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Upcoming design markets

I’ll post some reminders closer to each date, but for now here’s a quick rundown of the design markets I’m currently scheduled to take part in before the end of the year – put them in your diary!

Stirling Arts Festival – Adelaide hills

Stirling Arts Festival - 2013

I’ll be at the Stirling Arts Festival in the Adelaide Hills on Sunday 10 November 2013.

You’ll find me and my jewellery at the The Makers Market in Sienna Hall in the grounds of St Catherine’s School, 22 Ayers Hill Road, Stirling from 11am to 5pm.

Bowerbird Bazaar – Adelaide

Bowerbird Bazaar - Adelaide - November 2013.

You’ll find me at the wonderful Bowerbird Bazaar in the Adelaide Showgrounds from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November 2013. The market opens on Friday from 4pm to 9pm and from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Finders Keepers – Sydney

Plus I’ll be back in my former home town of Sydney for The Finders Keepers on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December 2013 at Australian Technology Park, Henderson Road, Eveleigh. The market is open from 6pm to 10pm on Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

The Finders Keepers - Sydney - December 2013.

Seeking your testimonials!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the lovely customer testimonials in the handmade jewellery shop, so if you own some of my handmade jewellery then write a testimonial – and you’ll get good stuff!

Write a testimonial and get good stuff!

Enter your testimonial between now and midnight AEST on 25 September 2013 and you’ll get a 15% discount code to use in the shop – plus you’ll be entered into the draw to win an AU$80 jewellery voucher!

The winner of the voucher will be randomly selected and notified by email.

You can send through a testimonial right here. Good luck!

New mini-range of handmade jewellery

As I posted recently, I’ve been spending a bit of time playing around with some iconic geometric shapes recently. Mostly this was for a bit of a distraction, but I was happy with the results.

So I’m pleased to announce that these pieces have been turned into a mini-range of new handmade jewellery which is now launched!

A selection of new handmade jewellery designs.

All of the designs are handmade in my lovely little studio and all are made in sterling silver.

You can find the mini-range right here in the handmade jewellery shop!

Mini-range sneak peek

Over the last week or so I’ve been making some new fun and simple jewellery designs using iconic shapes. Partly this was just to give myself something different to work on in the studio, but I’ve decided I’ll be releasing these pieces as a mini-range in the lead up to Christmas.

Handmade jewellery designs in sterling silver.

It’s not a great photo, but here is a sneak peek of some of the jewellery designs I’ve been working on.

I’ll keep you posted as things develop.

Christmas pudding coins back in stock!

And they’re bigger and better for 2013!

Handmade Christmas pudding coins in fine silver.

My sets of six handmade silver Christmas pudding coins are always very popular in the lead up to Christmas. Last year I really struggled to keep up with demand and it took months for my poor hands to recover from all the sawing and filing!

So this year they’ve been redesigned to be bigger, rounder – and less taxing on my hands to make. Plus I’ve started making the coins early this year to ensure I have plenty of sets available.

What are Christmas pudding coins?

In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s an old tradition in Australia, the UK and other Commonwealth countries to put silver coins or tokens into Christmas puddings, with the idea being that if you find one or more in your slice of pudding it will bring you good luck in the new year – particularly in relation to money.

Once decimal currency was introduced in Australia in the 1960s it became more difficult to keep the tradition alive as modern coins are made with base metals and aren’t safe to use in this way.

As my own family’s stash of vintage silver coins began to dwindle I made a set of handmade pudding coins in pure silver for my Mum to use. I then had requests from friends and family to make more sets. Eventually I started selling them through my handmade jewellery shop and now they’re one of my most popular items each year.

About the sets

Each heirloom quality set of Christmas pudding coins comes with six handmade coins in pure silver, which are each etched with a different vintage illustration. Accompanying the coins are my family’s recipes for an unusual but delicious (and accidentally vegan!) Christmas pudding and very indulgent (and not remotely vegan) brandy sauce.

