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Hello All,

Well it's definitely getting a chilly now at AMHQ. Not that I'm complaining mind. I've been having a great time working on our very special Christmas project, 'The 12 Days of Christmas'.  It's going to be a really fun way to show some of the one-off work we do. I say one-off, it's more.... well, that would be giving things away. You'll just have to watch this space. Anyway, The 12 Days of Christmas starts December the 1st on our web-site. You really mustn't miss it! (Here's a sneaky peek, Two Turtle Doves.....)

And I've been doing a bit more writing. It's all good practice because I've started writing a book! Or at least I'm trying to write a book. But that'll take some time. I'm also writing a regular blog for Retail Jeweller (here) which I really enjoy.

Lots more charity stuff too. I made this great ring for Ronan Keating's Emeralds and Ivy ball. It'll be auctioned off on the evening. Last time we raised over £6000.00 for the necklace we made them. Fingers crossed this time for even more! Jemma Kidd requested one of our necklaces in her perfect Christmas stocking, so we're auctioning this for Macmillan's. Nice Peacock Feather necklace for Trinity Hospice Snowball auction.... the list goes on....

Emeralds and Ivy ring

Emeralds and Ivy ring

And me personally? Oh yes, my slightly off-beat daughter wanted to go camping(!) for her birthday. It all went just as you'd expect, I managed to persuade a farmer in Kent to let us camp, I drove down with 6 thirteen year old girls. We lit a big fire, they ran around screaming until the early hours. I froze half to death. At 4 AM a storm hit and blew the tents down and I got soaked. Slightly more sedately and lots of fun, we dressed up as Pirates and went out on Rosie's canal boat. Me and the kids and the gang from work. Very nice too. We went from Little Venice, through London Zoo, and Camden. We loved it! Oh yes, mustn't forget Halloween, and Guy Fawkes of course. I like this time of year, lots of things to do and make.

I needed a few pics for the press and for our homepage, so my old mate David Stockings came along on a drawing trip and snapped away. Then he visited the studio and took lots more. He's in the city by day, so this is really a hobby, but he doesn't half take a good pic.

As you will have spotted, those pesky kids came along for the ride.... Dulwich wood is great this time of year.

One last thing, it's Movember, and I'm growing a tash! Movember is a fun way to raise awareness and cash for Men's health issue, Prostate Cancer. My Dad's got it at the moment so I thought it apt. Here's my Movember donations request if anyone feels like supporting the cause...

"  This Movember, the month formerly known as November I’ve decided to donate my face to raising awareness about prostate cancer.  My donation and commitment is the growth of a moustache for the entire month of Movember, which I know will generate conversation, controversy and laughter.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One man dies every hour from the disease in the UK. This is a cause that I feel passionately about and I’m asking you to support my efforts by making a donation to The Prostate Cancer Charity. To help, you can either:

•  Click this link http://uk.movember.com/donate/your-details/member_id/1093562/ and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account . Or,

•  Send cheques and CAF vouchers (made payable to ‘The Prostate Cancer Charity Re Movember’) directly to The Prostate Cancer Charity – First Floor, Cambridge House, Cambridge Grove, London W6 0LE. Be sure to include the person’s name on the back of the cheque.

The Prostate Cancer Charity will use the money raised by Movember for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.
For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit http://uk.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.

Thank you in advance for helping me to support men’s health. "

I was rather hoping for an Orlando Bloom but it looks like I'll be getting a Ned Flanders. Ah well... here's me today. I'll keep you updated weekly...

Bye, A.

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