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This is my Jude's BlogI will try to write something on a regular basis to keep everyone up-to-date with what I am making, any new lines I'm launching, how I am feeling, what I am doing and things that bother or annoy me.  Please add your comments as I would really like your feedback.  I am also very interested in any ideas and suggestions you may have for new lines.          Blog Policyhit counter for tumblr

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  1. Morning everyone,

    Looking out my window today I can see blue sky and white clouds, what a difference from last week. What a difference a bit of sunshine makes.

    I've been very busy developing the 50 Shades of Grey range and have added a new loaded sharm bracelet, a newer version of the Laters Baby bracelet and a couple of new pairs of earrings as well.  I've just ordered even more 50 Shades charms so will be making super loaded bracelets for the weekend.

    50 shades of grey charm bracelet loaded

    I've added the Dorothy of Oz earrings to the website so have a look.

    The Blob family is getting bigger all the time and has been phenomenally popular at both the Argyle St and Sloans markets in Glasgow.

    I've added the TOWIE style word bracelets to the website in 2 sizes, and there is now a custom option as well.

    towie bracelet 8mm

    I'd better go and get back to work now as there are a pile of orders to get made up and dispatched today.

    Take care everyone.

    Jude.

    http://www.judesjewels.co.uk

  2. Hi everyone,

    It's been a few months since I managed to do my Blog, so apologies for the gap.

    I have been kept very busy making stock for markets and website sales, working up to 20 hours a day, so I've just not had the time to Blog.

    50 shades of grey handcuffs key necklace

    So what's new ?  Well I now have a great range of 50 Shades of Grey jewellery, and a whole family of Zingy Blobs.  Both are proving to be really popular at the markets and online, so I'm delighted. Both ranges are being added to all the time, as I keep coming up with new ideas.

     zingy green blob pendant

    The Jubilee and Patriotic jewellery section has been well received, and people have loved the Union Jack items.

    At the moment Steampunk Cufflinks are selling very well, so I must be ranking well on Google for this search.

    I've added a lot of Muppet earrings to the website and I'm just about to add Batman, Spiderman, Wizard of Oz and new Wellie earrings too.

    The Kawaii pendants and earrings are doing well at the markets, and so are the Moshi monster Coolio and Oddi pendants.

    I'm just about to start on a new range of suncatchers with fused glass sunflowers and faceted crystal rondelles. I am ever hopeful that the sun will appear sometime this summer.  I'll also be adding a selection of one of a kind fused glass pendants to the stall and website as well.

    We are still taking part in Scottish Farmers Markets including our localmarkets at Stirling and Falkirk. We are also going to two markets in Glasgow every week. The Argyle Street Indoor Market on Thursday and friday, and Sloans Market on Saturday and Sunday.  These are quite different markets but we are enjoying taking part in both.  

    I hope you like all the new items, I'm having fun designing and making them.

    Take care everyone.

    Jude x

  3. Hi there,

    Thought I'd do another Blog to tell you about the things I'm making with a new product called Crystal Clay.

    The clay comes in 2 parts, colour and epoxy resin, which you kneed together in equal quantities to make a smooth piece of clay. It's very sticky and can be moulded into lots of shapes and used to fill jewellery findings such as rings and pendants.  You then carefully press Swarovski crystal chatons or whatever else you want to use, into the clay using a tool with a wax end. You can also add microbeads, and can also brush on metallic powders to give a burnished sheen.

    I've made a few items using silver and black clay and am about to make a new set using red clay.

    It's really great fun to use and quite addictive. I'm really loving the results so far. 

    Crystal Clay ring

    I've already listed a square domed ring on the website. 

    Look out for more fabulous items being listed next week.

    Have a great weekend.

    Jude.

  4. Goodness, it's been a while since I did a bit of Blogging.

    Unfortunately a muscle in my back went into spasm about 4 weeks ago, so I've been unable to do quite as much as usual.  I'm getting physio but there is little improvement as yet.  I'm getting really frustrated as I can't get to circuit training or out for a run.  I just have to learn to be patient. 

    However, I have managed to keep quite busy making new stock, getting orders made and dispatched, and going out to some markets.  But no excuse, I should have made time to Blog as well.

