Kate Conaghan Design

Kate Conaghan Design Handmade jewellery and illustration
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I make quirky and unique jewellery inspired by animals, birds, and vintage treasures. Many of my pieces are one of a kind, and I am always making something new. Animals may make a reappearance but rarely in the same setting! I love to use vintage finds, whether that's special beads or charms, to accent my pieces. Everything is lovingly crafted by me, in my jam-packed little studio. I try super hard to take care of the environment - from using beautiful recycled card boxes, sustainably sourced wood, and even laser cutting using renewable energy. Nature is important! I love to hear from people so feel free to drop me a line โ™ฅ

More love letters going up in my store .... โœ‰๐Ÿ’œ
05/08/2019

More love letters going up in my store .... โœ‰๐Ÿ’œ

October is time for spooky friends!
09/10/2018

October is time for spooky friends!

Hellooooo! I've been away a while - sorry about that. Hope you are all well. I've been working on some new things (as we...
18/09/2017

Hellooooo!

I've been away a while - sorry about that. Hope you are all well. I've been working on some new things (as well as some old favourites) so you'll start seeing a bit more from me โ˜บ

This is one of my new friends, now in need of a name.

Getting the first draft of new drawings as laser cuts is always exciting! Some friendly blue tits coming your way soon
07/02/2017

Getting the first draft of new drawings as laser cuts is always exciting! Some friendly blue tits coming your way soon

Been drawing again - slowly working my way through my bird and animal requests from you folks (thank you and keep em com...
01/02/2017

Been drawing again - slowly working my way through my bird and animal requests from you folks (thank you and keep em coming!) Here's a quick one from yesterday. Not a british bird - can you spot the species?

S.h.o.p. is opening again this evening with just a few things in, plenty more coming!

Hello lovelies, sorry to anyone who's waiting for my s.h.o.p. to reopen, I've been a bit poorly but I'm hoping to be bac...
24/01/2017

Hello lovelies, sorry to anyone who's waiting for my s.h.o.p. to reopen, I've been a bit poorly but I'm hoping to be back open and restocked by the end of January ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

Better picture of our newest gang member. He's off on his first laser cut adventure tomorrow, can't wait to see how he t...
23/01/2017

Better picture of our newest gang member. He's off on his first laser cut adventure tomorrow, can't wait to see how he turns out!

I hope everyone's 2017 is getting off to a good start. Getting back in to the swing of things with the first of a few ne...
13/01/2017

I hope everyone's 2017 is getting off to a good start. Getting back in to the swing of things with the first of a few new friends joining the gang...

Hey loves, so the festive season is upon us! It can be a fun time, but it can equally be a difficult and sad time. Pleas...
23/12/2016

Hey loves, so the festive season is upon us! It can be a fun time, but it can equally be a difficult and sad time. Please don't feel desperate or alone - if you need, you can call the Samaritans free, from any phone at any time, on 116123. You could also email on [email protected]
There is always someone listening.
Lots of love to you all ###

Hey loveliesAs the online shopping winds down (I am still posting, but obvs time running out for christmas delivery) you...
15/12/2016

Hey lovelies
As the online shopping winds down (I am still posting, but obvs time running out for christmas delivery) you can still buy my pieces in person at the lovely Thistle and Weeds shop and The Fox Fairy, and also some of my brooches are in Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centres ###

Mad busy packing orders and restocking faves this evening. I'm always happy to gift wrap treasures for you
04/12/2016

Mad busy packing orders and restocking faves this evening. I'm always happy to gift wrap treasures for you

Hellooo, here in the UK it's Small Business Saturday. I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you. Thank you for all...
03/12/2016

Hellooo, here in the UK it's Small Business Saturday. I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you.

Thank you for all the support, whether that's likes or shares or purchases or telling a friend - it means an awful lot. Us small business owners put our heart and soul into what we do. When I earn money from sales, it's either reinvested, or spent ethically on essentials like 'food' or plumbing in my house. I don't have a super yacht, I believe in paying the taxes I owe, and if I did have an employee pension pot I wouldn't dream of raiding it.

I have the best supporters and customers in the world ###

Looking for christmas gifts? Look no further. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ
02/12/2016

Looking for christmas gifts? Look no further. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ

Adding lots of lovely little stocking fillers to my *e*t*s*y*  plenty more to come too, when the sun shines enough for m...
24/11/2016

Adding lots of lovely little stocking fillers to my *e*t*s*y* plenty more to come too, when the sun shines enough for me to photograph them....

