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In the UK and America Father’s Day is on the third Sunday in June.
June 19, 1910, marked the first Father’s Day on record. Sonora Dodd from Washington State wanted to have a special day to show appreciation to her father William Smart, after hearing a Mothers Day sermon in her church. Her father was a Civil War veteran and a widower whose wife died during the childbirth of their sixth child. He raised his six children as a single father. The day was chosen in June, the month of Dodd’s father’s birthday.
The relationship between a father and child is very special and changes over time
Typically a we may view our Dads with hero worship as a small child, sometimes with contempt and impatience in the teenage years, until eventually we grow up and learn that our Dads deserve our respect and admiration.
Famously Mark Twain said the following about his father: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
Being a good Dad isn't always the easiest job in the world but I'm told it IS the most rewarding.
Happy Fathers Day to all Dads, Step-dads and Father figures xx
The American Institution of the High School Prom has now become tradition here.
The Prom season is upon us and the excitement is building. How and when did that happen? What happened to the school disco in the gym hall?
The first recorded account of a prom as we know it was by a student at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1894, who described what would now be recognised as a formal senior ball. Proms on the other hand, have evolved from something traditional to something decadent.
The very idea of a school leavers’ prom has invoked ideas of celebrity and rockstar lifestyle. The more expensive the dress and the flashier the limo, the better,
Girls (or their parents) are buying dresses worth £800-£1000 or even more, and paying significant amounts of money in order to get their hair styled and nails manicured like a Hollywood celebrity attending an awards ceremony or a film premiere. Add to this the cost of jewellery, photography and limo hire, it's an expensive rite of passage!
We can bemoan the expense and the Americanisation - but then we see the dresses (swoon) and just bask in their gorgeousness!
Here are some of my favourites .......
Short or long?
Not for the shrinking violet!
Words fail me - this is just gorgeous!
Sweet, traditional Prom style
Love love love this one!
Maybe mums get so into their daughters' Prom is because like me they never got the opportunity to wear dresses like this or have the whole celebrity for a day experience.
A Family Ruby Wedding Anniversary Celebration got me thinking .....
Buying a gift for a wedding anniversary can be difficult - do you go with the traditional gift themes for the number of years of marriage or do you go off piste?
Well with a little bit of thought and imagination you can do both.
For example - the theme for the first wedding anniversary is paper. A bit boring you might think at first, but I've come across a few ideas that are a bit different. What about a lottery ticket? A ticket to see a band that was popular at the time the couple got married? (There are so many reunion tours these days it should be possible to find something appropriate). Or how about a newspaper from the date of the wedding?
If you, like me have wondered where these themed ideas for anniversary gifts came from, this might shed some light - taken from a 1922 book by Emily Post.
"Paper goes with the first year. This represents a clean but easily torn page.
The fifth anniversary is marked with wood, representing strength, wisdom, deep roots and insight.
Tin marks the 10th year of a marriage. This represents preservation and longevity, protection from rust, and preservation of all contained in a symbolic tin vessel.
The 15th year is crystal, marking the investment the spouses have made in each other and the clarity, transparency and deep knowledge of each other.
The 20th anniversary is celebrated with gifts of china. This represents a fragile yet longlasting relationship, and is a reminder not to take the union for granted but to continue to cherish each other and flourish.
Diamond and platinum go with the 50th and 75th wedding anniversary, representing precious value and immense durability."
I don't know about you but that makes me see the traditional themes in a different light and in future I will try to give gifts that reflect those sentiments.
A quick look at images from The Chelsea Flower Show reminds us that there is often a strong floral influence on the design of jewellery and accessories.
From brightly coloured gardens to tranquil peaceful spaces via some interesting quirky displays, The Chelsea Flower show has something for everyone.Do you see the possible influence in terms of shape and colour that this gorgeous flower could have had on our Pink and White Flower Necklace and Earring set?The pretty pastel colours of these flowers are reflected in this statement Fiorelli necklaceThe floral influence in design of our popular Tulip bag is plain to see!So you see it's flowers everywhere at the moment!Val x
Sorry folks - this blog has been a bit neglected lately but we're determined to put that right!
