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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, 16 May 2011

Busy buying new materials today

Hi everyone,

I've been very busy today trying to get lots of new materials pulled together for a big event at the end of the month. Had ordered a lot of special charms but it looks like they may not be ready on time so I am covering myself by buying other materials. We will need lots and lots of stock to keep us going for 4 days. Just ordered a pile of boxes as well. All my stall and online sale jewellery goes into boxes. It just makes the purchase that bit more special and keeps the item safe. I hate to see people giving customers jewellery in organza bags.

Had a busy weekend with good sales at Stirling Uni and Stirling Farmers Market but poor sales at Helensburgh and Paisley Farmers Markets. In general, sales are very up and down just now. We are just trying to keep soldiering on and hope that the problems with the economy are fixed sooner rather than later. Website sales are holding steady now after the fall caused by Google changing things. In fact there has been a distinct upturn this last few days. I've been working hard on the website, at my descriptions and metatags, and try to keep changing things slightly every day to give the robots something to see. Takes up a lot of my time.

Had a few custom orders over the weekend and again tonight, which is something I love, and also got a rush job for 2 tiaras for Wednesday, so hope the materials arrive tomorrow.

Made up some new charm necklaces yesterday just to see how they would turn out and how long they would take to make. Each necklace is taking over an hour to make so will have to be costed accordingly. Sold one as soon as I put the photo on Facebook last night. Ordered some beads today to make a few new necklaces for the stalls. Going to be using Fimo, glass and crystal, for a summer look.

Jen has been making up all the remaining Can beads ready to make into bracelets and earrings. She has made a few hundred. After these are gone we will not be stocking them any more. Too many people now selling them, so we will move on to something else.

Been out at circuit training tonight. Keeps me fit and helps get rid of any pent up frustrations.

Just finishing printing off tonights orders, so had better go and look out all the materials I will need, so I can get straight on to making up the items in the morning.

Take care.

Jude x


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Time Flies By

Morning all,

Sorry for the big gaps between Blogs just now. Been very busy and the days are just flying by. Where does the time go?

I had a custom order for some Thistle items for a wedding and really enjoyed making this Thistle headband and button hole.

Lots of new items have been added to the website, so do pop over and have a look. Some great items in stock now.  Been making up lots of Skull bracelets and they are proving to be very popular. Can bracelets still selling well as are the new rose bracelets. 

 Added some really funky new hair pins with cake pieces and they are being much admired on the stalls. 


Scrabble and Lego still the best sellers online, but great to see so many other items being ordered too. Cufflinks seems very popular just now and I'm busy extending the selection.

Just ordered a huge amount of Steampunk/Victorian/Gothic stampings for a new range I'm developing. I'm waiting on bottle tops and lenses to arrive so I can make a start on some funky new pendants. Also ordered a big selection of vintage crystals last night for a new line in earrings, and there are a load of fun items for pendants and earrings on the way too. So lots of new things to come very soon.

We have been taking part in lots of events and now have markets on every Friday as well as saturdays and Sundays. Tomorrow is the last Atrium Traders Market at Stirling University for this semester, so that gives me a free day to get orders processed.  We have a very big event coming up, but not saying too much as I don't want my website stalker to know about it, lol. I'll announce it just before it talkes place :)

Anyway, I'd better get started on todays orders before the website gets busy again. I like to get as many orders as possible processed on the day they come in, but I'm playing catch up today as I had my hair done yesterday morning and then went to a PT session in the afternoon, so lost quite a few hours.

So take care everyone and have a good day.

Love from Jude.