Pierrine at the Guernsey North Show

During the summer months in Guernsey, we hold several parish shows across the island. Starting with the South Show, then the West Show and finishing with the North Show.

The Guernsey North Show is one of the main events in Guernsey’s summer calendar, and takes place in the wonderful rural setting of Saumarez Park. Each year the Show attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the displays of exhibitors’ entries, ranging from Guernsey livestock through fur and feather, fruit, vegetables, flowers, flower arrangements, cookery, photography, art and craft.

There is also a programme of arena events, showcasing local and off-island talent, and the Guernsey Battle of Flowers, which culminates in the evening illuminated cavalcade followed by a firework display.

As a child I have fond memories of attending the North Show and remember the buzz it gave me to enter the exhibit tent and find out whether my entries had won anything. I only started making jewellery late in 2009 and with a few months learning under my belt, decided to enter the jewellery section at the North Show for the first time in the summer of 2010. I knew I wasn’t going to win anything as was I very new to jewellery making techniques, but was proud of my piece and proud of myself for taking part and entering.

2010 North Show Entry – Chain Charm Bracelet

I didn’t take part in 2011, not sure why, probably too busy or using that as a pathetic excuse so this year after having watched Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Britain, where she learnt new skills and entered handmade items into shows, I felt that I must get involved again and enter. My jewellery making skills have come on a bit and felt that it would be good to put something more technically challenging in. So then came the decision of what to put in….. I knew I didn’t have time to make something new specifically for the Show, which I aim to do next year, but chose a bridal piece made last year which I loved.

It was a 5 stranded bridal cuff bracelet made on wire using Swarvoski Crystals and Pearls and fastened with a 5 strand loop clasp. The piece was made for a bride who wanted a chunky piece of jewellery that made a statement and matched her wedding dress.

Bridal Bracelet (Swarovski Pearls and Crystals - 5 strand)

Bridal Bracelet (Swarovski Pearls and Crystals – 5 strand)

I also made a matching bracelet for the bride’s sister who was a bridesmaid but a 3 stranded version. You can read all about both pieces in Davina Le Page – Wedding Commission.

Anyway, I was proud to enter the bracelet in the Show and decided to display it on top of a heart shaped stone to give it a more dramatic feel. The stone was one I found a few years ago on a beach and had carved for my wedding day.

North Show Bracelet Entry Display

The judging took place and I eagerly set off to see how my entry had done. As I entered the tent and approached the jewellery section, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my bracelet was awarded third prize. The entry that had come first was an arrangement of matching jewellery made out of a silk painting so I could see straight away how much work had been put in and loved the mix of blues and greens in the pieces.

North Show Jewellery Winner Entry

I was not aware you could put more than one piece of jewellery in under one entry so could have added the bridesmaid bracelet too but at least now know for next year!

Looking back at the piece I entered in 2010 and this year’s entry, I am proud of how far I have come in my jewellery making skills and if anything, this exercise has taught me to stop and remember what is important and that is to enjoy what I make and be proud of it….

Now all that’s left is to pick my winnings up next Friday. Now what shall I spend that £2 on! It’s the taking part that counts…..

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Pierrine Competititon Winner Announced!

CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Bailey.

Sarah has won the Pierrine Competition to win £30 worth of Pierrine Jewellery.

Sarah’s name was picked at random for all those that have successfully subscribed to the Pierrine Blog and Sarah was delighted to win:

“Oh goodness thank you so much how lovely 🙂 I adore your leather love bracelets, so one of those would be fabulous. I’m speechless – what a fantastic thing to win and a lovely email! In shock that I won, thank you again so very much!”

She has chosen to use her £30 voucher to have a Pierrine Leather Love Bracelet made for her.

Leather Love Bracelet

Leather Love Bracelet (Clear Pandora Beads and Black Facets)

Thanks for your lovely words Sarah and I really hope you enjoy wearing it.

Also big thanks to all those who entered by subscribing but did not win.

Keep ‘subscribed’ to the Blog for news of future competitions.

Thanks

Nicole

WIN £30 worth of Pierrine Jewellery!

**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON….**

Subscribe to Pierrine Blog and WIN Pierrine Jewellery worth £30!

If you enjoy reading the Pierrine Blog you can ‘subscribe’ to receive an email update when a new post is on the Blog.

You don’t have to register with the hosting website just simply put your email address in the Subscription Field on the right hand side of this Blog and click on ‘Sign Me Up’.

