightening the vice grips or wrenches onto the frame to hold the material as tight as possible.
4. Measure the self-adhesive paper to the dimensions of the frame and cut it. Then draw or trace your desired design into it. Cut out the image, remembering that wherever you cut out of the image will be where the paint goes.
5. Peel off the backing and carefully and firmly stick the self-adhesive paper to the frame.
6. Use a spoon to apply the paint or ink where desired, carefully directing it to the details.
7. Pull the squeegee in one direction no more than three times to avoid making it blurry or loosening the paper.
8. Add additional colors or details using the stamps.
9. Allow the design to dry. Remove self-adhesive paper.

How to Make Scented Bed Sheets

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Scented bed sheets are a great way to brighten up a room and leave everything smelling fresh and sweet. Who wouldn’t want to crawl under covers that smelled like a garden? Learn a few simple tips to make your own scented bed sheets quick and easy.

To make a perfume to scent your bed sheets, simply pick a handful of fresh blooms and place them in cheesecloth. Place the cheesecloth over a bowl and pour in a fourth cup of filtered water. Leave overnight, then lift the cheesecloth with petals out of the bowl. What is left is lovely scented water to pour into an unscented dryer sheet. Place the dryer sheet in the dryer with bed sheets to tumble dry for a few minutes for a lovely smelling set of sheets!

An easier way to create scented bed sheets is to simply place lavender under your sheets near the foot and head of your bed where you would not feel them. The fresh flowers will help you sleep well at night and fill the room with a nice cozy scent. Also wonderful is a few drops of vanilla essential oil on a cloth under your sheets to help you feel nice and clean.

Making scented bed sheets is easy to do. All it requires is a few fresh blooms and a small bit of patience. Before long you can have sweet-smelling sheets that you will love to sleep in every single night. Nothing is more comforting than a clean smelling place to sleep, and when you have your own scented bed sheets you can have wonderful scents around you every time you lay your head down on your pillow.

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Incorporate your eco-friendly lifestyle into every aspect of your life by choosing a pillow filled with organic materials. With so many options to choose from, you will not only get a great night sleep, but you will also rest assured that you are using natural materials. With so many natural options to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect alternative to your standard synthetic materials. Following is a list of the top ten organic options.

• One of the most common choices for organic material is goose down for a light and fluffy pillow. Not only is it soft, but it is good choice for allergy sufferers.

• Although very similar to goose down, duck down is becoming a popular alternative to goose feather as duck feathers are smaller and create an even fluffier and softer pillow.

• Organic cotton filling is an obvious choice for pillow filling for those who do not need a lot of support, as cotton tends to harden and compact quicker than most alternatives.

• Hemp can be very similar to organic cotton when woven into the pillow packing. This natural material can be both firm and soft, however if hemp is not spun into the pillow, the fibers can be long and coarse and less comfortable that you may be used to.

• Using wool is another option and offers good support as the blend of curly fibers from sheep and alpaca wool is resilient and soft. This non-allergenic material is durable and will whisk away moisture, keeping your head cool and comfortable all night long.

• Another filling made from animals is a pillow filled with horsehair. Horsehair is a coarse material which will allow for a firm pillow, which will retain its shape.

• The lesser known material, Kapok is made from the silk floss tree and resembles the qualities of silk. The Kapok filling makes for a firm pillow, which will not crush easily, will form to your body and then reverts to original fluffiness.

• Buckwheat provides a very firm pillow filling. Aside from the extreme firmness, buckwheat filling is recommended for treating headaches, neck and back pain and even snoring, among other things.

• The use of millet seeds has become a popular seed option. Millet seeds are tiny seeds that fill the pillow and like buckwheat, has the ability to easy aches and pains.

• Natural latex is another excellent organic filling to use in your pillows. The material of natural latex is comparable to foam pillows. Latex filler creates a spring, bouncy pillow that will increase your comfort as it maintains its shape.

Whatever material you choose for your organically filled pillow, you know you will be taking another small step to creating a better environment.

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I compiled a list of printed designs that will energize any room. I have found that the simplest pattern can make a bold statement. These prints will awaken style and even bring back memories.

1.) I associate natural and delicate with this leafless tree print set. At first glance, the frail limbs appear real, and each are likely to break as soon as you touch the pillowcase. The standalone trees will harmonize the natural colors and wood tones of the bedroom.

2.) The boom box makes an appearance in the new millennium with this double stereo resembling handmade screen-prints of T-shirts past. The double sound system has a vintage appearance with this faded or slightly distressed print. This will bring a young sense of style to any modish area.

