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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.

HAPPY READING!

By katrina lucas, Feb 24 2020 11:47AM

Happy Monday everyone :)

So what type of Monday are you having? Today I think its gonna be a pat on the back day...........

I got outta bed this Morning at 5.15 because I was going swimming plus I needed petrol and milk. As I was coming down the stairs I got my first glimpse of the snow and I have to be honest here, my first thought was to go back to bed. However, I was wide awake and knew no matter what I needed petrol and milk and it was mostly easier to get this now rather than later when potentially the snow would be thicker and the traffic heavier. I also went for my swim, I did a few less lengths than normal which would annoy me but today I thought for every activity that I achieve I will give myself a pat on the back instead of feeling like I’ve let myself down in some way.

Just in case you missed it, last week was half term here, so I wasn't in my studio at all! I really thought I might have been able to get a few hours in over the week but no, it wasn't to be. Although I did get a commission piece off, which was something. So I have a long list of admin which I hope to get through today, plus focus my mind for the week and try not to get distracted by some of the designs which I came up with last week (all for my new collection which will be released in May) and start making (really you'd think a jewellers life was full of making!).

I will have a newsletter coming out tomorrow announcing some changes to my jewellery classes and information on a jewellery sale, as I need to make room for my new collection plus new items will be added to collections I have already. If you’re interested and have not yet signed up to my newsletter then do so now (you can unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you).

I'm giving myself a pat on the back now as I post todays blog (I hope you give yourself a pat on the back today for everything you achieve...you deserve it)!

Until next week, take care.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Feb 17 2020 11:00AM

Happy Monday......again lol.

So the first thing I want to know is, did you take time out for yourself last week? If so let me know in the comments below. I did have my relaxing bath, it was after going for an hours walk while it was snowing. It was freezing but I really felt the good of the exercise and even better after a hot bath. I didn't make it to the coffee shop but I did go for another hour long walk, which helped me focus on what’s important now….. unfortunately, no hot bath after this one just a quick shower lol.

The project is handed in YIPPEEEEE, and the kids are off school for the week. So my focus is surviving the week with as little emergency bottles of wine as possible lol. We have lots planned so that should keep us all outta mischief and sleeping well.

Last week was super productive. Not only did I manage to get the commission piece finished early, I also sat down with my book of sketches and planned out a few new pieces for my new collection, plus I managed to get one design created (I love it and really want to wear it - major downside of making jewellery is that I normally want every piece for myself!).

Over the next few weeks I will be putting some items on sale as I need to make room for new items which will be making their way into my existing collections, so keep an eye out for that. You will be the first to know about sales if you are signed up to my newsletter, don’t worry if you’re not, click on the link below and it will take you there (you can unsubscribe at any point if its not for you).

Well the kid’s patience is running out now so I have to get back to them.

Until next week..

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Feb 10 2020 11:34AM

Yes, its Monday again (it comes around quick doesn't it? lol)!

My kids were very excited this morning...all they could talk about was Friday. I had to ask what was happening on Friday as all I can think about is the 9 year olds Ancient Egypt project that has to be in for the same day. I'm just wondering how we will fit in finishing it off around homework and after school clubs?

It’s nice that they are excited for Friday as they know it’s a day that a little bit of extra love will be shown that day both at home and in school with their friends. I know for me, this week will be a bit more crazy due to the project plus getting their little present (which we stupidly started when they were toddlers) not to mention a little something for the hubby (a bottle of bubbly-no surprises there lol), plus I have a few household things that need attention. I feel like my routine is crazy enough without the added extras so for myself this Valentine's I have decided to add in a little more me time. Starting with a relaxing bath and maybe treating myself to a trip to the coffee shop by myself.....my Monday is looking brighter already lol. So, will you do something for yourself this month of love? As showing ourselves the same love we show others is just as important!

OK lecture over! Last week was a busy one here with trying to finish off some items for polishing plus getting in a little extra photography. I'm also squeezing in time every week to work on my new collection.

This week I have a commission piece to finish and get myself ready to take the following week off as the kids have no school for the full week for half term. Which means I won't be seeing my studio much (even more reason to spend as much me time this week lol).

Lastly if you will be buying this Valentine's give the gift of handmade were you can and support local businesses. Words can't describe how appreciated it is!

Sending lots of love

Until next week,

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Feb 3 2020 11:49AM

Happy Monday everyone, are you feeling glad January is over and we have moved on into the month of Love and hope?

I decided to do a very different type of blog today. I wanted to help those that really want to do well with their Valentine's day gifts because they are still in the 'I want to impress my girl' stage or just want to earn some extra brownie points. Mr L and I don't really buy each other Valentine's gifts (we actually just buy our kids a small gift and make sure we sit down with a nice bottle of bubbly, some crisps and a movie once the kids are in bed), but I was thinking, if I thought I had the energy to go out and was looking for the ideal gift from him, what would it be?..........

This is based on £100 pound budget for the gift.

A full outfit which includes dress, shoes and jewellery .....no bag needed as I’m going to be treated to dinner too lol. The dress above (red of course) is from Freemans and cost £50 then some lovely red shoes to match, the ones in the picture are from ASOS at £27 but you can also get nice shoes from New Look at £24.99. Then the jewellery, lovely little heart studs which just tell me I have his heart (£20 from kljewellerydesigns.com - of course I like my own jewellery lol). With all this there is change from your £100 to buy the card. I think this would be a very impressive Valentine's day gift? Let me know in the comments below what you think.

As always if you want to keep up to date with my classes and new products plus offers sign up to my newsletter (which you can unsubscribe from at any time if its not for you).

Until next week, take care,

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Jan 27 2020 11:39AM

I hope I find you all well? We are nearing the end of January and I just wanted to know how you found it? Are you still sticking to your resolutions or have you given up? I love getting into February, not only because it’s the month were we try and show more love to those around us but I feel like this is the month of possibilities? Maybe it’s because you start to see flowers like daffodils bloom and it fill me with hope after a grey and cold January?

Sunday past I gave a beaded jewellery class to four very keen beaders...I would say at least two of them went home and booted up their laptops to do some shopping for tools. It was great craic and I came away feeling very chilled and relaxed, then this morning I read through their comments about their experience and I know I will be smiling for the rest of the day. This is the first comment from yesterdays class........

Have had such a wonderful few hours at Katrina's Jewellery school. She creates such a lovely atmosphere and I can't believe I have two pieces of wearable jewellery. Thanks so much, Kiera x

Wasn't that a lovely review?

I have been toying with the idea of adding in another beading class in the evening. Let me know in the comments if you think this is a good idea?

IF you’re interested in attending my next classes, they are on the 16th of Feb for silver clay and 23rd of Feb for beading. If you know someone else that may be interested, then direct them to my fb page or you can pick up a gift voucher for them?

Also last week I got a few pieces off to the assay office for hallmarking and a little bit of photography done...more to do this week but I will be showing these with the new items on my website which I started to list last Friday and will continue into this week.

Well that is all for this week, have a great one and don't forget to sign up to my newsletter if you haven’t already done so...this will keep you up to date with all my offers and what’s new.

Katrina xx




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