I am wearing my heart on my sleeve, pulling that curtain aside and spilling some beans today.
I have been working on a few fun things over here-
and today I am sharing all the details and the very first look at my brand new book.
‘From the time I was a young girl, I remember being quite enamored with anything to do with gatherings, from dinner parties to lakeside getaways with family and friends to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandmother’s house in the mountains.
There was something about those special times that held a certain fascination for me, even when I was little. When I knew that there was a special occasion coming up on the calendar, I got a little bit giddy with the anticipation, knowing what was sure to be an enchanted event was just around the corner.
Now that I am older, I think back to our gatherings when planning and hosting my own, and while I have vivid memories of the elements and layers that went into each one- the china patterns, the tablecloths and the particular food are not what stand out to me.
It is much more the feeling. The sights, sounds, smells, and ambience of the gatherings that create that ‘magic’ that have stayed with me.
The sweet smell of my grandmother’s fudge that you could almost taste from the moment you stepped in her front door for Thanksgiving dinner.
The crisp mountain air and smell of smoke from the campfire, the ghost stories and scratchy wool camping blankets wrapped around me.
The burst of yellow and pink in the wildflowers gathered up from the garden and placed on the table for a summer evening barbecue.
Gatherings are not just tables and lavish occasions. They are the beach picnics in the sunshine and salty ocean air, an impromptu picnic in a field, a quiet morning sipping coffee while watching the sunrise with your sweetheart or camping trips complete with all the layers of thick, plaid cotton sleeping bags- and evenings lying cozy next to the fire staring at star filled skies and talking until you fall asleep.
There is something about those moments.
That simple old fashioned feel good feeling – when it seems the world stops for a few minutes while you look around at people making sweet memories. ‘
Lots of butterflies in my stomach writing this post but I am so excited to finally be able to share more about my book with you.
Of course, when I was writing and photographing this book, the world looked a little bit different than it looks right now. But I do think we all need beauty and inspiration more than ever and so I hope this brings many smiles, a peaceful break and ideas right now.
I am looking forward to when we will all be able to gather with our families and friends and celebrate everyday and special moments together- just like I know you all are too. My hope for this book right now is that the ideas and inspiration from the settings inside these pages will inspire you to create some of your own gatherings at home – create some special moments with your family while staying safe- and also give you a head start on planning for more celebrations that are coming. And I think those are going to be so wonderful. 🙂
Inside the pages of Inspired Gatherings you will find settings in inspired places like flower fields, the lake, a vineyard etc. and you will also find settings that are inspired at home. A table by the barn and in the greenhouse, a grazing breakfast in the kitchen, a bohemian table under the tree among many others. And it isn’t all about tables-there are many quiet moments for two & things like coffee with someone special while watching the sunrise over a lake. It is a book that is full of ideas that came about from looking at the world around us and being inspired to create special moments with those you love.
Inspired Gatherings releases on May 26th and is available for Pre- Order at Amazon right now.
Something you might not know is that every single pre-order is so important for the success of the book – soI absolutely appreciate you ordering your copy early if you are so inclined.
These are just a few sneak peeks- I couldn’t wait any longer to share with you! I will be sharing more & lots of behind the scenes stories (there were a few doozies!) in the coming weeks and I am planning some fun virtual things where we can connect and chat just like at a regular book signing.
Thank you so much as always for your friendship- I am so grateful for you and your support.
This book would not be possible without each of you.
I hope that you enjoy
as much as I enjoyed writing it.