Brocante News...

Hello Pumpkins! Please consider this rather extended missive to be something of a round robin as I put you in the picture with everything that is going on behind the scenes at BrocanteHome. This past twelve months seems to have rolled by with one ordeal after the next and though I am currently under doctors orders to endure one months long bed rest (thyroid/liver/stress complications), I am obviously doing nothing of the sort and my head is awash with all kinds of gorgeous ideas for my beloved website and precious Housekeeping Superstars, now that Spring finally seems to have arrived. Oh joy!

* First up the winner of the Stickygram competition as chosen by random generator is Simone, and you my darling will receive the code you need as soon as you email me with your preferred email address. There were ludicrously few entrants to this little competition, and I am so grateful to those who gave me some feedback about what you would like to see on BrocanteHome, but I can only surmise that not too many of use Instagram enough to warrant a little set of magnets. Hey ho!

* Secondly I have today sent a little reminder out to all of  my Housekeeping Superstars as for many of you it is time to renew your annual subscription and as I chose not to opt for automatic subscription in case renewal coincided with a week when pennies were few and far between, I would be grateful if you could hop over to the Subscription page to renew if your time is up, or indeed take advantage of the special offer I have included in the email to grab one years subscription at a special subscriber-only renewal price. Pretty please!

* Thirdly it has come to my attention that some of the files on the Superstar page had been corrupted and these are now fully restored alongside a list of the Superstar only blog posts and podcast.

* I am frequently asked which order I would recommend reading the downloads in my little store and this is order I would suggest if you have recently become a Superstar, need the virtual equivalent of a housekeeping kick up the bottom or plan on buying a little inspiration piece by piece...

1. The Art of Homemaking 2. Recipes and Remedies 3. Trash It or Treasure It 4. The Puttery Year 5. The Seasonal Scrub 6. Muse.

All the planners and other reading can be bought at any time, but by buying the main downloads in this order you will be building for yourself a lovely life full of routine, ritual and domestic celebration. Though if I was pushed to recommend the one download you really should both read and try your very best to implicate it would have to Trash It or Treasure It, for this is the writing I am most proud of and the plan with the pretty power to change your life...

* Next week sees the invitation for the first of my Housekeepers Counselling service go live. This will be a chance to have one to one written consultation with me, so we can work together to help you produce a workable set of routines and rituals tailored to your lifestyle and family. I'm so excited about this: and though it has ended up being ready much later in the year than planned I am absolutely certain that you are going to find it a truly valuable way to establish a domestic life that works for YOU!

* And finally next week, my next Kindle book will go live: Life, Love and Vintage Housekeeping is a selection of writing from my nine years on-line and I am so looking forward to knowing that in amongst the ups and downs of all my housekeeping days you will be able to glean nuggets of inspiration wherever you choose to sit down and read...

(And yes: I am currently looking into making my existing book available for the Nook and in the Itunes book-store. but heavens, these matters are more complicated than they would initially seem!)

Ok that's all for today folks! I am off to collect my Finn from Cricket camp and then we have a date with a dietician at the hospital before   heading over to the cinema to eat a bucket-load of popcorn while watching Oz, The Great and the Powerful...

Have a lovely weekend won't you Housekeepers?

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