Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas...

...this is me, on Christmas eve, playing at florist {white roses, eucalyptus and foliage a'plenty} - finding ourselves without a Christmas tree for the first year ever, and finding that I don't really mind one bit....

So tired, so worn out and very glad to be almost done [our kitchen was finished very late last night]...we will be sitting down soon to the beef stew I cooked earlier in the day that has been burnishing nicely in the oven for the last few is beginning to feel a bit like Christmas, even without a spot of bling anywhere....
Thank you all for your support this past year, it really has been a good one. Wishing you all, your families and loved ones just the most wonderful time over the next few days....take it easy, take care and look after each other - as with or without trees, that really is what it is all about.
Much love and Merry Christmas,

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Goodness {!!} and an Anémone....

Goodness me indeed! I cannot believe more than a week has flown by since I was last in this space - well, I can feels more like three ;) - but rest assured I have not been being idle or even decking the bows....oh-no! I have simply been working up a storm making and posting out orders each and every day. My BIG final US-bound drop went out on I am just delighted to know so many people will be opening parcels containing bijoux from me this coming Christmas. It really is quite a unique and special feeling - really everyone, thank you so much for your overwhelming response this year and for all your orders these last few weeks...the growth my little business has made this year really does make all the hard work seem worth-while and all your kind words and emails brighten my day each time I receive them. Thank you!
.....something about this time of year always forces you to reflect - I think especially when you run your own business. Being almost through the most busy seasons of the year feels like a huge achievement - when you thought last year you could do no more, you manage to find that little extra again this time around. It makes me think about next year - all the things to do then, all the plans to make and all the new people to be in touch with!! The great thing about being online is you know you are not alone and that people are feeling the same way you do.....and are feeling challenged, and grateful and excited just the same, and in different ways again....I second all of this from mav for example :)....really I think I just can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. I can't believe it's almost over. wow.
I am sorry not to have been around more online these past weeks - something had to give though and seeing as how there is not a good photo to be had {you cannot imagine how dark it is here these days.....sooooo dark!} I haven't even felt inspired from that point of view, or able to snap anything much worthwhile when I do. I am looking forward to late next week when all my orders are finished and I can finally get around to decking out and get myself in the Christmas mood. See some friends, take some walks, buy some gifts [make some gifts ;)] and do the things people do at Christmas....I am late to it, but oh-so ready for it now.
First - kitchen to finish [woodwork final coat today], last orders, house to rid of building work dust, Christmas cake to bake [damn late I know!]......
- Anemone outline Necklace above is a new one online > remember this beauty ? It's in the shop now and ready to ship :)
For anyone still looking for gift ideas - try these amazing items by bgreen designs ...with each beautiful product you buy, your money goes to plant 50 trees. I am so happy to know that this Christmas, my purchases mean there will be 150 more trees in the world {and that we get something beautiful as a reminded to boot!}....that is one of the best ethical presents I have seen in a long time!!!
PLUS - All of the jewellery Ana and I have been working on is now available too, so please do check out her shop for details!
...thank you for reading through this mammoth post! See what happens when I am away for too long, a weeks worth of waffle in one go! ;)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone,

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hello this dark evening...

Hi everyone...hope all is well with you this dark Winters night. I am having a busy week here with orders a plenty stacking up and being worked through [thank you SO to all those who have ordered something so far!!] as well as having work done on our kitchen. The ceiling had to be brought down before it fell down, so there is a lot of mess and it work that will go on through 'till early next week. So this coming weekend will be all about juggling a paint-brush and bucket of soapy water and bench tasks ;))

I was doing a Christmas market last weekend...and so have a few special items of jewellery I had made which I can now offer for sale in my online shop. So, I will be listing some special 'ready to ship' and one off items which will bust through my order times and be able to be popped in the post right away!!!.... Above is a new necklace...the only one I will make like it, so something a little special...available in my shop now.

Have you seen the wonderful Bloggers pick gift guide over at Design*Sponge ? I was delighted to be asked by Grace to contribute and also delighted to see my name crop up a few times from other bloggers too. Thank you all!!

Okay, back to the bench with me. More soon!
Have a good evening all,