Happy’s CK favourites

Happy’s ‘Cath Kidston’ favourites from the online catalogue 2009

These are my predicted best sellers from the CK shop for Spring…I love these items and if I hadn’t been so affected by the Credit Crunch! LOL! I would be straight into Cath’s to buy them all! Luckily I am a dab hand at making button necklaces, so I shall be making my own one of those…as her one, is way too expensive for me! even if it is made from 1940’s retro buttons!

Don’t get me wrong, you know how much I love Cath’s creations, but I also have been a very BIG fan of Vintage and there is nothing like finding a piece of vintage material and making your own bag (or covering your rather dull shopping trolley! hehehe!) or making something that totally takes your fancy.

Remember our ‘Make Do and Mend’ motto! lets look at these designs and get inspired…in these hard times, lets make our own truly unique vintage pieces…making your own items is very creative and you can involve your whole family – kids love getting crafty!…crafting passes the time, that we would of spent going shopping and spending yet more money….Don’t go out and buy something else to help you make what you want! use what you have in you home, if you have no material, use clothes that no longer fit you…you can make do and mend quite easily!Happy’s ‘Cath Kidston’ favourites from the online catalogue 2009…I remember about 10 years ago now we used to make bags for a friends quaint little shop in Whitstable called the ‘Clothes Horse’ Nicky used to sell vintage and second hand clothes back then, and we used to make different themed bags, very quirky bright and fun. I used to cut the bags out from an old oblong chopping board…no difficult patterns were used, just plain common sense, so c’mon girls – if i can do it so can you! and if you do have to use a pattern, unpick one of your own bags…you can always sew it up again :).

Get Inspired…look in magazines, catalogues, the internet and your favorite shops. Jot down styles that you like,. Keep a book and paste ideas into it, or keep an online folder and put all inspirational ideas in it! keep referring to it when you want to make something…but rather than copy anything, put your own stamp on it…it will be so fun. And whilst I don’t expect many of you to have a kiln to make mugs, or tins LOL! I think we will all be able to manage a lovely vintage bag.

Loe Happy x



  1. Thecraftytrundler
    24th February 2009 / 8:20 am

    What a great, inspirational blog!!! I must admit it is second nature to me to see something lovely, & start thinking how I can make it myself?! As a single parent, with not a lot of pennies, I have had to be thrifty, and i do enjoy it!!Keep up the good work : )Have fun!Sharon xx

  2. Anonymous
    20th February 2009 / 10:06 pm

    Hi Hayley,Lovely blog as usual, I love all your colours!I didn’t realize you knew Nicky from Whitstable, we used to work at Portobello Market with her years ago, when Holly was a baby! What a small world!Take care,Ruth x

  3. Renovation Therapy
    19th February 2009 / 2:50 pm

    I am soooooooo deeply jealous. The shipping to the US is so incredibly high (and the exchange rate is killer) that I will not being getting one of those fabulous messenger bags. Darn!!

  4. Emily
    18th February 2009 / 12:08 pm

    Nothing inspires creativity like hard times! Love the “make do and mend motto”.Take Care!Emily

  5. Rabbit Hill Creations
    16th February 2009 / 5:33 pm

    Thats alot of pretty eye candy and tons of inspiration.

  6. RachelJane
    15th February 2009 / 11:26 pm

    Great idea! I certainly have enough stuff on hand to create many many unique items – now to find the time to do it. Thanks for providing the inspiration!

  7. Anonymous
    15th February 2009 / 10:36 pm

    I have a book ( a fabric covered binder) that I keep pictures from magazines in to inspire me. I also have a folder in my pictures on the computer where I save pics that inspire me and when I want to create something but feel lost for ideas, I just look through them and the ideas really flow!

  8. sologbolig
    15th February 2009 / 11:47 am

    I like your blog. I think it is inspiring, has a lot of good idèas and lovely photos. I’ll be back!! Have a great Sunday.

  9. Lisa the Lovely
    14th February 2009 / 7:27 pm

    Your blog definitly is one of my inspirations. I love the make do mend. I’ve been looking for a reason to go to the new Goodwill near me! Thank you. I really love your blog.

  10. Floss
    14th February 2009 / 10:37 am

    Fantastic ideas, Happy, and lovely photos. Your Make Do and Mend philosophy is so much in line with mine, and with the times. However, I feel so sorry for people like Rachel Ashwell from Shabby Chic, and wonder how well Cath Kidston will do through the crisis too… My sister, a journalist, was telling me how much her income has gone down as people turn to blogs rather than buying magazines (exactly as I am doing!) Oh well, we can’t exactly buy CK stuff as an act of charity, can we?..

  11. Sal
    14th February 2009 / 7:29 am

    Gorgeous..I think your blog is as inspiring as any book! Great how you pick out the red/blue combination so well.When I am walking around CK today (I am off from sunny Devon,to Bristol), I will remember your blog and tell myself that I can make a few of the things on show!! (Well maybe!!)Have a great weekend!!;-)

  12. Artist Boyd Greene
    14th February 2009 / 12:03 am

    What a cool fun happy blog!

  13. vivian
    13th February 2009 / 10:54 pm

    wow.. look at all the bright and cheery things! I LOVE that canister set! Love it! happy valentines day!

  14. cindy
    13th February 2009 / 10:33 pm

    I’ve kept a folder like that for years…kinda helps define ones own style…I figured out that I like color. LOL. LOVE Cath Kidston.c

  15. Lavender hearts
    13th February 2009 / 10:30 pm

    You could easily make those egg cosies too. The beauty of polka dot is that it doesn’t have to be made using an expensive fabric!I completely agree, I rarely buy pre-made CK things rather I use it as inspiration for my own makes or for cheaper alternatives.

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