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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, Nov 25 2019 12:14PM

So how are you all feeling this Monday morning? I’m feeling very good indeed! Last week was a bit crazy with my daughter off school sick for the whole week and my husband away from Wednesday to Friday. With all that going on I had to set up for my jewellery night which was on Saturday night.

It was a great night of jewellery, wine, nibbles and lots of craic. What else would you be doing on a Saturday night lol. I added a few festive touches which I think worked rather well. Sometimes it can be hard to know if you over do it or not, but on this occasion, I think I got the right balance. There was lots of jewellery sold (some of the pieces are in the picture above) and a commission ordered which made for a very happy Jewellery Maker. I am feeling very much overwhelmed by the support and love from my customers. A massive thanks to you all xxx

Back to the grind today….no dresses just comfy clothes in which to do my admin. I have managed to sort emails and get my website updated with sold signs. Tomorrow will hopefully be a photography day as I still have a few pieces that have not made it onto my website yet. Then I need to work on my twelve days of Christmas which I will start on December first (to be the first to hear about these then sign up to my newsletter which you can unsubscribe to at any time if its not for you).

I also have a beading class scheduled in for Saturday morning. I have to say I’m looking forward to it all. But for the rest of my time this morning I’m going to work on my social media posts and enjoy a very relaxing lunch before I pick the kids up and get stuck into after school activities plus homework.

That’s all for today, I will be back next week with more.

Until then

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Nov 18 2019 01:34PM

Happy Monday everyone!

Did you have a good weekend? It was a busy one in the Lucas house. We were getting new doors fitted inside the house plus skirting and having to get the kids to various activities/parties. The hubby and I decided to take turnabout so I did the first activity with them then him the second etc. Although I think I got the raw deal as I was the one here at home when the joiner was finished so I had some major cleaning to do.

On Sunday we decided to treat ourselves with a trip into the continental market for lunch then on to buy some Christmas gifts (which I’m doing ok with now, not too far behind).

But now here we are its Monday and only days away from my opening night. So this morning was spent cleaning out the studio ....that was until I got a phone call from the school to come and pick up my eldest daughter who wasn't feeling well. After watching some high school musical I thought it best to try and get her to snooze and I got back to some work ( writing this blog and doing my social media). So now I have a half cleaned studio which is better that not cleaned (this is what I’m telling myself anyway) and lots of props sitting ready to get put to some use. Tomorrow i have to finish off one of my DIY trees which I started last week (sea glass tree) then start setting up and seeing where everything will go. This open night will be a quieter affair than the last as, due to the drop in temperature I will have to close the doors, so there is less space.

So like I mentioned, last week I did a little bit of DIY and made some props, mostly for my sea life collection. I made a shell Christmas tree, a sea glass Christmas tree a shell jewellery holders and last but not least I painted a presentation box and filled it with sea glass (not sure how I will present the jewellery inside it yet? maybe on a shell or two?

I have finished all my new jewellery pieces and now just have to decide how a few of the pendants will be sold? Maybe in sets?

Anyway I feel like I’m on track and look forward to seeing those of you that are coming to the open night and for those that can't make it, keep an eye on my IG for some photos or check in again next week for an update.

Until then, take care.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Nov 11 2019 01:28PM

Hello again...yes its Monday. Monday would not be the same for me if I wasn't writing this blog anymore, I think I would feel like something is missing! Is there anything you do routinely on a Monday?

Did you have a good weekend? It was my eldest daughter’s birthday on Saturday, she turned 9 and she wanted to spend it shopping. So, we did a mammoth shopping trip which involved some hot chocolate then came home and put the fire on. It really was a lovely day. Then on Sunday we took advantage of the early sunshine and went to Portavogie beach and brought a picnic lunch. I have to say it was baltic and I thought I was going to get frost bite on my fingers lol, but the scenery was lovely.

Well today I started in my studio, I was dreading it to be honest as we are storing 4 new doors in there (we are replacing our upstairs doors on Saturday and until then they are blocking my cupboards). Firstly I had to do a bit of soldering to do before I can finish a my last pieces that I will be adding to my collection in time for my jewellery night. So I started with this...I took my time trying to get into my cupboards to get out the relevant tools as I didn't want to damage the doors. I had some classical FM playing in the background so I was feeling rather chilled....too chilled as it turned out because after soldering an earring back onto a piece I didn't like the look of it so I stupidly decided that I would lift it......yes you read correctly lift it even though it was super hot...I got away lightly though as I only burnt the tips of three fingers and only two blisters. What a way to start my morning. Anyway once my pieces were in the pickle I decided to start doing some of my belated Christmas photography (pic above...what do you think?) This is the first time I've had to take pictures inside as it is blowing a gale out and raining off and on. The light was ok but I think I will have a few more sessions to do.

This week I will be making a few Christmas decorations for my open night...all being well I might be able to share one next week. Also I will be doing a twelve days of Christmas starting on the 1st of December, if you want to be the first to find out what thats about then sign up to my newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Well I gotta go now and get a few posts up on IG and FB.

Thats all for now...see you next week

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Nov 4 2019 11:38AM

Happy Monday morning everyone, can you believe we are now into November and if you’re out and about there is no getting away from the obvious.....Christmas is truly coming.

Well I had a fantastic half term break and I’m hoping you did too? If you went away or were just even off work for a break, I hope it was a good one. We managed to pack a lot in with friends and family which actually felt relaxing and fulfilling. Plus we the hubby and I got in a wee coastal trip to Portavogie.

I had a complete break from jewellery making and my studio which has left me feeling recharged and ready for this busy season ahead.

So what’s on my agenda this week? Well I aim to finish off all the new pieces which I have started, these will be showcased at the open night. I have some ordering of new beads to do, for the last classes I have booked before the end of the year and finally, start planning the layout and tidy up for my Jewellery night (incase you forgot it is on Saturday the 23rd of November....have you booked your space? You can do this through FB@kljewellerydesigns.com or by just leaving me a comment in the box below).

I also thought it is probably time to give out notification about last dates:

Last date for commission pieces is on Saturday the 30th of November,

Last date for postage for UK is the 20th of December and outside of the UK the 15th of December.

I will be having some offers coming up for the festive season and to be the first to take advantage of them then make sure your signed up to my newsletter (which you can unsubscribe to at any time if it’s not for you).

Well folks that is all for this week....

Chat again on Monday

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, Oct 28 2019 11:33AM

Happy Halloween break for those of you that are off and Happy Monday for those of you still at work. Even though its been freezing out we have had some beautiful sunshine and we have been trying to make the most of it. This weekend we went to Rowallane Park and enjoyed coating some apples in chocolate and sweets plus following the Halloween trail and seeing some scary ghosts. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the weather stays just as good this week as we are off to Donegal tomorrow to spend some much needed time with family.

I only had a few days in the studio last week but I managed to do a few commission pieces, two of them are going to America (pictured), and another local. Its such an honour to be asked to make jewellery for people. I get very excited and can’t wait to get started. I love listening to what type of jewellery people would like and why…it gives such a great story when talking about your jewellery and gives the ultimate emotional attachment to it making it a very personal to the individual.

Next week I will be back in the studio finishing off lots of jewellery pieces plus starting to get ready for my open night on Saturday the 23rd of November. If you haven’t already signed up you can do so by dropping an email to info@kljewellerydesigns.com or by going onto FB@kljewellerydesigns and clicking on events. I hope to see many of you there.

Well I have to go and pick the kiddies up from the library.

Until next week..

Katrina xx



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