Archive for the ‘Random Musings’ Category

Tiny grey diamonds and purple garnet loose gemstones

Yesterday I went to the International Jewellery London show at Olympia. I try to go every year – it’s really fun to wander around looking at all the amazing tools and machinery, and of course all the amazing sparkly gemstones! → Read more

Exposed-pipes-polished-copper-kitchen

After finally getting the bathroom renovated, our next task for the house wreck was planning the kitchen. Ours hadn’t been touched since some time in the late 1950s, there was no oven, hob or extractor fan, and no matter how many times we cleaned it, it always looked exactly the same! For a germ-phobic person, this was quite distressing.

This was what it looked like when we moved in: → Read more

March meet the maker portrat

Instagram is my favourite social media platform, so when I spotted Joanne Hawker’s March Meet the Maker challenge, I decided to get involved. The idea is that you post a photograph each day of March, following the list of themes Joanne has created.

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Maria Tash Liberty tragus piercing diamond star

I was lucky enough to get a very special Christmas present this year. As we’ve had a somewhat trying few months, the boy wanted to treat me to something I’d really love and, as he often complains it’s impossible to buy jewellery for a jeweller, he was delighted when he found out I’d been coveting one of Maria Tash’s beautiful diamond piercings.

Now that Maria Tash has a permanent piercing studio in Liberty, which is one of my very favourite buildings in London, it’s all too easy to pop in and admire the glorious sparkles. The piercing studio is located within the gorgeous jewellery hall at Liberty, but all of the glitter and luxury doesn’t come at the expense of hygiene. Behind the scenes, the piercing rooms are as surgically clean and sterile as any professional piercing establishment. → Read more

Well it’s been a funny old year, hasn’t it? The world has gone bananas and I have no idea what awaits us on the other side.

On a personal level, the past year has been chaotic, stressful and exciting in equal measures. Our lovely wreck of a house has finally had some significant work done on it, which was marvellous, although I would very much not recommend project managing a construction project, starting a new part-time job and dealing with the run up to Christmas order madness all at the same time! I had to turn down a lot of custom orders that I would have liked to do, just because I didn’t have enough hours in the day. → Read more

Cat with Christmas wrapping

After a frantic final couple of days getting all of my Christmas orders out, it’s been lovely just to spend a couple of days chilling out with family, cats and friends. Spangle has been enjoying Christmas present unwrapping: → Read more

Fornasetti-acquario-wallpaper-nautical-bathroom

After over two years of living with our ancient pink bathroom, and having bits of ceiling fall on my head whilst showering, we have finally saved up enough money to join the 21st century!

We knew that buying this house meant a major project for the next 5 years at least, but when we moved in we knew that the bathroom really had to be the first thing.  The only toilet in the house was a tiny post-war outhouse just off the kitchen – without the ancient lean-to surrounding it, we’d have had an actual outside loo! → Read more

Well, that was a busy year! Usually Christmas sneaks up and surprises me, pouncing from out of nowhere with its little tinselly paws, but this year I was ready for it. Or so I thought…

Having smugly made small batches of my most popular designs, I left myself time to prepare for Christmas, but the volume of orders I got this year was much higher than I’d expected. Which is obviously brilliant! My lovely customers were very organised and a lot of them got their orders in super-early, which was greatly appreciated! → Read more

Silver nice biscuit necklace

I’ve had rather a lot of emails recently asking if I can make a Nice biscuit necklace in silver.  I’ve given them all the same answer, which is that it already exists!  Check out this lovely Nice biscuit necklace by Becca Jewellery on www.notonthehighstreet.com.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on some more shiny biscuits of my own.  Watch this space for more custard creams and bourbons…

Tax-return-nightmare

Every year, I say I shall be organised.  I’ll submit my tax return way before the deadline, I say.

And have I submitted my tax return yet…?  No.  No I have not.  → Read more