Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat

Last night I was out at the Theatre with my sister and my niece to see this production. It is the third time I have seen it. Forth if you include a school version. I can honestly say regardless of who is in the show be they professional or amateur, I love it. I enjoy listening to the music, singing and dancing along with it all. Last nights version with Craig Chalmers, Anthony Haston and I think it was Tara Bethan, all from various productions on BBC to find the next new stage stars was well performed and very enjoyable and boy did they have to work the audience! I have never come across and audience that was so unresponsive to such a lively production as I did last night. They were so incredibly boring and I am sure half of them were actually asleep. At one point, when the dancers came into the audience, me and my sister and my niece were the only ones up dancing with the cast. There were a few amused faces around us as we made an exhibition of ourselves. But we didn't care, we were enjoying ourselves and I am sure the cast of this production appreciated our efforts. So please what ever you do, if you go along to one of these productions no matter where in the country, then please join in. These actors/singers work hard for your enjoyment and if they ask you to join in then show your appreciation by doing so!

Friday, 19 December 2008

A Christmas Past, A Christmas Present

A Christmas Past
This morning I woke up early thinking about a friend who has just lost her sister a few days ago. This took me onto thinking about my own losses. My dad 4 years ago and my uncle this September. Then I thought about Christmases past. To be exact I thought about Christmas celebrated about 40 years ago when I was about 5 years old. Then there were just ten of us. Mum & Dad, Zia(Italian for Aunty) and Uncle, my 3 cousins, me, my sister and brother. Our ages ranges from my cousin who was 4 to my sister who was 15. We were all somewhere in between. As a small family (as all our relatives lived either in Italy or Poland), we celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas day together. We would share a big meal on both days, my aunty cooking one day and my mum cooking the other day. We had a tradition of giving out our Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. The highlight would be the visit from Baba Yaga, who brought us our gifts. If you google Baba Yaga, there are many different descriptions of her. Our Baba Yaga was a Polish witch who came to us magically with presents. Looking back on it now I think we were pretty mixed up kids. We knew Baba Yaga was just Zia dressed up. She would put on the traditional red of Santa Clause. This would be a bright red house coat. A white beard of cotton wool was put on her face to disguise her and a scarf wrapped round her head like the witch Baba Yaga may have worn. She would come in bent double carrying her big bag of presents, cackling and ringing a hand held Christmas chime decoration. We, the children would screech with laughter not knowing if we should run up and hug her as she looked a bit like Santa Clause or run away scared because she was the witch Baba Yaga. It was such an exciting lively time. We all got 2 presents. One from our mum and dad and the other from Zia and Uncle. I remember getting Giggles the doll from mum and dad and an article of clothing from Zia and Uncle. They were happy memories but I found myself crying this morning remembering times I will never have again. They were simple and we were content with what we got. I cant remember when Christmas became a time for endless shopping trips and huge expenses. We still have the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day get togethers. But with our own families. There are so many of us now with our partners and our children that it was no longer possible to spend the time together. It now seems we only all get together at weddings and funerals.
A Christmas Present

I have a couple of brides getting married between Christmas and New Year but one that I was quite excited about got married about a month ago. She came to me in September for her tiara. She tried on many styles and she told me that her dress had red in it because it was so close to Christmas. So the tiara she would choose would also be customised with a bit of red. Having almost made up her mind on one design she spotted a tiara called Margaret. She like the asymmetrical shape of it. It was at this point I decided to enquire some more about her wedding dress. Her dress was all white except for this V shaped panel down the back of her dress which was red. At this my creative mind started going into overdrive as she had also mentions she would like her jewellery made. So I suggest that the inside V shape should also be in red. If it didnt look right then I would redo it with every 5th crystal in red. Then I suggest a new style necklace. I would shape her necklace using wire instead of using beadalon so that she kept asymmetrical theme going with her jewellery. She was delighted with her finished tiara and jewellery.

