Manor House Designs will be opening up its very first pop-up shop at 36 Hospital Street, Nantwich in Cheshire, between (hopefully) 9th October and 31st December 2017. How exciting is that? It's the tall brown-bricked lovely little shop with the double-fronted windows on the photo (left), with lots of space for cabinets... and maybe a "shop-cat" (lease rules permitting), as don't you think silver jewellery (or anything for that matter) looks prettier surrounded by a Maine Coon kitten? Hmm.
Below, I've included links to my full catalogue to give you a idea of the kinds of pieces I can make, including earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and wedding jewellery, as well as our exclusive range of Silver Poppy Jewellery, exclusively designed for the Shropshire Royal British Legion poppy appeal, Read more about this here.
I'll be posting some further details soon, so stay tuned for more information, and if you're in the area, please do pop in, I'd love to see you.
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I have a particular fondness for key rings, my current one is a silver rough collie, and he also looks wonderful as a decorative dog on my handbag. I've selected a few examples of sterling silver key rings I've made together with a few personalised lapel pins and brooches which can easily be turned into key rings. Hope they inspire you. They make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or for Christmas (not long now!)
Silver Yacht Keyring
Handcrafted silver yacht on a silver key ring.
Kate says: Unique and shimmering in polished silver this keyring is a gorgeous and was a pleasure to make.
Kate suggests: If you are looking for an unusual gift for someone who loves all things maritime then this could be the perfect piece. Great as a key ring of course, it could also be hung from a handbag or computer case.
Silver VW Style Keyring
Handcrafted silver VW on silver key ring.
Kate says: Dedicated to Dilys, former work colleague and friend, this fun key ring brings back great memories of my early days in nursing. Dilys’ “bus” was cream and orange and I was not the only one who loved travelling with her at the wheel.
Kate suggests: I guess this iconic van is now referred to as Retro. Do you know someone who would love to own this? Perhaps they have a special birthday coming up or they have just treated themselves to a “new” camper van.
Silver Guitar Pin
Polished sterling silver guitar pin with tie pin style pin and protector
Kate suggests: Suitable for a special man or woman in your life this would make a great gift
Sterling silver tractor pin with silver pin protector
Kate says: I'm a farmer's daughter, so couldn't resist making this!
Kate suggests: I think this would make a great gift - the tractor idea could also be translated into cufflinks, key ring, earrings... just let me know and I'll make something especially for you.
FRESH FROM THE WORKSHOP
Sterling Silver Poppy Key Ring
I hope you enjoy this blog, and if you have any questions of queries, please feel free to call me or email me, by clicking on Contact. Have a lovely day. Kate. x
Lapel pins are the perfect gift for that certain someone special, or even yourself, as they're simple, stylish and elegant, and although they're often very small, they're incredibly effective at making a BIG statement, as well as adding that essential touch of individuality to your outfit. Therefore it's always best (rather than picking a generic lapel-pin from a selection in any high-street jewellers) you should consider a special design which is very specifically "you". It should express who you are, where you're from, where you are going and - more importantly - what you truly love.
If you haven't had a look at this before, take a peek at my Inspirations page, which shows you a variety of the products I can create, and what inspired me to make them.
Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you have a smashing day.
Kate Buchanan-Dunne is an artist, designer and silversmith based in Shropshire.