Sunday, 23 October 2016

A book launch at home

Some months back I planned to have our 'Australian' book launch at a venue where we could have up to 120 people with a cocktail evening with pictures and stories from the recent Beatrix Potter tour and book launch in the UK. But that did not eventuate and instead our wonderful friends Lessa and Roger opened their home today to lots of people......much more personal and fun! We have another launch on Tuesday that a local quilt group are hosting only this will be a fundraiser for Alzheimers's Australia. But today was a special celebration with family and friends and I thank each and every one of you who came (including Judy, Marie and Pat who drove over 3 hours to get there and then turned around and drove the 3 hours plus home......thankyou girls xxx). We sent invites to about 70 with an open invitation to join us and also share in an early 60th birthday drink as well - having my birthday a week before Christmas is not ideal for that sort of celebration! Roger decorated the front of the house most appropriately......and Lessa and Roger's niece made the most amazing gingerbread biscuits.....too nice to eat!........

 Lessa and Roger turned their home into a display of the book projects and even the neighbours were involved with Beatrix Potter memorabilia.....sadly I didn't get many photos.....

 And there is your quilt Helen.........
 I am not the only one who was born in 1956 and all the others have already had their day but I felt it only appropriate they share with me............

 Beau even came back for was a lovely moist lemon cake......

 Sophie lasted amazingly well (second from left) as she had only had her wisdom teeth out under anaesthetic less than 48 hours ago).....and standing next to her is a friend that I nursed with almost 40 years ago and she actually cared for Sophie at birth when Sophie had life saving heart surgery.........

 we did have savouries too I think!

 Sophie captured some of the speeches with Roger's back to us as he had to rescue some hot treats from the oven that was alarming!......

 It was such a busy afternoon and I completely forgot to give out thankyou's that I had stitched for everybody - a little Beatrix Potter mug I will pop them in the post or catch up with many of you soon!.....

Tuesday is our next launch and then the website will go live. For international friends waiting for the book you might like to wait a wee bit longer to save on the postage costs from Australia - C&T Publications in the US will be releasing a version in February next year (this will also allow shops to get copies wholesale as well)......more of that very soon. Thanks for dropping by xx


  1. It was a lovely afternoon Michele, and thanks for having us. xxx My blog will have to wait until tomorrow.

  2. it sounds like you had a wonderful day everything looks so beautiful and the food too pretty to eat! A December birthday is what my mom had and it always seemed to get lost in the holidays no matter how hard we all tried to make it special - thanks so much for letting us in the states know that C & T will carry the book - I will make a special note of that!!

  3. What a lovely launch with such beautiful decorations and the food looks amazing! Congratulations - nice to sneak in an early birthday party. I share the same problem, having an early party is a great idea!

  4. What a lovely event! It was great being part of it from my computer chair. And thanks for the heads up about C&T. Blessings,

  5. sorry i could not join you - but certainly looks like a successful day. thanks for sharing.

  6. The rabbit cookies are AMAZING! Looks like a lovely time.

  7. What a fabulous day you all enjoyed. Congratulations Michele on yet another creative book.

  8. Oh my goodness....I haven't visited your blog for a while and it looks as though LOTS is happening....can't wait to see the new book.

  9. thankyou michele for a wonderful day today i loved your talk and loved your book even more thank again....denny

  10. Sounds lovely like you had a wonderful day


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