Saturday, 8 March 2008

What a week!

Phew! That was a heck of a week... and just when I thought I couldn't cram in anything else - Thursday evening involved dashing Tom to A+E!!! He spilt (my) coffee over his hand. He's absolutely fine and we did the right things... (just so you know if you don't already) held his hand under cold water for 15 minutes, then wrapped it in cling film, wrapped it in a tea towel with ice, kept it elevated and took him to the hospital.

It was scary though... but we've been very lucky - that was Tom's first ever trip to A+E. That's 16 years, so we're counting ourselves fortunate.

Onto jewellery matters: the sale at Clerical Medical went very well - and they're such a lovely bunch of people, very complimentary, very friendly - and have great taste in jewellery!! We're now booked in for four more sales through to the end of the year. Excellent.

Last night we were selling at a fashion show put on for International Women's Day. That was great too! I'm sure those of you who sell jewellery will know what I mean when I say that you can never tell what you'll sell at any event. Last night I sold a lot of stand alone Sterling earrings and some sets that I'd had in stock for so long I was thinking of re-designing them. Strange, but infinitely fascinating.

Here's a selection of things made this week:

Firstly, these pearl chandelier earrings. Sorry, it's not a very good picture - and I can't take another cos these sold last night! First time out. I think they have a very Art Deco look about them.
This set is Impression Jasper and Amazonite rondelles with Thai Hill Tribe silver. I'd not come across Impression Jasper before, but I really really like it.

Here's a close up so you can see just how lovely these beads are - a combination of browns and pale turquoise - just stunning:

Next is a set made with Labradorite rondelles, Swarovski crystals and Thai Hill Tribe Silver. It's so difficult to photograph Labradorite and get the effect of those blue flashes, but I managed to get a couple.

The next one is also Labradorite - but very different. Looking at my stock recently, I noticed there was a predominance of big and chunky stuff. I suppose being a big and chunky girl myself (LOL!) that is what I'm drawn to make. So, I thought I should try and redress that balance and make some more dainty items. This is the first of them. Labradorite and sterling silver. I was particularly pleased with the earrings - not a style I'd used before, but one I really like, so you'll be seeing more of those.
And lastly, in this batch, Blue Crazy Lacy Agate coupled with Freshwater Pearls. I really love the agate diamonds - I love the fact that there are rough bits, unpolished bits, it makes the beads SO interesting. And, I think, the pearls, just pop the gorgeous colours in the agate.

Can't go without telling you about Wednesday night. It was a real dash to get to London for 6:30, but we made it. The concert was an exclusive (oooo, get me!) event at Gibson guitars. There were only about 200 people there. I'd won 2 tickets through a competition on Amazon. It was a really great experience. Kathryn Williams and Niell MacColl were so un-starry, so friendly and you felt like you could just go up to them and have a natter. BUT, the music was just wonderful. They played tracks from their album 'Two' and I do urge you to try and have a listen to it - in fact, go and buy it... you won't be disappointed. It's beautiful.
Afterwards we went for a delicious Italian meal and then dashed back home. A great and very special evening.

Wow, that's a post and a half, isn't it? Well done, if you've managed to stick with it to the end! Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you all next week.

Much love to all.


Miss Moon said...

Beautiful jewellery Lesley! Wow the impression jasper is gorgeous!

Liz x

Alison said...

Beautiful pieces, Lesley. Love the Blue Crazy Lace Agate! Well done on the sales and the party bookings. Glad you had a great time on your dash up to the smoke, will have to look out for the CD.

Nia said...

I got so carried away reading and gazing at the pics I let my soup burn! I'm so glad Tom is alright though, it could have been very nasty. Well done on both your events, and the ongoing sales with CM is great news. Love the new pieces, such subtle colours in the stones, and those earrings are very striking, not surprised they went to a new home!

Coburg Crafts said...

Thanks for your lovely commments, gals!
Hope the soup wasn't ruined, Nia... and you still got some lunch!

Kiamyka said...

Some more lovely pieces there Lesley. I gulped when you said it was Tom's first visit to A&E - my son had his own reserved seat there from the age of 2 lol - he's 33 on Wednesday and still has a few trips a year :)

Crafted Gems said...

wow i love the necklaces with the roundells, both of them, lol

sounds like you had a fantastic week last week! :-)

Alison said...

Just to let you know have downloaded some of Kathryn Williams music - lovely, great to listen to whilst jewellery making or blogging! I notice she will be in concert in Notts in April too, may just have to try and get tickets. Thanks for telling us about her.

Coburg Crafts said...

Glad you're enjoying Kathryn, Alison. Do let me know if you get to the concert.