3.) We are living in the age where single words dominate our lives. Single word t-shirts, photos with hands holding a word and billboards telling adults what to do like “Vote”. Newlyweds will fancy rising every morning to their cursive, “just married” pillows to remind them of who they are to each other.

4) I don’t think one ever gets too old to display pink in their bedroom. Especially when the word “love” is in a super-sized, block font. This bright colored print set will make each person who went to bed angry wake up with love on their mind.

5) For the geek in each of us, let the tech inside shine, and take over the room with this unique pillow accentuating the need to read. I thought that the glasses without arms that are placed over the ears raise this strong fashion statement to true geekdom. The glass area has three white stripes I guess to accentuate the bright glare from the computer screen.

6) “I want to rock and roll all night”. I can’t rock a simple guitar tune, but I can rock n’ roll in my sleep with this smart guitar and amplifier print set. This 80s rock n’ roll art is detailed down to the cord connecting the guitar to the amplifier on the other pillow. I can hear a distant guitar note drift in the air.

7) When I first saw this stenciled cage and bird, I did a double take. The thick lines are crafted to resemble a three-dimensional cage including the hook with which to lift the bottom away from curious cats. I think this reprint blends perfectly in any sunroom, outdoor patio area, or bedroom.

8) I have seen owl jewelry, owl baby hats, and now it is time to update the trend. These simple depicted owls stand at attention waiting for the night to comfort sleepy heads. The wise pillow set updates any bedroom. I think those with an over active imagination may feel they are smothering their feathered friends, but they must be reminded that these owls hold their breath.

9) “May I have a cup of tea?” This phrase sticks in my mind when I imagine peering through the Mister and Misses glasses set that are highly popular. The Groucho Marx bushy mustache and sunglasses pillow are paired with the woman’s glasses hanging from a dainty chain. I think this matching husband and wife set can even bring a smile to the toughest cynic.

10) I first thought of “Moby Dick” with this original, illustrated printed pillow of the captain taming the whale. This print feels like they are ripped from the pages of a magical fable. This pillow with striking color reminds adults of childhood fancies, and of loved ones reading storybooks. I can see this adventure brightening a child’s or a seafarer’s bedroom.

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Wool blankets are incredibly warm, lightweight, and affordable. Wool is also a renewable resource. However, many people choose not to use wool blankets because they itch. The scratchiness of wool is determined by the thickness of each individual wool fiber. Fine wool is made of small fibers which do not cause itching. If wool has thicker fibers, then it tends to itch more. But there are things that can be done to reduce the itchiness. Because wool blankets can be especially itchy when they are brand new or have just been brought out of storage, it may be necessary to wash wool blankets several times to soften them before use. The washing and care methods make a significant difference in the feel of wool blankets.

An important decision one must make before washing a wool blanket is what type of detergent to use. There are detergents specifically designed for use on wool, or choose a gentle detergent free of enzymes, brighteners, and other additives. Another option is to use shampoo because wool is sheep’s hair.

It is very important to wash a wool blanket using a delicate cycle or to hand wash it by soaking and rinsing it. Do not twist or ring out the blanket as it may damage the wool. Always use cold water and hang dry the blanket (not in direct sunlight) since heat causes wool to shrink.

If a blanket is especially itchy, it may benefit from a conditioning treatment. Fill a tub or a washing machine with cool water and add about a cup of normal hair conditioner. Make sure to use a high quality conditioner that is not meant for special hair (such as dyed or permed hair). Allow the blanket to soak for a few hours (or even overnight), rinse well, and allow it to air dry.

Another option to reduce itchiness is to add about 2 cups of white vinegar to the rinse. This not only softens the blanket but also removes odor and strips it of soap or detergent buildup.

After a wool blanket has been washed and dried, brush it using a garment brush. This will help soften the blanket and will remove additional dirt or buildup. If the blanket has any pills, remove them at this time.

It is important to remember that wool is simply sheep’s hair, so treat it gently and lovingly like human hair. After a few proper washes, a wool blanket should soften up and be perfect to snuggle under.

cool summer bedding

On a hot summer night some people have trouble sleeping due to the extreme heat and humidity. There are several options that a person has to help with this problem. One of these options will include installing an air conditioner. Not everyone is able to do this so they need to purchase bedding that is comfortable and cool to sleep with.

Some people will decorate their bedroom with bright color during the warm summer months. Spring and summer colors are meant to make people feel like they are in a warmer climates and it helps them to relax. This helps them to sleep better. It is easier to sleep if you are not sweating. The material that the sheets are made out of should let your skin breathe easy. Everyone has their own opinion on which type is better for them.

