Wednesday, 29 May 2013


Good Morning to you,

I have had a fabulous couple of days, which included lots of gardening and a bar-b-cue. My garden is now nice and tidy and the warm days have allowed so many plants to put on a growth spurt.  I think they were poised  and ready to burst out, but they did not want to raise their head's above the parapet until the warm weather finally arrived.  Apparently, this year our season is a month behind the norm, but I am not complaining as I am enjoying the sunshine.  

Checking around the garden this morning, I noticed  the Clematis are putting on leaves, as are the Roses, well actually just about everything in the garden is happy to come out and say hello. Even George's Bonsai trees are coming into leaf.

I really enjoy gardening, but I also enjoy listening to music.... all types, I have no particular genre which I like more than others, I can swing from classical to blues to folk to country music very easily. Yesterday whilst pottering around the house, I was playing a Frank Sinatra CD, and I stopped in my tracks, as guess what I discovered,  a song I had forgotten about, but it really has to become my  theme song.

Do you remember Baubles, Bangles and Beads, sung by Frank Sinatra,

Baubles, bangles, hear how they jing,
Baubles, bangles, bright shiny beads,
Sparkles, spangles, your heart will sing,
Wearin' baubles, bangles and beads!

Well, that's me isn't it! Mrs Baubles, Bangles and Beads!

So today, in honour of my newly found theme song, I thought I would show you something I love, which is covered in baubles, bangles and beads.

What do you think it is? 

Is it a box of delicious chocolates?
is it a box of scrummy biscuits?
No, well how about,
sewing supplies?
Or maybe,
it is full of beads and sequins?

Have you guessed yet?

Alright, I will stop teasing you. This is a beautifully decorated jewellery box which was given to me as a gift by my daughter Danielle... isn't it just the perfect gift for me.

The lid is beautifully hand stitched with sequins and beads. This is a very labour intensive piece of beautiful work.  I would love to meet the person who hand stitched this to say thank you, as I do know how much time it takes to complete a piece like this.

Each circle on the lid is decorated differently. The brighter pink reminds me of the colour of candy floss, which we bought as children when the Travelling Fair arrived on the village green.  Do you remember how it was made, I do not know the actual process, but I do remember being mesmerised. The stall holder would place an empty stick into a revolving drum  and when he removed the stick, as if by magic, it would be wrapped in bright pink fluffy gorgeousness. As a child I loved candyfloss, I think  it was because the candyfloss seemed huge and the colour was an electric pink and if you ate it slowly, it seemed to last forever. 

Using different shades of pink sequins, silver sequins and tiny white and silver beads. There are literally hours and hours of work which have gone into this piece.

Every so often, there is a circle of bright pink, which stands out against the subtle colours. The brightness of the pink, draws you in.

..... and every now and again, there is a rogue pink sequin which is much brighter than the rest. I wonder if the person who sewed this piece  noticed and left it in the work as a bit of fun.

 Even the detail around the edges is perfect,

the exquisite work just go on and on.  

In this section punched sequins have been used as an added item of interest.

...... I just love this jewellery box.

....... and what do you think you will find inside?

Why...... a heart necklace of course!

Take care and I will see you on Sunday.

This week I will be joining,

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