Monday, 26 December 2011

Merry Xmas

Well its Xmas and I have neglected my blog this December, as there has been so much going on!!! I have started running the Makers Boutique in Brighton now, so my jewellery took a bit of a back seat this year as I was promoting and organizing our events around Brighton. Here are some photos of what went on this month in no apparent order (as usual!!)
Walking to work....We ran an exhibition at Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery from 1st December untill the 20th, featuring the work of 14 local artists. The event was a great success and I was shocked at how much we sold, seeing at most of the days were very rainy, windy and COLD!!!

We did two late night shopping events for the Makers Boutique on 8th and 15th December, and pasties kept me sane during this... I had been running round like a headless chicken all day without eating so a pasty was my savour!!! I's Pies in the Lanes defo do the best pasties out of Cornwall!!!

Lucy from Little Things I Make does these amazing foxes which are always very popular at the Makers Boutique Craft Fairs, here is a display I did at Billingshurst Unitarian Church on 3rd December. We raised over £120 for the Church through donating a percentage of sales and doing a raffle, and this went towards repairing the roof. Look forward to doing another one in Summer!!!

A view from Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery one morning, great location right on Brighton Beach!!!

Found these on Western Road, some scaffolding planks stacked up that I thought looked jolly pretty, don't know if I am loosing it and having a bit of an American Beauty moment (you know, when the plastic bag blows about in the wind and is described as "beautiful!!!)

Andrew...wax working to the max, spent a lazy sunday with him and Steve having a roast in the pub, drinking mulled wine and ruining their candles, the work below is titled "the butchers nose". Maybe shouldn't give up the day job...

Grand Hotel in Brighton, walking past it on my way home from Brighton Fishing Quarter fav xmas decorations I love this tree shape they do every year...

Cake Diaries below....MMmmmmm...!!!!

Here is my favourite Xmas cake below, the Panettone!!! Spent the day before xmas eve running round like an idiot trying to find a free range Panettone without sultanas in (I hate dried fruit!) and Waitrose had sold out so I had to splash the cash and get one from Carluccio's and they only had the chocolate version left (oh what a shame!) so I got that. I hate christmas cake, christmas pudding and mince pies (dried fruit again) so this is my xmas cake!!!! I only ever eat free range eggs so I think its important to buy produce which contains only free range egg in aswell, lots of people will go out and buy free range eggs but then quite happily eat a rubbish cake full of battery hen eggs from Tescos, so even though this set me back nearly £16 it was well worth it, happy xmas chickdee's!!!!

I have been rather transfixed by the below contraption, my business partner Kate bought it for me. My Nan used to have one at Xmas she would get out with angels on, you put a candle in the bottom and the heat turned a wheel which had loads of angels on. I have no idea what they are called, I call it a whirl-a-ma-go-round, and I find the science behind it fascinating. Steve thinks I'm stupid as apparently its quite simple but I think its magic anyway, and the fact that it has Moomins hanging on it instead of angels makes it ten times better!!! Note the fab card from Brighton artist Pinky in the background!!!!

Presents not yet wrapped, the Lizard Kind is trying to escape!!!!

Reallllllllly want this hat by Humdrumhats, who exhibited at one of our late night shopping events, defo on my list of things to get in January.

Steve knows me well, got me this amazing cup and saucer for Xmas. Handmade, ceramic, and tea-related!!! And he got me more Jing!!! Yeehar!!!

On Xmas eve my boyfriend was filming a Service for the BBC in a church in London so I spent the evening in an OB truck waiting for him to clock off at 2am so we could then drive to Suffolk. I have been so busy recently I haven't even had time to read my trashy magazines (Vogue and Grazia FYI) and I had clocked up about 5 unread issues that I went through whilst he was filming, circling lots of things I will never be able to afford, oh big dramatic sigh. I would LOVE the white ceramic and diamond Chanel watch. I have been with Steve for nearly ten years and this is the first Xmas I have spent with him, and also not in Cornwall. Really miss my family and sausage but it was awesome to spend the festive period with him and his family before I whizz off back down to Cornwall tomorrow for a second xmas and New Year. I don't think I have ever eaten so much food or drunk so much Champagne!!! We went for a walk to the pub today and caught these local Morris dancers doing their thing. Hope you had a fabulous christmas and have a wonderful new year!!!!
Goodbye, untill next time!!!!

