Well here at Heart Gallery we have all found a new love – colouring in! This is thanks to the arrival of the long awaited Johanna Basford Books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest last month.
Don’t you feel that life is increasingly fast paced, demanding and of course very much digital. I don’t know about you but I spend quite a lot of time every day staring at my Mac, scrolling, clicking between sites and typing like a mad woman with so much to do and so little time to do it in! (I’m even doing this now drafting this blog post for you!).
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want it any other way but there has to be a bit more of a work/life balance and although I have a lovely family to come home to, the garden as an area to help me unwind, film night to look forward to and time spent cooking with my hubby to disconnect from the digital world there was something missing … until now!
Indulging in an activity that is pretty nostalgic as well as real and in the here and now is really good for the soul. When Secret Garden arrived in Heart Gallery last month I treated myself to a copy. I then headed out on a rare day off to buy some Staedtler fine liners to fill it with colour and this felt just a little whimsical and also a bit indulgent … I never get a lot of time for ‘me’!
Peeking into these amazingly good value for money colouring books by Johanna is like going through the wardrobe into a different world; one where the mortgage, severe weather warnings, bills, student loans, broken appliances and whatever else life throws at you (including that curve ball) can just wait and take a back seat for a while!
When I see the creative ladies at the WI once a month sitting knitting, making things and laughing with friends I realise this is the stuff that makes you happy. This is what we did as children so why can’t we do it as adults? We can, and now I do!
If you want to de-stress when the world seems a little too crazy from time to time then why not bob in to Heart Gallery and pick up a copy of Secret Garden or Enchanted Forest. I promise you it’s a way to escape, switch off and indulge for a while so grab some pens or pencils and get colouring!
We are also now starting to get excited about Johanna’s third book arriving with us in October; Lost Ocean will take us on a magical journey beneath the waves to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea.