Well what happened to April and May! I’m not sure, basically I think I’m a little disorganised and I REALLY need to improve on this! I tend to get bogged down with gardening, decorating, household things, going for coffee at the beach (well you can understand that!) and also travelling back and forth from my home in Polzeath, Cornwall to Bath in Somerset (previous home where I have lots of friends and family living).
In April we had a wonderful time with my son and daughter-in-law visiting us in Cornwall for 5 days with our utterly gorgeous grandson Teddie…awww so so cute and he behaved himself so well! We even went out for a meal one evening!
April also saw me becoming another year older! Don’t these birthdays come around so fast! I always remember my mother telling me the years fly by quicker as you get older!!!! How right she is! So another little trip to Bath and we all got together for a birthday meal, at a place called ‘The Pig Near Bath’ REALLY yummy food and they have enormous kitchen gardens growing so much of the food they then serve, the menu ever changing as different items come into season. HIGHLY RECOMMEND 🙂
I also took a trip to see an old friend who lives in Pembrokeshire…is quite a long way from Cornwall! So now we meet in Cardiff when I’m back in Bath…a short train ride city to city. On arriving i was in need of a coffee so was taken to a wonderful little place and had THE most amazing egg custard tart!!! Just so yummy…slightly warm, mmmmm, at NataCo Cardiff, a Portuguese Dessert shop opposite the castle entrance. I WILL be back! Visited Cardiff Castle and sat in the grounds drinking tea with the sun shining and chat chat chat!! Happy day 🙂 We talked about life and ambitions, and jewellery of course! Its interesting to see what other peoples opinions are!
And onto May!! Well in May my lovely husband and I celebrated 30 years of marriage so decided to go for a picnic where we had our honeymoon…in Coombe North Cornwall. Bit of a misty day but didn’t stop us enjoying! Coombe looked as lovely as ever, a collection of cottages owned by the Landmark Trust and rented out, very quaint. We had many holidays there over the years with other family members. We walked to Hawkers Hut near Morwenstow, had our picnic and Champagne then a massive cream tea!! Great day, great memories X
And so the JEWELLERY!!! In May I’ve been quite busy making some pieces using GOLD. Now I’m a FAIRTRADE GOLD jeweller I’m starting to incorporate it into my work. It’s 18ct SOLID Gold and it’s SO SHINY!! I must make more but as it is expensive I need to sell a bit more first! I’ve made a few daisy studs and a matching pendant, both very delicate and consist of 2 layers of Eco Silver all hand sawn with the beautiful Fairtrade Gold in the centre. I think they look wonderful, and would be FAB at a wedding, or for the Bride to wear 🙂
I’ve also started making a Rock Pool Range with Gold and Silver Granulation, love this fairly new way for me of making jewellery, lots of little balls of silver all piled up together, some flattened, some round, like a pile of pebbles on the beach!
A few bracelets have been made. some just chain links with a surf wave stamped on a silver tag, some using stunning SWARVOSKI crystals that glint and shine in the sun! There are some CUFFLINKS made for those that have a wedding to go to, or even for FATHER’S DAY and more Triple Ring or Russian Ring Pendants, which are turning out to be a real hit!
I know I must make some more rings as everyone loves them, but I do find it tricky…if you make lots they are usually the wrong size for the person that wants!! I have some great ideas in my head so watch this space!.
Its been quite a busy month so far and my sales through Etsy have really risen which is great news! So I’ve been ordering more silver and gold to keep up with stock. Thanks Cookson Gold they are great suppliers, very quick and have a great selection for us jewellery makers. I’ve just sent another batch off to the Assay Office in Birmingham which is always worth doing and if items weigh more than 7.78g they have to be Hallmarked anyway. They too are always helpful and can do really quick turnaround time if needed.
Basically I’m a really busy bee working not just for myself as a self employed jeweller, but also I’ve recently started looking after the herb garden roof terrace and the indoor planting for the Waterfront restaurant in Polzeath. Lots of watering to be done but what a superb place to do it! I stand on the terrace and look out to the beach and smile 🙂
So better get on, listings to do, commissions to make and its time for a glass of wine!! I hope you all are well, do keep visiting my Etsy store and my Instagram feed (Jules Stenning Design) and GET IN TOUCH if there’s anything you think I may find interesting or new ideas of what I can make 🙂
See you next month XXX