Last night I watched the first episode of Kirstie's Homemade Home, from UK telly. The premise of this new show is that Kirstie Allsopp (of Location, Location) 'uses crafts, DIY and hard graft to turn a tumbledown old cottage into the perfect home'.
I liked: the knitted opening credits; the features about traditional craftspeople including a potter and a glassblower; the pretty cottage in Devon; the interview with Cath Kidston at her home; Kirstie's vintage dresses and knitted cardies; the peek inside the Victoran kitchen of a National Trust historic home.
I didn't like: the fact that a 5-bedroom old house in Devon is way beyond the reach of most people; the lack of 'hard graft' (by Kirstie, at least); the sewing lesson (way too basic) and the banality of some of the commentary. At one point I actually laughed out loud when Kirstie rescued an old mirror from a skip. 'As well as saving £40', she says, 'by recycling this mirror, I have also saved some of the Earth's precious resources', before hopping into her gas-guzzling four-wheel drive and whizzing back to her massive Aga-heated kitchen!
I'll be watching again for all the prettiness, but here's hoping the other episodes are a bit more clever!
Talking of Cath Kidston, in Tokyo I found a new Cath Kidston book aimed at the Japanese market. It's a gorgeous book, with lots of pictures of Ms Cath in her home, market-shopping, wrapping presents etc.
Although the text is in Japanese it's a really pretty book. Some of the styling is like a Japanese craft book.
And indeed there are several cute sewing patterns that I might attempt.
And it came with a free Cath Kidston floral tote, not bad for 1300 yen ($18).
And yet more Cath Kidston today - I just received my copy of EasyLiving (UK), and it has a free Cath make-up bag and a copy of her Summer catalogue. Lots of new goodies in here, I can feel a shopping spree coming on!