My other new items are for someone's Christmas present. I am fairly sure they are unlikely to read this blog before then so I feel I can show you them now. On my website, on my wire wrapped jewellery page I have a sterling silver bracelet with lampwork beads. My customer ask if I could also make a matching necklace. I was so excited because I had wanted to make a necklace like that for sometime. But as a small hobby business, I cant afford to make something like that and then have it lying around in my collection waiting to be sold. So needless to say I got stuck in. I used sterling silver wire gauge 20, and black and silver leaf lampwork beads. Lampwork beads are individually handcrafted which makes them quite expensive to use but they are gorgeous beads. Rather than have them shown here in the main blog I will put them on the side panel as they deserve to be seen. This gentleman who ordered this bracelet and necklace set for his wife is again delighted as this set is truley unique as it is the first set I have ever made.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

My Media Experience

I said back in a post on the 2nd October 2008 that I would tell you a story of my media experience. It happened 5 years ago when I was about to turn 40 and it was a very exciting time. It was my "five minutes of fame" time Its a long read which also takes you to another long read on another website but I am sure you will enjoy both.

Fast approaching 40 as a wife, mother, carer, and involved in a few church things, i.e. children’s liturgy, fund raising for the church organ and webmaster for the SHCTK website, my interest in the computers was about to thrust me into the world of media attention.
A few years ago, I asked Fr Leo's permission to launch a website for Sacred Heart and Christ the King after an old school friend who now lives and works as a policewoman in Penrith gave me the idea. With the help of Andrew Mitchell who runs the Scottish Catholic website I progressed from using Microsoft Word to create the website using a programme called Dreamweaver. Being relatively new to the computer and eager to learn and desperate to have advice without spending a fortune on bringing out professional people to help me every time I had a problem with my computer I needed to find a good online source of computer literate people who would be willing to help me quickly. My brother in law who had a few years experience on me suggested a forum called By Users www.by-users.co.uk/forums I use this forum anytime my computer has a problem, be it hardware or software. Although I couldn’t give any help or advice back I found myself posting threads in the Chat forum and joining in general non-computer conversations as well as getting the help I needed in the technical forums. On reaching my 1000th post I was awarded a title of Waffler Supreme. Obviously by my 1000th post, the regular visitors and the moderators on this Forum were well aware of the Church website that I was running. Then on the 18th of August I got an email from one of the moderators on By Users who had been approached...well here’s the contents of the email he sent to me for you to read

Hi, Di. Hope you don't mind my contacting you like this.

Alex Brown ("Internet Infrastructure Consultant, Internet & Interactive Services, Telewest Broadband") has sent me an e-mail that is (in as many ways) as Top Secret as your "Let's Do The Show Right Here", and I'd like to share it with you.

At the end of the month a vicar based in Bath (Somerset, South West corner of England) intends to give a "streamed" on-line sermon. Blueyonder has stepped in to offer resources, and would like to show it as a "success story" by having someone a long way away from Bath...like Scotland, perhaps... doing a bit for the press, have their photo taken watching the Sermon, something like that.

Alex asked me if I knew of anyone who might fit the bill, and I thought of you (naturally). You're already used to dealing with the media and, of course, you actually know what a sermon is.

I suspect you and the Vicar may bat for opposite teams (as it were), but hope that wouldn't be an obstacle.

