Spring is upon us and the 1st March brings us St David’s Day. This annual festivity celebrates the life of the patron saint of Wales and Welsh culture. St David who is believed to have lived to 100 years old travelled throughout Wales and Britain, also making a famous pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Throughout his lifetime he founded twelve monasteries in Wales and eventually became an archbishop. St David left the legacy to his followers to“Be cheerful and keep your faith and belief, and do the little things that you have heard and seen through me”. Celebrations on the day include parades, church services and concerts. Whether you are celebrating or not this weekend, this ‘Sterling Silver Welsh Dragon Charm’ (£10.75) is the perfect addition to any charm bracelet!
This delicious recipe makes enough pancakes for approximately two people. You will need:
250ml Plain Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1 Beaten Egg
250ml Buttermilk (or Sour Milk)
1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
Mix all the dry ingredients. Make sour (acidified) milk by adding 1 tablespoon lemon juice and top up with whole milk to make 1 cup (250ml). Leave the mixture to stand for 5 mins. If using buttermilk use full fat or the batter will be too thin. Beat the egg into the milk and add the cooking oil. Then mix into the dry ingredients to form a batter. Don’t mix too much, slightly lumpy and thick is how it should be, if you over-mix the pancakes won’t be fluffy
Top Pancake Tips
- Use very little oil in the pan and keep the heat at a medium-high level, not too hot.
- The pancakes are ready to flip when the surface begins to bubble.
- Try adding blueberries into the batter at the end.
- Oven cook the streaky bacon and top with maple syrup.
We have tested these out and can assure you they are yummy! Scroll down to see the final result!
Unfortunately we do not have a pancake charm but if you are looking for some cooking inspired charms then this Sterling Silver Measuring Jug Charm (£7.75) and the Sterling Silver Measuring Spoons Charm (£13.00) are just what you need.
Valentines is upon us and love it or hate it we thought we would give you a brief summary of how it all came about along with some of our favourite Valentine’s charms. The day itself is named after Saint Valentine a Catholic priest, although a mystery behind how it all began it is believed Emperor Claudius II banned the marriage of Roman soldier’s, so Valentine began to marry the soldiers secretly, eventually he was jailed for his crimes. Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and is believed to have cured the blindness of a girl in one of his final acts before writing her a love letter signed ‘From your Valentine’ prior to his execution on the 14th Feburary 270. Today we celebrate our feelings and affection by exchanging cards, chocolates and flowers with our special ‘valentine’. However why not tre at your special someone to a TheCharmWorks Valentine’s charm this year. Here are our top 5:
Sunday is Burns Night and we thought we would give you a brief summary of what it is all about. Burns Night is the celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burn’s life and poetry, usually held on his birthday the 25th January and celebrated with a Burn’s supper. Burn’s suppers typically include haggis, Scotch whisky and Burn’s poetry. The evening centre’s around the entrance of the haggis which is a type of sausage prepared in a sheep stomach this is usually accompanied by the playing of bagpipes, and followed by the reading of ‘Address the Haggis’. Which you can read here in both Scottish and English!
We hope that all of you celebrating Burn’s Night have a fabulous evening! Here are some of our Scottish themed charms:
- 3D Thistle Charm £8.50
- Bagpipes Charm £9.50
- Scottish Piper Charm £8.50
- Nessie With Bagpipes Charm £8.26
So this is Christmas…
As another year of charming draws to an end I want to say a big thank you to you, our customers. And what a year it has been too. As well as adding over 100 new charms to our range on TheCharmWorks, we launched our sister site jewellerybox.co.uk in June. We were fortunate to win support from the jewellery press for our efforts, and we even won an accolade in the Professional Jeweller’s top 100. We teamed up with luxury tea company teapigs to giveaway thousands of tea bags and loads of you sent us teapigs selfies to keep us smiling.
In October we welcomed Gemma to our team as our new Customer Service supervisor. A former nanny, Gemma is a dab-hand at keeping the rest of us elves in order, and she’s always very happy to talk you through our range or help you out over the phone if you want some advice. Our warehouse team continues to grow under the careful supervision of Luciana. Those little handwritten notes are all thanks to them. Sadly, we have had to wave goodbye to Geoff who has been with us for 3 years. His energy, enthusiasm and hard work will be sadly missed. We wish him all the best in his new role with British Airways.
