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First year wedding anniversary gifts

Strands is our fresh, durable and vibrant diffusion line. The collection is a return to dexterity, with each piece made entirely by hand without the involvement of any machinery. The collection of perfectly on-trend and easy to wear summer statement necklaces is constructed using a twisted paper yarn, which is sourced and made in the UK. Each piece is unique, individually knitted entirely by hand using thread bound paper yarn, and hand coloured using on-trend neon and pastel colour palettes.

Our new ‘Strands’ collection consists of two brand new necklaces, both available to puchase exclusively from our Boticca online shop

The first is ‘Loops’  – designed with an emphasis on simplicity. Each ‘Loops’ necklace is unique, individually constructed entirely by hand using cotton bound paper yarn and coloured by hand, with a hand-bound toggle fastening. It is available in Pastel Blue, Pink and Grey and Neon Yellow and Pink for £45 each, or in a neutral/non colour for £35.

Loops’ hand-bound toggle fastening.

‘Purls’ is a talking point necklace – a chunky statement piece, and like ‘Loops’ no two will be identical as each piece is individually constructed and coloured entirely by hand. ‘Purls’ is available in Pastel Blue, Pink and Grey and Neon Yellow and Pink for £75 each, or in a neutral/non colour for £60.

Head over to our Boticca online shop to check out the full diffusion collection …

Strands Collection // Loops

Strands Collection // Purls

Product Photography: Gemma Dewson

Model Photography: Sam Roberts 

Model: Lizzie Towndrow

Make up: Katy Gill

Hair: Sonya parks

A month today, April 29th, will be the first wedding anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which is traditionally marked by the gift of paper.

A great deal of thought and sentiment went into the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s very public yet very personal wedding, from William’s proposal with his mother Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring, to the sentimental touches of the day itself. On her wedding day, the Duchess’ meaningful jewellery choices included the Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara, her something borrowed, which was lent to the Duchess by The Queen. The tiara is part of the Crown Jewels, originally a gift for the Queen Mother, before being presented to The Queen on her 18th Birthday. The design of Kate’s earrings, which were commissioned by her parents for her ‘something new’, incorporated oak leaves and pear-shaped diamonds, elements of the Middleton family’s newly appointed coat of arms.

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The Duchess' sentimental wedding day jewellery

The dress represented British craftsmanship, designed in London by Sarah Burton, and proudly made by British artisans, using British fabric where possible, and striving to marry traditional fabrics and lacework with modern structure and design. The dress was made with ivory and white satin gazar, while the underskirt was made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace, with an unseen piece of blue ribbon sewn into the ling of the dress to satisfy tradition. The lace used for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal school of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace, and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique design, incorporating the emblems of the UK, the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. As tradition dictates for royal weddings, the bride’s bouquet contained a sprig of myrtle from the original myrtle bush planted by Queen Victoria at Osborne House, Isle of Wight.

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The Duchess' wedding dress made using hand made British lace

At Saloukee, we think that the first year wedding anniversary is one to be really celebrated, and we pride ourselves in selling some of the most unique and original first year paper wedding anniversary gifts available. To add that extra bit of sentiment, we are happy to customize a memento slip on luxury cream textured paper, printed with both their name and the date of your first wedding anniversary. We place this in the jewellery box so that when they open their present this will be the first thing they see, and don’t forget to make use of our beautiful gift wrap service for such a special gift.

In celebration of this exciting event, all purchases made on our online shop will receive a discount of 10% plus free gift wrapping to make your purchase extra special. Simply type “ROYAL10” at the Saloukee online shop checkout.

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Saloukee Revolution paper bracelet

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Saloukee Unity paper earrings

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Add an extra special touch with out gift wrap service

If you have a wedding or anniversary coming up, please accept our very best wishes.

Saloukee

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a year and sometimes it’s nice to sit and allow yourself to realise that despite often feeling like you’re just fighting fires … that actually somewhere along the away some things were achieved. I wanted to take stock of some of the things in my business and my personal life that happened to me this year and write them down as a record to look back on and smile about:

IN BUSINESS:

* I had my first book published and in its first 6 weeks sold nearly 900 copies

Sarah Kelly's Paper Jewellery Book Cover

Signed copies now available online at saloukee.com

* I sold my work to The National Portrait Gallery as stock for their gallery shop

* I undertook 2 full day workshops teaching teachers new techniques in the manipulation of paper, not a small feat!

