Thursday, 27 May 2010

Eisteddfod Success!

I've been distracted most of this past week - firstly because my kiddos did so darn well in their eisteddfod (basically a competition for non-professionals in dance, speech, singing and instruments for those who asked!) then the 'high' of having won followed closely by a commitment to buy another, better piano for them.

Firstly, the eisteddfod. Well, our teacher definitely knows what she is doing and I can clearly say that her students were the best prepared out of any there. They played note perfect, their style was lovely and each was truly a little 'performance' rather than just 'playing'.

My heart was beating so fast as each of them went up to play and until the whole class was over and the winner announced the adrenalin was pumping! Of course the children themselves were fine and relatively unconcerned.

Of course, very proud parent here as you can tell (sorry!). If you know me, I am NOT one to talk about how amazingly talented my kids are - they've have never really been achievers so it has been a wonderful boost to everyone to have this success under their belts!

As they did so well, Hubby gave approval for the expenditure on another piano for them. The teacher has been warning us for a while that their skill has exceeded the capabilities of our current 80+ year old Beale Elfin (a small Australian made 'parlour' piano). So there's been lots of phone calls around the State looking for pianos.

Tomorrow we are off on a two day sojourn to look and try out an 8 year old baby grand. Hopefully it will be wonderful, we can get it and I can get back to something a little more productive than having a phone dangling from my ear and dreams of pianos!

I am sure I will need a dose of inspiration to get back into creating next week - and I think one of the best places for that is at the Additions Style blog. Valerie always writes posts that pushes my brain into 'what if I did this ....' I highly recommend a visit there if you need a creative push!

Since I haven't created anything brand new this week, I thought I'd show you a piece that I made just before the Scone show earlier this month that found a new home while I was there. It's a lovely mix of freshwater cultured pearls in cranberry, wine-purple, lime and khaki green with a sprinkling of peridot and garnet. Yum!


Cat J B said...

Wow, well done to the kids, and yourself...I know how much mum's put in for their kids on that sort of thing. Well, on everything really!
And I am DROOLING over that necklace!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

Gorgeous necklace. The deep, rich colors are to die for!

Pretty Things said...

I have to admit I got so distracted by the beauty of the necklace I didn't get a chance to read! Must go back to reread!

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

Congrats to your kids!!! Fabulous news, you sound super proud :-)

Additionsstyle said...

Glad to hear Eisteddfod was such a success. I hope the new baby grand works out for all of you!

The color combination on that necklace is wonderful.

Thanks for mentioning my blog, I am glad to know that it inspires you in some way.

Veronica Lee said...

Congrats on the success!!! You have very reason to be be proud of your kids - they're awesome!

The necklace is truly and totally gorgeous. Love the rich colours.

Have a great weekend, Annette.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

WOOT WOOT!! Congrats to your kids!! That is awesome!

Beautiful necklace.

Natural Aroma Handmade Soaps said...

That's wonderful news! you must be so proud, good luck with your new buy.

Love that necklace too, it's really beautiful!

Cate said...

How wonderful for your children! And they are SO lucky to have parents who support their musical journey. It is so very important! And that necklace, WOW!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Don't apologize for bragging about your kids! We moms all love to do it. ;o) That's wonderful their performances went so well.

And best of luck finding yourself a good new piano. My mother was a music major in college and is a wonderful pianist. I grew up with piano music constantly playing in the background and I miss it. You are blessed!

Unknown said...

Congrats to the kids and love the necklace!

Mandee said...

Oh I LOVE that necklace! The colors go great together!
Congrats to your children! Sounds like they are great little performers. You should definitely be proud! :)


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