Monday, 16 June 2008

Lots to Share!

Due to my lack of posting over the last couple of weeks. I have quite a bit to share with you.

First, I must give you an update on the nesting blue tits. The chicks finally fledged just over a week ago now. I had been checking every day that they were still in the nest box and I couldn't do anything until I had seen the parents going back and forth to the box every morning. Unfortunately, in the last week it looked as if there was only one parent doing all the feeding etc. Two chicks fledged and for most of that first day they just fluttered around our garden, it was quite a tense time because we have several cats living around us. I managed to snap some pictures of the chicks which were taken within about 30 mins of them fledging. I just hope they've managed to survive.

I am pleased to report that the trip to Wembley wasn't in vain!!! The Tigers won. The boys were ecstatic and are STILL talking about it. Hull City are now in the Priemiership and will be playing the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea this coming season - oh joy!!

Our trip into Derbyshire was lovely. We met up with hubby's Mum and spent the day visiting various studios and galleries that were taking part in the Derbyshire Open Arts Festival. We started off at Studio 61 in Lea where some of my chainmaille jewellery is on display and for sale. After that we went off to Pollyanna Pickering's gallery, which was full of stunning wildlife paintings and prints. Hubby ordered a signed print of a tiger (Hull City!!) which we went to pick up yesterday, but it wasn't quite ready. It wasn't a wasted trip though because Pollyanna has another exhibition on until the end of this month (see her website for details) and it was all tigers!!

I've been busy with my jewellery too. I was asked to go along to a local wives group to do a small talk and hopefully sell some of my work. It was a little nerve wracking to say the least, but I think it all went ok. I don't think the talk was quite long enough, but I could see that some of the ladies were itching to see my wares. As soon as I invited them up for a closer look I was swamped for about 15 mins which resulted in a very successful sale. Whenever I visit this kind of venue I always make a donation to the cause/charity of their choice. If you are interested in me coming along to your organisation/event please don't hesitate to get in touch. Below is a small selection of my latest pieces, some of which were sold at the above event.

Finally, I was a little busy towards the end of last week - not with jewellery, but with a birthday cake!! I volunteered to make a cake for a friends 50th birthday. It was a real challenge because I decided to do it in the shape of a guitar - a red Fender Stratocaster to be precise, which is the type of guitar Graeme owns. I was really pleased with the result and I think he was rather pleased too. Here's a picture of the finished cake, apparently there's not alot left now!!


Kiamyka said...

Alison the cake is amazing! it seems there are no ends to your talents. I love the pics of the baby Blue Tits too, you did well to capture them before they flew off. I spent hours last year waiting for mine to fledge but missed the grand finale.
Chris x

Betina Sandra Guelman said...

the cake is amazing!

Alison said...

Thank you Chris, I knew you'd like the blue tit pics!

Than you Betina, I really enjoyed making this one.

jewellery by erin said...

Alison, I am honoured that you'd like to link back to me. Of course you may, but only if I can return the gesture.

Sounds like you had a wonderfully busy time lately. That cake is stupendous. It must have been a lot of work. I hope it was a tasty as it looks, thought it seems a shame to cut into it.

I really love that first piece you had in the gallery on this post. Are those glass beads or gemstones? And, if they were gemstones, what kind of gemstone are they? They are gorgeous and I'd like to get my hands on some?

Your work is fabulous and I look forward to returning to see more.

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Ali P said...

Hi Alison,

What a fab cake - very impressive :) I agree with Erin, the first necklace really stands out for me - are the beads Monaco Agate?
Ali :)

Alison said...

Thanks everyone!

The stones in the first necklace are faceted carnelian, would you believe! I didn't realise it came in such a range of colours. The focal is nephrite (jade) which comes in a range of absolutely beautiful colours from reds and pinks through the oranges to yellows, brown and green.

Hedgelands Glass Lass said...

Hi Alison, finally catching up on my reading and I love the pics of the blue tits! Wonderfully colourful jewellery too - gorgeous work! And a fabulous cake : ) Michele