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Dec 14, 2015

Australia Days: Interview with Helen J Rolfe & Giveaway!


About Helen J Rolfe

My English teacher at school told me to never give up on my dream of becoming a writer. Somehow I ended up with a business degree and a job as a computer programmer, but I never forgot her wise words and encouragement. 

In August 2000 I answered my call to adventure and headed to Australia where I ended up living for fourteen years. I made my home in Melbourne for just over nine of those years and in 2003 I left the I.T. industry and began my writing career as a freelancer.

After a relocation to Sydney and with more time on my hands once the kids started school, I continued freelancing for women's health and fitness magazines, I studied four units of a Masters in Writing and finally I realised that all I wanted to do was become an author.

Australia will always hold a special place in my heart but in 2014 the pull of family brought us back to the UK to live, and we have relocated to Hertfordshire.

Aside from writing and reading, my passions include yoga and Pilates, chocolate and a good measure of Baileys on ice :-)

Interview

1) Could you tell a bit about yourself?

I'm a mum of two, living with my husband and children in Hertfordshire. I've been writing fiction seriously since 2011 and now have three books published. It's my dream career for sure!

2) Suze: You've lived in Australia for a long time, but are now living in the UK again. Why have you chosen to set your stories in Australia?

My first three stories were already well and truly underway (two were almost finished) before we returned to the UK and my third novel, What Rosie Found Next, is set in the fictitious town of Magnolia Creek. It's the first in the Magnolia Creek Series so I'll still be setting my books in Australia for a little while yet.
I think when you've lived somewhere for such a long time (14 years) the way of life becomes ingrained in you and it's easier to write when you've had such close experience with the setting.
I'm thinking of writing a Christmas novel for 2016 however, and I think that'll be set in the UK. Really looking forward to writing it as it'll be something totally different for me.

3) Suze/Tanya What's your favourite place in Australia? Australia is a big place where would you tell a first time visitor that they should visit and why?

My favourite place / city is Melbourne. I love everything from the climate and the outdoor lifestyle, to the cosmopolitan feel and the friendly people. I really miss it, especially when I'm answering these sorts of questions. I lived in Sydney for 5 years but never fell in love with it the same way unfortunately.

There are so many places you should visit! Melbourne and Sydney are top of my list...both fabulous, yet different cities. Melbourne is gorgeous with its little laneways, the culture, the easiness of the city for finding your way around. Sydney has the stunning harbour, amazing beaches. I'd recommend going up to Palm Beach for sure...it's the setting for Home and Away and it's lovely. Some days I'd treat myself and drive up there as it was only half an hour from our house, and I'd take a book and sit on the grass by Snapperman Beach. Okay, now I'm missing Australia heaps!!

The Great Barrier Reef is another must. I snorkelled, went up in a helicopter to see the heart-shaped reef, went to Hamilton Island and South Molle. Amazing stuff. 

4) Tanya: You seem very knowledgeable about bush fires is it something you have to deal with regularly? Or something that you have unfortunately have experience off?

Bushfires are a way of life in Australia. We always lived in the suburbs but not in the country so it wasn't a massive concern for us. I have friends and a brother who live out in the country however, so for them they have to be extra careful. I interviewed Elissa Jans for my research for What Rosie Found Next and she works as a volunteer with the CFA (Country Fire Authority). They do an amazing job every year and the fact that it's voluntary is outstanding, showing how Aussies pull together so well.

5) Suze: Your main characters have been through a lot, where do you find inspiration to tell their life stories?

I like to create characters who are real and have challenges that any one of us may face, whether it's a health scare (Handle Me with Care), family problems (What Rosie Found Next), or running away from a past (The Friendship Tree). I get my inspiration from all around me, what I read in the newspaper, see on the television, my own life experiences.

6) Tanya/Suze Your female main character in What Rosie Found Next, is very strong and determined do you think that is a quality that you have? What do you like most about her?

I'm not sure I'm quite as strong as Rosie, but I'm proud of the way she turned out when I created her. She's had her challenges and tries to do the right thing and Rosie isn't afraid to stand up for herself either. And she always sees the best in people too which I really like. I think sometimes people can come across in a different way when they have something going on in their life, but Rosie sees the good in people. 

