There's nothing like collecting something that is either so hard to find or too expensive to buy. I don't remember how I stumbled upon Cath Kidston or where I first heard of her. It might have been through Country Living Magazine or a similar publication. It was love at first sight. All of those sweet colors, patterns and stuff brimming with color and shabby chic-ness. I love Rachel Ashwell's, Shabby Chic line but it lacks some of the vintage pizazz of Cath Kidstons patterns or at least to my style.
Every time Dave goes to England I beg him to go to a town 45 minutes north of where he is staying so he can hit the Cath Kidston Outlet store. I visited this store 2 1/2 years ago and I still remember the excitement of being totally surrounded by Cath Kidston fabric, bags, mugs, wall paper and more. If the dollar wasn't so lousy I would have spent nearly all my spending money there. In the end I took a few items and cherished each and every one of them.
Dave suggested to his mother and sister if they need present ideas then to shop there for Christmas for me. I couldn't wait to see if they had found something. My sister in law gave me a lovely enamel flowered broach which I adore. My MIL couldn't find anything within her budget. But I loved the broach and wear it on various winter coats to brighten up my day.
At the day after Christmas sale at Goodwill I was over the moon to find some Cath Kidston linens. In fact it made the entire trip worth while. I found a duvet cover and matching pillowcases. Cath Kidston originally designed some fabric for IKEA quite a few years ago. I think it is called Rosali pattern or something like that. I wasn't into her then but I now search for it whenever I thrift.
Goodwill had actually marked Full on the duvet cover but it was indeed a King and fit perfectly on our bed. The other side is the blue flowers that match the pillowcases. To add some amusement to the story, at the Goodwill sale my cart was absolutely heaped with clothing, a vintage suit case, books, dishes and on top sat the duvet cover. I would leave my cart at the end of the aisle (far too full to even get into the aisles now) to search through the clothing racks, and I kept a very close eye on my goods. I saw a woman walk near my cart and look at the duvet. I was ready to do a friendly pounce on the cart if need be. I kept a good watch on her but she left the cart alone and continued browsing through the sweaters on the other side of the rack from me. The most amusing part of the story, is this woman is Mary from Cherry Tomato. We later learned we had both been at the sale and tried to figure out if we had seen each other. Turned out she liked what was in my cart and of course I noticed her because she went near my Cath Kidston stash (I'm thinking I may be too territorial when it comes to thrifting). We had a good laugh together about this.
My last Cath Kidston find recently has been two hand crafted curtain thingies. They are like Roman blinds but they roll up instead of gather up as a Roman Blind would Maybe it's a Roman Roll. I picked two up at a rummage sale. They were stuck under a table and I kept liking them but kept walking away. Finally I asked how much and was told that they were $6.00 for the pair. I bought them and they fit perfectly in my kitchen. They are checkered red on one side (same as the duvet cover) and white with red polka dots on the other side. They are kind of funky to work but they look vintagely sweet in our breakfast nook. I tried to take a picture but it turned out to be a blurry mess but hopefully you can picture them. So its been a good couple of Cath Kidston months for me. With my birthday coming up in April, I hope to add even more.