A Visitor From Home…

I LOVE having visitors 🙂

 

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So what did we get up to?

A giggly afternoon watching RuPaul’s Drag Race!

 A comfy evening in watching a film

A lovely walk round the little village Dundry, with views across to Wales 🙂

Eating til I was stuffed at Za Za Bazaar

 

Love,

Sami x

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A Quick Commission…

You might remember my post a while ago about how much I love to do commissions for people. If not, you can read it here.

Anyhu, here’s my latest, some bridesmaid jewellery for my friend and ex-housemate Rosie…

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What do you think?

Love,

Sami x

PS… need a commission? Let me know by emailing made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk . I don’t ask for any money before the design is finalised and you’re happy with the price; chats are free! So don’t hesitate to get in contact if you need a unique present, a piece of jewellery for a special occassion, or something you just can’t find on the high street!

I Love It, I Love It Not….

So… The big question at this time of year:

Is Valentine’s Day the best thing since sliced bread or the worst idea ever?

Since Valentine’s day started being a ‘thing’, I have always asked / text my best friend the question: “Will you be my Valentine?”. She’s now engaged and will be a Mrs this time next year, and I’ve been with The Boy for nearly 5 years, but Bestie always gets the question first. I suppose it’s because I don’t really think Valentine’s day is a nice thing. It makes people sad that they aren’t coupled up when they want to be; it presumes everyone in the world wants to be in a relationship; it sells sickly, foil-coated, tat to confused boys and sets non-romantics up to fail. But I guess it does provide an opportunity to spread a bit of love around.

Me and The Boy don’t celebrate V Day- the anniversary of our first date is 2 days after so it seems more appropriate to celebrate that, as it’s actually something to celebrate. But i’ve noticed the question “Are you two doing anything for Valentine’s day?” creep into conversations over the past few years; is it now a holiday? Is it now compulsory to “do something” for Valentine’s day?

I really don’t want to be miserable about the whole thing, and I don’t look down on people for being romantic on V Day. But it’s not compulsory, and I don’t see why we can’t all celebrate all the people we love most in our lives; whether we love them as a romantic partner, a best friend or a family member.

And in the spirit of choice….

Enjoy! Love,

Sami x

PS…

If you want to buy a gift for a partner, friend, family member or yourself, check out my sale items of jewellery in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/madebysami44?ref=si_shop

I Had It Made For You…

I want to share with you one of the best things about making your own jewellery (other than always having jewellery that goes with your outfit, obviously)…

Commissions.

I started out being taught the basics, then carried on teaching myself; I don’t have any qualifications in jewellery making, just an imagination and a drive to be creative. (for a loonger version of this story, click here.) Yet people trust me to make really special pieces of jewellery, for their friends, family or loved ones. I’ve been having more requests for commissions lately, and I love it!

If you’ve ever received a gift, given to you with the words

“I had it made for you”

then you know that there’s real power in those 6 little words:

I … Me, yes, me. I did it, no-one else. Whenever you look at it, you’ll think of me.

Had  … I had it made. It didn’t just happen, by accident. I made it happen.

It  … This pretty little thing. This is what I picked for you. Nothing else. This is what I thought you would like, more than anything else.

Made  … Someone made this for you. In their bedroom or studio or living room. Their hands put this together.

For  … This piece of jewellery had a purpose. It wasn’t just made and then left to be chosen at random. It was made to be given to you, no-one else.

You  … Everything about this piece of jewellery is for you. I decided on the colour, or picked the charms, it fits you exactly, and that’s not a coincidence.

And people trust me to do this for them! It kinda baffles me every time. Lately, I made a set of 3 bracelets for a lovely girl called Abbie, for her to give to her friend. She knew what colours her friend would like, she knew her style and she knew that she would wear the bracelets all stacked together. I loved putting her ideas into reality and hearing that her friend was wearing them every day because she loved them so much.

Ultimately,

“I had it made for you”

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“I love you and want you to be happy so much that nothing else other than the perfect gift will do.”

And witnessing that kind of love is really something.

Love,

Sami x

PS…

*Horrible marketing bit on the end of the post, that i’m a tad ashamed about*

If you do want me to make a commission for someone, then you can get in touch in the following ways:

Email made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook message me https://www.facebook.com/madebysami

Or text/ call me 07900381921

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