I read something on The Spike last week about a jewellery designer called Phoebe Coleman. I’m not familiar with her stuff (and, to be honest, I’m not about to become familiar with it – I have enough). However, some of it reminds me of Rust, which is based in the Isle of Wight and is very pretty.
I have cropped the photo above because I look so appalling in it, I don’t do justice to the earrings. I’m not especially vain but there are limits.
I do have rather a sense of guilt about Rust. AGES ago, I went in to ask about one of her pendants and whether they do 18 inch long chains (I have a bull neck). She got an 18 inch chain in, emailed me about it and I completely forgot to go in. In my defence, it was immediately before Christmas. Even so, I am quite embarrassed. I am usually more considerate than that.
As far as I can tell, this creates vibrations in the water which get the dirt off. It runs for 180 seconds (default) but you can do it for longer or shorter if you want. My son LOVES it; when it is running, he stands on a chair to stare at it and every now and then lifts the lid to have a nose.
Afterwards, everything looked super – properly sparkly (although it wasn’t all that dirty in the first place). The water looked clear enough although I could see a few flakes of skin (gross, sorry).
I had a go with my glasses but didn’t let it run for so long – I really, really need my glasses and if they got buggered up, I don’t know how I would get by (by wearing my other pair, I suppose). The results weren’t so good – next time I’ll let it do its thing for the set time and I’ll put in a dap of washing up liquid (as it says to for glasses).
My sister-in-law (author of Succumb to the Crumb) came round and had a go with her jewellery as well.
Some caution is needed – you can’t use this for pearls or emeralds (as they are porous). However, you CAN use it for silver, I think. I’ll go through my jewellery box and have a go at cleaning a few things, I’m sure most of it is filthy.
Yesterday, I popped into Stephen Einhorn for a little looky look. This is a smart shop – I love the stuff (and the shop) but it isn’t really cheap enough for an impulse buy. It’s one of those shops where you have to press a buzzer to be let in – perhaps this makes their insurance cheaper.
I do have a few things from here (I think they were all bought by my husband). At some point I’ll try to take some photos but it’s surprisingly difficult to get my camera to focus on something small. Perhaps I’ll try my iPhone.
I pretty much only associate Robert Welch with knives and cutlery but it turns out they also make Christmas decorations. They are quite expensive – £10 each for the 15cm ones bought individually and £24 for a set of three (for the 8cm ones it is £6 and £15 respectively). Checking out the website, they also make jewellery – it isn’t really my style but the name dog winkle pendant makes me snigger. I am immature, you see.
Today, my daughter and I had a mooch around Yarmouth while my son was at nursery. Yarmouth is a nice little town; I’ve been told that it is the second smallest town in the UK but I don’t know whether that is true. Anyway, it is very pretty in nice weather and has a (relatively) large number of nice chi-chi shops. In the absolute height of summer (or when the Old Gaffer’s Festival is on), parking can be slightly tricky but it isn’t such a big deal at this time of year. If you are a member, you can park in the Royal Solent Yacht Club‘s car park.
We popped into Rust as they had an AWESOME pendant in the shape of the IoW. Unfortunately, the chain was much too short for my bull neck so the owner is going to look out an 18 inch one for me. If you are into blogs (and lets face it, if you are reading this then you are), you may already know the owner’s blog Junkaholique. The owner’s husband and daughter were there and they were all very kind to my daughter. I already have an amazing pair of silver drop earrings in the shape of arrows from here and would definitely recommend having a quick nose if you are in town and interested in jewellery.
We also popped into Wight Island Glass, which has been open about a month. The lady who worked there was sweet to my daughter and told me that her son in law made all their stock. They already had some lovely Christmas ornaments in but it’s a bit too early for me to be thinking about Christmas. I must admit that I was a bit anxious that my daughter would break something but she was good. She even put her hands on her head when I asked her to. Mwah, ha, ha, haaaa!
We had a walk along Yarmouth Pier and had a look at the Wightlink ferry that was loading next to us. By then my daughter was getting a bit tantrummy so we cut it short.
For lunch, we went to the Wheatsheaf. We don’t go there all that often but they were kind to my daughter and the food was pretty nice. It is a big, calm space inside and not too busy on days when there isn’t a match shown so my daughter could bumble about our table without it being any problem. They have a really nice nappy changing area too which was a TOTAL BONUS.
Somewhere I absolutely LOVE to go to in Yarmouth (but didn’t today) is Yarmouth Castle. It is pretty small but really interesting and, to be honest, about the right size for small children. There’s a lovely cafe right opposite the entrance too. Go there for hot chocolate afterwards. Do your best not to get cross when they spill it all over themselves.