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Hi I am a jewellery designer based in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is my first blog and its exciting and scary all in one!

I will be  updating you all on my inspiration for my designs and showing the process i go through to make my pieces.

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By katrina lucas, May 25 2020 12:27PM

Happy bank holiday Monday my friends. Are you having a relaxing sunny one?


Today I wanted to talk to you all about rings and procrastination. I’m sure you have noticed that I don’t sell rings in my shop. This is mainly because I make one of a kind pieces so there would only be one of each ring, what size would I choose (is this a weak excuse)? I had thought about setting up a customised ring section on my new site where you can choose your style, size and stone/sea glass. What do you think? Would you normally buy rings often? Or rarely? Personally, I do own a lot of rings but I tend to wear pretty much the same rings all the time. So, I wanted to ask you my customers if you would like to see some in my shop.


The first ring I made was a little sterling silver band for my pinkie (never been worn lol), next was a very dramatic flower ring made from fine silver (weighs 22g), then another couple of fine silver stacker like rings…one I wear every autumn with my denim dress (I think it’s because of the amber stones). Anyway, my kids have been asking for years would I make them rings but I’ve really put it off, mostly because their fingers are growing and they wont last very long. However during lockdown, I made them both a sea glass ring with an open band which will allow for growth and then I made myself a sea glass ring (see all rings in the picture). But you know what? I just realised today that the main reason I made those rings was to escape my kids, to escape the bickering and the fighting. Is it wrong of me to be needing a lot of space from them? I do mean a lot. I have finished some pieces that have been on my bench since Feb and I really was avoiding them, I have started my new website which again I was avoiding, I even tidied my studio! It’s only been this morning that I realised the key to stopping all my procrastination is having my kids at home. Is anyone else feeling similar symptoms of lockdown lol….please don’t make me feel alone and share in the comments below!

That’s all for today as I still have to spend the normal three hours printing out the kids school work for the week plus make timetables…..I need to pay better attention to that so I can try and limit the fighting, all ideas welcome.

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Until next week stay safe and I’m sending you all loads of love.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 18 2020 01:43PM

Happy Monday my friends, how is week 9 treating you? I find it hard to believe that that’s how long we have now been in lockdown. My 9 year old has just told me this morning that she is now loving home school and does not want to go back to school. I can honestly say that I will the first at the school gates once they open lol. My children are really not learning topics properly and my skills to break it down into the easiest way possible is seriously lacking. Anyway that’s my school rant over.


How has your routine changed since week 1 of lockdown? Did you start off like me with a great routine and lots of optimism? Are you now worn down and feeling the need to spice things up a bit? I would really love to know how its been for you in the comments below. I am still doing my #dressup Fridays which is proving to be a success for my mental health. I put on nice clothes and my jewellery, sometimes the girls join in which is fun. So this week I’ve decided to go a step further and plan date night for this Friday. I think I will get even more dressed up, wear some sparkly jewellery and plan a nice meal for two with some nice music? Check in next week to see how that goes and if I did in fact feel like I sparkled!


Last week I spent all the time I had free working on my website, some days it was 10 steps forward and 5 steps back but I can really see it taking shape now. I will work hard on it this week also which means I will hopefully be getting it live very soon. This is really exciting as it also means my new sea glass collection will also be released at the same time. If you don’t want to miss out make sure you are signed up to my newsletter which means you will hear all my news plus offers first and also if you interested in seeing some behind the scenes make sure to follow me on IG (@katrinalucasjewellerydesigns) and FB (@kljewellerydesigns).


That’s all for this week, don’t forget to let me know how your getting on and I will be back next week with more.

Until then take care, sending lots of love your way.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 18 2020 01:43PM

Happy Monday my friends, how is week 9 treating you? I find it hard to believe that that’s how long we have now been in lockdown. My 9 year old has just told me this morning that she is now loving home school and does not want to go back to school. I can honestly say that I will the first at the school gates once they open lol. My children are really not learning topics properly and my skills to break it down into the easiest way possible is seriously lacking. Anyway that’s my school rant over.


