Sunday, 19 October 2008


So I too have been tagged, by Brandi (of Catie's Blue in the US) and this means I have to share some facts about myself that I may not have revealed before. These are the rules: 1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs. I thought I'd better get in there quickly before all my other blogging friends are tagged by someone else first! So here are my 7 facts, hopefully random and weird enough!:
  1. I love singing, I sang at school and now I sing in a small church choir - we don't really sing anything too challenging, but it's fun all the same. Christmas is coming up and singing the descant parts to the traditional carols is one of the highlights ;)
  2. I did a degree in American Studies which involved a year at the University of California, where I took a year of the Native American Studies course at Berkeley (and came away with a 4.0 GPA too ;) My accommodation was a student co-op which (I discovered after I moved in) was the cultural centre(!) of the North California Punk scene - the year before I moved in The Offspring played a gig in the kitchen and Green Day played in the garden apparently - I was clearly a year too late!
  3. My favourite singer/songwriter is Tori Amos, who I have seen in concert at least 10 times in 3 different countries. (Apart from that I mostly like rock and metal).
  4. I used to be the theatre manager for a Victorian Music Hall, The Players' Theatre in London, (underneath the arches of Charing Cross station) which had its moments! One of my best memories of being there was organising a wedding venue licence for the building so one lady could have her dream victorian style wedding on the stage.
  5. I'm a qualified Aromatherapist and love to give massage with blended aromatherapy oils. Alongside making jewellery, if I thought I could cover all the bills doing that rather than my day job I would.
  6. My family moved to America when I was 15, but I stayed behind to finish my GCSEs & A-Levels. After school I lived with them for a year in Florida, but came back to England to go to university. I even had a Green Card for a while, but gave it up because I was working in the UK (I should have held on to it really as we've got a long term plan to move over there. Mum now lives in Minnesota and my sister is married and living in Orlando, so at least I have some great holiday options (when I can aford the plane tickets ;)
  7. My most exciting holiday destination was Bogota, Colombia. I went about 12 years ago with my best friend to the wedding of someone she knew from college. We got to stay in the appartment of some friends of the bride who were away for the week, and the family's chauffer to take us out and about, which was an experience - not being able to speak much Spanish made communicating with him interesting though!
So that's me, and now I'm going to tag the following fellow bloggers too (I have jsut seen some emails pop up which suggests some of you are being tagged by someone else as I type - and if that's the case I don't think you have to give 14 facts instead of just 7! lol)
  1. Rachel - Earth & Fire Beads
  2. Tina - So What's New Today?
  3. Clare - The Makings of Crafty Clare
  4. Nicky - Sparkly Treasures
  5. Manda - Mango Beads
  6. Laura - Beads by Laura
  7. Felicia - Fluffy Flowers

The pics I've posted today are two necklaces I made yesterday. The top one has a focal from Izzy Anderson of Flame & Glass ~ I just love this bead ~ and I've put it with kyanite, amazonite, blue goldstone and my favourite, labradorite. This one is going in my shop, although it's going to be hard to part with it. The bottom picture is a one I've made for myself, to show off one of Julie Fountain's fabulous focals (Lush Lampwork). My lovely boyfriend bought this for me at the Midlands bead fair back in August, on the condition I make something for myself, and this is the result. I've wired FW pearls, rubies, amethysts and beryl morganite to make the chain, and I'm really pleased with it ;)


BeadyPool said...

I love what you have done with Julies bead your boyfriend bought you, it makes a gorgeous piece to keep for yourself.
You do find out some interesting things with this tagging don't you. Makes my life seem a bit boring ;)

Felicia said...

What a totally groovy job to manage the Victorian Music Hall!

Brandi said...

I loved reading these, Ali!! I'm always amazed at people who can sing - I wish I could, but that just isn't in the cards, lol.

Tina said...

I would love to be able to so should have kept your green card...what a shame. Yours are much more interesting than mine....xxxx

ChatElaine said...

Great facts about yourself. I keep following the tags around and finding new people. I think I know you from Beaders Showcase. Wow, great idea this tagging.

Gemheaven said...

Il ove reading these ~ you learn something new every day don't you!!

Mine look rather boring in comparison lol!!

Catherine said...

Wow, you've led a very interesting and varied life so far Ali!! I love the American connection, you lucky thing!

Your necklaces are just beautiful! I love the way you've teased the colours out of the focal beads with you selection of gemstones!!

Maryanne said...

Love what you've done with the two necklaces ... especially the one for you. You have some beautiful pieces.

Ali P said...

Thanks for your lovely comments everyone - it has been fun to read what everyone has to say about themselves ;)

Felicia - the Music Hall was pretty cool (if frustrating at times!) I have to admit there were some characters there I'll never forget - and not necessarily just the actors either ;) The audience got a song sheet for each show and had to sing along to the choruses... altogether now: "Oh! the fairies, whoah! the Fairies..."

As for singing, I'm not particularly a great singer, but I can read music and don't sound too bad ;) I think anyone can learn though - my Dad was always pretty tone deaf and used to joke about it with us, so you can imagine how surprised we were when he announced he'd joined a choir, and his fellow choir members told us he was pretty good so I reckon there's hope for anyone ;)

Hi Elaine - yes we have 'met' on Beaders showcase - I'm off to make a link to your blog now ;)

manamoon said...

Wow, what an amazing posting! I learned so much about you and had no idea that you'd lived in the States. Ah, Norhtern Cali is gorgeous isn't it!?

Oh, how I could use one of those yummy massages! :) Will definitely have to hook up if you're ever in my area!