What a beautiful afternoon. So Autumnal, bright and colourful. This is the view towards my back hedge and beyond, the willow in the foreground is around the chicken coop, still lime green, contrasted against the deep red and russet colours of the massive tree that stands over my glassy studio, you can just see the top of the roof. Behind the hedge the fields sweep upwards, showing the lemon greens, dark greens and orangey reds of the trees behind. The sun is out casting an autumnal golden glow over everything so that even my unkept veggie beds look nice!
Defi is here, in this picture to the right, he is basking in the sunshine, surrounded by the bamboo and now fading rose bushes. We had the first frost last night, it was only a light frost but enough to start to turn the plants so the leaves are now hanging down, ready to drop in time for winter hibernation.
I thought I would use the sunshine to take photos of my giveaway for October. The giveaway date is the 31st of October, all you have to do is put your name, a comment and a contact email address, in the comment box on any blog entry this month and I will select a winner at random to send the giveaway to.
You can choose from any of the four drawings I have photographed here, from top to bottom, there is a graphite drawing of a Weinmaraner - those beautiful dogs with the light eyes, a coloured pencil drawing of our Izabel as a puppy, a coloured pencil drawing of a collie dog and a coloured pencil drawing of a spaniel.
All of these drawings are prints and have been mounted with a single mount and are in cellophane envelopes, the originals have been sold, back in the days when I did pet portraits. I have been renewing my passion for my pencils, I used to draw so much before glass and got them out again. My beads are based on my drawings and I have never stopped doodling, just stopped large scale commissions.
Finally. What a weekend! What a blast! What a fabulous, exhausting but wonderful time! Its was the beadathon. Months of Jolene organizing us all into 24hours of continuous lampworking, making beads for Beads of Courage children and teenagers living with cancer. The event was done, not without its hitches and laughter, and we reached our target...WHOO HOO..in fact we surpassed our target of £500.00 how wonderful is that? All thanks to Jolene, we invaded her studio, we used her tools - and there are a few there that certainly got me wondering what she does on her own ;o) - it was a fantastic time and money and awareness was raised for a wonderful charity and cause.
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