7) Tanya: Is there a particular place in Australia that you would like to visit again and who with?

Of course...I'd love to go to Melbourne again with my family as we have lots of friends there. One day we will but not for a while yet. It's a long way!

8) Tanya/Suze What are your plans this Christmas? As Christmas is part of your novel, could you tell your experience of Christmas in Australia versus Christmas in the UK?

This Christmas it'll be the first in our new house so we're very excited! Our neighbour has invited us for drinks in the morning so while the turkey is cooking I'll have a glass of Prosecco i'm sure :-) We will have lunch at home and then we all love the Christmas movies so we'll be watching a few of them. 
Christmas in Australia was never too different for us, apart from the weather. We still had the big dinner even if it meant putting the air conditioning on!

9) Tanya/Suze You always describe food really well in your novels, where does your inspiration for it come from? As we are on the run up to Christmas could you describe what you will be eating?

Wow, I never realised I described food so well! It must be all those lovely Aussie restaurants I went to during my time there. I lived a five minute walk from Southbank and they have the most amazing seafood there. 

We will be having turkey of course, with pigs in blankets, gravy, a selection of vegetables. Usually we're all too full for dessert straight away but I'll get some mini Christmas puddings for later in the afternoon. I'm really hoping it doesn't rain so we can all get outside for a walk and work off some of the Christmas dinner!

10) Suze: What are your 3 favourite Australian writers or books?

I love Lianne Moriarty, Dianne Blacklock and Monica McInerney. I started reading Monica McInerney's books a few years ago and I loved the settings...really vivid. Lianne Moriarty has written two incredible books: The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies so I'm a lifelong fan!

11) What can we expect from you in the future?

I'm working on book 4 - first run through since completing the first draft so I'm hoping that'll be out in 2016 some time. It'll be a standalone book but book 2 in the Magnolia Creek Series so will have some of the same characters who appeared in What Rosie Found Next. It has been a lot of fun to write and I fell in love with Magnolia Creek.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive kindle copies of The Friendship Tree, Handle Me with Care and What Rosie Found Next. Good luck!


I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Dec 13, 2015

Australia Days Etsy Spotlight & Giveaway: Suze Loves Mosaic Treasure!



I love Mosaic Treasure.


The owner, Tania, makes the most beautiful glass jewelry.


It's colorful and unique and I love the style.


I like how the pieces sparkle and how vibrant they are.


I've asked Tania a few questions to find out more about her and her shop:

1) Where did you learn your craft?

After years of wanting to do mosaics, I signed up for a night class at the local high school in Auckland, NZ, about 6 years ago. As an absolute newbie it took me a while afterwards to work out I had been told to buy the wrong tool, used the wrong glue and given bad grouting advice, but I wasn’t deterred. Glass mosaics became my hobby to combat stress in my day job, and I started to research techniques myself. I came across Laurel Skye’s book, “Mosaic Renaissance” at the library and was introduced to millefiori. It was love at first sight, and when I imported some to play with, I couldn’t resist making them into mosaic jewellery. Family circumstances meant at this time I was able to walk away from my day job, and I started developing my mosaic jewellery using grout and resin. So mostly I am self-taught, trial and error method.


2) How did your Etsy adventure start?

Soon after I started making jewellery a successful crafty friend told me about Etsy, and I opened a shop immediately. The response was minimal, probably because my first pieces weren’t very good, the photos were lousy and I was so busy making I didn’t put any effort into marketing. Earlier this year I revisited Etsy, and began to sell. I was lucky enough to join an Etsy Creative Courage Challenge several months ago which has helped me enormously in terms of SEO, photos, marketing and of course, sales. I have always done well at physical markets, so it is gratifying to see online sales increase as well.


3) How would you describe your style?

Probably eclectic more than having one particular style, working with millefiori means I can create loud, multicolour pieces one day, then monochrome delicate ones the next. I love colour, and richness of detail, and the lustre of shining glass. I have a tried and true range of jewellery, but also love experimenting with interesting colour and shape combinations and seeing how customers react.


