Now you know who I am, here is why I express myself through jewellery. That’s the why there is this business for you to come to, to create the jewellery you really want to have. This tells you the story through my childhood into adulthood and health collapse and out the other side. From a child
Have you ever tried to sum yourself up in a few words? To cover the whole expanse of your foundation, what drives you and the desires you have for a future in just a few sentences? If you have ever been part of a business network meeting, where you are invited to give a 60, or 30, second summary, you will understand my conundrum; because we are complex human beings.
So here is an expansion to give you an insight into the mind behind these creations and this business. I am what is called, “a Northerner”, being born and growing up in Wirral. The joy of this is having some good views around and a joy of the beach and the tide doing in (and often out as I recall!). I have always enjoyed being creative and this was picked up by people buying “make your own” types gifts, even as a child. In secondary school my GCSEs included music and pottery. To use my creativity in a productive way, which benefits other people, I studied for a degree in Occupational Therapy. This means I have a science degree, where the course work included woodwork and pottery, as well as art therapy and the expected skills of anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology.
As to how I moved from a career in Occupational Therapy to my own business creating gemstone based jewellery and gifts? Well, that is for a follow up! What I can say is that creativity is what bridged that gap and why I am here now. Along the way has also been my love of cats (my old man, Peter, was the original silent partner in the business, as he cat scanned each item, thanks to his curiosity) and my faith, which has always been an integral part of my life.
I have developed an enjoyment of gardening and have a small allotment near my home, where I enjoy growing food (bought my seed potatoes last weekend!) and also indulge my love of new worlds and lives through reading books (my library does books, audio books and ebooks, what does yours do?).
My enjoyment of creating and meeting the needs of others are still very much part of who I am. My inability to fit into what people describe as “normal” means that when I am asked if I would mind making a circlet for a lady, or to develop a piece of jewellery with high sentimental value to fit a person’s personality, it feeds my soul, as I feed theirs. So if you want something different, from someone who has been nominated as an inspiring business and from a runner up creative business, then you have found the right place!
Hello and welcome to another year. It is incredible to think back to the start of this millennium and all the things we feared. Nearly 2 decades in and many things are better than we thought. Now we prepare for a new year and tidy up things lurking from this year. How was your year?
This blog was originally going to just be about the stones, but the thing with being interested in something is, you start to think, why is it? Where does it come from? So I decided to do some digging and share it with you. The first known use of having 12 stones for the 12
As you may know, when I started this business, I had a silent business partner of a cat. Unfortunately he died at the end of 2015. This February I took a new cat into my home, with the hope of him becoming a new silent business partner. I was persuaded and given the opportunity for
Hi, well, just like the gardens outside, my life seemed to have a bit of a hiccup, where it seemed some things may not grow, but it turned out to be a spring prune! Now life is blooming quickly and I am running a bit to keep up! For a time I was working at
This is the birthstone for March and a beautiful pale blue, from a soft milky colour through to a clear icy blue or almost ice blue/white. It is also a gift to be given for those celebrating a 19th wedding anniversary. Who says people have to miss out between their 15th and 20th anniversaries? The
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the most well known stones around, so here are some interesting facts about this beautiful stone. It is actually as purple quartz and so very closley related to garnet, the birthstone of last month. This means it is also relatively tough, at 7-7.5 on the MOHS,
The birthstone of January and a red quartz. This stone was named in middle English from the word, “gernet”, which was the fruit of the pomegranate. This gives a great hint to its known nature, that is, the depth of the redness of the stone. It is known as blood red, claret and deep red,
Hello and welcome to 2017! After a time of quiet, due to lack of technology, I am back here on the website! How are you all? Although I was quiet here (and in real life, due to my voice going), I was really busy with Christmas fairs and commissions for Christmas presents and birthday presents.