It’s a Sticky Situation

It’s a Sticky Situation

farmhouse-bedroom This was supposed to be an amazing post.


I’d already written it in my head on the way to Wal-Mart.

I was going to tell you all about my new duvet cover that I bought from IKEA for only $19.99 and how much I love crisp white cotton and then you were going to tell me that you loved crisp white cotton duvet covers too…..and then we’d drink our coffee together and discuss how amazing it is when the cotton is new and fresh and white and kind of pops in the air when you make the bed for the first time.


Did I mention that it was only $19.99?


The scene was set.

The camera was ready.

The duvet cover was crisp and white and perfect…..

….and then I noticed all the wrinkles.

No worries.

I laugh at wrinkles.

All I needed was a spray bottle to spray a little water….then smooth down the cotton….and the amazing post would be off and running.


So I grabbed the spray bottle full of water and lightly misted the duvet cover.

And as the droplets fell one-by-one in slow motion onto the crisp-white-never-before-been-used cotton duvet….

….I screamed.



I think they are still talking about it two counties away.

But I couldn’t help it.

The entire duvet was covered with…..



Five seconds later the twins and my mother burst into the room.

“Are you alright? Β Is everything okay?” my mother asked quickly.

I was almost in tears.

I didn’t say anything.

I couldn’t.

I just pointed.

All eyes turned toward the water bottle and the brown spots and I think I heard an audible gulp from the crowd.

“Umm….Mom…..that water bottle….” one of the twins said hesitantly….looking toward her sister for support.

“Umm….you see…..umm….the other day we were playing hotel and we brought our pancakes and syrup upstairs….and kind of accidentally….maybe….might have…..

….dipped the water bottle in maple syrup.”


I see….the whole playing-hotel-dip-the-water-bottle-in-maple-syrup game.

I can’t believe I didn’t recognize it.

I should have spotted it immediately.


Good thing there’s bleach.

Good thing the peanut gallery has moved on to playing store.

Good thing there are so many more posts to come…..and 364 more days…..

….to be amazing. πŸ™‚

. The Tower

PS Β  My incredible friend, Chris Skates, just published his second novel…..The Tower. Β It’s full of drama (a little romance) and it’s set in the time period right after Noah and his family get off the ark. Β If you want to read along with me….you can order it for Kindle…..hereΒ or paperback…

Congratulations to my favorite published author!

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  1. Kids will do the craziest things! I hope the bleach took care of theose spots!

  2. Ohh I love this. Hope you are able to get it off. Kids and animals, you never know what the day will bring.

  3. You have an uncanny knack of storytelling, Karianne! Love waking up each morning and reading your posts with my coffee. You always make me laugh :). The book looks really good too. I’m going to get both in the series for me and my going-into-highschool-daughter-but-we-don’t-talk-about-that-yet!! Maybe I should buy two copies so we could read together :). Have a great day!!

  4. Which duvet is that from Ikea? Looks so pretty(now). Your room looks so summery and fresh. And you always make me laugh!

  5. Well, you might have actually created a new trend. Coverlets that not only look good, they smell good too. πŸ˜€

    I’ve heard of breakfast in bed but this takes it to a whole new level. xxoo, Barb

  6. Good Morning Karianne!

    First, you are my hero! just for buying white with kids and pets! I so want to do my bedroom in white on white but fear takes over as soon as I give it a serious thought! And second, thanks for the morning chuckle! I am new to Thistlewood Farm but have come to not sharing my morning tea with anyone else! I hope the syrup came out!! πŸ™‚

  7. Does it make me a bad friend that I laughed and laughed…partly because I can totally see that happening to me but mainly because you a really good writer? The room looks great. Love the flowers on the mantle! Oh and thanks for the laugh!

