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Relaunch: A month of competitions, giveaways and discounts

After being so reinvigorated by taking part in the Dog and Partridge summer craft fair, I've decided to hold an official relaunch of my shop - with a month-long extravaganza of discounts, competitions and other loveliness starting from July 1st. For more details, keep checking back here for more details, follow me on Twitter or like the Facebook page.

PRESS RELEASE: Made With Love by Kat launches month of summer celebrations
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REWORKED jewellery label Made With Love by Kat is back with a bang with a month of discounts and competitions.

Throughout July, designer Kat Dibbits will be offering a host of offers including free postage and packing and up to 20% off all purchases.

She will also be running competitions, with prizes including earrings from her range, books, and for one lucky winner, a specially-commissioned item of jewellery.

Made With Love by Kat uses reworked vintage finds to create one-off pieces, from earrings that become bracelets to showstopping …

Naming inspiration

One of the hardest things I find about listing my items is coming up with names for them that I feel reflect the thought behind each piece. This one, however, was easy - the original vintage necklace that forms the central curve was by the jewellery company Monet... hence "Masterpiece"!

Press release: Gatsby meets the English rose for Summer 2013

QUEEN of recessionista couture, Manchester-based jewellery designer Kat Dibbits takes broken jewellery, mysterious keys and unwearable bits and bobs and turns them into gorgeous new one-of-a-kind creations.
And her sparkling creations have a Great Gatsby-meets-English rose quality that makes them the perfect frosting for this summer’s eclectic trends.

Gucci pastels will be perfectly complemented by her pale pink statement bracelets, while gunmetal metallics would work well with the bolder colours seen at Moschino and sparkling floral pieces would look great with Dolce and Gabanna’s dramatic Riviera styles.   

And of course, for anyone whose retro style references the classic shapes at Raf Simons’ collection for Dior, Kat’s jewellery is the ideal way to incorporate vintage finds with a contemporary twist.

In a nod to Gatsby, even discarded chandelier drops are turned into stunning pendants.

Kat set up her shop, Made With Love by Kat, online nearly five years ago (…

Craft stall success!

Well, as promised, I managed to take some pictures of my stall from Saturday’s event – in between basking in the sun and drinking bitter shandies (it’s the weather’s fault, it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time).

I’m really pleased with how my stall looked – I think having the “Gatsby on a picnic” theme in my head definitely helped, even though that theme wasn’t necessarily obvious to the casual observer. I really liked using the bottles to display bracelets – that’s an idea to keep. The necklaces hung on the lid of the picnic basket didn’t get a huge amount of attention, but I think maybe that’s because they were below eye level due to the table not being quite big enough. I made a few nice sales though, and lots of people took cards, so I’d better restock my shop pronto!

A happy customer:


Summer craft stall

So I’m doing my first craft fair in about a year on Saturday. I’ve never done particularly well at them in the past – jewellery parties have been more popular – but for the first time in three and a half years I let my Folksy shop run down to empty (it’s slightly restocked now, although there are lots of new pieces that need photographing) as I’ve been so busy and so it was a good excuse to give myself a kick start. Plus, it’s free to have a table and it’s at a pub (the Dog and Partridge, in Bolton), so it should be a good day out!
In addition to my big green board, I shall be utilising the little jewellery busts I had delivered a while ago (shame they’re so small really – I thought they were bigger when I ordered them, but I’ll find a way to work around it!) along with a couple of picnic baskets I have. I’ve been putting together a board on Pinterest, as I seem to do for everything nowadays, click here if you’d like to see it. As it’s (hopefully) going to be a sunny day, I’m going t…