4) What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration starts with the colours of the glass I have in front of me, and the different colours and sizes of the millefiori. Now living on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, I am often inspired by the sea and the sky and these colours are among my favourites to work with.


5) What is your signature piece?

The multi-coloured flower pieces, which I make in almost all forms and sizes.


6) What are your plans for the future?

Next year I hope to expand online and retail sales and move away from standing in the cold at too many markets. There are plans for some mosaic tile workshops, and I want to learn more about fusing glass. I also have a large collection of vintage paperweight millefiori with which I will be creating a range of one-off pieces. I also hope to go back to Venice to visit Murano again in the next few years.


I love the technique Tania uses, her designs are fantastic.


Tania is very kind and helpful. She accepts custom orders, so don't hesitate to contact her if you have a special request.


On Facebook you can find a gallery where you can see all the amazing designs she's made.


Check out this brilliant Etsy store.


Enjoy browsing...


And have fun shopping!


One very lucky reader of my blog will receive an amazing prize. Tania will send some beautiful surprise jewelry to the winner of this giveaway.


Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Agi and Suze's Christmas Countdown: Interview With Angela Britnell & Giveaway!


About Angela Britnell

I was born in the beautiful county of Cornwall in southwestern England and grew up in a small village there. I return frequently to visit family and friends but especially to savor the cool rainy weather and hot tea. After school I joined the Royal Navy and served for nearly six years. I held varying jobs from being the only woman in the staff of a sports center to arranging social engagements for the Captain of the base. My last assignment was to Denmark where I thought I would spend a wild two years in Copenhagen only to discover I was being sent to a NATO Headquarters in a quiet town on the Jutland Peninsula. I was only disappointed for a while as I met my own tall, dark, handsome stranger there – a US Naval Officer named Richard who became my husband.

That was the beginning of an itinerant life as from Denmark we went to Sicily where we had our first son. Then it was on to Monterey, California and the birth of our second son. From there we headed to Patuxent River, Maryland where we had our third son. Richard’s last assignment was to London where we spent a wonderful three years. Retiring from the Navy he took a job in Brentwood, Tennessee near where he grew up. Since 2008 we are empty nesters which allows more time for my writing.

I have always been a voracious reader, even at 5 years old my school reports show a keen interest in English and very little in math – some things never change! Although I enjoyed writing in school it wasn’t until 2001 that I was tempted to take a creative writing class at a local recreation center which has sparked my new career.

When I’m not busy writing I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I try to grow English flowers in the Tennessee heat and succeed some of the time. I belong to the wonderful Red Bandanas Writing Group, Jubilee Readers Book Club, and volunteer at my local library so you can see that words are important to me.

I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it so sit back, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy a break from everyday life.

You can find Angela on her website, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Interview

1. What is your best Christmas memory?

I love how every family’s traditions are unique and that we all think our own are the way it should be! As an only child we had a relatively quiet Christmas Day and it never varied. We started with opening our stockings before breakfast. That was followed by going to church and coming home for a traditional turkey lunch. We would have tea and chocolate biscuits while listening to the Queen at 3pm. Then it was finally time to open our presents – my husband thought it was terrible to make a child wait until so late in the day but I didn’t realise it was unusual at the time. We’d have more tea with homemade Christmas cake around five o’clock and later it would of course be turkey sandwiches for supper.

2. What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

First I’ll choose Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ because it completely embodies the spirit of the season with wonderful characters that still live and breathe off the page over 160 years after they were created. My second choice is ‘The Night before Christmas.’ I don’t remember it from my childhood but was introduced to the story by my American husband. We bought a copy when we had our first baby and started our own tradition of reading it to our boys every Christmas Eve after we hung up our stockings. I’m now looking forward to reading it to our first grandson who’s due in April! I debated about my third book and finally decided on ‘The Jolly Postman.’ This magical children’s book with envelopes to open and letters to read fascinated my children and despite being handled by three lively boys the book has survived (almost) unscathed.

3. One person to celebrate Christmas with.

I went backwards and forwards on this one and finally decided on the Queen. I think it’d be amazing to experience her traditional Christmas and I’m sure she’d have some incredible stories to tell over the sherry and mince pies!

