Happy Birthday Aries!

Zodiac signs are fascinating because even if you don’t really believe in them, it’s hard to deny that some of the descriptions aren’t spot on.

aries zodiac necklaceThis month it’s time for Aries to celebrate their birthday and since my mum’s an aries, the zodiac necklace designed for stubborn rams has been approved by her!  Fortunately the crystals sparkle in the light and make a great substitute for Diamonds, April’s birthstone.  Ok…not sure mum agrees with that part of the design!  Don’t forget to check back for another blog post all about this gorgeous birthstone.

Aries are known to be independent, brave, and enthusiastic…definite leaders.  Does that  sound like an Aries you know?  How about these famous Aries: Robert Frost, Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lady Gaga.

Details:

  • Lucky number is 9
  • Get along great with LEO and LIBRA
  • Enjoy your day on TUESDAY
  • Feel good colour is RED
  • Gemstones are TOPAZ, SAPPHIRE, JASPER, and AQUAMARINE.

Gift Ideas:

  • Aromatherapy is connected to astrology and Aries can benefit from essential oils to calm their aggression and encourage their leadership qualities.

LifeForceEssentials

If you’re not up to experimenting with mixes of essential oils, why not try a specially blended combination of essential oils made just for your zodiac sign? This essential oil roll on from LifeForceEssentials is so convenient to just pop in your bag and carry with you.

 

If you’d like to experience the benefit of essential oils in style, why not try aromatherapy jewellery?  Quiddity Gifts offers a range of natural lava rock jewellery as well as trendy modern aromatherapy lockets from hypoallergenic stainless steel.  Click here to view the range of aromatherapy jewellery

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The necklace spells out ‘ARIES’ in Morse Code and features crystal beads to represent the birthstone for April.  It’s also available with Red Carnelian beads to represent FIRE as this is the element that rules the Aries star sign, but like most jewellery by Quiddity Gifts, it can be customised with your favourite beads – glass, crystal, pearls, or gemstones…the choice is yours!

 

All gifts featured in this blog were personally selected by me as I think they’re gorgeous – no commission or deals for me if you purchase them, but if you value handmade items, please do take a minute to check out the Etsy shops and support small businesses.

All Quiddity Gifts jewellery can be found at www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk or in my Etsy shop.

Unbeleafable news!

Excuse the corny pun….I just had to as today is International Forests Day!

For those of you who don’t know, last year I won the #Queenof award for my line of ‘Turn Over a New Leaf’ motivational jewellery, which was inspired by the forests of Eastern Canada and long hikes in Gatineau Park.

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Well, to celebrate all the forests around the world I’m working on a new collection of motivational leaf necklaces and earrings that will be available for sale on my website on Friday.  Lots of one of a kind items that are sure to sell out quickly so make sure you don’t miss them.

I love creating jewellery and honestly believe the handmade touch makes any gift that extra bit more special, so today I’d like to highlight a few of my favourite nature-inspired leaf makes by fellow talented artisans on Etsy.  With one of the Pantone colours of 2017 being ‘Greenery’ these are definitely on trend too:

 

My leaf jewellery is actually made out of eco-friendly recycled paperclay and I love that the finished piece of jewellery is a reflection of where the material originally came from.  These pyrography pieces hold the same concept for me, the trees of the forests burned into the wood that once grew there.  So here’s a shout out to fellow Etsy sellers in Canada and Greece, two wonderful countries that I’ve been lucky enough to live in (yes…I survived many cold Canadian winters) and visit (yes…I ate far too much Baklava while in Greece!)

 

As always, I have carefully selected all of the items to feature on this blog post and have received no financial compensation or incentive for including them….I simply think they’re lovely and want to support small business, talented artists, and budding entrepreneurs.

Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is a confusing holiday as it’s celebrated on different days around the world.  Here in the UK, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is next weekend.

Don’t panic…there is still time to order a lovely pressie to show your mum how much she means to you.  Jewellery is always a good choice for stylish mums, and the handmade touch makes it even more special.

