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Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
I love making jewellery of all kinds. Scrabble and Lego jewellery have been popular for a while but now the 50 Shades of Grey range and the Zingy Blobs are selling well too. I make everything from unique gemstone necklace sets to phone charms. I love making tiaras and bridal jewellery and offer a bespoke service. Cufflinks are very much back in fashion and I have a large selection and am always making more. Pop over to the Jude's Jewels website and have a look.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Sunny Monday

Morning everyone,

Well the sun is shining and the skies are blue here in Stirling :) Already got a load of washing on and 2 more to go!!

Just had a parcel delivery and it was a load of miniatures, so I'm already making up some items to list on the website.
Sushi rings, Strawberry cheesecake rings, Oreo cookie rings, Chocolate cupcake rings, Watermelon Cookie jars, Cherry cookie jars and Oreo cookie jars jars, and very cute Cup of Coffee rings too. Looks like it's going to be a busy day at Jude's Jewels :)

Got a load of orders to process and dispatch today as well, been a very busy weekend on the website, which is fab.

On the Farmers Market front, Jen had a really great day at Mansfield Park in Glasgow. Best ever for sales and orders. She out-sold Nick and I, who had a quiet day at Paisley. Our sales were far lower than normals but this was due to 2 marches taking place and huge Police presence, keeping customers away :( However, we were back on form at Fencebay yesterday and had good sales and a got huge amount of orders for next month. Jennifer had a poor day at Sterling Mills, Tillicoultry. It was very cold and that kept a lot of the families away. So overall it was swings and roundabouts. 

Over the weekend, I ran a competition on the website to celebrate reaching over 1500 Jude's Jewels Facebook Fans. New rules at Facebook meant that I had to do a 'giveaway' via the website and not directly on my Facebook page. I had lots of entries and am just about to list all the names and do a random draw. Thanks to all those who took part. I will be running another 'Competition' when I reach 1600 fans :)

Well I had better get cracking, lots to do today. Just hope the weather stays good for a few days so I can get out and enjoy it.

Have a great week.

Love from Jude xx


Friday, 25 February 2011

Excited About New Projects at Jude's Jewels

Morning everyone,

The sun is coming out here in stirling so it looks like we may have a nice afternoon.

Aches all over this morning after circuit training last night and PT the day before. But I lost 2.5 lbs last week so am on my way to loosing all the weight I put on over Christmas and during my holiday :)

I am so excited to have finally ordered all the materials I need for the resin cabochons I am doing to be making. Just have to wait patiently for them to arrive now. Never used resin before so this is all going to be new and I'm sure there will be some experimentation going on. I've got round moulds ordered to make rings from but also heart and stars as well, which I think I'll use for pins and maybe pendants. Just have to see how things turn out :)

Hopefully the organza butterflies and silver headbands will arrive today and I'll get a few made up for the website and the stalls. Just remembered I'll need to go and order tiara boxes to pack them in!!

steampunk octopus bracelet
Think I will do some Steampunk pieces today as I feel in the mood. Also making bracelets and doing the website orders.

Need to make up a load of stall stock too, as we have 4 Farmers Markets this weekend.

steampunk necklace

steampunk octopus earrings

On the website, Scrabble and Lego still selling very well, but lots of Easter items going well too.

So I'd better fly and get started. Lots to do :)

Take care.

Love from Jude xx


Thursday, 24 February 2011

Loads of New materials Ordered at Jude's Jewels

Afternoon all,

Very sore all over this morning as I was back at PT last night and was put through my paces. Seems my back/spine is not very supple so I need to work on flexibility. Really enjoyed the kick boxing bit and mamaged to jump up on the bench without falling on my face, which amazed me. Mind over matter :) Need to go for a massage this week and do some pilates classes as well.

I was up at Stirling University earlier on setting up the Jude's Jewels stall at the Atrium Traders Market.  Nick then took over and I came home to work on todays orders and also to get on with ordering materials for the new ideas I've had :)

I thought I'd make some butterfly headbands so I've ordered about 6 colours of organza butterflies and silver tiara bands.

Also decided to try resin moulding my own cabochons for rings and brooches. I've just ordered the resin kit, some round, star and heart moulds and the items I'm going to ember in them. Not saying what just yet as I want it to be a surprise. But I'm very excited about it all :)

Looks like the black Lego Rings with the Swarovski Crystals may become big sellers now that
Jessie J has been spotted wearing one, along with a Scrabble ring, at Camden Barfly :)

Good news for me !!

So now I'm going to have some lunch, finish packing the orders, get them posted and then get back up to the University to give Nick a break, and also to pack up. I'm very fussy about what goes where !!

So Have a great Thursday.

Take care.

Love from Jude xx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

New Ideas Day at Jude's Jewels

Morning all,

Kind of grey and overcast here in Stirling, but not raining which is a bonus.

