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It appears that the time to publish my little review of the year has rolled round again. → Read more

Well, that was a bit mental! I ended up frantically making things right up until just before Christmas – eek! Added to which, my job was also frantically busy and my body did it’s usual end of year shutdown, presenting me with an evil cold just when I didn’t have time to get sick. Boooooo.

Had a lovely Christmas with the boy’s lovely family in the snowy South West. I was still pretty ill, so everything was a little bit of a daze, but it was nice to have some enforced rest.

Having just started to feel less ill, remembered we had agreed to hold NYE party. Bum. We are, however, dividing the party with our friends who live round the corner, which will be fun. They are hosting drinks and nibbles, then it’s over to ours for giant buffet. How terribly grown up.

Spent most of yesterday prepping and cooking, so hopefully it will be okay. First ever attempt at proper pastry making about to go in the oven, so fingers crossed…

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, have a lovely New Year.


I have finally finished my silver roller derby skate charm, hurrah!

This was a project I started way back in 2009, as I wanted to do a skate charm that looked like my Riedell 265 skates. → Read more

Another year, another December sneaking quietly up behind me and shouting “Boo! Here I am!” at the top of its little tinsel-festooned voice. → Read more

I think I may have finally made a decision on my endless packaging dilemma. I have been reading about how, as a jeweller, how you present yourself and your brand is super-important, which is something I’ve been giving more thought to as I’ve been messing about with my website. I’ve been looking at some quite nice pink and black boxes, but when it came down to investing in logo printing on them, I just couldn’t quite commit, as I wasn’t 100% happy with them. → Read more

I have recently joined this rather amazing forum, which can be found here. It is full of very, very helpful and lovely people and much advice on all things jewellery making related. → Read more


So, it appears I have been awol from my blog for the past couple of weeks, partly due to exciting shiny thing making, but also partly due to a much less exciting stressful time at work trying to clear my desk before my week off next week. Yep, I get a WHOLE WEEK OFF! Actually, it will be the first time this year that I get a week off, as I’ve mainly just booked the odd couple of days here and there up until now. I think I’m due some downtime – the boy stated that I am currently lacking in both patience and a sense of humour, both of which he deems necessary in order to put up with him! Bless. → Read more

A sneaky preview of my latest project… → Read more

I have always struggled somewhat with jewellery photography. Whilst I do have a lightbox, kindly built for me by my lovely former flatmate, it’s not ideal. Nor are my motley collection of spotlights, with their random wattage bulbs, some daylight(ish), some not.

Added to this is the fact that I’ve not a clue what an f-stop is or what it might do, so I usually end up taking around 200 shots to get a couple that are usable after much faffing around with Lightroom. → Read more

I have now finished turning the small pile of weather from my earlier post into actual shiny things, hurrah! → Read more