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Reduce Reuse Recycle

We love packaging! We genuinely get excited about bottles, pots, tins and string. Sad I know, but we can't help it!

We are really proud that our packaging is reusable. Our customers have told us so many times that they love the fact you get jewellery and a little bottle or tin to use as you want. 

This is how Tasha's mum uses her's:

It's a long process though. We obviously recycle everything from the studio and office - it helps that we are based opposite a recycling centre! We are working with our suppliers and are gradually getting our components sent with less and less packaging. It's our aim to have a complete supply chain that we are totally proud of. 

The change starts here and we definitely want to be part of it!

How your order gets to you

So this is what happens once you order a piece of our jewellery online. 

Before you order we are busy working on our porcelain. Our porcelain discs are all made in our studio and fired in our kiln. We make them in small batches, dying the clay first, rolling it out and cutting it into the right shape. These are fired in the kiln and if they have a transfer on they are re-fired. It's time consuming but we love the handmade feel of our jewellery. It's organic and tactile. 

We make our jewellery in small quantities, incorporating sterling silver or gold plating sterling silver with porcelain. 

porcelain stars made into handmade jewellery

Here's Tasha's desk as she's making up some grey porcelain stars on silver hoop earrings. 

When someone orders we pick the item off the shelves and package it up with loads of love and care! 

One and Eight Packaging

We love packaging so we love wrapping up the little bottles and packing them in boxes for our lovely customers. Then we are straight down to the post office which luckily for us is only down the road!

So order now and we'll start on it straight away! 

#Devonlife!

 

So the blog is back....it's been a while! As you probably know writing a blog takes time and effort and as a business gets busier it's often the thing that gets forgotten. Since we last published a blog, we've got busier and it's got forgotten! 

I thought I'd start by writing about living in Devon. It's our inspiration everyday. We are lucky enough to live and work in Totnes and we love it. If you drive out of town in any direction you can see rolling hills. The moor is 20 minutes away and full of adventure - though we really need to up our game and start doing some wild camping or something else equally impressive rather than a quick walk and a pub lunch. The beach is in the other direction and our new sea glass range is inspired by the tiny bits of glass we've spent hours finding with our kids on Devon beaches. 

Right here in town we are so lucky to be surrounded by inspirational, creative, local businesses. From potters to caterers, yoga teachers to printers, everyone is happy to support each other. The feeling that comes from living and working in that community can't be described. They understand it all, from the feeling of achievement when you get it right to the sheer dog tiredness when you just need to finish one more thing before bed.  

So cheesy as it sounds and much as we hate the hashtag. #Devonlife really is our inspiration and we are grateful for it! Xx

How did we get here?


 

I’ll let you into a little secret. I recently celebrated my 40th Birthday! Does it unsettle me? Make me feel old? Insight panic? No, none of these things. I have though found I am in a reflective mood. I do look in the mirror and recognize that the wrinkles are a little bit deeper (or laughter lines as I like to convince myself) and the hours spent running don’t tone me in quite the same way but mostly what I am thinking about is how I ended up where I am today.

 

Looking back over the last, OMG 20 years (that is hard to write) I realize all the things that didn’t make sense, seemed like failures or a waste of time were actually the building blocks to something bigger.

 

I’ve had jobs I’ve loved and started many things I’ve never finished and over the years I have beaten myself up about this. Excitement at the beginning of a course, only for it to wane as the weeks went by. Then there were the excuses about why I couldn’t complete it! I know many of us have been there but for me it was a reoccurring theme. The bookkeeping course, the pottery course, the online interior design course, the career in buying halted by an unexpected pregnancy – they have all lead me to where I am today and given me the confidence to meet the demands of running my own business.

 

Mum of 3 kids, wife and owner of a jewellery and lifesetyle business. I’m happy with my lot and looking back, it all makes sense.

 

This is the era of female entrepreneur. My business network, which consists of a graphic designer, web designer, artists, phototrapher and other small business owners are all ladies (I think to think of us as girls). We are in our 40’s with a dedicated work ethic and we are successful (however you may classify that). This is our time and we have a huge a mount to offer. Can I dare say, life begins at 40?!

 

I’m definitely tougher, stronger and less affected by others opinions now I am, shall we say it, more mature! Xx

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