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Prepare Your Table Linens For The Holiday Season

by aline on November 17, 2014

Holiday dessertsNow that Halloween’s shuffled offstage, we’re staring down that high-intensity stretch of the holiday season when your weekly planner starts filling up with big family and friend get-togethers.

As joyous as these communal celebrations can be, there’s no question it’s a stressful time—especially if you’re the one hosting. In particular, the state of your table linens may be weighing on your nerves, given all the feasting that defines Thanksgiving and the other year-end festivities.

Gadue’s Linen Services

First off, let’s acknowledge the obvious: Maintaining an immaculate tablecloth that’s nonetheless designed for heavy use with food-laden plates and brimming wineglasses can seem a cruel and unreasonable standard.

There’s hope, though. Whether you need to prep your linens for an upcoming meal or restore them afterward, trust Gadue’s to do the job with our trademark care and precision!

Table linens pose quite a challenge for cleaning. They’re often inherently delicate, and the more ornate can have a great deal of textural variety, from detailed embroidery to fancy trim. And for many, linens are expensive long-term investments—or treasured, invaluable family heirlooms. Improper cleaning can damage or outright ruin these materials, so it’s well worth it to turn to the experts.

Gadue’s has the skill and expertise to safely clean any kind of table linen. After we’ve tended to your tablecloth, it’ll look brand new—ready to impress your guests in a dinner display worthy of a glossy lifestyle magazine. Martha Stewart has nothing on you when you have Gadue’s linen service on your side!

And Speaking of Linens

Our linen service isn’t just confined to the realm of the dining table. We can also get those bed sheets of yours into hotel-worthy form! C’mon: You deserve sheets of the highest quality to support your beauty sleep, which at its best always feels deliciously luxurious.

Transforming your home linens for the better is made blissfully easy with Gadue’s linen service. We can help you get ready for those holiday gatherings—and the restorative slumber you need this time of year more than any other!

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fairy dress halloween costume

You know you can count on Gadue’s Dry Cleaning for restoring garments to good as new condition.

Did you know, though, that we can also help you lock down a Halloween costume for you or your child?

That’s right: Our dry cleaning hangers can become the (hidden) centerpiece of a stellar—and affordable—set of angel/butterfly/ladybug wings!

The Basics

Whether it’s for an adorable child or a mischievous adult, an angel or butterfly costume makes for failsafe Halloween garb, sure to elicit smiles. Such a costume, of course, needs a standout pair of contoured wings—and that’s where our wire hangers come into play.

You can find a whole slew of online how to primers on angel/butterfly wing making with hangers (see the end of the post for a compiled list). There are several variations, and you can decide which seems easiest or most fun to pursue.

Basically, though, what you’ll be doing is shaping a pair of hangers by bending them into the desired form. Then you’ll be straightening and aligning the hooks and connecting them with duct tape. Finally, you’ll be draping them in some suitable wing-cover material, such as pantyhose or cellophane.

Over at “Cathie and Steve’s Handmade Happy Hour,” they recommend employing a third hanger to pull off fairy (or butterfly) wings. Two hangers serve as the larger, broader upper wings; the third can be bent to create two small wing-loops, forming a lower set. This pattern, too, calls for straightening the hooks of all three hangers and binding them snugly together.

Cathie and Steve's Handmade Happy Hour

This “Mommy Blessings” pattern, meanwhile, uses four hangers—but it’s the same idea.

Mommy Blessings

After you fit tights, cellophane, or some other material, you may want to use a decorating kit with things like spider webs, spiders or glitter–or perhaps your own scare tactics will really bring the wings to life!

Make Gadue’s Part of Your Halloween

You know as well as we do that you can spend an awful lot of money on a fancy Halloween costume (or a chintzy one that’s nonetheless overpriced).

But you certainly don’t have to. It’s much more fun to use a few inexpensive materials to construct a costume yourself. If these angel or insect wings are meant for your child, the project is all the more enjoyable—a great excuse to let your kid’s creativity blossom with you on hand to facilitate the craftwork.

If there’s one thing we have a lot of at Gadue’s, it’s hangers. When you use our services this month, stockpile a few and you’ll have the main components of a Halloween masterpiece!

Tutorials for reference:

http://handmadehappyhour.com/2013/10/10/how-to-make-fairy-wings-with-hangers-and-tights/

http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/making-fairy-wings.html

http://adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-wings-ladybug-halloween-costume.html

http://www.sewcakemake.com/2011/10/fairy-wings.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Fairy-Wings

http://www.kidspot.com.au/kids-activities-and-games/Dress-up-costumes+25/Fairy-costume-make-your-own-fairy-wings+11498.htm

http://www.mommyblessings.com/2009/06/fairy-wings-tutorial.html

 

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4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Winter Season

September 23, 2014

Yes, there are still some precious weeks ahead of picture perfect autumn weather (hopefully)—mild temperatures, sunshine and loads of fall foliage for leaf peeping. That said, this is also the time of year to begin facing the reality of the upcoming winter. The snowy season’s demands can be intense, and you’ll want to make sure [...]

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You’ll Never Have a Problem with a Claim at Gadue’s

June 17, 2014

How is Gadue’s Dry Cleaning fundamentally different from other dry cleaners you may know? Well, for one thing, Gadue’s handles claims better than anyone else. How so? Simple: We put our relationship with our client first. Here at Gadue’s, we handle more than 10,000 garments every week. That’s a lot of pieces. And, like anyone, [...]

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Spring Cleaning—It’s A Lifesaver (Really!)

April 21, 2014

Spring’s in the air—and after our heavy-duty Vermont winter, it feels mighty good. It’s the season for spring cleaning, putting that pent up cabin fever energy to good use removing clutter after a long hibernation. Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidiness: It can be an important safety measure as well. Besides fundamentals such as ensuring [...]

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Care Labels: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

April 3, 2014

If you find the care labels on clothes confusing and inconsistent, you’re not alone. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tightly regulates those labels, mandating that they be clearly legible, written in English, affixed permanently to the garment, accessible at the point of sale, and appropriate and adequate for the material in question. In an explanation [...]

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The Ultimate Combination: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Laundry and Spot Cleaning

February 16, 2014

When we receive a garment here at Gadue’s Dry Cleaning and assess its needs, we choose one of four cleaning tracks—dry cleaning, wet cleaning, laundering, or spot cleaning—or a combination of them. At the most basic level, dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and laundering share a certain general approach: a solvent and a detergent (dry cleaning) [...]

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What, actually, IS dry cleaning?

February 10, 2014

Your average layperson probably has some idea of what “dry cleaning” is, but a clear-cut definition is hard to come by. The name itself is misleading, so perhaps it’s no surprise. Let’s break down the basics of dry cleaning—and then talk about what sets Gadue’s services apart. A Brief Introduction and History The short answer [...]

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You Pay No More For Home Delivery Than For Service At Our Stores

December 23, 2013

Why pickup and drop off your own clothes, pay for the required gasoline and fight the cold? Especially when, for no extra charge, we’ll retrieve your garments from your home and return them to you cleaned, dried, and pressed to your exact specifications. That kind of convenience is nice any time of year, but all [...]

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2,500+ Kids’ Coats Cleaned And Distributed Before Vermont Winter

October 24, 2013

Gadue’s Dry Cleaning is excited to announce again the annual Coats for Kids campaign, one of the long-running community efforts we’re proudest to be a part of. We’ve been helping supply warm clothes to children and adults in need for better than a quarter-century! And, as always, we can’t do it without your help. We [...]

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