Can't believe it's that time again - where did this year go?!
This year to shake things up a bit (!) I am featuring a weekly Christmas offer which started yesterday and will run until 21.11.11 where it will be replaced with a new one.
Click on the present to see this weeks Christmas offer! Use the discount code AD1. Offer available for one week only. Expires on 21.11.11 when a new offer goes up. Discount code valid for this offer only.
CHRISTMAS DELIVERY DATES
REST OF WORLD Last Order - 21 November Last Post - 5 December
EUROPE Last Order - 28 November Last Post - 12 December
UK Last Order - 16 December (Stock dependant) Last Post - 22 December for Special Delivery only Signed For is not guaranteed by Royal Mail
The video to go with this post is - wait for it.... Train's Shake Up Christmas! I couldn't embed it last year and had to make do with the Coke advert version but you're in for a treat this year with the whole thing! I love this song it really cheers me up - a major feat for a non Christmassy type person! It was released last year and I was in the audience when it was recorded parts of which are in the video so it makes it extra special to me and now replaces my previous favourite Christmas song, Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You! (Not that you wanted to know that! lol)
My kids always say I am impossible to buy a present for because I will always buy what I want when the fancy takes me so there is never an opportunity to get me something I have always wanted because I usually already have it! Also, as time goes by there is probably less I want or need which again makes it harder to buy a present. However, there is always room for another trinket, although I do recall one of my brood saying there was no point buying me jewellery because I can make it myself!
Luckily for the majority of mothers this isn't going to be the problem. Mum's always love when their children give them a present - I still have drawings and strange sculptures made by little hands so lovingly that never fail to bring a tear to my eye, which brings me to the video I was sent by a customer (thank you Dean!) who purchased a 'Forever Family' bangle for Christmas and shows how his mum shed a tear when she saw all her children's names hand stamped into the silver - something that was given to her by her children to remind her of how much they love her and also how much she loves them.
Customers often write and tell me how the personalised jewellery I have made for them brings tears of joy to the recipient - if not the giver too!
My children aren't in the position to give me one of these bangles as I already wear one with their names on (I guess they were right!) Even though they didn't give it to me, I wear it every day, see their names and know that they are always with me.
This week I have a guest blogger - thank you Webzone One
A few days ago my friend's daughter had her 5th birthday. I really adore her (her mother is my best friend!) and I wanted to give her something special for her birthday. Something she didn't already have and she could grow up with. I must admit, to figure out what it could be was not a very easy task! I thought about my childhood, about the things I had and liked the most. I remembered my paper dolls, my Barbies... but thought that my friend's daughter already had all that and more.
Luckily after some more pondering I ended up with an idea that I was very happy with: a jewellery box with music and a dancing ballerina! When I was a child I had a pink jewellery box like that, for me it was something very magical, like something for a Disney Princess. I had all my treasures in it and every time I opened the box and heard that music I was enchanted... I asked my friend to be sure that her daughter didn't already have one and luckily she didn't. I then noticed another problem – it's not exactly easy to find one, especially not one that a young girl would have fancied!
For one entire morning I ran around the high-street shops, but found nothing as nice as I had imagined. In the same evening I made a shopping tour of the net and fortunately had better luck, from a site called ShopAlike. I found a box that was exactly how I had imagined!
When I received the box, I prepared a beautiful packet with silk laces and card with golden words and headed to the party. The best thing is the success my idea received. The little birthday girl just fell in love with the box and immediately went to take her tiny bracelets and everything she had to put them in the box. Her mother told me that she wants to open the box every day, see the ballerina dancing and listen to that music... I tried to look for my old jewellery box, but I must have hidden it so well that I didn't manage to find it (that or it got thrown out!).
My present jewellery box is much bigger, but is still as precious to me as my little pink box from my childhood. Often when I'm thinking what to wear I might start of with some jewel and on that basis choose the clothes. Even though for many it works the other way around I guess, for me jewellery is something special, each peace contains a memory, an atmosphere, a unique moment in time. Each piece is special and deserves a special place to be stored, like that little box with the twinkly music and the dancing ballerina...
A question that women all over the world will be hoping to be asked come this 14 February, Valentine's Day. Traditionally it is the day when lovers express their love for each other with gifts and cards - it is also when there is a surge of babies conceived - hence all those first week November babies out there (me included!)
I Googled for some information (as you do!) about Saint Valentines Day and this is what I found...
The first time Valentine's Day was associated with romantic love was in a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer - Parlement of Foules in 1382 although it was not until 18th century it became fashionable to send cards anonymously when printers started to produce cards commercially. By the 20th century it had become the norm to send flowers and gifts to loved ones. In the 1980's the diamond industry started to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion to give jewellery as a gift making it a good time to propose - seeing as it is already a day of romance, I would imagine this had already been done prior to advertising by a huge diamond manufacturer...
Still, it's a tradition that is celebrated regardless and love can be shown in so many ways on the 364 other days of the year - just make sure you let the ones you love know.