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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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Its the first Monday in December....time for fun!

By katrina lucas, Dec 2 2019 09:51AM

Happy Monday Morning all,

It’s the first Monday in December and there is no escaping Christmas now. My husband saves up a lot of his leave so he can take most of December off. This is his first week off which is great, but it means I will have to juggle work and cleaning the house before we get the decorations up. I’m not sure about you guys bet getting the decorations up in our house is a big job. The main tree (we are crazy we have three trees) goes up in the room which we spend most of our time (with two kids its very much messy), quite rightly so as you want to be able to enjoy the tree, right? But the problem is the room needs a major clean, so it takes a while as there is a lot of juggling with the kid’s toys. Like I said its our main tree, 7ft and most of the decorations have been collected since we have been married so the tree is mostly full of memories (I get very sentimental especially when the kids first Christmas decorations come out). I love the process of putting the tree up and I love that the room is so clean and tidy but I just hate the actual tidying which is why I’m procrastinating and doing my work first. We also started our Christmas traditions which is watching our eldest daughter and her brass band play Christmas Carols. This year it was during a Christmas Carol service last night which was outside. It was freezing but everyone was given blankets (which will be donated to the homeless today) and a hot drink. We all sang and the lights were twinkling it was truly magical.

On the work front, I had a fantastic class last week with ladies from the WI in Belfast (Knockbreda). It took time to get the studio set up and add my new beads. We really had a fantastic time. I don’t normally do classes in Dec (as the hubby is off) but this was the last day of Nov and I got away with putting some festive decorations up which helped get me in the festive spirt.

Black Friday has been and gone. I struggled a bit with what to do (as this is my first year selling my jewellery). As I’m a small handmade business I really didn’t feel I could compete with the big shops. However I was in a small shop in our high street which I’m nearly sure is an independent shop (very rare these days) called Eutopia and instead of having a big sale on they were donating 10% of the days takings to a local charity (I loved this idea and bought more than I intended to do). Which got me thinking ….. so my Black Friday deal was a pair of Gold earrings with Amethyst stones – if you bought these then I would donate the money to a charity of your choice. I’d love to hear your views on that in the comments below. I’m also planning to offer this again in my 12 days of Christmas offers – its like the gift that keeps on giving! This leads me on to my 12 days of Christmas. I started this yesterday the 1st of December to coincide with postage and people shopping for gifts. Every day there will be a different offer and will last only on that day. If you would like to be the first to hear about these offers then sign up to my newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time) as the offer will be in your inbox before breakfast. Offers will be based on a first come first served basis. Offers will also be posted on FB and IG later in the morning.

Well that’s a long write up today. If your still with me well done :).

Catch up with you all again next week, until then have a fabulous start to your December!

Katrina xx



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