Saturday, April 4, 2009

Brenda, The Trendsetter

Sweetheart wanted a turquoise and hot pink room a few years ago. Two years ago we painted it and I started yammering about a duvet cover.

I only finished that duvet cover a little over a year ago. I cannot believe that! It seems like much longer ago that I did that but that could be because I talked about it for a lifetime before I actually finished it.

Anyway, I knew I wanted stripes on the comforter and I could just picture it all in my head. However, I couldn't FIND what I was picturing. At least not for less than a down payment on a car. So I ended up sewing that duvet cover made out of decorator fabric from Hancock.

It's really pretty and just what I wanted.
Wouldn't it have been great if Wal-Mart had offered a bed-in-a-bag striped comforter that I could have just plucked off the shelf, pulled out of the bag and thrown on the bed?

Like, say....this one:

Thank you Wal-Mart. You are about 2 years late.

It's not the first time that has happened to me either. I decorated Sweetheart's nursery in Raggedy Ann and Andy. I sewed and scoured antique shops and internet sites and worked my tail off for that nursery. Nothing came easy. (I know...I loved it.) And then when she was about 2 or 3, Wal-Mart came out with a very cute nursery in a bag of Raggedy Ann and Andy.


But wait! There's more!

When I was pregnant with Little Bit, I dreamily looked through the Pottery Barn catalog until I couldn't stand it. Even if we were richer than kings, I couldn't spend the money they charge for some of their stuff. But I found star fabric EXACTLY like the PB catalog at Hobby Lobby and sewed curtains. And then my sister and I re-created these letters painted on canvas for the wall (MUCH cheaper than PB! Sister and I obviously need to go into business.)

And now, Wal-Mart has caught up to us:


I know, I know...I'm SUCH a trendsetter that America's largest bargain shopping chain can't keep up with me.

Not sure what to make of that, really.


  1. The difference here is that it was made with love by mom and your girls will always remember that. Hopefully they will remember , well, if not , you can always remind them of the hours you slaved over a craft table/sewing machine and all just for their happy smiling little faces !!! Good job Brenda they all look great. And... you are a trendsetter.. if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have a new blog. You are an inspiration... have you sent your resume to Walmart's designing team yet???

  2. I am super impressed, Brenda! Wal-Mart should hire you to work from home!

  3. Isn't that the way it always happens?? Seems like it :) Your rooms are beautiful and so cute! Lucky girls you have there!

  4. Personally, I'd be a little creeped out that they were spying on me. But that's just me... ;)

    2 and 5 years sounds like they have bureaucracy issues getting it from idea to production. Heh heh.

  5. You're just ahead of your time, Brenda...and maybe they read your blog. :)

  6. Ahead of your time!!

    So, what are you gonna do in the girls' room now to start a re-decorating frenzy?? Can't wait to see!

  7. Wow! You are a trendsetter, Brenda.

    And I agree with Giovanna that your girls have the added bonus of knowing their mother lovingly designed and made by hand the decorations that make their rooms so great.

    You are a creative woman, Brenda. Really good stuff.

  8. I have an award for you on my blog.


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)