4. My thoughts on Santa

The traditions of a loving, generous figure who brings gifts in the middle of a long, dark winter vary around the world but the different names and customs only prove that these emotions have no borders and we are far more similar than we are different.

5. My best and worst Christmas gifts and why?

My best Christmas gift ever was a shoe box full of beautiful clothes hand-sewn for my Sindy doll (she was the English version of Barbie back in the dark ages) by my Aunt Rene and cousin Marlene. They were so much better than anything you could buy and I particularly remember a beautiful dark green satin evening dress. My only regret is that they disappeared over the years because I’d love to still have them.

My worst gift has to be the sewing machine my dear husband gave me about twenty-five years ago. That particular Christmas I was suffering with the flu and his family from Tennessee were visiting us in Maryland for the holidays. Richard video-taped our present opening time to send to my family in Cornwall so there I am with a red nose, feeling like death, and trying desperately to smile as I open my gifts. I will admit that afterwards I did give in and learn the basics of how to use the machine. I made Halloween costumes and outfits for school plays etc for my 3 boys – nothing that would withstand scrutiny from any genuine sewers but good enough to last for the day! I’ve now passed on the machine to one of my daughters-in-law, who enjoys sewing, with my blessing!

6. Your favourite Christmas song

I know I’ll be slammed for this but I have to confess to a real dislike of sentimental Christmas songs – the first time I hear ‘White Christmas’ played each year it makes me want to run away and hide until the season is over. But I do love traditional Christmas carols and my favourite is ‘Silent Night’ preferably sung in a candlelit church at midnight on Christmas Eve. Then I know it really is Christmas.

7. Your favourite Christmas movie

I’m also not a fan of sweet, sentimental Christmas movies but could watch ‘Love Actually’ over and over again because it captures the spirit of the season without being sickly!

8. Top 3 books you’re giving as Christmas presents.

‘Slow Roads Tennessee’ for my mother-in-law. It’s a lovely pictorial record of the back roads and small towns of Tennessee including the area where she grew up. My oldest son is getting ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ and my middle son has asked for Orson Scott Card’s ‘First Formic War’ books.

9. Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas.

These are intertwined because my most favourite is sharing a traditional Christmas meal with my family and the least is clearing up afterwards with all the dishes to be washed!

10. Best food

– Warm mince pies with Cornish clotted cream, with either a glass of sherry or a mug of scalding hot tea! I didn’t realise putting out mince pies and sherry out for Santa was unusual until my husband said they always did milk and cookies – no wonder Santa preferred coming to our house That’s one tradition I continued with our own children and considered it a well-earned reward by the time we got them to bed on Christmas Eve!

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of our blogs will receive a fantastic prize. The winner of the giveaway can choose a kindle book from Angela Britnell's amazing range of titles. Good luck!


Dec 12, 2015

A Christmas Giveaway Hop


One lucky reader of my blog will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a lovely Christmas kindle book of my choice. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.


Agi and Suze's Christmas Countdown: Interview with Anniek & Giveaway!



Interview with Anniek

What’s your best Christmas memory?

I actually love every Christmas I have ever had. I'm a family person and I love to be with my family on these special days. We are all very close. There is nothing like a real Christmas tree in your home with presents underneath and the warm and cozy feeling from just being with one another.

What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens is a book that everyone should have read once in their life! Love that story. 
Unexpected gifts by Elena Aitken. I have reviewed this book before. The magic of Christmas combined with love it doesn’t get any better than that. (This book is also still free on Amazon).

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale. I have also reviewed this story not long ago. The book really warmed my heart and I absolutely love the way Jenny Hale tells a story.

If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate a one time special Christmas with, who would you choose and why?

No need to think about this one. Without a doubt: James Bay. I am addicted to his album and to his beautiful voice. He could just sing for me and I would be perfectly happy.

What are your thoughts about Santa?

I love the thought of what Santa represents. My son is too young right now but I absolutely see him on Santa’s lap surrounded by elves and having a wonderful magical time. It would be great to start a new tradition to write a letter to Santa each year just so we could create this magical time for him.

