I’m Back With A Vengence!!

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Hi Friends, once again, I have been remiss in getting back to my blog, we had an awesome time in New Zealand, but very busy, catching up with Family and Friends.

Xmas day was huge, we had over 50 people for dinner, but the lovely thing was that the men did some of the cooking as you can  see here,

.Prep The Fire

They peeled potatoes and cooked the meat, we ladies just had to make salads and desserts. We did have a very different Xmas dinner, one of my Brother In Laws is Tongan and he cooked the equivalent of a Maori Hangi called a ‘Umu, where all the meat and vegetables are cooked in an earth oven, and I have to say it was delicious.


Earth Oven

I just love to experience different cultures and my Family is very multi-cultural, we have Irish, Lebanese, Maori, Tongan, Macedonian, Bosnian, Dutch, and English roots, so when we get together we have lots of different food to enjoy.

The only problem I had, was sourcing jewellery making supplies. There are lots of bead stores in Auckland, but they didn’t stock much in the way of artist’s wire or precious metal wire, so I had limited stock with me and I had to spread it out and not do too much with wire. I did have some seed beads with me so I took the time to teach myself some bead weaving techniques, like peyote stitch as you can see here:-seed Beading

Please tell me what you think???

Now on to the year ahead, and I have a very busy year coming up. First off the Taxi Rank is a handmade only market which is this Friday Evening the 20th February in King George Square in the centre of Brisbane right next to City Hall.

Twilight Market Flyer

So lots of work to do, I need to check my stock and replenish where necessary, and try to cut down on some of the stuff I take with me, I tend to get a bit carried away, and think oh! I might need that or this and I really don’t..

My lovely Daughter Laura of http://www.etsy.com/shop/marludesignz

is having a major operation in March, and I will be helping out as much as possible, so this will be an intense time for us all…..

The other thing I am doing is an online course to help me market my business, and to what direction I am taking it, so I signed up with http://www.flourishthriveacademy.com and the lovely ladies Tracy Willard Matthews & Robin Kramer, who run it are awesome, they relate specifically to the jewellery business and I have been given some invaluable information on how to run and present my business, so here is to the future cheers, until next time….cheers_560


Ramble On & I will Listen!!!