Would you like to see Happy in Print?

Would you like to see Happy in Print?

I have been thinking about this alot lately! without meaning to blow my own trumpet, I always seem to be on the start of a trend a couple of years before anyone else…I actually remember about 6 years ago stocking Cath Kidston pieces in a boutique we owned, and people totally ignoring the pretty prints and homewares…and all because, they simply hadn’t heard of her!…for me I have always bought something, because I liked it and not because, my next door neighbour had it or I saw it in a magazine!

My blog is nearly two years old now and I have been showing you all sorts of bright and colourful pictures, from my home..I certainly have the blogging bug and take my camera with me wherever I go! I can’t just take 1 picture either! I have to take a few of each picture and sometimes I take two camera’s with me, for instance, recently (and I will be blogging about it soon!) I went and did a photo shoot in my friend, Jane’s, beautiful Antique shop. There I took my Nikon and a little Lumix compact camera and shot nearly 500 pictures of her wonderful shop!

Anyway I bet your wondering where I am going here aren’t you! LOL! and really I suppose I am just writing my thoughts down here…but what with all this blogging, I have accrued 31,000+ photographs on my computer!!!!!!! HOW MANY! Yes 31,000 piccies! No wonder my computer is getting slow…once it was state of the art and now its like a slug! taking about 10 minutes to fire up in the morning!!

These are some of the pictures I have found in my attempt to slowly sort them out! Its going to take forever…! What am I saying it IS taking forever! but whilst sorting them all out…and looking at all the wonderful bright colours and arrangements again, got me to thinking…would anyone be interested in a book written by me?…

Would anyone be interested in publishing me? Have any of you out there got any tips and advice, I did think of doing one of those Blurb books, but they work out so expensive…so really I am asking you gals if you would be interested in my ideas, my opinions, my decorating tips etc etc, in order for me to get the ball rolling so to speak…the Blurb idea, is probably a good starting point, don’t you think? C’mon gals I’d like your advice here and also it will be a great source for others thinking the same thing!

I am sorry that I started off by blowing my own trumpet…but I have so many new ideas and thoughts, going around in my head all the time, so it would be nice to incorporate them all in one place 🙂 stating off a few new trends…all in one HAPPY book!

Look whats happened with the Union Jack thing for instance LOL! Its everywhere now!… My idea behind that was to BIG up blighty! what with all the doom and gloom everywhere, we definitely need to hang onto our Britishness! to enjoy and be proud to be British, is what its all about…!

My flags all around the house and in the garden, have been very welcomed here in my new home surroundings! Most of the people that live here are older…they walk their dogs and bid you a good day – when you are out in the garden….they talk to you in the street…it reminds me of how blighty used to be back in the 1960’s and 70’s when I was growing up!…

So here we are at the end of this Post…I hope you like my piccies…please let me know if you would like to see more and if you can offer me any help and advice, I would really appreciate it!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend gals…speak to you all soon xx

(sorry if there are any mistakes in this post..I am writing it really late in the evening and I am half asleep! hee hee!)


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  1. SARAH
    13th May 2010 / 8:30 pm

    Happy, it would be a fab book: just the kind of inspirational book that I like to dream over in bed at night with a cup of tea…. I don't know anyone in publishing but whoever signs you will be onto a winner. Thanks for inspiring me to write my own blog, and for designing my BRILLIANT banner. I'm knocked out by it every time I sign in!Lots of loveThe Innkeepers Wife, (Sarah) x

  2. Tania McCartney
    29th January 2010 / 11:16 am

    I think you should write a book. I would stare at it until my eyeballs fell out of my head. AND I would be smiling like a loop-de-loo the whole time. Trust me, if I can write (and self-publish, ahem) my own books, you can most certainly take the publishing world by storm, m'dear! Taniax

  3. Lark
    13th May 2009 / 10:34 pm

    Hey there, I think you should go for it! There are so many dull books about modern homes out there, I am always on the look out for inspiring images where people have used their own personalities to make their homes quirky and gorgeous. Also, a lot of the books about vintage style homes are from the US, there aren’t so many about British style.x

  4. miz-bag
    13th May 2009 / 1:40 pm

    i think you would do a great booki think there is a real gap in the market for “blog” booksi have only ever found one in my libary the gentle art of domesticity by jane brocketand i ave got it outloads of times…we need moreblogbooksand your would be FAB!!!!!

  5. Doolallysally
    13th May 2009 / 1:38 pm

    How about getting in touch with Jane Brocket’s publisher and Elspeth Thompson’s? It’s a first step anyway… Good luck Salx

  6. dianeinjapan
    13th May 2009 / 6:31 am

    A book? Yes, please!

  7. prettyshabby
    12th May 2009 / 6:22 pm

    go for it girlie! I love your stuff..x

  8. Anonymous
    12th May 2009 / 4:58 pm

    I have to spoil the fun here slightly and say I dont think you were the sole inspiration behind the whole union jack thing, and starting a trends a couple of years before anyone else????There are LOTS and LOTS of people out there like yourself.It seems to me that EVERYONE in blog-land these days is after a book deal.

  9. Anonymous
    12th May 2009 / 11:20 am


  10. Lace hearts
    11th May 2009 / 9:46 pm

    I think you’re prime material for a book – your photos are so colourful, and you have a lovely style. I’ll have a think on advice… but I think there would definitely be a market. xxx

  11. Anonymous
    11th May 2009 / 7:37 pm

    All my love to Rosie, I hope she is ok bless her.Take CareLove Melanie xxxx

  12. Happy @/*-*@
    11th May 2009 / 6:57 pm

    Thanks chics…you are all so kind, I think I know what I have to do!Watch this space xx

  13. Alexis
    11th May 2009 / 1:06 am

    I would love to have a book by you! I love your taste and your photographs make me happy!I would love decorating tips and maybe clothing tips as well. Maybe advice on thrifting? Food?Please keep me posted!

