Today I met up with Amanda and her husband David and after coffee we took ourselves off to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and then on to the exhibition Chinese Whispers: Chinoiserie in Britain 1650 -1930. I love the Pavilion and would love to go more often than I do, I am always blown away by it. It was the seaside palace of King George IV and it is the most extraordinary building, inside and out. It is opulent, ostentacious and full of really really shiney stuff, the more you look the more you see. It has had its fair share of disasters over the years from arson attacks to storm damage but the renovations are excellent, if you are ever in Brighton you should check it out.We didn't realise that the exhibition was housed seperately in the Museum, we would have missed it altogether if we hadn't stopped to take the mickey out of the tat in the gift shop and the nice lady at the till told us where to go. Close to the Pavillion, Brighton Museum isn't very big but it has some fantastic pieces, again it's always worth a visit. Today there was an exhibition of the little black dress as well as the Chinese Whispers. In all honesty I found the Chinese Whispers a little bit dissapointing but it had a hard act to follow after the Pavilion. The black dress had some gorgeous dresses which Amanda and I drooled over but as David pointed out it lacked a genuine Coco Chanel which would have just completed the collection. I had a fantastic day and enjoyed it so much more for being with friends.Now onto yesterdays beads.... they weren't nearly as nice aas I thought they would be as I made a fundamental error. I used transparent gold pink on top of what I thought was white but actually turned out to be be ivory - yetch. In case you didn't know (and let's face it why would you) pink on ivory tends to make a pinky/browny blechy mess. However I did have a few "aha" moments that made it a worthwhile excercise. I may show some pictures if I get a chance to take any but I'm not too sure they are worth showing....So here is an old picture of an old but favourite bead instead.