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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

I am a bit rubbish with plants. Tis a fact. Since moving into the flat at the end of January, I’ve killed three mint plants. Three! Yes, dear readers, I am a mint murderer.

Also, I have watched the depressing demise of two rosemary plants and two basils. To be fair, the second basil was doing really really well, like a smally basily bush, until it was infested by some small and horrid beasties. I really can’t be blamed for beasties, can I? → Read more

Okay, so I haven’t quite been chained to my workbench finishing off my shiny weather, as the small matter of the London Rollergirls season championship bout rather got in the way. I miss roller derby terribly, and it was really lovely to see everyone. Such a close and exciting game! → Read more

Classic BBC weather symbols sketch

Shiny weather! Well, alright, it’s not at all shiny just yet, this is what it comes back from the caster looking like: → Read more

I love cuckoo clocks. I have been coveting one for quite some time and when I saw this lovely walnut timepiece of awesomeness by Diamantini & Domeniconi I knew it must be mine. It’s possibly the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen and therefore perfect! → Read more