We offer a collection of unique, hand-crafted metal, wire & semi-precious gemstones jewellery created individually in our design studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We also cut and polish semi precious stones and other rocks (Lapidary). We accept bespoke Lapidary, Jewellery making & Wire Sculpture Tree commissions. Do Visit our website & Online Showroom: www.shaliniaustin.co.uk

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Rutland County Museum Christmas Craft Exhibition

The Rutland County Museum Christmas Craft Exhibition Opened Last night. There are some absolutely gorgeous hand-made crafts on display including my jewellery (of course!), Wood-turned pens plus textile crafts, weaving and jewellery by 4 other talented artisans from the area.

The Exhibition will be on until 22 January 2011 at the Museum at Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW

Work by the followings makers is on display:

# Jewellery By Shalini (and Stamford Lapidary)
# Wisteria Woodcrafts (member of The Stamford Artisans Guild)
# Calla
# Rhubarb
# Wiggles
# Jo Edwards

Do come along and browse though the beautiful items on display and for sale. The wonderful staff at the museum are very helpful and a great group of people.

Some photos from last night:






Wednesday, 1 December 2010

"Turn Back Time - The High Street" on BBC1

Watching "Turn Back Time - The High Street" on BBC1 last night made me sad.

There really isn't much hope for the High Street because independent small businesses are shutting down here there and everywhere. Small businesses simply cannot afford the rents and rates from landlords and the competition from big companies who sell everything at really low prices.  Just like the Butchers and the Bakers who left the High Street yesterday and the Blacksmith who left a week ago on the programme lots of small, independent business are leaving the High Street every day.

I have lost count of the number of Mobile phone shops we have. And we have lots of cafes and of course the Charity Shops  and usual sprinkling of Costa Coffee, Subway and even a Tesco. Then we have this huge New Look and various other clothes shops. Not a lot that is unique to Stamford there :-(