Ok so what was my other media experience? You need to read my story being hosted on The Holy Family website. Once there “Enter” the website and scroll down the left hand side to “Archives”. Click on that and when you get there scroll down to" Personal Pieces" and “Diana Hunter Lets Do the Show Right Here”. It’s a really good read with pictures of Jackie Bird and James Macpherson from Taggert. This will explain my other media experience. I was sharing the excitement of this production on the Chat forum of By-users. At that point it was just the production team recording our meetings regarding the show that was to be recorded on 15th September and broadcast on 31st October 2003. I had also posed as a dead body for our local newspaper the Falkirk Herald to advertise the show. So of course I replied to Mr Brown giving my mobile phone number and said I would be delighted to help...having absolutely no idea what it was involving. After agreeing to this my point of contact would be a Mr John Moorwood.
He told me that I had two jobs.... one would be a live broadcast for Radio Bristol and the other an interview at my computer watching the sermon from Bath conducted by Rev Alan Bain and being made newsworthy by Sky News.
My first job taking part in the promotion of Broadband Religion would be to talk to a reporter LIVE on Radio Bristol....mmmmmmm I thought.... that should be easy enough as I have talked to the production team of LDTSRH on a few occasions, but I had to be up early to talk to them about Broadband Religion at 7.30am. The phone call came and I could hear in the background the Radio Bristol show going out live to its audience. At this point I was still very calm but as the minutes passed I could start to feel my heart beat increasing as the time for my chance to give my view on Broadband Religion come closer and closer. I was sat all alone at my computer with the phone in my hand as all my family were asleep in bed yet wishing someone was here to help calm my nerves. Finally the reporter announces that on the line is Diana Hunter from Scotland and asks me what the weather is like. Amazingly I managed to get out that it was a lovely day, which is rare in Scotland but after thatthings started to go downhill. I was asked several questions on what I thought about forthcoming broadcast and I managed to give a few opinions about it but as the interview went on I could feel the nerves getting the better of me and my voice started to tremble terribly. At the end of the interview I was disconnected without any thanks or reassurance that I had done Ok. I went back to my bed and burst into a flood of tears. All day I felt like I had let Telewest down with that interview. At this point I already knew that my next job was to be an interview going out live to the Sky News team in London. I went on the phone and begged my point of contact on Sky News to send a reporter to keep me calm on the morning of the broadcast. This would take place on 31st August 2003. That morning the family were all up early as we were told a mobile satellite van would arrive early to set up the cameras and to wire me up for sound. The van looked very much like a television
detector van with its satellite on top of it. The cameraman came in at set up his camera and all I kept asking was when the reporter would arrive. I was wired up for sound as I would have to talk to the studio in London though the earpiece.... this I could accept as I knew my reporter would be here soon to keep me calm. Sitting at my computer waiting for the first sermon being broadcast live online I could here the man in the van talking to me through the ear piece telling me it would be soon that I would be talking to their newsreader in London.
At the same time I could here the news programme being broadcast from London in the ear piece so sometimes it was a little confusing when the man in the van talked to me. The cameraman would prompt me to reply to the man in the van. I was being reassured that the reporter had arrived and was in the mobile van and would be up shortly. Meanwhile the time was getting closer and closer to the LIVE television interview I would be giving about what I thought about the online broadcast. Suddenly I was told that my interview was imminent and my company was the camera man and my family at the bedroom door.... amazingly I managed to give full answers to all of the questions ask by the newsreader and breathed a sigh of relief when it was over. Meanwhile my husband had been recording the live interview for me to watch which I did almost straight away. The news reported came in that was supposed to be holding my hand and calming my fears congratulated me on a very good interview but I felt totally drained and was desperate to watch the video my husband had recorded. I stood transfixed to the television screen as I watched myself in the interview. It was one of the strangest feelings I have ever had. I was aware of another person coming into the house but I couldn’t take my eyes of the television until my interview had finished. And then I couldn’t stop talking to the reported and the other member of the mobile production team about the experience and about what I thought about Broadband Religion. I was then told that they wanted to record another interview to broadcast later on in the day. So the whole family had to be involved in this...so while I made a cup of tea the children put away the dishes that my husband was washing. Then sitting at the computer again the reporter asked some more questions. After the interview I felt a little disappointed because I felt I hadn’t given a good account of the service Telewest were offering. In hindsight I wished the reporter had just let me say what I wanted to say about it.
But I was assured once again that the interview went well and it was broadcast with obvious editing later that afternoon. But unfortunately I missed it because we were rehearsing with my nieces for the Lets Do the Show Right Here that we had coming up in September. Telewest were kind enough to send me the video tape of all the news coverage of that day about Broadband Religion as keepsake, so I did get to see all of the news reports that I was featured in.
Well between Sky News, Radio Bristol and Radio Scotland LDTSRH fund raising for the church organ you think that would be enough media experience for a lifetime especially as I celebrated my 40th birthday in the month of September but that was not the case. The following year my mobile phone goes again and it is Mr John Moorwood...."I bet you didn’t expect to hear from me again" comes the voice after the introduction..."well err no" was my reply. This time they asked if I would be a case study for the general introduction of Broadband Internet for Telewest. There was to be a special report about broadband Internet involving all the companies but Telwest were to provide a case study of a broadband user. "I'm delighted to help again,” says I. This time I would be interviewed by Chris Torney from the Daily Express over the mobile phone. This happened a few hours later and a photographer would come to the house when all of the family were at home and take pictures and the best one would be published in the newspaper.
The interview was very easy.... it was just like talking to a friend about the benefits of broadband internet and we all enjoyed our photographs being taken, except my husband...he hates being centre of attentions! The picture that was published was one of me looking over the shoulder of my daughter at the computer.
Of all my media experience no one I know heard me on Radio Bristol, no one except my family saw me on Sky News, only family and friends that know about the Radio Scotland show listened to it but I got a few texts on my mobile from friends that saw me in the Daily Express. Oh well so much for media fame!!.... I don't need to wear the dark glasses to avoid public attention or to hide from autograph hunters!!

