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DIY Twin Duvet Cover

Our three -year-old is now an old pro at sleeping in a “big bed”. When we first transitioned him out of the crib, I realized that he was used to only sleeping with his blankie. Even the pillow at the head of the bed was new for him. So, I slapped a fitted sheet on his bed and called it good.

Lately, though, I’ve been feeling like he might be ready for covers. The blankie barely covers his legs and he is *better* about staying covered while he actually sleeps. I have a twin down comforter that I saved from when the twin bed was mine in college, so the only real question was how to cover it. (Notice the pun reference?)

I headed to Goodwill with my mom one day in search of some inspiration. We decided against blue and gray (that I was thinking of doing) since it could clash with armoire if it wasn’t just the right shade. There wasn’t a great selection, but my mom found this cute patterned sheet at the last minute:

IMG_0676We paired those subtle green circles interspersed in the pattern with a vibrant solid green sheet. We liked it because it was fun, coordinated well with the colors in the room, and wasn’t too babyish. (since he is three afterall!)

After throwing them in the wash, I simply put the “right” sides together and sewed across one side and the bottom. As it turned out, the sheets weren’t exactly the same size, so I laid it out and pinned the opposite side with both sheets flattened out:


After sewing that side, I cut off the excess and sewed it once more (in case the green sheet frayed at all).

Then, I flipped the whole thing inside out and stuffed it with the duvet. I really wanted this thing to stay put (as sometimes the comforter can move around inside the cover), so I opted to tie a few knots with embroidery thread to secure the whole thing.

IMG_0670As for the top, I folded the green side over and did a wide hand stitch with embroidery thread. I’ll have to take all that apart whenever I wash it, but it made for a nice temporary fix, anyway.


For a simple afternoon project, I’m pleased!



Unfortunately for me (since I make bed), Liam informed me that he’s not ready to get rid of his side rail just yet. 🙂



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Surprise Graduation Party

That’s right, I said it. GRADUATION!

I wanted to make a post to document this joyous occasion! I can happily say that after six years of marriage (all of which my husband’s been in school), with the last three in graduate school (while working full time), we are DONE with school in the Durham household! For a while, at least;)

It’s been very challenging to juggle all that’s been on our plate at times, and the hubs divided his time so many ways without so much as a complaint. I really admire him and am so proud of ALL that he has accomplished.

He has received his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is planning to start seeing clients as early as next month. As I’ve alluded before, we’re believers in good counseling. We’ve had rich and lasting changes from going through it, both individually and as a couple. So, if you know someone looking for a therapist, keep Jonathan Durham, MMFT in mind 🙂 (shameless plug) He is truly insightful and caring, though, and able to listen without judgement. I know he’ll be a fantastic counselor.

Anyway, with the help of some amazing family and all the wonderful friends who kept the secret, we threw a heck of a surprise party for him!

DSCN0678We got him good. He was surprised, to say the least!

DSCN0680I was overwhelmed at the amount of friends and family who came out to bless us! We had around 50 people in all. We transformed our carport into a party space, and I was incredibly thankful that it didn’t rain on us (though it was forecasted to). In the end, the humidity was my only real complaint, which is to be expected for an outdoor party in Tennessee’s August.

DSCN0691I went with a menu of wine and cheese in honor of my French-loving husband.




DSCN0670“Wine and Cheese” the kid version 🙂

DSCN0676Liam (at 2 1/2 years) loving all the hustle and bustle

DSCN0692Ellis girl (at almost 4 months) was dressed to impress

DSCN0675And, finally, our best attempt at a family shot

DSCN0704Thanks, again, to all of you who helped to make this happen! We had such a marvelous time with you all!







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