Sunday 10th May 2020
With my limited skill base of making things and selling them I hope I can make a difference, albeit a small one. I have designed two necklaces, rainbows of course, that I am going to sell and make a donation of £25 each sale, towards a charity that will be under huge pressure at this time and will be for some time afterwards.
The charity is Leeds Women’s Aid, a charity that is providing services to women and children affected by Domestic Violence & Abuse, which is booming as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. Can you imagine being trapped in a house with an abusive partner or parent with no escape, 24/7 for weeks at a time?
Monday 30th March 2020
I have a beautiful bespoke space @sunnybankmills in my lovely village of Farsley. It’s my workshop, my teaching space, my sanctuary and it really hurt to pack it up last week and walk away, all because of this awful virus that is ravaging our population and overwhelming our hospitals. I've cancelled all my classes and moved a mini workshop back home, just like 20 years ago when i first started in business.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Travelling to Harrogate last April, I was excited to meet Becca Macdonald and see her work in person. I was headed to the British Craft Trade Fair, a show featuring all things handmade in the contemporary craft field. I expected it was going to be fresh and stylish and I wasn't disappointed.
Tuesday 18th February 2020
Sunday 2nd February 2020
Hannah brought me a ring to look at. It held great sentimental value for her. It was her grandma’s, but not her actual wedding band but another wedding band passed down from an older relation. Hallmarked in the mid 1800s! Read more about it here...
Thursday 7th November 2019
The little phrase stamped into my Handmade Silver Necklace, my Power Pebble is “You got this”. This is what it means to me, and how it’s helped me through a very difficult, yet different, amazing, rewarding, completely changed, part of my life. The finish on this necklace is scratched, and I think that adds more to the piece, like not everything is perfect and shiny, so it doesn’t matter how messed up things are on the surface most of the time, “YOU GOT THIS”
Thursday 25th July 2019
Tuesday 18th June 2019
Top tips to keep your handmade jewellery looking fabulous:
One of the plusses of buying good quality handmade jewellery is that it lasts. If it is cared for it will last forever. But of course everything changes over time and precious metal is no exception! Silver and gold tarnish, they get dirty, they react with strong chemicals and even sometimes change colour dramatically. Neither silver nor gold are indestructible by any means! After all if precious metal wasn’t changeable how could we fashion it into jewellery in the first place? But knowing exactly how to keep it looking good can be tricky.
Monday 11th March 2019
Handmade jewellery is not so easy to find and finding great jewellery and buying something that's been made by hand says you put in some effort. BROWNIE POINTS! BIG ONES!
Handmade jewellery has that special touch, it says 'I bought you something unusual (because I knew you would like it)' 'I bought you something personal (because you are special)', 'I thought about you and I sought out something different (because I know you so well)'...it says you bought with care, attention to detail and love!
Monday 28th January 2019
Jewellery is often the first choice for a special gift. It’s personal, beautiful, thoughtful. When you buy the perfect piece of jewellery, you know it. You see the sparkle in her eyes first and then the smile arrives. She might put it on straight away or carefully take it from the box and look it over, but you know when you’ve bought the best jewellery gift for Valentine’s and it’s a great feeling.
As a jeweller and a massive jewellery fan, who loves being given jewellery almost as much as making it, I think I am a good person to advise you on buying the perfect Valentine’s gift. So here’s my 5 point plan!
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