What a lovely sunny day it is here in London! At last, the sun has re-appeared and the daffodils are out and smiling. Such an encouraging time of year, I think. I’m not the biggest fan of the cold weather and delight in seeing signs of warmer times ahead. I do hope you’re getting some sun where you are, too.
If you’re a regular to my blog you will know that I came very close to losing my mum last year. She has bounced back like I never could have imagined! She is truly amazing. I’m very happy to report she celebrated her 81st birthday this month. We spent the day together, a couple of hours of tea and cake with her friends and neighbours, and then a few more hours just relaxing together while watching a bit of telly… before polishing off a bit more cake and generally laughing a lot.
This included us trying to do ‘selfie pouts’. I find them a bit silly and so it was funny to try out our best faces although the phrase “bulldog chewing a wasp” came to mind as we chuckled at our gurning. Daft old birds, the pair of us!
Cat lovers, I know you like to hear about Pixie & Popsie. I love hearing about your pets, too, so please let me about them in the comments below! I’m still in the process of finishing our home renovations but it always surprises me how the girls find themselves a comfy place to nestle down regardless of the chat which surrounds us. Here they are under the dining table giving my red chairs a lovely thick coating of white fur. Thank goodness for my Dyson! I’d be lost (and looking like the abominable snowman with their hairs all over me) without it.
My cats are quite big headed, it’s the breed. They are British Shorthairs. Pixie is the runt of the litter but Popsie has the typical features, including the large bonce! Sometimes I think it even gets a little heavy for her to hold up when she sleeps (here she is face planted’ in the chair!). I just find them adorable. They make me laugh.
My mum isn’t the only one celebrating this month. My beloved Clogau are marking 19 years on QVC this weekend! Clogau is a second generation family business based in Wales, and last year they celebrated their 25th anniversary (although their royal heritage and cultural legacy spans the last century). Their background, families, relationships and emotions are all important elements that make up their heritage and these remain of the utmost importance to Clogau and their customers. Every piece they create contains rare Welsh gold, the same gold as used by royalty for over 100 years.
We have lots of new designs, special pricing and guests of honour. Clogau ambassador (and all round lovely gent) Graham Stock will be with us, of course. Also joining Alison Keenan in Saturday’s 1pm show will be Ben Roberts, managing director of Clogau. It remains a family business to this day with Ben being MD and his sister, Sam, the designer.
We will also be welcoming Editor of Retail Jeweller magazine, Ruth Faulkner. Under Ruth’s stewardship the title has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as the most-respected industry publication in its field. At almost 90 years old, Retail Jeweller is the oldest jewellery industry trade magazine in the UK. We all celebrated with Clogau last year as they won Bridal Collection of the Year and the highly coveted Brand of the Year at the Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards.
I’m thrilled to be unveiling some new designs I’ve been working on. One is an adaptation of the Preseli bluestone ring, which we have also previously created in a pendant. This time it’s a pair of gorgeous earrings. I must admit to having my favourite, though.
This is a matching ring to the very necklace I worked on with Sam (read the story here). Here’s a little photo – I’ve bought mine already!
I’ve recently been throwing myself into learning the Welsh language. It’s something I’ve intended to do for years but only ever learned a few phrases. I find Wales, its heritage and language rather magical and, seeing as so many people have referred to me as being an ‘honorary Welsh’ woman due to my passion for the nation, it seems a natural desire for me. Thanks for bearing with me if I get it wrong sometimes but maybe you can call in to my shows at 8pm and 11pm on Saturday so we can have a little natter in Welsh? English speakers, of course, welcome also!
I just hope you can join us. If you can’t then I wish you a lovely weekend whatever you’re up to!
Lots of love,