N.B Mary's Little Gems will be closed from 15 Dec 2019 to 2nd January 2020. Please get Christmas orders in by 14/12/19
Just a quick blog this week - I'm busy preparing for Saturday, I have my usual stall at the Christmas Market at Mendham All Saints Church. It runs from 10 to 3, and is the most Christmassy event I do. I love it and wouldn't miss it for the world.
I will have lots of new stock with me, much of it coming from my absolutely favourite supplier, fantastic quality sterling silver items made in the UK (all my stock is sourced from UK companies).
It's amazing what a beer or two can do, it leads to husbands wearing ladies hats! This was in the pub (hardly surprising), I think he may have forgotten he was wearing it. Suits him though. We're off the the Beccles Beer Festival this evening so I wait with bated breath to see what might happen....
It has been a very busy week, with a Christmas Fair at Wortwell on Sunday and a private jewellery party yesterday. Tomorrow morning (16th Nov) I will be at Beccles Farmers Market and next Saturday at Alburgh Village Hall. It's all happening! Luckily I have both made and purchased lots of lovely jewellery which I will have with me. I have put some new items on the website, so feel free to follow this link new items.
As you will all be aware, its been a wet old week. Otto and I have tried to take our morning walk between showers to save getting too wet. I don't know why we bother though, just because it's not raining does not mean that you don't get wet - our trees seem to have a considerable sense of humour and save buckets full of rain to dump on me and Otto as we pass by. It's not so bad for me because I can wear a hat, but poor Otto got a real soaking from the Beech tree this morning, and I swear I heard a little chuckle.
Firstly a little bit of bad news, I have had to put my UK postage & packing charge up to £1.50, I had found recently that charging £1 was really quite ridiculous. For your £1.50 you will receive your gift wrapped item(s) by first class post, in organza bags wrapped in acid free tissue paper and ribbon, all safely packaged in a cardboard box which will fit through your (or the recipient of your choice) letter box.
This is a busy time of year for me, this weekend I will be at Halesworth Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, and at the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wortwell Village Hall on Sunday from 10-4. I will have plenty of stock with me, I have been busy making all sorts of jewellery over the last few weeks - some of which has gone onto the website, but if you want to see a large display of my "makings" why not pop along at the weekend.
Between makes I have been enjoying the autumn colours, even if it's through a veil of rain! One of the joys of living "out in the sticks" is that I can just open the door and I'm straight out into the countryside. Cottage life is lovely at this time of year, the log burners keep us snug in the evenings and dark nights really don't matter when you're safe indoors. However, now that Otto isn't as young as he was he does need to pop out during the night. Strangely, he walks right round the bed to wake me up, but invariably Dick is the one who takes him out (probably because he wants one too)! Dog logic. Wouldn't change him for the world.
If you would like a look at some of the new items on the website click here new items
This week Dick and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. We have experienced real highs and lows during those years. We are blessed to live in a house that we absolutely love, we have our beloved Otto to keep us amused and the wonderful countryside to keep us happy. On the downside I have dealt with horrible health issues, although happily I am very much better than I was last May. My only real continuing niggle is that I haven't been able to spend the time in the garden that I would usually do, but am hopeful that I will get it all sorted next year. Sadly at the moment poor Dick is suffering with a bad back, but seems to be on the mend and will hopefully be better next week. All of these things tell me to live for today, as you don't know what's round the corner.
I have however been very busy on the jewellery front, with orders coming in from the website and sales going well at markets. This Saturday I will be at Beccles Farmers Market, Dick is currently working out how he can watch the rugby while we're there (this is important to both of us!). I will have plenty of new stock with me this Saturday, including the cards I made last week. I have added some Christmas earrings to the website this morning - I know that several of you will groan at this, but they have already been selling like hot cakes at my recent events. Why not have a look at my new stock by clicking on this link New Items
Those of you who have read my blogs before (and I apologise for not writing as many as I used to) will know that there is a certain amount of harmless lunacy in our household. This week Dick was out gardening and couldn't remember where he'd left his hat, I think the sunflower looked great in it!
