Skip to main content

My christmas gifts!

I am a big fan of christmas and I love looking out for thoughtful gifts for people. I have a hidden board on pinterest to keep all my ideas! (which you can't see - sorry!).
For christmas this year I spent a couple of months knitting some of my gifts! I knitted five scarves and was still knitting furiously on 23rd December! I got them finished in time though.

I was very fortunate to be given some really thoughtful and useful gifts myself this year including

I got this book from Gary - Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. As someone who teaches both Psychology and jewellery making I have become increasingly interested in how I can link these two parts of my life together.





Gary is a photographer and he also gave me a calendar he had printed with images of our 2013 trip to Venice. It's a lovely daily reminder of our holiday which is hanging right by my desk.
(I took the dodgy photo of the calendar by the way!)







My niece gave me this lovely box of bracelets and hair clips and temporary tattoos. It was thoughtful of her to put this together for me







My Mum handmade this fabric covered noticeboard for me. It's got a lovely owl print and the colour goes so well in our study.
You can either tuck things in the ribbons or pin them on.

My Mum and Dad also gave me this lovely hair oil from Liz Earle. It's fantastic.











My brother and his wife got me some shea butter hand cream and body lotion from L'Occitane. It's a lovely range and grat to get as a gift








So I was very lucky indeed and luckier still to spend christmas with all of my family, including my two grandmothers (both in their 90s). That's what's best about christmas time for me.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Jewellery inspiration - unusual stone settings

I am pretty addicted to pinterest and love that we have so much access to inspiration as jewellers there. I have recently been drawn to unusual stone settings and I find it useful to consider how the jeweller has done it as it gives me a jumping off point for ideas. Here are a few innovative designs that I love.

Turquoise necklace by Cobalt blue


I love the work of byDaphne Krinos who regularly uses stones in innovative ways. This piece is a round brooch on 18 carat gold


Swarovski crystalactite ring from Maison Margiela

Thomas Giesen - acrylic ring with amethyst ball


Labradorite pendant by Anna Vosburg


Glauco Cambi bracelet with magnetic closure


Odyssey orbital ring earrings by Silversong jewelry


My first Huffington Post blog post

I'm really excited that I have been accepted as a blogger for the Huffington Post. My first blog post was published today and was chosen for the front page of the UK site which was doubly exciting!
The topic of my blog post was 'Why the Uber tribunal ruling could ruin my life' 
Do take a look and let me know your thoughts

2018 Black Friday deals for metal clay jewellers

It's Black Friday again and even before the day arrived there were lots of deals around (and surely more to come). Black Friday is fairly new to the UK but it's always good to look out for a deal! Here are some of the best I've seen for metal clay artists. Do share any I've missed in the comments and I'll add them in

Clay, materials and tools
Cookson Gold has discounts on clay and tools
I haven't seen any other discounts on metal clay but there are a lot of discounts on gemstones and beads out there including Beads Direct and Kernowcraft. Elsilver also have discounts, it's worth checking out their 25% off offer on dies.

Online courses
Jewellers Academy has 50% off their courses including 3 metal clay courses. Tip: buy the bundle with Julia Rai's metal clay charms course and my stone setting torch fired course as it's the same cost as my course on its own! There's also the new Fancy bezels, prongs and bails course by Julia Rai which is great. Use c…