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Monday, August 27, 2012

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Perhaps this is abnormal, but I find that I dream much more vividly when I nap on the couch. (Granted, this doesn’t happen very often, but it’s always a nice mini vacation.) My wanderlust is most vibrant when I am asleep, taking me from location to location without any real travel hassle and I always wake up with the imprint of a pillow on my cheek and I consider it my passport stamp. It should also be noted that I am a firm believer in using the right pillow to take a nap. Every throw pillow on my couch is an inviting cushion, functional without sacrificing beauty and aesthetics. The imagination must be catered to, after all.

Emily Diehl of Au Retour creates stunning textiles and turns them into functional pillow covers, tote bags, and accessories. Diehl’s background in painting and printmaking manifests itself in gorgeous, striking graphics that are architectural and soft at the same time. The Double Chevron Pillow and Shore Drive Pillow are at a standoff right now for who is taking me on my next mental adventure. Perhaps I’ll take both for a test drive and see how far they take me.

Au Retour is giving away one Red Shore Drive Pillow Cover to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, September 3rd. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the first dream you can remember having?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 10th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Lauren G says:

    The first dream I remember having is from elementary school and I would always dream about showing up at school without my homework! I’m such a nerd!

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    Luisa says:

    Seriously?? I cant even remember what I had for dinner yesterday! 🙂

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    Sarah says:

    A nightmare about spiders!

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    Lauren says:

    I must have been 5 years old when I dreamt that I woke in the night to find Santa’s sleigh in our front yard. The light outside was a warm yellow—a contrast to the typical Christmas Eve darkness, which is what prompted me to get out of bed—and I saw an old fashioned sleigh with two reindeer tied to the front. I didn’t see Santa; I assumed he was inside delivering presents, so I jumped back into bed. It was many years later when I realized this was a dream and I hadn’t actually seen Santa’s sleigh. But even as I write this, I’m not entirely willing to dismiss what I saw as just a dream. It all felt too real.

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    Jennifer says:

    Please don’t think I’m scarred for life or had a terrible childhood, but the only dreams I remember from childhood are nightmares. I am an avid dreamer and rarely have nightmares, so maybe that’s why they stand out. The main character of the childhood nightmare that I first remember is the Gorton’s Fisherman. Kind of a scary guy int that yellow rain coat, no?

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    Emma says:

    A nightmare about a huge, pink hippo opening its enormous mouth to eat me up.
    The first time I had that nightmare was the night my sister was born and it is the first dream I can remember having. Oddly, it has popped up every year or so since then – for thirty years!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i dreamed about solving mysteries–i was really into Nancy Drew!

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    Caroline W says:

    As a kid, i LOVED Peter Pan.  The earliest dreams I remember were about being Wendy and flying around with Peter.

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    Peyton says:

    The first dream I can actually remember having is of being in my bed, and 1000 tiny angels were flying over me, illuminating, in tons of colors. Then, a larger angel, a woman, came to me. She took me to a room, which looked like winter wonderland, twas Heaven, actually. In this place, everything was silver, white, and sparkling. There was a woman, so beautiful, sitting in the middle. She wore this flowing white gown, almost like a wedding gown. She had huge wings, and she never said a word, but her presence warmed me. After that I woke up, and never saw her in my dreams again. Sad, very very sad. I still have the perfect image forever fixed into my brain.

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    Anne K says:

    I grew up in a suburb of Chicago but there was a forest preserve in my backyard, so we always had lots of deer, foxes, and other furry creatures running around. I often had a recurring dream that deer with wings would come into my yard, would beckon me and my sister, and we would take off on them and fly around. It was pretty awesome.

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    Tabetha says:

    I have really vivid dreams, so its hard to remember them all!  


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    Tiffany says:

    Oh…I love the one about angels above!! How lovely!
    Mine wasn’t so sweet, I had a dream that cartoon characters would turn evil and chase me and my brother around the house after touching a christmas decoration of my moms. I hated that decoration through my entire childhood!

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    Renee Richardson says:

    This is so embarrassing but I remember dreaming about My Little Pony. In my dream I was so excited to see them so I tried to pet them and suddenly their eyes turned red and they had sharp teeth and they were trying to eat me. I didn’t like My Little Pony for a long time after that. LOL!!!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

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    Nikki says:

    6 yrs old–a dream about a handsome prince who kisses me while I am napping, a very Sleeping Beauty dream!

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    Valerie C. says:

    I remember a dream from age 4 or 5! An old woman told me that she was me in the future and I was being given the chance to live my life over again.  I never forgot that dream!!

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    Suzi C says:

    Definitely a nightmare- 
    I was walking through a sandy desert and there was a train, somewhere, somehow… It was dark and windy and a random ‘face’ appeared in the sand- https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTi9uBa_0bwLB9nGcZn1oDy7DyLUe89jzSdlX5riY7VMsKY7mdLOw looked like this and with the same nose.. it was horrible!! I jumped down off my bunks and climbed into mums bed (we shared a room)… Immediate comfort but will never forget that face. 

