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Mother’s Day 2021

Today is the 1st of March and the sun is shining here in Kent! It finally feels like Spring is on its way and hopefully there’s lots to look forward to. I wanted to let you know that if you’re thinking of ordering some jewellery for a Mother’s Day gift, then please order before 7th March for personalised jewellery and the 10th March for all other items from my online shops!

Images of handmade Sterling silver pendants and earrings, personalised keepsake jewellery.
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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Do you know someone who could do with a little surprise gift? Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th February is Random Acts of Kindness Day and I’m taking part in Tresstle.com’s   Random Acts of Kindness Day virtual market.

There’s lots of independent makers offering a gift for you to buy for a friend or loved one. They’ll gift wrap and send direct for you along with a handwritten notecard with a message of your choice.

I’m offering these pretty mini studs with leaf pattern, handmade from recycled silver. Click the link below to view the market preview, it opens from 10am on Wednesday 17th!

The Random Acts of Kindness Virtual Market

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Your jewellery will be beautifully packaged in my eco-friendly gift boxes and sent via Royal Mail First Class or First Class Signed For (items over £30). All prices include postage and packing.

Recycled Silver Mini Studs With Leaf Pattern

Beautiful little silver studs with leaf pattern. These studs are 0.5cm across. These studs have Sterling silver posts and scroll backs.

£15.00

Recycled Silver Heart Pendant With Leaf Pattern

Gorgeous silver heart-shaped pendant with leaf pattern. Sterling silver trace chain, length 18 inches/46cm Heart pendant is 1.5 cm across

£45.00

Recycled Silver Teardrop Pendant With Leaf Pattern

Beautiful recycled silver teardrop pendant with leaf pattern. Pendant is approx. 2cm long Features a Sterling silver trace chain, 18inches long/46cm

£42.00

Recycled Silver Drop Earrings With Leaf Pattern

Pretty little circle shaped drop earrings with leaf pattern. These earrings are 0.7cm across and 1.5cm drop. Sterling silver handmade ear hooks.

£25.00

Recycled Silver Teardrop Earrings With Leaf Pattern

Pretty little teardrop shaped earrings with leaf pattern. These earrings are 1.5cm across, 2.5cm drop. Sterling silver handmade ear hooks.

£25.00

Recycled Silver and Amethyst Drop Earrings

Pretty dark purple amethyst stones feature in these recycled Sterling silver earrings. Amethyst is the birthstone for February. Earring drop approx. 3cm Sterling silver ear hooks These earrings are handmade to order and as all gemstones are unique, there may be some slight differences to the ones pictured.

£40.00

Recycled Silver and Labradorite Drop Earrings

Beautiful, labradorite stones feature in these recycled Sterling silver earrings. Earring drop approx 3cm. These earrings are handmade to order and as all gemstones are unique, there may be some slight differences to the ones pictured.

£40.00

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Recycled Silver Ivy Leaf Pendant, Oxidised finish,

This beautiful ivy leaf pendant is handmade from silver clay, an eco-friendly product using recycled silver. This leaf pendant is approximately 1.5cm across 2cm long and is strung from an 18 inch/46cm Sterling silver trace chain. This beautiful pendant would make a lovely gift for any nature lover. The pendant comes gift boxed in my eco-friendly packaging, ready for giving!

£40.00

Craft Fairs

Folksy Christmas Online Market

This is my stall at the Folksy Christmas Online Market! The market is in association with craft market champions, Pedddle.com. I’m in the South East market category under jewellery. Please use the code FolksyXmas for an exclusive discount for this weekend only (5th and 6th December).

Recycled silver star stud earrings £25

Click here to go to the market

Click here to go to the market.

Hope you enjoy the market- happy browsing!

Jewellery Designing

Twinkle, Twinkle…handmade copper keepsake star Christmas tree decorations

It’s been a while since I last posted, but as we’re now deep in the festive season, I am excited to show you my latest personalised keepsakes!

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Each star decoration is hand cut from sheet copper; stamped with your choice of greeting or name; textured and oxidised for a rustic finish.

These copper star tree decorations feature a Sterling silver jump ring and come gift boxed in my eco-friendly packaging, ready for giving!

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For more information, please take a look at my copper star listing on Folksy

Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear!

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A Visit To Local Flower Farm, Blooming Green

Do you have a local flower farm or cutting patch? A beautiful place where you can visit and gather yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers to take home? I was delighted to discover Blooming Green, a flower farm where you can pick your own seasonal, organically grown flowers.

