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Happy New Year!

January 3rd, 2012 § 1

Happy New Year everyone!

I thought I would look back over 2011.  It was a fantastic year for me and fabulousplaces.co.uk so I thought I would share it with you.

I started the year working on the website and also searching for fabulous places and makers.  This is a grueling job which involves visiting lovely shops, drinking lots of coffee and eating cake…it’s all vital research!!  At the same time I was fanalising the website’s etc magazine, getting it ready to go to print.  Working with the super Claire Sutton, we brought together our passions to produce a Derbyshire magazine.  The magazine was about great photography (by Claire) and lots of great articles covering delicious food, getting out and about in the County and the essential directory of handpicked places and makers in Derbyshire.

In April I got married at the gorgeous Blackbrook House near Belper in Derbyshire.  It turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, which made it truly wonderful.  After a few years of running fabulousplaces.co.uk I knew exactly where to go when planning my wedding…the venue was a simple choice after holding a handful of fabulousplaces.co.uk events there I had fallen in love with Blackbrook House.  Our photos were taken by the lovely Becky at Red Square Photography.  Wedding stationery was   by the super talented Lucy Sheeran, accessories came from Bow Boutique in Matlock, Delightful Living and Lavender grey in Belper. Flowers were by Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs in Matlock, they were stunningly perfect.  A truly wonderful day followed by a honeymoon in Paris.

In July 2011 the fabulousplaces.co.uk Summer Food & Gift Fair took place at the Roundhouse in Derby.  The event ran over two days and offered visitors an array of  handpicked food and gifts. The weekend was a great success and if you visited I hope you had a fantastic time.  The event will be back for one day this year on Saturday 7th July 2012 at the Roundhouse in Derby.

In September I gave birth to a gorgeous little girl, Lily.  I’m sure in years to come Lily will have her ‘event team’ tshirt on helping mummy at the events!

November was a great month…Christmas Market time!  I absolutely love organising this event!  This was the second year the event was held at the Roundhouse in Derby.  What a great success…with even more food and gift stalls, workshops, demonstrations and Santa’s Grotto, I can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you to everyone who visited the event, I hope you had a great time.  A huge thank you has to go to the wonderful businesses who attended the event making it visually amazing!

The year finished with a great email from Mumpreneur UK awarding fabulousplaces.co.uk a Gold Website Award.  Mumpreneur UK is a support network for mums in business, offering advice, resources, articles and events to parents who run their own business.  A great ending to 2011 for fabulousplaces.co.uk!

fabulousplaces.co.uk is my passion, the places are where I visit in my spare time and the events are put together from a plan of the type of event I love to visit.  The website was born from a Sunday morning brunch conversation with my husband…”why isn’t there anywhere online where I can find little shops and coffee shops”.  From that point fabulousplaces.co.uk was quickly born and this year will see the 4th anniversary for the website that has become my job, I consider myself very lucky.  I’m working on lots of great things for 2012…two more big events, a printed Derbyshire guide and lots more handpicked places and makers on the website for you to enjoy!

Thank you for supporting the website either by browsing the online directory and then visiting the places or purchasing from the independent makers and also visiting the events!

Wishing you a wonderful 2012 and I hope to see you all soon!


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