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Wooooh....what a hectic couple of weeks!!  

We spent the middle week and a bit of August in the UK visiting family and friends as well as some of the sights!  On the 11th My Dad got married to Anne, it was a lovely sunny day and a good time was had by all.....(My head confirmed this the next morning)

We visited London on 2 days....Day one saw us hitting the Tower of London for a few hours.  We had the funniest Beefeater ever!!  My son was not really looking forward to the guided tour, (he's 15, he doesn't look forward to much unless it involves a football)  but he loved every moment!!  The Yeoman Guard made the history of the Tower so interesting and it almost came alive....he was also absolutely hilarious!! 

Olympic rings

I was  so glad that during a river cruise I was able to take a photo of Tower Bridge with the Olympic Rings....

There still seemed to be a buzz in the air while we were up there, and we saw several people with Olympics Village passes wandering around the Tower....but didn't recognise any medal winners.

Day 2 saw us going for tea with The Queen, sadly someone forgot to remind Her Majesty and she'd gone away on her holidays!  Buckingham PalaceWe had a good snoop....I mean look around, while we were there, My favourite bit being the 'Diamond' exhibition celebrating the Diamond Jubilee.  Cabinets and cabinets of glittering jewels....I was in heaven!  The best bit for me was seeing the major Cullinan Diamond stones (I had already seen Cullinan I and II at the Tower).  What surprised me was that the uncut stone weighed 3,106 carats....and all indicators on the stone suggested at one point it was even bigger.  The total weight though of all the cut stones (9 principal stones, 96 small brilliant cuts and 9 carats of unpolished stones) was 1,055.9 carats.  This was a 65.25% loss through the cutting process.  Sadly I wasn't allowed to take pics :(.

On Friday we had an appointment at Hogwarts School!!  Hogwarts  What a day out!!  We saw all the props and costumes used in all 8 films.  The sets were amazing!!  Especially the great hall.   I would highly recommend this studio tour to any Harry Potter fan.  They even have the rickety bridge from Hogwarts there.  Totally brilliant!!

 

So after a few days of R&R on our return, I set out to start practising with my new tabletop studio from Modahaus.  It is a really quick system to set up and folds flat for easy storage.  I photographed a couple of new pieces and am pretty happy with them.  As I don't have proper studio lights I still have to use PicMonkey to edit, but am happy with this for now.  I have also abandoned my Canon DSLR in favour of my little Lumix compact.  I think I need lessons on how to use it correctly because I seem to be getting better photos using the Lumix.

Crystal ball friendship bracelet        Pear, crystal silver  bracelet         Silver Past present and future friendship bracelet   

The Crystal Ball Bracelet     Swarovski Crystal Bracelet  The Past, Present & Future

                                                                                                                 Bracelet

  There's a new little addition to some of the  new pieces, little brand tags from Tiny Treasures take a peek....Lilac Dragonfly brand tag

 

I have one week left of the school holidays before going back to work....BUT am not thinking about that just yet....am going to go head over to Handmade Monday at Handmade Harbour so see what I can see.

Thanks for reading!!

Bye for now

S x

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  1. Sounds a wonderful two weeks Sarah - perhaps the Queen got the date wrong and she was waiting for you the next day? The bracelets are really lovely - well done with the photographs. I have super-bother taking mine and despite having a tent, haven't got around to using it properly. Hope you have a good week.

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  2. Sounds like you've had a very busy time!I love the look of the crystal bracelets,very nice!

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  3. sounds like you had a fantastic trip to London! It must be great to soak up some of the atmosphere of the olympics! your bracelets look great! and i love your new little tags too - the perfect finishing touch :) x

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  4. Sounds like a lovely trip - lovely bracelets too x

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  5. Looks like you have had a great time. Shame that the holidays are almost over.

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  6. Looks like a fab trip. Am surprised you found time to make things too!

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  7. Your photos look great! Beautiful Crystal bracelets, very nice. I have to say I enjoy reading about vacations, it makes me feel as if I've been places I'll never get to see. Thank you!

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  8. Oooh, you've really made me want to visit the Hogwarts set now. And isn't photography frustrating? xx

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  9. Sound like you had a great day in London !

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  10. Sounds like a great London trip :) shame HRH was detained elsewhere! I have a little Lumix which is great, I also love my larger DSLR version too as it's not full size and much lighter than your average DSLR

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  11. I have an order for earrings and though of using the Swarovski pearls, so its really nice to see them made up. Your bracelet is so lovely. Hope you have a good week.

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  12. Mythillogical

    Hogwarts looks impressive! Your photos are looking impressive with your new kit too

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  13. Wow what a trip and funny how often history if told in the right way can be so good. Your work is so pretty, love the pearls

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  14. Looks like you had a fab holiday and good weather as well which makes it more enjoyable. Lovely bracelets and the little dragonfly adds the finishing touch.

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  15. I am really drawn to the crystal bracelet but that is probably more to do with the fact that I don't wear black. I do however love the name past, present and future. Glad that you had a good few days in London, enjoy your last week of holidays - I know I am going to try and make the most of them.

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