thank you for coming…
Posted in (blog)house news, paris: made by hand, sydney February 5th, 2010 by pia

Last night’s impromptu booksigning and meet up was a hit! I met loads of lovely people, signed my little heart out, and was super pleased to find out the books sold out within the first hour. Yippee! However I was not happy to see a few people missed out. As usual I completely forgot about taking photos, and french boy forgot too until the very end when there were just a few people left. He was in mid conversation with someone and then all of a sudden he jumped up and announced with a look of sheer panic “I forgot to take photos!!”

PMBH_booksigningsydney_1from left to right: my dear friend Jenni Booth chatting with fellow stylist Phoebe; Stef, owner of the very cool store in newtown called newspaper taxi; me; and fiona, an avid reader and visitor of the (blog)house.


He managed to find the camera, click the button, and the above scene is what he captured: The big empty spot on the coffee table is where the stack of books were, I am the one to the right with the ripped jeans (I decided to go with a bit of a hip, punk style – I’m hoping this looked better in person than it does on this photograph), and all the space around was filled with people – standing, sitting, chatting, sipping coffee, and me signing books amidst it all. It was a great atmosphere and Berkelouw made it all very welcoming – they had set up this little nook just for us, set among all their glorious shelves of books. Isn’t the setting fabulous?

So, it was all round good fun, and I’m feeling more and more at ease to do other similar events this year in Amsterdam. I need to find a pen though, that dries instantlyΒ  – I spend alot of time blowing on the page to make sure it doesn’t smudge.

A big thank you to everyone who came along. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed our chats and I hope I get to meet you again soon.



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  1. Karen S. says

    Pia – Congratulations! This looks like it was a lovely event in a relaxed setting. And the photos are great – usually the “after party” is the best part of an evening. πŸ™‚

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  2. Amanda {Mocking Bird} says

    Congrats Pia!
    I’m bummed I wasn’t in Sydney to come along and meet you.
    You will have to schedule some in Vancouver sometime πŸ˜‰

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  3. Ivette says

    Looks like it was a hit! Congrats! I have your book and I love it!

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  4. pygmy says

    Oh it looks lovely, I’m so glad it all went well!

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  5. saer says

    Aww congrats dear Pia, it looked like such a great event. I wish I could’ve been there but a 22 hour flight was not an option i’m afraid to say! Let us know when you do a ‘world tour’ to promote the book and I will be there!

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  6. Maria says

    I wish I was there too!!
    Looking forward to see what are you up to:-)

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  7. Melissa says

    Oh, I love the ripped jeans! So cute!

    P.S. I just got Issue 22 of Dumbo Feather in the mail last night and I loved your interview. So natural and authentic. Felt like having a chat with a friend. : )

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  8. Haley Wulfman says

    Like everyone else, I wish I could have gone as well! And what a cute little bookstore!

    I am giving a free fine art print away on my blog, stop over to enter πŸ™‚

    Congrats again!

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  9. Shanon says

    Congratulations on the great time! That is a lovely looking bookstore too.

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  10. itsasne says

    Great photos! What a nice place, lovely atmosphere.
    And nice jeans too πŸ˜‰
    Congratulations Pia!

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  11. Luisa Brimble says

    OH MY GOSH! I cannot believe you are in Sydney. I wish I’d known!!! Will you be here for a while and do you have any more book signing even in Sydney?

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  12. Amanda says

    Looks to be the sort of bookstore one could get lost in for hours! Wish I could have been there.

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  13. wendy says

    So happy it was a great success for you:)
    We missed out I am stuck in bed with the flu:(

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  14. jen laceda says

    Looks like a beautiful bookstore. I can get lost in the rows of shelves there! Just lovely! Congrats on the success of the book!

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  15. Fiona says

    Really nice to meet you both, Pia and french boy. And have been enjoying the book- beautiful details to gaze at on humid, rainy nights. Thank you!

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  16. Cushla says

    Hi Pia
    I’m Glad it went so off so well, you look great from what I can see, I wish you could come to New Zealand, I work in a library and I got the Library to buy your book, and I recommend for everyone visiting Paris to read it, love your lifestyle it makes me excited about photography, creativity and great food, wine and friendships, places and family. thanks so much xo

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  17. Jo Rose says

    I popped in to buy a couple of your books and was so pls for you that they had all sold out. I will hunt down the books I need for myself and my pals elsewhere. Congrats on a great night.

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  18. pia says

    Hi Jo Rose, I’m so sorry there were none left! thank you for coming and it’s too bad we did not get to meet properly. I hope you find the books, Berkelouw Newtown said they had ordered more so you can find it there. Thanks again!

    Cushla – I would LOVE to come to New Zealand, I have never been and I have always wanted to visit. Thank you for ordering the book for your library! And for all your support. If I get to come to NZ in the future, I will surely let you know!

    Fiona! It was wonderful meeting you, thanks again for coming along. We are back in the freezing cold of Amsterdam (I have been home for 24 hours but haven’t been outside since I arrived. πŸ™‚ )

    jen – thank you!

    wendy – I’m so sorry to hear you are sick and that you couldn’t come, maybe next time? I hope so.

    amanda – it was, i didn’t dare distract from the task at hand otherwise no one would have been able to find me. You would have love it!

    Luisa – I don’t have any planned at this stage but who knows what the year ahead will bring!

    itsasne – merci merci, I’m glad someone likes them πŸ™‚

    thanks shanon and haley.

    Melissa – thank you so much, I’m really glad to hear that you love the jeans AND the article! x

    maria, I’ll be sure to keep up on the blog, thank you.

    saer – a 22 hour flight is so not an option! Lets hope I come visit near you sometime in the future, I would love to do a world tour πŸ™‚

    pygmy and yvette – thank you!

    amanda – I would love to come to Vancouver. If I do you will be the first to know (we need to meet!)

    karen – you are so right.


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