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  1. Happy New Year and here's to the first blog post of 2016!

    20151011_112921-1-1 - copyHandprint hearts set in deep wooden frame

     

    This fabulous idea was a commission from a lovely lady with two children and she wanted handprint hearts within a heart to send to both sets of grandparents.

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    Handprint keepsakes

    They were a pleasure to make and were very well received by both grandparents.  The design has now been added to the website.  The wording can of course be changed just get in touch if you would like to see what can be done.

    I also had another first, with many a cut to the poor old fingers!

    During the latter part of last year I moved into the realms of glass fusing and finding it quite theraputic, despite the pain on occassion, to cut glass and see how many attempts it takes to get it right!!

    Having previously had a paw print coaster made In Memory of Gunner, beloved and loyal furbaby .....

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    Paw print keepsake

     

    I was asked by a customer to undertake the challenge of making one of my hanging glass decorations in a shape other than a circle!

    And here it is!

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    Paw print keepsake hanging boot

    A very special paw print keepsake in the form of boot to hang from the Christmas tree!

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    and the message that was sent with this photo ......

    "Thank you for my very special gift for my mum and dad, mum cried she loved it that much!!!!"

    It was then a little spooky as I was asked by another customer if I could make some handprint hanging decorations in a shape other than a circle .......... personally I love my circles (all cut by hand you know!)  I secretly showed her Gunner's boot - she was very taken with the idea but preferred them in clear glass and so I made some clear hanging handprint boots - again these shapes are cut by hand and I think it's probably time to move on and try another shape now!

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    Handprint keepsakes

     

     

    She also had some circles .......... just to keep me happy!

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    and some silver keepsakes ................... handprint charms in the form of Cutie Clusters - all godchildren and all with their crystal birthstones

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    No footprint jewellery though! Perhaps next time ...................

    Don't forget to keep a watchful eye on our facebook page where you will find the odd giveaway ................ one coming up shortly for Mother's Day I believe

    And, if my New Years resolution comes to fruition ................ I will see you in my February blog!

     

     

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    Handprint Jewellery

    Beautiful Jewellery for Christmas?  When do you need to order in time for Christmas?  Dates are published at the end of this blog.

    Well .................. when do you start promoting your wares for Christmas?  I mutter under my breath when walking around the large stores amongst the baubles and advent calenders and when I see my newsfeed clogged up with Christmassy goods!  It would be an exaggeration to say it's pretty much on the back of Easter but it is honestly how it feel sometimes.  And yet ....................... I am guilty of doing exactly the same thing!!

    Silver keepsake jewellery takes anything up to 5 or 6 weeks to make - why I hear you cry!

    Once you have placed your order I put together your silver prints jewellery kit and post it out to you.  Mostly orders are within the UK but we do have many that go further afield.The next bit is up to you and takes as long as you want it to take - sometimes I receive the kits by return of post, other times it seems to take weeks before I get anything back.

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    Fingerprint Jewellery

    Once your kits are returned I shrink your prints down so that you end up with your small print jewellery.  Unless you have opted for fingerprint jewellery, in which case the print stays the same size.

    So by this time we have potentially used up a week to 2 weeks of the 5 weeks.

    In order to make such unique jewellery I have to conduct numerous processes before your silver keepsakes are ready for polishing. Polishing is on the home straight and I find it very theraputic as I polish all of my jewellery by hand.  Finally I photography all of your very sparkly and shiny silver bespoke jewellery before packaging it up and posting it you.

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    Paw Print Jewellery

    And that is pretty much all of our time taken up especially at busy times of the year like Christmas. 

    So you will, perhaps, forgive me for clogging up your newsfeeds and pushing my wares way before Christmas (I confess I think it was towards the end of the summer holidays I first mentioned the unmentionable).  It is only because I want to spend the time your beautiful jewellery deserves to have in the making rather than cramming all your orders in for Christmas at the last minute. 

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    Footprint Jewellery

    It also helps those of you who are extremely organised - can you believe I actually received a few Christmas orders back in January 2015 - they were put away somewhere safe ready for the big day (personally I wouldn't remember where I stash the goodies - I am really NOT that organised) because they can take advantage of our payment plans, which are available all year round.

    So now, when others are busy promoting Christmas, I am starting to slow down a little as my last orders need to be placed by 5 December (absolute latest) and ALL kits need to be returned by 11th December - these dates are subject to change.

    So with us speeding into Christmas it just leave me to say ...... Happy Shopping!