Monday, 28 May 2012

Two Awards and A Beautiful Vintage Lifestyle Magazine!

Hello and thank you all for the lovely comments on my previous post, and a big hello to my new followers!

Well it's been a busy week! Mia has gone on holiday with her Dad for the next 7 days to Tenerife, they left on Friday and I am missing her already. I'm used to her being away, but somehow it feels so much worse when she is abroad. I've been trying to keep myself busy, so this will be the first of a few posts over the next couple of days!

First I want to say a big thank you to Gem at Treasures from the Cherry Tree for awarding me the Sunshine Award!! I love Gem's blog, I highly recommend a visit! And if that wasn't enough to make me smile, I was also chuffed to receive the Leibster Blog Award from the lovely Suzy at Rustic Vintage Country! Two Awards in one week..I am really touched, and they certainly helped to cheer me up after waving goodbye to Mia! Thank you so much ladies..I hope you don't mind but I won't pass them on just yet, as I've only very recently done this, but I'm still grateful to recieve them and will proudly post them on my blog!

Now...I really must share with you all a absolutely fabulous magazine which I've subscribed to, and which has just launched...."Pretty Nostalgic"!

Some of you may have already heard of the this wonderful mag, or perhaps even bought or subscribed to the first issue (May/June 2012), however, if not, I would highly recommend it! Last weekeend I visited the Smallholder & Garden Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells, where Nicole and Sarah, the founders and publishers of this great magazine, had a stand. Straight away I could see that this was definitely "my" sort of to be honest I've become a little disillusioned by my usual stash of monthly magazines of late, and I was insprired by Nicole and Sarah's effort to "have a go" and turn their publishing dreams in to a reality. Just twelve months ago, these inspiring ladies were the proprietors of a vintage shop in South Wales. Disheartened by other magazines, they decided to take the bull by the horns and have a go themselves! And the result; Pretty Nostalgic, “a fiercely independent bi-monthly home and lifestyle magazine that focuses on vintage living and nostalgic values”

I have already read my copy from cover to cover, and I cannot wait for the next issue to arrive! I saved 25% by subscribing, and if that wasn’t enough, this beautiful book, written by Nicole and Sarah was absolutely free! It is packed with inspiring quotes and wonderful pictures, which not only encourages us to re-use and recycle, but to really look at the way we view our homes.

I have been really inspired by these lovely ladies and their “have a go” attitude, which has certainly paid off! It just goes to show that if you really put your mind to something, anything is possible, even in these uncertain economic times!

They will be out and about this Summer, and you can catch them next at the Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet Showground 31st May – 2nd June, and the Vintage Nation, Brighton, Saturday 9th June. You can also check out their wonderful website here! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Marina xx


  1. A week will soon pass, really, honestly! This new mag looks just my cup of tea, I'll be checking it out soon so thanks for posting it! x

  2. I saw this advertised on another blog and wondered about giving it a go. I bet the Christmas issue will be lush. I may well give it a go after your recommendation. I gave up Country Living as although I love the styling it's just pages of adverts. That was the only mag I did buy.
    Hope Mia has a lovely holiday, hope you don't miss her too much more.
    Congrats on your awards.
    Lisa x

  3. The magazine looks just perfect! I, too, have become quite dissatisfied with my monthly mags. The last couple of issues of Country Homes and Interiors and Homes and Antiques haven't hit the spot for me either.
    I think I will subscribe and give it a go.
    I hope the week passes quickly and Mia is back home with you soon xx

  4. Thank you for posting about this magazine.. it looks fantastic. I'll be thinking of you this week as you count down the hours to Mia's return. Jx

  5. That does look lovely - might just peruse it next time I am in town. Hope all is well with Mia and she'll be back before you know it xx

  6. Oh hon, I am sending you a huge big hug because it must be so hard missing dear little Mia. My hubby sometimes takes our son home to England (we are in NZ) to visit family and I havent been able to make the last few trips (lack of money and poor health), so my heart goes out to you. BUT OMG what a fab new magazine you have found!!! I must get my Mum-in-law to send me a copy - it looks gorgeous. Hang in there Marina. Becks xxx

  7. aahh i know just how you feel about Mia, she will have a lovely time and be so excited when she comes homes to see you and tell you all about her trip. Try and enjoy your time its precious to. That magazine looks gorgeous i will have a look for it. Take care, dee x

  8. Oh looks like a wonderful magazine ~I am not sure we could get that here in the U.S. thanks for sharing all the pics of it looks like there would be lots of ideas for home decorating in there....Sorry to hear you are missing Mia hopefully the time will pass by quickly for you. Have a Great week!! xx Heather

  9. I keep missing your blog updates as nothing is showing in my feeder thingy. Is Mia home yet? It's so natural to miss them.
    Big hug x xx x


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