“The Natural Eclectic” Book Launch
On Thursday March 3rd, the dark skies of Vancouver suddenly cleared and my boutique was filled with sunshine in the final moments of preparation for my book launch. A gift from mother nature as I was about to celebrate a dream come true! Ribbons had been tied on rosemary topiaries. Books had been unpacked, stacked, and lovingly placed on display. New paintings were hung on the walls. Bottles of wine from The Hatch (with their charming artisan labels depicting birds eggs) were set out in rows. Take away treats were tied up with seashells and vintage keys. My sister Janet, my assistant Sierra and I had been scurrying all afternoon, tending to the tiniest of details as the day built to a crescendo.
Natural motifs echoing themes from the book, such as magnolia branches, birds nests, orchids and eggs were lovingly placed into the displays. Succulents were nestled in eclectic vessels throughout the shop. Eggs, were a theme I used throughout, not only echoing the cover but representing spring and new beginnings.
The doors opened and before I could barely catch my breath and soak it ALL in, my lovely guests were already lining up to have me sign their books! My shop was now not just filled with books and baubles and beauty, but also with people and love! I had dreamed of this moment for years, when my vision would be artfully curated within the pages of a book, something tangible to be placed into another’s hands. My delightful editor Marial Shea was finally able to hold the weighty volume and see how all my words and images came together.
More than 100 people poured into my diminutive boutique, milling around, chatting, perusing books, enjoying the dreamy afternoon that buzzed with chatter, laughter and celebration. My publishers arrived with flowers, cards were given by many, bottles of bubbly, cupcakes, and homemade applesauce even!
It had been quite a demanding year leading up to this. Having a book published is no small undertaking, especially while running a boutique. So as the outpouring of support from friends, family, colleagues and clients surged to a swell, I felt such a feeling of joy, gratitude, and accomplishment. I could not have done it without my fabulous publishers Figure 1, and my amazing book designer, Jess Sullivan.
The Natural Eclectic is currently available at Heather Ross’s boutique, as well as bookstores in Canada and the U.S.
Photo credits Heather Ross and Britney Gill. See more images from the book launch at Heather’s blog!