ramblings of a curious creative

on going aluminium-free

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on going aluminium-free

Deodorants are having a bit of a resurgence, after a study at the beginning of the century suggested potential links between the use of antiperspirants containing aluminium and cancer. Always late to the party, some months ago I began to consider a switch in my underarm product of choice. I quickly realised I’d been using antiperspirants most of my adult life. Before we delve into the world of natural deodorants, a quick disclaimer: some of the products below include affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase based on these I may receive a small financial benefit. Having said...

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on caring for your jewellery

jewellery inspiration

on caring for your jewellery

In an age of fast and cheap fashion many of us have lost the art of caring for our most precious belongings, as generations before us were so adept to do. If we are lucky to own special pieces of jewellery, however, we will want to make sure they remain in their best condition for as long as possible. This is perfectly achievable with a few simple steps. Pin it for later Before we dive deep into jewellery care, I want to be transparent with you and let you know that this post does contain two affiliate links. This means...

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on mixing metals

jewellery inspiration

on mixing metals

easy and simple tips to wearing more than one metal with confidence

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on the meaning of jewellery

jewellery inspiration

on the meaning of jewellery

I've always been in awe of people who seem adept at giving the most perfect, and often quite simple, gifts. The perfect gift is an intentional gift. It’s one that says ‘I have thought about you and I have thought about this thing and I think you’re right for each other’. Now, I don’t have the list of all the perfect gifts in the world, but I do spend a lot of time thinking and talking about jewellery. As Christmas market season approaches one of my favourite parts is talking to people buying for others. Should I buy someone a ring...

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on surviving Christmas as a creative business

creative business life

on surviving Christmas as a creative business

How is it October already? For many small businesses and makers the festive period, and the run up to it, can be both magical and stressful. For me, a working mum running my jewellery and accessories business Oak + Whistle as a side hustle, preparation is key once autumn sets in. Last year I was lucky to have my busiest Christmas yet for the shop but it also translated into many late nights and early starts. To be honest, by the time Christmas rolled around I was exhausted, probably close to burn out. Whilst I loved making every item in...

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