Hi everyone! I hope you are all just fine ‘n’ dandy and enjoying summer. Don’t forget, if you’re on social media, to share your summer activities with us at QVC by including the hashtag #letssharesummer so we can see how much fun you’re having now the warmer weather is here! I’m loving it. We had a street party in my road last weekend but I’ll tell you more about that next Wednesday.
I was soooo excited about my cake last week that I ran out of room to tell you all about my latest designs with multi award-winning Welsh jewellery brand, Clogau, so I’ve saved it for this week.
I’ve been working with Clogau for many months on these latest pieces. When I’m designing it all starts with a feeling. It’s never about a piece of jewellery in those early stages. The feelings behind these designs are those of growing ‘stronger with time’. In Welsh, ‘cryfach gydag amser’.
The sentiment relates to many things for me, personally. Inner strength, knowledge, personal growth, understanding, friendships, love for others… the list goes on. How many of us say “If I knew then what I know now” or “Hindsight is a wonderful thing”? As we grow older (gravity attacks but we have products at QVC that can help with that) we tend grow wiser, too. As we go through trials and tribulations we realise we are stronger than we ever thought possible.
Another aspect of ‘cryfach gydag amser’ for me is that of nature. Have you ever noticed how, regardless of how much concrete we pile on top it (or how much dye I apply to my greying roots) nature always finds a way through! It silently triumphs. It’s often amazed me how something soft and leafy, such as a garden weed, can push its way through the obstructions of paving slabs. Despite looking relatively delicate there is a silent strength and resilience which allows it to see the light despite the obstacles repeatedly thrown at it. I think therein lies a metaphor for us, as humans.
This led me to wonder about flowers possessing strength. In particular, flowers native to Wales. I began researching and the humble primrose found its way into my heart. Its petals are even heart shaped. Primrose petals is “Petalau briallen” in Welsh. In 2015 this hardy, Welsh, unassuming bloom was voted as Wales’ favourite flower, even over the daffodil, surprisingly! It appears to be quite fragile yet is hardy, blooming in springtime and decorating hedgerows and riverbanks as well as gardens. They are a member of the Primula family. The word Primula is Latin and refers to them being some of the first spring flowers to appear.
I chose a daffodil for my first Clogau design collaboration for many reasons (if you trawl back through my blogs you’ll find the story behind my connection with Clogau and all the reasons for my choice of flower) but one of the reasons was the fact they are such symbols of hope. They poke their little, fearless heads up and look for the sun. Sometimes even through frost and snow. They are my all time favourites but primroses are very close and, again, the fact they are strong and herald brighter days of springtime really appeals to me.
There are many places in Wales which are special to me. There are, also, many I have yet to visit and dearly hope to. I really wanted my latest designs to feature the primrose but, perhaps due to my geminian nature, I was torn between two themes. I adore the traditional Clogau ‘look’. Intricately detailed and almost ‘organic’, as though they are as natural as vines and flowers growing in nature. Therefore, one version is more classically Clogau.
A slightly asymmetric heart with scattered petals and whole flowers. I see the outline of the heart as a strong vine and all the petals and flowers symbolising people or events which have shaped my life and remain with me. I like the way the points of primrose petals all meet in the centre, perhaps like family members. Separate yet always connected.
The other version is more contemporary in appearance, yet still proudly displays the wonderful goldsmith skills associated with Clogau seen here in the finely detailed flower and then the gently winding curvature of the sterling silver. This one was inspired by a stay in Tenby. If you’ve never been I can highly recommend it. A beautiful, peaceful, seaside town in Wales. I’ve always felt great peace when walking along the beach watching the waves of the sea as they ebb and flow. It really takes me out of myself and allows me to realise how vast this world is. Being near the sea tends to send me down a rabbit hole of deep thought. Watching the waves is almost addictive! The way the silver has been dimensionally sculpted is representative of the fluidity of the sea. The swirling curve is reminiscent of the waves as they build and curl around before swooshing down into the rest of the water. This also makes me think of our own strength. “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”. The stormy seas may come and go but there are periods of calm when they simply become a part of our history, but still always a part of who we are.
So many of you have shared your touching stories with me both on my blog and through social media. I’m finding I don’t always get enough time to reply to every comment I receive but, I promise you with hand on heart, I always read them. It means so much that you take the time. I would, genuinely, love to know who you would consider gifting these pieces to and why. Feel free to comment below.
Now, onto the touch of ‘Klass’ coming to QVC! No, it’s not a spelling mistake. It’s Myleene Klass! Yes, she is clearly musically gifted and has achieved great success as a TV presenter but we cannot ignore the fact she has an incredible figure. She always looks very healthy and toned and who can forget that white bikini she donned on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ a few years back? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wishing I had washboard abs like hers as I (probably) tucked into something naughty whilst sat on my bum watching the show.
Guess what? She has a new 12-week regime to help us mere mortals to get flatter tums and lifted bums! Woohoo! I gave it a try and have to say I could feel I was working those (hidden) muscles. It’s available to buy online right now and you get two beautifully shot DVD’s and a ‘sandbell’ weight. There are lots of workouts. Myleene works alongside us as personal trainer, Louis Rennocks, expertly guides us through the routines.
One really great aspect to this package is that you can tailor it to suit the amount of time you have. This was important to Myleene as she is a busy, working mum of two and understands not everyone can find much time in their day for working out. Remember, buying through us means you can put it through its paces, as it puts you through yours, and you still have your 30 day money back guarantee. I’d love to know how you get on with it if you do go for it!
Ooh I nearly forgot! A date for your diaries… I’ll be launching my new Clogau Primrose Collection live on QVC at 2pm on the 29th of June.
Well, that’s all for this week. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Have a fantastic week, see you back here on Wednesday!
Love Catherine xx