100 Days to Reach Your Goal

The 100 Day Goal
With the start of a New Year and a clear head, like many people, I’ve been setting goals & planning. To help along the way I’ve signed up to take part in The 100 Day Goal. Will you be joining me?

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An Expat’s view of Christmas in Australia

Christmas Frosty Tree

Christmas is only days away, conjuring up images of cozy family gatherings, wearing Christmas jumpers, log fires and the faint hope that there might just be snow on Christmas Day. How things have changed – 5 years ago we moved from the UK to Australia. This will be our 6th Christmas in Brisbane and I thought you might like to read my expat’s view of Christmas in the land “Down Under”.

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6 Reasons to Buy Handmade

Handmade Silver Bangle

My daughter has been making a quilt at school. It’s just a school project, no more, no less. However, in reality it is SO much more than that. It’s also given me a whole new perspective on handmade and why I believe we should all be buying more handmade goods. Here’s my 6 reasons why.

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Coastal Road Trip from Brisbane to Sydney

Sydney Harbour

With the summer holidays fast approaching, I thought you might like a little holiday inspiration. If you are keen on the idea of a road trip along the coast road from Brisbane to Sydney (or vice versa), here are a few of the less obvious places that I believe are worth a visit.

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A Custom Jewellery Story

Custom made Jewellery Story

With such a vast array of jewellery available these days, I often ask myself and my customers why they come to me and what makes my work different.

One of the reasons that they talk about, alongside the uniqueness of my pieces, is that they like to buy jewellery with meaning.

Today I thought I’d focus on this aspect of my work and on custom jewellery in particular.

This is the story of a recent custom order I completed.

If you’ve ever wondered how custom jewellery is made (or maybe you’re just curious) grab a cup of coffee and read on.

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Three Easy Methods for Cleaning Silver Jewellery


Lets be honest cleaning silver is a pain! Silver jewellery is as we all know gorgeous to wear, but you have to admit it can be a pain to keep clean. As a jewellery designer I seem to have spent a good few hours of my life cleaning silver. If I’m exhibiting at an event I clean all my jewellery beforehand to make sure it is looking its best. Equally, if someone has placed an order I will always make sure the piece of jewellery is clean and sparkling before I post it to my customer. So as you can imagine I have spent more than my fair share of time cleaning silver jewellery and I share your pain! Whilst cleaning silver is an inevitable part of my vocation, I’m assuming that you lead a busy life & really don’t have much time to spend (or indeed much enthusiasm for!) cleaning your silver jewellery. Over the years I’ve tested a number of different ways to clean silver, so today I thought I’d share some of them with you. Hopefully this will help to make things a little bit easier for you…

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Tropical Banana PawPaw Smoothie Recipe

Tropical Banana and PawPaw Smoothie

One of the many great things about living in Queensland is that we are lucky enough to be able to grow our own bananas and pawpaw. Well, to be fair, in my case we bought a house that already has established banana plants and pawpaw trees growing in the garden. Our challenge since we’ve been here continues to be what to do with all the fruit we harvest. On average we harvest 130 or so bananas each crop (that’s a lot of bananas to eat!).

Tropical Banana and PawPaw Smoothie is my first (although probably not very original) invention to help make the most of our fruit harvest. It’s reasonably healthy (it must count for at least 2 if not 3 of your 5 a day) and very yummy, so I thought I’d share my recipe with you.

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RAW Brisbane – Emerging Artists Showcase

RAW Brisbane Reveal

Just a few weeks ago I was approached by RAW Brisbane and asked if I would be interested in taking part in the RAW Reveal showcase event in Brisbane in August. RAW is an international organisation which aims to promote the work of emerging artists.

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Brisbane Craft Workshops


Well I know I keep on about the Art Glass Bead Making Workshops that I have been running, but I thought today I’d tell you a little bit more about what we’ve been up to.

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