Have decided to try making some cabochons for rings using resin and embedding various unusual items. Have to order resin and hardner, etc, and also get some moulds. Will get on to that today :) Think this could be fun.

chocolate easter egg earrings

Some big orders for Easter, Chocolate and Scrabble items came yesterday, so will be making them up this afternoon. Also had a lot of enquiries for custom pieces, which is great.

cadburys chocolate bar bracelet

Going to go for another walk/jog over the top of Bridge of Allan this morning. Really trying hard to get back into shape.

That's me had my porridge and blueberries, and a wee cup of tea, so I'm all ready to go and face the day.

scrabble tile chain necklace

creme egg pendant

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday.

Take care.

Love from Jude xx

Monday, 21 February 2011

Monday is Making Day at Jude's Jewels

Hi everyone,

Just getting myself sorted out to start making up all the orders from over the weekend. The website has been very busy :)  I've also updated the Scrabble Jewellery prices, so have a look.

Unfortunately we had 2 quite poor Farmers Markets on Saturday. Both Queens Park and Cupar were quiet for us. Bad weather did not help at all :(

Had a day off yesterday and went for a great walk/jog over Bridge of Allan and home via Stirling Uni. Really enjoyed it and managed to run for over a mile, which is good for me.

Took one of my neices to see 'Paul' last night. First time we have been to the cinema in years !! Really enjoyed it.

Just in the process of making this feathered bird hairband for a customer in Paisley. Quite pleased with it so will list it on the website in a wee while, once I've got it finished off.

Better get to it as I do make a lot to make. 

Back soon.have a great week.

Love from Jude.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Making Lego Jewellery Today

Morning all,

Just been looking out all the materials I'm going to be using in my jewellery making today :)

Going to be making new Lego head earrings, mini figure pendants, dog pendants and light sabre earrings.

Also got a load of new buttons delivered so I'm going tobe making kids rings for the weekend.

Jen needs a display of Scrabble rings for her stall so I'll do a whole set for her too.

Got a customer request for a hairband with a bird on it, so have ordered all the materials, just waiting on them arriving.

Also got a customer request last night for a Pixie Lott style Scrabble hair clip. Listed it on website last night so can make it in any letter now :)

And just a reminder that at the moment I have all Scrabble letters in stock including J's and K's, so if you want something with one of these letters, now's your chance :)

Anyway, I'd better get cracking on my jewellery making.
Have a great day.

Love from Jude xx


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Looking for New Materials

Hi there,

Nick has just gone to the PO with todays orders. I've spent a lot of time searching for mew materials to use in rings and pendants today. Looking at Miniature items just now. they are very quirky and so much fun. Not just food items, but other things too.

We have quite a few large outdoor events booked over the summer and I know I will need to have a good amount of stock ready to go. Smaller items sell well at these events so I'm looking for inspiration all over the place.

Got to go and order address labels now as computer went funny on me last time I was half was through. Also need to go and order blue Lego as well.
Lots of Scrabble sets arrived today so I now have J's and K's in stock along with loads of all the other letters. Just thinking of what to do with them all :)

So I'd better pop over the the label site and get my order in.

Have a good evening. 

Love from Jude xx


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Cufflinks and K's Today

Afternoon everyone,

Had a bit of a long lie in this morning after the PT and Circuit Training yesterday. Feeling good today, had my porridge and blueberries and enjoying the healthy detox diet we are all on.

Just getting everything organised to make and dispatch lots more orders this afternoon.

A good selection of Cufflinks, Scrabble, Lego and Swarovski Thistles going out today :)

Just taken these photos of a new necklace I made last night.  I'll be listing it in the shop later.
Ordered a load of fun flatbacks for rings last night so hope they will arrive in a week or so. Also had to order another 300 boxes !! Got to go and place an order for more address labels too, while I am remembering about it :)

So I'd better get going and make a start on the making before lunch time.

Have a great day.

Love from Jude xx


Monday, 14 February 2011

Working on Todays orders at Jude's Jewels

Morning all,

Just back from PT and now getting organised making up todays orders.

Lots of Creme Eggs, Lego and Scrabble going out, along with some Dr Who earrings.

Just changed the layout of the Cans and Candy page over the weekend to make it easier to look at. I've added sub-groups for earrings, bracelets, pendants, cufflinks, rings and phone charms. More items being added all the time.

Going to be adding a new page for Easter/Mothers day later today, so watch out for some new items being listed.

We had 2 good Farmers markets on Saturday. Paisley sales were better than expected for the beginning of the month, and we had a very good day at Stirling.  Bit of a shock to the system setting up the stall for the first time since before Christmas.

Took me 2 hours to get it straightened out, but got there in the end.

So better go and get cracking on these orders. Some are needed urgently.

Have a good week.

Love from Jude.


Friday, 11 February 2011

Starting Back at Farmers markets Tomorrow

Evening all,

Been very busy today making and dispatching orders, working on the website and making up new stock for the Farmers markets tomorrow.

Nick will be in County Square at Paisley Farmers market from 9am to 1pm. Jen and I will be in Port Street, at the Stirling Farmers Market, from 10am to 4pm. As usual, these markets are well worth a visit as you will find loads of fab fresh Scottish Produce.

We will have Valentines Day and Easter items for sale as well as lots more Cans and Candy, Scrabble and Lego jewellery.

I'd better get back to the making table as I've still got a lot to make and am coming up with new ideas all the time :)

Have a great weekend.

Love from Jude xx





Thursday, 10 February 2011

Gearing up to Start Farmers Markets Again

Morning all,
Just about to go and go a couple of orders then pop into town for some 'me' time :)
Going to be getting started on new stock for the stalls for the Farmers markets this weekend.
Jen and I will be at Stirling FM and Nick will be at Paisley FM.

Going to be making up Valentines day items so hopefully they will sell well. 
Also going to be making up a selection of Cans and Candy bracelets, earrings and cufflinks. New this time will be the Bacardi, Magners, MeEwans, Hershey's, Absinthe, Poison and Jaegermeister items, so we'll see how they go.

Made up some cake plate rings yesterday and going to get some pictures posted on the website today hopefully, if I can get the new camera to do what I want :) 

Also going to be starting on some easter earrings as well, so lots going on.  

So have a great day and I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with more new items and photos.  Take care. Love from Jude xx

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Almost Back to Normal

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of Blogs lately but the PC in the hotel in Galveston did not like my Jude's Blog input form and would not let me publish, and since I got back from my hols I have either been working or sleeping.

The 2 day delay in Texas due to Ice and Snow was very strange for down there!

Been catching up on outstanding orders since I got back. Jen had done a fab job keeping things going while I was away bu there were a few items she was not sure about making :)

So I have worked away and am now up to date with everything. Been listing some new Cand and Candy items. Jaeger Bomb earrings seem very popular and just listed Bacardi and Coke earrings. Now have Jaegermeister, Bacardi, McEwansd, Magners and other can beads so will be listing more tonight. Remember that I have Tennants earrings, bracelets, cufflinks and phone charms in stock now if you are going to T-in-the-Park :)

Nick is off posting todays batch of orders. 

Just made up some new miniature cake rings with cupcakes, buns, biscuits and donuts so will be listing some as soon as I get photos take.

Still selling lots of Scrabble and Lego jewellery so don't panic if you have not ordered yours yet :)

The Creme Eggs earrings and pendants are selling very well and stock is limited just now, so if you want these get your orders in fast.

Better go and see what I can make for the tea. We are all on diets now!!

Take care.

Love from Jude.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Extra Stock just added

Hi everyone, 

We have finally made it home from our trip to the USA. Had a great time and got lots of great new ideas for jewellery. 

Now ready to start back to work. Already updating the website. Just added extra stock of Marmite cufflinks and pendants, Creme Eegg earrings and pendants, new Chess Piece Knight earrings, and a few Sweetie rings. 

Lots more to come tomorrow as soon as I get things made and photographed. 

Although Jen has done a great job with the dispatching over the past 3 weeks, I still have over 30 orders to make and process tomorrow, and they will all be posted on Monday except for a few Scrabble K items. One of my suppliers of tiles let me down and another sent a couple of sets which I could not use as the letters were badly faded :( 

Just updated my Calendar of Events, so check out where the Jude's Jewels stalls will be this month. 

Have to go now as I have a lot of materials to search out for the new stock lines I want to make. 

Have a great weekend. 

Love from Jude xx


Friday, 4 February 2011

Still stuck in Houston

Hi everyone,
Just as quick Blog as someone else wants on the computer.
We are still stuck in the USA, in Houston as there is a severe snow storm hitting most of the States.
We are hoping to get a flight to NY tomorrow morning, then on the Edinburgh for Saturday, but it looks like it may snow in Houston tonight, so that flight may be delayed or cancelled.  Stuck at an airport hotel now with not much to do except watch the TV :(
Jen is still at home running Jude's jewels for me.  Doing a great job with the orders and getting things sent out.
Any outstanding orders will be dealt with over the weekend and will be posted on Monday, hopefully.
My apologies to anyone who has had to wait a bit longer than usual for a delivery.
Have to go now, but will be back on soon.
Stay safe.
Love from Jude xx


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Stuck in the USA

Hi everyone.
Sorry to have been off for a few days.
We are now in Galveston and have caught the tail end of the storm that is sweeping the USA. Our flights have been cancelled but Jen has managed to get us booked to fly out on Friday.  Just hope the snow stops by then.
I've had a lot of great ideas for new jewellery and can't wait to get started.
On the website, Scrabble and Lego jewellery of all kinds still selling very well. Lots or orders for Creme Eggs, Dice, Chess and Monopoly too. 
Jen is being kept very busy :) 
Have to go now. but I'll try to get back on soon. 
Take care.
Love from Jude xx