Kate’s Stories

July Scarborough Seafest Special

We’ve had lots of exciting events during July, a birthday, an anniversary, summer holidays and more! And to top it off the weather here in North Yorkshire has been glorious, talk about summer sunshine!! Seafest 2018 Straight down to business, this month has been a busy one! Birthdays and anniversaries aside, the main event for me this month was Seafest on 21st and 22nd of July, down on West Pier, South Bay, Scarborough.  This year marked the 20th Maritime Heritage Festival which hosted a wide variety of events, food demonstrations, naval boats, live music, beer festival and more, and it also coincided with RNLI Scarborough Flag Day. All of which amounted to an extremely busy weekend down on South Bay. The most exciting event for me during Seafest was the Lighthouse Tour! Watching over the coming and goings of the busy fishing harbour, with its colourful collection of boats; the lighthouse has been a guiding light to sea farers for over two centuries. The building was destroyed by a shell from a German warship during WWI and then rebuilt and transformed to its former glory. As the lighthouse is looked after by Scarborough Yacht Club, it is not often open to Read More

Jolly June….

Hello there! June didn’t quite start off as we had hoped! After a couple of enjoyable days in half term the small one came down with the dreaded Chicken Pox!! I am thankful that we have not got them out of the way but that meant we were house bound for the rest of the week, missing days out, a birthday party and going back to nursery.  Once the worst of it was over we headed out to South Bay to take part in a beach clean! BEACH CLEAN I’ve previously talked about the rubbish which gets left on Scarborough beaches so this month we decided to take part in an organised clean up by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Between us all (small one included) we managed to shift 16lb of rubbish off South Bay beach in just under two hours. The beach was relatively ‘clean’ in comparison to previous days before we started but it was amazing how much was there once we started looking. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust then take the rubbish to be analysed and try to determine what the waste is and where it is coming from in an effort to help protect the local coastline and its Read More

Etsy NYCM Pop Up Shop

In June Etsy celebrated its 13th Birthday and held a sale from 18th – 22nd to celebrate!  At rather short notice, the Etsy North Yorkshire Coast and Moors team decided to do a small pop up event to coincide with the celebrations as a way to promote the group and introduce ourselves to the local community. Etsy North Yorkshire Coast and Moors We are  brand spanking new Etsy Team who came into existence following local networking meetings at Yorkshire in Business. A few people had expressed an interest to sell online through Etsy so Jenn from Yorkshire in Business organised a small workshop in February ran by myself and Jenny from Scarborough Scribbles to give an introduction to Etsy. From that we started to make the meet ups a monthly event where local businesses and existing Etsy sellers in the area could drop in an we could work through some of the challenges they came across whilst managing their stores. We then realised that we had a ready made team! We decided to spread the team further than just Scarborough as there are many wonderful makers stretched far and wide on the North Yorkshire Coast and across over the Moors. Read More

Mayday, Mayday!!

Another month has flown by here in sunny Scarbados (no really, it has been very sunny!!) and I naively thought I would get so much done!! Google Digital Garage We hit the ground running at the start of May with a day at Coventry University (in Scarborough – yes, I know its a bit confusing!!) attending the Google Digital Garage Training session organised by Yorkshire in Business. It was delivered by the extremely helpful and knowledgable Becky, who talked us through series of presentations on how to make the most out of Google, social media and our own websites. I came away with copious notes and very enthused with all the new things I needed to do (or add to my to do list and try them later) and it was a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely helpful session! I was made acutely aware of my age however as after I’d been franticly taking down the notes, Becky casually said at the end ‘oh just take a photo of the slide and it has the links to the presentations on’. How time have changed since I was at uni, no smart phones to record/photograph slides, and certainly slides were not linked Read More

KWJ’s April Antics

April has been one busy month, full of both work and play. We started off with Easter weekend, this was great fun as it is the first year that the small one has actually understood what was going on (well, at least the bunny and eggs bit!). So we had our first Easter egg hunt and I’m not sure who had the most fun – me putting it all together or her looking for them all! This year BCTF also fell during the Easter holidays so although I was busy getting ready for the vent we still managed to squeeze in some fun Easter activities! All the fun of the Fairs… On 7th April I loaded up the car and made my way over to Harrogate to set up for the British Craft Trade Fair. This was my eighth year of exhibiting at the show and I think I’ve finally cracked the packing and unloading technique on my own!! I set up in a record time (for me!) and was on my way home in time for tea. We opened to the public on 8th April and had a very pleasant three days meeting and chatting with lots of potential stockists Read More

