Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Exotic jewellery? Bring it on!








In Scandalous Lady, Olivia arrives in Constantinople and at once visits a merchant with a large store of luxury goods, from carpets to jewellery. The mix of styles, from Byzantine to Ottoman, means she is dazzled by the range of items in his shop.

She really goes there intending to buy a few carpets to make her new home more comfortable. However, Mr Arapchian has such stacks of carpets that she goes a bit mad...





And then he shows her the jewellery. She is dazzled by the exotic splendour of it all.



If you like REALLY exotic gems, click on this link to see some of the famous jewels from the Top Kapi Museum


            On this occasion, Olivia opts for a delicate filigree pendant.


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The *One Lovely Blog* Award

One Lovely Blog Award

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I was nominated by fellow writer Judith Arnopp for the One Lovely Blog Award
The award recognizes newer or up-and-coming bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a “lovely” manner, giving them recognition and helping them reach more viewers. 
In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines.

The Rules for accepting the Award(s):

    1. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
    2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
    3. Share 7 things about yourself.
    4. Nominate up to 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So, first, thank you Judith Arnopp for this wonderful compliment and opportunity. I love your blog and am sure others will too. http://juditharnottnovelist.blogspot.co.uk 



Now then, seven things about me.

1 First things first. I keep house for Wellington, a gentle black cat [but he's boss, as cats always are.]
               


2 When not engaged in cat duties, I write travel articles, and tales of adventure and romance set in the Regency era. Here's my first story, which was shortlisted for the RNA Romance Prize. In a way, I combine both types of writing as research for a story often involves travel. 







3 I'm a closet Queen Fan. There could only ever be one Freddie * * ~~**~~ [that's my little rhapsody] and his songs are silk and steel.

4 I learned to embroider in silks from my great-aunt. I'm not sure she'd approve of the way I developed this into bead embroidery with lots of sparkle and glitter. This one is inspired by a Turkish folk song about the mountains and the town far below.

5 My mother's family are Welsh and they all sang in choirs. My aunt was a trained opera singer - but to everyone's consternation, I can't sing a note.

6 Perhaps the Welsh side comes through a bit as I love voices and never know anyone until I know their voice.


7 I love exploring small, out-of-the way countries, that still maintain their old traditions. Recently I went to Albania and was delighted by so many picturesque places from Shkodra in the north to Sarande in the south. Here's a photo of Mount Tomorri, taken from the massive citadel of Berat.






And now, it's my pleasure to introduce these Bloggers whose delightful blogs deserve the same kind of recognition.

http://www.rosie-dean.com/  Writer of romantic comedies.

http://elizabethcaulfieldfelt.wordpress. : reading, writing and no arithmetic

http://paulamartinpotpourri.blogspot.co.uk/ Writer of contemporary romance

http://nicolaslade.wordpress.com/ Nicola Slade's Winchester mysteries

http://janerisdon.wordpress.com/author Jane Risdon

https://alyseinion.wordpress.com/  Alys Einion

http://writemindswriteplace.wordpress.com/ Elaine Everest

http://suzietullett.com/  Suzie Tullett

http://marilynbrant.blogspot.co.uk/ Marilyn Brant

http://elizabethhanbury.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Hanbury