November 6th Part 2. To London to meet the very lovely Holly Becker aka @Decor8 and fellow #bywbootcamp bloggers

Photos by Gabriella Buckingham. Top: Images from the book: right – Holly’s own space. Bottom: article in The Simple Things magazine: book jacket converts to inspiring poster!

Arriving at Anthropologie at 4.50ish I realised that I needn’t have worried about showing my invitation which I’d left unprinted in my email. The shop was open – naturally.

I wandered about enjoying brightly coloured confections everywhere I looked, working my way around the floors. Finally at the top I saw stacks of Holly’s beautifully designed books.

This was the British press launch of Decorate Workshop: A Creative 8 Step Process For Transforming Your Home by Holly Becker with photography by Debi Treloar.

Quickly I bought one only to have the shop assistant take it away and give me a receipt instead to furnish Holly with ( so she would sign a copy later and save my arms). That was a great idea. Only I knew I’d have to leave to catch my train at 7.45.

Later when I introduced myself to Holly I had grabbed another copy and foisted it on her to sign which she very graciously did.

Bottom right: Holly with James Leland Day – a stylist from New York whose home appears in Decorate Workshop

I am so pleased to have made the effort to go. Like many bloggers I’d gone alone but I did know there would be at least a couple of familiar faces  there. I met  Fiona Humberstone for the second time, who runs a fabulous brand styling business and on line course which I highly recommend. There were oodles of blogging boot campers and other professional bloggers, a handful of whom I did manage to chat to or at least say hello to.  Lady in red Tiff, Adri, Yvonne, Kirsty, Geraldine, Rona, Anna and wonderful photographer Ingrid. Let me know if I missed you out , I know I spoke to others!

Champagne and cake were served. I managed to ignore the cake, which was difficult believe me. Holly spoke about her 8 step process to guide people through decorating projects while being interviewed by the very popular  Will from Bright Bazaar 

James Leland Day then spoke about his approach to styling before the book signing. Sadly I then had to dash off to catch my train home to Norfolk.

On the way home I looked through Holly’s wonderful book. I definitely found it inspiring. Daunting in some ways because Holly encourages you to really examine your own taste and why you like what you do. It is suggested that you write on the pages of the book and explore your own loves and translate these for your home or project. Subsequently though I found myself reassured that my own home may be messy but there are certainly many very personal quirks and beautiful things to make more of. I will enjoy working my way through and playing in earnest early next year.

Thank you for a memorable day Holly; I wouldn’t have been in London had it not been for your invitation and Blogging Your Way Bootcamp.

Self portrait

I realised looking at blogs at the weekend as I like to do on a Saturday and Sunday morning with my huge cup of green tea that it has been over two weeks since I blogged here! Partly this is because I have posted a couple of times on partly its just that happily, I’ve been busy.

I’ve also been working at my site too. Finally I have settled on a front page design and the approach. Today I photographed myself for a little shot on the about page of my bonce. I’ve always admired Cindy Sherman but my approach has ended up slightly pre- raphaelite in look (see much further down)! Which I didn’t expect. I took some horrendous shots of myself with hardly any make up and plasticine face… although some I found intriguing as you don’t often see yourself from the side do you? These two are ones I quite like… you’re not seeing the worst!

Of course holding a tiny camera up as far away as you can to take a portrait isn’t ideal. I knew I’d be cropping any shot I did end up with – assuming I liked one – very severely to get around that problem. Many of you will know my husband is a photographer and I really should take advantage of that. However – I love – absolutely love- doing the creative bit myself – at least trying to. I always know what I want. Perhaps its more that I know what I want when I see it!

I had a lot of fun being silly and serious this morning, I put some more make up on and one of @woollyplanet s felt roses in my hair and had another go..and ended up with my head in a flowerbed. Now I have quite an itchy neck and suffice to say there were a few sneezes earlier. But goodness me lying backwards does help shift a few pounds!!

This is the shot I chose – for the site I cropped it to a circle.

It’s not essential to have a picture of yourself on a site but I think it really helps people to connect with you. My site is just about me and what I do; I won’t be using ‘we’ throughout it.
I’m an artist and illustrator who – currently – does everything herself. I have a number of a local accountant now though and I think I will treat myself to a visit soon.

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend x