Tuesday, 7 June 2011

St Ives Blends

One of the highlights of my holiday was meeting up with my "Blends" (Bloggy Friends) who are lucky enough to live in St Ives. We couldn't get a table outside the cafe, so we huddled into a corner. I'm looking a bit sorry for myself in the corner as I was not well. I had slept solidly for 24 hours on the previous day after picking up some nasty stomach bug - I hope I didnt pass it on ladies! Great way to come home from holiday with no weight gain though!!!


You may remember that I had met the amazingly inspiring Carolyn Saxby last year (front right) and I had also popped into Lesley Ninnes (front left) wonderful gallery too last year, but it was the first time that I had met Noelle (back left). Noelle was the one who inspired and cajoled me into starting a blog and left me my very first comment - so it was brilliant to meet up with her at last. It was a lovely meet up and something that I know will happen again next year!! Thank you lovely ladies for your great company. You are another reason why I should move to St Ives!!! After our cuppa and cake (dried toasted tea cake for my dodgy stomach!), Carolyn, Noelle and I did a bit of treasure hunting on the beach - I'll show you this later, but I can't wait to see what Carolyn makes from the 2 x shoe soles she found!!

We exchanged Bloggy gifts.


I know that many of you love Noelles work and I was the lucky recipient of my own Cornish Cottage, complete with pesky Seagull and a boat to go bobbin around the harbour in. Several of my pals have tried to make off with the seagull!!!
Carolyn's work is so delicate - I don't know how she does it. She gave me a lovely gardening heart - you can just see the little trowel dangling from the bottom. The photo does not do it justice. Also, the card is a work of art! and the colours are amazing. She also made me some of her special beads, but I just noticed that I didnt get them in the photo - I'll show you these later, but thee too are amazing.
Lesley presented us all with 4 cards made from her original art work. Too gorgeous to send - these will be framed and hung in my home. I was never a huge fan of abstract art before I met Lesley, but she has opened my eyes and mind and I love it now - another great bonus to blogging. Her work translates the scenes on St Ives shores and harbour exactly. She has amazing talent and the colour pallette she uses is very unique.

Thanks again ladies for such a special morning - its was great. xxx

22 comments:

Poppy Cottage said...

Sounds (and looks) like you had a wonderful holiday apart from the tummy bug. Hope you are fully recovered now.

Colette x

Susan T said...

Looks like a lovely day was had by all. What a great time you have been having. Hope tummy upset didn't last long.

Lisa said...

Glad the nasty tummy bug didn't get in the way of your Blends meet up. What lovely gifts you were given.
Days like those are what blogging is all about!
Lisa x

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Thank YOU Diane, because it was great to meet up again (wouldn't have missed it for the world)and to receive your lovely, creative gifts. Will post about them soon, promise!

Don't know if you have managed to visit the Clare White Gallery recently? Unfortunately, Andy and Steph have reluctantly decided to close - last day of business is 26 June. Bye for now, Lesley. x

lazylol said...

What fabulous gifts - I especially love the seagull. sounds like you had a lovely time :)

Catherine said...

Looks like you had a lovely time regardless of the upset tummy. Love your seagull! Cx

Rosie said...

Oh, dear! So sorry to hear that you had a horrid stomach bug whilst you were away! Your meeting with your St Ives 'blends' must have helped you to feel a lot better and your gifts are lovely - you all look as if you are having a great time:)

jennyfreckles said...

What lovely photos of your hol. I'm longing to visit St Ives and this has made me want to even more. I love your pics of the lifeboat launching. Seems like you had several serendipitous moments.

Lyn said...

shame you couldn't indulge in a BIG slice of cake! hope you are feeling better? It is so nice to meet up with Blends and I am very jealous I couldn't be there with you all!!
xxx

Rowan said...

You had some lovely gifts in your goody bags - what a shame that you were ill while you were away, no fun at any time but especially horrid while you're on holiday.

noelle said...

It was great! Thanks Diane and for your lovely pressies, I've transferred all my pink pins into my new cushion!!! My Heart and the one from Carolyn are on my dresser looking lovely and I've worn my brooch!! Have sold three seagulls today to a lovely Lady who has a Guest House overlooking Porthmeor, shes going to put them in her guest rooms and she took three more to sell!!! See you next year xxxxxx

John Gray said...

bloggers of the south west unite

Bayside Rose said...

I have met a few blogging friends now and they are the best!

Lovely gifts.

Pam x

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

It was fab to see you Diane and I loved our beachcombing time ... wasn't it beautiful and like the carribean ... I shan't forget finding those two lost souls (soles). Thank you for my lovely gifts. Like everyone else, I am in love with Noelle's seagulls and so glad I have one of my own :o)

Hope you tummy is ok now

Love Carolyn xo

Sandie said...

Oh so envious! LOL!
You lucky lady, (well not with the tummy bug!)such precsious gifts and memories.
Ah well, I can dream....

'hope you are feeling much better?
Sandie xx

Dianne said...

What a wonderful catch-up with blogging friends - I must visit the other sites.
The boat and harbour cards are just delightful!
Hope you are feeling much better!

Julia said...

What a fabulous meeting! I'm sorry you were ill though Diane, on your holidays too! Your Bloggy Gifts look wonderful, what a loot to bring back to Yorkshire and so many fond memories too I don't doubt. Lovely to put faces to some familiar Bloggy names, thanks for sharing your special day.

Love Julia x

Jill said...

What a great meet u, and such beautiful gifts.

You could have popped into mine for a cuppa on your way back up North - you'd be most welcome :0)

Jo said...

How lovely to have met up with your bloggy friends on holiday, such a shame you had a tummy bug though. Your gifts are wonderful, I love the 'Harbour, Low Tide' card and I agree, far too nice to use.

potterjotter said...

Sounds idyllic (apart from being ill). Nice to see faces to put to names on their blogs, which I read regularly. Carolyn is an inspiration isn't she!

The Curious Cat said...

she really does! I love the seagull too - what a talent with colour and precision! xxx

Michela said...

Oh no, sorry to hear your holiday was spoilt by a nasty stomach bug, how awful to not be able to savour some Cornish delicacies!
xxx