    I've added a lot of new items to the website, so please go and have a look.  These is a section with Easter gift ideas, and I've also got a new section with jewellery I think will be good to wear in the Summer. I'll be adding quite a few more items to this caterogy in the next week or so, so look out for partiotic bracelets, rings and earrings coming very soon.

    Last week I made and listed some beautiful acrylic butterfly pieces, some amazing dog head earrings, a selection of Tintin earrings and this week I've added some Muppet character earrings and also Hunger Games earrings and a matching pendant.

    As always the Scrabble and Lego jewellery is selling well, and so are the Cufflinks.

    I've had lots of lovely new Guestbook feedback from happy customers, so have a read.

    Nick and I will be back at the Atrium Traders Market at Stirling University tomorrow, Paisley Farmers Market on Saturday and Sloans Market, Glasgow on Sunday, so it's all go as usual at JJHQ.

    Hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Jude.

  5. Hi again,

    Thought I'd just post another wee Blog to let you know that there are some new items on the website.

    I've just listed Chocolate Orange Segment pendants and fabulous Chocolate Easter Bunny pendants, both made with fimo clay.

    Also listed a funky pair of Dalek and Tardis earrings made of fimo too.  I'll be listing more items this afternoon.

    We start back at the Stirling University Atrium Traders market tomorrow. You can find the Jude's Jewels stall upstairs from the MacRobert Arts Centre from 10am to 4pm. Pop along and see Nick if you get a chance.

    Website orders are still coming in all the time, so that's keeping me very busy. The Easter range is proving very popular.  Scrabble and Lego items are still selling very well, and all the Sweets and Biscuits items are proving to be a hit with the customers. 

    My Steampunk range is growing all the time amd I've just added a fab new necklace.  I'm planning to add lots more items, so keep looking.

    I'd better get back to work, there are lots of orders to get packed up this afternoon.

    Have a good week.

    Jude x

  6. Evening all,

    I've had a busy day making and dispatching orders, and getting started on some new Steampunk jewellery.  

    I got a lot of vintage watches delivered this morning, so I've been trying out a few new designs.  Earrings, a pendant and a couple of rings. Tie tacks and a few other things will follow.  Once I've stripped the watches down to just the movement, I added a few Swarovski crystals then added the fixings to finish the pieces. I'm very pleased with the results so far.

    I listed a few new twisted sweet necklaces today as well. 2 liquorish and another multi-coloured flump one. Just about to list a curly wurly pendant and matching earrings and a few other sweetie and biscuit items.

    I got a load of old typewriter keys yesterday so most letters are back in stock for the rings.

    I'm just about to use my Sushezi machine for the first time to make my very own real Sushi, to eat, not for making into jewellery.  Hope it turns out all right. 

    Have a good evening.

    Take care.

    Jude.

  7. Hello everyone,

    I hope you are all having a wonderful Valentine's Day.  It's been a while since I last had time to Blog, but I'm back now and ready to get chatty again.

    I've just had a little holiday to re-charge my batteries after the Christmas order rush, and am raring to get started on some new jewellery.  I've got lots of ideas, so keep watching for all the new listings on the Jude's Jewels website.

    We started back at the farmers market circuit on Saturday with Stirling Farmers Market. Then we did Sloan's Market, Glasgow on Sunday.  Paisley and Fencebay markets are at the end of the month, and we start back at Stirling University Atrium Traders on the 23rd Feb.

    On the website Lego jewellery is now almost as popular as Scrabble jewellery, with the lego heart pendants selling very fast this week. The Steampunk watch movement cufflinks are also becoming top sellers.

    I'm just about to list a lot of new Sweet and Biscuit items, as soon as I get everything finished off. Also got a lot of new rings to add. I've already listed quite a few Easter goodies, but there are more to come.

    Also in the pipeline is a new section of Laser Cut Acrylic items with a fun, Scottish slant.

    I've just launched a new Competition as I now have over 2800 Facebook fans so, for your chance to win one of four prizes, pop over to the Competition Page now. And, if you have not already done so, please like my Facebook page via the link at the bottom left hand side of most website pages.

    So have a very happy Valentine's Day, and I'll be back very soon with some new jewellery.

    Take care.

    Jude. 

  8. Hello everyone,

    I have to apologise for the lack of Blogging, but I've been so busy making and dispatching website orders and going to markets that I've not had time to Blog at all.

