7 May 2011

The end of a journey, the beginning of a new

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I have been a blogger now for nearly three years, amazing how times flies and how much as changed since I started. I have left my interior design job in London, where I lived for 7 1/2 years and moved back to New Zealand, back to the rural area of the Wairarapa, where I grew up and have not lived for over 20 years! Set up a shop of my own, hope & glory, doing free lance design and finding my feet in a country I have not lived in for nearly a decade; its been a trip I tell ya!!

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Now that I am running my own businesses, not only its busy, busy, but also I am juggling three blogs, facebook and twitter business accounts; sadly none of them get the attention they deserve and I feel like I have become a very bad blog mother to my dear Endless Inspiration. So I have decided to amalgamate all three blogs into one - hope & glory

Endless Inspiration will still be here, but I won't be updating it, all the lovely inspiration you have enjoyed here will now be over at h&g - interiors, architecture, art, decoration & display, colour, fabric, photography, travels, craft and all the amazing things that inspire me; plus all the goings on at the store! It will be great to have everything all together and amalgamate this journey. Really hope you can join me, I would love it if you can follow the hope & glory link and sign up to be a follower :)

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Thank you so much for all your incredible enthusiasm and support all these years, its been amazing to meet so many great people from all around the world and to know there are so many like minded souls in the world - YOU ROCK :)

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Hope to see you really soon!

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5 May 2011

had to show you this!

my lovely friend Jo of Brown Paper String Blog is a very stylish kiwi girl based in London. She knows how much I LOVED Princess Diana when I was a child, I even had Diana & Charles paper dolls that my aunt sent from London. I use to play with them all the time, so my brother knew if he wanted to be really mean to me, the best way to do it was to do something terrible to the paper dolls - he did, he cut them and all the clothes to shreds! Oh I was so distraught, in the end my mother had to ask my aunt to send over another set, phew!

I still have them packed away somewhere, cut out and well loved. I went for a little search on the internet and found some lovely person on flickr who still has them untouched in the book - WOW that is restraint.

It was amazing looking through the different dresses (I wasn't really interested in Charles at all - poor Charles) it felt like yesterday, I know them all so well. I also obsessively cut out pics of Diana from magazines and made endless scrap books, all through my childhood through to my teens......!

the cover, they both look blushed within an inch of their lives

rather racy under wear for Diana, loving the socks on Charles!

Diana's rather controversial pre-wedding evening dress it showed too my cleavage
for the royal family to approve of!

the requisite Sloany country clothes


the day clothes

I totally remember her wearing this blue dress, was in it OZ?

the gorgeous evening gowns

I ADORED this emerald green dress, still do!

and of course THE dress
Armed with this knowledge, Jo knew exactly the right present to send for my birthday in March
yip you guessed it, William & Kate paper dolls!

Kate's underwear is a bit more appropriate than Diana's

nice boxers Will ;)

all the important dresses are here, the engagement sapphire blue

the simple and beautiful pink evening dress


loving the pink wellies


and of course the big day

a last minute promotion saw Will's uniform change to red

the artist best guess of what Kate might wear, not bad
and here they are in my shop in all their glory :)
Thanks Jo they have been much admired!

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