What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?

We always have a lots of presents under the tree. My birthday is right after Christmas so it’s double fun for me. My family and close friends know me so well. I am blessed to be given the most incredible gifts. I can’t think of one present that would be the best because even if the gift is a little bit more out of my field of interest it's always the thought that counts. I am not forgetting the fact that I'm blessed with my life and that there are also lots of people and children who are experiencing Christmas in a completely different way. 

Your favourite Christmas song?

When I hear Bianca Ryan with Couldn’t it be Christmas every day I always get a smile on my face and sing along with all I got. (looks a bit funny when I’m driving)

Your favourite Christmas movie?

It isn't really a Christmas movie but it is shown during Christmas every year. All the movies of Harry Potter. In the Netherlands they show them all around Christmas so I love to curl up on the couch and watch them again and again.

Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews. I didn’t know about this series before but I will definitely be reading this one myself as well.

A Christmas book from Tummy Tom and The very hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Obviously I love to read so I give my son books as well (hoping he will pick up my addiction to books as well) and I also love to give books to my loved ones.

Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?

Choosing and decorating the tree is my favorite part. We always have an 'ugly’ tree. One way or the other my husband always comes home with probably the worst looking tree of that year. I don’t mind though because I tell myself that even the less pretty trees want to fulfill their Christmas destiny. Their destiny is to shine bright and proud in people's houses, so we have a place for the trees that are likely not picked.

My least favorite part is to clear out all the Christmas stuff. If it was up to me I would keep all the decorations and the tree all year round!

I must ask, sorry – the best Christmas food is…?

I don’t have a special food connected to just Christmas alone. My biggest weakness is Pizza. I could eat this all day every day (if it wouldn’t fatten me up so much). So whatever time it is during the year pizza will probably be on the menu or will at least be present in the freezer.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of this blog will receive a kindle copy of one of Anniek's favorite books:


Good luck!

Christmas Countdown: Interview with Maxine Morrey & Giveaway!


About Maxine

Maxine Morrey, author of Winter’s Fairytale. Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first she won a handful of book tokens - perfect for a young bookworm! As years went by, she continued to write, but ‚normal’ work often got in the way. Finally, she really decided to go for it, and wrote. Really wrote. And after a while she had a bunch of articles, and a non fiction book to her name. But her real love is writing novels and the magical escapism it affords – for both writer and reader. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through as the publishers succumbed to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. In August 2015, she won Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition. Her first romantic comedy from HarperCollins (Carina UK), ‚Winter’s Fairytale’, was released in November. Maxine lives in Sussex, England with her husband and when not wrangling with words, can be found adding to her To Be Read pile, sewing, walking and wondering when they are going to invent a robot for ironing.

Interview

What’s your best Christmas memory?

In 2007, we were living in the US and my parents came over for a few weeks around Christmas. It was so lovely to have them there! We had some fab times exploring the area, and visiting a couple of theme parks. On Christmas Day, we had a traditional turkey with all the trimmings – and even managed to track down some sprouts for my Dad! Not quite so traditional was the fact that we had to have the local news on as there was a hurricane tracking right for us so we were keeping a watchful eye!

What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

The Christmas Mystery – Jostein Gaarder

This is such a lovely Christmas read that I discovered many years ago, quite by accident. It’s a real anecdote to all the commercialisation that surround the season now. Although it features the traditional Christian story, it’s so much more than that and is more about adventure and discovery and human emotion than it is religion.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Not exactly a traditional Christmas read, I know. What I love about reading this book around Christmas is the whole idea of being cosy and warm inside whilst in my head I’m with Jane, tramping on the freezing, windswept moors of Yorkshire.

Book 3

I’m saving this space! For my third choice, I’m going to have to save a spot! There’s been a whole raft of lovely Christmas books released over the last couple of months and I now have a huge pile just waiting to be read! I know that once I’ve read these I’m going to end up with a lot more favourites.

If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate a one time special Christmas with, who would you choose and why?

I think I would choose my grandfather. He was killed in an RTA whilst waiting to be sent home from Germany a few months after the war had finished. We’ve never had much information on him but everything we have found suggests he was a lovely, and funny man. I have so many questions! So the chance to spend time with him would be wonderful.

