I had to have my CK fix or else... I don't really know what would happen. Hopefully nothing gruesome!
I'm loving these tin boxes and the new pincushion.
Oh, oh, ooooh! I gotta show you this new book from Cath. It's called "Make!". It's not like her other books. More like a "how to" book. Unfortunately, it's not yet available here in the US but thanks to HenHouse for sharing and giving me permission to use her photo below. You MUST have a look see! I know you're gonna love the book and Hen's blog. Enjoy!
Yay, it's here!!!! Have you seen the new Cath Kidston catalog? Salivating over the catalog page after page made me a tad bit peppy! I definitely want to be surrounded by cheerful colors to keep all that doldrums at bay. Drool, drool, DROOL!!!!
I've been getting e-mails from you dearest bloggy friends wondering if I'm still alive and why the heck I haven't posted anything! Ooopsy, so sorry to keep you hanging like that. I didn't mean to get you all worried about me. I should have told you I'm taking a blog break because of my day job. Anyhoo, I have a little bit of time to post so here it is.
First, I know this is waaayyy too late but I want to wish everyone a prosperous NEW YEAR!! Howzit so far? Moi? Well, don't hate me because I was lucky enough to win this wonderful bag over at Beata's last month's giveaway. Bwahahahaha!!! Just look at it! She even embellished the tissue paper with felted flowers! Gorgeous, isn't it. Thank you very much, Beata. I love it!
You should check out her blog. She's AMAZING!!! You are going to need a drool bucket. I mean it! Did you see her babushka dolls? Crocheted projects here, here (including a tutorial), and I LOOOVE what she did with plain T-shirts here. What about her wooly projects here? Oh for crying out loud, just go have a look! You will not be disappointed. Tons of eye candy! I can't wait for her Etsy shop to open. Soon I hope. Real soon. Maybe she'll sell more of her cupcake bags so you can have your very own.
Next, I've been working on this Look and Learn pinwheel quilt since December. I went to the Monday night class at the quilt shop hoping to finish it but of course that didn't happen. Everytime I go there I hardly get anything done. I end up yakking up a storm, eating too much, laughing a lot and shopping for more fabrics! It was a good break for me though. It was great to see Cheryl and the ladies. I'm hoping to attend more often but we'll see.
Totally missed Road to California quilt show. Thank goodness Sharon, Cheryl and Donna promised to take tons of pictures to share! So where are they, ladies?
By the way, did anyone know about Cath Kidston Home? Cath's US online shop that carries her past bed and bath collections at a discount. How come no one told me about this sooner? Are you keeping it to yourself because of the great discounts to be had? Ok, I'm with you on that one because that is something I would do. I know what you're thinking. Selfish little...!!!! Totally and I don't feel guilty at all. All right, calm down. I'm sharing this bit of good news so don't give me that look! Anyway, I bought these lovely embroidered pillowcases with matching duvet cover at 50% off or was it 75% off the retail price. Love it!
More than 50 PERCENT OFF on Cath Kidston bed and bath!!!! I'm serious! Do you see the pictures below? Just go over there. I know you want to! Go, go, go!!!!
Here's a sneak peek of what I'll be posting next time. I don't exactly know when but I'm hoping someday soon. Sorry about my banner. I'll take a better picture to replace it as soon as the sun comes out. Take it easy everyone!
I feel like I'm a big, fat, stinkin' liar because when I tell people I'm a Cath Kidston fan and they don't see anything CK-ish on my blog I think they think I'm lying! Really I'm a BIG FAN! I wish my place looks like this, this, this, and this! Eventually it will... I hope! Anyhoo, just a few pics of my CK stuff. Enjoy!
This is a 2-cup teapot that started my obsession! I saw pictures of it on the pages of British Country Living magazine few years ago. Of course, I had to have it! I used my x-ray vision to locate the US stockist's phone number on the magazine (you know, those fine prints are so hard to read. That is, if you're blind like me). It wasn't listed because this was before her online shop and before US was aware of CK's existence. Shabby chic was the big thing at the time. So, I had to phone UK to order and when it arrived I couldn't stop staring at it. I was hypnotized. I LOVE IT! I think it's made of crack. How can you explain why I'm drawn to this little cute thing? Just look at IT! Isn't it stinkin' cute?!!! Love, love, love it! Bed sheets, cushion covers, fabrics, plates, bowls, cup and saucer sets, trays, aprons, mittens, napkins, bags, anything CK! I'm addicted! I.WANT.MORE!
Some of you are familiar with this tote bag. I mentioned it over here. That was the first time I ever cut one of my fabrics from my CK stash. I really want to make a quilt but I haven't found the pattern I want to use. Any suggestion?
Emma's fort. NOT!!! Some of my fabric covered boxes.
This cute enamelware teapot matches my CK polka dot teacup. The exact red color and almost the same size dots. Love it!
US CK no more. Both Brentwood/Santa Monica and New York stores closed last month. BUMMER! Now I'm back to ordering from her UK online shop. :( Waaah!!!!! I'm crying because shipping is so dang expensive! Waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!
I was productive this past weekend. I started working on the Roman Holiday (MODA) quilt for the store. Remember, I talked about it here.
There was a lot of cutting. I mean A LOT!! I even started an assembly line hoping to finish the quilt. No such luck! After finishing all the star blocks, I got bored. Instead of working on the alternating blocks, I started doing something else.
I had enough fabric leftover from the tote (photo on lower right) I made a few years ago to make this cute little purse!! Fully lined with a pocket.
Last Thursday afternoon, I went to the local antique mall and found these!
Four pastel eggcups, a shabby chic-style fabric and a vintage embroidered linen table runner. The table runner had holes in the middle and a few stains. But the embroidery was in perfect condition. I decided to make a tote out of it using a Cath Kidston fabric. Matching embroidered panels on both sides. It is fully lined with pockets. I even machine embroidered my own "tag" right above the pockets. What do you think?