09 October 2012

Yep, That's Me!

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK


Feeling too shy
I've never really done a bio before
but trying to 'up my game' a little as a blogger 
I added this 'About' page today

Perhaps this will reveal a little more about me to you? 


Hi! I'm Laura, an American mom living in southeast England since 2010. I live on a quiet pebbled lane with horses (not ours) across the street and woods at the end of the road. My husband, two kids, and a deaf cat are an integral part of my life story.

Lucky for me, we relocated to an island of beautiful gardens, delightful architecture, and delicious history & literature. Imagine, all my favs in one country! Wonderful soul food surrounds me :)

I write about all things English: day trips, local attractions, gardens, history, current events, and differences between American and English cultures.  I can't resist a good story and photographing pretty places!

In my former American life, I designed bespoke children's clothing for four years which were sold online, in boutiques and at home shows. How I loved putting together wacky fabric combinations, finished with ribbon or ric-rac to pull it all together. Cutting fabric was my zen. It was a seven-days-a-week job with three others helping with sewing at times. I don't miss it, but I do reflect fondly on those years.

So, welcome to a peek into my world - pull up a chair, grab a cozy blanket, and enjoy a cup of tea. It's wonderful to have you here!

So now, I wonder if you have any questions for me?
About blogging? Being an expat? Anything
This may guide me for a future post
Thanks for taking a moment to comment or email, if you please :)

HappyHomemakerUK@gmx.co.uk

Questions answered here:

40 comments:

Leslie Harris said...

Laura, thanks for sharing some personal details. I can relate, I need to do a more serious bio (I have a funny Gwen Moss story instead) and share a photo too. I think it's such a nice way of connecting to the readers. But I also feel shy, I guess. I like the tone of your sharing. Very sweet. How did you end up in England? That would be an interesting post.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

Razmataz said...

Where in the UK do you live? I spent some years near Reading in Crowthorne and have relatives all over. I LOVE the UK...although I have mostly been a tourist.

Ella said...

Nice to meet you! Yes, I too would love to hear how you did end up in England! I'm a military spouse, so I wonder are you?

yankinyorkshire.com said...

What a great bio, Laura! This is a good reminder for me to update mine and do some tweaking to some other areas of my blog. Thank you for sharing more about your life!

camp and cottage living said...

Thanks for the bio! I've found you're post so interesting-because I'd love to visit England, of course!
I'm wondering if I haven't ordered from you when you sold children's clothes. Was it on Etsy?

PURA VIDA said...

I really enjoyed your bio!!

TexWisGirl said...

ahhh, always nice to know a little more about someone we visit regularly! :)

Wendy said...

Wonderful job and it is very nice to know a little bit about you. Love your blog, always look forward to reading your posts.

By Nela said...

Gracias por tu visita a mi blog. Ya soy seguidora tuya.
Seguiremos en contacto.

Bessss.

Manoli

andrea said...

As an ex-expat (repat?) who lived in London I love hearing how people end up over in the UK and their experiences. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love this! I have been a follower for a long while and I am always interested in a face and a story behind a blog.

Have a great day, Elizabeth

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I like that I know a little bit about those responsible for the blogs I love! It makes blogs more personal. Nice to read a bit more about you! Ada :)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Great job, Laura. And I heard from my friend, Sarah that your blogger meet up was fantastic.

Privet and Holly said...

Well done, Laura and
cute photo!

Wondering if you belong
to a gym in your new area
or what you do to stay so
trim? I'm nosy like that : )

xo Suzanne

Ellie said...

Hi, nice to find out a little about you. You always do such interesting posts on your views on England.

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

How nice to get to know you a little better!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I love this! it's great to get to know our blogging friends better :))
Mary x

A Tale of Two Cities said...

It's great getting to know you even better. Do you have suggestions for cute towns that would be great day trips for us London gals wanting to get out of the city sometimes? We've been to all the tourist sites of course, but we love cute towns and villages that we can get to by train....

