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Kirstie’s Vintage Home… and Me!

I don’t like to write too much about me on this wedding blog. But I’m making an exception today… Kirstie Allsopp has written about me, so why shouldn’t I, just for the day?! So this blog post is all about Kirstie and Me. (squeeeal!)

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I’m so excited. Too excited to type. Amazon delivered my copy of Kirstie’s Vintage Home
this morning: her new shiny hardback book which came out this morning. Did you see Kirstie on The One Show last night, by the way? I’m looking forward to seeing her on Graham Norton’s ‘very posh sofa’ soon!

kirstie's book (2)Part of Kirstie’s Vintage Home is the vintage wedding of Amy and Craig, for which Kirstie created, crafted and styled so many fantastic details. The page shown above has a pic of Amy’s place for the wedding reception. Gorgeous, isn’t it? But my favourite bit is the close ups of that lovely napkin…

kirstie's book (5)I wrote it. With my own fair (well, inky) hand – my oblique calligraphy pen, my Gillot 303 nib and Japanese ink. I wrote that exact place card which is on page 197 of Kirstie’s Vintage Home. And I took some photos at home, then sent it – along with a few dozen more for all the other guests! – to Kirstie in time for the wedding.
kirstie's book (6)And then I sat, quietly, hoping… for the publication date. I pre-ordered my book. I forgot about it, then remembered again, then told myself I might not make ‘the cut’ and be in the book anyway. Then I forgot again. Then my dad reminded me. Then this morning the doorbell rang (and the postman hammered on my door) and I saw my little parcel from Amazon. I phoned my mum. I kissed Kirstie’s face on the cover!

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My name is even on the page – in the same sentence as the word “expert” and the other words “beautiful calligraphy”. I think that makes me happier than even the pictures! I’m so proud.

kirstie's book (1)Of course Kirstie shares her tips for recreating the place settings as well as so many more gorgeous details from Amy and Craig’s wedding, and ideas for creating your own vintage home.

I’ve only had a chance to flick through and admire all the pictures so far, but I have big plans to snuggle up on my sofa with a hot chocolate later and start reading… my own apartment still being a bit of a blank canvas!
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I hope you don’t mind me sharing this today – yes it’s self-indulgent but I’m ever so happy to be mentioned in Kirstie’s book. When the television series starts I’m going to be a nervous wreck… but then again, I might not make the cut… we’ll see!

I really do recommend you read the book, both for vintage wedding projects and for home crafts. It’ll keep you busy making gorgeous things right through till Christmas! It’s on Amazon right now – click to go straight to the page: Kirstie’s Vintage Home and I promise, you’ll love it. Enjoy!

Claire xx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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25 COMMENTS
  • Maryanne
    7 years ago

    Congratulations – how exciting! Im looking forward to the series even more now!

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Maryanne! Me too 🙂

  • Scarlet
    7 years ago

    Ack! You deserve to be indulgent! Congratulations!!!
    Sxxx

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Scarlett 🙂 Having a happy day! xxx

  • pat barber
    7 years ago

    Brilliant! But there was never any doubt in my mind that you’d be in there. You already know how proud the kids at school and I are to have your work on the wall and now they’re basking in the reflected glory of you being a celebrity!!! And I’m proud to have such a talented and brilliant friend. Love and hugs. xx

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Pat! What a lovely comment 🙂

  • Julie Boyd
    7 years ago

    Well done you. I’m going to order just so I can show my friends you are in the book! Enjoy your read. So happy for you xx

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Julie! Let me know what Shirley says. Heeeee – only joking! You’re a star. Speak soon! xxxx

  • Amy
    7 years ago

    Wow, congratulations Claire, how exciting! I did see Kirstie on The One Show last night and I’II be looking out for her on Graham Norton – the Allsopp rocks!

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hee thanks Amy – and she so does, doesn’t she?! I think I have a bit of a crush… 😉

  • Fiona Campbell
    7 years ago

    Looks gorgeous! I don’t know why you’re in the least surprised – I would expect Kirstie to be honoured to have you helping out 😉 xx

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Ah Fiona you’re too kind. I’m looking forward to having my calligraphy featured in your shoot too! And I’ll be just as excited to see it there!
      C xxx

  • chris hanley
    7 years ago

    A your on amazon, B your so brilliant, C your a Caligraphy star, D your delightful and E your exciting and F you’ll be featured ……….see you on the 20th, might even curtsey x

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Heeee love that Chris!!

      I will now be singing “A, you’re adorable…” to the cats all day.

      I will curtsey first. You can take a picture. 🙂 xxx

  • Julie Dawson
    7 years ago

    Fabulous! You are a super star calligraphy expert!!! No wonder she featured you. I am going to get the book now too to add to my reference library. I am so pleased for you, will pop it on my facebook page and blog. xxxx

    • chris hanley
      7 years ago

      superstarlacalligraphyfragalistic even 🙂

      • Claire Gould
        7 years ago
        AUTHOR

        I think that needs to be scribed properly… message in a bottle… was wondering what to write! x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Julie it’s so lovely to have you back. You’re a star for sharing – and I hope you love the book too. It’s gorgeous… and perfect for anyone into home styling in any way. Think you might just find it inspirational!
      C xxx

  • Shan!
    7 years ago

    That’s totally math! Well done!

  • Dearest Claire,
    Thanks for sharing this exciting post! You have all the right for feeling proud. By experience I know the feeling for seeing your own work in print; there is nothing that compares with it. Even though my writing was not about a glamorous subject but mere scientific. By the way, I checked on Amazon.com here in the USA and the book can be ordered too and is also on Kindle available right now.
    Great news. You enjoy reading your copy.
    Hugs from across the Ocean,
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  • Belinda Mccarthy
    7 years ago

    Oh well done Claire, what a fabulous achievement! Enjoy the moment…. and then look at the book again and enjoy it all over again!

  • Tory
    7 years ago

    AMAZING news Claire… My favourite blog post all week, especially this bit: ‘And then I sat, qui­etly, hop­ing… for the pub­li­ca­tion date. I pre-ordered my book. I for­got about it, then remem­bered again, then told myself I might not make ‘the cut’ and be in the book any­way. Then I for­got again. Then my dad reminded me. Then this morn­ing the door­bell rang (and the post­man ham­mered on my door) and I saw my lit­tle par­cel from Ama­zon. I phoned my mum. I kissed Kirstie’s face on the cover!’ Still has me chuckling!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! T & J x x x

  • KtP
    7 years ago

    Wowzer that’s brilliant! Nice one! 🙂 not surprised it made the book it looks lovely!

  • Wendy Bell
    6 years ago

    How exciting! Well done; I’m not in the least bit surprised by your excitement! I’m sure you’ll make the cut on the programme 🙂

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