To thank you for subscribing I will pick one subscriber, at random, to receive Pierrine Jewellery worth £30!

So ‘subscribe’ before 31st July to be in with a chance of winning.

I will announce the winner at the beginning of August.

Good luck

Nicole

14 Days of Love Results

14 Days of Love Much Loved Business Accolade

Firstly I must thanks all of those who took time out to support Pierrine and provide a testimonial on The Best of Guernsey website during the 14 Days of Love campaign, which is now ended.

I am delighted to let you know how Pierrine placed:

Top 20 Most Loved Businesses in Guernsey‘ as – 15th
Most Loved Business in Jewellery Category 2011‘ in the UK, CI and IOM – as 5th

I can now use the ‘Much Loved Business’ as voted by local people accolade (above). I am so delighted with the results as Pierrine is a small company which I run on my own in my spare time.

If you have not yet provided Pierrine with a testimonial and would like to, please do so directly on the Pierrine ‘Add a Testimonial’ page.

Thank you for your time and support.

Nicole

14 Days of Love – Share The Love

The Best of Guernsey is launching their 14 Days of Love campaign on 1st February and you can get involved and be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes including an iPad, hot air balloon rides, luxury hotel stays, flying lessons and more.

All you need to do is provide Pierrine with a testimonial between now and midnight on the 14th February.

To ‘share some love’, just click on the banner above to be taken directly to the Pierrine ‘Add a Testimonial’ page.

For more information about The Best of Guernsey’s 14 Days of Love Campaign

PIERRINE COMPETITION WINNER!

59 DAYS
262 NEW FACEBOOK FANS
36 COMPETITION ENTRIES LATER
………………we have a WINNER

Yes, a year ago, on the 28th NOVEMBER 2009, my first Pierrine item was sold and to celebrate a year in business I launched a competition at the beginning of October to win a Bespoke Piece of Pierrine Jewellery (worth £35 or under).

I was so overwhelmed with the response and could not believe that within 24 hours of launching the competition I had 150 news Facebook Page fans! Unbelievable.

Entrants just had to guess which date between the 1st Oct ’09 and the 31st Dec ’09, I sold my first item and post a sentence as their Facebook status with a link through to the Pierrine Page.

It experienced a few teething problems as some people had never used the @ sign in their status to link to friends or pages or realised you could click on the padlock by the share button and select ‘everyone’ to see the post before clicking on ‘share’. So hopefully I taught a few Facebook users (including myself) something along the way too.

The 28th November was unfortunately not guessed by anyone so we had to go with the closest answer of which there were two entries both four days either side of this date.

Andrea Tinkler guessed 24th November and Michelle Shellarins Cronin guessed 2nd December.

I therefore put both names on a piece of paper and kindly asked my assistant (well my husband Rik) to randomly pick a winner:

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The winner is…………………………ANDREA TINKLER

CONGRATULATIONS ANDREA, YOU HAVE WON A BESPOKE PIECE OF PIERRINE JEWELLERY worth £35 or under.

Please email me at pierrine@cwgsy.net to claim your prize.

Thanks to all those that entered and all my new Facebook fans for celebrating Pierrine’s year in business with me.

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COMPETITION TIME!

Between Oct 1st and Dec 31st my first Pierrine item was sold a year ago. To celebrate a year in business, I am giving away the chance to win a Bespoke Piece of Pierrine Jewellery (worth £35 or under) for you or maybe as a gift for a friend.

All you have to do is guess what DATE it was and post the following as your status on Facebook:

I have entered a @Pierrine…. competition and I think the date is __/__/09.

Before you click on ‘share’ to post your status, click on the padlock by the share button and make sure ‘everyone’ is ticked for this post, then click ‘share’. You can change to original settings after, if you wish.

To enter:
– Be a fan of the Pierrine Facebook Page by clicking ‘like’ (if not already)
– Link to the page in your status by typing the @ sign followed by P and picking Pierrine’s page from the drop down so your entry will show up on the wall.
– Only one guess can be made per person.

Otherwise your entry will be invalid.

To check if you have entered correctly:
– Click to view posts by ‘Just Others’ on the page wall and if you see your post, you have entered correctly and good luck.

On the winning date a name will be randomly picked from all those that guessed correctly and be announced on the Pierrine page.

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Good luck and enjoy guessing.

Nicole