How has your routine changed since week 1 of lockdown? Did you start off like me with a great routine and lots of optimism? Are you now worn down and feeling the need to spice things up a bit? I would really love to know how its been for you in the comments below. I am still doing my #dressup Fridays which is proving to be a success for my mental health. I put on nice clothes and my jewellery, sometimes the girls join in which is fun. So this week I’ve decided to go a step further and plan date night for this Friday. I think I will get even more dressed up, wear some sparkly jewellery and plan a nice meal for two with some nice music? Check in next week to see how that goes and if I did in fact feel like I sparkled!


Last week I spent all the time I had free working on my website, some days it was 10 steps forward and 5 steps back but I can really see it taking shape now. I will work hard on it this week also which means I will hopefully be getting it live very soon. This is really exciting as it also means my new sea glass collection will also be released at the same time. If you don’t want to miss out make sure you are signed up to my newsletter which means you will hear all my news plus offers first and also if you interested in seeing some behind the scenes make sure to follow me on IG (@katrinalucasjewellerydesigns) and FB (@kljewellerydesigns).


That’s all for this week, don’t forget to let me know how your getting on and I will be back next week with more.

Until then take care, sending lots of love your way.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 11 2020 12:55PM

How are you this sunny Monday?


We are now into week eight of lockdown and I’ve been reflecting with the kids on their time at home. I’m grateful they had a long list of things they are enjoying and a very small list of what they aren’t enjoying (which mostly involved school and chores) lol. Us girlies have started some firsts together, the main one being couch to 5k (we are on week 4 now), learning to indo board (going very slowly) and we also have a few sewing packs waiting to open once the rain arrives. Have you been doing any firsts? And if so, are you enjoying them?

Not only am I doing firsts, I’m also rekindling old loves like my sawing. A good example of this is my mermaid necklace which I finished and listed last week (checkout my sea life collection). I’ve also got a seahorse on the go and I’ve got Mollie out trying a bit of sawing too…..she is pretty handy with a jewellers saw so watch this space for her creations. The first piece I ever made in my silversmithing journey was a butterfly hair slide, this involved a lot of sawing, filing, polishing, along with shaping the butterfly to the hair slide and soldering. A lot of work and patience was needed. I posted a photo of it recently on IG and got a lot of feedback, with people asking if I could potentially make some more…have a look at the photo above and let me know what your thoughts are and if you would like to see more of these in my collections?

As always if you would like to be the first to see and hear all about my news plus discounts then please sign up to my newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you).


Well that is all for this week, until next week stay safe and I’m sending loads of love your way.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 4 2020 11:33AM

Anyone else feeling a bit crabby today?


I definitely am, I am now officially dreading Monday mornings more than ever and to be honest I never thought this was possible. But home schooling is really not for me….the kids respect their teachers not their mothers (or maybe its just me?). Anyway, Monday is the worst, but once the day is down you know its one day less of home schooling left lol.


As the weeks go by, I’m really missing my seaside trips, this is my place for finding calm and basically just bringing me back to me. Do you have a place like this? I’m also missing my swimming and he feeling this gives me as I propel through the water (as its been a couple of months now since I’ve been swimming my imagination may have exaggerated my swimming capabilities lol). But swimming makes me feel great and is amazing for my mental health….I’m keeping fingers crossed the gyms are opening soon.


Putting both of these together has led me to making a couple of new jewellery pieces for my sea life collection. Can you guess what they are? They both involve a beautiful mystical creature and some pearls (of course I had to add pearls). They are of course mermaids. One necklace and a new pair of earrings, both called Mermaid’s Treasure, if you would like to see these in more detail, click on the link below or sign up to my newsletter which will be out on Wednesday (you still have time if your not already signed up and you can cancel at any time if it’s not for you), there may also be a discount code in there too!!


Well I’m going to sign off now as my break time is over. For all you guys out there I want to wish you a great week and I’m sending lots of love.


Until next week,

Katrina xxx



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