Wednesday, 31 August 2011

All work and lots of play!!!!!

We had an enormous amount of fun on Sunday night at Andrew Logan's Jewellery Parade  in Berriew.  We weren't quite sure what to expect but it turned out to be quite special.  It promised lots of fun and surprises and we weren't disappointed.  Celebrations started off at his Sculpture Museum in Berriew with the "Anniversary Parade" which was a show of his fabulous jewellery by his "magical models".  I have some amazing photos, but unfortunately i'm having trouble uploading them at the moment, i'll post again when i've worked out what the problem is.  Here's a photo (not mine) of his Cosmic Egg which is the first sculpture that greets you as you come through the door of the museum, it's massive and breathtakingly beautiful.
 Andrew Logan

Then we all went off to "Vaynor Hall" in a vintage coach for cocktails, no less
(how the other half live eh?)  ha! ha!
This Country Home is beautiful and the views are stunning. 
We had cocktails on the archery lawn...
 - very posh -
...and we strolled arm in arm up and down it looking at the beautiful scenery and garden. 
(Again, I have lovely photos but will have to post them when i sort out the uploading problem).
After Vaynor Hall and cocktails it was back to the museum for food, which was superb, and a party.  Definitely put my name down for next year's event, although, a few of our friends, who were "Magical Models" are doing their best to persuade us to dress up and model next year, mind you it did look like amazing fun, and i'm up for a laugh!

Another fun event coming up is the Charleston Night here at the Town Hall, i've already been roped in to going to the charleston dance classes by Shaz and Tiggy (hmmm! getting out of it as they're gonna call for me !!!!!) 

Shop News
Indigo Moon has been incredibly busy these Summer Months, whilst i'm not complaining, I'll    tell you Gav and I are completely exhausted.  Our stock diminished rapidly a week at a time and we were constantly needing to place orders with suppliers and take deliveries (our kitchen still looks like a store room!), we desperately needed some help, someone to run the shop for us whilst we got on with the other stuff would have been good, but it was nigh on impossible and we just had to get on with things.

Anyway...all that aside I wanted to show you photos of some new Vintage Style jewellery we have in the shop, it's stunningly beautiful, thank you so much to lovely Julie of "Emily Loves Vintage"...this is just a few samples, there are loads more in the shop.

I was thinking yesterday whilst serving customers about the many different things they buy from us.  Gav and I have a really good system, which happened quite by accident, in that he mostly (in fact always) buys in all the vintage goods for the shop, he works amazingly hard at finding all the gorgeous things and not only enjoys it, but seems to have a natural eye for what people want.  This weekend we sold a pair of Vintage Scales and four old vintage phones as well as numerous pieces of Art Deco pottery.  I tend to deal with the newer items, i get to peruse websites and catalogues selling the most gorgeous scarves, handbags, purses and jewellery, and then other sites looking at living accessories for bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens etc, sometimes Gav helps with that but the jewellery and scarves he's happy to leave me with.  Here are some scarves and jewellery i've recently been looking at, so much eye candy...i love my job, we're a great team and it's like Christmas when it all arrives.

I wouldn't go back to being a Medical Secretary for anything! we approach September we know things will get quieter for a month and then hopefully, pick up again for the Christmas period, so we've decided to close for a week in the middle of September and have a break.  We're off up to Barmouth again hopefully, we really would like to try somewhere different but to be honest we're so exhausted that we don't have the energy to think about it too much, so we'll go back to the lovely cottage we've stayed in before, which we know will suit our needs.  Beautiful views out to sea with gorgeous sunsets, lovely walks on the beach with Lizzie and time together to just gather our thoughts, rest our minds and recharge our batteries...can't wait.

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold, but other times it's essential to take time off and make sure the most important decision of the day is simply choosing which colour you'll slide down the rainbow on". 
~ Douglas Pagels

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Oh Lizzie, Lizzie....naughty Lizzie


or very naughty?
Yesterday was our day off from the shop, we've been so  busy lately, not just with the shop but with decorating the kitchen and doing the exhibition, that we decided to have an early finish (i.e. 6pm) after some more reorganisation in our store room.  We'd had a nice lunch at the Ivy House and finished at 6pm to take Lizzie for her walk.  The plan was to get back home, have a few snacks for tea (as lunch at the Ivy House had been substantial) and then relax in front of the TV and gather our thoughts.  However, Lizzie decided otherwise and when out walking she rolled about in fox poo (could have been badgers poo, not sure!!!), she looked and smelled dreadful and there was no way we wanted her back in the house like that, but as it was too cool to hose her down in the yard, i had no choice but to shower her. 

