Yes, it's that time off year again - the smell of bonfires in the cold (very cold!) evening air, the bang and flash of fireworks in the sky - and my poor Mille cat almost glued to my lap if I sit still long enough in the evenings! We get a great few of the firework displays in the area from Ben's bedroom window as we're halfway up a hill. In past years we've set off a few small fireworks in our back garden but we weren't that organised this year as we had planned to be up in Suffolk with the rest of my family, celebrating my Grandma's 95th birthday. In the end though we didn't go - Jamie's got a filthy cold and the last thing I wanted to do was to risk passing it on to Grandma. It takes her longer and longer to get over things like that nowadays. And I also wasn't that keen on putting Jamie through a long journey and a family meal when he wasn't well! So, we've had a lazy weekend at home.
For those of you wondering why on earth we crazy Brits stand outside and set off fireworks at such a cold time of year (and quite often in the rain too!), have a look at the latest blog post by the UK blog team on Artisan Whimsy where all will be explained! There's also some lovely Bonfire Night inspired jewellery and beads to feast your eyes on, including my Firelight earrings, Soft Oak bracelet and oak leaf clasps.
Oh, and while you're there, have you signed up for our UK Inspiration Challenge yet? We've got some great prizes, and you can find the details here.