Friday, May 22, 2009

GASP: Cath!

Okay, the title of this post might seem a little cryptic but some of my blogging pals may know that: 1) I use the term GASP when I am really ga-ga over something; and 2) I have been pining over some dishes from Cath Kidston since first GASPing over them. I had never GASPed over dishes before but alas, after factoring in shipping and the pounds-to-dollars conversion, the plates were a bit costly for me.

And then it arrived: the check from Romantic Homes for my recently published essay! What better way to celebrate than by treating myself to the plates. Thanks to a few sales at my Etsy shop, I added a set of mugs and postcards to the order. In just days it arrived!

Like any good blogger, I had to photograph the process!

Eeeps! Even through the bubble wrap it's pretty!

And for a little Pink Saturday silliness, I put a rose sticker on a pink tissue box from Target. Cute! Not familiar with Pink Saturday? Read all about it here. Thanks, Beverly!

Happy Pink Saturday and have a happy and safe Memorial Day!



Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

What a glorious way to celebrate!


(I've always loved those dishes as well.) And you are right, the shipping is quite a bit, and you should see how the oilcloth arrives, still on a huge bolt!

But worth it, yes?


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a perfect way to treat yourself for your recently published article! I love Cath Kidson too. Total I saw a picnic basket of hers at a local upscale gourmet shop. It was $699.00. It was filled with her beautiful dishes,etc...just lovely.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Oh Elyse! at last! you GOT IT!!!! hehehehe I am so happy for you! Cath items always the best! and what a treat to yourself! I envy you! hehehehe

Happy PS!

Elyse said...

Hi, there, Big Sis!

I'm so glad you finally got your Cath Kidston! The dishes are just gorgeous. You deserve this beautiful treat!!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend :)


LiLi M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday to you too Elyse, though I can hardly imagine that it wouldn't with these purchases to enjoy!
Do you know that I especially bought Romantic Homes while I was in the States, to enjoy your essay and now it turns out that I have the May issue, so not a word from you inside :-(

debi said...

Oh My Gosh Elyse, I must GASP with you!! Those dishes are to die for!! Even the box the mugs are in is gorgeous!
Congrats on your essay...I finally found the issue it was in and really enjoyed reading it.
Have a beautiful weekend,

Melly said...

GASP!!! indeed..oh my what gorgeousness..hehe..It's always nice to treat yourself :) enjoy!
Happy Pink Saturday, Elyse!

The Cottage Girl said...

LOVELY! Please do a post with a tablescape so we can sit down with you to a beautifully set table.

The Cottage Girl

Just Me said...

Congrats on your published article! What better way to celebrate! Happy PS!

Anonymous said...

what a gorgeous treat! and well deserved :)your article was fantastic!


Sonia said...

Oh, I love Cath's dishes too. So nice that you were able to get them. I ordered her catalog a while back and loved it. Youre right, even through the wraps it looks pretty. The mugs are pretty too.
Happy PS

Jen Kershner said...

I am just pink with envy girl! Good for you for treating yourself. I hope to visit their fine establishment in person in 2 years. You can just give me a shopping list!

fairiemoon said...

Oh Elyse!

I am so jealous! Mine have not arrived yet. I decided to order my plates (the same ones, we must have VERY similar tastes) in installments so the first installment is on the way. I went to the maximum for the first level shipping price!

Hey! Enjoy them this Memorial Day weekend!

Erin :)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

Lisa said...

Your dishes are beautiful! I know you are thrilled! It's so fun to get something new, isn't it?

Unknown said...

GASP, I quite agree! OMG that design is too perfect. I think that you spent your money wisely. I love how the mugs are packaged too. Oh Elyse, I think that you have introduced me to a new love.

Happy Pink Saturday and a very enjoying Memorial Day Weekend.


Claudia said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Elyse! Whoopee - you got your Cath Kidston plates! I think treating yourself to something special after writing that wonderful article is a find idea. I am so happy for you! Have a great weekend.

VA Boutique said...

Ah I'm so glad you have finally managed to get some Cath goodness.
I love that china.
Have a lovely Saturday

Beki said...

I'm pleased they turned up nice and quickly for you.
I have plate envy now, may have to go out and get some 'hehe' or I could just pop to your for a bite to eat lol!
Have a great weekend
Beki xxx

♥Mimi♥ said...

What a l♥vely Pink Saturday blog entry. This is the one day of the week when I get to sit for a couple of hours and soak in my favorite color. Thanks for being a part of that day☺

Wishing you and yours a wonderful family weekend. I will be remembering my father who served in WWII, and praying for all of our military who are in harms' way.

