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.

 

 

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Memories of a perfect holiday…

Today is a day of recalling memories for me, in some respects because it is the first anniversary of my maternal grandmother’s passing today and in part because, following Hello Neverland‘s June prompts, I am recalling my most meaningful vacation memory. A vacation is supposed to help ‘vacate’ your life to make room for the new and get rid of the old. In the UK where I live vacations are called holidays and for me the perfect holiday was when I came to the UK for the first time three years ago. I still cannot believe how life altering this vacation/holiday was but it was the stepping stone that brought me to a life in this country alongside the man I love. I came here back in 2013 with every intention of exploring and getting to know this beautiful country, thoughts of finding my lifelong partner here barely entered my mind but that is exactly what happened.

My most meaningful memory of this particular holiday is that of having the opportunity to show my hubby around one of my favourite places in England, Stratford-Upon-Avon. He’d come to visit me where I was staying in Birmingham (I was house-sitting for my friend who was away in the Channel Islands at the time) and we had decided to take a little day trip to the Bard’s birthplace. I had been there a couple of month’s prior to that so knew my way around pretty well. For me it was a chance to share the home of one of my idols, one of the reasons why I am a major Anglophile. The time we spent in Stratford truly did not disappoint. We went to Shakespeare’s birthdplace, walked all along the street nearby entering shops, had lunch at a lovely cafe, strolled by the canal and watched the swans, had dinner at a restaurant near there and just had a great time cementing our relationship.

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Strangely enough, we wandered into a shop where a local man heard us talking and heard my notable American accent and assumed that it was my husband who was showing me around the place. He seemed shocked and taken aback when he found out that it was the other way around. Hehehe! He must have thought it odd that an American was showing an Englishman around Stratford! Still, we had a good chuckle about that and it is forever etched into my memories of that time spent in each other’s company in that beautiful place.

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I am blessed beyond measure to have been able to create such meaningful memories with Alan back then as they really did help to pave the way for when we had to be separated by an ocean while we tried to sort my visa & immigration status out afterward. It was this and other wonderful memories we created both here in the UK and in the US that kept us holding on until I was finally granted my visa and residence permit last October.

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I cannot wait to go back to Stratford-upon-Avon and create many new meaningful vacation memories with Alan again but I am also very much looking forward to exploring even more places in the UK. Right now with our no-spend month I shall be limited to where my feet can carry me in our area but there is so much to see around here that I expect that should not be a problem at all!

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I would love to know what holiday/vacation memories are meaningful to you and why! I love to hear other people’s stories. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Below are some links you might find interesting! Happy reading!

 

I am making this funfetti cake for a friend’s birthday tomorrow!

If you aren’t acquainted with the Lucky Dip Club you really ought to be, check out my blog post on my snail mail blog.

Always wanted to know more about Grace Kelly? Then check out Kiki’s post about her here.