Now the thing about running something with as many strands as dear little Brocantehome seems to be developing is that it creates all manner of bits of non-scrumptious housekeeping and administration I have no choice but to share with you if I am going to be able to keep us all on the same page!
So this my darling is an advance warning for what is a terribly boring, but absolutely essential post with a few exciting bits thrown in for good measure! Okey dokes?
The Contact Button
1. Right, first up: the new contact button at the bottom of every page of BrocanteHome. All eyes down and you will notice a not-so-pretty grey button, that says “Click Here to Talk to Alison…” . This my darlings is the answer to the contact/email filter problems we have long been having while I am inundated with email! Ok, so here is how it works: when you click on the button, you fill out a quick form and then my little laptop rings like a telephone if I am online (I usually am!) or will have my iphone bleep a merry dance and (get this!) I will answer you straight away if I am available.
If however I am off practicing what I preach, your message will be sent as an email and then the system will mither me until I respond: et voila, this should mean no more emails squirreled away by the behind scenes filter oompa loompas at Gmail!
Try it now! Say hello! I’m here! And I’m excited!
2. My weekend winners are Lorraine Squire and Priscilla Barlowe. Both will be receiving a copy of the ever so lovely Vintage Craft if they would be good enough to confirm their addresses. Thank you to everybody else who bought this weekend too: I do wish you could all be winners!
3. A very small percentage of you are not receiving the Housekeeping 365 or Trash It emails. Mad Mimi have assured me that they are trying to work out why and I am truly hoping they will have you up and running again by the end of the day. Please accept my sincere apologies in the meantime…
4. My little Kindle books are doing terribly well, and in fact Scrumptious Treats For Vintage Housekeepers is currently No: 1 in the Interior Design charts (woo hoo!!), but I wanted to ask you a rather enormous favor pretty please? You see I will keep climbing the charts if you lovely people who have bought either of the books would take a moment or two to submit an honest review and if that would not be too much trouble I would be ever so grateful, as I already am for those who have taken the time to do so already…
My two favorite reviews so far?
This one by Anna Wilkinson for Life, Love and Vintage Housekeeping…
I was not a fan of blogging and in fact didn’t really cotton on to what it was, until I realised that it was a kind of online diary. This book has cured me and I shall read every blog I can handle from now on. I just loved this book. Alison’s insights, her life, her housekeeping and most of all her adorable little boy. I know Southport well, since my daughter in law comes from there and she may well know this lady as they are roughly the same age, so it kind of helped in reading the book. I found myself picturing her house, her boyfriends and I got into her life. The book is bittersweet and charming, with lots of household hints. I like the idea that you nurture a house and that it does in turn nurture you, and that the routines that you put in place are very comforting.
I found myself so wishing her well, which I suppose is the point of a blog. I almost cheered when the 6′ 4” man came into her life, especially when he painted her house.
I haven’t quite finished the book yet, but I couldn’t wait to write a review. If this lady is still blogging, I shall be tuning in. Almost like a daughter!
And this one by Vintage Mother of 7 for Scrumptious Treats For Vintage Housekeepers…
Truth be told, I had despaired of ever finding a contemporary author who could translate the grace and gentle living of yesteryear into our present time. Alison May does this seemingly effortlessly. Most beautiful of all, her sweet suggestions for living graciously (or, as she calls them, Puttery Treats) don’t come across as out-dated or cheesy…they are real, workable solutions to bringing order, peace, grace, and dignity to our homes and lives. After reading anything she has written (and there is MUCH MORE than this book) I feel as if, like the mother in the original Peter Pan, she has gone gently through my mind, putting everything to rights…folding away the worries and unworthy things and tucking them out of sight, and laying prominently on top all of the heartfelt desire to BE the beautiful, gracious woman described in her pages. She not only gives a desire to BE…but through her genuine and doable instructions, presents us with the tools to begin practicing the habits that create such a home and life. God bless you, Alison. Long may you write!!
Housekeeping Superstar Renewal
5. If your Housekeeping superstar membership is due for renewal you will receive a reminder from yours truly, so though I know a lot of you are worrying that you will suddenly be evicted should you forget, I promise that will not happen without prior warning!
The Housekeeping Superstar Forum…
6. Darlings I cannot tell you what an absolute pleasure it is to making your acquaintance in the Superstar Forum. Though most of my superstars still haven’t signed into the Salon yet (do I need to send your invitation again? Let me know!), the conversation is already buzzing with day to day domesticity, book talk and lovely chatter over elevenses. So thanks to all involved for making the Salon such a lovely, homely place to be….
Happy Tuesday Honey Pie’s: I am off to do battle with more naughty technology.x
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