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Special christmas shopping events in Edinburgh

I am just getting ready for two special shopping events that are coming up so I'm busy busy busy!

Arienas Collective open day
Saturday 1st December, 12-7pm
Free entry
2 Dublin Meuse, Edinburgh, EH3

I'd love to see you at the Arienas Collective this Saturday (1st December). Drop in any time between 12 and 7pm. I'll be alongside other artists for the Collective chatting about workshops and sampling some mulled wine. I'll also be doing a silver clay jewellery making demo (before I start on the mulled wine!) and I'll have some of my jewellery available to buy. There will be other demos including soap making and lino printing and I think it'll be a great way to spend a Saturday! We're just 5 minutes walk from St Andrews Square so really centrally located.
You can find out more here >

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Thursday 6th December 
Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
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Here are all the details

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Where? Glasgow SEC
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