Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Good things come to those who wait

I'm not very good at being patient and I've been waiting and waiting for a very special treat to arrive. I've poured over the catalogue, grappled with an awkward website, realised I can't buy what I want to online, sent off vouchers instead, realised I'd not sent the right amount, posted off another voucher and waited and waited for the postman to arrive. And on Monday, finally he came with this!
(Not great pictures I'm afraid, I've had to mess about with the enhancement because it's still raining here and the light's vanished.)
How I love my new Cath Kidston handbag, part of my leaving present from my old job and my very kind colleagues. When they presented me with an amazingly generous amount of CK gift vouchers my eyes popped out on stalks; my funds only stretch to key rings from her catalogue and to have a chance to choose just what I fancied was a bit overwhelming to be honest.
But never fear, I pulled myself together and set to work making some very hard decisions. New bedding or pyjamas, yards of fabric for making lovely things or floral china, fancy top or sewing trinkets. Choices, choices. In the end I plumped for a handbag, I've had mine for 4 years and its looking a bit shoddy to say the least and a fancy purse because I'm bored to bits with my old brown, sensible one. And I love them so much.
Just popping out for a sandwich is such a cheery thing to do now with my spotty green purse. I'll be hanging onto my other vouchers for the Christmas range and the New Year sale to cheer up myself up when January leaves me feeling flat. Not all CK designs appeal to me but others I adore and having a bit of floral loveliness everyday is brightening up this very murky start autumn no end. So, thank you, thank you to my lovely old team very, very much.

35 comments:

our shabby cottage said...

I am soooog reen with envy!! Love them!

our shabby cottage said...

That should be "Green" with envy.. Woops.

Leisa said...

Good on you! What a lovely parting gift. I am sure you will enjoy your lovely bag.

Country Bliss said...

Good choice, love both the bag and the purse.
Yvonne

Rosie said...

What a fabulous bag and purse. I love handbags, there is just something about a new bag that makes you feel great.
Rosie x

Joanne said...

What a great choice, now you'll have smile every time you have to go out 1 because you've got a lovely bag and purse and 2 because it will remind you what lovely friends you have.

jules said...

love the bag, so it was worth the wait. love the blog will be back soon

jules x

jessica daisy said...

oooh... you lucky thing, what generous ex work colleagues you have, you should have left sooner!!
Great choice, my sister bought me the washed roses purse for my birthday at in april, and it makes me smile everytime I get it out to pay for things!
Jessx

French Knots said...

What fun choosing, browsing through the brochure knowing you could have what ever you wanted, bliss!!
Love your bag and purse.

Pipany said...

Oh how lovely Steph. Can just imagine you pouring over the catalogues - such fun. Hope the new job is going well. Sun out for two mins here and the rosehips are glowing but bizarrely we also have rhododendrons flowering! xx

driftwood said...

ooh green and spotty! lovely.

Gingham and Flowers said...

Oh how lovely. What a great present. I think you made an excellent choice. I'm always drooling over her handbags but can never justify the cost but there's something lovely about having vouchers isn't there in that you can treat yourself to something lovely. And how lovely to still have some left to spend in the new year. A very good idea to hold on to them.

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

i love it, to die for!! my mum just sent me a book bag, soooooo gorgeous, i love Cath bags, well made, rare these days, so worth the £££

nice blog

Sarah

julia said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!! I have my eye on a winter handbag from the new catalogue, unfortunately I haven't a job I can leave in order to get some vouchers - now there's an idea, maybe I should get a job just so I can leave it!
Love the green spotty purse!
Julia xx

Vanessa said...

What fantastic ex colleagues you have! Very thoughful and they know you very well.

I love the bag its very beautiful.

Vanessa x

Cathy said...

What a great leaving gift, and it looks like you spent it wisely! Enjoy shopping and coffee with your new purse and handbag!
Cathy X

This Vintage Life... said...

Wow! Lucky you. I think you bought exactly the right thing, just lovely for autumn and winter. x

Dragonfly said...

Lovely, lovely bag...and purse. I'd be out all the time with the excuse of using them both!

Two Crofters said...

ohhh - how i love that purse....
i could actually kick myself for being such a blooming vegetarian...
why oh why does it have to have a leather bit!!!!!
good choice girlie
enjoy
t x

periwinkle said...

lucky you -- very thoughtful ex colleagues
lisa x

The Fairy Glade said...

Sigh, drool, sigh. Dev X

mollycupcakes said...

Oww such loveliness and well deserved treats.
Loving the new bag and purse.
Aren't vouchers the best ever gift, yeay! you can get what you want and not have that horriable feelings of smiling through gritted teeth and saying I love it lol
When it's the worst thing you could have ever of been given hehe or am I just to fussy lol
Many hugs sweetie, look forward to seeing what goodies you get later in the year.
Catherine x

Clover Yard said...

how completely spooky Steph!! I had folded the pages over at these exact items in the catalogue. (I also like the brown velvet bag). Of course I can only covet them from afar!! What a superb leaving gift, you lucky girl! Loved your feedback about your summer, it was sweet of you to share it with me.
Enjoy your accessories,
Carolxx

prettyshabby said...

ooh Gorgeous..there's nothing like a flowery bag and spotty Cath purse to brighten up your day! How lovely to be able to treat yourself and what a fantastic leaving gift!

Miss sew n sew said...

It's great when you get a gift that you really really want. I love your choice I too have a CK purse which I adore!
Sarahx

Faye 'Country Chic' said...

Oh you lucky thing... fab bag and purse. What a lovely bunch of friends:) Sorry to of been so long since popping in to say hello, life has gone a little mad.
xFaye

twiggypeasticks said...

Hmmmm CK loveliness, what a fantastic treat :)
Twiggy x

tillyboo said...

Hi, Just found your blog whilst hopping about. Lovely CK goodies, I'm the same with purses, it has to be bright and jolly and not boring black or brown.
Lovely photo's on your blog, I shall definitely be popping by again.

Laurie

Cowboys and Custard said...

I would have made exactly the same choice Steph.. I love that bag and have had my eye on it for some time.. but... not enough pennies in the pot these days so I hope Santa is listening..

Love
Michele xx

Andrea said...

Such a Gorgeous Bag!! I am sooo jealous!! Andrea x

Lucy@CLM said...

Almost worth getting a proper job for! I have my eye on the Brown Rose saddle bag and a purse to go with it would be perfect.....early Christmas pressie perhaps!! I'm enjoying reading your blog thank you, Lucyxx

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Pamela Terry and Edward said...

A very cheery bag indeed!

Garden Girl said...

Fabulous present! And very good choice, Ms CC, I love the green dotty purse as well, I am very into green at the moment, you know. The ladies did indeed arrive, thank you so much! apologies for not having said sooner, just all manic this end. They are beautiful, i just haven't decided how best to use them yet!any suggestions gratefully received though.
Have lots of fun swishing that new handbag around!x

Vintage Amethyst said...

Ooohh lovely you lucky lady. I love that bag and I'm such a sucker for polka dots. I have just recently bought a black & white polka dot purse, laptop bag and umbrella! I've gone all black & white dotty lately.
Love
Alison x