Friday, 14 November 2008

Busy doing nothing

Its been a while since I have posted to my blog and I can honestly say I haven't got a genuine excuse. It's not like I have been rushed off my feet with orders. More like I have been messing about with my website trying to update it with what I have available for special Christmas presents and setting up an online payment method. Finally I can accept payment via email through paypal. Also I have been helping a florist friend by creating a small 3 page website so that she can get an online presence. She has had her website domain name for a number of years but after a problem with a company that was supposed to be creating her website she hasn't done anymore to set it up. Once I have her live and kicking I will post a link to her website on here also.
Finally while surfing one of my favourite websites I discovered a downloadable picture to promote it. So I will add it to my side bar so that everyone who decides to read my blog will know that I am a member of a craft forum.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Getting use to going about on my own steam again

Last Friday on way way to the shops in the next town my car decided to splutter to a halt. Conveniently this happened right outside a garage on the main road. I tried to contact my hubby to find out what I should do but he must have been too busy to answer his phone, so I reluctantly went into the garage and asked if one of the mechanics would have a wee look at it for me. The lads were good enough to bring the car off the main road and check it over for me. And of course, like most mechanics, with the sharp in take of breath, "that a costly repair Missus. The timing belt has snapped. Would you like us to go a head and repair it for you" "Ermmm no thanks I better wait for hubby to make that decision" I replied. They were good enough to allow me to leave the car outside their premises. That evening, when hubby came home in we had a rather scary drive home as hubby towed me using his car. I hate being towed, especially if its dark and raining and I cant see! So that's car No 1 off the road. So the following day I used his car to do my shopping in. But it wasn't plain sailing as it took 15 minutes each time I tried to start the car. The car engine would not catch first time. Anyway, yesterday hubby was going around getting all the spare parts to repair my car. He used to be a qualified motor mechanic for his family business, then a self employed taxi driver. He now works for parcel force. Much better being employed than self employed, at least at the end of the month you know there is a guaranteed wage coming in. He is going to repair my car and despite my problems starting his car, he was managing to get it to go from A to B ok. Then comes the phone call. My car has broken down come and get me from hubby. So once again using Son No1's car I went out to get him and he towed me again. This time it was less scary as it was during the day, but I still hated it. After some discussion we have decided to scrap his car but will take all the good bits of his and put them on to mine and we will have to learn to car share. It wont be too hard as he works constant backshift and I do my shopping in the morning. But while both cars are off the road we are having to get about on our own steam. Apart from when its cold and raining its really not too bad. On a business forum that I am a member of there was a thread asking "what do you call your car?" Well I have come up with a name for mine. Steve Austin! The six million dollar car(man). We can rebuild him, we can make him stronger, faster..... ;)

