Selina Lake ~ Pretty Pastel Style Book Launch & Fair

It’s been an absolute whirlwind of makings, doings, workings, sortings and general runnings about with very little me~time of late, but I managed to shuffle my hours at the day job and arrange for an after school playdate for the Bear, so I could whizz over to Kingston~On~Thames the other morning and have a little self~indulgent hour or two visiting the launch of Selina Lake’s new book, Pretty Pastel Style

Look, that’s me that is, in one of the pics from Selina’s blog, waiting for the opening & having a natter with the very sweet Hen of Hen House…and would you believe, when I asked the lady in front where she’d travelled from, she had come from the same village as me, said in the same the way as I do, as if no~one will have a clue where I’m on about, and had to come to meet Selina’s Mum for lunch!…we might have squealed a little in surprise…’tis a small world indeed!

Aside from the lure of the book itself (indeed immensely pretty), saying hello to Ms. Lake, and a goody bag actually packed with gorgeous AND useful goodies, I was so looking forward to meeting some of the amazingly talented people whose work I so adore…

I’ve admired the works of Vicky Trainor & Tea with Ruby, two incredibly talented buddies from way up North, via facebook for a while now. Vicky creates beautiful stationary, homewares & gifts at The Vintage Drawer, and also runs The Linen Garden, & Jane (Tea with Ruby) is an amazing stylist and blogger whose photos are to die for. One of the things I’ve loved most since launching myself into business, blogging and social networking is actually meeting the people behind the words, photos and work, and since Vicky & Jane were both making the journey down for the launch, I was absolutely thrilled to have a natter with these lovely ladies…
I also got the chance to say very brief hellos to Nathalie at The U in Cute, Stephanie at Felt Mountain Studios, Emma at Mabel & Bird, Abigail Warner, Caroline at Patchwork Harmony, Lucy at Love Lane Vintage, Peach Blossom, Lucinda at Sesame & Lilly & Anna Wiscombe (little bit in love with everything I saw but I’ll be visiting Anna’s Etsy store for starters!)…


(top ~ Anna Wiscombe, bottom ~ Sesame & Lilly)

I’m sure there were a few people I missed sadly…I was in such a nervous, slightly awestruck tizz by the time I’d chattered, snapped a few rapid pics and stopped with Vicky & Jane, that, worrying about getting home in time for the Bear, and feeling a little wobbly (I may well seem confident on the outer, but I have to push myself to talk to people for the first time and it’s something I still find really hard to do), I dashed off at this point only realising 20 minutes down the motorway that I’d completely missed the scrumptious tea room and Yvonne from Yvestown. Gutted was putting it mildly as I adore Yvonne’s blog and had so wanted to say hello…I seriously considered a hard U~turn, but my time was most definitely up by this point!

Suffice to say, I made it home with enough time to calm myself, drool over the goody bag, and have a cuppa whilst drooling more over the book images, with a chirpy little smile that I’d had such a lovely morning, met some wonderful people and had a little space all mine own for a couple of hours. We all need it now and again, and it was well worth it…

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The Simple Things

Things have been hectic round here lately, to say the least, but I am reminded that all it takes is to slow things down a little, be present, and appreciate more of the little things that make me happy. For me, the simple things are the moments when you just get a chance to stop and savour a feeling: watching friends chat and laugh over dinner, seeing the concentration on a small face and the glee when a task is achieved, a lull in the shrieks at the beach to sit quietly and watch the waves, smelling fresh linen in a hug, throwing stones at the sea, the smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of fresh bread with real butter, a quiet hour with some yarn and a crochet hook…
Sometimes, when the hustle and bustle of daily life, work, squabbles, tantrums, school runs, overflowing washing, and to-do lists are taking over, those little moments can be all to easily missed or unappreciated; the best I can manage is to be aware they are there somewhere, sometimes. But a reminder to slow down, forget about the lists and just appreciate, always seems to come just as I’m about to feel totally overwhelmed. This month, it was a magazine…

You know by now about my magazine addiction & how much I particulary love MollieMakes magazine…well, imagine my excitement to spot a new release by the same team called ‘The Simple Things ♥’.

A lifestyle magazine “celebrating the things that matter most. It’s about knowing the greatest rewards come from the simplest things, that there’s no satisfaction like that at the end of a long muddy walk, no pink so pretty as freshly-cut rhubarb, no perfume to compare with your own home~grown flowers. It’s about making warm inviting homes ~ big or small ~ sharing food with friends, growing your own vegetables. It’s about shopping for a coffee table only to find you’re happy with a tea chest. It’s keeping your dad’s old typewriter just because it’s beautiful. It’s an empty beach on a Sunday morning. It’s backpedalling.” The Simple Things

I signed up for the first three month’s subscription deal {£5!!~ever the thrifty!}, and with the official release date hailed as the 6th September, I was chuffed to bits when it plopped through my letterbox yesterday {a whole three days early!} Even more of a bonus as the Bear started her new preschool {sob-she looked far too grown up in her uniform!}, which meant I had some quiet time to relax and have a read with a cuppa and no distractions.
I like it…ALOT. The layout is similar in feel to that of MM, and there’s a good mix of articles {although I’m definitely drawn more to the foodie ones~check out the one about the Slow Food Movement~veeeery interesting. Certainly food for thought (ahem, sorry!)}.

There are some great recipes which I’m now itching to try for friends {especially the cheese based ones}, and I’m thinking the Bear would love to go apple picking, and I’d like to start a collection {but hey, I’m not going to give the whole game away~to find out more, go pick up a copy ;0).

Suffice to say, Issue One is a resounding success, both in terms of a good read, and also, as that little reminder to me to slow down and enjoy the moment. I’m off to collect Boo from school and, instead of doing the food shop, I think we might just go throw some stones at the sea…

What’s your ‘Simple Thing’?

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facebook fabulous fifty giveaway

Have you found my facebook page yet? If not, hop on over, say ‘hi’ and get involved. I love to meet lovely peeps and am always up for a little conversation and crafty chit chat…

The 50th ‘liker’ of my page will receive a copy of Kelly Doust’s ‘The Crafty Kid’. I coveted this book so much, and somehow I ended with two copies thinking I had ‘The Crafty Minx’ at home and spotting a bargain at HomeSense as recommended by Mrs P over at All Things PP! OOoops! Ah well, now someone else can also enjoy this gorgeous book too ~ funky ideas, eye candy images and keeps little hands busy {plenty for grown-ups too}, what’s not to like?!…
I can’t wait to meet whoever it will be…No hanging back waiting to be the 50th though…if you like the page, please be genuine, it’s only fair, and I’ve got another giveaway that will give all likers the chance to win once we hit the fabulous fifty, so do please get liking and get sharing. I really appreciate the support x

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