My parents popped over late Saturday morning.
I asked them if they had had a good morning so far.....to which my mum replied.....
"Well, yes....... we took a detour on a whim on the way here and ended up at a car showroom."
"Anything nice?" I replied
"Well, let's put it this way....we left our house to come and have a cuppa.....but we go back having bought two new cars!"
"TWO!" was my high pitched reply
"Well, you know what your father's like, he can never do anything in one's!"
My mum had been thinking about changing her car, my dad hadn't, but while he was there, he thought why not.
My mum went on to remind me that if my dad goes out to buy one shirt and a pair of trousers, he'll come back with five or six of each.
Garden furniture? He'll go out to get one chair and come back with two complete sets for each end of their garden and a summer house.
New Sofa? A dining table set will come back with it....probably with a sideboard in tow!
Now, my father isn't a big shopper, what man is, but he is one of those that when he does go out to get something, he never just comes back with the one!
So....why am I relaying this? Well, it got me thinking. I think I take after my dad more than I thought. I didn't realise it, but the car conversation highlighted it for me.
A couple of years ago, I went into Zara and saw a top I loved. It came in four colours. All 'me' colours. I couldn't decide so I came back with all four and all four stayed! I couldn't just pick one. In fairness, the said tops have been the most worn items in my wardrobe and I don't regret buying them all.
But I do it with other stuff too. I recently had a rush of gingham love. I LOVE Boden men's gingham shirts but had never thought to wear gingham myself. I found some nice shirts recently, for me, and came home with not one, but three. I think being very reasonably price helped! Mr H did ask when the tractor was arriving! Blimmin' cheek!
Now, I might just add, like my dad, I'm not out shopping all the time, but when I do, I seem to do the same as him.
Thinking further, I realise that I do it with my makes too.......
Egg cosies, not one set of four but eight sets.....
Apple Cosies, not one, but...lost count....
Scarves, not one, but seven......
Shawls, one made but two more on the go.....
Wrist Warmers, ten pairs made.....
Brooches, not one, but considerably more.....
Okay.......so....you get it. In my defence, a HUGE amount of it went as gifts to family and friends, so it's not all piled up in my house!
I think it will be a challenge just to make the one of something!
I do think though with buying in multiples of a certain item, I have found over the years, that I have 'kicked' myself if I have dithered with getting two of an item if I REALLY liked it and I just walked away. It's because it's usually the thing I like the most that gets the biggest stain on it straight away, or gets caught on a nail or door knob and gets ripped. I learnt my lesson several times, and if the item is 'cheap' then I do. With making bits, I think it's getting the pattern in my head, enjoying the making process, so I just sort of churn them out until I feel fulfilled and ready to move on to the next thing!
Anyone else like me and my dad?