Saturday, 18 October 2008

The Women's Guild

I was asked a little while ago by a member of my church if I would consider attending a women's guild meeting with my tiaras and jewellery. I was assured that all that was involved would be for me to set up my stuff and chat with the ladies about what I did. I said "I would be delighted to", thinking it would be just a case of allowing the ladies to try on the various tiaras, side tiaras and jewellery, passing out my business cards and hopefully get a few calls from them looking for Christmas presents. Oh how wrong could I be! The chairperson of the women's guild contacted me to say that the meeting was to take place in my local parish hall. I was also told that there was a possibility that the ladies would purchase from me that evening as well. I felt a little uneasy about making sales in the church hall as it was part of the main church building. The bible story of Jesus entering the temple and getting angry with the people selling in his fathers house came immediately to mind. I toyed with the idea of making a donation to the women's guild favourite charity if I made a reasonable amount of sales. Well the evening came, I set up my table and about 30 women piled into that church hall. I recognised quite a few of the women. The meeting started and the chair person introduced me and the women all fell silent and I realised that I was expected to speak about my work. So there I was in front of 30 women some of them complete strangers. I immediately apologised that I was not a natural speaker and neither was I a witty speaker but somehow I managed to talk a little about my work and how I got started. The I told them how I acquired new talents by attending various courses and I showed them the first pieces that I had created. Finally stuck for words I decided to demonstrate how to make earrings followed by a demonstration on how to make a ring. Then I remembered to tell them the story of my rosary beads that I made for my mum. At last the ladies were willing to leave their attentive seats and look at my work for themselves. I was delighted to sell 3 pairs of earring and one pendant. Ok no great fortune here but I felt for the stress of being in the spotlight and having to give a talk, that it was well deserved. Then in the middle of deciding to myself about making a donation to them for their charity I heard that raffle tickets were being given out. So I immediately gave over the pair of earrings that I had been demonstrated to be the raffle prize. But just before the raffle prize one of the ladies approached me with an envelope "payment for attending and talking to the ladies". How much more guilt were these ladies willing to impose on me! We were in the House of God. I had sold my earrings and pendant and now they wanted to pay me again for doing so! I thanked them but refused the payment and asked them to give it to their chosen charity. The payment went to St Catherine's Homeless in Edinburgh. The evening finished with a vote of thanks. I have never been so exhausted and happy to get home.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Freshwater Pearls

I recently purchase some fresh water pearls. It is the first time that I have worked with them. I am amazed at my self for not even thinking about using them before. The pieces of jewellery are so beautiful that I am almost loathed to try and sell them. I am to attend a woman's guild evening tomorrow and I hope to impress them with my freshwater pearl collection. I purchased a selection of colour. Some large pink coloured pearls, gun metal small pearls and then a selection of cream/white and of various shapes freshwater pearls. Here are the photos of my new collection.
P.S. I just thought I would add that I think the tiara that I have at the top of this blog would look even more stunning if I used the freshwater pearls instead of the swarovski pearls in the design :)

Sunday, 5 October 2008

A personal story about my firstborn

I just thought I would tell you about my oldest son Chris who is almost 20. Like most teenagers he can be a right pain, but occasionally they do something to surprise you. He is doing a HND in Sports Science at college and for the last month he has varied his exercise programme but the one thing he had being doing more of, was running. This morning just before I was about to leave for my wedding exhibition he asked me if "the old man" aka Dad, would run him through to a town called Denny. Asking him why, he announced that he was going to do a charity 10K run in aid of Strathcarron Hospice.
Strathcarron Hospice has Princess Anne as its patron and it is visited by her on a yearly basis.
Dad gave him the directions so that he could drive himself through as it was too early for him to get up on a Sunday morning . Also he didn't have a very good night's sleep (hubby is not keeping well). Chris had to register by 10.30am. I had asked if he had been collecting sponsorship money but he told me that his entrance fee of £10 was the sponsorship.
Well just before 1pm he called me to tell me that he had run the 10k in approximately 42 minutes! I was well chuffed for him. He also said that there had been professional runners there who had done it in 30 minutes but I didn't care as I thought 42 minutes was excellent. The poor wee soul has two blisters, one on each foot as a reward for his thoughtfulness. I thought he would have a nice quiet day after that but no, off he went to his black belt training in Tae Kwon Do. Had the training finished on time he was then going off to his new martial art class called Krav Maga. But thankfully it ran late, so he came home had some dinner and then being the very active person he is....went out again to the pictures. I asked him what are your going to see...."a film" he replies. >roll eyes here< a typical teenagers reply eh

