Zoo Nights/I’m A Tiger…. RAAAWWWRRRRRR!!!

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Edinburgh Zoo Nights is an adult-only event where you can enjoy street food in a relaxed atmosphere, wander round and see the animals in the early evening and enjoy some entertainment to start your Friday night. At this year’s events, you’ll get the chance to mingle with the dinosaurs after-hours. Explore the Zoo’s ‘Dinosaurs Return!’ exhibition – life-sized animatronic dinosaurs in their own lost world enclosure. Our Dinosaur Keepers will be on hand to answer any questions, we’ll have special talks by dinosaur experts, the chance to try out your palaeontology skills with fossil digs, and you will come across a few other dino-related surprises along the way.

Safe to say I was pretty excited by the time Friday came along!

1. I love the zoo!

2. There will be no kids about to spoil it………!

3. DINOSAURS!!!

It was a great night! Thanks Morven, my tiger friend, for a wonderful time :)

The only thing that sucked a little was the price! £20 was okay, but a little too much for the ticket… but I would have been okay with it if the food/drink wasn’t in the range of £6 for a box of noodles, £5 a drink!! Not cool zoo. However the face paint was definitely the best £5 I’ve ever spent!!! RAWRRRR! And seeing the animals at an unusual time was pretty cool… but a little disappointed the big cats were closed :( They’re my favourite :( But dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are cool. And zoo if you’re reading, you guys should have an adult-only day out at the zoo! We would be so down with that! Basically do what you do at the nights, but during the day with all the normal zoo stuff…. and no kids to get in the way! and booze! cocktails seem to go wonderfully with wandering around animals :)

Anyway…. enough rambling….. enjoy some photos!!!

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Kind of a t-rex selfie……..

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Not sure why I look so miserable?!!

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Ickle baby penguin!!! D’awwwwwwwww!!!

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Chloe out.

A Cat and A Star – My First Mosaic Classes

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Last week I popped along to another Meetup group. This time for a mosaic making class, run by the wonderful Eileen Robinson.
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It was a great wee class… perfect for beginners!
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We made two small coasters… but mine are not so flat! so I’ll save the wine glasses by keeping them purely decorative!
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So proud of my fabulous cat!!
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What do you think of my cut up creations?!
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Thanks Eileen! If you do any classes in the future, count me in!
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Chloe out.

Gilmerton Cove

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My second Seize the Day Meetup day (for the first, pop over here)!

As part of Obscura Day we wandered on down to Gilmerton, and tucked in between a few shops at the crossroads is the entrance to Gilmerton Cove.

Gilmerton Cove is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers that lie below ground to the south of Gilmerton crossroads. After five years of work by Gilmerton Heritage Trust and The City of Edinburgh Council to restore and preserve it for future generations, it opened in August 2003, providing visitors of all ages with an educational and fun experience. The entrance to Gilmerton Cove is through a visitor centre adapted from a traditional mining cottage.

Our guide was really knowledgeable, and the tour was fantastic. Would thoroughly recommend it, if you’re looking for a bit of mystery in Edinburgh. Check out the website for more details… and have a nosey at some of my photos below!

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Gotta have a hard-hat selfie!

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Chloe out.

Amanda Palmer’s Art of Asking Tour at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall and some bonus shots of her signing my Coin-Operated Boy Vibrator Container!!!

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Those who know me, know how much I love Amanda Palmer…… a lot! So anytime she pops on over to our lovely little island, I’m always first in line for a ticket! This time it was part of her Art of Asking book tour (and quite possibly last tour for a quite a wee while… oh noes!). If you haven’t read the book yet, read it. Just go. Go now. It’s fantastic. Book link here. TED talk link here. Go now. Enjoy.

The show was wonderful. Slow-paced… a little sombre with all the sad song requests… but broken up with bouts of laughter from the hilarious Janey Godley and the pregnant lady song!!… and she did play two of my favourites, Delilah and Coin-Operated Boy… and I got to sit on the floor inches away from the stage… oh, and I met a lot of wonderful music lovers, from one of my lovely little meetup groups (p.s. thanks for organizing that Dave!)… ooo and most exciting was when she read out my question!!! Teehee I’m glad the alien barcodes are the price of the baby!… and I am also now the proud owner of an Amanda Palmer nudie pen.

Yup, awesome show was awesome.

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And if the show wasn’t enough I got to meet her at the kick-ass signing the next day in Waterstone’s. I don’t think I managed to say anything remotely intelligent to her, but I gave her a copy of my Coin-Operated Boy story, and my favourite hand-held silver brooch from that collection too! and she signed my box!!! I am now one happy jeweller!!!

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And a bonus shot of the lovely camera-man’s feet!! Thanks!
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Thanks Amanda.

Much love,

Chloe out.

p.s. if you want to know more about my Coin-Operated Boy piece, pop on over here.

DJCAD Degree Show 2015

On Thursday I popped back through to Dundee for a wee reminisce, and a visit to the wonderful 2015 Degree Show.

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I can’t believe it has been a year since my own show :O

But I can believe how amazing this show is! I’m obviously biased when it comes to the jewellery show… and it truly lived up to expectations! very much my favourite. Well done girls!

Here are a few of my favourites…..

Dione Bowlt

I loved this little porcelain creatures. They’re beautifully organic, and remind me of plants growing under the sea. The combination of the tainted white ceramics and the clean shining gold is perfect when sat against the soft tones of the figure.

Gemma Brownlie

I was really impressed just watching the film of her process, and marvelled at the work involved in each vessel. Naturally I love a good stitched piece of a metal! and couldn’t be anything but drawn to these adorable bowls. I can imagine sitting on a cold day, running my fingers along the soft stitching and smooth metal and feeling comforted.

Kendal Marie Dewar

This collection is basically everything that I love! Large statement neckpieces, with sparkling stones and fragile natural elements. Beautiful. Simple, elegant, and so gloriously unusual. I couldn’t help but picture my faeries adorned in this finery!

Kaela Hogg

The etched silver drew me in, and combined with the intricately sawn shapes was mesmerising. Very evocative of decorative Eastern towers and temples.

Can’t quite fit all the sparkly wonders into this post, so pop on over to the Degree Show website to check out all the other jewellers :)

Of course, it’s not just jewellery! Here are a few of my favourites from the other disciplines…..

Jordan Kane

Janie Art

Ewelina Labuda

Julie Patterson

The images below are stills from this video. It’s stunning.

Rachel Louise Lee

Katy J Davies

Much arty love.

Chloe out.