Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Five beautiful years!

Five years (and a few days) ago this month, I picked up my jewellery making tools for the first time. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but I knew I wanted to try. 

I have loved jewellery for as long as I can recall. A teeny tiny gold ring with a script "D" was my prized possession as a four year old (well that and my trusty box of Crayolas). It was lovely and delicate and so precious to me. It still is. 

Truth be told, I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to begin making jewellery. 

I would often say to my coworkers at the time that "I should really make my own jewellery." This statement would usually come after one of us had a rough go finding jewellery for ourselves or a client. At the time, I worked in a lovely high end boutique, surrounded by beautiful clothing. In my career I have helped thousands of women select the perfect dress for their big event. And it didn't end with the dress - shoe and the perfect jewels were always part of the discussion. We were full service, and I loved it. But it drove me nuts to get them the perfect dress and not have the jewels to complete the look. And so, I would say about making my own jewellery...I would often say this in the middle of a 45 hour work week. Who had the time? Designing and making jewellery sounded great, but when?
Then a wedding or a function in my own life would arrive and again, great dress, meh jewels. And again that statement: "I should really make my own jewellery." 
I know personally I've settled for a piece of jewellery to go with a dress or outfit for myself because the perfect piece of jewellery was in my head and couldn't be found.

And so, finally five years ago it was time to stop talking and try. Now or never. I did tonnes of research and learning. Both of which never end by the way! The first thing I learned was that making jewellery would be a commitment. Even if it was only ever for myself (and my Mom and my sister)  I quickly discovered that I would need so.much.stuff. Yup, just to make one piece you need several tools. And the supplies! Well, don't even get me started on the how many of this and that you'll need. 
Good news! I immediately fell in love with the process. I've always been creative and a designer, but that doesn't automatically mean you will love every creative endeavour. Designing and making pieces with my own hands is amazing. Opening my jewellery box and selecting something to wear that I made is an awesome feeling. Seeing someone wear a piece designed and made by me is an unbelievable feeling. There aren't really any words. It feels crazy and awesome at the same time. 

Thank you for a fantastic five years!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Spring. So close and yet...

The truth is I have been dreaming about Spring since before Christmas. For me it's not usually a weather thing, although this year...

I get to a point in every season - regardless of the weather - where I just cannot look at the current merchandise in stores any longer. I think I feel "done" a lot sooner than most. Let's move on! What's next?
This was even more pronounced in my former life as a clothing and accessories buyer for a boutique. I was always a season, sometimes two ahead. It would be the middle of August, selling Summer, setting up for Fall, buying for Spring and unpacking Christmas merchandise all in the same week. I loved that.

At this point in the Winter, I get the same feeling. A sort of cross between cabin fever and winter blahs. I desperately want to get out and go somewhere and see pretty things. For me, this would mean visiting the little towns and shops and boutiques that I love. I need to see what's new and exciting for Spring. I crave colour. I want to lay my tired Winter eyes on new and lovely things. But then I think, what if they don't have their stock yet? Nothing more depressing to me than tired, picked over sale merchandise from four months ago. And it's freezing cold. And I have salt stains on everything I own. So, yeah, maybe in another few weeks.

Until things start to thaw and the deep freeze eases up a bit, I'll continue to work away in the studio on new pieces for Spring. Because if you create for it, it will come...right? That's how that works. Right?

Pantone's colours for Spring 2014

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Making a list...

Create your own Bellabagu wish list!

Are you one of those people that love to shop for the perfect gift? Do you get a thrill when you know you’ve got something they’ll really love and that you just can’t wait to give? Does this sound unfamiliar to you, but you’d love to know what that feels like?
I can tell you from experience that knowing you’ve managed to get your loved one something they’ll love and not want to re gift is an awesome feeling.

I think we can all agree gift giving can be tricky. So much guess work involved and often there are time constraints. Either you haven’t given yourself enough time, or all the wandering around aimless in shops  has led to no gift and no time left. Enter stress and doubt - the enemies of gift giving. There comes a point where over thinking has derailed many a good gift idea. Over thinking should not be confused with putting thought into a gift. Trust me. I have worked retail my entire live and witnessed many, many poor gift giving choices. People will choose and then talk themselves right out of something they just declared was perfect for her! But don’t get me started on those retail stories. Another time…

This is why gift registries make so much sense. You know the scenario: an individual compiles a wish list of items their friends and family can then shop from.  Everybody wins. The giver does not stress and the receiver is thrilled with their gift. What’s that you say? Not getting married, not having a kid? Not a problem! Why should gift registries be limited to those occasions anyway?

Bellabagu has a gift registry and it’s super easy to use. And everybody wins. All you do is create your own wish list of Bellabagu jewellery and then let us and your loved ones do the rest. Email us at with your list. When the next special occasion comes around all you need to do is give our info to your loved ones and we’ll take care of the rest!

Gift registry = everybody wins