Thursday, 2 October 2008

A missed opportunity

Today was full of highs and lows but the lows were really low. My uncle passed away last Friday and the funeral was today. My mum and my aunty are sisters, they are both Italian and they both married Polish men. Sadly my dad passed away in 2004 and today my uncle's funeral brought back all the harsh and sad realities of losing a parent.
My daughter was particularly upset, as seeing the coffin reminded her of her papa's funeral. After the funeral the family went home to my aunt's house where we all sat and remembered my uncle. The conversation sometimes being sad and sometimes happy as we laughed at some fond memories that we had of him. One of the stories that made us laugh was very recent. One evening just after my uncle had died, my cousin had asked my aunt if she would like a drink from the bottle of rum that my uncle had in the cupboard. As they drank it they had to spit it out. The rum had been watered down. There were 2 explanations for the rum being watered down. Because my uncle didn't keep well he wasn't supposed to drink. He either watered down the rum so he could drink it or he drank the rum and put water in it so that he wouldn't get into trouble for drinking when he wasn't supposed to! We all laughed at the two reasons. The other high of the day was my great nephew who is only 16 months old. It is almost impossible not to smile and laugh when you are in his company. He has such gorgeous brown eyes and an amazing smile.
The other high had me slightly shaking but almost as quickly I was deflated. It was a great opportunity had I been an expanding business, which sadly I am not. It is just me, myself, I. A gentleman from the BBC in Edinburgh had found my business through one of the Business forums that I frequent. He was hoping that I was an expanding business having trouble trying to get credit to do so. Had I been in this position I was to be interviewed and a film crew would have recorded the interview tomorrow. He had said what a pity that I wasn't in a position to expand as it would have been really good with me doing the wedding exhibition on Sunday.
I would have felt like a fraud had I said that I was trying to expand and I don't think I would have come across terribly well educated in the world of financial wheeling and dealing. i have had my fair share of media coverage in the past with various things that I have done in my life. Maybe I will tell you all about it sometime but not today. Life throws all kinds of things at you and all one can do is go with the flow. Rest in Peace Uncle Kajik

Thursday, 25 September 2008

An old press release

Last year, on reading some information on a business forum about press releases, I decided to do one for myself. In a letter I sent to a local newspaper I described my wire wrapped jewellery. As a result I received a phone call several months before Christmas of 2007 from a young reporter called Jennifer Marjoribanks. She came to the house and asked me lots of questions about my work. Then a few days later a photographer called and took the picture of me. I really hate my picture being taken as I am not photogenic but the one that was published was quite a good photo. The article was on the back page of this huge newspaper where new businesses were often features. and it was also in the free newspaper put through many doors in my district. It can still be read online in the Falkirk Herald website. As a result of the article I received a phone call and someone one sent me a nice email about my work. The following Spring I sold quite a few pieces at a wedding exhibition.
I have only just noticed (typical of me...dizzy by name and dizzy by nature)that the story was published on the internet the day after my birthday last year! But it didnt appear in the newspaper till near Christmas.
Oh no I hear you say...is it only a few months before Christmas again. Well if you are stuck for a present then why not buy your loved one some handmade jewellery or something a wee bit more unusual like a wire wrapped pendant or bracelet. You can see my wire wrapped work either on my main website or here

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The day I made a Bride cry

I promise you I wasn't being horrible. They were tears of joy....not sadness. Susanne had been busy organising her wedding. There were plenty of volunteers advising her on absolutely everything that she and her husband to be, needed to do to have this perfect day. On the day that she came to see me, she came all by herself. Susanne had decided that this one tiny thing would be hers alone to organise. After scanning my website for various designs as well as trying on what I had in my sample stock, Susanne decided on a very tall tiara. She liked the height of Arlene but she also wanted the crystals along the base as in Victoria and she also wanted to add her own style to it. She wanted 5 extra tear drops place through out the design and she wanted to add colour. This was very important to her to have a little bit of colour going through it. The colour she chose was tanzanite. I promised Susanne I would do all those little extras to her chosen tiara. The day came for Susanne to pick up her tiara. Again she came alone without her family to pick this tiara up. Well I had no idea how much it meant to her to design her own special tiara for her special day without all her usual advisor's, until she burst into tears. She absolutely loved her tiara. Susanne gave me a hug and couldn't stop thanking me for her tiara. I will never forget that day that I made a bride cry out of happiness for one of my designs. It will be with me for the rest of my life. This tiara is called Susanne.

