Sunday, 17 September 2017

Jewellery for all

Not sure what's up with Etsy today, but its not letting me upload any pictures, so am not able to add any new listings. This is disappointing but hopefully it will be fixed soon.

I've just realised I haven't added Twitter to my web-links over there on the right-hand side. Oops! Better get on that!

I'm pleased to see that London Fashion Week kicked off with The Curve Catwalk For those who haven't seen this, its fashion for the larger ladies. And why not? Everyone has the right to nice clothes and jewellery without feeling embarrassed about it.

A lot of my jewellery is suitable for plus-sized girls. I have stretch bracelets, long necklaces, and I'm always on the lookout for ways to adjust sizes so that more people can wear the designs and a few pieces are specifically designed for larger (or smaller!) people to wear.

This brings me to something I've been meaning to say here. While I prefer not to make jewellery to order, I am open to suggestions and requests. If there is something you would like to see, feel free to drop comments on this post. If you require something that isn't mainstream – you're looking for petite, plus-sized, trans, or have some kind of physical difficulty or preference, it could be worth getting in touch as its quite possible that I might be able to help.

Rose Bay Jewellery is made for fun, and I think everyone should have the chance to have fun wearing it.

Oh, and by the way - this will cheer you all up - did you know that its only 97 days to Christmas?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Picture perfect

Have you ever wondered what life is like here at Rose Bay Jewellery? No? Oh, well that's disappointing...

But I shan't let that daunt my intrepid spirit! I'm going to share one of our recent photo shoots for a new batch of earrings.

As a rule, I do the making, and my husband does the pictures. This works really well as it enables me to spend more time making, and my photographic skills are a little limited, to be honest! It has become something of a family joke that, on a short break away with my daughter a few years ago, my eager attempts to take pictures of the stage resulted in some very nice pictures of the backs of the chairs in front, the floor, and other peoples' heads. Luckily, my daughter was not as inept as I was, and got some good pictures of the event for both of us!

On this particular photo-shoot day, I happened to be free and we took the new products into the garden. This is not as odd as it sounds – the light here in England can be abysmal for photographs, and if we do them indoors they can look washed out, and using artificial light just gives them a peculiar colour. And the light fluctuates, one minute its too bright, then the sun (if there is any to start with!) goes behind a cloud and we have to wait for it to peek out again. So, there we were, diving in and out of the shadows like... um... well, I have no idea what dives into shadows but think of something and apply it to us. In addition, it was pretty breezy so of course, some of my earrings were fairly lightweight – and included a pair of feathery earrings! That was interesting, to be sure. Most of the earrings just would not keep still! So I'm darting around behind my husband with bits of board and fabric and anything else I could think of, trying to act as a human wind-break. He's telling where to stand and hold my arms to protect the produce (and he's making the most of it, because he doesn't get to boss me around that often!) and then he's telling me I'm too close and standing in the light!

Oh, and then we've got our cat trying to get us to notice her, and doing her best to climb on the tray where the earrings are, and I'm moving her away again because cats are not allowed in the area when I've got jewellery out. Well, we don't want cat hair and pawprints on the jewellery, do we? Wouldn't be hygenic!

Anyway, I'm really pleased with the result but next time you see some product pictures – any handmade product, not just mine – spare a thought for the person behind the lens trying to get the best shot for you! Here you go – not a movement in sight!

Almost none, anyway...

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Where has summer gone?

How's your summer coming along? On the weather front, ours has been cold and drizzly. Not much sun going on, I'm afraid.

The house is coming along, the decorating is going well, and we've got paint and mess all over the place, but it is getting better, and we're pleased with what we've done so far.

 My popular ceramic manatee and snake pendants are back in store! These little ceramic cuties are hand-crafted in Peru, and are absolutely adorable. Other animals and ceramics are also available.

Social media – Twitter is now over 400 posts, and Instagram over 500! Feel free to join me – the more the merrier, and its not all products for sale!

Etsy has been making changes again. We can now have more product pictures, meaning we can now show you extra views. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to make informed decisions on what you want to buy. I also mentioned before that you no longer need to be a member to buy something, as they now allow guest purchasers. 

That's got to be good, right?

Saturday, 8 July 2017


Is it warm enough for you?

Fimo dogs and book earrings are now back in the shop!

I've got lots of pretty necklaces for you! How about these:

And since I haven't done a poem for a bit, so here are the first couple of versus of :

Summer Sun
by Robert Louis Stephenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

June and Giraffes

Wow, its been a busy month! Which explains where I've been lately. Sort of...

My new studio is currently more like a lumber room, as its full of things deported from our main bedroom, which is currently being decorated. I am, however, still making, and if anyone wants anything, rest assured that orders are still being dealt with within 1-3 working days.

It's been really hot recently, the weather has been glorious, and we had a really nice family day at Port Lympne wildlife park.

And, since you're not here for the wildlife, have some of my earrings!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Open for business again!

I'm back! Or rather, my Etsy shop is...

After a somewhat chaotic couple of weeks, we are now settled into our new home and I am raring to get the show up and running again. Of course, we still have lots of things to do on the house, and I'm sure it will be some time before it will start to feel right, but we'll get there.

Have a good summer, everyone.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Back soon!

The move went well, but we're up to our eyes in packing boxes and general mess. The shop will be back up again in a few days, just as soon as I've had chance to unpack my supplies.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!