March 12, 2018

british spring box! and cool stuff


Happy Monday! News and updates: I announced my Spring book surprise box theme on Instagram last week, and the theme is British Springtime. (For grownups.) Yes I'll get off the Brit theme after this ha ha ha. It will have a gorgeous vintage book that is coming to me from England, and it will have treats and lovely things from some of my favorite British lines, like some beautiful stationary cards from Liberty of London. Hop over to my Instagram for a peek at the cards! The price is $31 plus shipping/handling, and I'm capping orders to under twenty. If you want one, comment or message me so I know how many books to order and I'll send you an invoice ~ The box will ship out in April. It would make for a lovely Mother's Day present!

And ~ I completely re-wrote my 'Info' page (see up above my header at the top of the blog) - I tried to get down as much info as I have right now about the book surprise boxes. I'm sure other questions will crop up, or other things will occur to me, but a lot of Q&A is up there now, so give it a little look-see if you like.

Also, my husband spent nearly an entire day re-coding some issues that had been bothering me about the blog since I switched templates last year and had it installed by a 3rd party. He did some things to improve the less than stellar image quality, and he fixed the way words were being cut off in the margins on mobile devices, and he fixed the ENORMOUS gap between blog posts when viewed in Chrome. Oh FYI - we noticed my images look much better on Firefox than they do on Chrome, by the way. If you notice anything strange, or if the site is suddenly taking ages to load, can you please let me know?

Things to check out -

Teenage girls and social media.

Best soups for a cold.

This skillet dinner and also this one.

Did you all see this post on Irish books that I did last year??

Would you like to know Andrew's Irish soda bread recipe?? (the photos are terrible but the soda bread is our go-to every year)

CUTE. Rainbow Shamrock String Art.

Um, seriously. I've begun to read parenting books again.

A whole lotta this K-beauty stuff will probably wind up in Julia's Easter basket this year. She's also been asking for this banana hand cream every 5 minutes. But I like this panda hand cream better!

Very darling spring blossoms print.


Cool Book of the Week: I'm finishing up this 'Jeeves & Wooster' book, and my word it's so silly and funny, like watching a comedy show in book format! I've been actually laughing out loud, which hardly ever happens to me while reading. These short stories about the world's most clueless English gentleman and his patient (and infinitely more intelligent) butler are just what I needed to read during these last few weeks of winter. I think I need to start watching the show.


Have a great start to your week! I watched 'Remains of the Day'  over the weekend - and cried A LOT - it's been years and years and years since I saw it last. I think it's also time for another viewing of 'Howard's End'.

~Melissa

9 comments:

  1. terrific post, full of wonderful ideas! thank you

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    1. aww thanks so much! Happy start of the week to you!!

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  2. Do you have me down for the Spring box? If not, I want one! I loved the one I just got, it is so sweet the way you wrap everything so nicely. Happy Mother's Day to me!

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    1. Yup yup! I've got you on the list! I'm so thrilled you're loving the boxes. The Spring one is going to be very....Springy!

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  3. Great post!! Have you tried the skillet dinners? They look so yummy - especially the one with tortellini! The Liberty note cards are darling. The British Springtime box is definitely tempting!

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    1. I haven't tried the skillet dinners yet! A lot of times my Cool Stuff lists function as a personal To Do or Check This Out Later list ha ha ha. Glad you like the look of the Liberty cards. My husband went to Chronicle Books in San Francisco last month and brought these home for me - he thought I might like them for my boxes. So sweet!!

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  4. Hi Melissa! Please add me to your list for the British Spring box. I loved the Russian winter one - it was so well done! I just finished the book, The Bear and the Nightingale, and loved it and can't wait to see what you send this time. Thank you!

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    1. Got you added Laura! So glad you enjoyed Russian Winter, that was a fun theme. And so happy you loved the book! I LOVED it. You know there are two more, it's a series! I just got Book 2.

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    2. Oooh, I didn't know it is a series - the next one is going on my TBR list right away! Can't wait for the Spring box! Thank you :)

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