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A nice reminder

When we go away, I like to buy reminders of where we’ve been. My souvenirs aren’t necessarily your typical straw donkey type of thing, but usually something I can use. I bought fabric, jewellery to destroy and beads in South East Asia, and last week I even bought beads in Durham. I am in a bit of a jewellery making frame of mind at the moment and have made things with both my silver hearts and the Singaporean beads in the last two weeks. Today I decided I wanted new jewellery to go with my new hair cut! I bought two different types of beads in Durham. My favourite ones were the colourless and clear beads. I thought these would go well on a long dangly necklace, so that’s what I made!

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I put a 5mm silver pearl shaped bead either side of the bigger beads and spaced them out pretty evenly along the wire. I used a different clasp than those I usually use for a bit of a change and as I’m a bit short on lobster clasps at the moment. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while will know I always have to match my necklaces perfectly to earrings, so I made myself these:

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Luckily the beads are light, otherwise big earrings like this could be painful! I’m now off to meet Mr M from his train home. Will he notice the new hair or jewellery? Only time will tell!

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We’re up north!

As I mentioned in my Road Trip Crafting post, we’ve travelled up north to see a good friend. We did a bit of sightseeing on Sunday.

We started out at the Angel of the North which is a huge statue / landmark made from iron. It’s beside the A1(M) and is on the outskirts of Gateshead. It’s pretty cool. This was the view from the carpark:

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The angel’s wings are really wide as you can see if you stand in front of it:

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Then we jumped back in the car and drove to Durham, which is a city I’ve never seen before and have wanted to see for a while.

Durham city centre is historically based on a hill surrounded on three sides by a river. It looks like the sort of site which would have been relatively easy to defend.

The old streets are quite attractive:

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The last road leads up towards the cathedral and castle. On the right as you go up is this little shop:

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The Georgian Window sells all sorts of gifts, jewellery and even a dresser front full of beads. As I was with two boys (men) I didn’t have long to investigate, but I did pick up these from their reduced section:

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Both beads were 10p each and are roughly 3cm long, so they are quite big. I have ten of the clear and twelve of the yellowish ones. I am making something for me with at least one of these bead types!

The boys were keen to stop shopping and keep exploring, so we wandered up to the cathedral:

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The main door has a really funky (replica) door knocker. If you knocked on the original as a fugitive many years ago you were given sanctuary for 37 days. I wouldn’t mind a smaller version of it on our front door:

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The cathedral is huge and quite pretty inside. I can’t share any photos with you as cameras are not to be used inside. However the cloisters may look familiar to you:

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Yep, Harry Potter played quidditch there! The cathedral is actually one of many locations used in the films (such as Gloucester cathedral which I knew quite well when growing up).

After leaving the cathedral we wandered a bit more and viewed the town from an old bridge over the river:

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The boys finished the day off with a locally brewed beer and then we jumped back into the car. What a lovely day out!