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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, Oct 14 2019 10:35AM

Happy Monday!

So what have you been up to so far this Monday? I hope it’s started as a productive one?

I woke at 3.30...yes am! I realised that I will only be in my studio for 5 days for the rest of this month, so I lay awake trying to come up with how I’m going to make this work...... I gave up at 5.15 and dragged myself to the gym for a swim. Which ended up being a good idea as I was trying to avoid thinking about work and managed to push myself into swimming 110 lengths either that or it was the competition from the other swimmer in the lane with me which pushed me lol. I mentally congratulated myself and realised that if I can make 5 days in my studio work...... Well the adrenalin has truly worn off now and I’m lagging a bit and unsure now.

I started my working day in a meeting (yes just me at the meeting lol) which has helped me focus and prioritise how I am going to tackle my commission pieces plus organise the open night which is next month (event will be posted on Facebook next week, so you can book your space then) and figure out my social media postings plus update my shop on both Facebook and my website, not to mention working on new pieces which will be shown on the open night......OK that does sound a lot but when I had my meeting it seemed very doable......watch this space lol.

Anyhow last week was a fun one.....I had a beautiful pearl necklace to restring and make longer (I was very relieved to find matching coloured pearls). I got lots of IT work done and started working on my new vintage collection photobook. Not to mention I had date day with the hubby which led us to the Grand Central observatory for a cocktail. The view was amazing (photo above), I recommend going just for that alone but the cocktail was lovely also...I got the Albert!

Saturday was one of those beautiful Autumn days so after the kids swimming lessons we took our selves off to the beach to collect some sea glass and have a bit of fun.

We now have loads of sea glass but i haven’t quite figured out what I am going to do with it all?

On Sunday there was a big change in the weather so we decided to put the fire on (first of the season), it was lovely just relaxing with the kids they also decided that the little bits of sea glass should be made into rings for them....a necklace and choker followed, so a little bit of work was done but well worth it (first sea glass jewellery pieces).

Well thats about all for today.....I’ve only got two more hours and a long list to get through. As always you can hear all my news and offers first by signing up to my newsletter (you can always cancel if its not for you).

Until next week

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Oct 7 2019 11:04AM

Autumn is here to stay for a while lol. Did you have crazy wind and rain like myself over night? I found it very hard to sleep then to top it off the littlest Lucas started screaming spider at 6.10 this morning, I was not a happy mummy! But it’s also another sign of Autumn...a part I don’t particularly like.....when the spiders start coming indoors, is it just me or do you think there are getting bigger each year? Are you like me and calmly put something over the spider to trap it so someone else can remove it or are you very brave and remove it yourself or are you like my daughter and freak out????

So lots of behind the scenes work being done last week.....I’m updating photos on my website which is taking its time, plus I ordered another photobook of my nature inspired jewellery…it has an Autumn theme and looks very seasonal.

I have finally picked a date for my first open night in November and the date will be released first in my newsletter which hopefully will come out tomorrow (if you haven't already signed up you can do so by clicking on the newsletter button, you can unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you). I'm getting very excited about this as I have started planning the layout for the night not to mention planning the drinks and nibbles....do you think mulled wine and mince pies should be on the menu? I’ve started updating the pictures in my studio already, so I feel like I’m on the ball (for a change lol). The number will be limited so you will have to book your spot early to avoid disappointment.

A very short and sweet post today! I hope you have a fabulous week and I will check in again next week.

Katrina xxx



By katrina lucas, Sep 30 2019 11:54AM

Happy Monday,

I hope your well and have settled into the working week (after all it is nearly lunch time:) ).

I made a mistake..... on Friday I left myself a long to-do-list for today and to be honest I got into my studio and went straight out again to make myself a cuppa to help me tackle my list lol. So far nothing on my list is ticked off....everything is partially finished or I’m waiting on someone to phone me back. So far its feeling like #frustratingmonday .

Last week I finished my silver painting as you can see from the above photo....thats what silver looks like just outta the kiln – white (very cool). They need polished before they will look like the silver we wear. I'm thinking maybe a pair of earrings with the little ferns? Possibly a necklace for the larger fern and feather?

I also ordered some new charms...for two reasons:

1) to make some moulds to add to my collection for both the silver clay fun day classes which I also sometimes use for my own jewellery making,

2) to use for the beading classes. I have attached a photo of the charms....the whales is to add to my sea life theme and the foxes, owls, trees and scarves are for the Autumn theme.

When I was setting the charms out for photographing I realised that my jewellery choices very much are influenced by my children at the moment. They are very engrossed in Harry Potter (owl, scarf and tree charms) and also sea life/beach (whale charms). At the weekends if we don’t make a trip to the beach we are doing some internet research on sea life or shopping for Harry Potter gift ideas (to help Santa). This Sunday we spent some time doing some crafts (making bookmarks), which led me to handing over some of the charms to add to their bookmarks which just finished them off nicely.

The week ahead holds a lot of organising for new classes (for January) and open nights (which will hopefully be happening in November) plus more updating of my website/FB/IG plus my newsletter (first to hear about all offers and new classes) which you can sign up to by clicking on the link (you can unsubscribe at any time if its not for you).

Time for me to go now and get started on all that………I might need another cuppa first lol.

I hope you have a fabulous week and I will catch up with you next week.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Sep 23 2019 10:02AM

Its another sunny Monday morning here (now that the rain has gone), are you motivated or dreading the day/week ahead. I'm not sure why some Monday mornings are better than others? But for me, today is a slow moving one.....

Did you have a good weekend? We had some much needed family time at the beach on Saturday afternoon, which was enjoyed by all followed by Dominos takeaway, very yummy. Then yesterday it was grey and rainy, so we had a very chilled out time at home, but we did manage to make some SeaLife bookmarks which included a chain with a shell attached.

Like my title suggests, I’m feeling the need for some new starts and I think it’s due to the changing season and the whole September back to school time. So last week I decided to spend most of my time on getting some Autumnal jewellery photography done (the amazing weather helped) and I also decided to try a new approach for my vintage style jewellery (sample photos below...leave a comment and let me know what you think).

As promised I decided to do a little silver pasting onto some of nature’s wonders....a fern leaf which I got from my garden and also a feather which I found on the school walk....although I got a bit distracted and I’m only half way through but have a look at the pictures...I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished results which hopefully will get finished this week.

Well that’s all for today...I have a bit of web work planned for today ....gotta get some of those new photos posted 😊.

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Until next week

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Sep 16 2019 09:35AM


Hello all, how are you doing this beautiful Monday morning? (it is dry and sunny here). I have managed to get into my studio early this morning and set a plan for today and a vague plan for the week ahead. Classic FM is playing in the background and I am feeling motivated. How is your motivation levels doing today?

I spent last week working on the business side of things...i.e doing some on line masterclasses with other jewellers and revisiting parts of my business that I have been neglecting. This week will be doing a few more masterclasses as I find I am super motivated after and keen to work on those area that I don't enjoy as much as making jewellery. But I have made sure I have left Friday free for some jewellery making - I am planning to paint some of nature’s gifts with silver. The paint is a silver paste which I would use while making silver clay jewellery (for those of you that have been to my classes you would have seen this being used to join pieces together) but it will be used in a different way for this. I have used it in the past to paint holly leaves for a pendant (picture below) this involves getting your item (in this case holly leaf) and painting fine layers of paste over the leaf which will pick up the detail of the leaf. When enough layers have been pasted on and it is dry you can peel back the leaf and then fire it. The result is amazing. I'm going to keep you guessing what I will be painting this week but hopefully I can post some pictures next week.

Short and sweet blog today. Don't forget if you sign up for my newsletter you can keep up to date with all thats happening here with me both on the jewellery making front and with my jewellery classes plus be the first to hear of any offers (you can unsubscribe at any time if its not for you).

Katrina

xx



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