2020: The Year That Changed the World 2020 was a crazy one - wasn’t it? The world was taken over by the pandemic COVID-19 and all of our lives - the way we lived, socialised, worked and travelled - dramatically changed. Forever. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to being ‘how it was before’. In many ways, this is a good thing. Some things, however, will definitely be missed.
Like many people, my business was ‘not essential’ and so I had to sto...
Curlicue NZ's current packaging: Back at the end of 2017, after quite a lot of thinking and research, I started using a new gift box to package and protect my Curlicue NZ jewellery.
It was made from a cardboard base and a food-grade PVC clear lid. I had believed all parts of the box and packaging were fully recyclable (even the re-purposed bubble wrap insert which could be recycled in soft plastics), so I called it my Eco Gift Box.
The Peas in a Pod Collection Background Story: A couple of years ago, a good friend had another baby. I wanted to make something special for her, and to celebrate the new addition to their family. I found out the birth months of all her kids - and found that I had the birthstones for each of them! So I decided to make something that represented them all, especially for my friend. Previously, I have made jewellery pieces using a parti...
The Romantic Rose Collection - which is one of my favourites, and contains several pieces that are customer favourites - has now been around for nearly five years.
It ultimately represents timeless luxury and sustainable elegance, and despite often being promoted as a perfect gift for Valentine's Day, it definitely doesn’t relate to just one day! The Inspirational Rose: The Romantic Rose collection was inspired by my first rose bush - given ...
"Don't judge a book by it's cover" How do you know if someone has an invisible illness? I often think about the quote above - and try to use it when on the outside looking in to other people’s lives, in the hope that they can also use it with me.
Looks can be so deceiving! What you see on the outside, is completely different from what I’m dealing with on the inside.
I have several different medical issues, or syndromes, most of which ar...
Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose My "R3 Collection" is the second of two collections launching next Tuesday (8th September).
For some time, I had been thinking about how I could produce some jewellery by recycling or repurposing some sort of material. The material had to be one that I had easy access to, and also one that I had the tools to create something new from. But I don’t have the tools (or know-how) for woodwork, nor glass (yet!)
How I Design & Create New Collections I have two new collections that I’m hoping to launch on 1st September. One has been in the pipelines and on my brain for some time, the other is a newer idea I’ve been mulling over, but one which I’m no less passionate about. I’ve decided to keep the two collections separate for several reasons, but mainly because they use different materials. Also, one ‘collection’ is made up entirely of different types...
Are you up for the challenge? Choosing a sustainable and plastic-free lifestyle is a choice only you can make. However, it is one that can be broken down into small, easy and everyday steps, that after a while, become habits. While a world free from plastic will not fix all our climate and environmental problems, it is something that we - as individuals can collectively do, and have an impact on.
Due to the UK customs law changes, I can no longer sell to the UK from this website. However you can still purchase items through my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/nz/shop/CurlicueNZ Dismiss
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