We begin with one of the perks of running a blog. I was contacted a while ago by Sarah at LuShae Jewelry with a most interesting proposition. Basically she offered to send me a piece of her jewelry of my choice in exchange for me reviewing it here on my blog. Since I admire people with such an entrepreneurial spirit, and since I'll never say no to free jewelry. . . I said no.
No no no, of course I said yes. Who wouldn't say yes? I also said I would have to be totally honest in my review, as I know how much all my lovely readers depend on my verisimilitude.
I chose this piece:
The Chandelier Marquise Flower.
I chose it for its elegance. It's sparkly-ness. And also for its totally awesome name.
It arrived in a timely fashion and . . . I ADORE it. I'm being totally honest here folks. It's good quality, the picture does it complete justice, and man does it sparkle. Here I am, wearing it:
If there was one small issue I have with the piece, it's the chain which I found personally a bit short, and is unfortunately not removable. But it's a small quibble for an otherwise really lovely piece. So thank you to Sarah at LuShae Jewelry, and I would recommend for people to check out their site. I had a very difficult time choosing which piece I wanted, the selection is just wonderful.
Last week I attended the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference in Ottawa. It was three days of teaching writing workshops to kids and it was great fun. I'd never taught a writing workshop before - we had six to do in 3 days (!) (I've done presentations and readings to schools, and I've taught a heck of a lot of drama), so I was a little nervous on the first day. It all worked out wonderfully well though, and I made some lovely new author/illustrator friends:
Lee Edward Fodi
The event was very well organised, and everyone involved was just so lovely and, quite frankly, hilarious. Thanks again to everyone at MASC. It was a truly fab experience.
Also . . .
Check out the AWESOME Indonesian cover of ALEX - total movie poster quality:
I am now a redhead. A subtle redhead. But a redhead nonetheless. Here is proof (though the colour in these pics is a bit dull for some reason, meh, use your imagination):