Meet WIBP’s new brand reps

Last week I made a general call for brand reps for Walks in Beauty Paperie and found some very eager and willing social media mavens to represent our brand for the next three months. We are so excited to have them join the Walks in Beauty team and look forward to sharing more of their adventures with you all as well. So, without further ado here they are.

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Each lady has a blog and instagram or twitter account which we hope to share with you via our own social media pages as well so that you can get to know them better. Here are the blog links to each one so you can have a look at each unique style and voice.

Barb’s blog is ritewhileucan. She writes a lot about all things paper related and letter writing related and goes on some fantastic tours of places in her native home of Canada.

Bekah’s blog is Livin’ It Bekah Style, you might recognise her blog as being the one I got that fabulous ginger snap recipe from I mentioned in my last blog post. She is also my twinsie and best friend in Canada.

Susie blogs over on Facebook on her page called Snail Mail with Susie where she shares goodies she’s purchased, tips and other stuff related to our shared love of snail mail.

Please check their blogs out and keep up to date with us here and on our own social media pages!

Cheers,

Nadia xoxo

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Autumn Colour Spotting in Bridport

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It’s a cloudy Sunday afternoon, I’ve got a tray of ginger snaps in the oven and one ready waiting to go in as soon as the other has finished baking. The house is quite except for the low rumble of the oven, the ticking of the timer and the sound of my computer keys as I type this very instant. Alan is quietly working in the lounge on some artwork and I relish the glimpses of autumn colours I can see growing daily through the windows of our dear little home.

The weekend has been fairly mellow, rooted in tasks around the home and getting ahead with things for the Etsy shop. We took a break yesterday afternoon to have a walk around town and enjoy the already vibrant emerging colours and I took a few snaps. It was a gorgeous sunny day so we had plenty of opportunities to enjoy being outdoors. The first few photos are just snaps of areas near to our home as we headed into town with the last being almost to the town centre.

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From town we walked over to Mountfield where the council offices are as behind that is the Millenium Green where we proceeded to walk about up to the fields directly behind the former house turned offices. Below are some views first from around the outside of Mountfield and the field behind.

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Though there is still a lot of green about, daily more colours emerge as autumn settles in. Walking through the hollow into the Millenium Green the leaves of autumns past still cover the path as you slowly see signs of more colourful leaves to come and signs of late summer in the blackberries that still appear on the brambles. Chestnuts begin to cover the path as well and cheeky little squirrels can be seen darting from branch to branch.

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These are the makings of another beautiful autumn and I hope to share more of that with you in the future. I am trying to blog more frequently and be a bit more consistent with this blog. Use it for what I always intended it for, to share the beauty and wonder of this life we lead, simple as it may be and share some of what I love with the world at large. Our walk concluded with a stop to look at the colours emerging at St. Swithun’s Churchyard. Here are a few snaps from there.

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Well my lovely readers, my ginger snaps are getting on and I need to find some tins to fill with the ones that have already come out of the oven and cooled sufficiently on the rack. Thank you for joining me on this virtual walk and I hope you will find time to peruse more posts if this is your first time here.

Cheers,

Nadia xoxo

For those of you who aren’t as autumn mad as I am here is a lovely list of ways to get happy about autumn from The Old Fashioned Mama.

I’d love to try this autumn flowers heart wreath from A handmade cottage this year.

Sometimes I love looking back at the beautiful photographic posts of Kitty and Nathan from Searching for Tomorrow. This post, The deer ones, is from September 2016 and is delightful.

Autumn and Brand Rep Announcement

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Autumn, meteorologic-ally speaking, is in full swing here in Bridport! The leaves are starting to turn, the days are getting shorter and cooler and with it come the flavours and smells one typically associates with the change of the season. Here at Walks in Beauty HQ (aka our little home) we are starting to enjoy it to the fullest! Autumn is my favourite time of year and on the paper side of things, many of my customers have been buying lots of autumn and Halloween papers! Making these makes my heart happy!

