Here’s what I think: While I have never been one for spiritual mumbo-jumbo, I truly believe that when we need something and we are brave enough to ask for it, the world will contrive, one way or another to make it happen: so by committing dreams to paper, we somehow make them real.

Therefore in lieu of the willpower to make New Years Resolutions, this year I am making Personal Promises, if only because nice girls never break their promises…

I promise to be kind to myself…

There are things in this life I deny myself. Not cosy little comforts that make all the difference to my day, but things that really matter- the magnesium tablets that would stop my legs twitching when I’m very tired, the Atkins style diet that helped me lose eight stone the year before last, that my body misses to the point where sometimes I feel so bloated by wheat and carbohydrates I have to drag myself around. Decent conditioner for my fuzzy hair. Adult conversation with the women I knew before I gave birth…

It can’t go on. This is the year I will put myself first.

I promise to cultivate the art of delayed gratification.

When I want something I want it now. This means that all too often I compromise. I can’t wait until I’ve saved enough for the quality option, I will take second best and reap the consequences every single time.

Believe me I do know how short sighted this is. But enough is enough. I will compromise no more.   

I promise not to shy away from commitment.

If ever there was a woman who coulda been a contender it was me. Opportunity slips through my fingers like sand. Whenever I am within sniffing distance of success, I lie back and bask in the glory of recognition, certain that recognition of my tiny talent is enough.

But it isn’t. It is not and this year I promise to commit myself to all that I set out to achieve.

See? I didn’t get carried away did I? I haven’t promised world peace nor set out to re-invent the wheel. I have kept it simple and promised myself things that don’t matter in the whole scheme of things but will make a huge difference to who I am and who I want to be.

What are you promising yourself this year?

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When the BrocanteHome Website launches on January 31st you will have the opportunity to become a member of the Vintage Housekeepers Circle.  Depending on which membership level you choose,  I will show you how to create the home of your dreams by creating ritual, embracing authenticity,  seeking simplicity and celebrating life!

As a member of the circle, you will…

  • Create domestic bliss with our Vintage Housework rituals.
  • Find time for the gentle art of puttering.
  • Escape from chaos and learn how the Brocante Home-Makers Planner can change your life.
  • Understand the peace of ritual and the blessing of a home that is truly authentically yours.
  • Learn how to infuse your day with tiny joys and make your home sing with soul, history and happiness.
  • Take delivery of beautiful hand tied letters and vintage care packages sent with love from BrocanteHome.

With limited membership, places in the circle will be issued on a first come first served basis, so join the mailing list now. 

In the next few weeks I will be unveiling more details about The Vintage Housekeepers Circle, as well a whole host of new services from BrocanteHome, designed to create a lovely community I hope you will come to treasure.

Support Honeypot, the childrens charity here.

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"A good wife always knows her place…"

Found this article this evening and finally realised why my relationship isn’t what it could be!

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"A good wife always knows her place…"

Found this article this evening and finally realised why my relationship isn’t what it could be!

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Welcome to my world.

A world where the grass may not always be greener but you can be sure its scattered with daisies.

Welcome to BrocanteHome…

Support the Honeypot Childrens Charity Here.

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While I can’t be doing with New Years Eve parties (I am a miserable cow aren’t I?), I truly love the gift of a fresh New Year. It is, to my mind a blank slate, ready to re-write the terms of my life on, and every year when the festivities are done, I lie in bed certain in the knowledge that this will be the year when my life will be all that I imagined it would be. That is not to say that I am disappointed. That life isn’t what it should be. I don’t believe in regret. I don’t see the point in it. It is healthier to live in the here and now, to plan for tomorrow, and treasure the past for it is that, that has shaped you.

However, there are things in this life I haven’t done, things I am not and places I haven’t been. Authentic pleasures I long to enjoy, so I do think that there is a place, not perhaps for resolutions, but for Personal Promises, and time to plan for the bigger picture.

Tonight rather than spend the evening in the madness that is New Years Eve, Mark and I will put Finley to bed, light our candles, enjoy scrummy food and the odd bottle of wine and plan who we will be tomorrow…

So when the bells of Auld Lang Syne chime this evening,  don’t be maudlin, have no regrets and for the first time look upon New Year as the gift that it is…

Whoever you are and wherever you are, enjoy it. 

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With just two days to go to the launch of BrocanteHome, I am a little bit up the wall and while I could happily spend the rest of the day working, it is not to be, because Finley and I are attending the my nephew Gabriel’s third birthday party.  Finley has spent the whole of Christmas in a state of excitement that has at times bordered on delirium (he has over the course of the holiday bumped his head twice, resulting in an alien like bump on his head, bashed his eye with a toy car and given my poor Dad a black eye with the remote control!)  and a room full of kids should just about finish him off. Still there’s nothing like a kids party…

In the meantime, I am working on my Personal Promises and my Mondo Beyondo list and quietly hoping for a world where children are civilised and Christmas only comes every five years!

I’ ll post the lists on New Years Day and look forward to reading yours… 

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With just three days to go to the New Year and the launch of BrocanteHome, I have tonight listed the bookclub choices for each month of 2005. (Left)

While there are many lovely picture books dedicated to Vintage living, very few encompass a holistic approach to adopting the simpler way of life I hope BrocanteHome will come to represent, so the books I have chosen are both inspirational and very much more than the kind of books you would display on your coffee table. The kind of books, in fact, that I hope will change your life.

First on the list is of course,  Simple Abundance, designed as a book of days there is an entry for every day of the year and here on BrocanteHome I will be relying on it for both comfort and inspiration…