Last year we asked you to give us some feedback and we were overwhelmed by how positive the response was. We were delighted to see that so many of you valuing our range and prices as your reasons for continuing to shop with us; and that so many of you would, and do, recommend us to colleagues and friends. In 2015 we’re going to expand our range of charms even further, as well as extensively branch out our range of silver earrings and giftware. Our hand-stamped range of charm bangles has gone well and Jamie, our resident jeweller, is looking forward to launching new personalised jewellery ranges in the months ahead, including finger print jewellery and more.
Thank you for your support over the last 12 months, we would be nothing without you. Each day you keep us working hard, and keep us smiling. You send us pictures, tweets, comments, suggestions, criticism, thanks and praise. And we adore you for it. Have a great Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.
Alex and TheCharmWorks team xxx
It’s that time of year again… Follow #thecharmworksadvent to see a new magical Christmas photo uploaded daily!
Advent has offically started, Christmas is coming! Our sterling silver gingerbread man charm marks Day 1 of the #thecharmworksadvent
It’s Day 2 and today’s picture is these cute little handmade wooden dolls, holding our very own snowflake charm! #thecharmworksadvent
Today’s picture is mysterious, with our excellent value charms hanging on the branches #thecharmworksadvent
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… pretty little charms hanging in a tree #thecharmworksadvent
Day 5 of advent: 20 more sleeps to go! All of our Christmas TheCharmWorks orders receive a little surprise! Can you guess what is it? #thecharmworksadvent
This adorable reindeer charm is the perfect Christmas charm for any charm bracelet! #thecharmworksadvent
“Hark the herald angels sing”
Happy Monday! It’s Day 8 of #TheCharmWorksAdvent, there’s still time to purchase charms for Christmas!
Day 9: Charms, chains and bracelets. So much choice at TheCharmWorks for all your jewellery must haves! #thecharmworksadvent
Day 10: Already?! Only 15 sleeps ’till Santa, this little one is as excited as us! #thecharmworksadvent
One of our lovely little snowflake charms will look great on any bracelet, and there’s still time to buy before Christmas! #thecharmworksadvent
We’re halfway already! Day 12 and who doesn’t love a bit of glitter? #thecharmworksadvent
Day 13: This super sweet crystal flower charm looks fab on our Christmas tree, and to make it even better its currently on sale! #thecharmworksadvent
11 sleeps ’till Santa, there is still time to buy in time for Christmas! #thecharmworksadvent
It’s Monday and Day 15 of advent, we have a fabulous selection of Christmas charms still available! #thecharmworks
Day 16: We have our charm Christmas tree up, have you got yours?! #thecharmworksadvent
Day 17: Who is giving one of our beautiful charms to a loved one this Christmas? If not there is still time to buy! #thecharmworksadvent
Only 1 week to go! We here at TheCharmWorks are just as excited as these two! #thecharmworksadvent
Its Day 19 and it’s Friday, have a lovely weekend. Christmas is coming #thecharmworksadvent
Only 5 more sleeps to go! Day 20. #thecharmworksadvent
Day 21: Our snowflakes have been super popular this year and we are not surprised as they are adorable! #thecharmworksadvent
A collection of some of our favourite Christmas charms this year for Day 22 #thecharmworksadvent
tockings, Snowflakes, Reindeers, Snowmen and Stars. The perfect Christmas charms! Got yourself a Christmas charm? No? It may be Day 23 but you can still order in time for Christmas! #thecharmworks
Advent is all over! A very Merry Christmas to all of our fabulous TheCharmWorks customers! Have a lovely Christmas and we hope to see you all in 2015!
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This year’s EarlyBird offer was launched on Wednesday November 6th and many of our customers are taking advantage of this opportunity to buy early Christmas presents. This year, we are giving away a Sterling Silver Snowflake Charm on all orders over £25 when customers enter the PromoCode “EARLYBIRD3″ in their shopping cart.
This superb Sterling Silver Snowflake has a retail price of £9.50 and has been selling well in its own right on TheCharmWorks. This wonderfully festive silver charm would make for a great stocking filler or addition to your charm bracelet.
The EarlyBird promo ends on Wednesday November 27th…so if you are looking to take advantage of this great offer make sure you do so by then.