July: a Month of Lovely

Argh! Once again I'm super late with this post! I need to catch up on myself! So actually some of these things are from August rather than July! Perhaps I'll take a month off and restart

Argh! Once again I'm super late with this post! I need to catch up on myself! So actually some of these things are from August rather than July! Perhaps I'll take a month off and restart in October... There is now over 7K images under the #amonthoflovely tag on IG, wonderful! Anyway, on to what has made my month lovely...

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Writing for In The Moment magazine - I mentioned last month that I am now the Living columnist for In The Moment magazine, which I am so chuffed about! In the current issue I'm talking about impromptu picnics and how to use things from your home to create a beautiful garden or park picnic at a moments notice. I'm also writing some other features for them, and this one above is in the current issue, where I talked to Niki of My Scandinavian Home blog about her favourite space at home where she goes to relax. I love Niki's blog and books, so it was great to find out more about her home. Have you checked out this new mag yet? It's a really nice read. 

New e-zine from 91 Magazine - In other work-related news, we've just launched a new product under the 91 Magazine brand, which is free! It is a 12 page digi-mag available exclusively to our mailing list subscribers. It'll be publishing on a quarterly basis, and is a little treat for our readers to enjoy in between our print editions. The first one published this week and focusses on plants and seasonal produce and includes a printable seasonal calendar. Don't worry if you aren't a subscriber yet,, you can still get it if you register your email here

Weekend in Bristol - My hubby's work pattern changed recently, which means he sometimes has time off in the week but is away a bit more too. He recently had to work in Bristol, and as I've been busting to go there for ages, we decided to go up and meet him and stay a night in an Airbnb. We had such a lovely time, it really is a great city - and of course I had to make the trip to Papersmiths and Mon Pote (who both stock 91 - although both were sold out during our visit!) You can't really leave either shop without a purchase or two, so above you'll see the lovely stationery bits I picked up in Papersmiths.

Exploring London - We've also been getting out and about back at home. Since moving house, we realised our train connections to South East London are really quite good, and as this is one area of London we don't really know, I've been trying to explore it a little. We took a trip up to Crystal Palace recently, where Ruby enjoyed the park with the dinosaurs, and I enjoyed checking out the shops around the Triangle. I bought the little fern pictured here in The Secret Garden, which has a great selection of house plants as well as garden plants. I also bought a String of Pearls, which I now need to find a lovely hanging planter for....

Decorating Ruby's bedroom - Our current decorating project is Ruby's bedroom, which has taken a bit longer than I'd hoped. (doesn't it always?!) We had to have it plastered, and then paint the walls, ceiling and floor, as well as hang some wallpaper. We are now just waiting for her new bed to arrive, so in the meantime I've been gathering a few bits and bobs to style it with. I got this lovely minty bedding with shells from Urban Outfitters sale, which was only 18, and the little panda money box was a purchase from our trip to Crystal Palace. I can't wait to show you it when it's all finished and she can finally get back into her bedroom! 

A little garden project - Even while we are doing a room, I'm always thinking (or half working on!) another project in the house! There was actually a wooden play house in the garden when we moved in and my hubby has painted it all, and we discovered it also has a little sandpit underneath. The cover on the sandpit is pretty horrible, so I've decided to make a new one with some plywood, and the plan is to stencil some kind of colourful design on it - I'm just trying to work out the colour palette at the moment, hence the colour cards! 

So, that's what I've been up to lately! A jumble of work, getting out and about and decorating projects! I'd love to see what you've been up to, so keep sharing your pics with #amonthoflovely xxx

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