* I accepted a position as a visiting tutor at the School of jewellery, Birmingham

* I had record numbers of sales to customers for First year wedding anniversary gifts for their loved ones

* I did nearly 500 demonstrations of hand weaving and knitting with paper yarn to over 60 primary school children, on my own over the course of 8 days!

* I was asked to be a short course tutor of  ‘Making sculpture paper jewellery’ a course that I wrote and designed myself for West Dean College, Chichester

* I launched a new website with the skills of my web designer Matt and learnt Dreamweaver and HTML in the process

* I got my very own Mac and learnt to love it pretty quickly

* I single handedly launched two new online shops on Boticca and on Saloukee.com

* I reached over 600 followers on Twitter and over 400 on Facebook

* I designed and made private commissions to several special clients worldwide

* I sent copies of my book to my old high school teacher (as a thank you for his guidance in my career) and to my aunty whose husband proof read my first chapter but died during the writing the following of the chapters (the book is dedicated in his memory).

* I had my work published in a portfolio book and selected to be published in 3 other books due out in 2012, as well as other press worldwide

* I managed to get to number one and two in Google when typing ‘paper jewellery’ and number four when typing ‘Sarah Kelly’ – I’ve still not managed to pip a very famous American contemporary christian singer/artist with the same name :-/

Google ranking for 'Paper Jewellery' 16.12.11

Google ranking for ‘Paper Jewellery’ 16.12.11

IN LIFE:

* I saw my best friend become a mummy after being such a beautiful pregnant lady

* I was in turn then asked to be a Godmother to her very beautiful little girl who I love so much already

* I had to go in to hospital for the first time in my life, so I quickly dealt with my fear of all things medical. I had two operations with two general anaesthetics and morphine in the space of a month … I survived both but I’m three wisdom teeth down : -/

* I then decided to commit to a studio in the Big smoke, where I would base Saloukee HQ from … beginning January ’12  : )

Papered Parlour studio

Papered Parlour studio

* I surfed in Hebridean waters on the day of the Royal wedding with my two brothers and stood up several time, it wasn’t until later in the summer in Biarritz that I finally felt what it was like to catch a ‘real wave’

* I ran over three miles none stop for the first time in my life without collapsing!

* I swam 100 lengths in under 48 minutes and raised over £200 for Marie Curie nurses

* I made maiden voyages to Norway, Ireland and Greece for the first time where I caught mackerel, drank Guiness and scuba dived

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Norway, summer 2011

* I learnt to snowboard and even managed to get over the fear of the button lift and of turning … my first road trip in a borrowed motorhome will see in our New Year : )

* I went to my first wedding abroad

* I watched my big brother pass his PGCE, move out for good and become a real life teacher – god bless those 7 year olds!

* I was able to see my little brother and his wife move back to England from the Outer Hebrides after many years of strength in such solitude

* I saw friends fall in and out of love, marry, fall pregnant and get very grown up

… and all in all I came to the end of it feeling happy with where I came from … and I wanted to leave on this note … this is something I wrote for a blog on starting up a business some time ago which still feels poignant and relevant to business and life every time I read it …

“Be flexible, take every opportunity that comes your way, don’t be knocked by those that don’t believe in what you do or simply don’t get ‘it’- there’s enough people out there that will, learn to take criticism and not be offended, learn to laugh when you want to cry, surround yourself with positive people, take time for yourself, be passionate and open to new inspiration, love your friends and family more than ever…they will be the ones to help you through when times are tough. Be stubborn, vigilant and confident in your product and quite simply don’t ever give up…it will happen if you’re determined enough!”

Hoping for exciting, new prospects in 2012 … just you watch this space!

Best Christmassy wishes, Sarah and Saloukee ; ) x

Come and meet Saloukee’s creative director Sarah kelly and her new jewellery creations at Top Drawer on stand Q28 at Olympia this weekend. The event with showcase the most beautiful selection of design-led gifts and fashion accessories. Entrance is FREE is you register online before the event.

We hope to see you there!

Love Saloukee x

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I just wanted to post a few piccies of an exhibition that Saloukee is currently seen in, as the space is simply beautiful … thanks to the vision and creativity of the lovely Clare Goddard.

Set in the pretty town of Wirksworth, Clare has set up her own studio with idylic shop front  in a wonderful 16th century building, it has flag stone floors and beamed ceilings … hmmmm!

