Blooming sheets!

My mother buys odd sheets. She buys them one at a time at TJ Maxx, mostly, and she loves big patterns. She buys them with giant flowers and geometric designs in bright colors, dusky pinks and deep purples.

Even if you don’t like flowers, you have to admit they are vibrant!

She buys solid sheets to go with the ones with the bold designs. She has an amazing eye – when she is out shopping she can look at a sheet in the store and know that it will match one or more of the sheets she has at home. And you know what? She is mostly right. She buys the pillow cases separately as well, and still she chooses well. She buys great quality sheets, 300 or 400 thread.

Why, you are wondering, do I even care? I’ll tell you. When my mom gets tired of her sheets, her lovely, colorful sheets, she hands them down to me! They are fabulous sheets, all of them. They are smooth and comfortable and what’s more, they remind me of my mom. Really they are great sheets, and of a quality that I don’t think I can afford myself.

Here’s the thing, though. I am not great at matching. Even if I am wearing the thing I am trying to match. So sometimes, when I am putting sheets on my bed (usually just before I go to bed, tired and cranky, with my contacts already out) I am pulling out sheets and pillow cases and I have NO IDEA which sheet goes with which sheet. Last night I chose a lovely dusky pink flat sheet to go with my flamboyantly flowery sheet, but then could not, for the life of me, pick out pillow cases that matched. After 10 minutes, I gave up. Luckily, once the lights were off I didn’t even notice.


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