I wanted to share you with you some pictures of my visit there last summer. These were taken last June, but better late than never!

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Beautiful cottage garden flowers, freshly picked!

 

 

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Blooming green gardeners hard at work keeping the cutting patch looking fabulous

 

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Beautiful candy colours!

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There’s always time for being silly!

 

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I even roped my husband in to help 🙂

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So much choice! Enjoying a peaceful moment gathering my bunch of flowers

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Pretty pickings!

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I love the dolly mixture colours of these cornflowers!

I bought my gorgeous bunch of flowers back home, where they filled 3 large vases and enamel jugs and amazingly lasted for well over a week!

Blooming Green are open every Friday April to October, 10-4pm for PYO flowers

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Beachcombing in Cornwall, Summer Holiday Inspirations

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It’s been a good few years (make that a few decades!) since I last visited Cornwall. After enjoying many family holidays there during my childhood and beyond, I felt it was time to take my own little family on a Cornish adventure!

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We stayed a few miles away from the beautiful Sandymouth Beach, near Bude in the north of Cornwall.  This spectacular beach is owned by the National Trust and like many  beaches in Cornwall, is lifeguard patrolled during the summer season.

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I love the rugged landscape of Cornwall; Sandymouth Beach has some fantastic rock formations and freshwater streams cascading over the cliffs and flowing down to the sea.

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The Little Chick and I had a great time dipping our toes in the sea, followed by some serious wave jumping later on!

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We even saw a jellyfish wash in on a wave beside us!

 

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With so many amazing rockpools, we had lots of fun searching for hidden treasures. Look at this incredible sea anemone!

 

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Best of all, I got to indulge in some beachcombing- collecting shells, sea glass and pebbles is one of my favourite holiday pass times!

Now I’m back home and looking forward to getting back into the jewellery workshop. Look out for some beach inspired designs coming very soon!

Jewellery Designing · shop local

The Little Red Hen’s Latest Stockists – A Summer Update

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My handmade silver and copper jewellery at Made By Kent

For those of you with children, you’ll know that school’s almost out for summer! This last term has seemed particularly long and my little girl, AKA The Little Chick is really ready for some time at home with mum!

I’m going to be closing my Folksy and Etsy online shops for a short time during the summer holidays, starting yesterday the 17th July and re-opening on the 14th of August, so that I can spend some time with my daughter.

In the meantime, my handmade jewellery is still available to buy from these galleries and shops:

I’ll be updating my Facebook and Instagram pages during the holidays so please make sure to follow me as I’d love to keep in touch!

There’s some exciting new products I’ve been working on which I’m looking forward to sharing with you all later in September. There’ll be a sneak peek in my next newsletter, so don’t miss out and subscribe via the pop up form on my website.

Wishing you all a lovely summer, whatever you’re doing!

 

 

Out & About in Kent · shop local

Shop Local and Independent in Staplehurst with Made by Kent

This Spring, some exciting news came to Staplehurst, the village where I live. An opportunity arose for our seasonal pop up shop, known as Kentish Made and run by Katie Higgins, to become a permanent fixture in the high street!

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Katie, of Marmaduke Scarlet and her team of hard working helpers soon had the shop (formerly the old bakers), looking great and ready to fill with lots of handmade goodies.

There’s a great community of independent designers, makers and businesses in Staplehurst and it’s so exciting to see them all under one roof, all year round!

Local baker Claire’s Bread supplies freshly baked bread daily and weekly sausage rolls too! Made by Kent gift shop Kentish Honey Staplehurst Kent 3

As well as delicious brownies and biscuits, every Friday there’s a cake of the week, all baked by Rebecca of Vallance and sons from her home bakery. Rebecca also makes gluten and diary free bakes, which is great for me, having to be gluten free. A lovely treat for the weekend to look forward to!

 

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Rebecca’s fabulous cakes!

There’s something for everyone, with a wealth of handmade goodies to choose from!

 

I’m thrilled to have a selection of my handmade jewellery available to buy at Made by Kent and I’m so pleased with the support I’ve received so far!

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My Silver and copper handmade jewellery AND my jewellery bust Maud, looking very happy in her new home!

So if you’re local or passing through this part of Kent, do pop in and have a browse, you won’t be disappointed!

To find out what’s new in the shop and for more information on the makers, please take a look at the Made by Kent Facebook page!