Some things in life should be really simple. Deciding what to make for dinner, Christmas shopping, and buying bedding should all be things that you just decide on without taking up too much time or energy. Something like buying bedding, for example, should not require an entire blog post. But alas, here we are…I’m up at midnight writing one and you’re voluntarily getting sucked into my drama.
It started a while ago when a reader sent me an e-mail. She said that she had been shopping for bedding for her kids and came across this print she thought I might like for my boy’s room.
She was wrong, I didn’t like it…I freaking LOVED it. It was the absolute perfect cowboy bedding and I loved everything about it. I loved the colors, the print, and the fact that it was fun without being overly childish. I immediately went to buy it, but then realized that they only sold in crib and twin bed sizes…I needed a twin and a full. Also, it was kinda pricey. So I decided to wait it out and buy it when I went on sale… I could buy a twin set and make a full duvet out of two twin flat sheets or something. I was going to make it work and it was going to be amazing.
Then one day when I went to check to see if it was on sale yet….and it was out of stock. Cue minor panic attack. I e-mailed the company (Zara Home Kids) to see if it was coming back, but they said it was gone forever.
Regret. Self-loathing. I continue to learn that if I love something I should just buy it instead of waiting around forever. Most people impulse buy things…I do the opposite and wait around too long. As you can tell, this is not the first time this has happened to me.
After a few days of mourning my loss I decided to pick up my shattered cowboy bedding dreams and try to find another bedding set. I wasn’t having much luck, so I started shopping for fabric. There was plenty to choose from, let me show you some of the gems I found.
There were these two prints, which were cute but felt too juvenile for my three and four-year old cowboys.
On the other side of the spectrum there were these…
I’m not even sure what to say about these…they definitely caught my attention though. Obviously they’re not possibilities for my boy’s room…. although that one on the right might look great in my room. Ha….kidding! (kidding?)
I really liked this one, but it was Christmas fabric. So close.
Then there was the regular smorgasbord of standard, boring western fabrics…
Blah….stupid Zara Home Kids and their sold out awesome bedding.
THEN I ran across this set from Cath Kidston. I had never heard of her before, but evidently she is a big deal in the UK. Also, she makes a great cowboy print fabric (and bedding sets, wallpaper, towels, curtains) all of which have been discontinued. Just my luck.
So I gave up. We didn’t even have beds for them yet anyway, so shopping for bedding was putting the cart before the horse.
They were red with tan on the reverse side. They came in the sizes I needed. They were cheap and on sale.
They were horribly boring.
I went ahead and grabbed them anyway, thinking I could dress them up somehow. I figured since the Cath Kidston cowboy fabric was so popular I could probably pick some up on e-bay or etsy and sew a stripe across the comforters or something.
I had no such luck finding fabric, but I did find a seller on etsy that sold throw pillows with the design for only $13 a piece.
Then I threw all my purchases on the beds (more like wrestled them on) and called it a day.
They look fine and my kids love having real beds and bedding. I’m still upset about that Zara and Cath Kidston bedding I missed out on….it would have looked awesome.
Also, I have to talk about the bunk beds for a second. Much to my surprise, buying those beds was the best $300 we ever spent. I really didn’t think they would make a difference in the boys sleeping habits, but they have made a huge difference. Before when they were sharing a full mattress on the floor they would take FOREVER to fall asleep. They would play and fight and be in and out all night. When they did fall asleep they tossed and turned and basically did gymnastics in their sleep. Also, they wet the bed constantly. I literally washed their sheets every day, no matter what precautions I took.
Then we bought the bunk beds.
Y’all….they fall asleep instantly. I can’t even believe it. They sleep in the same position all night and their beds always look reasonably made, with no effort on my part. And best of all…no one has wet the bed since we bought them. That is almost two months with ZERO accidents. It’s a miracle I tell you. I’m so relieved, because making those bunk beds is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (might be easier if I wasn’t pregnant), and if I had to make them everyday I’d lose it.
So tell me, what is the last thing you didn’t buy immediately and missed out on? I know you have something….I’m still kicking myself over an amazing, HUGE, mint condition card catalog that I didn’t buy at the Salvation Army… that was only $100. I took a picture of it and I left it there, like a giant dummy. I still have nightmares about that day.
(P.S – One more thing before I release you from my bedding saga. If anyone can find this Cath Kidston cowboy print in fabric, wallpaper, or bedding please send me a link! (I have found a couple of items online, but they are all in the UK and won’t ship to the United States). Or perhaps you own this print and your kids have outgrown it … I just want you to know that I’m here for you. Selling things can be a pain sometimes and I would love to make life a little easier on you.)