Now, i'm not sure if anyone has ever tried to get a large dog in the shower but my incentive for getting her in there was a handful of peanuts which i threw into the shower cubicle for her to follow, but she was very sneaky and made sure she kept her back legs out of the shower whilst she stretched over to eat the ones i'd thrown in!!! i am holding up her back legs, like a flipping wheelbarrow and trying to push her into the cubicle and her so very determined not to go and Gavin laughing at us - i'm sure any sane person would have just given up and hosed her down in the yard, cool or not and serve her right!  Anyway, after some force, by now this means me in the shower cubicle, dragging her in by her poo soaked collar we got there and i managed to switch the shower on and get her clean.

Here are some photo's...but...don't feel sorry for her...the little madam got her own back by absolutely refusing whilst in the shower (even when i'd switched the water off) to shake and instead did it when she stepped out into the bathroom (my nice clean bathroom that i'd cleaned in the morning) now, instead of having to clean just the shower cubicle again, i have a whole bathroom to much for a relaxing evening!!!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Champagne Time...


Enjoying a  gorgeous bottle of champagne, celebrating after a massively successful exhibition, which finished today!  One week and five hundred pounds worth of sales!! I'm so proud.
Above are some of the art pieces sold. 

Just want to say thank you to everyone who gave their support.  My lovely family: Eileen and Neville, Cathy, Garth et al, Karen, David et al and Nicole.  Jenny and Jess for their company, lovely Jo for her offer of helping out, all the wonderful visitors (from all over the world) and those nearby for their lovely comments and purchases, the amazing people of Montgomery for their support and help, to all my lovely blogging friends for their support , all my friends who couldn't make the exhibition but sent their good wishes via phone calls and emails, for the cards and flowers, but  most of all to Gavin, my amazing husband who always believes in me.  I've had an amazing, head spinning week.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There is only one success -
to be able to spend your life in your own way.
~Christopher Morley

Monday, 8 August 2011

Exhibition Day 4

I'm really enjoying the exhibition, i've met so many interesting people these last few days.  Today was fairly quiet, but Mondays usually are in Montgomery, our shop is closed and some of the other businesses too.  There are lots of visitors/tourists here at the moment from all over.

Here are more images of some of the small assemblages on show.


A photographer from a local newspaper came to take some photos today, not sure if he'd heard about the exhibition or whether he was just in Montgomery anyway, but hopefully it'll make the paper this week, he took loads of photos, but will probably only use one, if any. I'll let you know!

Gav and i are multi-tasking this week, running the shop, the exhibition and decorating the house, or trying to.  We started reorganising the kitchen this week and moved one of the victorian housekeeper cabinets from the shop in (which was what we bought it for).  We've also brought in our fifties cabinet from the shop now, which looks great.  We got paint from Bunners this morning and started on the cupboards, it was so funny, we wanted the paint the same colour as one of our neighbours front door, so we got a colour card from Bunners and when the neighbours went to work, we compared the colour on the card.   The kitchen's a terrible mess at the moment, as we have the plumber here again sorting out some things, but we're getting there slowly, it's like one of those sliding puzzles moving everything around.  Not good for my poorly back either.

Next on the agenda is for us to decide where we want to go on holiday in September sometime.  We have visitors in the next few weeks and again at the beginning of September, after that we're having a proper (albeit delayed) honeymoon.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Exhibition Day 2

Another enjoyable exhibition day today, i've met so many interesting people.  It was lovely to see so many friends who came to give their support and those who couldn't make it in person are with me in spirit!  Thank you all.
...and i sold a few more items too.

Here are a few of my collages which are in the exhibition.

 and to relax after a long day for both of us (Gav was very busy in the shop on his own today) another nice walk around Montgomery with Lizzie in the evening sunshine.

 St Nicholas on the Left....
 and this gorgeous view of the Shropshire Hills on the Right!!!

 Claudia's Gnomes
 and back up the hill, home.


Well, this is it, the day arrived, and what a fab day, loads of visitors and all seemed to like what they saw.  I've had an invite to exhibit in another show at Berriew at the end of August.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, who knows what today will bring - oh! and i sold a few items too!!!!

Enjoy the photos

 Gorgeous Flowers from my lovely, wonderful mother (in law) and Sister (in law) wishing me luck

 First page of comments book...

And at the end of a lovely day, Gav and I had a nice walk with our gorgeous Lizzie, isn't she beautiful? such a poser, she loves having her photo taken!!!  Afterwards we went for a meal and a bottle of wine at the Castle Kitchen to celebrate.  Such a nice day.

Condolences to our lovely  friends Janis and John, who had to have their beautiful Labrador "Tia" put to sleep yesterday.  Such a beautiful dog and my heart goes out to you both.
R.I.P. Tia