March Meet The Maker

What a busy time we have had here at KWJ! This month I decided to take part in Joanne Hawkers #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge over on Instagram. Previously I have not been entirely successful with keeping up to date with social media challenges but despite an epic iPhone failure leaving me incommunicado for a good few days, and a bout of the sickness bug kindly donated by the small one, I have managed (so far) with the majority of the posts – just a few to catch up on this week. If you would like to see my #MarchMeetTheMaker contributions, pop over to my Instagram feed and see more about my story and KWJ. It is also very refreshing as a maker to see so many others posting similar things, feeling like you’re all in the same boat juggling life and making, and bringing makers together despite the sometimes solitary existence of the self employed.  The challenge has also made me plan ahead a bit more with my photographs and content, and think about the prompts and how to interpret them.  You can see others exciting stories by having  browse of the #MarchMeetTheMaker hashtag!                 Read More

February Fun

Where has February gone? You get lulled into the quiet relaxed pace of January then before you know it you’ve lost half a month!! Social Scarborough February has been a surprisingly busy few weeks, both at home and KWJ. At the beginning of the month we had our first Totally Locally Scarborough meet up at Clark’s. It was a great opportunity to meet up with other local businesses and of course the coffee and cake were delicious! Hopefully this will now become a regular monthly meet up where we can explore any issues and opportunities there are for small businesses in the Scarborough area. Half term then crept up on us and we made the most of it by visiting the Scarborough RNLI for their open day and doing plenty of crafty things, along with a lovely sunny day on the beach!    New Things!! February is also the month for developing new ideas ready for the British Craft Trade Fair in April and application time for craft shows. I haven’t applied for any events for a couple of years since Evie came along but I have done this time round and I have some shiny new work to share with you. Read More

Hello 2018 from KWJ!

This my first blog for 2018 and I’m afraid to say, nearly 3 years on here!! We have an awful lot to catch up on!  Along with all of the other unrealistic resolutions that we make in the New Year, one of my more positive ones  has been to keep you updated on what is happening at Kate Wimbush Jewellery on a monthly basis.  That way I can share what I’m working on with you, events I’m going to and where you can find me or my jewellery across the UK. Now as we seem to have almost three years to catch up on, I’ll try and keep it brief! The Big Move In 2016 we decided as a family that we would like Evie to grow up by the seaside (one of my childhood dreams!) and with a husband whose job allows him to move around the country we started looking for possible locations. We finally settled on Scarborough in North Yorkshire and in February 2017 we finally moved to the coast! It is a dream come true having all these wonderful places which we have visited as tourists on our doorstep. We are a stones throw from Whitby, Read More

It’s that time again!!

This week I will be travelling to Harrogate once again for BCTF 2015! BCTF has been promoting British hand-made giftware for 40 years, longer than any other trade fair in the UK! I will be exhibiting alongside my fellow Manchester Jewellers Network members Charlotte Verity and Simon Denvers on stand 114. The show opens on Sunday 12th April and finishes on Tuesday 14th at 5pm. Hopefully this lovely weather will hold out for the weekend and we can also squeeze in a trip to Betty’s! This year I have revisited a few of my popular designs and given them a bit of a golden make over! You will be able to see them on our stand next week.   Unfortunately I will have to leave this little treasure behind! It will be my first time away from her since she arrived but I’m sure I will be just fine and happily distracted by all the beautiful crafts on show sourcing new stock for Sevenoak Studio!! I look forward to seeing you there!! Read More

Belated Happy new Year!!

After a little time off during December and January after the (rather late) arrival of our beautiful little girl Genevieve, I have been slowly trying to catch up with all things jewellery! In November last year I was fortunate to open a new gallery Sevenoak Studio with two fellow jewellers, Charlotte Verity and Gemma Scully, in the creative Northern Quarter in Manchester. We have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year there and are looking forward to 2015 where we will begin to teach our Manchester School of Jewellery classes in our newly renovated basement space. The rest of the year is also shaping up well, I am planning ahead for BCTF in April where I will have some exciting new pieces to show, I will also be at the June Art Market in Holmfirth and currently planning with Manchester Jewellers Network a wonderful exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! In the meantime, please bear with me as business slowly returns to normal. Timing jewellery making and all the other admin which comes with it in between feeds, naps and pulling silly faces in becoming an art form!! If you’d like to keep up to date with what I’m Read More