I am wearing a t-shirt with holes in. I don’t know why it has got holes in but it has: perhaps I have loved it to death? Whatever. I feel obliged to take it off, but I can’t because I love it. It is warm. It is tight and black with long sleeves and it makes me feel thin and I don’t know why I am telling you this, other than I thought you should know that this is the kind of women I am: even when the things I love grow glaring horrible holes, I carry on loving them. I’m not sure that it is good for me. But hey ho, you are who you are, right?

And so it is that another week is upon is and after a weekend away from the computer I feel as if I have thirty three hundred things I need to share with you and so I’m just going to spill thought after notice, notice after thought and you are going to agree not to hold it against me ok? There is opportunity to add a permanent link to your site from Brocante at the end of the post, so read on till you get there if you please…

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First up, a few changes around here:  In the sidebar you will notice a new section called “Scrumptious Little Asides”: these are short posts that won’t appear in the mainstream feed of the site, so you will need to pop over to Brocante to read them. They will mostly be links to lovely sites, books and treasure that I find as I go about my online travels and will I hope add another layer of  loveliness to the site and one more reason to make BrocanteHome your first online destination in the morning…

Next along, the RSS feed: I am going to be experimenting with a partial RSS feed, which again means that you will have to pop over to the site to read BrocanteHome, although partial posts will still appear in your RSS feed and your email in-box as and when I write them. I repeat, this is an experiment: if there is an outcry I will go back to the full feed, but please understand that BrocanteHome supports  my little boy and I, and full feeds have a dramatic impact on reader interaction…

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After a crazy week spent in search of suitable shoes to dance in at the ball we attended this weekend (more of which tomorrow), I am still head to toe in mid-scrub chaos and thus, in-between shifting furniture, will be continuing to pop posts about the Seasonal Scrub on here until the end of September. As I have said a million times before, life does get so thoughtlessly in the way of housework, but better to be swung around a dance-floor to “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” with Richard than to be on my knees scrubbing the sideboards on a Saturday night, don’t you agree? So if you are feeling similarly compromised: don’t. It is life first, housework second, always. (Don’t be one of those women will you?)

Other things certain to be on the Posting agenda this week?

* The second in my series on “Housewives In Art”
* A review of Elizabeth Goudges absolutely heavenly book The Scent of Water”.
* A guide to up-grading your life the BrocanteHome way…

Things I’m Working On

* The August edition of Puttery Post Monthly (in your in-boxes, slightly behind schedule, tomorrow Puttery Posters!)
* A new download packed full of Brocante recipes for organic cleaning, just perfect for slipping inside your Housekeepers Planner. Hopefully finished by the end of the week. Or possibly the beginning of next?
* And a rather gorgeous new Vintage Housekeepers Planner binder, you will be able to order online.

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Finally news of a couple of new features coming soon to Brocante…

First at some point during this week I will be holding an apron giveaway in conjuction with the very lovely Amy at Aprons By Amy

Secondly, I have recruited a darling little posse of  four guest bloggers for BrocanteHome all of whom will be taking turns of piece to write columns on their very own spin on life as a Vintage Housekeeper. There are four in all, and they all have unique voices and specialities and I feel so honoured to have their agreement to write here…

I will be introducing them one by one over the next couple of weeks, so stay posted for their initial gorgeous hello’s…

And last but not least, I am in the process of conjuring up a directory full of links to all the places I believe you, my lovely Housekeepers, will find useful. One of the sections will be a blog roll of scrumptiously happy vintage or homemaking themed blogs and sites, so if you want to be included, be sure to add your details in the linky love list below.

That’s all for now Sweety pies, thank you as always for continuing to read BrocanteHome, for every one of your kind comments and emails, and for loving me, holes and all.

I love you too. Sooooo much. Have a truly scrumptious week now won’t you?

Add the Link you would like to be considered for the blog directory here: all sites will be considered as long as they are in the general remit of Brocante, so the more the better…