Does your brain ever need a break? Mine does. I have been a very busy girl over the past few months. I have edited everything from novels and self-help books to children's books and a cookbook. I have written reviews of all kinds of books and said sure when asked if I would consider reviewing even more. I researched and wrote an essay for a historic institute in Washington, D.C., and all at the same time, I wrote and wrote and wrote and finally hit the magical 75,000-word mark on my own first novel, a "cozy" about a jewelry designer who solves mysteries in her spare time. I think I deserve a little down time, and oddly enough, even though I am playing with words nearly every waking minute of the day, my favorite way to relax is still with a new book or magazine. Happily for me, the new issue of Daphne's Diary (which I first discovered here) landed at my local Barnes & Noble last week. Ahhh ... reading purely for pleasure!
It is so lovely to sit back and relax with a cup of you-know-what and thumb through the pages of this oversized magazine which started in the Netherlands but now has an English-language version. The cover has so many details, you really must stop to take them all in. Note the little tags along the bottom, including the one at far left with the teacup on it. What an elegant touch!
Daphne's Diary is really unique among magazines in that it's just this great and wonderful hodgepodge of articles on this and that, everything from decorating and gardening to antiquing and cooking. This pretty pedestal displaying cupcakes? There's no recipe. There are no words, in fact. It's purely eye candy, and I love that. There are also stickers, designer papers, a paperdoll craft … you just never know what wonderful gifts are waiting within the pages.
The quote above this teacup says, "Pick up the phone and invite someone round for a cup of tea today. Just because. Be spontaneous, you'll enjoy it!" I think that's fine advice, and as a matter of fact, I have plans to join some friends for tea later today — another of my favorite ways to relax and regroup!