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By Janice, Feb 6 2019 04:40PM

A picture of me and some of my jewellery that holds dear memories.
A picture of me and some of my jewellery that holds dear memories.

Hello,


Jewellery is such a personal thing, that it doesn't matter how much something does or does not cost I've found what matters is how it makes you feel.


I have jewellery that was especially designed for me like my wedding band to earrings that I purchase from a shop on the high street. Both items bring me joy in different ways, my wedding band is a daily reminder of love, of the day I said I do to my husband with family and friends around us. The Amber dangle earrings I'm wearing in the photo I bought for myself to celebrate graduating University

Then we have the top right picture featuring a turquoise Jasper heart shaped gemstone one of my first wire wrapped pendants I ever created from nearly five years ago, I still love wearing it.

And finally a much loved but well worn pendant, in the bottom right corner, its lost most of its dangles and the original chain, but it was a gift from my father when I was a little girl, he passed away shortly after he gave it to me so it means the world to me.


Jewellery has taught me that the pieces are so much more than just pretty rocks, the pendants, earrings, rings or brooches we own are a celebration of a time in life when you've wanted to treat yourself for working hard, hitting a milestone or simply to say thank you. Maybe some of them have been birthday or Valentines gifts. They all have a meaning personal to us.

It's these memories that we keep alive in our hearts when we wear jewellery, sometimes from those who are no longer with us, or tokens of love from those closest to us.


It got me thinking about the process of making jewellery, when I sit down to create I very rarely sketch out a design, most of my ideas come to me when I actually have the raw materials in my hands, whether thats the cool calm feel of semi precious Rose Quartz - a gemstone of love and compassion or the playful and mouldable polymer clay. Sometimes I need to capture the brilliant sparkle of sunshine and light so I select some gorgeous Swarovski® crystals they always add the 'wow' effect. Sometimes I want more structure and look to my resins to create stardust rings and bangles. Then we have my personal favourite items to make, when you absolutely have to have the biggest baddest most statement piece in the room look no further than my wire wrapped one of a kind pendants. There is something very theraputic when weaving with wire.


My main concern when creating is how do these pieces make me feel? Do I feel joy? Will other people love this as much as I do? Releasing new items into the world can be a nerve racking thing!


Sometimes it's about the pieces that got away, I still miss my Amber ring I lost a couple of years ago, although I've had more than one customer tell me stories of going out in the garden and finding a ring or an earring embedded in a plant or shrub that has finally bloomed come spring time.


Or the gorgeous pair of earrings I saw on holiday many many years ago, if I'd known I'd still be thinking about them to this day I would have bought them! Lesson learnt, if you like it, buy it!


Another thing I've learnt is that when you make jewellery, no one gives you jewellery as gifts anymore. Whether thats because they think you could make it yourself I don't know. But I love all jewellery and am quite well known to make something for myself and then one to sell..


If you want to be the first to find out about me latest makes and special offers you can sign up for free to my newsletter on the home page, or contact me to create a one of a kind item for you.


~Janice~

By Janice, Sep 30 2018 08:47PM

September has been a funny old month, it was all a bit of a hurry up and wait, and then I've found myself on the last day of the month and this blog still waiting to be published. Routine is slowly getting back to normal, as the school term has resumed and I've got time to bring to life all the ideas I could only jot down during the summer. Then the reminders popped up that it was my websites 4th birthday this month!


I am so very grateful for all the support and encouragement I get from you, my lovely customers as you are at the heart of my business and your feedback and reviews really do help me to grow my business and bring you a fabulous mix of all the latest trends blended with my own interpretations to create jewellery that really does bring a bit of sunshine and sparkle to your day.


There had been so much planning to do before my website went live four years ago, getting enough stock and variety of items to showcase for you were my main concerns, now I have lots more to share with you and if you want to be the first to find out about my special offers, limited editions and one of a kind pieces the best way is to sign up for my free regular newsletter which you can find on the home page.


You can use the code BIRTHDAY15 to get 15% off everthing including sale items but only until midnight on Monday October 1st 2018!


I've talked before in my videos on Facebook about how I tend to work in cycles, especially when the seasons change and bring new inspirations with the leaves changing colour and autumnal skies. I'm channeling a lot of the wonderful sights I'm seeing out and about in nature and challenging myself to create gorgeous one of a kind designs for you in polymer clay and resin. I'm really excited to show you the work in progress photos and videos on my Instagram page.


One of the big projects I'm currently working on is my Elemental series, featuring Earth, Air, Fire and Water. I've started with fire as I'm a Leo and we are transitioning from the heat of the summer to the more cooler months there is a lot to consider and I hope you will love it as much as I do, it will be a small collection of one of a kind pieces to start with, so do join my mailing list to be the first to hear when they will be released.


Until next time, and finally don't forget the discount code runs out at Midnight on the 1st of October 2018!


~Janice~

By Janice, Aug 15 2018 01:08PM

Bracelet starter kit and refills available now at Janicesjewels.
Bracelet starter kit and refills available now at Janicesjewels.
Willow Cathedral, for inspiration out in nature.
Willow Cathedral, for inspiration out in nature.

Hello!


I'm still smack dab in the middle of the Summer school holidays, so normal routine has gone out the window, and as I'm always being told change is not necessarily a bad thing so I have been doing my best to embrace it...


So post office runs have become Pokemon go hunts - which is very addictive!

And we have discovered new places to walk including the stunning Willow Cathedral, which has a lovely feel to it, and given me lots of ideas for new wire wrapped pendants, all still in the planning and idea stages, but I'm looking forward to sharing work in progress of the projects when I get started.


One of the big new items I launched was my complete bracelet starter kit, I have been working on that for awhile now and was very excited that I managed to get everything in place to pop it on the website just before the holidays started. A fun way to learn a new skill or a fabulous kit to get you started with a new hobby.


Included with your starter kit:

Round Nose Pliers for turning loops,

Microfibre beadmat to stop the beads rolling around,

Mixed bead selection including polymer clay fruit and flower beads,

A butterfly and a fairy charm with jumprings,

Memory wire bracelet blank,

Instructions and,

Organza gift bag.


I also have refill kits if you are looking for a particular colour to make. At the moment the purple and the pink refill kits have been the most popular and I will be adding more seasonal variations later on as my halloween bracelet kits and winter themed ones proved very popular last year.


The kits are aimed from 6+ years upwards, suitable for adults as well and you don't have to worry about fiddly clasps as the memory wire just wraps around your wrist.


~Janice~

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