the green gables is moving! (so you get a special offer to celebrate)

Yes, after three brilliant years working in the studio at the end of my garden in Surrey, the green gables is moving to a new space, just down the road. I have wrestled with the idea of renting space for quite a while as there are so many good things about working from home and it’s just so convenient! However, there really is no more room for me, my ace team member Emma, all the products, all the packaging, equipment – everything needed to run the business – in the garden studio any more. So, at the start of August we’re moving to a rented space in a beautiful building just minutes down the road. I’ve even got myself a bicycle to pedal to and from the new studio! Action shots to follow…

Surprise-stationery-special-offerSo, what’s this about a special offer I hear you ask. Well, to celebrate this new exciting (and a little bit daunting) chapter in my business (and to save myself some packing) I’ve decided to give you the very special offer of a surprise stationery box with a value of £20 for just £10! Each box will be filled with a selection of notebooks, cards, postcards, decorative tape and more from the green gables’ stationery range. You pay £10 with p&p included and receive a £20 box of stationery in the post, what’s not to like?! You can order your surprise stationery bargain box on the website or if you want to leave your email address in the comments I’ll whizz you over a paypal invoice.

This offer is only available until 27 July (depending on demand it may have to end sooner) so be sure to snap up your stationery box asap! Just think of all that lovely papery goodness…

AND, the other piece of news I have to share is that I’m looking for new lovely folk to join the green gables’ team! Mainly to help with packaging products and parceling up orders but there’s always potential for more involvement. I’ll add a Join the Team page to the website with more information soon so keep an eye out for it…

Crikey, that’s a lot of excitement in one go, I’d love to know what you think of it all! I’ll put the kettle on…

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Do you wonder what life will be like in a year’s time?

Yesterday the hubbie and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. While we walked the dog in the morning we pondered how much our lives have changed in those nine years, in ways we could never have imagined. When we married we both worked in print publishing and loved living in a flat in London. There’s no way we could have imagined in nine years’ time living in a house in rural Surrey with a dog we completely adore, that I would have been running my own business for three years and the hubbie developing his own business too!

9th-anniversary(the little shadow on the right is our photo-bombing pooch)

So, yesterday evening, while we celebrated over a glass of fizz, we pondered what our lives will be like in another year’s time. Will we still live in the same house, what shape will our businesses be in, where will we have travelled, what experiences might we have had? As we wondered we jotted them down in a list so that we can squirrel it away and in a year’s time, on your tenth anniversary, we’ll dig out the list and see what we predicted correctly! And what other developments, twists and turns our lives took that we didn’t foresee… We’re not going to look at the list again (after all, it’s not a list of goals or targets to specifically work towards) and it’s been tucked away in a cupboard for safe-keeping until 16 July 2015.

Life-in-a-year's-time-printable2And because I know you love a list as much as I do, I’ve whipped up a printable ‘what life will be like in one year’s time’ sheet for you to download, print and fill in yourself! You don’t need to wait for a significant date like a birthday or anniversary, just make sure you set a reminder for the same date in a year’s time to pull out the list from its hiding place and see how your life compares.

Life-in-a-year's-time-printableLife in a year’s time printable

The printable sheet is A4 in size, just click on this link to download and print. I’d love for you to share this but do please link back to this post, not just the printable, and remember the sheet is for personal not commercial use.

Enjoy filling in your list and I’d love to know how closely you predicted your life in a year’s time!

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