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!
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 last day to order anything from my online shops is tomorrow, Wednesday 16th December 2020. My shop will close at midnight on that date and will reopen again on the 4th January. I hope you all have a peaceful and safe Christmas!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
The Little Chick and I had a great time dipping our toes in the sea, followed by some serious wave jumping later on!
We even saw a jellyfish wash in on a wave beside us!
With so many amazing rockpools, we had lots of fun searching for hidden treasures. Look at this incredible sea anemone!
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!
I’m very excited to share with you the festive craft fair events I’ll be attending this year. It’s a super busy time for most makers, so I’ve started planning early!
I’m looking forward to showcasing some great new pieces of jewellery along with my usual favourite designs. I really enjoy meeting my customers face to face, so I’d love it if you’re able to visit any of my Christmas Fairs!
Here’s a list of my upcoming Christmas craft fairs:
13th November – 20th November: Kentish Made, Aysgarth, High Street, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0AU opening times to be confirmed
Saturday 25th November: Dandelion Time Festive Gift Fair, Branden Farm, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BT 10am-2pm
Saturday 2nd December: Poppinghole Farm Christmas Fair, Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5BN 10 – 4pm
Saturday 9th December: Kitsch and Stitch Christmas Fair, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent 10am – 3pm
Saturday 16th December: Meadows School Barnados Christmas Fair 20-22 London Rd, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0RJ 11am-2pm
Sunday 17th December: I Heart Whitstable, The Umbrella Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ 11am-4pm
Don’t forget that you can browse my jewellery designs from my Folksy shop
Do come and say hello, I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Jewellery aside, flowers and photography are two of my favourite things, so late this Spring, I was excited to hear about Bloom & Grow, a new floral photography online course. The course is run by the fabulous Sara Tasker of Me & Orla and was just the thing I needed to add a creative boost to my images on Instagram.
I really enjoy analysing details in photographs and reading the messages behind images and most of all I love a creative challenge! I usually shy away from photos of myself, but thanks to incorporating flowers in the shot, I’ve even managed to post a few portraits too.
I thought I’d share my favourite images with you here
The format of the course is so suitable for flexible learning, each module has its own theme and with weekly homework, it gave me the motivation to keep creating.
I’m so pleased to have discovered lots of like-minded creative people through the course and it’s been really enjoyable to discuss ideas in detail, something I’ve missed doing for many years. Please take a look at the #bloomandgrowtogether hashtag on Instagram, you won’t be disappointed by the amazing creativity there!
I’ve had so much fun dreaming up these images, the process has allowed me to add more dimension to my photos, something I’ll be continuing to add to my jewellery images too. I’d love it if you’d pop over to my Instagram and follow my further floral adventures there!
I’m very pleased to have been involved in a photo shoot with the talented Yeshen Venema as part of an exciting promotion with Folksy. Along with lots of other lovely products all handmade by Folksy sellers, my jewellery took a trip to Wales. It was to be part of a shoot in the beautiful, rustic surroundings of the Welsh House and styled by Hilary Lowe.
I’d love to share the finished images with you, they are really beautiful!
I’m really pleased with them and can’t wait to use them in my Folksy shop, where all items are available to order.
So a big thank you again to Yeshen and to Folksy!
Last Friday, we had a rare day off and took a trip to Greenwich Market. We hadn’t visited for a while and wanted to see what the recent renovations were like.
We walked through the leafy park and then set off to explore the new, updated market.
I’ve had some of my jewellery for sale in the shop Things British for a while now and wanted to visit in person to restock.
Things British is a lovely little shop, just off of the main market and only sells gifts designed and made in Great Britain.
My shelf at Things British, all nicely restocked!
Luckily there was time to have a proper browse of the market and walk past the Cutty Sark towards the river.
It was a lovely day; my husband and I rarely have time to go out together unaccompanied. We’re looking forward to visiting again soon, next time we may even bring The Little Chick!
For the last five months I have been showcasing my handmade jewellery in the Independent shop, Made in Ashford, in Ashford Kent. The shop started life as a pop -up shop and since January has become a permanent fixture. The shop is a great place to support local creative businesses.
The lovely folk at Love Ashford ( the town’s regeneration team) wanted to interview me about my time at the shop and you can read about it here:
If you’re a Kent based designer/maker and are interested in being involved with Made in Ashford, please get in touch by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org