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A heir in the family loom

I haven’t shared much bijoux with you for a while.Banter has been getting in the way!

This creation is part of my B4KY Range and is made entirely of Coral. Whilst it is  nowadays illegal to remove coral from it’s natural habitat in most countries I am almost 100% sure that this coral was not gathered illegally. The coral used in this necklace dates back at least 60 years and belonged to my husband’s, father’s mother. It was passed along to my mother in law who brought it to me in a very sorry state.Having seen the devastating effect that the environment can have on coral I would hate to think that this coral was obtained in any way illegally. I would sooner admire the beauty of nature than a necklace around someone’s neck. Having said this I do occasionally wear it and it’s look stunning!

The B4KY range represents a range of jewellery or stones which already belong to someone but that need either some loving restoration work, a new lease of life or even a beginning. The following photos represent all of the above.

The amber pendant has been transformed from a brooch. My client no-longer wanted the brooch but felt that since the amber had been passed down to her she should keep it. We came up with a simple design which enabled her to wear it to dazzling effect.

The following stones are stunning and the story that goes with it is beautiful. One of my special bridal clients (who I had created the tiara, necklace & earrings for….. asked me to design two special presents for her bridesmaids. The stones were from a beach in New Zealand where she spent her honeymoon. The stones when they arrived at the studio were quite plain and non de script. We managed to drill perfect holes in them without shattering them and then string them. Fiona was delighted with the result – as were her bridesmaids.

The final was a client who was tired with a plain set of stunning pearls and felt that they needed a bit of life putting into them. She actually wanted me to create several pieces from one string. As you can see I managed to design 2 necklaces, an anklet and a stunning pair of earrings.

OK enough of Bijoux – Banter’s back on the perch. Diane with the gorgeous books over at Much of a muchnes has been letting the recent Oscar’s go to her head. What a win for France by the way! And what a beautiful woman too….not to mention her dress.

Anyway, she has honoured me with another award and I am delighted to accept it….now I did write a speech but was frightened of the response I might get particularly since the Oscar audience can be quite cutting……. YOUR OSCAR SPEECH IS BORING

So without any further ado – thanks Diane, I’ll shut up now!

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Sunshine on a grey day!

Would you believe that it was 20c+ on Saturday and we sat, barbecued and enjoyed the February weather. Even Manon Lily ended up celebrating with her sun hat & no socks!

Now today, it’s grey and wet! Actually it’s highly unusual to be grey and wet here but the marin has wandered in off the Med and covered us in a blanket of mist. Having said that we could really do with the rain as summer could prove difficult in some areas. Newspapers are already talking about “la secheresse”.So just when I thought that the day would remain grey along comes Diane from Much of a muchness to brighten up my day! Diane is celebrating the 1st birthday of her wonderful blog and as a result she has honored people with an award. Thank you Diane I am overwhelmed that you think of my blog in this way.

I spent the entire day yesterday working on the new advert for the studio. Trying to encompass what Lunes Bijoux is about on 2 sides of A4 in French was quite difficult, but I am pleased with the final result. All that remains now is for me to transfer this onto my website and then launch the advertising. With regards to the studio the windows are now in and I should be allowed back in from the end of this week. I can’t wait!  Watch this space!

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What are you reading?

Whilst in hospital last year on permanent bed rest waiting for my little one to make an appearance I read a mountain of books. My tastes were varied and ranged from Labyrinth by Kate Mosse where I could vividly imagine the characters & the places since the book is based in the Aude & Hérault, to the Janet Evanovich books – which made me laugh out loud I thought my waters would break and then I worked my way through several of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith. The nurses were all amazed at how much I read. Apparently most mums-to-be watched tv!

Now motherhood is in full swing my reading time has almost vanished and it seems to take me ages to finish a book.The last few days the weather has been stunning and as a result I have sat Manon Lily in her pram in the garden and allowed myself the luxury of a glass of chilled white wine from Cambriel’s at Ornaisons and my latest book – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This morning the tears flowed as I turned the final pages of this stunning read. A story of bonds, sorrow and eventually honesty. I can’t wait to buy his second book A Thousand Splendid Suns.

I would be really interested in seeing the film The Kite Runner but fear that it may not live up to the book and my own expectations. Having said that the trailer for the film looks fantastic! I have just googled the trailer and am amazed to see there are different versions of the same trailer. Here is another version for the film.

Speaking of reading & writing, Diane over at Much of a muchness has a real skill for covering books. I keep persuading her to come and take part in our Rencontre de l’art & des saveurs in April and can’t wait for her to launch her own etsy site to sell these stunning works of art. I’m sure she won’t mind me showing you a couple of them….

This one is aptly named “snakeskin”

and I just love this “striped album” too

Diane has recently passed on an award to me: read about it here.


You are Toadally Awesome Award

What’s that saying it doesn’t rain it pours? Well now I have increased my circle of blog buddies I am now on the end of receiving and giving awards. I think like many other bloggers I will have to have a separate page for these! I can live in hope!

Colin over at Life has passed this award onto me from Kim at Purplefrogcat. My sincere thanks to Kim for launching it and to Colin for passing it on. Kim asks that each person awarded hand it out to 15 bloggers (I don’t know that many…..) will have to get networking!

I think I will come back and pass this award on as my circle of buddies grows…..

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Wow a first for me!

Many thanks to Susie at No damn blog for honouring me with my very first award!

  I am going to pass this award on to Matt & Angela of Two Yolks a fab blog dedicated to their culinary experiences! And also to Kristin at French Word-A-Day such a great blog to read, shame it’s only three times a week now!

On another note I was featured in the Midi Libre newspaper yesterday. It was an article regarding the Arts & Culture association in Luc Sur Orbieu and our forthcoming event.

Work has started on the studio and Andy my husband is demolishing walls as I write. Manon Lily is fast asleep and I have boxes of gemstones to pack up and protect.  So without further ado….


An award for…..

I haven’t been on the blogging scene long and am still learning the hows, whys and wheres but I do feel that I am making progress! My progress has come about not only by trial, error and fiddling but also thanks to the help & support of a few key people.

Therefore I would like to present the following awards to the following buddies!

to Colin of Life thanks for showing me the scroll box!

artto Diane at Much of a muchness who makes stunning books but hasn’t got around to selling them yet! If only she would come to France!

Photobucketto Susie at No damn blog whose book I read before meeting her on Total France then finding her here!