Sunday, February 15, 2009

How to Impress Your Overnight Guests




Ladies, are you like me?!?
I truly love to have friends and family come and stay with me, but the pressure I put on myself to have the house perfectly clean, beautifully decorated and delicious meals served one after the other... well....... I'm not gonna lie..... it FREAKS me out!
So I have a little trick to show you...
I figure if you distract them a little and the first thing they see when they walk into the guest bedroom puts a smile on their face, maybe they'll overlook the floor boards that weren't dusted....
So most of you are familiar with Tablescaping... stick with me here...this is Bedscaping...
This little guy will greet your guest and they will be so "tickled" with him, that they might not even want to bathe, for fear of having to tear him apart!
So, I will take you through the steps of creating your own little distraction...



All that is required is one bath towel and one hand towel:







First, take the bath towel and fold it in half width wise.





Then take the two edges and roll them each until they meet in the center:





Take the towel, not disturbing the rolled edges that you just made and fold it in half.







Stand up the towel with all four rolled edges on the bed.






Next you take the hand towel.... crease it with your hands so you can see where the center is.






Start rolling the towel from the top center on each side until they meet in the middle...







Flip it over to the back carefully ....




Fold down the straight edge about 2 to 3 inches....




Separate the ears carefully and roll up the trunk and gently place it on the legs/body.





Then, find some sunglasses and make the coolest little fellow to greet you guest on top of their bed!








TAH-DAH !!!!! There you have it!



Okay, so I might have exagerated a little....maybe it won't solve all of your entertaining dilemmas, but at least you will have a skill that will get you hired on a cruise ship!


Now take yourself over to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch to look at more transformations!

58 comments:

mishebe said...

How adorable and funny. mishelle

Happy To Be said...

Too Cute Rose seen they on cruise ships and just loved them...now I wonder if I put one in the kitchen guest's won't notice my cooking ha ha!! thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ellen b said...

Chuckle, chuckle, hey whatever it takes. I love the towel art lesson!! It's a fabulous way to lighten up...

Momovthree said...

Cute idea! I like your idea of distracting them. lol I have guests coming the next two weekends, I might have to try that since I haven't gotten around to dusting either. :)
~Michelle

Stacey said...

Brilliant! I love your idea of distracting guests from the dust bunnies. Truly, that's making a first impression - in the guest room. :)

prof en retraite said...

Oh Rose...I love this! Can I make a herd of them so no one will notice the rest of my house??? ...
Debbie

Lana G! said...

Okay! How stinking adorable is that!! Love it. Such a simple little treat for the guest room!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

LOL This is soo cute and brings back great memories of the little guys that greeted us every night on our last cruise. Great how-to.

xinex said...

So cool! I bought a book from the cruise ship and attended a lesson there too but I can never remember how to do it. You made it look so easy. Thanks!...Christine

Linda said...

That's adorable! Did you think of that yourself? Linda

Cottage Rose said...

OH that is just too adorable for words.... I am going to make me one....

Thanks for showing us

Hugs;
Alaura

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is so cute! Thanks so for the instructions!

imjacobsmom said...

Cool, I always wanted to know how to do those! Thanks. ~ Robyn

Lynn said...

How cute is that!!! I loved the step by step, I'm am a visual person... We must be so much alike I drive everyone crazy when we have company coming with my cleaning and cooking. I guess we could have worse habbits... LOL

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Very Cute! They do those on the cruises. It was fun each day to come back to our cabin to see what towel animal they made us.

Cass said...

Hahaha! I love it! I am going to have to try that; we have frequent house guests, and this sure beats the mint on the pillow!

Thanks!

Cass

Shelia said...

Oh, Rose, this is so cute! I'm sure you'd be hired to make the towel animals on Royal Carribean!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

Cute! I am going to go grab a couple towels and give it a try!

LaurenFaythe said...

Oh, that is so cute! How whimsical!

pcb said...

I love this! I had no idea where you were going with it until the end.

Thanks for your nice comments on my post...most of my blog for the last month has been about this process!

nikkicrumpet said...

I have to try this! I have a old friend I haven't seen in 12 years coming to visit for a week. I know she'd get a kick out of this...and I know I won't get the baseboards dusted lol. Thanks for sharing!

Tomarie said...

Too cute! I'm trying this for sure in my upstairs guestroom...maybe they won't look at the dusty blinds?! :-) L~

Susan said...

I love that idea! I'll use it when my in-laws come visit for a month!

janet said...

thank you for stopping by my first attempt at Met Monday, my lack of knowledge shines through but i will get it right yet...lol Oh my gosh this is the sweetest, really enjoyed reading the instructions right up to the final result.
thanks for sharing
hugs
janet

Lisa (aka) French said...