    It's been a very hectic couple of months and the past 30 days have just been a blur. 1200 items were ordered on the website alone. To make sure all the orders went out on time, I've been working almost 20 hours a day and got really tired at the weekend. So much so that at 3am on Sunday morning I decided I could not manage to go to one of the markets scheduled for that day. I hate to disappoint customers but I was just way to tired to drive never mind setting up a stall and running it all day.

    Today, things are slowing down so I think the main Christmas rush is now over. I've still got orders coming in, but I'm able to make and dispatch most onthe same day.

    Over the past few months I've been adding lots of items to the wensite ans stall stock.  Most popular has been the Acrylic pendants, but the Steampunk cufflinks are proving very popular too. The Christmas jewellery page has been very busy as well and I've tried to add lots of new items.

    2 weeks ago I launched a range of new sweetie smothered gel covers for the iPhone 4. Very soon I'll have the same covers available for the iPod 4 as well.  In the New year I will be expanding the range and offering a custom design service.

    The Scrabble and Lego jewellery is still selling very well, and I now have almost 400 sets of Scrabble in the house !!

    I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes.  I also want to say thank you for all your support and custom over the past year.

    Have a wonderful time.

    Jude xx

  9. Hi everyone,

    Just a quick Blog today as I really am struggling to keep up with website orders, making stock for markets, ordering new stock and generally just keeping the business going.  So much to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  But such is life and I'm not complaining.

    Looks like people have started to shop early for Christmas as I am already getting some quite large orders coming in on the website.

    Been doing the usual round of markets. Sloan's in Glasgow is proving very good for us. We just seem to be catching the right customers there, and they are loving our jewellery.

    Farmers markets have been a bit quiet this month, but hopefully they will get busier in the next week or so. 

    We have been getting a lot of bookings for Christmas events so it looks like I'd better make up a good selection of new jewellery to keep ahead of demand.  We will be at the Novotel in Edinburgh for 3 days at the beginning of December, for a Christmas Market.  Also taking part in a Farmers Market in the Howgate in Falkirk in the week before Christmas. 

    Halloween jewellery has been selling well, as have Cufflinks, Scrabble rings, Lego Rings, Jammy Dodger Rings and Chocolate Star Rings.  Although Domino Rings have been on the stalls for a while, I've just listed them on the website too.

    Lego Minifigure pendants are selling very well and I'm getting lots of commission orders too.  Just about to list Hermione and R2D2.

    This week you can find us at Stirling University tomorrow, Sloans market on Saturday and Sunday, and Fencebay Farmers market on Sunday too.  Unfortunately due to Jens work schedule we will not be at Paisley farmers market on Saturday.  We will be back there onthe 12th November.

    I'd better go and get cracking on todays orders, lots to get into the post.

    Love and best wishes.

    Jude xx

  10. Hi everyone.

    Just catching my breath after a very busy 4 days where we did 6 events.

    Stirling University Atrium Traders market is going very well this term. Nick had lots of returning customers on Thursday.  Falkirk Farmers Market was busy in the afternoon on Friday, afer a slow start. Stirling Farmers Market was good on Saturday, with lots of sales, while Paisley Farmers Market was a bit slow. Nick and Jen went to Clydebank on Saturday night to take part in a fundraiser in aid of Diabetes. And on Sunday Nick and I has a super day at Sloan's Market in Glasgow.

    I've been making up a lot of new acrylic pendants, necklaces and earrings again this week including Pac Man Ghosts and the original yellow Pac Man. Bats, Barbie and Lady Gaga to follow tonight.

    Also made up some Screme Egg earrings just for Halloween.

    Scrabble Rings and Lego Rings still selling well at markers and online. Jammy Dodger and Chocolate Star rings also selling well.

    I made a Barbie Head bracelet on Thursday night and it sold on Friday.  Making another 2 tomorrow. Also made a couple of Barbie leg pendants for Halloween and will be using up the arms tomorrow too.

    More Halloween items coming this week including kids Pony bead bracelets.  And I'll be doing something new with the Scrabble tiles.

    The website has been very busy over the weekend, so I've spent all day getting orders made up. Looks like tomorrow will be the same.  I think people are shopping early for Christmas this year.

    I've got to go and ordermore stock.

    Back again with more items next week.

    Take care.

    Jude x