For the past few years, we’ve hosted a fantastic festive event, the 12 Days of Christmas. We’re bringing it to you once more this year, and we happen to think it might be the best yet! Here’s a quick look back at our previous years, plus a little clue for thi (more…)
For all those planning a last minute present buying spree, we have Royal Mail’s latest delivery days for Christmas!
For ring orders and items made to order you must still allow for the 2 -3 week wait (4-6 for 18ct unless we have stock). If we do have stock of your ordered item, we will dispatch your order within 2 – 3 working days of receipt of your order.
Alternatively you can pop along to our boutique based at London Bridge.
Well, I did have a glass or two last night….. we had our Crimbo party in Clerkenwell. Emma and I put our feet down, and insisted on Pub, Grub, and Karaoke. And it was brilliant fun. Top female vocals, Frieda. Top double act, Mayo and Miki. Top male vocal, well, that would be immodest. Suffice to say that I had a sore throat this morning. And we have Carols in our road tomorrow. Must be on form for that!
Party season’s in full swing, My neighbour’s annual feast on Thursday. I sat between Andy Coulsdon (Tory boy spin doctor), Justin Webb (today program), Jeremy Bowen (intrepid war correspondent), I could go on… heart surgeon, QC, etc. etc. It’s a good job I can make little flowers in silver or I might have been out of my depth… yummy food and a bottle of port from 1985 oiled the wheels… until I started ranting about those pesky Tories cutting foreign workers and how much we’re suffering because I can’t employ this fabulous japanese person…. oh no, I’m off again.
Then my brother’s party, up in Primrose Hill. Our work’s do last night, and we’re having a little do tomorrow…. all in all not a bad time of year.
And… And the new building is coming along very nicely! (albeit in a blizzard) We can’t wait for it!
At last, things are starting to quieten down here at AMHQ. Our 12 Days project went so amazingly well, we’re planning even more fun for next year. But we’re pretty much over the Christmas panic here, and everyone has taken to checking train and plane schedules to see if they can get home.
So, all that remains is to say Big Thanks to everyone and HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A FABULOUS NEW YEAR!
And I guess it’s ‘Happy Christmas’ time too! Here’s what we’ve all been having so much fun doing. It’s our 12 days of Christmas Advent calendar! So this is how it works; We’ve kind of changed the song around a bit to make it more fun, but on each of the 12 days from 1st December to the 12th, you can open a window and discover what’s behind.
I’ve spent a lovely few weeks making extra special pieces for each day. Each piece is entirely exclusive, and we’ve only made as many as it says in the song. For example (and I don’t think I’m giving too much away here) there will be Five gold rings available on the 5th, eight really cute pieces on the 8th, you get the picture. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Of course, one of my favourite pieces is the first, and we’re only making one of these! What to do? Well, I hope you’ll have as much fun with it as we have. Perhaps you’d like some clues about what is behind each window? Hmm, how about you read our little poem and see if you can guess.
Yikes! It’s Christmas already, where did it creep up from?
We’re still terrible busy here at AMHQ, but I’ve been making the most of the nights getting in the festive spirit. (Actually I’m having trouble remembering what I’ve been doing each evening!). Friday luch was the Goldsmith’s Hall Christmas lunch, I took along some friends and we had a rare old time. Friday night work Christmas do (I’ll leave that for the girls to report on. Suffice to say I got home in one piece by midnight). I took a quick nip back to Suffolk on Saturday night in the snow! Driving down the A12 in a blizzard was brilliant. Some old mates from school met up for some grub and a drink or two at the Old Ipswichian dinner. It was the first time I’d been back since I left all those years ago. A couple of pints in the pub beforehand eased the process!
Here we are from left to right; Joff (friends since we were about 4, clever), Luke (lovely, and useful, a funeral director), Richard (lovely), Simon (a right pain, he’s just grabbed my nuts as the shutter fell), Me (in pain), Rob (a great mate recently rediscovered).
A slow but beautiful drive home...
Then we did the tree, I love doing the tree and can get rather greedy, the wife and kids had to get rid of me so they could have a go. Anyway, the end result was sufficiently gaudy. I say ‘No!’ to minimalist Chrismas’.
And on Monday we did our Annual do with the Salvation Army. They come and play Carols outside our house and all the neighbourhood come along and we make mulled wine and hot dogs. It’s a great way to get that Christmas feeling (followed by everybody popping indoors and jollying away the night with a wee tipple or two!)
Sallie Army carol singing
Anyway, more fun to come, can’t wait for Christmas itself. But right now it’s back to work for all of us here.
It’s about time I let you all know about our Open Studio Event. This weekend we will be opening our workshop and studio space to the public. There will be loads of gorgeous Alex Monroe jewellery at reduced prices!! This is part of a larger event, where all of the studios in the yard open and sell beautiful works of art and craft. Perfect for getting your Christmas shopping done in the idyllic setting of Iliffe Yard.
FRIDAY 4TH DEC, 6-8.30pm
SAT 5TH DEC, 11-6pm
SUN 6TH DEC, 11-5pm
Check out these links for more information on the other studios also opening this weekend -