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What did you want to be when you grew up?

What did you want to be when you grew up?

How many of you are doing a job that you got a degree in? Or started out towards?

Do you feel like you were destined to do the job you are doing?

I was watching The Dig on Netflix (great film!) which is about the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and I felt a bit of sadness. I studied Ancient History & Archaeology at university and was partly inspired by Sutton Hoo to apply for that course.

I’ll go back a bit. When I was 16 I did my Silver Duke of Edinburgh (HATED it!) and unbeknownst to me, we went right past the site of Sutton Hoo. When I started my History A-Level one of the first things we studied was Sutton Hoo and I found out then that I had been within 1 mile of it and had no idea. I was fascinated! From that point on my favourite period of history was ancient. It was also partly what led me to chose Ancient History & Archaeology as a uni course. The other options were Marketing or American History. How different my life could have been!

So when I watch programmes about archaeology I always get a pang of “what if?” and “why didn’t I stick with it?” and then I remember why. I didn’t actually enjoy the archaeology side of things! Loved the finds processing and working in a museum, which I’ve done in spades, so it was no great shakes that I didn’t pursue archaeology as a career.

I also remember that during my course I was became fascinated by other cultures and also their adornments like jewellery. The jewellery, gold and metalwork found at Sutton Hoo are gorgeous! I also studied ancient Egyptian jewellery as part of my study project when I was lucky enough to travel to Egypt.

Outside the Cairo Museum on my Egyptology study tour in 1996

For most of my life, I have been interested in jewellery from different cultures and the past which links me nicely to my business. Maybe I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing after all? If you believe in destiny, fate an’ all that 😉

Have you ever visited Sutton Hoo? It’s now run by the National Trust and they have a fabulous visitor centre. I have been several times and I love it. As you can see I love to dress up while I’m there!

Did you know….

Burial mounds are the first forms of burials we can readily see in the landscape today. Nowadays we use cemeteries, graveyards and so on. My next collection will be influenced by these fascinating places so keep your eyes peeled for some sneaky peaks on social media soon!

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Skull jewellery offers to cheer you up!

Hiya! So 2021 hasn’t been the new shiny start we’d all hoped for right? It’s basically 2020 Version II and I think we’re all feeling a bit down in the dumps. Am I right?

In the meantime, I will try and brighten your day with lots of offers on my jewellery.

Firstly, my last of my January Sales weekend offers starts today and this week it’s 30% off all earrings on my website! As usual, all you have to do is put the earrings you want in your basket and remember to add EAR30 in the coupon box before checking out.

 

Secondly, I have a special offer on my copper stacking rings until Valentines Day which isn’t available on the website!

I’m offering you the chance to buy 2 different style rings for £30 so you can wear them together or gift one to someone special. Just email me if you’d like to take advantage of this offer.

My final offer is over on Etsy until the end of January where I have 20% off everything!

As you may have noticed I’m having a bit of a clear-out and that’s because I’m planning on launching a whole new brand soon. I don’t have a confirmed date yet, but the website is being worked on, the designs are being finalised and my photography is being booked so keep everything crossed for my launch soon!

In meantime, why not treat yourself to some items that are being discontinued?

Stay safe and spooky everyone!

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Another lockdown, another (safe) workaround!

Hi again!

So that recent news sucks, right?! Another national lockdown. I guess we all saw it coming but it’s still a pain for small businesses who rely on our markets. I get it though. We need to be careful and I’m all for that. I won’t let it get me down 🙂

As I did last time, I wasn’t able to do real-life markets I have linked up with some awesome online markets instead.

First up is a last minute January Sales event this Saturday night with The Curious Exchange so check out my social media for more information.

Then I’ll be taking part as a guest trader with the fabulous Alternative Market on Facebook on Friday 29th from 7pm – 11.30pm.

The lovely Facebook groups I joined for Christmas are also continuing which is great so don’t forget to show them some love as there are some fabulous makers on there too.

Finally, and by no means least my next January sales offer is available from today which is 30% off all necklaces on my website! All you need to do is pop to my website, put the necklace(s) you want in your basket and add NECK30 in the coupon box before checking out.

Go on…what are you waiting for? Treat yourself! ;D

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Merry New Year everyone! :D

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a lovely (albeit it different) festive period? Although we had planned to visit my Dad and Step Mum in Suffolk, we had to change our plans along with many others and spend it in Warrington. Luckily, we also have family living nearby so we had a socially distanced lunch with them on Christmas Day instead which was lovely.

Although 2020 was a nasty year in many aspects as I look back on all the things that happened, I decided to focus on any silver linings that appeared as a result. The main silver lining for me was that I developed my little business into a growing bigger business.

I could not have done the last one had I not been on furlough and had more time on my hands. You, my followers, have seen this journey first-hand and I wanted to say thank you again as I could not do this without you.

Another silver lining in 2020 was me being able to begin a jewellery making course sooner than I had hoped and as you may be aware, I am now launching a whole new range of jewellery in February.

As a result, and to make way for these new pieces I am having a clearance sale on all my current jewellery during January. First up is 30% off all bead rings this weekend! (Friday to Monday – excluding my new copper rings).

All you need to do is pop to my website, put the ring(s) you want in your basket and remember to add RING30 in the coupon box before checking out. If you can’t see what you’d like drop me a message about a commission.

Each weekend I’ll have a new offer so sign up to my mailing list to find out more and keep your eyes peeled to my social media to know when the offers go live.

I hope 2021 brings you lots of luck and happiness and you continue to follow my journey!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (for Christmas markets)!

Hi again! How are you? How are you coping with lockdown and are you excited that it’s almost over and Christmas is coming?!?

I know I am because I’ve got a few December markets lined up and I can’t wait!!

First up is The Makers Market at The Bombed Out in Liverpool this coming Sunday. If you’ve never been there before it’s an amazing venue in the centre of Liverpool. The market starts at 11am so if you’re around why not pop down?

If you can’t make that the following weekend I’ve got 2 markets! My first one on Saturday 12th is with Independent Street at The Drum and Monkey pub in Alderley Edge (oooo posh!) and then I’m back at one of my favs, Warrington Makers Market on Sunday 13th.

And if that’s not enough the weekend after that I’ve got my final market before Christmas and that’s also with Independent Street at The Woodlands Pub in Great Sankey, Warrington.

To say I’m excited to be back at markets is a major understatement! Much as I’ve really enjoyed my online markets (which are continuing in December – check out the front page for details) I’ve really missed meeting my customers face to face.

And now for the best bit…

I’m launching a whole new collection on 6th December!!

As you may remember I’ve been doing a jewellery making course with Cheshire School of Jewellery and now I’m releasing my new creations into the wild. I’m starting with a collection of copper rings.

I can’t wait to share these with you in person! Don’t worry if you can’t get to any of my markets in December as I hope to be putting them online next week 🙂

In the meantime why not check out what other goodies I have in my shop for that Christmas present you just can’t find anywhere else!

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I get locked down but I get up again!

At the end of October, you may remember I was blogging about how I was excited for all my November markets. I had at least one every weekend and I couldn’t wait!

Then lockdown 2.0 happened and my skull jewellery business had to adapt overnight.

This is the same for a lot of small businesses in England right now. Indeed, all over the world businesses are having to rethink how we sell our products and whether we actually can.

This month I have had to cancel my stalls at both Warrington Makers Market and Levenshulme Market in Manchester. I was sad about both these but as it was my debut at Levy Market I was really disappointed with that cancellation.

Never one to fall down and not get up, I was already thinking about what I could do if lockdown happened and I decided that online markets was something I should actively push for. I am lucky in that I can resort to my online presence to sell my jewellery and you lovely people who read this blog 😉

Luckily, I had already signed up to Makers Market From Home this coming Sunday and I can’t wait to do that again. You may remember me taking part in MMFH several times over the Summer. An Instagram based market that supports makers from all over the world, it’s happening this Sunday from 10am. There are 85 makers and indie businesses taking part this time, so you’re bound to find a Christmas present for even the most difficult person to buy for.

I have also signed up to 4 different ongoing Facebook based Christmas Markets (yes Halloween is over now so I can say the C word!). You can find links below:

UK Virtual Christmas Market

The Virtual Birmingham Christmas Gifts Market

Warrington Virtual Christmas Market

Virtual Christmas Markets – Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Heald Green & Gatley

I am also advertising on Support Local Grappenhall, Thelwall, Lymm which isn’t strictly a market but it is a marketplace for local businesses in the Warrington area.

I have listed them all on the front page of my website too.

In the meantime just keep checking my social media accounts as that’s where I usually announce my upcoming events first.

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Today is Day of the Dead but what’s it all about?

As I’m sure you’re aware by now I’m a huge fan of sugar skulls and they heavily influence my jewellery. By why and what are they all about? Read on for more information about this fascinating culture!

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico on 1st and 2nd November to honour deceased loved ones in a similar way to Halloween in this country. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. It is commonly portrayed as a day of celebration rather than mourning.

When we went to America for our Honeymoon Disneyland had a whole section dedicated to Day of the Dead and their amazing film Coco. Here’s me and my husband enjoying the festivities!

Disneyworld California Day of the Dead
Getting a Sugar Skull Tattoo
My Sugar Skull Tattoo
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Decorating the home with an Ofrenda

This year I’ve decided to have my own ofrenda (Spanish for “offering”) which is a home altar with a collection of objects placed on a ritual display during Día de Muertos. In Mexico these altars can contain the favourite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls so they will hear the prayers and the remembrance of them.