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    Theresa says:

    I had a dream about a little boy and a little girl wearing robes and pointed hats with gold stars on them (she was in burgundy and he was in navy) flying on a magic carpet. There was a air of mystery and danger, but I cannot remember why. I have not ruled out the possibility that this is based off of a movie/show I once saw, but my mother cannot remember me seeing anything like that…

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    Erin says:

    Running away from a t-rex! Terrifying!

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    Madeline says:

    It was SO scary! It was a BIG monster in our house & somehow I was hiding in a wine barrel. But then my mom & dad would come to the rescue! I still remember it vividly.

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    Beverly says:

    As a child I had a reoccuring dream that involved the Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast. Every time I had this dream, it would start off with me and my dad riding bikes in the forest. A storm rolled in, and we had to seek shelter which, incidentally, was the Beast’s castle. Then suddenly the dream turned more into the Borrowers, in which my dad and I were tiny! I remember we hid in the fingers of one of the Beast’s gloves. The dream wasn’t so much scary as it was exciting, and every time I had the dream it got a little longer. To this day, I think I remember this dream more clearly than any other one.

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    Teresa E. says:

    sadly it was a nightmare.  I was being chased in my home by a strange man and my dad was reading the newspaper and wouldn’t look up to help.  Boy could that be translated!

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    Ana M says:

    It was a nightmare. Some strange guys were trying to kidnap me and my dad and some other family members were trying to save me. And all of it was in a 3 story shopping mall..Weird.

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    Amy Grace says:

    It was about being in a meadow and playing with flowers. very innocent and pretty.

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    Maire K says:

    Mine was a nightmare and that’s why I remember it so well.

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    Brittany Kotary says:

    if i had to guess, probably something about going to disney. when i was little and i couldn’t sleep, my dad would say, think happy thoughts. so i thought about going to disney!

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    Misty V says:

    i’m pretty sure the first dream i remember wasn’t a very good one; hence, it stuck with me.
    i think it had to do with eating chocolate covered bones
    {we had just dissected owl pellets in 5th grade}
    it scared me alright.

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    AmyB says:

    Wow! What a great question. I have always had very vivid dreams and my first one that made a lasting memory was from when I was in first grade. I clearly remember it. I was digging through a garbage pile in an alley and looking for my teachers’ wedding ring. I found it and brought it back to her. She rewarded me with a certificate in front of the whole class. Totally odd.

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    HNR says:

    Awesome question. The first dream that I remember was when I was around four years old. I dreamt that there was a dinosaur invasion in my house. When I ran outside my room to see all the commotion, my parents were mingling with the dinosaurs, which were tall enough to reach the second floor (we had a catwalk). At the time it was terrifying, but looking back, that’s the closest I’ve come to seeing dinosaurs!

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    Dana says:

    When I about six, I started having recurring dreams that the back stairs in my grandparent’s house had a hidden opening.   I would squeeze through (it was really tight) and on the other side would be small secret passageways and rooms.  On the other side, I had amazing adventures.  I really don’t remember much about those adventures, but I’ll never forget the sensation of barely being small enough to fit through the opening.  

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    Ellen says:

    I always remember a dream from childhood where I’m sitting in a regular desk chair in one of my classes, but I’m completely naked! 

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    Louise Verity says:

    I used to dream I was flying towards the sun. Pretty scary actually. I still get uneasy when I watch TV shows about space and the massive distances.

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    Karrie Smith says:

    The first dream I remember is when I was around 3.  I was playing in my driveway and Superman, Superwoman and 3 more flew by above my head.  I thought it was real for a loooong time 😉

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    Rebekah says:

    i have the worst memory but i do remember going to a overnight birthday party as a kid and they were watching nightmare on elm street – what so scared to fall asleep and dream/nightmare

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    Samantha says:

    One of the earliest dreams I remember was that my school was filled with water, and we had to swim to get to class!

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    echo says:

    Around 3 or 4 years old I had a vivid dream about the ocean. It was made even more vivid when I woke up but didn’t see my room. I was sideways, suspended in a tiny, dark space. I had rolled off my bed and gotten crammed in the narrow space between the bed and my brother’s crib, just hanging there in the dark, trying to figure out what was real. Young mind officially blown. 

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    Ella P. says:

    I dreamt of snakes! eeekkk!

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    Stacy says:

    A dragon chasing me up the A&W sign.

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    Jess Weipert says:

    do you remember Pocket???? well, my first dream that i recall having was of me turning into a Polly pocket and living in one of those wonderful pocket houses that Polly had. and I went under my best friends front door so that her and i could play all day! so bazaar

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    Stella says:

    Some reason as a child I was convinced the my grandfather had died by being shot by a cannon. So I used to have a recurring dream in which I had cannonball repelling vision. But if I used it one of my eyeballs would fall out!

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    I can’t remember my first dream, but one nightmare from my childhood has stayed with me even after all these years. I remember sharing a bed with my younger sister. I woke up several nights in a row trying to shake off something from my left hand and screaming for it to be taken off. I was dreaming of a black cat clawing into my arm and it just wouldn’t let go!! I don’t know what Freud would have made out of this since we didn’t have a black cat around.  My sister sure wasn’t happy with all these rude interruptions to her sleep!

    Maybe it was a premonition of trouble to come years later (oh yeah).