Hello, hope everyone is well. I am excited to announce that I have a selection of brooches stocked in the lovely Thistle...
22/11/2016

Hello, hope everyone is well. I am excited to announce that I have a selection of brooches stocked in the lovely Thistle and Weeds shop in Shrewsbury! Alongside some other beautiful things!

So excited to be putting these fantastic fox brooches out on the shelves today. www.instagram.com/thistleandweedsshop/

We're still cat crazy here!(Bottom image courtesy of our wonderful world wide web)
05/11/2016

We're still cat crazy here!

(Bottom image courtesy of our wonderful world wide web)

Stocking up for Christmas (it's November, I can say it now) - lots of beautiful goodies heading into the s.h.o.p. includ...
02/11/2016

Stocking up for Christmas (it's November, I can say it now) - lots of beautiful goodies heading into the s.h.o.p. including some of these dandelion 'wish' necklaces

Practicing illustration again for some new pals....
25/10/2016

Practicing illustration again for some new pals....

Kate Conaghan Design
12/10/2016

Kate Conaghan Design

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Some more friendly owls are swooping about. This one has a beautiful moon cabochon.
12/10/2016

Some more friendly owls are swooping about. This one has a beautiful moon cabochon.

I don't know about you folks, but the news for the last few months has been so depressing. Not any more!!! Check out thi...
07/09/2016
Bored Panda

I don't know about you folks, but the news for the last few months has been so depressing. Not any more!!! Check out this little bird!

Little injured bird receives tiny โ€˜snowshoesโ€™ and gets back on her feet:

WIPDoing this as a quick break from behind the scenes slog!
02/09/2016

WIP
Doing this as a quick break from behind the scenes slog!

We're on a lightning quick trip back up to Manchester to see the opening of Mat Cahill's solo show at Butterfly Fine Art...
27/08/2016

We're on a lightning quick trip back up to Manchester to see the opening of Mat Cahill's solo show at Butterfly Fine Art on Oldham St. It's on til the 16th September, well worth a visit - check him out.
Image from @matcahill1984

The process! In a nutshell... draw/paint, digitise, make. I will have these Oleander moths in my next laser cutting batc...
26/08/2016

The process! In a nutshell... draw/paint, digitise, make. I will have these Oleander moths in my next laser cutting batch which will hopefully be all done in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to see how they look on wood.

Helloooo! We have internet and running water and (almost) no spiders left! Back to drawing in between unpacking stock an...
25/08/2016

Helloooo! We have internet and running water and (almost) no spiders left! Back to drawing in between unpacking stock and cleaning. Phew.
This is an Oleander Hawk Moth - my husband thought I had invented it but I promise it's real.

Coming soon,  for those who like smol things. Along with lots of owls, hedgehogs, foxes....
17/08/2016

Coming soon, for those who like smol things. Along with lots of owls, hedgehogs, foxes....

After 2 nomadic years, we have finally bought a house (after waiting 11mths for the sale). 'Fixer upper' is a little bit...
15/08/2016

After 2 nomadic years, we have finally bought a house (after waiting 11mths for the sale). 'Fixer upper' is a little bit of an understatement. So I'm scaling back on work this week to make this somewhat liveable... I'll still be replying to messages and posting orders though โ˜บ I'll write a blog post to explain our news!

Glamorous behind the scenes here. Just found eleventy hundred trays of brooches to varnish. I hope there is some good da...
09/08/2016

Glamorous behind the scenes here. Just found eleventy hundred trays of brooches to varnish. I hope there is some good daytime TV!!!

Apparently it's world Cat Day! Yayyyyy
08/08/2016

Apparently it's world Cat Day! Yayyyyy

Really feeling the bees lately! There are so many scabious, thistles, and other exciting purple flowers that they are go...
04/08/2016

Really feeling the bees lately! There are so many scabious, thistles, and other exciting purple flowers that they are going crazy for on our morning dog walks. This bebe will be going in a huge shop update I'm working on. #bees #honeybees #savethebees #handmade #woodenjewellery #kateconaghan

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the wonderful Fox Fairy shop in Afflecks is part of the 3rd floor party. Elisabeth will be giving away some amazing limited edition prints. Get on down ###