Browsing Archive: December, 2011

Another Bloomin' Christmas

Posted by Dawn McLean on Thursday, December 29, 2011, In : Rosewill Cottage 

Another Fantastic Year!

We just wanted to say a huge big thank you to everyone who has supported us over 2011. Whilst it isn't quite over yet we are very much looking forward to the New Year with lots of changes a foot.

Three stops

1.Looking back at where we have been and worrying about what other people are doing.

2.Doubting the success of our little shop as our customers really do seem to love it.

3.Hoarding all the work and delegate! Thus a new post for a Virtual Assistant (See the about...

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Gemstone of the week - Watermelon Tourmaline

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the WeekWatermelon Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and can be given as a gift for an eighth wedding anniversary. It develops in one colour or sometimes a mix of colours and there are seven varieties:

Rubellite (red)
Indicolite (blue)
Chrome (intense green)
Bi-color (two or more colours )
Canary (yellow)
Paraiba (blue/green)
Cat's Eye (variety of colours)
Colour-change (changes from green in the daylight to red in false light)
Watermelon (posesses a green skin, white ...

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Mary Portas - Queen of the High Street

Posted by Dawn McLean on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : Mumpreneur 

The musings of a Mumpreneur....

Britain used to be a nation of shop keepers and those of us that are sticking it out through the most drastic times in retail history were waiting with baited breath to find out what Mary Portas would recommend in her high street report. I for one was disappointed with what I read, but there again I read it in a national newspaper and this was my big mistake. Mary's report is very insightful and amazingly optimistic. Just like me?!

I am by no stretch of the ima...

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Gemstone to watch - Anhydrite

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Gemstone to watch 

Gemstone to watch


Most people prefer to call Anhydrite by the name Angelite or Angel Stone but despite it's pretty sky colour, which is a base colour of opaque pale glacier blue with snow white flecks, this gemstone isn't really a popular choice of gemstone for jewellery designers at the moment.

Personally I prefer to call it angelite and I have made many pieces of memorial jewellery using this gemstone, often incorporating a simple locket.

The ladies I have had the honour of making t...

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Gemstone of the week - Demantoid Garnet

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the Week

Demantoid Garnet

It's no secret that garnet is the birthstone of people born in January but I wondered if I could find some unusual members of the garnet family because not everyone born in January likes the sumptious deep red colour of garnets.

Garnet is possibly a name derived from the middle English term 'gernet' which means dark red. They are perceived to be a stone stone of purity and truth. It is also supposed to be a symbol of love and compassion. If you place a piec...

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