Thursday, 9 September 2010

Ever have one of those days?

When writing this blog I try to keep upbeat and positive..... but sometimes you have those days where you just have to have a little rant and then you feel a little better!!! Well... yesterday was one of those days... it was not all bad though as you will see!!

The day dawned with the promise of lovely sunshine, children off to school for the first time after a long summer (lovely though), coffee with a friend and some catching up with work.
All was going swimmingly until I went into the lounge to let the sun stream through the windows.... notice anything missing in this picture???.....

.... yes, you've spotted it... NO CURTAINS....! As I was pulling them open the whole rail came crashing to the ground... aghhhh!!


..... here they are still lying on the floor behind my sofa!!! (not a job I am able to do).Oh well... I've a lovely view out of the window... beautiful twinkly, solar powered fairy lights scattered amongst the clematis on the fence light up once the sun has disappeared... little things really do make me happy!!

Not long after the curtains came down this tin of very small beads decided to drop down off of a very high shelf, bounce off my work desk and scatter tiny beads..... everywhere!!!


I have still been finding them today... it's amazing how far these things will travel!!!

As you can see.... it was not a good start to the day. I have to say though that the day did improve after that. I met some friends for a coffee at China Blue and spent some time re-styling my cabinet of jewellery for sale. Whilst I was doing this I was approached by a lady who owns a gallery in Teignmouth who is interested in showing my jewellery... and a former workshop participant popped by to book another class with me... it looks like I'm going to have a busy Autumn!

The day ended with a lovely walk, with Rosie, in Dartmouth. I know that all too soon the evenings will draw in and we won't have these lovely evenings to enjoy, so I am determined to make the most of them before I am confined indoors, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate!!!
We set off around 6.30 ish, just as the sun was turning a beautiful golden colour and flooding Kingswear.... which is the opposite side of the river to Dartmouth.... with a gorgeous warm glow....
Stepping out of the car, this is the view across the river......


The view across to Kingswear... just like a picture postcard!


... and again....


Looking back down the river towards Noss Mayo...


We turned inland away from the river, past the boat float..... with Avenue Gardens and the bandstand in the distance...


... a little blurry I know, but it's such a lovely picture, I had to include it...

Another view across to Kingswear.... in the bottom left had corner you can see the 'Historic' car ferry leaving dartmouth for Kingswear


Looking back across the rooftops back towards Dartmouth town...


This time we are looking over the rooftops and out to sea.....


As we made our way to the castle we passed this little creek at Warfleet....


A view across the creek ....


The castle peeping out... standing proud, guarding the mouth of the river....


One last look across to Kingswear as we wend our way back home......


This was a lovely ending to what started out as a difficult day... my soul was restored and I went to bed calm and relaxed!!

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Today was different all together... I thought I'd shatter any illusion that you might have that I am a tidy person.....


Look at my very untidy desk..... I decided that it was high time I sorted out my bead stash... and the mess that I have made over the summer by not putting things away properly!!!



So.... there was nothing for it but to make a strong one of these....



... and tackle that mess..... just look at it now....


... a good job done I'd say... and I can actually find what Im looking for now!!


... all my beads.....


.... and buttons neatly stashed away....

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One last peek at something I am dying to tell you all about but can't quite just yet. I'm hoping to have some brilliant, exciting news for you next week.... so keep watching this space!


Any guesses?


Just a quick reminder before I go that the list of workshops that I will be running this half term is now available to look at under the 'Workshops' tab of this blog.... these are all held at China Blue in Totnes, Devon.... Take a look and see what grabs you, I'd love to see you! Also the workshop at Pebbles that I mentioned in my last post still has a few spaces on both the morning and evening sessions.
Have a lovely evening.
Lots of love xxxx

p.s. sorry about the moaning at the beginning of the post... but I do feel better now that I have shared it with you... thanks for letting me xxxx

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Wonderful Parents

I just wanted to pop by to tell you about two amazing people... who just happen to be my parents. As you know, if you follow this blog, they are running the 'Pebbles' B&B in Budleigh Salterton....







Not only are they very hard working, but are also very generous and kind.... and this article in the local paper proves the point!


I am very proud of you both... what big, wonderful, generous hearts you have.

Sending you both lots of love xxxx

For those of you who live locally, you may like to know that I am running more jewellery making workshops at Pebbles next week... you will have an opportunity to experience Mum and Dad's hospitality at first hand!!... Tea or coffee will be served along with homemade cake in the conservatory overlooking the sea prior to the workshop... who could ask for a better way to spend a few hours... overlooking the sea, making jewellery and munching on fabulous cake???
The date of the workshop is Tuesday 14th September, there is a choice of an evening or morning workshop... or treat yourself and come to both. The morning session times are 10 am until 1 pm and the evening session is 6.30 pm until 9.30 pm. The cost is £25 and includes refreshments and all your materials. Contact me and book your place if you would like to come... you won't be disappointed.... I promise

xxxx

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Kingsbridge Show

Hi all....... just popping by to let you know that this Saturday is the

This is a great family day out and well worth a visit ... fun for everyone......


.... if you like a little retail therapy too .......

......... pop by the craft marquee and say "Hello"......

...I have a stall selling my handmade jewellery and textile goods....

......I'd love to see you ....

Lots of love xxx


p.s.... new workshop timetable added under 'Workshops' tab.
Come and learn how to make lovely jewellery with me at China Blue in Totnes
Take a peek... go on... you know you want to!
xx