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Visit the new Quiddity Gifts website and find your perfect Mother’s Day gift.  All UK orders will be posted via Royal Mail 1st class delivery, so please place your order by Wednesday to ensure it will be delivered in time for the big day!

Don’t forget a lovely handmade card as the perfect touch to your Mother’s Day gift.  Whether you’re looking for something funny or sentimental, there’s sure to be the perfect card for your mum.  Here are some of my favourites from talented makers on Etsy:

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I have carefully selected all of the cards to feature on this blog post and have received no financial compensation for including them….I simply love them and want to support small business, talented artists, and budding entrepreneurs.  I hope you like them too…happy shopping!

Dragonflies!

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You’re probably wondering WHY I’m dedicating an entire post to dragonflies.

Well, I’ve always liked them.  They’re like butterflies, but somehow cooler.  Did you know they can fly up & down, forward & backward, and side to side?!  And if you’ve been on Pinterest recently, you may have noticed that dragonflies are really trending….I’ve been waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with me!

dragonfly symbolism

The dragonfly is an ancient symbol, found around the world.  It is especially strong in Native American art and legends.  Surprisingly all civilisations have attributed the same symbolism to it: the happiness you feel after undergoing a great change or transformation and finally achieving self-awareness and confidence.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love gifts that are handmade and meaningful, so this dragonfly jewellery set is the perfect gift idea for anyone going through a change in their lives and needing a bit of jewellery….let’s face it, we all need some new jewellery now and then! Click here to take a peek at the charm bracelet and matching earrings. or visit the QuiddityGifts Etsy shop to see what’s available.

If you’re not a fan of jewellery, there are plenty of beautiful handmade makes featuring dragonflies.  Here are some of my favourites from talented creatives on Etsy.  There’s everything from home decor wall art, candle holders, and coaster, to fashion accessories and a colouring card.

 

I have carefully selected all of the items to feature on this blog post and have received no financial compensation for including them….I simply love them and want to support small business, talented artists, and budding entrepreneurs.

Pisces Zodiac Gift Guide

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’m rather interested in zodiac signs.  Do I believe in them completely?  Nope…but it is interesting how people do share certain characteristics. 1

Those born between February 19 and March 20 share the Pisces astrological zodiac sign and are known to be very easygoing.  Always looking on the positive side of life, they’ll definitely make great friends, cheering you up and motivating you to go out and have fun.

Pisces are generally a very creative bunch, with their arty side drawning them to theatre and on stage.  Like most creatives, they can be emotional and dreamy.

 Details:

  • Lucky numbers are 2, 6
  • Have a happy marriage with VIRGO
  • Find great friends with SAGITTARIUS and GEMINI
  • Enjoy your day on FRIDAY
  • Feel good colours are AQUAMARINE and LAVENDER PURPLE
  • Gemstones are Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock crystal, Sapphire

Gift Ideas:

 

zodiacbirthdaynecklacepisces.pngThe necklace spells out ‘PISCES’ in Morse Code and features blue beads to represent the WATER as this is the element that rules the Pisces star sign, but like most jewellery by Quiddity Gifts, it can be customised with your favourite beads – glass, crystal, pearls, or gemstones…the choice is yours!

 

All gifts featured in this blog were personally selected by me as I think they’re gorgeous – no commission or deals for me if you purchase them, but if you value handmade items, please do take a minute to check out the Etsy shops and support small businesses.

Upcoming blogs will feature essential oils (which I’m a little bit obsessed with!) and Mother’s Day gift ideas (as it’s right around the corner!)

Treat Yourself to Amethyst

It’s Valentine’s Day and if you’re in a loved up relationship, you’ve probably already had a whole weekend of romance.  But if you haven’t found your better half, why not avoid the hearts and flowers and treat yourself to something gorgeous?