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Monday, 5 December 2011

Brighton Fishing Quarter Private View

Had a private view on Friday for the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery Exhibition which is running for 3 weeks, was a good turnout with lots of sales and mulled wine and cake and nibbles by Purple Sprouting! Billingshurst on Saturday was also a fab event with loads of people from the town coming to check us out!!!
Here are some photos from the private view...the amazing Tony from Killer Image took these fab fab fabbbbb photos for us!!!

Me blowing up balloons!!!



Pam's Pots!!! Love these!!!

Lisa Janes funky textiles!!!

Katrina Hargie's vintage card pictures...

Emily from Cuttlefish Love, she makes fab Kanzashi Japanese inspired hair pieces all made from silk, and she came dressed in this fab kimono!!

Deva from Purple Sprouting who did our tasty catering!!! Parsnip and maple syrup cupcakes with edible glitter yum!!!!

Best outfit ever!!!

Beach Shack Project!!!

Baglady of Brighton!!!

Miss Strangeway, perusing the goods on offer!!!

Good night had by all, thanks to everyone for coming!!!!

Goodbye, untill next time!!!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Wolf Girl

Been so busy today organizing stock and meeting the sellers to collect work for Billingshurst Unitarian Church tomorrow, and then back at Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery to set up my Beach Shack Project stock. Its a bit chaotic having two exhibitions going on at the same time, but so far its all going to plan!!! I'm setting up the work tomorrow all day in Billingshurst before zipping back to Brighton for the private view at Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery, going to be a long weekend!!!! Please come along if your in the Brighton Area, its at Kings Road Arches, Brighton, on the seafront before the main pier, BN1 1UB. Free cake, nibbles, mulled wine and arts and crafts, what more do you want?!
In the meantime while my brain frazzles here, and I wait for my boyfriend to return with some garlic broccoli and spring rolls, here is a picture of me in a fetching Wolf Fleece, my mate bought it for me as a joke birthday present!!! Snazzy.
Let the Spirit of the Wolf protect me through this crazy December!!!

Goodbye, untill next time!!!

moustaches and mulled wine!

Been a busy week getting ready for two exhbitions that Makers Boutique are organizing as well as participating with my own stock for Beach Shack Project. Spent the whole day yesterday down at the seafront gallery setting up and getting the Makers to set up their displays. We have so many cool artists exhibiting, including Dupenny, Lisa Jane, Dana Leigh, Gil Stark and Gabrielle Vary!!!

Its looking really good, so if your in the area come and pop down, its at Kings Road Arches, near the pier, BN1 1NB, 10-5PM, with a private view on friday 6-8pm, with savory nibbles and cakes provided by the tasty Purple Sprouting eating company, and free mulled wine!!! There will also be a professional photographer there who will take much better photos than the ones on my old prehistoric iPhone with no flash, taken on a dark rainy afternoon!!! Must Upgrade!!!
Its been Movember all of November, where men proudly display their chin barnet to highlight prostate and testicular cancer in men, they raise funds by getting men to grow moustaches and get sponsored, whilst also raising the profile of these cancers in men and encouraging them to get checked. I personally find the moustache very ascetically pleasing to the eye, so I have been enjoying this look alot this November! My friend Mark is participating you can watch his videos on youtube.
Also check out my best friends blog, after living in Narnia for the last year or so (Coombe to the locals!!!) she has finally sorted out her internet and is back blogging about her work, you can follow her here... she talks about her artwork, what inspires her and gives us a peek into her fab life running Charlestown Gallery in Cornwall!!! She makes a mean banana and pecan cupcake too!!! Mmmm!!!
Goodbye, untill next time!!!