Thursday, February 4, 2010

the Cath Kidston spell

I am a woman of constant sorrow; I've seen trouble all my days. Cath Kidston no longer stocks the suitcase I'd like to own. It seems to be available in Japan, but I speak no Japanese and am reluctant to dignify my whim with currency conversion.

The latest Kidston catalogue appeared through my door recently, and it wasn't called a catalogue at all, but rather a magazine, so I lowered my defences and read it, and ended up buying some pretty things so that our household may take part in outdoor music festivals and 'Best Dressed in the Air-Raid Shelter' competitions.


[Images: Cath Kidston]

I didn't buy the striped blanket, and regret it. "I'll knit one of those!" I said airily to myself, but I shan't really. And now I see that it's described as 'ticking stripe', not just 'stripe', my loss is even greater. 'Ticking' is one of those magic buy triggers, and it doubles prices. But I don't care; these are the people who brought us mono rose. They deserve our money.

31 comments:

  1. You had better start knitting!

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  2. I have the ticking stripe ironing board cover! Maybe your could get my blogging friend Mami in Japan to facilitate your shopping...

    I have to say that doing the Challenge of the Utmost Kind is the best defence against CK that I've found - my personal dislike of Provence Rose china not excepted.

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  3. Ticking stripe? That sure is one of those magic triggers that just makes me think of urine stained mattresses, chortle!

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  4. I'm with Suzie on the ticking front. Reminds me somehow of Goodnight, Mr Tom! Oh the tyranny of the Lifestyle!

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  5. Cailíní, cailíní, you're ruining my dainty illusions here.

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  6. Who can resist a ticking stripe? Not me, that is for certain. I adore Cath Kidston and her delicate little flowers so very much. I imagine that one truly begins to exude rose-fragrance as soon as they slip into anything by Cath and co. Pure magic.

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  7. I received a Cath Kidston sewing book for Christmas, complete with patterns and a pre-cut pieces for a cute handbag. I will be trying (very hard) to sew it up soon. Then, who knows, I may be hooked on fun florals and find myself skipping through meadows. Fingers crossed, eh?

    Also, we have a Cath Kidston store here in Liverpool. Would you like me to check for your favoured luggage? x

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  8. Oh, woe is you, Mise. I don't know how you've managed to function since you found out about the suitcase !! hehe.
    Mono Rose one season, ticking stripe the next....it will soon be another pattern, another day, Mise. Forget the ticking stripe. It, in turn will soon be forgotten !! XXXX

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  9. Pretty indeed :-) Yay for CK! (But boo shucks if CK's discontinued your dream luggage....)

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  10. You should've bought that blanket. Shopping and sorrow are two words which do not belong together.

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  11. The blue sweater is very pretty - and I do like the blanket (sorry your didn't get it!)

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  12. They are all divine. But so overwhelmingly flowery and 1950s and it makes me feel a bit Stepford.

    I have always rather wanted a CK ironing board cover,mine is nothing short of Utterly Unsatisfactory.

    The problem I find with catalogues is that unlike shops I feel COMPELLED to buy something from them.. oh woe.

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  13. hey mise, thank you for the poem you linked to on my blog – I love it.

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  14. You are so right! I'm ready to part with more money at the mere mention of ticking. I, too, would like to own one of those blankets. Because I don't own enough blankets or stripes(!)

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  15. Cath Kidston...just screams spring and summer...I love her line of happy colored things.

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  16. I would love to order Lots of Cath Kidston but the shipping costs to the U.S.are so steep! Is there a way to get a better rate?

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  17. Oh, dear. The suitcase that got away...! And now the blanket (the *ticking* blanket, no less) will perhaps meet the same end..? The horror! The horror!

    -maria

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  18. Hey Mise
    I was going to say.. Ticking Stripe.. you must buy it.. then I read the Suzie comment.. ticking stripe will never be the same to me...

    Too bad about the suitcase!! That a bit like Ikea with us... you see these fab items in Ikea stores elsewhere and then they throw the leftover to Australia!!!

    Have a great day... sans le valise!! xx Julie

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  19. Oh thank you, Clair, do please have a look in when you're passing there again. I'll struggle to skip through meadows while dragging a trolley suitcase, but one must keep up the front at all times.

    I have that Sew! book too, and have been on the verge of making the bag for months now.

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  20. you really should have bought the blanket - it's adorable! Sorry to add to your angst.

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  21. Oh Mise, you crack me up. Best dressed in air raid shelter? Priceless. I have this mental image of your entire family be-rosed in CK from head to toe singing folk songs whilst bombs whistle overhead. Please tell me you play the guitar or the harmonica...it would just be perfect.

    As for ticking. Buy trigger indeed...and if Cath Kidston brings out anything grain-sack related, I'm done for. Meredy xo.

    p.s. re dessert question? For ese of preparation with max. results, you can absolutely not go past a wicked caramel sauce to win friends and influence people.

    Here's my favourite:

    400g brown sugar
    1 cup thickened cream
    250g butter
    1 vanilla bean, split (if you don't have one, just use 1 tspn vanilla extract)

    Bring all ingredients to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. Remove bean. It's ready! Serve over best quality ice cream. If you could be bothered...buy two Homer Hudson type gourmet ice cream e.g. cookies and cream; coffee (fab with caramel sauce). Soften slightly and pour one into a spring form pan and smooth out. Then pour the other one on the top and smooth out. Then freeze. Essentially, an ice-cream cake. Before serving, you could also sprinkle over some smashed up store bought meringue, just to give some extra crunch, then drizzle sauce over the lot.

    If you really want to send your friends off glowing with good will towards all men and you in particular, you might like to send them home with a little jar of left over sauce. Meredy xo.

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  22. You HAVE to be too old for Cath Kidson, PFW. Anyone over the age of 15 definitely is.

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  23. I love ticking stripes, and the Cath Kidston cowboy is one of my favourite prints. It is not too late to get the blanket!

    Now I think I should attempt Meredy's rather yummy sounding caramel sauce. Sounds amazing.

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  24. o man...
    i hate shopping regret! not cool. just get it
    ~laura

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  25. They need a ticking off for discontinuing your suitcase fantasy. But about the all-important blanket ~ you can't make one out of some tea towels???

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  26. Aw, I love Cath Kidston stuff. Theres a shop that sells it in York...a nice biiiiiig shop! :) Maybe you can find what your looking for online, ebay maybe?

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  27. Ah... ticking...sigh... Darnit you should have gone for it. Now you WILL have to knit it, you know.

    Yes, wandered in yesterday 'just to look' and came out with 18 spools of thread and a delightful tin to go with my two thousand other tins. What is it? Impossible. IMPOSSIBLE!!! They are aliens with mind control powers. They have to be. Because it's not MY fault that EVERY TIME...!

    Oh whatever. A lame excuse is a lame excuse...

    I have no will power. (There. I said it)

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  28. I got the same magazine through my door. I wanted everything in it. The dresses are beautiful. I actually rang the Dundrum store, paid for a baby changing bag over the phone and they posted it down to me in cork. super good customner service!x

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  29. Never heard of these people. But you made me look.

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  30. I was in a CK shop on Saturday and I picked up the blanket and stroked it..then promptly put it down!
    It is lovely though and I kind of half wished that I had bought it too...but I had my eye on other things !
    ;-)

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  31. Woman of constant sorrow:) thanks for the grin. sorry about the suitcase

    Funny about how "ticking" adds value so fast! The bag and the dress are inspiring.

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