I was never sure that anyone would be interested in the random ramblings of a retailer in Bo'ness but apparently that's not true.
Sooo you can hold me to my promise to blog more regularly.
The idea is to cover topics that I hope will be interesting, informative and entertaining - but always with the focus on pretty things!
There will also be the occasional Guest Blog.
Please let me know if there's anything you would like to see here.
Last night we donned our silly hats and hosted our Mad Hatters Tea Party and we would like to thank everyone that came along.
Kate Gorman's absolutely amazing show stopping necklace greeted our guests as they arrived and certainly got people talking.
Our guests then enjoyed a tea cup or two of bubbly, took part in competitions such as find the Chesshire cat and guess the Mad Hatter and made fantastic savings at the till.
We were very impressed with the brilliant hats on display too.
And the winner of the best hat was.......
We also held our first ever 'Make your own' Bonnie Bling workshops which were a huge success and our guests made their very own personalised necklace - they all looked fab!
Here are the finished necklaces and aren't they pretty
We had a great night and hope you guys did too.
Keep your eyes peeled for further Pebbles events and perhaps more workshops too!
Don't be late for a very important date!
You are cordially invited to join us down the rabbit hole for an evening of bubbles, fun, discounts and prizes on
Wednesday May 21st 6pm - 8pm
Pebbles 43 North Street, Bo'ness EH51 0AQ
You will be able to make you very own Bonnie Bling necklace in our 'make your own' workshop (workshop cost £10 per person) and enjoy a cake (or 2) while you browse our fantastic jewellery and accessory collections.
There will be a prizes for best hat, funniest hat etc so don't forget yours!
'A little hat made of ribbon and bows
A bird perched there,
A nest, a rose,
A silly hat, or pretty too
Which one will we see on you?'
Please RSVP so we can make sure we have plenty of bubbly and cakes for everyone!
To book your place on the 'make your own' workshop please email danielle@pebblesjewellery.
co.uk for further details (Each place at the workshop costs just £10).
Dress code - wear your best tea party hat!
See you there!
This week is your last chance to grab a bargain in Pebbles Edinburgh's Clearance Sale before the shop closes on Saturday 1st March.
The lease on our Edinburgh shop is coming to an end and although we have been looking for an alternative location we have been unable to find anything suitable.
We would like to thank all who have shopped with us in Edinburgh for your support and invite you to take advantage of the HUGE savings in our Clearance Sale.
These are just a few examples - there are lots more in the shop so please call in this week and bag yourself a real bargain!
Valentine's Day can be a touchy subject.
Do you go for it all hearts and flowers or is it just another commercialised out-dated tradition?
It's a dilemma - you should show your love every day not just on one specified day. But if you ignore it are you destined for the dog house?
Here at Pebbles we are big softies and welcome any excuse to give and receive gorgeous jewellery - whether it's cheap and cheerful or outrageously extravagant.
If you need inspiration for valentine's Day - or any other day - here's our pick of the best.
So whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not there's always an excuse (reason) to treat someone you love to gorgeous jewellery.
With our January Sale almost over I have got to wondering if we have become a nation of bargain hunters because we have less money to spend or because we have been convinced never to pay full price for anything?
As a result of some retailers running almost constant sales have we lost the ability to see the value of anything unless it is reduced?
As a business we have taken the view that to sell an item for Christmas then reduce it a week later was morally wrong and unfair to our customers.
However, this year we have succumbed to pressure and have drastically reduced selected items of jewellery and handbags.
As soon as this was announced our website and phone lines were red hot as people snapped up bargains.
So I am left wondering has retail been it's worst enemy?
By promoting the idea that to pay full price is somehow foolish and unnecessary has retail (and the media) left consumers confused and unable to judge the real value of a product?
I'd be interested to hear your views.
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