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BrocanteHome 2020 – Part One

Though it strikes me as impossible (despite knowing we must believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast!), on November 17th 2019, I will have been sitting down here at this here computer to create the vision that is BrocanteHome for fifteen years. Fifteen years! That can't be true can it? I'm only twenty-one don't you know?? But it is indeed fifteen years since I sat down with a chubby little one year old on my lap and set about stitching together my own dream of a site full of loveliness, and in that time my babba turned into a boy and the boy i[...]

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Cover Reveal!

Well now, me Darlings, time for some good news. After the resounding success of my first Playbook, I thought you might like to know that the next edition will go live on December 1st and is already stuffed like a veritable Christmas stocking with so very much old-fashioned loveliness, and terribly modern domestic advice. (Sometimes I really do feel as if I've got the best job in the world!) For all those of you who are Salon or VIP members, you will of course find it in your library, totally free of charge, the moment it is launched, and for everyone else,[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

One of the emotions I find hardest to navigate as a blogger, is the guilt I feel when life isn't going well and it feels like pulling teeth trying to find something inspiring, reassuring or hopeful to say. So in the middle of the afternoon I sit on the edge of my bed, resisting the temptation to bury myself under the yellow quilt and I debate whether to write or not to write. For haven't you got enough problems of your own without having to peruse mine? Today the sky is perfectly blue and there is a single magpie perched on top of the world's biggest pumpkin[...]

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The Jumble Bag

Once upon a time it was commonplace around these parts to keep a bag at hand in which all those things destined for the church "jumble-sale" would be stored until the church roof fell in again and funds need to be raised from the delightful practice of filling the hall with pasting tables and setting up stalls for everything from clothes piled high, to children's toys and my favourite as a child, the mysterious and fun, "White Elephant" stall, where I once treated myself to the most divine of Bakerlite aqua green beads I still own today. Though I knew not what I[...]

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The Housekeeper’s Bulletin

Hello Lovelies... welcome to another edition of The Housekeeper's Bulletin - a weekly round-up of all things Brocantehome so you don't miss a thing! Do remember that you can get the bulletin in your in-box if you are signed up for my newsletter won't you? The Big News This Week... *I have started to re-design last years Festive Planner so that it fits nicely into your Brocante LifeBook. Issued in parts in the VIP Salon library, this week we have been putting together our folders and giving treasured festive family traditions a new twist. Members can collect[...]