Tuesday, February 26, 2013

london: day 1

 After daydreaming, baking cupcakes for my boys, getting a polka-dot manicure, buying my first iPhone and packing my bags, I embarked on Valentine's Day for a whirlwind of an adventure to London and Paris, accompanied by my oldest sister Betsy. The trip was brief but wonderful and planned around the launch of my book and having a place to stay in London while dear friends are living there temporarily.
It was fun to document and share my travels on my Tinkered Treasures page on Facebook. Like any good blogger, I was sure to take plenty of photos to capture little slices of life. We were in London for the first three days and felt right at home in my friends' flat perched above shops on a lively main street lined with cafes, bakeries, pubs and fresh flower stands.
After an overnight (sleepless) flight, Betsy and I landed (Feb. 15), rode to the flat, dropped off our luggage, changed clothes and took a taxi directly to the offices of my publisher, CICO Books. Mark and Lauren who handle publicity for the U.K. treated us to a delicious first meal in London at the traditional and cozy Vats, followed by introducing me around the office. It was an absolute treat to put faces to all of the friendly names with whom I've been corresponding. I was also able to meet my publisher, Cindy Richards, to whom I am so thankful for publishing my book.

Mark and Lauren suggested that Betsy and I explore Covent Garden next so we took a quick taxi ride and arrived at ... GASP along with me ... CATH KIDSTON!

Yes, I did buy things which perhaps I'll save for another post but what I wanted was the small things that might not even be listed online or for that you couldn't rationale paying international shipping. I purchased items like an eraser, ribbon, pins. And a case for my new phone.

That evening, I enjoyed bangers and mash (or sausage and mashed potatoes) at The Flask Tavern. Yum!

London: Where EVERYTHING is adorable!
Wow! Well, since Day 1 is already a lengthy post, I think I'll write individual posts for each travel day. I have included links to places mentioned so if you're ever in London, you'll have my recommendations!

No sleep? No problem. We're in London!
If you would have told me one year ago that I would be visiting London and Paris I may not have believed you. (I almost still don't!) It all begins with an idea ...

Stay tuned for Day 2!


first book giveaway: winner announced!

A quick post to announce the winner of a signed copy of my book (selected using Random.org) is Sheila Earhart!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and for your support and happy enthusiasm!


NOTE: Sheila: I am not sure how to contact you. Please message me via comment or my Tinkered Treasures page on Facebook. Thank you!

Monday, February 11, 2013

first book giveaway: signed copy

Wow. Here it is. The week I have been anticipating: the week my dream-come-true-wish-out-loud-work on tirelessly-book comes out. I am as excited and as awe-struck as you might imagine. And it all started here with this blog. Please indulge me for a sec ...

It is here where I shared my very first les petits tiroirs {on December 10, 2009}

where I shared my very first clothespin doll {in an October post of that same year}

where I shared the very first time I was published {in a post from April, 2009}

I am so very happy for starting a blog, for connecting with so many, and for reconnecting with myself. Please know that I appreciate every kind and enthusiastic comment.

Okay, well, as the top image shows, I am giving away a signed copy of my book. To enter, please leave a comment on this very blog post. For an additional entry, simply share about the giveaway in some way (blog post, Facebook post, Twitter tweet, email to friends, telling neighbors) and leave a comment for each giveaway shout-out. This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. One winner will be selected using Random.org on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Until then, I thank you and wish you a very happy Valentine's Day!