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  1. Today I am going to tell you about two more of my jewellery making suppliers where I get my gemstones, jewellery findings and everything else I require to make my jewellery.

    The first one is Kernowcraft who are based in Cornwall and sell lots of gorgeous gemstones at reasonable prices.  They also sell jewellery making tools, stringing materials and more.  They have a blog where you can apply to be a guest writer at https://www.kernowcraft.com

    They also have a "Jewellery Making Advice" section and jewellery making tutorials.  You can sign up for their weekly newsletter and find out about their exclusive offers and any new products that they have.

    This is a lovely pair of wire wrapped rough imperial topaz crystal earrings I made with topaz crystals I bought from Kernowcraft and they are online in my shop.

    Wirewrapped Imperial Topaz Earrings

    I only came across Kernowcraft a couple of months ago but I do like their jewellery making supplies and I have bought a few items from them already.  They deliver your order promptly, email you when your order is on the way, and have a very good customer service.

    You can find Kernowcraft on social  media and the links are on their website but this is the link to their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/kernowcraft

     

    Charming Beads is also a favourite of mine for buying my jewellery making supplies and are based in Monmouth. Charming Beads sell jewellery making supplies consisting of gemstones, crystal beads, jewellery findings (which are clasps, earwires etc which you need to make the piece of jewellery), craft wire, charms and more.

    Their websites is http://www.charming-beads.co.uk

    Charming Beads have a very big selection of beads and gemstones in a rainbow of colours.  It is very esy to find what you are looking for on their website.  Charming Beads are prompt with their deliveries too and email you once your order is on the way.  They aslo have a very good customer service.  I have bought from Charming Beads quite a lot over the years and will continue to buy from them as they are one of my favourite suppliers

    I made this beatiful turquoise chip bead bracelet with beads from Charming Beads.

    African Turquoise Chip Bead Bracelet

     

    I am actually wearing this lovely bracelet today as I made this one for myself.  I love turquoise and I love chip beads too.  I will be making another one to go in my online shop.

    Charming Beads are also on Facebook at

    https://www,facebook.com/Charming.Beads.Offers

    Please leave a comment below if you have used these suppliers before or if you have any suggestions for jewellery making suppliers for me to try.

  2. Today I am going to tell you about my favourite UK holiday destination which is Canterbury in Kent, southern England.  If you have never been there then it is well worth a visit.

    I have family living there and they consist of my daughter, son-in-law and my granddaughter. My husband, son and I go and visit them regularly.

    Canterbury is a city and has a cathedral  which you must visit if you ever go to Canterbury.

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    The Cathedral is very impressive and there is lots to see when you go inside.  There is an entrance fee which is valid for a whole year so you can go there as often as you like. There is also a shop where you can buy souvenirs. We went to a Christmas Carol service when we were there a couple of years ago and it was lovely.

    There is loads to do in Canterbury itself and in the surrounding areas.  There are lots of shops and eating places selling all different kinds of food and you will be spoilt for choice.

    If you want to go farther afield and you like castles, then Leeds Castle is roughly a forty minute drive from Canterbury.  The castle itself is lovely and the grounds are massive.  There is quite a walk to the castle from the car park but it is good exercise and there is lots to see.

     

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    This is a picture of part of Leeds castle. There is an entrance fee but it lasts for a whole year the same as the Cathedral.

    Canterbury is such a lovely city.  There are quite a few Tudor looking houses and the streets are cobblestoned.

    If you like shopping then there is a big shopping centre called Bluewater which is roughly twenty to thirty minutes drive from Canterbury, and also the Fashion Outlets (Loads of different shops including Marks and Spencers) which is in Ashford.  I have visited all of these places more than once and will definitely be visiting them again.

    Whatever you like doing on holiday, I am sure you will find something you like in Canterbury.  I have just told you the places I have visited in the Canterbury area but there are lots more for you to visit.

    Canterbury is also within driving distance of London and Dover.  We visited Dover Castle a few years ago which is also well worth a visit.  As well as the castle to walk around there are also tunnels underneath the castle which were used during the war.  These tunnels are authentic and have a radar plotting room and a sick bay amongst other things.

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    This is a photo of the entrance to the tunnels.  All of these photos were taken in 2010.

    Please leave a comment if you have visited Canterbury yourself or are planning a visit there or leave a comment about anything you want.