Thursday, 19 November 2009


Just thought I'd give you a sneak preview of the pendant I finished yesterday. This one is so 'me' and I will have a hard time letting it go. The biggest stone is a labradorite, the paler one a rainbow moonstone and the faceted one an amethyst.
There are two little copper flowers to the side of the main bezel.

I think I can feel matching earrings coming on...

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Yay Us!

Last night, my ten year old daughter and I went to see a live band. The first real'gig' she has been to and the first that I have been to probably since the children were born.
The Jonas Brothers were amazing, the show was fantastic and the songs sounded just like the CD's. The place was packed and our seats were about ten rows back, we felt like we were up there with them.

But two things surprised me last night.

Firstly, security made sure that everyone stayed put in their allotted seat, no straying to the front or even into the aisle. No standing on the seats and strictly NO throwing bottles.

Second, because we were right at the front, I thought everyone would be going crazy, jumping, dancing, screaming.
Do you know how these teens best enjoyed their concert experience?
Through the lens of their camcorder!
I was gobsmacked. Surely you weren't getting the full on experience if you were concentrating on getting everything in shot.

Sign of the times I suppose, you tube is a hard mistress.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Coventry Blitz...69 years ago today.

14/11/2009 is the 69th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, the day when 11 hours of air raids and bombing was unleashed on the city. When the city's beloved cathedral was razed to the ground along with many of the shops and factories in the town centre.

Coventry was the target for destruction because many of the weapons, bombs, bullets and planes were built in the factories that in peacetime made cars, sewing machines, bicycles and aeroplane engines.
The bombers came in two waves, the first delivering incendiary bombs which burned the town so fiercely that the blaze was visible 300 miles away on the south coast.

The next bombers brought explosives which devastated the city's gas, water and electricity supplies,along with countless houses which were built side by side with the small metalworking factories.
In fact, the house that we're living in at the moment was bombed that night, the bomb actually fell on No. 27, two doors down, but it gutted the two on either side of it too.

I will not be living in Coventry next year when they remember the fallen, so I am taking the opportunity of sharing this moving clip, talking to the people of Coventry who remember that terrible night.
Click here for the Coventry Blitz

Saturday, 7 November 2009

The boys are back

Check this out
Click here for Y'a pas un homme

It's a wonderful song sung by my three all time fave French singers...Florent Pagny, Calogero and Pascal Obispo. It was made a few years ago to raise money for AIDS research and the video features so many famous French stars. Look out for Catherine Deneuve, Vanessa Paradis, Isabelle Adjani and Jean Reno.

Watching my boys together is rather like trying to pick out my favourite from a box of exquisite chocolates, each one is my fave in turn.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

...and Van Gogh thought HE had a blue period!!

Let me show you a couple of the new things I have just listed in my Etsy shop...there seems to be a blue theme going on. I have to laugh at myself sometimes, if you were to ask me which colour was my fave I would name all the other colours of the rainbow before I got to blue, yet when I'm in the 'zone' creatively speaking, blue is one of my main colours. All of my paintings seem to be essentially blue?!

Anyway, back to blue jewellery, I have had a weakness for labradorite(blue) and rainbow moonstones(blue) for ever. Take a look at my labradorite ring, made in silver with a touch of copper to emphasise the labradoressence.

On a square note,this ring is a smaller version of the celeste coloured one I made in the summer. Don't know whether I like the one inch square or the 3/4 inch square best, I just know that I'm so in love with the depth and vibrancy of coloured enamel.
See what you think