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This revelation brings me to my next point, brand representatives/enthusiasts. For quite some time now I have been considering adding a few brand reps to our growing community of snail mail enthusiast customers. This is a first for me so I am very happy to announce that as of September 15th I will be accepting applications for brand reps of which I will choose three people to represent our brand. So, here is how it works:

I am looking for three brand reps/enthusiasts to represent us via social media and blogs for the next three months starting in October. The ideal candidates will have a blog that is kept up to date, a public Instagram account and public twitter account with a following of over 300, and a Facebook page is an added plus. Brand reps will receive a total of 3 free writing sets, 2 free writing papers, and any new sticker and journal card/ephemera sets that come out during the three month period they are representing us for. Reps will also receive a unique discount code for them to use to get up to 40% off of any product they buy within that three month period. Reps are required to purchase at least one item per month. In exchange for all of these goodies (and any extras which will no doubt be included), each brand rep is expected to write at least 1 blog post a month about Walks in Beauty Paperie‘s products and post one clear photo of our products each week during the three month duration which will start on October 1st and Conclude on December 31st. To apply for a post as a brand representative please e-mail us at walksinbeauty[at]outlook.com with the following:

  • Your name and location
  • Links to your blog, twitter and Instagram accounts
  • a short intro explaining why you would make an excellent brand rep and what you most like about our products.

Application deadline is Friday, 22nd September 2017. You may e-mail at anytime from now until then. I will start viewing applications from the 15th until the 22nd. Successful applicants will be notified on Sunday, 24th September and posted their first press package on Monday in order to allow time for their first posts in October. I look forward to choosing three fabulous people!  Here’s a sneak peak at some of the types of things that will be coming your way:

To see more of what we make do check out our shop or IG account! Looking forward to hearing from people soon!

Cheers,
Nadia 🙂

Loving this month in pictures by A handmade cottage.
If you love vintage then you’ll love my pen pal Sarah’s blog: Homespun Stitchworks.
And these fresh fall freebies!

Hello September, Hello Autumn: New Season, New Beginnings

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Hello my lovely followers and friends! Happy September! It has been an insanely long time since I last posted in here and I feel horrible about that but life was just too stressful for a while to cope with writing about it and also dealing with all the things that come along with that stress. Still, I missed writing in here and sharing with you all what has been happening and so I decided that September 1st was the perfect date to start writing again.

As many of you might know, I run an Etsy shop called Walks in Beauty Paperie and this has been consuming most of my time lately. I am loving it! Writing letters has always been a passion of mine so creating beautiful writing papers is a natural fit for me and as I am typing this post I am printing an order as well. I have a lot of exciting new things in store for my paperie and one of the things I am keen to do is get some brand representatives to join me in my love of all things paper. I will be putting up a post with the details later but just wanted to show you all a little bit more of what I do here.

Hello Autumn writing set from Walks in Beauty Paperie

If you are a regular follower of our Instagram account you will have seen the above in a post, as well as many other sets like it. I also produce ephemera sets, sticker flakes and lately have been making journal cards in 3″x 4″ & 4″ x 6″ format to fit Project Life albums for a unique touch.

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I source the images I use from public domain sites, commercial clip art artists, and use my own photography and artwork as well as my husbands to create these gorgeous paper products. Our latest new product are the above gratitude quote journal cards which I thoroughly enjoyed making. They are very unique and right now in honour of Labor Day in the USA we have a 25% off sale going on across our entire shop, including our sale section which has many lovely items in it at present.

Our most popular items right now are our autumn and winter stationery which is flying out the door daily. I love these designs most of all as autumn and winter are my personal favourite seasons and in the next few weeks I hope to be adding some new designs and items to the shop for people to snap up devoted to this wonderful time of year and featuring more of my own artwork and photography.

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Right now I am adding secret coupon codes in for every customer that shops from the end of last month (August orders that went out as recently as Wednesday of this week included) through to 25th September and all autumn and winter orders are receiving some lovely freebie journal cards some of which I will share a photo of below.

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So, in short, this is where I am at regarding the shop at present. There will be more in the next few days, weeks and months as I look to expand our range of goodies. New products, new designs and a slightly new direction with an old twist.

Thank you for always keeping up with our blog, it means a lot, even when I have been a bit remiss in posting. I hope to now be back to blogging regularly and hoping to bring you lots more new content as well. I want to go back to also posting more of our lifestyle content and also share with you links to some of my favourite blogs around the web.

Here’s to a happy and exciting September!

Love,

Nadia xoxo

Today I am loving these, Chalkboard prints by Poppys Memory Box

Thinking of making these soon, Gingerbread Biscotti by my twinsie, Bekah.

Because I missed this yesterday, our lovely Princess Diana, a tribute by Kiki Nakita.

 

 

Slow Living Sunday: Sunshine & Serenity

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It’s a beautiful and sunny Sunday evening here in Bridport today. Alan and I had a nice long lie in followed by him making us cinnamon rolls! They were so good! It was his first time making them too and they turned out fantastic! We had to run some errands earlier so after having breakfast we went into town to get a few things and enjoy the sunshine. It is lovely to be out and taking all the signs of Spring in. I had a few things I wanted to do when we got home, making a nice loaf of bread being one of them!

