November 17, 2017
Black Friday is looming - signalling a weekend of slashed prices at many large retailers, but not here at Hold upon Heart. You see, it really doesn't make sense for a small business like ours, where each product is carefully hand made to order. We don't tend to do sales full stop really, as we prefer to set our prices so they are as fair as possible all year round. We also believe that we already offer good value, as when you buy from us you are buying something totally unique, that is made with great care. We are not alone in not liking the Black Friday madness, there is a movement of small independent businesses who are taking a stand. This wonderful blog by Holly’s Lollies, explains brilliantly that, when you shop with a small business, you are already getting excellent value for something that is often unique, and always made with love. Better still, by supporting small businesses you are often supporting a family directly, and you certainly are supporting our family when you shop with us.
So this Black Friday, instead of joining in the madness, we have decided that we will donate 10% of our sales made on Black Friday to the National Autistic Society. This is a charity very close to our hearts, as our youngest son is autistic, the non-verbal with severe learning difficulties kind of autistic. I still get a lump in the throat just writing that. Autism is getting a fair bit of attention these days, especially since the A Word has been aired, but the autistic spectrum is very broad, and people are still puzzled as to what autism actually is. The National Autistic Society do sterling work in raising awareness of autism, and the more aware we become of our differences, then hopefully the kinder and more accepting we will become as a society. We know ourselves how upsetting disapproving stares are when out and about with our little chap, and this is simply due to people not being aware.
Despite the challenges that autism presents, our little boy is absolutely beautiful and a massive bundle of joy, and he fills our lives with colour (and a lot of crumbs). Rainbows are often associated with the autistic spectrum, and below is the most beautiful poem which compares the autistic mind to a box of unravelled rainbow ribbons. This was written by Dani Netherclift, about her own son, but it so describes our experiences with our own little boy that it could have been written for him, I have it framed on my living room wall, and snippets of it often come to mind.
You can find out more about the National Autistic Society and about autism at http://www.autism.org.uk and you can find more about Dani and her writing at http://sandhasnohome.com
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February 15, 2018
We have a couple of new personalised print designs, both inspired a little by my own childhood I must admit. The first is our 'Sand between your toes' print, which is seaside inspired.
From time to time we post up a photo of us at work in the studio as we think its nice for people to see what actually goes into making their jewellery. One question that seems to crop up with each photo of us at work, is 'how do we tell whose print is whose'.
December 18, 2017