  8. EEeeeee!!! I screamed right along with you. Oh no!!! I am hoping the magic of bleach took care of the spots and the pp of crisp white was once again back.
    Guessed I too missed the memo about the ‘playing hotel and dipping the spray bottle in the syrup’.
    Big hugs. Gee

  9. What a cute post and I love how you tell it…I also think I am going to have to make a trip to Ikea!

  10. I guess the only thing left to do is have the twins play restaurant and order pancakes in bed to go with the syrup.

  11. Sometimes I laugh out loud when I’m reading your blog and today was one of those days. Maple syrup? Who would have guessed?

  12. Well…everything else looked great! Your story reminded me how happy I am that my kids are all grown up…sounds like something they would have done! Thanks for the giggle this morning!! πŸ˜‰

  13. Oh, what a cute post! That’s why we love white, right? You can just bleach it and it comes out great! I’m proud of your girls for coming clean!!! Have a wonderful day, friend!!~~Angela

  14. Ah, we’ve played that game before in our house! πŸ™‚

  15. That is a super cute score from Ikea hope the bleach gets the syrup spots out!!!!!! Kids gotta love them.

  16. Classic. Thanks for the laugh with my morning coffee πŸ™‚

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  17. That’s so LIFE ~
    messy, unpredictable,
    laughable, wonderful
    life : )

    Happy Thursday!

    xo Suzanne

  18. At least your duvet smells delicious! That book looks interesting! Will have to check it out!

  19. Another great story to add to the memory book for your girls!!…I know it was awful when it happened…but I know when you look back on this, you will laugh instead of scream….

  20. Kids *shakes heads*
    I’ve given up on any decorative textiles living past one use on the dining table. Sometimes I feel like I’m conducting experiments trying to get certain stains out of placemats and runners!

    And THANKS for posting this! There needs to be a blooper site, Facebook page, SOMETHING, for all of these funny (in hindsight) happenings.

  21. Kelly@Naturally White :

    You so make me giggle with every post! Bleach and enjoy your new crisp duvet!! πŸ™‚

  22. Oh dear, oh my! You have tickled us all with your adorable writing! I am so sorry about your beautiful duvet-but I just know with your darling ways it will all be alright!
    Happy Hugs-

  23. As much as I detest the rat maze/IKEA, they do have some wonderful values, with or without syrup! If ever you need down pillow inserts, they have the best prices!

  24. I thought I had some head scratchers … but this one may take the cake! Or make that PANcake …

    πŸ™‚ me

  25. Awh…I feel your pain. I have raised a whole mess of messy teenagers. I could manage mine better when they were small. Now I’m down to one pretty neat 16 year old and a soon to be 7 year old. I’m hoping for much better home decor days. It was still a great post. Thanks for sharing the not so perfect moments, too.

  26. Yikes! Lucky thing those two sweet girls have you for their mom. Are most moms as calm and understanding about such things? I love how you keep it all real. I mean, really look at your pristine bedroom! We have a white duvet and pillows, and trust me, our master doesn’t even begin to offer the serene scene of yours. And we don’t even have kids! ‘-)
    Love reading Thistlewood Farm!!! ~ Sarah

  27. Love this…laughed and laughed! Now if it happened to me a little more drama. Love your style honey and I appreciate you make me take a moment to breath….gotta love life!

  28. Twins. Gotta love the mischief (NOT!). Mine are 5 and on their way to giving me many, many, MANY (more) gray hairs than I desire! I have learned to embrace what they do and thank heaven for what could have been. Example: Sharpie marker all over the banister of the stairs. What could be worse? The carpet. ** We are in a rental so THAT would have been catastrophic! At the end of the day, the warm snuggles fixes it all. πŸ™‚
    Your bedroom looks gorgeous, by the way!!

  29. Jerri C. TN :

    Of course they did…….. why wouldn’t they put maple syrup in the spray bottle?!!? Summer creativity at it’s finest!

  30. Gah! This is so familar. I’ve got sparkle nail polish (because it’s pretty) on my new quilt right now. I just had to walk away (and maybe have a glass of wine).