A family affair

I think I must be doing something right when 3 young ladies from the same family have all come to me to make their tiaras and jewellery. Now probably you could say "so what....do you mean the bride and her 2 bridesmaid" Well yes you would be right except it was or is the 3 ladies that are being married and they had their respective retinues.
First to use my skills was Kirsty in 2006. Then in 2007 her sister Carole was married.
And this year, this very weekend 20th September Kirsty and Carole's cousin Debbie is to marry her man of her dreams. I had the pleasure of helping these young ladies complete their perfect wedding day outfit with my tiaras and accessories. If you visit my testimonial page you will see both Kirsty and Carole. Debbie has promised that the computer expert out of the 3 of them (Carole) will provide me with some pictures of her wedding day to add to my gallery.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Happy customers

Today I received a thank you card from Louise, one of my many lovely brides. She was absolutely gorgeous. On the front of her thank you card was three pictures. In one of the pictures you can clearly see the side tiara that I had made for her. But what caught my attention more in this photograph was her wedding cake. It was incredibly cute. It was a pink cake with a white iced Scottie dog on top of it. I just thought Awwwww how can you eat him, hes soooo cute! Louise kindly gave me a link to her online photo album so that I could enjoy her pictures of her wedding day.
It is always lovely to get feed back from your customers and I love hosting a few of their wedding pictures on my website. It makes the testimonials real....seeing real people associated with the letters of thanks. I haven't put Louise's thank you note on the website yet but keep watching it will be there soon. In the meantime if you are curious to know which side tiara she was wearing, then it it was called Layla1 and you can see it on this page here

Monday, 15 September 2008

Sara to Taslin

My bride had come to me through a referral from a young lady called Sam
She brought with her a black feathered fascinator that she had bought from a shop. She wanted a tiara similar in shape to the fascinator. Her colour scheme was to be olivine, topaz, dorado and clear swarovski crystals. I was excited about the choice of colour as the bride explained that her dress had been ordered from India and was due in anytime soon, and she wanted the headdress ready to try on with the dress when it arrived in the shop. Two week before her wedding, I received a call from Sara. The shop still hadn’t taken delivery of her wedding dress, so a last minute decision was taken to go with her second choice of dress, a cream/ivory creation. But Sara had also spent money on her shoes and jewellery and had decided that she want to keep the olivine theme going, but she felt that her side tiara would also now need to incorporate the cream/ivory colour.
Although I was sad at not getting to see the original tiara with the unusual coloured wedding dress I was also excited about further enhancing the tiara by filling in all the wires with crystals and pearls. I told Sara what I wanted to do for her this time and although it was going to cost her a bit more she was happy for me to expand my creativeness.
Sara was delighted with the finished side tiara. I felt that the tiara has an oriental look to it. Like something out of The King and I and I once again asked Sara to name the tiara. Sara has an Asian friend and decided to call the tiara after her. This is how Sara became Taslin

The launch of dizaTIARAS blog

Ok this is my very first post as dizaTIARAS. I have a little hobby business making tiaras and jewellery. It is a really nice business to be in. Making something nice and sparkly for beautiful brides and bridesmaids to wear on a very special day. It's nice to know that I have made something to finish of a lovely outfit. It is usually stress free and very theraputic which is great when you have a house full of teeangers
I have 3 teenagers and a lovely husband. When I am not running after my lot or creating a new tiara or making jewellery then I also help my sister to care for my mum. It is a very busy life as even after all that I also photograph my own work and put it on the website I created to showcase my tiaras and jewellery. Then if that is not enough I am also a childrens liturgy leader in my church and I also created and maintain a church website.
Now lets see...the list so far....Mum, Wife, (and all the work that entails eg, cooking, house cleaning, washing, shopping, taxi driving etc) Carer, Craft Person (tiaras, jewellery, fascinators, wire wrapped jewellery), Amature Photographer and Amature Website Builder (on to my third project for a local florist), Children's Liturgy Leader and Website Master. Is it any wonder that I sometimes question my sanity?