This will help keep the body at a temperature that is comfortable. Materials that are made from natural materials are best for this. If you are planning on purchasing cotton, it will be better to get the lower thread count because they will not be as thick. There is a big price difference in all of the brands of cotton sheets.

Bamboo is great because it is naturally anti-bacterial and also helps to regulate body temperature. Bamboo is not just for flooring and furniture. This is a luxury material and is becoming more popular.

Linen is also great because it allows the body to breathe easy and feels light when it is being used. It is not a real heavy material. These also feel silky and smooth and can help a person feel like they are sleeping in luxury.

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Mattresses are one of the most important components of comfort and total effectiveness of sleep. For many, finding a mattress that is the right firmness or softness is difficult and incredibly important. When choosing a mattress based on either firmness or softness there are a few things that you need to consider. Mattress firmness can have an incredibly large impact on overall comfort, effectiveness of sleep, and long term back and joint health for users.

Mattress firmness is one of the first thing that new buyers consider when they choose their mattress and though a softer mattress may be more comfortable for some, it may also be damaging to your back, posture, joints, and other factors that affect your overall sleep experience. Though firm mattresses are not great for every user, they are far better than overly soft or plush mattresses in many respects. An overly soft mattress can help add to existing back problems and can also create new ones.

When you use a mattress that is incredibly soft or pliable your spine is not kept in alignment through the course of your night. Because the mattress that you are using is soft and pliant, users tend to sink in and loose support in the lower back, the neck, and the shoulder areas which can lead to short term aches and pains in the morning and long term joint damage. Having a mattress that offers more support is key in order to insure that your spine and other areas are adequately supported to prevent compression of nerves and vertebrae and to help support healthy joints.

All that being said, a mattress can also be too firm in many respects; in many cases, a mattress that is too firm can also cause back problems and comfort problems. If a mattress is too firm it limits the amount of movement that the user has when asleep and falling asleep and it can also cause users to sleep in positions that are awkward and uncomfortable and can lead to pain and aches the next day. A mattress that is too firm can also be incredibly uncomfortable causing the user to toss and turn all night making a deep, restful sleep next to impossible.

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All of us want the best for our kids, especially in regards to their health and well-being. An often overlooked factor that can lead to back problems is a mattress that is too firm. While the same problem can result one that is too soft, it is important to understand how to soften a mattress while balancing the necessary rigidity to optimize comfort.

If a child complains that his or her bed is too hard and their back is hurting, a simple solution is to a foam rubber mattress cover. For a simple enhancement, a less expensive cotton cover can also be purchased. To install, simple remove the fitted sheet and place the new enhancement on top of the mattress ensuring that it is lines up properly. There will be loops on each corner of the pad or cover, and these must be wrapped around the mattress as this holds the unit in place. Then, put the fitted sheet back on and the pad is ready to use!

If the bed in question is new, it is possible that it simply needs broke in. Time normally will soften a hard mattress, and the manufacturers will sometimes make the bed this way on purpose depending on the material being used. If this is the case, it is a good idea not to spend too much money on something that may not be necessary for long. A cheap foam topper can add comfort and is easy to dispose of once the bed softens naturally softens with use.

For anyone who has invested in a memory foam bed, there is a very effective way to soften it if it is too hard. Simply placing an electric blanket on the area to be used about 30 minutes before bedtime will soften the foam.

It is not necessary to buy your child new bed if the existing one is too firm. By following these simple tips, anyone can make the most out of the bed they have.

Can Mattresses Be Recycled?

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Those of us who are concerned about the environment often wonder how we can do better to protect it. We try not to waste things that we know can be recycled. There are some things that can be recycled that many of us might not know about. One such thing that can be recycled that many people aren’t aware of is a mattress.

Those of us with kids know how quickly a child can outgrow a mattress. In most cases, we simply throw the mattress out with the trash. Most people don’t seem to want to buy a used mattress. Many places that accept donations will not accept used mattresses. It’s only natural for people to assume recycling is not an option.

There are numerous places that will take our old mattresses when we know longer need them. What happens when a mattress is recycled? The mattress is striped down to its basic components. The components are then separated and resold to companies that will use them in manufacturing. The whole process of stripping a mattress down to its bare components takes around four to five minutes. The parts from a mattress can be used to make a variety of items. Everything from wood chips to clothes can be made from a recycled mattress.

So if your child has outgrown his or her mattress, recycle it. There are many facilities that will gladly pick up your mattress and recycle it. Nowadays, we are able to use search engines to quickly find anything that may be located close by – including places that recycle mattresses. It’s good to know that yet another item that we typically discard can be recycled. Just more piece of mind for those of us who care about the environment.