Eco-friendly · Out & About in Kent · shop local · Uncategorized

A Visit To Local Flower Farm, Blooming Green

Do you have a local flower farm or cutting patch? A beautiful place where you can visit and gather yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers to take home? I was delighted to discover Blooming Green, a flower farm where you can pick your own seasonal, organically grown flowers.

I wanted to share you with you some pictures of my visit there last summer. These were taken last June, but better late than never!

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Beautiful cottage garden flowers, freshly picked!

 

 

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Blooming green gardeners hard at work keeping the cutting patch looking fabulous

 

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Beautiful candy colours!

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There’s always time for being silly!

 

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I even roped my husband in to help 🙂
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So much choice! Enjoying a peaceful moment gathering my bunch of flowers
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Pretty pickings!
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I love the dolly mixture colours of these cornflowers!

I bought my gorgeous bunch of flowers back home, where they filled 3 large vases and enamel jugs and amazingly lasted for well over a week!

Blooming Green are open every Friday April to October, 10-4pm for PYO flowers

Travel · Uncategorized

Beachcombing in Cornwall, Summer Holiday Inspirations

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It’s been a good few years (make that a few decades!) since I last visited Cornwall. After enjoying many family holidays there during my childhood and beyond, I felt it was time to take my own little family on a Cornish adventure!

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We stayed a few miles away from the beautiful Sandymouth Beach, near Bude in the north of Cornwall.  This spectacular beach is owned by the National Trust and like many  beaches in Cornwall, is lifeguard patrolled during the summer season.

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I love the rugged landscape of Cornwall; Sandymouth Beach has some fantastic rock formations and freshwater streams cascading over the cliffs and flowing down to the sea.

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The Little Chick and I had a great time dipping our toes in the sea, followed by some serious wave jumping later on!

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We even saw a jellyfish wash in on a wave beside us!

 

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With so many amazing rockpools, we had lots of fun searching for hidden treasures. Look at this incredible sea anemone!

 

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Best of all, I got to indulge in some beachcombing- collecting shells, sea glass and pebbles is one of my favourite holiday pass times!

Now I’m back home and looking forward to getting back into the jewellery workshop. Look out for some beach inspired designs coming very soon!

Jewellery Designing · shop local

The Little Red Hen’s Latest Stockists – A Summer Update

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My handmade silver and copper jewellery at Made By Kent

For those of you with children, you’ll know that school’s almost out for summer! This last term has seemed particularly long and my little girl, AKA The Little Chick is really ready for some time at home with mum!

I’m going to be closing my Folksy and Etsy online shops for a short time during the summer holidays, starting yesterday the 17th July and re-opening on the 14th of August, so that I can spend some time with my daughter.

In the meantime, my handmade jewellery is still available to buy from these galleries and shops:

I’ll be updating my Facebook and Instagram pages during the holidays so please make sure to follow me as I’d love to keep in touch!

There’s some exciting new products I’ve been working on which I’m looking forward to sharing with you all later in September. There’ll be a sneak peek in my next newsletter, so don’t miss out and subscribe via the pop up form on my website.

Wishing you all a lovely summer, whatever you’re doing!

 

 

Out & About in Kent · shop local

Shop Local and Independent in Staplehurst with Made by Kent

This Spring, some exciting news came to Staplehurst, the village where I live. An opportunity arose for our seasonal pop up shop, known as Kentish Made and run by Katie Higgins, to become a permanent fixture in the high street!

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Katie, of Marmaduke Scarlet and her team of hard working helpers soon had the shop (formerly the old bakers), looking great and ready to fill with lots of handmade goodies.

There’s a great community of independent designers, makers and businesses in Staplehurst and it’s so exciting to see them all under one roof, all year round!

Local baker Claire’s Bread supplies freshly baked bread daily and weekly sausage rolls too! Made by Kent gift shop Kentish Honey Staplehurst Kent 3

As well as delicious brownies and biscuits, every Friday there’s a cake of the week, all baked by Rebecca of Vallance and sons from her home bakery. Rebecca also makes gluten and diary free bakes, which is great for me, having to be gluten free. A lovely treat for the weekend to look forward to!

 

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Rebecca’s fabulous cakes!

There’s something for everyone, with a wealth of handmade goodies to choose from!

 

I’m thrilled to have a selection of my handmade jewellery available to buy at Made by Kent and I’m so pleased with the support I’ve received so far!

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My Silver and copper handmade jewellery AND my jewellery bust Maud, looking very happy in her new home!

So if you’re local or passing through this part of Kent, do pop in and have a browse, you won’t be disappointed!

To find out what’s new in the shop and for more information on the makers, please take a look at the Made by Kent Facebook page!

Jewellery Designing

A New Workshop – A Spring Update

It’s been too long since I’ve last posted on my blog! Christmas is always a manic time of year for a maker and alongside the seasonal rush, I’ve been kept busy organising my new workshop space.

I spent the hectic Christmas working from my kitchen, while my new workshop and office was being built. As you can imagine, I’m delighted that it’s now finished and I can spend more time making lots of jewellery!

Here’s some photos of my new workshop and some works in progress on the bench.

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Lots of works in progress: a messy bench =a happy jeweller!
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I love my new pegboard, but how long will it stay this organised?!
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Soldering – one of my favourite jobs
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I love the light in my new workshop
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A personalised interlinking rings pendant
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I’m so pleased with my new logo stamp! All my gift boxes are made from eco-friendly materials

I’m really enjoying designing and making in my new workshop, look out for some new designs coming soon!

Craft Fairs · Uncategorized

Christmas is Coming! My Upcoming Festive Craft Fairs.

I’m very excited to share with you the festive craft fair events I’ll be attending this year. It’s a super busy time for most makers, so I’ve started planning early!

I’m looking forward to showcasing some great new pieces of jewellery along with my usual favourite designs.  I really enjoy meeting my customers face to face, so I’d love it if you’re able to visit any of my Christmas Fairs!

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 Here’s a list of my upcoming Christmas craft fairs:

13th November – 20th November: Kentish Made, Aysgarth, High Street, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0AU opening times to be confirmed

Saturday 25th November: Dandelion Time Festive Gift Fair, Branden Farm, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BT  10am-2pm

Saturday 2nd December: Poppinghole Farm Christmas Fair, Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5BN  10 – 4pm

Saturday 9th December: Kitsch and Stitch Christmas Fair, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent  10am – 3pm

Saturday 16th December: Meadows School Barnados Christmas Fair 20-22 London Rd, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0RJ 11am-2pm

Sunday 17th December: I Heart Whitstable, The Umbrella Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ  11am-4pm

Don’t forget that you can browse my jewellery designs from my Folksy shop

Do come and say hello, I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Jewellery Designing

Woodland Inspired Fern Jewellery

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I’m pleased to share with you my latest makes! Inspired by peaceful woodland walks along paths shaded with ferns, I’ve created a beautiful eco silver pendant and earrings. These pieces are made using Precious Metal Clay; the clay is imprinted with a real fern leaf from my garden, fired in a kiln and then oxidised for a beautiful rustic finish. The finished pieces are 99.9% pure silver.

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Precious Metal Clay is a fabulous eco-friendly material which uses silver recycled from industrial processes. I love using it in some of my designs as it easily takes impressions from my nature finds!

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And here’s the matching earrings…

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I love them so much I decided to make a pendant using copper clay too. Matching earrings will be following soon, so watch this space!

With autumn fast approaching, the lovely warm tones of this copper jewellery complement the season perfectly!

This handmade fern leaf pattern jewellery is available to order from my Folksy shop.  Let me know what you think? I’d love to hear from you!