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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Movember

You may have heard that Movember is the new November and is the month dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancers that affect men.

Basically Men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Last year saw one million donors raise £26 million and the funds raised through the UK Movember campaign, raises money for The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC) – the UK’s leading Prostate Cancer charity. It is becoming more popular each year around the world and it seems crafty people are also getting involved.

I want to share with you my favourite Movember finds:

Mia Webb Photography

Mia is a female photographer who is going to the extremes of creating a new moustache image of herself everyday. Mia Webb has already posed as Charlie Chaplin and Super Mario and her MoSpace page is definitely worth regularly checking out throughout the month – Mia Webb Mo Space

Stars & Scars – Moustache Necklace

This jewellery designer has made a fab selection of Moustache Necklaces in different styles of Tash. £1 from the sale of each moustache goes to the Movember Foundation in aid of Prostate Cancer too. The men can grow them but with this design, the women can wear them in support.

Wife of Brian – Crochet Moustache iPhone Holder

Wife of Brian creates designs for all your knitted facial hair needs. For the month of Movember, this designer will be donating 2% of her sales to The Prostate Cancer Charity. These are great unisex presents that whilst raising money are protection for your iPhone too.

Rescued Rags – Moustache Pin Badge

Want to support the Movember cause but lack the necessary Y chromosome to grow your own mo? Need a handy disguise?
Then you need a moustache badge that Dali himself would be proud to wear! Each moustache is hand stitched from felt with a securely attached badge fastening. £1 from each sale will go to the Movember prostate cancer charity appeal.

For those of you new to Movember, I hope I have Motivated you to support this worthy cause and changing the face of men’s health.

If you would like to donate to this charity and would like to support someone who is growing a tache for Movember you can always sponsor my husband who is taking part for his second year (a cheeky little plug). He finds growing one hard but it is definitely coming on nicely. – Rick Bromley Mo Space

Thanks and happy Movember

Pierrine Follow Friday – Week 11: Halloween Theme

Pierrine’s Follow Friday is normally when I pick a few of my fav followers on Twitter from @PierrineJewels and then mention them in a tweet and here on Pierrine’s Blog, but I started something different on Week 7 which had a good response using a theme.

This week I have chosen a HALLOWEEN THEME.
This is for several reasons: Halloween will soon be upon us and I don’t normally get into the whole spirit but I am trying a bit harder this year. I also write a blog for The Best of Guernsey and recently posted a blog on Pumpkin Carving Tips which has got me in the mood and feeling a little bit orange (well more than usual as I am ginger!). Hope these inspire you to decorate your garden, fireplace, party venue etc.

Not all the Folksy Folk are on twitter and therefore I have linked directly to some of them on Folksy.

Cranberry Charms – Mini Pumpkin Wreath

This really gorgeous rustic country wreath consists of mini pumpkins and bay leaves. It is finished with jute string to hang and a homespun bow. This will look stunning placed on a front door welcoming your guests or trick or treaters.

Diomo Glass – Halloween Spiders

Several of these dark brown/black glass nugget Halloween spiders dotted around your house will really bring an atmosphere. They enjoy sitting around and need minimal care!

Silver Birch Crafts – Happy Halloween Bunting

This bunting will make any room more spooky and really bring halloween inside. Alternatively this could be used to decorate a door way to welcome any visitors to your door!

Mud Meddling – Hanging Ghostly Decorations

Halloween just isn’t Halloween without some ghosts. I love these cute and spooky clay hanging ghost decorations. These dinky little Halloween ghost ornaments are the perfect addition to your spooky decorations, or to give as a quirky little gift.

Janine Basil – Cobweb Hat with Glitter and Hanging Spider

Stunning hat to wear to that special Halloween party. You will be the talk of the party with this fun, glittery cobweb and spider on a black straw base, held on with a comb.

Well enjoy all the Halloween celebrations and if you can’t be nice, be naughty!

Nicole

Pierrine Follow Friday – Week 10: Star Theme

Pierrine’s Follow Friday is normally when I pick a few of my fav followers on Twitter from @PierrineJewels and then mention them in a tweet and here on Pierrine’s Blog, but I started something different on Week 7 which had a good response using a theme.

This week I have chosen a STAR THEME.
This is for several reasons: I love stars and you can’t beat a clear sky at night and staring up at the stars and looking for the saucepan. Also my husband is due to be taking part in a Specsavers Reach for a Star Grand Gala Final on September 4th so I felt a star theme would be appropriate and hopefully it will bring him a bit of good luck.

Not all the Folksy Folk are on twitter and therefore I have linked directly to some of them on Folksy.

Crafty Pagan Designs – Primitive Wooden Star Hanging Ornament

This wooden handing ornament has a shabby chic feel to it and can be used for a variety of occasions including Christmas tree decorations, door hanger, bed post decoration or wedding favours/decorations. The artist creates beautifully hand-stamped art from the highest quality of materials.

Lilley Shop – Six Rainbow Star Buttons

I love these six buttons made from polymer clay in bright rainbow colours. These will definitely brighten up any garment. Vicki is a sweetie crafting, ninja making, button creator.

Quite Contrary Crafts – Your Star Hand Cut Greeting Card

Love this unique hand cut card in bright yellow, perfect for celebrating someone being a star, amazing, congratulating them or simply just showing you care. Quite Contrary Crafts can do personalised wedding stationery to make your wedding stand out!

Ticketty Boo – Blue Ticking Applique Star Cushion

This quality handmade blue ticking envelope cushion with hand applique linen centre panel with hand applique star is topped with a mini blue star button. Individual and unique designs including cushions, pen bags, bunting and more using 100% cotton or linen.

Well enjoy star-gazing over the rest of the summer!

Nicole

Pierrine signs Handmade-Crafts Support Pledge

The aim of the Handmade Crafts Directory – UK is to build a top UK directory for crafts and other goods which are handmade in the UK, and to offer much needed publicity to all the fantastic beaders, soap makers, pyrographers, glass-blowers – and the many others – out there!

They’ve taken one small step on this road with the release of their Craft Supporters pledge.  As part of their mission to help support and promote Arts & Crafts in the UK, they want to provide somewhere that people can show their support and give encouragement to British crafters. 

Pierrine is delighted to have signed up to their list of crafts supporters to help show all the people who produce fantastic British Crafts how great they are.

If you are reading this blog and also make handmade crafts why not make a statement showing your support of Handmade British Crafts today by signing the pledge:

www.handmade-crafts.co.uk/Pledge/SignPledge.aspx