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I read in the news today about a spate of burglaries in the Brighton and Hove area, where robbers are choosing not to steal highly desirable items like flat screen TVs and DVD players, but copper pipes and boilers! Yes, no longer do we need to hide our jewellery in a fake baked bean tin, it’s our boilers they’re after now…that’s a pretty big baked bean tin we’re gonna have to get?!

The reason is because the price of scrap metal has soared in recent months, and copper is at a premium right now. I should know, my boyfriend’s a lift engineer and every so often they cash in on some scrap metal from jobs and I get a shiny new present! 🙂

So, people in the Brighton area beware! Lock up your boilers! Looks like there’ll be a high demand for new boilers in Brighton soon!

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jewellery_makingUnfortunately I’ve just found out that my jewellery making course has been postponed until January, which is a shame. So I’m going to start buying some bits and pieces in the meantime to practice before the course starts. Once I’ve made my first piece I’ll post a photo on here to show you. I’ve had a look in my local Hobbycraft for what tools and equipment I’ll need and the list is endless!….. I think this is going to cost a lot.

I’m going to start with the basics and I’ll add to my kit as I go on. Hobbycraft also have a website where you can buy jewellery online so it’ll be easy to top up whenever I want. Hopefully I should complete my first piece soon, I’ll let you know how it goes!

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It’s happened again. The Summer has snuck away quietly and now, all of sudden, the shops are filled with tinsel, baubles and Santa hats. It’s only September and we’re being bombarded with family-sized chocolate tins, turkey pre-ordering services and those stupid Park catalogue adverts. Yes, it’s already the countdown to Christmas. The thing is, and I’m ashamed to admit it, this year I seem to have succumbed to the corporate machine that is Christmas – I didn’t mean to, but I’m somehow become ‘organised’. I’ve already decided what I’m going to buy for my closest friends and family, and I’ve even booked a few days off work to get all my shopping done to avoid the weekend maniacs. I might even buy some presents online. I’ve never really done it before, but I’ve seen a lovely white ice diamond and silver pendant I want to buy for my mum and I haven’t seen it in any shops. (Don’t worry she won’t see this – she can’t even turn a computer on, and I doubt she even knows what a blog is…)

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What’s going on?! Last year on Christmas Eve I was rushing madly around Bluewater, wild-eyed, sweating and desperate to finish all my shopping. I didn’t even buy any wrapping paper! I just gave the presents in the bags they came in. Shameful. I did have the courtesy to remove the receipts however. Not this year. Nope, I’ve turned over a new leaf and I vow to be super-organised.  Who would’ve thought it?

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I decided I needed something ‘more’ in my life, so I’m taking a jewellery making course for beginners. I know it sounds a bit corny, but it’s something I’ve always thought about doing, and I’ve got to a point in my life where I want to do something fulfilling – so I thought why not? I’m quite a creative person (thanks to my mum, who’s an art teacher) but at the moment I seem to spend all my spare time either watching telly or down the pub with my mates. It’s time for a change!

When I was travelling I met a Canadian girl who had financed her trip by selling her home-made jewellery at craft fairs and over the internet, and it really inspired me. I don’t know if I would ever buy jewellery online because I like to see and feel it before I buy it, but I suppose people are selling everything over the internet these days. I start the course in a couple of weeks, and I hope it goes well – I’ll let you know what happens. You never know, one day I might have my own online shop to finance my next trip away. I can but dream 🙂