Saturday, 19 December 2009

Snow and Ice and all things nice!

Hi everyone,

I know most of the blogs in your readers are probably discussing the white stuff that has blanketed the country over the past few days - and here's another one! I managed to resist blogging about it yesterday, but when I went out today I saw some beautiful things that I'd really love to share with you all.

First up are these beautiful ice patterns on our shed windows. The ice is actually on the inside of the window. They look like beautiful frosted patterned windows that would cost a fortune to have installed! Isnt nature fantastic?

Then I noticed a gorgeous icicle hanging from the corner of the shed. I love icicles, I rarely see them - they remind me of unicorn horns ;) Below is a picture I took at 12 o'clock and then another at 4pm - it had grown nearly three inches in just four hours!

There were icicles all along Barney's shed too, which looked so pretty. Barney wasn't too sure what to make of the snow - look how it has all frozen into a canopy ontop of his run:

For anyone concerned about Barney being out in the snow - he has a cat flap going into the shed where his food, bed, litter tray and a little oil-filled radiator are, so whenever he gets cold paws from looking at the snow he can go inside and be nice and snug in his shed :)

Just a quick note to let you all know that Glamourpuss Jewellery is staying open right through the holidays, with items being posted as long as the Post Office is open, so take a look for last minute gifts or treat yourself to some accessories to help welcome in the new year.

Keep warm and take care out in the snow!

Kate x

Monday, 14 December 2009

York's Festival of Angels and Ice Sculptures

Hello again!

I had so much I needed to do today, and then I banged my head on a door frame when going into a room so I havent felt able to do much after that! Head is still a bit tender and I've got a nice red mark in the middle of my parting for all to see, but I thought I'd use the time productively and tell you all about the lovely few hours Paul and I had out at the Festival of Angels in York's city centre yesterday.

There was a parade of angels through the streets, led by the Golden Angel, which unfortunately we missed, but along three of the streets were lots of amazing and beautiful ice sculptures. Here is how it is described by "A true Christmas festival, transforming York's most unique streets into a winter wonderland of ice-sculptures, stalls, al fresco dining, street entertainment and guaranteed 'snow' showers" - and they were right! There was christmas music playing, all of the restaurants had stalls selling mulled wine, Baileys, Sake, hog roast sandwiches - I had my lunch at the La Tasca stall where I had some delicious chicken and sea food paella and HOT sangria! We were even treated to 'snow' outside a few shops and everywhere felt very festive. Here are the photos I took of the different ice sculptures - they were so skillfully crafted and you could even touch them...

There was a star:

A penguin:

A Puma...

A peacock..

A chinese dragon:
A laughing buddha (He was also a drinks luge - see the hand at the top? That was someone pouring Baileys. It ran through the statue and you caught it, ice cold, out the bottom, in a chocolate cup!)
And a snowflake:
There was also a skier, Spiderman, a christmas tree, a temple and a snowman! We walked around the corner to go down another street and look who was there...

Peter Rabbit!

It was a really lovely afternoon with everyone getting into the festive spirit. On the way home we stopped off and got our christmas tree which we decorated last night, circled everything I want to watch in the bumper Radio Times and so now I'm all set for the big day!

There's still lots more going on in York in the run up to Christmas, you can find out what's planned by going to Visit York.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Kate x

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Glamourpuss is in the building!

Hi everyone,

How have you all been? Everyone ready for Christmas? Only a few weeks now - where did the year go?!

I've been keeping busy making a few new items, listing them on Folksy and attending a few Christmas fairs in the local York area.

When I was at the fair in Morley, I met the fantastically talented and absolutely lovely Kirsten of Quernus Crafts. She was there selling her gorgeous wee beasties and cats - check them out here. I asked her to undertake a very special commission for me - to make Glamourpuss! As you all know, the 'face' of Glamourpuss Jewellery is my cat and I thought it would be great to have the image immortalised by Kirsten. She was very keen with the idea and bravely took up the challenge. A week later and she arrived! Here for your attention Ladies and Gentleman is ...... Glamourpuss!

Isn't she gorgeous?! She really is even better than I could imagine. Her tiara has sparkly jewels set into it, her loooong eyelashes are complemented beautifully by her purple eyeshadow, her pink feather boa is so soft - and check out those shoes!! And, my camera didn't manage to pick it up, but her body is not just white - it's got sparkles in it!!! She now has pride of place in my office where I can see her everyday and she always makes me smile. Thank you Kirsten!
All that leaves me to say is you really must go and see all of Kirsten's other creations over at Quernus Crafts. She really is a very talented lady and loves to hear all of your ideas for commission pieces and there is just enough time left before Christmas if you want to treat someone (or yourself!) to something in her shop at Folksy.
Catch you all again soon,
Kate x