I can't believe it's that time of year again. When I was young, a week felt like a year, but these days I blink and another year has passed! Every year I try to prepare for the Christmas rush earlier and earlier, but each year my diary fills up earlier and earlier.
I thought I'd share my 'to do' list with you all, as I've got lots of exciting things on right now. It's certainly feeling festive at HPJ headquarters!
Durham Cathedral Commission... this has been coming together over the last 10 months, and is now almost finished. My engraving tools are sharp, I have 24g of recycled 18ct yellow gold, and a little pile of sparkling garnets.
Personal Commissions... I'm working on a lovely selection of bespoke engagement rings for surprise proposals over Christmas and New Year! One of my favourite things to work on at any time, but especially at this time of year.
A Christmas Capsule Collection... Something I've always wanted to do for Christmas. This is a sweet little collection of just nine pieces, handmade in 9ct yellow gold and natural gemstones. It comprises only six rings and three necklaces, which will be released on MONDAY 7th DECEMBER. Here's a sneak peak...
Gathering new antique pieces for my online shop... which always seem to sell out faster than I can re-stock! Don't forget that you can buy direct from this website, as well as my Etsy shop, although pieces are always listed here first :-)
My picks this year are Edwardian gold rings, set with rich red garnets and rubies stacked with diamonds, and gypsy-set diamond star rings. Perfect to brighten those long dark nights!
Right; Antique Solid 18ct Yellow Gold Band Ring with Single Gypsy Star Diamond, dated 1915 NOW SOLD
Waiting to be able to announce a secret collaboration!... Due any day now!
Making something special to celebrate reaching 10,000 followers on Instagram!... When I joined Instagram two years ago, I was thrilled when I reached 500 followers. I mean, I don't even know 500 people. Thinking that 10,000 (TEN THOUSAND!!) people give a fig about my work (even if it's just the smallest, most casual fig) is just insane! So I'm making a little something to give away, as a thank you.
Making time for relaxation and reflection... It's so easy at this time of year for us small businesses to get caught up in the madness of it all. At Hannah Peters Jewellery, there's only one of us. Everything, from the buying to the designing, the photography and the social media, the packaging and making, the web design and the all-weather trips to the post office, is all done by one person - me! Whilst it quite literally is my dream come true, it can be exhausting. With a loyal international client base in several different time zones, I often find myself answering emails in the middle of the night and then still going at it like the clappers the following morning.
It's easy to forget that at this time of the year, our natural biorhythms slow down. With three weeks to go until the shortest day of the year and the longest night, it naturally should be a time for withdrawing from the world and resting. As a small business owner, I'm conscious that the harder I work as the days are winding down, the easier a time of it I'll have when they're winding up again! It's important for all of us to remember to step back from the madness, and enjoy some hygge time. Hygge is a Danish concept with no literal English translation, but it loosely means the idea of cosiness, peace, slow living and coccooning, especially when it's cold and gloomy outside. Candlelight is good, as are hand-knitted socks and warm fruit cake.
So, from everyone (ha!) at Hannah Peters Jewellery, wishing you all a very Hygge Christmas!