If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll know I love handmade gifts as they always seem so much more meaningful.  And today I’d like to spotlight some of my fellow Etsy sellers and their creative makes all featuring February’s birthstone: Amethyst.

 

** If you missed the post on February’s birthstone Amethyst, click here for a fascinating read!  **

Amethyst birthstone

For those of you who don’t follow my blog on www.QuiddityGifts.com I thought you’d like to learn a little more about the February’s gorgeous Amethyst birthstone.

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Poem by unknown author, first published in an advertising leaflet by Tiffany & Co. in 1870.

Gifting Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone of February and makes a lovely birthday present.

It is also the zodiac stone for Pisces, and associated with Virgo, Aquarius, and Capricorn.

Gifts for the 4th, 6th, and 17th wedding anniversaries typically feature Amethysts.

Amethyst used to be considered a protective amulet given to travellers before long journeys…what a lovely custom to continue today, perhaps for a student going to university or on a gap year. It would make a lovely sentiment for a new bride on her honeymoon.  Click here to order a wanderlust compass keychain.

Jewellery is a common way to gift Amethyst as it is believed it should be kept close to the body in order for the wearer to benefit from the healing powers of the crystal. For example, wearing Amethyst earrings may ease headaches and clear the mind, while a bracelet could lessen the pain of arthritis, and a necklace simply promote an overall calming feeling.

Aromatherapy jewellery that combines the healing benefits of crystals and essential oils is becoming more and more popular, with Amethyst recommended for those dealing with stressful lives in need of some relaxation and calm. Click here to view the range of aromatherapy jewellery available to purchase online.

Fab styling concepts featuring Amethyst aromatherapy earrings:

Purple Passion & Purple Splash.

Birthstone Jewellery

If you’d like to treat someone to a special birthstone gift, why not commision a personalised Morse Code necklace with Amethysts?  Prices start at only £12 for a handmade necklace spelling out your choice of name, word, or date.

All Quiddity Gifts jewellery is available for sale at www.QuiddityGifts.com

Custom orders, bridal jewellery consultations, and wholesale enquiries are welcomed – contact me.

2017: Year of the Fire Rooster

 

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Rooster

Check the chart below to see if you’re a rooster too:

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Characteristics of Roosters:

Motivated, ambitious, hardworking, responsible, trustworthy, focused, decisive.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’m all about motivating people to fulfil their goals and achieve success. It’s even inspired my collection of motivational “Turn Over a New Leaf” jewellery which helped me stick to my resolutions last year, and this year too…so far!

So, although I’m not a Rooster, I think I’d get on really well with them – if you’re a rooster and want to say “hi”, I’m @QuiddityGifts on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest

 

Elemental Signs

There aren’t just 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac, as each one can be divided into different elements: water, wood, fire, earth, metal.

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Each elemental Rooster displays different characteristics:

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More Info

Click here to find out more about the Chinese Zodiac and the Rooster.
The site is full of interesting facts.  Apparently, Roosters should stay away from the colours white & green… guess they won’t be enjoying Pantone’s colour of the year in 2017 – Greenery! 

Celebrate Chinese New Year

If you’re out and about in a big city this weekend, why not visit the local China Town – there’s sure to be a great celebration for Chinese New Year.

London has the largest celebration outside China with a parade and free events and activities in Chinatown and Trafalgar Square.  This year’s celebrations will take place on Sunday January 29th, from 10am to 6pm.

Gift Ideas

It’s common to give gifts of money for Chinese New Year, but I love the handmade touch so for any gift-giving occasion I turn to Etsy.  Here are some of my favourite rooster-themed makes from talented UK artisans:

All items are available for sale on Etsy:

Year of the Rooster package by TailTaleStore

Rooster button art by BijouxButtonsLtd

Fine art giclee print from original watercolour by dylshouse

Mosaic coaster by LAMosaicGifts

Rooster decoration by LittleStitchofNature

Zodiac charm necklace by RubyJamesJewels

Vintage ‘Rise and Shine’ print by PicturePorridge 

 

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