  31. awwww, but this is why I love WHITE…it bleaches sooo nicely…hope your spots bleached their way totally OUT.
    O, and I made your Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars…NO BAKE…and I am totally surprised that I’m not on Fox News by now….all the people at our Father’s Day barbeque raved and raved and raved about it. They asked WHERE I got that amazing recipe…I said, O…..I made it up….and never even mentioned YOUR name. They all threw rose petals and played songs on their Recorders and angle wings fluttered around me all day long.
    I am, HOWEVER, doing a post on them…TRYing to make MY photos look as amazing as YOURS…but no such luck. And…I AM mentioning your name in my post because I feel sure YOU would track me down and beat me up with your new duvet cover …and the syrup spots would hurt me.

  32. What a story and I could feel the panic I’d have over that. I would have screamed too! I hope the bleach does the trick. Keeping my fingers crossed.


  33. I think YOU should be the next published author. You tell the greatest stories! Love the girls response!

  34. The suspense….the drama…..the story line….the comic relief… was all there and I loved every minute of it…..:)))))) Thanks…..I love the quilt but the story was even better….:)

  35. Loved the story and I agree, you should be the next published author, but I don’t get the how or why of dipping the spray bottle in the maple syrup hotel thing. Maybe I need another cup of coffee, ha ha! Did they spray the maple syrup from the bottle onto the pancakes? You really have me so curious! I am sure it all came out in the wash. Take care and thanks for the smiles. ~Diane

  36. Oh yes! Hotel-dip-the-water-bottle-in-maple-syrup… I love that game πŸ™‚

  37. Bleach is the reason I buy only white sheets. Colored sheets get stained, too, and you have fewer options to get the stains out. Syrup is mostly sugar, which dissolves in water, so I don’t think you’d even need the bleach in this case.

  38. Bless you, Karianne! I feel your pain! And the duvet cover was so pretty, too! πŸ™‚ Oh well. Now it will be softer, and will smell AMAZING!

    Did I tell you I met Chris at the McNet conference? I can’t wait to read BOTH his books – I’m hoping I can find a copy of the first one eventually!

  39. You had me both gasping and laughing with this story. I always love reading your posts.
    Hope the syrup comes out.

  40. Sitting at the hair stylist processing my color and laughing out loud BUT also sympathizing with you. It’s a great story.

  41. Hope it comes out..Good that it was only 19.99

  42. I screamed in my head with you! Oh heavens…gotta love those girls and the games they come up with! Hug them tight, pull out the bleach and wash…rinse and repeat if necessary! πŸ™‚

  43. Honestly, I am so sorry this happened to you, however, it made for a very clever and entertaining story! I do hope the spots come out. I have to tell you a similar thing happened to me. A brand new $60.00 white twill ottoman cover. I was pouring my husband a glass of red wine, for some reason, right over the ottoman, and you guessed it…. wine stains everywhere!
    I screamed also! Put it in bleach right away and all the wine stains came out. I guess it happens to all of us! Thank you for the post! You have a beautiful blog.

    Flora Doora

  44. Your life does sound a bit like mine. “Lucy” moments. Except my kids are grown up. But really, don’t you think it made an even BETTER blog post with the way things turned out. I do!

  45. You are too funny and I too would have almost been in tears.

  46. I was right there hearing your scream and again with the twins spraying syrup on their pancakes! Such a fun story that you can tell over the years as they grow up! Your bedroom is so beautiful!

  47. Yikes oh no I would have screamed too! Yes good thing there is bleach :-)Ah they were just having a bit of fun <3

  48. You wanted to wash it before you used it anyway…it was really all part of your master plan from the start…right? It’ll all come out in the wash as they say πŸ˜‰ Good luck!