The coins come packaged in a sturdy white box made from recycled card, which is tied with a festive red and white grosgrain ribbon.

Have a look at the Christmas pudding coins. If they are sold out then click to join the notification mailing list to be the first to know when they’re back in stock.

Packaging and delivery improvements

For several months I’ve been working on researching and sourcing materials for new packaging and new delivery methods for my handmade jewellery.

I’m very happy to announce that the changes to both packaging and delivery are now all officially in place!

New packaging for handmade jewellery.

Packaging:

Each piece of jewellery purchased from the handmade jewellery shop now comes in a lovely cotton-filled jewellery box.

These sturdy boxes are made from recycled card which has been covered in a slightly glossy and textured white paper.

The boxes are perfect for keeping your treasures in or for giving jewellery as a gift – including if you purchase a gift to be sent straight to the recipient.

Inside each box will be a brochure with jewellery care instructions and details of the name and materials for the piece in the box.

Jewellery box.   handmade-jewellery-packaging

Delivery:

All jewellery orders will now be sent in larger mailing boxes than used in the past. The larger boxes mean the deliveries will be regarded as ‘parcels’ by Australia Post rather than ‘large letters’.

Australian deliveries

For delivery within Australia all parcels will now automatically come with tracking. This will be helpful should there be any problems with your order arriving.

Standard delivery is still free within Australia and you’ll get a free upgrade to Express Post for orders of $180 or more. You can also opt to upgrade to Express Post if your order is smaller than this.

International deliveries

Parcels being sent outside of Australia by airmail will also come with tracking to the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Singapore

Unfortunately airmail tracking is not yet available to other countries, but post from Australia tends to be reliable and it is rare for anything to go missing.

International delivery costs up to $14.50 – it may be less than this depending on your location and if you have ordered a non-jewellery item such as a ring sizing kit.

You will be given the total cost of your order including delivery after you add your address and before you make payment.

Learn more about delivery.

More new handmade jewellery pieces

As promised, here are some more pieces from my new range of handmade jewellery – A Floral Delight.

Rose earrings handmade in sterling silver.     Rose pendant handmade in sterling silver with a ruby gemstone.

These shapely rose post earrings are formed entirely by hand in sterling silver which has been slightly blackened and polished. The matching rose pendant features a ruby gemstone bead highlight. See also the shapely rose ring.

Branch and gemstone buds necklace.     Branch and gemstone buds earrings.

The branch and buds necklace features a branch with leaves in sterling silver, which is accompanied by chrysoprase and smoky quartz gemstone buds. See also the matching branch and gemstone buds earrings.

Butterflies necklace handmade in sterling silver.     Sterling silver butterfly post earrings.

One of my favourite pieces from the new range is this butterflies necklace with a ruby gemstone setting. There are also the sweet and simple butterflies post earrings in sterling silver.

Buttercup earrings in gold and silver.     Forget-me-nots and buttercups necklace in gold and silver.

These simple buttercup post earrings are made in 18ct gold and sterling silver. The matching forget-me-nots and buttercups necklace features four sterling silver forget-me-nots and three 18ct gold and sterling silver buttercups spaced out around the chain. See also the sterling silver forget-me-not post earrings.

View the entire new handmade jewellery range.

New handmade jewellery designs

The new range of handmade jewellery was released last week. Here is a brief introduction to a few of the designs – with more to follow!

Floral open locket - handmade in sterling silver, 23ct gold and a rhodolite gemstone setting.     Floral open locket - handmade in sterling silver, 23ct gold and a rhodolite gemstone setting.

This floral open locket is made in sterling silver. The front panel has been cut out by hand, while the inside of the back panel is gilded with 23ct gold and features a partially hidden rhodolite gemstone setting.

Leaves and citrines necklace - sterling silver and citrine gemstone settings.     Leaves and citrines earrings - sterling silver and citrine gemstone settings.