Unknown said...

I love Cath Kidston! How much fun to get those goodies in the mail. And congrats on your published article!

Unknown said...

Love love love those dishes Elyse!!!! I love Kathy Kidson too!! Your lucky and I am so glad you treated yourself!! Gorgeous!

Love ya,

vickie said...

Wow, beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday to you.

Wendy said...

Lovely lovely!

You asked about the wooden chairs...personally, if they don't have a lot of spindly parts I would brush paint. If there are lots of "dowls" or "spindles" spray paint would be easier...just use a brush to "finish" spots so they don't drip.

And thanks for thinking of my boys...their appointment went well. :-)

Lisa said...

How cool! I got the Romantic Homes today but haven't had a chance to read yet! I'm glad I could help you get your plates!;)hehe
Thanks for sharing. Now you know how I feel when I get a package from you!!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Lisa
ps I'm off to esty you have new goodies I'm not resisting well!

LaurieStar said...

Wow - how exciting! I love them and would have bought them too. Looks like they match your kitchen fabulously too! :) Yay!
I bought four blue/white plates at a thrift shop last summer and it sounds silly, but even cat food looks good on them. I use them all the time and I feel so special! :)

Tanza said...

Hi Elyse,
Sooo happy you stopped by to say hello.. LoVe looking at all your pretties.. Darling kitchen window too !!! Your new dishes are to die for (gasp) hahaha.. I Love all Caths' prints, so summerery to !! I'll be back to visit you.. Have an awesome week-end..hugs ~tea~xo

Sandi said...

What gorgeous pieces! And to have an essay in Romantic wonderful! I remember reading that and thinking how good it I need to read it again since we have "met" via blogging. Thanks for stopping by my blog ! Yes I purchased windows!! YIPPEE!!!!

Lisa said...

Oh no doubt we would do serious damage! I ordered a Cath cataloge but have never recieved it! I guess it may take awhile!
It's probably somethng I should put off anyway hehehe
Hugs, Lisa

icandy... said...

Too cute! :)

Unknown said...

Congrats on getting published! That is totally awesome!

Those Cath Kidston dishes are absolutely darling! I can see why you went gaga over them. The box that those mugs came in is beautiful!

luckygirlgifts said...

They are "gasp-tastic" and you deserved them. Good for you.

Scrap for Joy said...

I just popped over from Laurie Star's blog when I saw your dishes! I just got my Cath Kidson catalog in the mail on Friday and was drooling over those too! I love your blog...I've been reading your posts and your decorating ideas are very close to mine. (Love you plate garden border)Now I have to look for your essay in Romantic Homes. I'll be back.

Jenny said...

You lucky lady!!!!

terri said...

I have looked at the Cath Kidston catalog for years and have never indulged! Your photos make me want to buy something now. It's so nice to receive something so beautifully packaged! Have a great weekend. Terri

Char said...

congratulations, that is fantastic, even the box is gorgeous!! happy pink saturday, Char

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi again!
I looked for your email address and didn't see I am answering your question here. I didn't see the buffet in Jenn's pics...but yes, she does have it....:-)

What pic did you see it in? And did we ever talked about where you live in RI? I have a sister that lives can email me at

cupcake studio said...

Oh good golly...those dishes! Gorgeous!!!

Ree at Prairie Rose Cottage said...

oh-how beautiful! What a lovely present you bought for yourself. And with all of your hard work, you deserve these. Enjoy!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Darling, I am so thrilled you were able to finally buy the plates & mugs of your dreams! Oh happy day! Keep on gasping Elyse! Life is wonderful!

Love you!
Maryjane xox

KatCollects said...

These are beautiful. I just got the that catalog in the mail and was drooling over those exact plates and many other things. I am so happy for you!

LiLi M. said...

How nice of you to offer me sending Romantic Homes. I would love to read your essay in the magazine, but there is a 'BuT"; the other day someone send me a magazine from the States and I had to pay 12 dollars shipping costs. Add the magazine to these costs and we are talking about 17 dollars :-(
Anyhow I loved your offer! Have a great day!


Lucky You!!!! Congrats on your check and your new dishes, I love them(; Oh and the tissue box looks adorable, I just bought some from Target that were pink and daisy's.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

How exciting, I think the mugs are my favorite. I am so glad you could treat yourself to all these goodies!

Unknown said...

Oh I'm soooo very jealous! Darling darling dishes!!! :)

Love your new blog look!


Anonymous said...

You gasp! I Eeek! ☺

I'm going to have to back pedal and find out what you had published! ♥