Down in the forest….

Only 16 days to Christmas!

I thought you might like to have a little peek behind the scenes at Rose Bay Jewellery! We sell a lot of Clipon Christmas tree earrings at this time of year. All of my finished jewellery goes out in some kind of bag (or box, for certain items) and it saves time to do some up in advance. The clipons go out in cute little organza bags – they look amazingly colourful and fun when a batch is finished. You can’t help but feel cheerful when you look at them!

Also finished a batch of Viking-inspired pendant necklaces, all now listed in the shop.

Christmas is coming!

Did you know that its only 44 days to Christmas?

If I’ve just ruined your day, I shall immediately make up for it by telling you that Rose Bay Jewellery is having a jewellery and bead kit

Check it out!

July News

As a jewellery maker myself, I know how important it is use good quality materials, and how difficult it is to find the more unusual components, I’ve already added well over 100 new supplies, including sterling silver ear wires and bracelet charms, ceramic, lampwork and other glass beads, beading kits, Christmas and Halloween components and Steampunk mixes, as well as pewter charms from Tierracast, beading mats…. so many things, and many more to come!

I haven’t added as many things as I would have liked – we’re in the middle of decorating my craft room at the moment and I’m sure you’ve all experienced the utter chaos of shifting things from place to place so that you can work, and I’m having trouble finding half my stuff right now! But it will all be worthwhile and I’m very excited about having a lovely new room to work in.

Have a look at some of my new jewellery supplies and I’ll tell you all about my new room and my new products soon!

May is going to be exciting!

As promised, Rose Bay Jewellery is back up and running. I have decided to focus on more historically-inspired jewellery, largely in the Celtic/Viking to Victorian time-frame, although I could wander off on a different path from time to time. Products will likely get older as we go along, so that should be fun. I will be making a more detailed post soon to tell you all about it!

In addition, I have also started selling some interesting jewellery making components, and I have heaps of those coming up soon.

Stay safe, everyone.

April Shop News

Or lack thereof.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you about the problems facing the world right now. Many areas are in lockdown, and here in the UK, we aren’t any different. While I think that jewellery – especially mine – is pretty essential, it isn’t right to burden mail-service workers with non-essential supplies, or worth the risk to my family to keep trotting off to the post office. I have therefore taken the difficult decision to put Rose Bay Jewellery on hold for a little while until we see how things work out.

However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not doing anything. I am still making lovely jewellery, and I am working on something new for when we can be together again. In the meantime, I will be making the odd post here, plus I have my Twitter account where I post links to interesting articles and repost daft and quirky stuff, too. We could all do with a little light relief right now. On Instagram, there is no point posting pictures of products that aren’t on sale, so instead, I’m posting other sorts of pictures – most notably, images of our new rescue cat. She is settling in quite nicely, thank you very much for asking.

Actually, this reminds me of something I meant to mention. In the UK, and probably where you are, too, animal re-homes have been put on hold because nobody is supposed to go out to view them, and charity shops attached to these re-homing centres have been closed for the time being. Since these shops are the centres’ main (and sometimes only )source of income, they are suddenly bereft of funds.

If you have a pet sanctuary close to you, and you are so inclined, please could you check out their local websites or media pages to see if you can help? It’s not just about the cash – some need food or other supplies, and some just want media help to spread the word out.

Anyway, talk soon and please stay safe.

March Shop News

March is here and spring is on our doorstep. Probably…

I have added some new clipon earrings to my Etsy shop, varied and fun!

Sunday was, apparently, International Women’s Day and I am, as always, late to the party. However, I couldn’t let that pass without a few links to posts about our awesome women. These ladies prove you can do more than you ever thought possible!

Joan Macdonald (74) achieves amazing weight loss!

Yvette Lundy: French Resistance fighter from World War II. She died last year, at 103

Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first African American licensed nurse, graduating in 1879

Eleanor Wadsworth, currently 101 years old, is the last surviving female pilot from WW2.

Emmeline Pankhurst is best remembered for organising the UK suffragette  movement and helping women win the right to vote.

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Boudicca was queen of the Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the the Roman Empire around AD 60

Oh, and on the subject of amazing women, for those of you celebrating at the end of next week, have a great Mothers’ Day!

February Shop News

We’ve had some hefty gales hammering the UK recently – I hope the weather is nicer where you are!

Its nice and warm indoors, so that’s where I’ve been hiding, busily making stuff…

I’ve got a new selection of beautiful handmade ceramic earrings with Czech glass beads. These little darlings are available on my Etsy Shop.

Summer dangles!

My clearance range is growing rapidly and still has lots of cool stuff, with lots of bargains still to be found. Check out my SALE!

February houses Valentine’s Day, and I hope you have a lovely day with your partner, or perhaps find somebody to share the day with. In the UK, Valentines’ Day is primarily for romantic couples, but I gather that in the USA, the love theme expands to include family and friends and I think that’s rather nice.

If you want a laugh, scoot over to YouTube and take a gander at Simon’s cat’s (I love these cartoons!) Valentine’s Day story ‘Love Me, Love My Cat’.

January shop news

So. Been a busy girl this week! I promised you some new products, and the first of these are now up at my Etsy shop. There are four, for now, very pretty Swarovski crystal heart earrings with sterling silver ear wires. They come in colours (the crystals, not wires!) of Siam red, Fuschia, rose, and heliotrope.

I’ve also been doing a bit of housekeeping, so to speak. I’ve been making a lot more earrings and to emphasise this, I have re-arranged the categories into alphabetical order.

In addition, I’ve added a new clearance line. There are only a few things there so far, but I will be adding a lot more soon – and the best bit is – because I’ve dropped prices on those, you get some great deals!

First post, new year

Happy New Year! I hope that 2020 will be great for all of you!

Did you all have a good Christmas? Are you keeping warm in this cold weather? Or cool, if you hail from somewhere warmer…

Rosebay hasn’t been posting much lately but I have been making some lovely things and I promise there will be some exciting products coming along very shortly. Please keep watching this space and I will keep you informed. I will also endeavour to make a quick weekly news post so that you know that I’m not skiving or eloped with the milkman. Although, he does do a nice line in dairy…

New Bag Charms and Christmas Ordering Dates

Hi all!

I have some brand new leather hand-plaited bag/purse decorations inspired by the brilliant cultures of Celtic and Viking. These are part of my new range of historically inspired jewellery and accessories and these will be introduced to you soon. In the meantime, these are already up on my Etsy shop, and retail at £14 – £16.

If you love Christmas you will be all excited by my next topic, and if you aren’t, you might want to find somewhere safe to gibber quietly until I’ve gone away again.

Did you know there are only 35 days until Christmas? Yeah… 35. You’re glad you popped in now, aren’t you?

With this revelation in mind, here are my last ordering dates for Christmas:

Monday, December 16 for UK first class mail

The rest of the world using the International Standard (formerly known as Airmail) service the dates are:

  • Saturday, December 7 for Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand
  • Tuesday, December 10 for Canada and USA
  • Thursday, December 12 for Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland,Spain, Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

I will be closing for Christmas after my last date for UK orders (Monday December 16) and will reopen again after Christmas – usually Boxing Day. (December 26)

Right then. Lets have some fun links now, shall we?

Have you ever wondered what is the most expensive piece of jewellery ever? Here are the top 7

History of high heels

The Cheapside Hoard – jewellery hidden for 300 years

Discovery of Bronze age sword