So, the time has come. For a break. Yes, this is my last post for 2018. And it’s also my last post before I start something new. When I started this blog back in 2014, it was without much of a plan or an intended direction. It was simply a way to keep writing, to keep learning, and to keep my brain ticking over until the boys started school and I could possibly think about returning to work.
And then it became my work - or at least part of it - and it led to me writing for different companies and helping small businesses with their online presence and content, a brilliant way of combining my knowledge from years spent working in internal and strategic communications and all that I’ve picked up since beginning this blog and whiling away way too many hours on social media.
I sort of fell in to writing about interiors which is strange as I’m not a serial decorator and don’t tend to follow trends. However, I love creating calm and beautiful spaces and surrounding myself with pretty things. But I’ve decided to not only apply that love to writing about our house, but focus on all things outdoors, too. Specifically our (rather large) garden. Cue my new blog, In To The Potting Shed.
Yes, I’m going back to 2014. Once again, I want to write, I want to learn (about gardening - I’m clueless), and I want to do so from a free and easy point of view because creative projects are a joy and not just my job. That’s why I’m choosing to do it on a separate site and not on here.
It seems fitting to be breaking this news while featuring two of my favourite brands - VQ and Joules - as both have popped up on The Ordinary Lovely many times over the past four or so years and will no doubt be making an appearance on In To The Potting Shed going forward. Especially now they’ve collaborated and combined two of Joules’ iconic prints (Winter Camelia and Cambridge Floral) with VQ’s cutest radio, the Monty.
Mine really is going to go in my potting shed so I can listen to Gardeners’ Question Time every week and pick up tips while I’m trying my hardest not to harm any of the things that are still growing (I don’t know how) in our garden. I have a rechargeable battery for it too, so I can move it around as I’m deadheading plants that I’m, as of yet, mostly unable to identify.
Until then, all that’s left is for me to say a huge thank you to VQ and Joules for sending me their new radio (it both photographs and sounds like a dream - we had carols playing on it while I took these photos this morning), and a massive thank you to you for continuing to read my posts and being so supportive. Have an amazing Christmas and a great start to 2019. See you on the other side.