Well from high days and holidays to working days and wonderful days! Marvellous to hear from so many of you on last week’s blog. It always cheers me up knowing how much you enjoy sharing news and looking at all the photographs.
I’ve just found out that I can now add little videos to my Twitter comments, having watched a few that Jackie Kabler posted up, so do follow me on @alikqvc and I’ll try to share things with you as and when they happen!
It’s all been happening this end, what with me resurrecting the cot that I’ve had for all three of my children, Honey staying overnight with Colin and I, and sleeping in the very same cot, and of course the excitement building prior to the birth of our second granddaughter!
Squeeze in there a hilarious afternoon spent playing Crazy Golf in an underground golf course just off Brick Lane in London. It’s a wonder I’ve had any time to come to work! That said, thanks so much for all the lovely tweets when I’ve been on air, and for making our Fashion Clearance such a successful event! I think there are still a few bargains to be had on Last Clicks on our website, but I do hope you’ll be able to join me on Thursday at 9pm as, in place of my usual Diamonique show, we have our first Fashion Day in July and I have both Nina Leonard and Kim & Co hours!
On Saturday night we have a fabulous Skechers TSV, and I’ve been in touch with Richard Parker who tells me that we have an incredible price and fair few colours, so I wouldn’t want you to miss that either.
In fact if you like the idea of a treat, do read on, as I will be setting a competition this week, with a collection of QVC products, including these stunning Diamonique earrings (pictured above) and the Pure Grace boxed fragrance and bodycare collection from Philosophy. It costs nothing to enter and the prize is worth over £100!
The 18th July sees the beginning of Diamonique week, so you’ll be spoilt for choice with all your favourite elements from the range including the Platinum Clad Collection, a great deal of colour, and a fair few solid gold designs too. Another date for the diary if you are a Lola Rose fan, is Friday 22nd July when, at midnight, Nicky Gerwitz and I will be bringing you a beautiful necklace which you may well have seen me wearing when I launched our Skechers TSV! It’s called the Rozabell necklace and the colour I’m wearing here is just one of six different options. A great price and a truly original design – I hope you like it!
Of course as you know, jewellery is a passion of mine, as is collecting and keeping all sorts of things for years that realistically I’ll never use again! This is the baby cot that was bought for us just before Lucy was born, which I used for all three of my children. It has moved with me across six different counties, 10 different homes and two marriages, and has been stored in everything from garages, to garden sheds and more recently our summer house.
The men in my life at various times have questioned in no uncertain terms the lunacy of my keeping such an item of furniture for over 30 years, but I can’t tell you how happy it made me to be out in the garden last Thursday, washing the paintwork and rebuilding this lovely little cot.
So many memories and even little teeth marks still visible on the bars. Actually, to say it made me happy trying to put it together is actually a lie… I am not the best when it comes to self-assembly, and I didn’t realise there was a piece of the framework missing for at least 40 minutes as I was so tangled up in the metal!
Having brought it indoors before the rain fell, I did manage to wedge it against the kitchen cupboards and get three sides of it attached to the base. When Colin arrived home he very cleverly replaced the missing part with a new metal rod, and bingo! It was in one piece. I’d ordered a cot mattress online, which was due to be delivered the next day, and I went shopping with my niece Emily and baby James to buy the bedding.
What do you think? Lucy and Simon arrived with Honey on Saturday morning just before the mattress did, and they were really pleased. We’re lucky enough to have two spare bedrooms so it’ll be fine to keep the cot made up as hopefully Honey will stay over regularly and there’s also James and little Cala Lily once she’s born.
It was the first time since Honey’s birth that Simon and Lucy had been away without her, and I felt very touched that they trusted Colin and I sufficiently to leave their little girl with us. Needless to say, we had a ball! I got some flour, and we had messy play in the garden. I then took Honey for a long walk – well I walked and she slept in the pushchair – and then it was time for a bath, a story and then bed. She was such a good girl, and was as happy as Larry in the morning when she woke up.
After breakfast of a Farley’s rusk and some cheesy scrambled eggs she was serenaded by Colin and his ukulele! This priceless piece of film is her dancing to it! Enjoy Lucy and Simon had a lovely time away too, but I have to say I felt somewhat bereft when they picked her up later that morning. The house seemed really quiet once they’d gone, and the cot was once again empty, but Lucy Facetimed me with Honey yesterday, so that made me smile.
Smiles all round the previous weekend, when Colin and I met up with his children and my Sam, Abbie and Jack in London for an afternoon of Crazy Golf. It was a Father’s Day present from the kids for Colin, and Vicky had found this amazing JunkYard Crazy Golf course just off Brick Lane in the heart of London.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many restaurants in one place” I commented on arrival, and then couldn’t understand why they all laughed, not aware that it’s what Brick Lane is famous for! It was a hoot though, and we may well do it again. Of course, Danny’s other half, Rae, didn’t make it as she is due to give birth any day now and, as she said, she couldn’t even see her feet, let alone bend over a putter! I’ll let you know as soon the happy event happens
Now, as promised, here’s the competition question that could well win you a pair of simulated blue aquamarine earrings and a whole heap of fragranced bath and and body products from Philosophy! Added to that, the brand-new tinted SPF 30 Ultrasun, with a combined value of over £111! Hopefully we’ll have saved you money and you’ll be set for the summer! Here goes: A diamond is given a 10 rating on the Mohs scale, which denotes the hardness of a gemstone. What rating does a Diamonique stone have?
Just post your answer in the comments below and make sure to leave an email address (don’t worry, this won’t be made public). The competition closes at noon on Thursday 28th July and a winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Good luck!
I do hope you can spend a little time with me this evening and then again for Diamonique week and, if you get a moment, I’d love to hear how you’re getting on. Any news from Alpa, Una, Sue or Janet Jones would be good! I think of you all whenever I’m writing and I know there are others who have wondered how life is for you too. Keep up with Ali’s Army so we can keep on marching!