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New year tidy bench! (And upcoming wedding fair dates)

I started back to work on Wednesday, and I thought a good way to say ‘hello’ to the new year (and to ease myself back into getting u at 6am again!) would be to start by having a really good bench tidy up!  It really does make a difference having a tidy work space. It makes me look forward to spending time there and inspires me to get started on my new collection that I intend to launch in March. Maybe I’ll ‘try’ and keep up the daily dustpanning from now on! 

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The second part of today’s blog is to let you know about 4 wedding fairs that are coming up vey soon, so here they are:

 14th Jan - Stanbrook Abbey Luxury Wedding Show. 11am - 3pm

21st Jan - Hereford Racecourse Wedding Show . 11am - 3pm

28th Jan - The West Midlands Luxury Wedding Show at Chateau-Impney, Droitwich. 11am - 4pm. 

17th/18th March - The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, The Bond Company, Birmingham. Times are still ‘to be confirmed’ but the last show was 12am - 5pm (Sat) / 11am - 4pm (Sun)

I’m currently working on some plans to make my workshop more ‘visitor friendly’ but those will be a little way off, so for now, the best place to come and have a chat about commissions and to see me and my work in real life, is when I set up shop at a wedding fair. If you can’t make any of those though, my website and Etsy shop are always there. 

I’m off to enjoy my Saturday now, I hope you do too! Anna x

 

 

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Happy New Year!

This has absolutely nothing to do with jewellery or engagement or wedding rings, but I said I was going to blog more so I though that might include a bit more about some of things that I do outside of my workshop.

Yesterday we started the year with a visit to Solihull ice rink and then a warm up in the pub with some friends, before heading to Stratford Upon Avon to see A Christmas Carol at the RSC. I’d bought the tickets months ago and hidden them inside 4 crackers on our Christmas day dinner table with the intention that it would be an exciting treat to end the Christmas holidays and start off the new year. 

Well, we certainly weren’t disappointed as the performance and the the set were both absolutely fantastic. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is really like no other and if you have the chance to go and see ‘any’ performance there, I’d highly recommended that you do. 

Yesterday was the perfect start to a new year. A wonderful happy memory to hold onto throughout 2018! 

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Christmas Day Thoughts...

I know I say this every year, but I’m going to try again with blogging a bit more regularly! I’m writing this on Christmas Day in between our Twin Peaks box set binge watching. It’s everyone else’s Christmas Day anyway. We had ours a few days ago as I take it in turn with my small people’s dad each year so this year we did our proper Christmas early. So, my “very” quick sum up of 2017 at AFJ HQ is that things are going great! I’ve made loads of commissioned rings, and the odd bracelet, necklace and pair of earrings for loads of cool people and intend to continue with lots of the same for the forseable future!! Right....back to Twin Peaks! X 

Lovely Christmas goblets bought by my Mum and Dad. Perfect gift for mulled wine!    

Lovely Christmas goblets bought by my Mum and Dad. Perfect gift for mulled wine!  

 

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Preparations for a ‘different’ kind of wedding fair.

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Preparations for a ‘different’ kind of wedding fair.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time over the last month ‘thinking’ about my wedding fair display, as in just over a week’s time, I’ll be exhibiting at a weddign event that I’ve never done before. It’s called the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza and, as the title suggests, its also a rather ‘alternative’ type of wedding fair. This has really got me thinking about how I can make the most of that 2x1m of space that I have to fill.  

The aim of this wedding fair is oh so simple. They want to find all those couples who feel lost in a wedding world abundant with cookie cutter, white wash weddings and welcome them into the ‘EWE’ flock with open arms. They are a place for those who want to break free from the ties of wedding tradition and have a day that's unique to them…their Motto “Don’t be a wedding sheep, It’s All About EWE!!

I’ve spent years refining my current setup, which I will probably never be 100% happy wih (apparently my indecisiveness and and always thinking I can improve everything makes me an ‘artist’ though so I’m fine with that). I think I’m about 90% there with my current display set up, but as this is a very special show, I think I need to at least try and find that extra 10%! I have some ideas, which hopefully I’ll manage to actually get finished before a week on Saturday. 

If you’d like to come and see me and the rest of the amazing exhibitors, then show is on November 11/12th at The Bond in Digbeth, Birmingham. Ticket’s cost £7 in advance but if you nip over to my Facebook page then you could win a pair of free tickets to visit on the Sunday. In the meantime, here’s a few photos from last years show...

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