What are your thoughts about Santa?

I’m a little old to believe in Father Christmas these days! But I love the concept of him and I really think that children should be encouraged to believe in him for as long as is humanly possible! They grow up far too fast these days so anything that can be done to keep hold of their sense of wonder and belief in magic should really be encouraged.

What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?

My best gift would probably have to be one from quire a few years ago now that my lovely husband bought me as a total surprise, and that’s my Magimix. I was so amazed when I opened it as they’re not cheap and I never thought I’d have one! I know they say that kitchen appliances aren’t necessarily the best present a man can give his partner but I can honestly say he wasn’t in trouble at all! Ha ha! I thought it was beautiful and still use the heck out of it! It’s a real workhorse and I love it. He’d even gone to the trouble of getting it sent to my parents so that there was no risk of me seeing it delivered so it was a total surprise!

I really can’t think of any gifts I’d classify as ‘worst’ – I tend to think that it’s very nice that someone went to the effort of thinking about me at all!

Your favourite Christmas song?

‘Baby Please Come Home’ by Michael BublĂ©. Lovely and Christmassy and great to bop around to in the kitchen.

Your favourite Christmas movie?

Ooh, I’m kind of torn here between ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Elf’. I love all the intricacies of ‘Love Actually’ and how the stories intertwine with each other. It covers a whole range of emotions and shows that Christmas isn’t always just this ‘perfect’ thing – when you throw people in the mix, things generally get messy, because people aren’t perfect. But then ‘Elf’, with a 6’4” Will Ferrell dressed up is just sweet and funny and daft – the revolving door scene cracks me up every time! I think he’s quite underestimated as an actor – he conveys the emotions in that film from joy to sadness, so well.

Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?

Precious Gifts by Danielle Steele – My mum is a huge fan so she’ll love this.

Big Sam, My Autobiography by Sam Allardyce – My Mum in Law is a massive football fan and Big Sam was the manager at her team for quite a while so I think she’ll enjoy getting all the gossip from the man himself.

Make Me by Lee Child – Dad really enjoys the Jack Reacher series so this will give him something to dive into on Christmas Day.

Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?

My favourite bit is probably the first night the decorations are up, when the lights are low and the tree is twinkling and it just starts feeling really festive.

My least favourite part is the over commercialisation of it all. The stress that people can sometimes feel under to put on the ‘perfect’ Christmas and get the ‘right’ presents can take away from the simple joy of being together.

I must ask, sorry – the best Christmas food is…?

I love all the little bits, the nibbles! Christmas Day tea and Boxing Day is generally just bits and bobs like turkey sandwiches, salad, ham & cheese puffs, cheese and biscuits – and of course, cake! All the things like that are my absolute favourite!

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of our blogs will receive a fantastic prize:

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A digital copy of Winter's Fairytale will be for the winner of this giveaway, good luck!

Australia Days Etsy Spotlight & Giveaway: Suze Loves Naturally Enigma!




It's a wonderful shop filled with beautiful gemstone jewelry, supplies and natural beauty products.


Josefine, the owner, uses all kinds of different jewelry making techniques.


Her materials are gorgeous.


I love the simple beauty of her pieces. 


Josefine is very kind and helpful.


She loves making custom orders, so you can always ask her to make something for you if she doesn't have it in her shop.


Josefine focuses on natural materials and the results are stunning.


On Josefine's website you can find a beautiful gallery, which is definitely worth checking out.


Everything Josefine uses is chemical free and environmental friendly.


She uses her natural element which is earth. I love the colors she uses and her pieces are very energetic.


If you like gemstone jewelry you will definitely love this shop. The prices are very reasonable, so it's perfect to find some great gifts.


A lot of the jewelry doesn't contain any metal which is ideal if you're looking for something nickel free.


Check out this fantastic jewelry store.


Enjoy browsing...


And have fun shopping!


If you're in Australia you can find information about Josefine's market stall here.


One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a fantastic prize:


Two surprise bracelets will be for the winner of the giveaway. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.
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