  14. Vintage Tea
    10th May 2009 / 11:14 pm

    You know how fabulous I think you are Happy and I say go for it!!I’m with all the other commenters and would be buying a copy straight away!Victoria xx

  15. Lavender hearts
    10th May 2009 / 10:03 pm

    Hiya,I think you could easily write a book! Most people still seem to go for that white painted, rather muted French look, which is pretty but I’m a bit tired of it. Whereas you epitomise English country cottage with a bit of Kitsch thrown in for good measure. I really admire your use of colour – you are not afraid of it, you embrace it! This is something that most people don’t have the confidence to do. I think the main difficulty though might be the fact that you are don’t have the notoriety that might sell a book like this. What I would suggest is that you contact a few publishers, pitching your idea with a few photos and see what they think.I hope that helps.Sian x

  16. Buttonchief7
    10th May 2009 / 9:37 pm

    Oh wow!!! A book would be so nice to showcase your great taste and style .I show all my friends your blog when they come visit. I’d definitely buy it. thanks for brightening our days. peggy

  17. Floss
    10th May 2009 / 6:35 pm

    I think you really do ‘have a book in you’ as they say! Niki from Nostalgia at the Stonehouse would probably be able to talk to you about the practical side of things, as her book is coming out soon and she has talked about her publishers a bit on the blog. I would love to see yours…

  18. Southern Lady's Vintage
    10th May 2009 / 1:40 pm

    I love your blog! So fun and such happy colors and it’s always a treat to visit here! I don’t know anything about writing a book, but hope someone can pitch in here and give you some sound advice!

  19. SueLovesCherries
    10th May 2009 / 1:12 pm

    Sign me up! I want an advanced (autographed, or course!) copy of your eye candy!!!

  20. marble rose
    10th May 2009 / 1:01 pm

    Dear Happy!I would buy your book in a heart beat!!!!On a different note though – I have bought you a pressie today, actually it’s for Max – I think he is going to lurve it!!!! I know it’s a bit weird to buy something for somebody you don’t know, but your blog has brought me such HAPPYness! So I’m not sure how to send it to you, or even if you’ll want it?Let me know! Hee hee – you should have seen the looks I got at the market when I told them I didn;t have a dog and it was for someone I’d never met!!Fleurxxxx

  21. cupcake studio
    10th May 2009 / 11:37 am

    I’m not a publisher…but I’d sure BUY your book! Your blog is so lovely!

  22. Blueberry Heart
    10th May 2009 / 10:51 am

    Hi Happy,You should really go for the book, I know I’d buy it! I think your style would suit being published, bright , cheery and always inspiring! Go for it and best of luck too!!!BH x

  23. bekimarie
    10th May 2009 / 9:52 am

    You are not blowing your own trumpet, get those ideas down on paper and go for it. What have you got to lose? I will be first in the queue to buy it.There is such a thing as self publishing which might be worth looking into.Big ((hugs))Beki xxx

  24. Anonymous
    10th May 2009 / 9:51 am

    Hi Happy, I think it would be fantastic if you wrote a book. I really enjoy reading your posts and looking at your piccies, so full of inspiration. I have already said you should be an interior designer.My husband knows a book publisher, I will email you with my husbands email address, then John can give you the book publishers email address. Get in touch with him, he will probably be interested, especially if he see’s your blog. I will do that now for you.Good luck with it.Take CareLove Melanie xxxx

  25. Sarah
    10th May 2009 / 9:38 am

    Can’t offer any advice I’m afraid – but a book sounds a great idea. Your photo’s are so lovely and cheery, I’m sure it would be very popular. Oh, by the way I have an award for you over at my blog!x

  26. Mummy Boo Bear
    10th May 2009 / 8:27 am

    Hi HappyI think this is the first time I have commented on your blog, although I do follow it. But I thought I would say that I would definately buy a book you have written. I love your blog and all the pictures, they are so full of verve and vibrancy.Sorry I cant offer any practical help, but I can offer a “go girl” support.MBBx

  27. Josie-Mary
    10th May 2009 / 6:58 am

    I can't offer any advice but I do think you should do a book. Your blog is lovely, I agree about having what you like & not because it's in fashion. I've always liked vintage things & started shopping in CK when she first started. All my friends thought it was odd now they all love it!!! I also made my first crocheted blanket years & years ago now everyones at it!!! I knew if I waited long enough I'd be cool!!! 🙂

  28. Linda Lilly Cottage
    10th May 2009 / 6:04 am

    I would buy your book, I am a book addict and I adore your style. I have been wondering about the book thing myself so it will be interesting to see what comments helpful people leave for you.I think it is a wonderful idea and I just know you will do it…can’t wait to see it and make sure it is available in Australia!Kiss Noises Linda

  29. Diane
    10th May 2009 / 1:42 am

    I think all your Photos are grand! And your Blog is delightful. I think you should do a book, I sure would enjoy it and I know many others once it is in the marketplace… You are a very Hip GirlHugs, Diane

  30. ~Lavender Dreamer~
    10th May 2009 / 1:15 am

    You have a new banner…I love it! And your idea sounds great! I know I enjoy your photos and all the cheery color…you give me energy and optimism!

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