What can compare to the joy of having two sets of sheets for your bed, so that rather than making the poor tired hunter/gatherer wait at 11pm for the dryer to run...
because you spaced the laundry...
because you were cooking an extra batch of ground beef/cleaning windowsills/checking your blogs/rescuing a frog/reading an interesting article about the housing crisis/tuning the violin...
and the bed is naked?
If you are not like me, and you prefer and can afford this ---- you are out of my league.
However, if you are like me, you
a) like something more simple,
b) don't have the money for two sets of sheets and
c) can't find any you really like that would go, however remotely, with the thrifted comforter cover and the donated curtains.
You might say you also d) don't have room to store them, but I say, even if you don't have a vast linen closet like I do (someday I'll show you! it's not that I deserve it, it just happened that way :), you have that cute chest you got at a yard sale to put at the foot of your bed, don't you? Well!
I wish I had had the time to post this on Ann Kroeker's Make-Do carnival last week, because this was her very topic, but really, is talking about sheets not always riveting? This week then!
So, just as I thought might happen one of these decades, I found a set at T. J. Maxx for the summer (you will recall with the perfect memory of one who can't get enough of these fascinating posts, that I found flannel sheets for a steal at Target, and I'm all set for winter).
However, the original summer set was ripped.
Kaput.On one side of the bed, not saying whose side, and you would think that the odds are that you would pull the sheet out of the laundry and put it on the bed NOT the same way each time, but, apparently, no.
Now, I really liked these sheets. I had gotten them, yes, about 10 years ago on sale at Eddie Bauer. They have that Swedish vibe I always long for but seldom achieve, and I believe in buying good bedding and keeping it forever. Yet, the sheet gave out! Hmmm....
Not the top sheet and not the duvet cover, but this poor shredded thing...The Chief said to chuck it, because even if you patch it, it's so threadbare you would still get tears elsewhere.
True. But closer examination reveals that it really is only this one side, and if I can get through this season perhaps the discount gods will smile on me...because the truth is, I need two sets!!
And I think he does too, not that he doesn't just LOVE waiting for me after falling asleep four times during the game and going upstairs only to find...no sheets on the bed!
Aaaanyway, being a quilter, I have many stashes of random bits of material, including sheeting.
Here we have a Ralph Lauren sheet I got from Goodwill to back a quilt. Of course I couldn't part with the remnants, and good thing, too! or where would I be now?It helps that both fabrics are striped, but I put on a BIG patch -- and this is key -- to cover not only those tears but also the whole worn-out part.
Voila:First thing every morning, I make the bed. But I thought I'd give you a peek:
You see what a big patch it is?
Now, this is better...
The pillow cases to this set fell apart last year, so those are really old ones from an 80s set that I think will never die! And underneath, the white ones come from inside a bureau someone was throwing away and I rescued! So it's just a Make-Do jamboree right here on my bed!Speaking of style, it really is better, as I mentioned in my Frugal For Beginners post, to try to cultivate a less fussy aesthetic -- if you don't have maids and do have children and don't have money and do have to eat.
I will try to show you some books that have helped me be perfectly happy with making do.
Here's one that I found at a book sale that's not about sheets, but I think is fabulous:
(Here it is in paperback.)
Look at this: if you or I had this, we'd probably fret about how we needed to put in (and afford) granite countertops, ASAP.
But how charming -- they needed a little extension to their counter, and they just went ahead and put one on!
The whole book is full of simple, sweet cottage pictures. I love looking at it!
So let's make-do together! If I can do it, so can you!
Thanks to 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven!
And, of course, thanks, Ann!