I have pictures of my Mum, brother and my maternal grandparents. I also have some sugar skulls and we have lit candles. I’ve even bought a Pan de muerto which is a type of sweet roll shaped like a bun, topped with sugar, and decorated with bone-shaped pieces of the same pastry. I got mine from Sweet Nibble bakery. I also bought these sugar cute crochet sugar skulls which are made by Art_Mkt!

Sugar Skulls

One of the most iconic and colourful items seen during the festivities is the sugar skull or calavera. These skulls, which can come in different sizes, are traditionally made of sugar and are decorated with icing to be fun and colourful. Some even have feathers, glitter, hats, or other objects attached to make them more personal.

Sugar skulls are sometimes eaten, but their main function is to adorn the altars and tombs with a sugary delight for the visiting spirits. I have several sugar skulls as you might expect, and I won’t be eating mine mainly because they’re not actually edible ones!

But why SUGAR skulls? In Mexico, a country abundant in sugar production and perhaps too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, people learned quickly how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay moulded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul and often had names written on their foreheads and placed on the home “ofrenda” or gravestone to honour the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk-art style of big happy smiles, colourful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.

You might think that the sugar skulls can look a bit scary but they are meant to be happy, colourful and are meant to capture the joy and happy memories associated with lost loved ones which is why I am particularly fond of them and include them in my jewellery.

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My last skull jewellery offer is a doozy!

Where has the time gone eh? It’s only 5 more days until Halloween! Hurrah. What are your plans? I can’t wait to spend it watching my fav comedians doing an online gig about serial killers. “What?!” I hear you say. You read that right it’s called “All Killa No Filla” and if you’re not familiar it’s a brilliant podcast devoted to talking about serial killers and general hilarious chit chat. It’s performed by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn and if you’ve not listened to it yet and true crime is your bag then check it out. I listen on Spotify, but they have other channels too.

I’ve taken a break from markets for a coupla weekends, but November is chockablock with events and I’m super excited to be returning to Warrington on 8th November and for my first every Levy Market on 14th November. I’ve also got 2 online markets and a fair few other treats in the works. Check out the front page of my website for more info.

In November I’ll have an exciting announcement for you so stay tuned for that!

Last but not least it’s also time for me to announce my final skull jewellery offer. I’ve saved the best ‘til last of course! This weekend, Halloween itself, I am offering buy one get one free on all earrings. That’s 50% off! All you need to do is pop to my website, put the earrings you want in your basket and remember to add BOGOFEAR in the coupon box before checking out. If you can’t see what you’d like drop me a DM about a commission 😊

In the meantime, and as always stay spooky folks!

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I’ve got your Halloween half term activity sorted!

Hi again! You’ve probably realised Halloween this year is going to be very different. No trick or treating (or there shouldn’t be but ya know some people might) and no parties 🙁

As far as I’m concerned this does not mean Halloween is cancelled. Maybe we have to celebrate differently and that’s ok. I am spending the evening dressing up and watching my favourite comedians do a live online show. I may even have some treats (no tricks!) 😀

It’s also half term soon and you’re probably looking for something spooky for you or your (older) kids to do? Well, I’ve got just the thing with my next offer!

My skull earring kits are perfect for those days when you can’t go out, the TV only has terrible reruns and you’ve played all the board games. Not only that but this weekend I’ve got 20% off my earring kits.

All you need to do is pop to my website, put the kit(s) you want in your basket and remember to add EARKIT20 in the coupon box before checking out.

So far I’ve got no other markets scheduled for October but my November is set to be busy. I’m really looking forward to another Makers Market From Home online market (you may remember me doing these in the Summer?). I’ve also got an awesome brand new market at the end of November in Warrington 😃 I’ve also got my debut at Levy Market 😁

Find more details of my markets on the front page of my website.

In the meantime pop to my shop and stock up on your Halloween jewellery.

Stay spooky folks!

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Another skull jewellery offer you say?

That’s right! It’s time for my 3rd skull jewellery offer to be announced. Where is the time going?!

This coming weekend I’ll have 20% off all my bracelets and that includes the new range I’ve recently designed. If you’re following me on social media you’ll be aware but if not (and why not?!) here are some pics

I decided to design a simpler version of my macramé bracelets and have various crystal or gem options. These can be made without a skull if you’d like but why would you want to?

I have tigers eye, goldstone, turquoise, rose quartz and many others. Each type has a matching skull bead but you can also choose to change the colour if you want. Just click on the link and pick your selection.

I’m also adding more and more markets to my list on my front page. I’m super excited to announce that I’m now working part time in my job so I can focus more energy on making and selling my skull jewellery. Why not come and visit me in person at one of my upcoming markets?

I’m also planning on doing a couple of online markets such as the Curious Exchange Market which is totally goth and another Makers Market From Home which is a “C word” market. And no I’m not swearing! C stands for that festive time of year and I refuse to use the C word under Halloween is out of the way.

Until then stay spooky folks! It’s only 20 days to Halloween…