Karen said...

Very nice post! What a great idea too. So I would ask what have you enjoyed the most over in England and what do you miss the most here in the US?
Thanks and looking forward to seeing all your responses to all these great inquiries.

Karen

My Garden Diaries said...

Bravo to you! This is a wonderful bio...thank you for sharing!

Sandra said...

So nice to read about you! Designing children's clothing must have been a fun job. Now you are getting to know England and are going to all the right places. It's really nice to discover other cultures, isn't it?
I've just come back from a holiday in Canada in Ontario and Quebec. I loved everything that was different! It certainly widens one's horizons... and makes us realize that there is no good way or bad way, just different ways!

Claire said...

this is great! I love about me pages and always look for them when i find a blog i like. I just updated mine actually!

Iota said...

Great stuff. Love it.

If I have a question, it's to do with having discovered your past life. The bespoke children's clothing. Do you miss that? Is it something you'd like to return to? Perhaps you already have.

I'm always interested to know how someone has ended up on the other side of the world. Is your husband English? Or did you move here together for some reason? If he's English, where/how did you meet?

How do you keep your children interested in their American roots? Do they feel torn between the two places?

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You missed out that you have an accent to DIE for!!! And that your blog is a complete pleasure to follow! And what a lovely person you are.

;-)

Sarahxxx

PURA VIDA said...

PURA VIDA lady!!!

myletterstoemily said...

it's nice to meet you laura.
i love your island, too and
always look forward to visits
there. what a wonderful
opportunity for you and your
family to get to live there.

Paula said...

Thanks for the lovely bio! I have always wondered how it would be to live in a different country - I can do it vicariously through your blog! I can't wait to hear how you ended up in the UK. And what does "bespoke" mean? (I could look it up, but I'd rather wait for your explanation, and photos, if possible!)

Virginia said...

Lucky me, I stopped by just in time to read your l ovely bio. Thank you so very much for visiting my Paris blog today. Sadly I'm not living in Paris, but Birmingham AL, almost the same thing right? HA

Please visit often,
V

Mary C. Nasser said...

Great about page! Very inspiring!!
This is a lovely bio.

Wishing you all the best,
Mary (from BYW Bootcamp)

likeschocolate said...

Yes, England isn't to shabby of a place to fall. Are your children loving England or do they want to go back to the states.

Blissful Mediocrity said...

Love this and impressed by your taking a step out and revealing more about yourself!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I think in an accent contest, you would win hands down :) Thank you for your kind words - I feel the same about you :) You rock!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Lovely to read a little more about you, I think About pages can be the best on a blog, you get to see what a person is rooted in :D

A little bit Country said...

I have just found your lovely blog. I moved back to New Zealand from London 4 years ago. I miss it so will love following your blog. Thank you. Elaina

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Nice to read a little more about your story and what a lovely picture. I'll be by again. I enjoy all the charm your blog shares.

miss b said...

Good to read more of your story and it's always nice to read how much you are enjoying living in England. You have made me realise that I have been taking so much of my country for granted!!
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

Laura said...

Hi Laura - I always, always read your blog... I only have to type 'Ha....' into the address bar and I'm taken straight to your page... I guess I don't visit many pages starting with 'Ha'... Anyway, I always find each post informative, interesting and well written... not a post just for the sake of it. Your posts tell me that you lead an interesting life. One where you are constantly wanting to expand both yours and your children's experiences. I love that you write so enthusiastically about my home country and your blog is always the 'go-to' to find out what your take is on current British events. Keep it coming. Lx

Katherine said...

Lovely to meet you! I really enjoy reading your thoughts on England, and I'm ashamed to say I haven't managed to see half as much as you and I live here!

HippieGirl21 said...

It's always nice to meet new people. How did you end up in England? Just curious. :D

Emily said...

Thanks for the bio! Ditto Iota's questions . . . read my mind.