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Marrakech Jewellery

Posted on: Friday, December 5, 2014

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My Marrakech necklace and earrings have been a firm favourite for a good while now. I don’t make many designs in the orange spectrum, as I’m not really a hot person, but Marrakech was born when I speculatively ordered some crackled orange agate beads one day and I do really like them.

 

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Now, to update things a little, for this design which I am just not ready to retire, I have swapped the bead for a new dyed orange agate one that has large gorgeous facets and beautiful marbling. For those who like to know this kind of thing, I was particularly attracted to them because of the unusual facets. I must ask my son which polygon they are (10 sided – decohedron?).


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I hope you like the new twist to this spicy hot design!

Rachel x

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Counting down to Christmas …

Posted on: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It’s that count down to Christmas, and I have important ordering and stock information, and some pictures of the Country Living Fair in Harrogate.

Now that I am back from the show I have plenty of spare stock so to make things simple I have made a collection with all the jewellery I have ready made. You can find it on the front page of the my website, or you can go directly to it here:

Jewellery In stock for Christmas

If you order anything from this collection, I will send it out within 1-2 days, which is great piece of mind.

To allow me to clear orders in time I have made my last order Wednesday 17th December, and my last posting dates are as follows:

Jewellery, Cards, Notebooks

DESTINATIONLAST POSTING DATE
Asia, New Zealand, AustraliaMonday 1st December
Eastern Europe, CanadaThursday 4th December
USA & Western EuropeTuesday 9th December
UKThursday 18th December

All Pictures, Tablet Cases, Phone Cases

UK onlyTuesday 16th December

I will be having a shut down over the Christmas period, so I won’t be posting orders between 20th December ~ 14th January.

Don’t worry, though, you can still order as normal just bear in mind that I will be back in the studio to work on orders from the 14th, and will need to catch up during that week. I know some of you like to come back and shop with your Christmas money and Rachel Lucie gift certificates over the holidays!

So, I’m back from the Country Living Fair, and it was a great show.

My stand came together and looked how I wanted, and set up day was easier than normal, because lovely friends were able to have the kids for longer, allowing Gary to stay and help out.
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And I had a great time meeting so many interested members of the public and quite a few return customers who popped by to buy something new and say hello.

I spotted a fair few great Christmas jumpers, too!

 

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This lovely lady came back to see me for the 3rd year running, and she was wearing the jewellery she bought from me last year, which totally made my day.

 

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rachel lucie at country living harrogate 2014 4My theme of using a mid grey colour for all the display pieces worked really well because it tied all the different pieces together. The thing I am most proud of is repurposing one of my stand up boards that you can see here and turning it into a card and phone cover stand.

 

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Here you can see it painted with its small shelves.

 

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I have new designs that I made for the show that I will do my best to get onto the website in time for Christmas orders. However, I came home to 31 outstanding orders after the show which I am working through as fast as I can, so it may be New Year before I can add them – watch this space!

 

Rachel x

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Jazz up your technology!

Posted on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Finally the penultimate part of my new Art House Collection of nature photography gifts is here, and I’m really pleased to have them up on the website. Yes, just in time for Christmas gift buying, my tablet and smart phone cases are now live.

Basically, there are 4 designs (the same across the Art House range) which are wild garlic, umbellifera, water lily and seed pod, and the cases come in 2 types, a flip case and a slim fit wrap around case, which clips on, with the photo wrapping round the edges.

It has taken a good while longer than I am willing to admit to, but I have them with a drop down menu indicating which types of case are compatible with which of the major type of phones, as not all are available in each. Ta da it’s now done!

Water Lily works really well on technology cases, as it’s bright and vibrant, and gives your phone or tablet plenty of personality. Pictured here is the flip case for the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle 4 along with the slim clip on case for the Samsung S5, however you can also get them for IPhones, IPads, Nexus and more.

 

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In a monumental oversight on my part, I didn’t get a model of phone that is compatible with these designs – I got an HTC, so although I am counting the days until February when I can get an upgrade, I am not sporting one of these myself. I can personally vouch for the flip cases, though. As I have been developing this idea for over a year, I have a sample of the flip case for my Nexus 7, and after a year of use by the whole family, there are no scratches or sign of wear at all, and the Nexus is still in one piece!

 

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Seed Pod shows enticing slivers of the beautiful seed pod I found in France. I have yet to find out what this plant is, but in the meantime, I love the blue, green and yellow shades, and unusual shapes. You can see the Samsung S5 and IPad 2 slim clip on cases here.

 

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You can see how well the important bits of your IPad are still accessible and how snug the fit is here.

 

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Wild Garlic brings the delicate star-like flowers of the wild ransom to your IPad, Kindle of IPhone. Pictured here is the Kindle Paperwhite flip cover, and IPhone 5C case, but all are available in this design

 

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The Umbellifera range is full of rich lime greens and russets, it makes a striking cover for your technology. You can see the covers for the IPad 2 and IPhone 5C

 

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These could make an unusual and artful gift for Christmas. There are other phone and tablets that are compatible with my designs, please get in touch if you are interested and have a different device.

Next we have my cushions arriving very soon – I can’t wait! You can view the current range of Art House gift products here

Rachel x

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