These are some of my personal favourite pieces from the new range! The leaves and citrine buds necklace features three sets of textured leaves nestling sparkling citrine gemstone settings. Also see the matching leaves and citrine buds earrings.

Butterflies post earrings - etched and oxidised sterling silver.     Butterflies necklace - etched and oxidised sterling silver.

The butterflies on this necklace have been cut out from oxidised sterling silver which has been etched with my favourite damask pattern. See also the matching butterflies post earrings.

Double tulip pendant - handmade in sterling silver and copper.     Double tulip post earrings - handmade in copper and sterling silver.

The double tulip pendant is made in copper with bonded sterling silver on the back. It is suspended from a sterling silver chain. The matching double tulip earrings have sterling silver posts.

Basket of flowers pendant - handmade in sterling silver.     Basket of flowers earrings - handmade insterling silver.

The basket of flowers pendant has been intricately cut out by hand in sterling silver. Ditto with the matching basket of flowers earrings!

Row of daisies pendant - sterling silver and a golden topaz.     Daisies earrings - sterling silver with golden topaz settings.

The row of daisies pendant is cut out by hand in sterling silver and features a sparkly golden topaz gemstone setting. The matching daisies post earrings also each feature a golden topaz setting.

I’ll introduce more new designs soon. For now visit the entire new handmade jewellery range.

New handmade jewellery range out today!

I feel like I have been working hard on this range for an eternity. But finally at 6am this morning (that was before I’d gone to bed!) it was officially launched.

And here is a sample of some of the new jewellery designs:

A collection of new handmade jewellery designs.

The new range is a floral delight with inspiration being found in all sorts of different flowers and different ways of representing them.

New metals and gemstones

For the new range I’ve used some new bonded metals: 18ct gold and copper bonded to sterling silver. These provide some lovely colours and effects, including a luscious deep blue patina on copper inside some of the designs.

There are also some gemstones featured: ruby, rhodolite, chrysoprase, smokey quartz, citrine and topaz.

Check out the new range!

Visit the new range of handmade jewellery – and if you like it share it with your friends!

Bowerbird in Adelaide this weekend

I’ll be at the Bowerbird Bazaar designers’ market at the Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend from Friday evening. If you’re in town come by and say hello – and check out lots of indie design and handmade goodness!

Several pieces from my brand new handmade jewellery range will be available at Bowerbird before anywhere else.

Bowerbird Bazaar designer's market in Adelaide. This weekend Friday 4-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm.

Chrysanthemums for Mothers’ Day!

My new handmade jewellery range isn’t going to be launched in full online until May, however, as Mothers’ Day is looming large in Australia I have released a couple of new designs early – a chrysanthemum pendant and matching chrysanthemum post earrings.

Chrysanthemum flower pendant in sterling silver.   Chrysanthemum pendant handmade in sterling silver.

Chrysanthemum post earrings handmade in sterling silver.   Chrysanthemum earrings in sterling silver.

These intricate flower designs have been cut out by hand in sterling silver. The pendant is finished with a delicate and sparkly sterling silver chain and the earrings have sterling silver scrolls to secure them in place.

Buy handmade for Mothers’ Day!

Check out these and other handmade jewellery ideas to make your mum’s day.

For delivery in Australia in time for Mothers’ Day 2013 you should order by 3 May for standard post and 7 May for Express Post.

Making, making, making

I’ve been working my fingers almost to the bone over recent weeks as I make a large amount of jewellery both for the upcoming Bowerbird Bazaar designers’ market and for a shiny new range.

Handmade rose pendants in sterling silver.

So while I am spending enormous hours slaving away at my bench, above is another sneak peek of some new work – rose pendants handmade in sterling silver, each with a ruby gemstone bead.

Some of the new range will be available early at Bowerbird (3-5 May in Adelaide). The entire range will be available in the handmade jewellery shop in early-to-mid May.

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