It’s great to see jewellery being displayed in a innovative, unique way … and even more exciting is that I will be working with Clare for one of the projects within my book … here’s why …

… beautiful hey!

AND another great exhibition I’ve just been asked to take part in that I’m sure will prove successful is a ‘first year anniversary’ exhibition which includes the work of over 20 contemporary designers working in paper … it will be at Unit Twelve another amazing workshop and exhibition space, run by the talented Jennifer Collier.

more details will follow soon … watch this space for updates … x

This summer has been many amazing things for me…but most notably a summer of weddings …

It was the first time I had the honour of being a chief bridesmaid, this was to my lovely, beautiful best friend Gemma …

It was also the first time to be a bridesmaid at a family wedding … for my baby brothers fiancee (now wife) Jo…

Being involved so closely with these amazing weddings, it was touching to see all the love in the air! Being a bit of a sentimental old goat myself, I thought long and hard about the presents to get these people who meant so much to me.

So me being me, what better thing to do than stick to what I know best…being a little quirky creative…

so for my lovely Gemma … I secretly placed disposable cameras on all of the outside tables at the weddings, allowing guests to snap at their leisure. I also scurried round all evening (with the help of the other lovely bridemaids) chatting to guests and getting them to write a little note to the bride and groom as good wishes for their lives together.

Then when the happy couple were away on her honeymoon I preceded to get all crafty and put together an album full of surprise photos and notes from all her loved ones.

Here are a few snapshots from my creation:

Being the very special girl she is, I also was determined that she should have a piece of Sarah Kelly jewellery on her for her big day. With the traditional wedding choice that she made, I opted for a simple silver chain, with a single Fresh Water Pearl, delicate Aqua Marine and hand carved cast silver heart pendant. Though I gave her this two weeks before (I couldn’t cope with any tears on the day if she hated it!)

I also surprised her on the morning of her wedding with another piece of jewellery. This was a piece I’d made during my second year at university and never had a more perfect time come to give it to someone special.

Now, you’ll have to forgive my somewhat amateur attempt at photography in my second year at University! But I set myself the brief at the time to make a set of commercial silver rings using the lost wax process. At the time I wanted to emphasise how the giving of jewellery was always something of love from the giver and something to cherish from the receiver. (To which I still very much believe and  honour.)

The ring on the right, I wear everyday. Engraved in phonetics on the underside it says ‘Hold tenderly that which you cherish’.

The ring on the left says (still sat in its box, waiting to be claimed by the right person) says ‘Friends are kisses blown to us by angels’.

The middle ring, the ring I gave to Gemma, I set with a Peridot stone on the underside. Perdiot meaning ‘healthiness and happiness in marriage’.

For me, giving gifts of jewellery has so much sentiment and I hope when clients purchase my jewellery, it is because they have very much felt the same way.

Now my brother and his lady needed a greatly different present. I thought long and hard about this. How to get something thoughtful, without interfering on the brides territory on the day/on the honeymoon/in newly married life!

I decided the safest option was not to organise something as a present on the day, nor I thought it would be safe to surprise them with something during their honeymoon (I know their itinerary was fun-packed). Instead I thought that it would be nice for them to have something to come home to. They live in the Outer Hebrides (a far, far off land!) and there’s not a huge amount to do out there, so I put together a hamper of fun things for them to keep them a little busy after the excitement of their wedding on the return home, the start of their new lives together.

Now most of the things in there probably seem really random to anyone else but I hope they’ll be a perfect concoction of things to enjoy and do together as husband and wife. My best finds included:

A personalised address stamp with their new married names on, available from Billet Doux.

A strawberry, stem remover…perfect for picnics ; ) available from Lakeland.

…and my final find, was this beautiful anniversary book which I hope they keep forever, check out Amazon to see the a sneak peek of the inside.

…and then that has me thinking all about anniversaries…it seems more and more folk are celebrating wedding anniversaries in style … and so they should! I have been getting more and more enquiries about special gifts made in paper, especially to signify first year anniversaries.

Therefore I’m making a special effort to let people know that, me being me, (the sentimental old goat that I am) I’d like Saloukee to specialise in exactly that … First year wedding anniversary gifts.

Not only am I happy to make an extra special effort to wrap these gifts beautifully but I now also include a ‘memento slip’ within the jewellery box, with customised date and message to your loved one.

Saloukee welcomes any specific requests or commissions and will do all possible to cater to your needs … so if you have something in mind or want to pick my brain further, just drop me a line here.

Sending love and best wishes x