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.

Something I made myself…colouring in fun. #bywbootcamp assignment 3

A few weeks ago I drew some festive images with both children and adults in mind which I thought would make a simple but fun colouring kit in the run up to Christmas as part of my Moobaacluck range.

I kept adding to the drawings and ended up with three large B3 ( wider and longer than A3) sheets of card decorated with a tree angel…

© Gabriella Buckingham

and a Happy Christmas mini bunting  – I cut this one out with sharp scissors but the perfectionists among you could use a scalpel.

© Gabriella Buckingham

You’ll need a hole-punch, some string and glue if you want to add the little holly pieces I drew as well. The photo below is dodgy – almost impressionistic ;/ – I still have to get used to my new camera and if I’d had time I would have added more holly pieces. It’s been a LONG day and the light was about to go!! You could just draw patterns onto the bunting or leave it plain.

There are about 20 plus potential gift tags or you could use them to make your own greeting cards, just cut out and stick on to a card blank.

For the Christmas lunch table I designed some holly leaf shapes that you can tie to wine glass stems to use as place-name cards too.

There’s a reindeer to colour in and a large oval for the children to draw their own Christmassy picture in – or they could colour in the frame, an adult could cut out the centre and then you could stick a family photo behind the frame and display it or send it to a far-flung friend or relative! I print these to order and you can buy the kit here.

What do you think? Would you or your children like something like this?

I find colouring in quite therapeutic.. or I would have had I not just managed to do the bare minimum in order to take some pictures before the light went!!