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The best things about being self employed (and the hardest!)

The best things about being self employed (and the hardest!)

Being self employed is brilliant for me and my family. I can tailor my work time around my children and work when my husband has his days off. This does mean some odd working hours and all my workshop time happens at weekends, but for us it’s perfect. Being self employed means that I have been able to stay at home with both children without having to put them in childcare. I work when they nap or play or “help” me. I’ve found I need to be very adaptable and switch between mummy mode and business mode very quickly. One...

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Gold or silver, cats or dogs?

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Gold or silver, cats or dogs?

When I was growing up I always thought you were either a silver or a gold person. It was a choice. Like are you a dog or cat person. I was firmly a silver person (and cat person, if you’re curious). This belief continued into my twenties. Then my sister (also a strictly silver person) got engaged and her engagement ring was GOLD. Two things happened that day, I fell in love with antique jewellery and I realised that maybe you could be a gold AND silver person. Or for that matter, a copper, brass, titanium person. I wasn’t a...

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5 DIY jewellery projects you can make with children

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5 DIY jewellery projects you can make with children

So you know I’m a jeweller, but I’m also a mum and that is where I spend most of my time. Making jewellery can be a really fun learning exercise for children and I’m going to tell you how you can do it with your child for little to no cost. Threading beads is great for fine motor skills and dexterity. Creative activities fuel imagination and can instil a sense of pride in children as it’s something they can take ownership of. Here are five ways that you can make jewellery with your toddler-tween. 1. Pasta jewellery Paint and glitter...

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12 things you probably didn’t know about me

12 things you probably didn’t know about me

Sometimes I think I am too much of an open book. I wear my heart on my sleeve, tell people my every thought and am a massive oversharerer. I sometimes try to be more mysterious and contained but I last an hour at the most. I’m too much of a chatterbox to be stifled. Nevertheless here are some things you probably didn’t know about me.   Being a jeweller was never my plan or ambition. I’ve wanted to do many things from being a ballerina (too clumsy) to a truck driver (diesel fumes give me headaches) but being a jeweller...

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Gemstone adjustable rings

Gemstone adjustable rings

  One thing that always gets noticed at shows and events is that all my rings are adjustable. Not pinchy, uncomfortable and temporary but made from noble metals, sturdy and comfortable adjustable rings. The story behind this is spread over many years, failed designs and deliberations. It began when my sisters were pregnant and their rings didn’t fit their hands. My lovely mum has arthritis in her hands, so her knuckles are large and her fingers are smaller, this can cause rings to spin on her fingers which is pretty annoying! These things got me thinking about my own experiences...

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