Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!



The new year has come. And now we just have to sit back and see what it will bring. I am looking forward to this year - my business is going well and I have wonderful plans to expand both the designs and the reach of the business in the new year. But, more importantly, in 2017, I shall be a Nana again. We are all so excited about a new baby. Just 27 weeks to wait! It is going to be a glorious July!

This past year was a good one for The Selkie's Haunt and Ailleas Designs. I am so pleased with how things have progressed. And I am looking very much forward to creating more beautiful jewellery in the year to come.

Not long ago, I had the occasion to look back over photographs from the beginning of this journey. My goodness, how my designs and skills have evolved during the years. I get so much joy from what I do, and I look forward to doing it as long as I am physically capable of doing so.

I am currently busy with two fine jewellery commissions, so my time in the studio is being used to finish up a stunning sterling silver and chrome diopside bracelet and will soon be starting on a sterling silver, 18 carat gold, and 14 precious/semi-precious gemstones ring for a couple from Sweden. It's going to be a very demanding piece, but I can't wait to get started. The bracelet is nearly finished and I anticipate it will be completed by the end of the week. Once I have both of those done and I've made some more fine jewellery, I will be returning to the bronze and copper to see what creations will emerge from my workbench!

I've cut back on the number of excursions I make and will be limiting my market participation to just the Poolewe Tuesday Market this year. I do hope I will be able to take part in more exhibitions/shows as I did this past year in Dornoch. And, of course, I am always on the lookout for more stockists. (If you know of any stockists who might like to stock either my bronze and copper jewellery or my fine jewellery, please do let me know. I am planning some day trips for March during which I will visit potential stockists.) It's all about expanding my reach this year.

I do hope you have a lovely holiday season. And I wish you - and all of us - a new year of peace, love, and joy. 

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