  49. Hope those spots come out!
    Do you know if that duvet came in a King size? Its hard to tell from your photos if you have a queen or a king size bed.
    I need a white duvet cover for our king size and $19.99 is the right price!! πŸ™‚

  50. When we bought the house, my husband moved in first and brought a long some cleaning supplies and random other things. Well one day I grabbed the Fabreze bottle and started spraying the carpet, and he stops me and says Uhm, that’s not Fabreze, that’s Holy Water.
    I’m like……what? And he goes on to tell me that his mom went to the Church, got some Holy Water, stored it in the Fabreze container since it had the spray nozzle, and gave it to him to promplty bless his new house.
    Obviously my carpets were never going to have that clean linen smell lol

  51. At least they told you the truth πŸ™‚ Funny story and I needed a good laugh!!

  52. This is so classic, Karianne…thanks for the smiles!

  53. This will someday… someday be a fun story to tell around the table. It will begin with… “Mom, remember the time…”. Believe me it will be so worth the spots!!! And you will laugh and you will be so able to see the little boy in your grown up son’s face! Now that is certainly worth more than $9.99… I’d say you really got a memory bargain!

  54. Oh, no, they DIH-UN’T…

  55. Oh I think I love those little girls……..hehe

  56. I still think it’s an amazing post and room! So dreamy with a splash red. Kids will always keep you on your toes though, right? πŸ™‚

  57. Honey this is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious post! I love that you find the humor because as you know, all too soon they’ll be living on their own and no one will be playing hotel upstairs…but all of you will remember that one day πŸ™‚
    Thank you for keeping it real my friend and the photos were just divine syrup or not! xo

  58. Your little girls would fit right in at our house! Our kiddos could wreak some serious havoc huh? And you know that “hotel” is a frequent activity around my place too! πŸ˜‰

  59. I so feel your pain. truly. bless your heart.

  60. I love that you screamed but nOT at them! This will be ANOTHER fabulous memory for you all and a story told over and over. I wish I had soemone to play hotel here, it is SO quiet. XO, Pinky

  61. Your bedroom’s sweet…now it’s just a tad bit sweeter.

    I probably wouldn’t have taken it quite so well, but my duvet matches your throw pillows…the ones in your kitchen. And if you made yours like I made mine, then we know the material was pricey. Not $19.99. So syrup and my duvet definitely do not mix…at all…ever. No food in my room, lest mommy freak out. Ha!

    Happy pancakes and summer!

  62. Your room is lovely. My sister has twins, when they were little, they were very, very busy, and never fessed up to anything. I can only imagine their little faces, all that guilt… Another great post.

  63. Oh the horrors. I think you should worry about slightly larger problems.

  64. I’m sorry about your duvet, but I love the hotel pancake water bottle in syrup game! It reminds me of the games we used to make up as kids….always some kind of role play like that.

    Your room looks so fresh and bright and restful. LOVE it.

  65. Yikes! Kids do the “darnest” things! Hot syrup; I love that! So sorry, I have my fingers crossed it will come out! You’re a great mom!

  66. Well, it was still an amazing post….all of your posts are fun to read! Hope the bleach worked.

  67. oh, i truly do feel your pain…i gave up on white…i now have brown (yuck) and dark colors and bright insane colors…my next color choice will be the color of graphite pencil lead so that when my walls become art spaces…well, you know the rest…

  68. Ack! I hope you were able to bleach it out! I definitely would have cried!

  69. LOL Love it. ( having raised 3 boys that routinely ruined things I can feel your sorrow and dismay but still, it is just too funny! πŸ™‚

  70. That room is so dreamy– even with the spots! πŸ™‚

  71. hahaha I can only imagine what I’d do if I accidentally sprayed SYRUP on something when I thought it would be water. Glad you’ll be able to fix it. πŸ˜‰

  72. I think I heard your screams from here in Columbus, Ohio.
    You poor poor mommy.
    So – did it clean up nicely?
    How much ironing was necessary.

    Hey, bring your kids up and visit. I can sleep 4 in beds and floor space in the private upstairs tv room. I live 5 minutes from the #1 zoo in the country: The Columbus Zoo – and next to it is Zoombezi Bay water park.

    And lots of neat shops. Hubs can take the kids to those two places and you and I could hit some awesome consignment/thrift/antique/junkin stores around here. Oh, and have a fabulous lunch at one of my favvie gal spots. I am only a few hours away. Do consider it. : – ) Would be a fun little road trip mini getaway.