21 February 2017

Etsy London Local Team

Thanks to the lovely folk from the Etsy London Local Team who featured me in a 'Meet the Maker' interview last week.


The article can be found here below, but please do check their website to see all the fab things they are up to in London. www.londonlocalteam.com


FRIDAY FEATURE

As part of our Meet the Maker series on our blog, we have created Friday Feature. Every Friday we will feature a team member and their Etsy shop, to give you a quick glance behind the scenes and discover more about our diverse team members. 

Friday 17 February – Charlotte Bezzant Jewellery


Name: Charlotte Bezzant
Location: South West London

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:


A London girl born and bred, I currently live in S W London with my two boys. We have a little house that backs on to a river so it actually feels more rural than urban especially when ducks and swans walk up to our back door. I originally trained in Fashion Design, and started making jewellery just as a hobby. It’s now my full time job. When I am not in the studio, I love being outside. I am a keen runner and have run four marathons. I also spend my time looking after our little menagerie, as well as all the visiting waterbirds, we have a cat, four chickens, and a bearded dragon.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON ETSY?


When I started my business, Etsy was the first place I sold online. I love the fact you can find beautiful handcrafted items from makers around the globe on there. I have bought from people around the world, and my jewellery has been bought by people in Japan, Finland, America and even as far afield as Australia. It is a unique platform in that sense. But because Etsy is such a huge platform, like many people I wonder how anyone ever finds me on there!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN/MAKING PROCESS:


I am inspired by everything around me. Sometimes words, sometimes objects, sometimes just the gemstones I buy. I love to cast little found objects in silver. I also love to add names and dates to my jewellery to make them totally unique to the wearer.



WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?


I love making jewellery, and by running my own business I am able to do something that makes me genuinely happy every time I am ‘at work’. I’m sneaking a second thing in here, but running my own business also allows me to work with the ebb and flow of being a solo parent to two boys, and all the challenges that brings. I do believe life is about balance, and I do believe I have found it.

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU JOIN THE TEAM?


I joined the London Local Team back in 2016. I love to connect with people and I believe in strength in numbers, the sharing of ideas and resources, and our combined powers to motivate and elevate others.

To find out more about Charlotte follow her on social media:
Instagram: @charlottebezzant
Twitter: @CBezzant




Spring is here

I think Spring could really be here. Well even if it isn't quite; there's nothing like a bunch of daffs to raise the spirits!


12 January 2017

Dreaming of snow


We are waiting to see if snow falls on London today. It is forecast, and flights have been cancelled from Heathrow in anticipation. It's not happening yet. London does seem to grind to a halt with just a few flakes, but I love snow so I have my fingers crossed.

29 December 2016

The in between days. A time for reflection.



This year I hosted Christmas for the first time since moving to King's River Cottage. It was a relaxed affair with my boys, my mum and dad, and for the first time ever I extended the hospitality to a non family member - a friend who was going to spend the day alone. It felt right, and kind, and that felt good. The fire was lit, the tree sparkled, the table looked beautiful, there were presents to unwrap, a perfect (if slightly late) Christmas lunch, and I spent my day enjoying it rather than photographing it. 

Just a few days days later, it all seems so long ago. The days between Christmas and New Year have taken on their own unique pace like they do every year. For me they are a strange blend of anticlimax, relaxation, contemplation, slight restlessness and forward planning.

Yesterday I took some time to tidy the house and blitz the studio. I was completely pooped before Christmas - juggling running a small business, the school holidays, Christmas shopping, and all while  solo parenting. I had just closed the door on weeks of mess. It seemed the best idea at the time.

Today I was back at the bench for a while in my refreshed clean and tidy space. I have a few pieces of jewellery that have to go out in the next few days. I have also started thinking about 2017, at least for the business. At the end of last year I invested in a Kickstarter campaign by The Design Trust who have produced the most amazing action planner called Dream Plan Do. Full of useful prompts, and spaces to scribble. I do find it most helpful to be directed through the process of looking back, then looking forward. Thinking about what you achieved, what you want to achieve, and how you can go about making it happen.

2016 has been a hard year, and there is no question, I will be glad to see the back of it. It felt like a year of standing still instead of moving forward, but already I am beginning to realise that wasn't the case in so many ways. Roll on 2017.

I will leave you today with a photo of the Bauble Bushes in our local park. (now at the top of the post) We took a chilly walk to see them this afternoon. Every year the baubles appear, young families add more, and then just as quickly they disappear. So glad to have a moment to visit them before they are gone.




27 December 2016

Christmas 2016

A big old weather-worn galvanised tub for the tree in the living room. I love the small of real Christmas trees. This year I covered it in silver and white and sparkly lights.


It's a bit more colourful in the studio. A little living tree. I think the toadstool obsession is getting out of hand though!


22 December 2016

Family

Some beautiful and personal commissions celebrating families finished before Christmas.







3 December 2016

Aquamarines


My signature gemstone. Lots of beautiful aquamarines waiting to be made into rings. Please do get in touch if you want to commission something using one of these exquisitely coloured gems.