Summer Jewellery Trends in 2018

Tassel Earrings

The summer months tend to bring out our more frivolous sides when it comes to fashion, and our jewellery choices are no exception to this. It stands to reason that when the weather warms up you don’t want to feel weighed down by your accessories, which is why we favour lighter and brighter pieces to accentuate our summer wardrobe. One designer who embraces ‘frivolous’ whole … [Read more...]

Exhibitions and Shows in Summer 2018

Jewellery Display

Summer is a great time to get out and about if you are seeking some motivation for your next jewellery or craft project. Below are just a few highlights to look out for, which will be sure to get those creative juices well and truly flowing… The Everyday and the Extraordinary 9th June - 9th September Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, … [Read more...]

Easter Gift Inspiration

Easter is fast approaching, and regardless of faith we all like to celebrate the occasion in our own special way. Here are a few products and gift ideas to make your celebrations extra special this year. FIMO Kids Polymer Clay Blocks in Glitter and Plain Colours Cue the fanfare of trumpets...FIMO Kids is here! I have waited a long time for this product to be … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Making Inspiration

By Jo Varney Mother’s Day is nearly here (it falls on Sunday 11th March this year), and a quick browse of the internet brings forth a huge array of gift suggestions for mums young and not so young! Amongst the inevitable chocolates and flowers, personalised accessories are right up there as one of the most popular gifts for mum this year, which is not surprising seeing as it … [Read more...]

Getting Personal: The Personalised Jewellery Trend

Let’s be honest, we all love the idea of having something that nobody else has; something that is so personal and unique to us that no one else in the whole world has (or so we like to imagine)! The way to achieve this is through customisation, and this is set to be a huge jewellery trend this year. Personalisation and customisation are big, big news. If you take a look at … [Read more...]

The Heart Motif

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is looming once again and the shops are festooned with images of hearts in every configuration you can possibly imagine. This got me thinking about the heart itself as an image and a design icon, and how it has evolved over time to remain current. So, with that in mind I have done a little digging to find out more about it... The … [Read more...]

Kick Starting the Creative Process

By Jo Varney For me personally, inspiration comes very easily on days like today. It is a sunny winter morning and I have just walked my children to school, looking out onto the most beautiful view as the sun breaks through the mist which had settled just below the Clent Hills. I found myself looking at shapes cast by shadows created as the sun shines through the branches of … [Read more...]

Colour Trends in 2018

By Jo Varney As we welcome in the New Year, we also welcome a new colour of the year for 2018, which happily for me is purple, or Ultra Violet to give it its official name. I say ‘happily’ for me as purple has been a constant presence in my life since my teenage years, and I daresay I am not alone in this. Purple has always been a colour which is just that little bit edgy; a … [Read more...]

Material Focus: Copper

Copper tones have been enjoying enormous popularity for some time now in fashion, accessories and interiors, but in the run up to Christmas how can it compete with the more traditional colour schemes of silver and gold? The overwhelming draw of copper is its intense warmth, and with temperatures dropping below zero outside, warmth is what we are all craving – so it’s a great … [Read more...]

Fabulous and Under a Fiver 2017

We are all aware that generally speaking, finding inexpensive Christmas gifts may have become that little bit more challenging. However, I do enjoy a challenge and have searched extra hard this year to find you a selection of great items which won’t disappoint, yet still cost under a fiver. Take a look through the selection below… Sterling Silver Christmas tree Enamel Stud … [Read more...]