Back in January we moved into our own place but we still have a few things over at Alan’s parents’ place so while I got busy making my Bara Soda Carawe (that’s Welsh for Caraway Soda Bread), Alan went to go get some of our books to add to our bookcase which had been sitting in the hallway not getting much use other than as a catch-all of sorts. We cleared it out last weekend and now it is finally starting to look like a proper bookcase and soon I will have the hallway clear of all the excess clutter.

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So, today has really been more about slow living, trying to just take at least a day to enjoy life without all the major distractions from the everyday. Alan made a lovely chili con carne while I baked and we had a late lunch followed by a nice nap (sunshine and a hearty meal will do that to you). Now I am up, writing to you all after having finished a few designs and test prints to upload some new stuff to the Etsy shop and Alan is making scones for supper! Couple that with a gorgeous evening of sunshine and a leisurely viewing of Vera on ITV in about 40 minutes and we are ready to end this relaxing day to start a new and vibrant week ahead. How was your Sunday?

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Well, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday evening with my hubby! More news to come tomorrow! Have a lovely week and stay positive!

 

Photos by: Nadia M. Perez Bugler ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

Hello again! It’s been a while…

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Well, after a rather long hiatus from blogging, partially because I wasn’t feeling much like writing and partly because I had forgotten my login details, I am back with you all again. Hello from Bridport! It was a lovely start to April today, lots of sunshine despite some looming clouds so Alan and I headed off on a walk to West Bay to have a nice beach day.

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Despite some brooding storm clouds towards town, the Bay stayed dry while we were there and the walk home was lovely. Alan even found a human size hamster wheel in one of the fields. *wink*

Hopefully we will be back blogging more regularly here though we can’t promise to do so daily. I for one have a lot more to share with you all but for now I bid you a good weekend and a good night!

 

Photos of West Bay by Nadia M. Perez Bugler ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

June Goals & A Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Hello again my lovely readers! I missed a day of posting yesterday so I thought I would double up on both prompts. Goals for the month and my go to summer recipe. I have one main goal for this month which, if you’ve read my previous posts you’ll already know what that is, but for those who are just reading this, that is to not spend on anything frivolous this month. That is to say, no spending on any of the things I tend to buy needlessly like washi tape or more stickers when I have plenty. Alan (my hubby) and I decided to spend only on the necessary things such as food and toiletries and on things pertaining to my stationery business Walks in Beauty Paperie on Etsy, mainly materials such as ink for printing and paper.

Another goal for this June is to try and use more of my craft supplies to create both things to send to my pen pals in creative mail or things to sell. I have a few ideas combining mixed media up my sleeve. Also, we both have the goal of exploring more of the art studios in our local area during the Dorset Art Weeks which is a nice free outing and allows us to mingle with local artists and fellow creatives, see what they are doing and support them. We usually tended to go to St. Michael’s Trading Estate for the studios there but have discovered there are some other studios dotted about town or within walking distance in other nearby villages that might be worth going to check out. There is at least one open studio during the Arts Week in the North Mills area I’d like to check out (photographic art) and one in the village of Symondsbury which I am dying to go and explore again. The arts weeks end on 12th June so we should be able to check out many different studios between now and then. Today we saw some beautiful quilt art at Becca’s Fabric Larder, most of the pieces were by either Becca Balazs herself or another very talented quilter, Janet McCallum. This was a private viewing which we were invited to but many of the art studios around there were also open and we could have gone in. Supporting local artists and crafters is a big goal of mine. I want to support them more and the big chain shops less. We are fortunate enough to have quite a variety here in Bridport which is a huge plus!

Now, on to today’s prompt: My go to summer recipe…well, I think that would have to be homemade salsa! I love the stuff! I am not a fan of spicy salsa so I make mine very differently from most people but it’s such a refreshing salad and goes well on tortilla chips or even as a side with meat. We made some last night to go with our lovely nacho salad (something I used to eat at home with my parents in Florida pretty regularly and was craving) and it turned out amazing! So, I thought I would share the recipe for those who are more into a mild and refreshing salsa.

 

 

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Homemade Mild Refreshing Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • half a white onion, chopped or 2 large spring onions chopped (green tops and white bits)
  • half a large English cucumber, chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • quarter of a red bell pepper, chopped
  • three sprigs lemon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or more
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop all of your ingredients that need chopping and place them in a medium to large bowl as you go.
  2. Once chopped, mix and squeeze the juice of one lime over the salsa mix.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix together.
  4. For best results make this a day in advance, mix and cover and place in refrigerator overnight so that the juices work their magic.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out do let me know!

Cheers!

Nadia