It's been a very busy couple of weeks - for some reason jewellery sales have increased by quite a lot, I have even been exporting to Germany! Halesworth Market on Saturday morning was a fantastic success and I'm hoping this continues, but I'm not going to rely on it! I have been putting lots of new stock onto the website, but haven't had time to put all of my new stock on, so if you're in the area on Saturday morning why not pop along to Beccles Farmers Market to have a look? It's a market worth visiting.
Dick and I spent a happy (?) half hour this week looking for his binoculars. We checked the house, sheds and garage to no avail, and I was beginning to think that his upcoming birthday present conundrum was solved (although this would have been quite an expensive option). Eventually they were found hanging from the climbing bean supports in the vegetable garden, apparently he left them there when he suddenly decided to dig some potatoes...
I had just hung my washing out this morning, when a much awaited silver delivery arrived. The delivery man made friends with Otto (they all do) and we were having a nice chat about hollyhocks (as you do). Suddenly, and I mean really suddenly, the heavens opened, he dashed for his cab and I ran to the house, I know I'm not much of a sprinter but I was soaked when I got there.
We will be at Halesworth Produce Market tomorrow morning from 9 til 1, where I will have quite a lot of new stock on display, some of it had made it's way onto the website, but not all. Have a look at the new items section
My lovely husband truly excelled himself over the weekend, he spent all day on Sunday and Monday working his hands to the bone in the garden. It really has made a tremendous difference, although his back is now giving him some "jip". Otto, as always, was a tremendous help, he spent most of the time laying at his usual viewpoint whilst occasionally pretending to be awake! Dick doesn't let me do too much of the "heavy" stuff, so I spent my time pottering in the greenhouse and dead-heading pansies (and feeling guilty for not doing enough).
I did, however, spend some happy hours in the workshed (a cross between and shed and a workshop). I made some pretty new fine silver pendants and earrings - these can be seen in the new items section of the website.
We will be at the monthly Halesworth Produce Market this Saturday from 9am - 1pm, this is a lovely local market and is well worth a visit.
Spring has always been my favourite time of year, but since Dick and I have lived here I love it even more. We are so privileged to be able to walk a short distance from our front door into the meadows and see the lovely orchids as well as all the other spring flowers. I don't think that Otto realises how lucky he is, but we do!
We have a weekend off this week, with no jewellery stall to set up and no markets to attend, I think that working three Saturdays a month is quite enough, and you can still always buy online if you have withdrawal symptoms! I have been making several new items, and some of them have made their way onto the website, have a look at the new items section.
I feel that I must apologise for my lack of blogs, and general lack of work on the website just lately. The truth is that following my poorly spell last year I'm still not up to speed and find it an effort to get everything done. However, the lovely weather we have had (and I hope we have some more!) will hopefully give me a lift, (assuming Storm Hannah doesn't blow us away!).
Now that Otto is a slightly older dog (nine) he doesn't need to go on quite such long walks all the time, although, like us, he enjoys it from time to time. He does, however, get quite cross if he considers that I am late for either his morning or afternoon exercise, and he's very good at giving me "that" look and if I attempt to ignore it he will nudge me until I give in. Even if we're out gardening and he has the run of the place, he still has an in-built clock for walkies. It is a pleasure being out on the meadows for a woman and dog at the moment, it's getting quite flowery out there and the larks are singing beautifully.
I must confess that I haven't spent as much time on the website as I should have for the past couple of weeks, we had a lovely break in Cornwall, and since then I've been spending time in the greenhouse and garden, which I love. I have put some new items on the website during that time, and will be getting up to full speed again next week.
This Saturday morning I will have my usual stall at Halesworth Produce Market, it would be lovely to see some of you there.
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.