This is adorable will have to try it;) Thanks!! French

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So cute Rose! I want to just go make one for myself! Thanks for sharing those instructions. You are a woman of many talents. laurie

Diane said...

Oh! This is too cute for words! Ditto Debbie's comment, I need a herd of them for my house! Thanks for the instructions, now I need to go practice! ♥

Kim said...

That is a great idea. I always wondered how they did that. Anything to distract from my awful guest room decorating will be of help to me.

Bo said...

Hi Rose...Thanks so much for making this look so easy...What a fun thing to do! ;-) BO

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Ohhh Rose, how wonderful is that???? I can completly relate about putting pressure on myself when I have guests coming. I also often wondered when we were on vacation how the lovely housekeepers created little animals out of towls and washcloths. I will certainly give this a try. Thank you so much for the tutorial.
Have a wonderful Monday,
Tam

Kathysue said...

Rose,this is too cute for words. I think I might have to try this.I know I would be totally impressed if that were on my bed.Thank you for your kind comments on Debbies blog about my pantry, I really appreciate your thoughtful words. kathysue

squawmama said...

Wow Rose this was so much fun... I hope I can make one as cute as you did... My Grandsons would love them... Have a great day

(((HUGS)))
Donna

ann said...

What a cute trick and I WILL USE IT...ANN

Penny said...

To cute!
No need to freak out, I am positive your guests enjoy every visit!

Jill said...

That is so cool! I have seen these done when we stay at Disney resorts they make them and them on your pillow! This is my first elephant! I love it!

xashee's corner said...

This is AWESOME!! Thank you so much for sharing this little FUN!! going to check out the other site too! :) Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

That is the cutest thing ever!
:-) I have to try it! Susan

Fifi Flowers said...

Amazing what you can do with a few folded towels... CUTE!

tardevil said...

You never cease to amaze me with your skills/tricks! :O)

Kim Chalfant said...

I love it!!! I've always wanted to work on a cruise ship. Now I can pretend I do. I dream come true. lol. Thanks!!!

Chari said...

Hi Rose...

Girl, I just love it when you stop by...thanks for all of your sweet, sweet comments!!!

Well my friend, I absolutely adore this little fellow that you made for your guests...and I'm positive that they'll be impressed!!!

That was a great tutorial...the instructions, step by step, were so clear that I think I can even make one...hehe!!! I'm definitely going to try!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us...he's adorable!!! Your so creative and talented, Rose!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Oh I love this!!!! Thanks for showing us step by step how to make this adorable little elephant. As far as freaking out - well it seems that the last two-hours before my guests arrive, I used to feel a little panic - have I thought of everything? Did I forget something important? Finally, I just said "forget about it". It doesn't have to be perfect to be a beautiful gesture of hospitality. So I gave up trying to make it perfect and the panic seemed to subside. Whew! Was I glad to let that go! LOL! Have a great day! :-)

prairiedog said...

That is just the cutest idea,my grand daughter love it! I am going to give that a try.So true what you said about having guests,I'm the same way.Thanks for checking out our transformation today.I'm glad I found your blog.
Cyndi

Linda said...

Awww cute, now how do I distract them from all the things I have thrown into the guest room and need to get out of there? LOL
Big big towels I guess.
Linda Q

kiakai / Kelly said...

My grand babies are going to get the biggest kick out of this! So cute!
Kelly

kahlanne said...

How cute is that! I know I would be distracted by its cuteness. DD will love it!

~♥~ Monica S said...

THAT might be the COOLEST thing I have ever seen!! Thanks for sharing! :-) HOW fun!

Monica

tardevil said...

In response to your note over on my blog, that RMS commenter was a decorating dummyhead! :O)

tardevil said...

P.S. Can you do bunnies too? I'd love a tutorial on that!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

He is adorable~!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

This is adorable! Thanks for the directions! Now I know I can find employment. LOL

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

That is SO COOL, Rose!!!!!!! Where did you learn how to do that???

Justine :o )

Helen said...

Totally adorable! Now I have to work the arthritis kinks out of my fingers to do a good job with the rolling part ........ the step by step directions are so clear ... thanks!

Soxy Deb said...

I love that! And is it distracts my guests from the fact that the bedroom their staying in has a broken window - I'm all for it!!!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Hey woman,,,,you live somewhere near me. I'm coming over to your house :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Tammy said...

We recently went on a family cruise and my DD21 was just enamored with the towel animals. Won't she love when she comes home in a couple of weeks and she finds one here on the guest bed? :o) Thanks for the instructions!

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

Anonymous said...

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