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  1. A career in the Retail Jewellery Trade...

    When I first started out on my jewellery journey around 20 years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, I bought loads of jewellery equipment and books from Warrington Collegiate.  They had closed down their jewellery years before.  I took my Dad and his van and for a small fee, took what I could.  As I rearranged the workshop recently, ready for reopening in January (we'll get to that in a minute), I found some of the older books I'd acquired, but never looked at. I have to admit, this one made me laugh. Oh how times have changed!

  2. Well, if you weren't already aware, I launched the Colourful Aluminium Jewellery Kits!

    This year has been *insert appropriate wording here* and it's meant that everything has changed.  Everything!  For me, in the first lockdown I panicked, didn't know what to do and panicked some more.  We came out of lockdown and I went back to teaching again, but I'm afraid my stress levels rose throughout the months, trying to cope with all the different restrictions and what impact they had on the business.  Closing at the end of Oct was the right thing to do for me and Lockdown 2.0 hit a week later.

    However, whilst panicking the first time round, I had loads of ideas.  Some of which are still being formulated (watch this space), but I did manage to get the Colourful Aluminium Kit ready and launched them at the beginning of November.