TREAT...EVERYTIME!

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October is literally wizzing away from us, especially considering we are so busy here at Jo D!

Firstly, I am so excited October has marked our 2nd Birthday since launching back in 2018.  I am extremely proud to be working towards providing the best quality, design and colour choices in fine bone china that I possibly can with our collections. 

I have just this morning opened the new range of sample products we will be launching early next year.  This compromises a large 4 person teapot, a new and more delicate cup and saucer (perfect to fit under those beloved coffee machines) and new mugs, all of which will have a choice of our new patterns and stunning new colour-ways...as soon as I can I will give you a sneak peak of these!

Celebrating a Birthday is normally a big, fun affair, but this year we charged our mugs (with a chunk of cake on the side of course!) in huge appreciation for all the wonderfully loyal and supportive customers who have been keeping us busy in this completely upside down world...thank you to you all!

Secondly, we are so excited to launch with the Online Christmas Fair.  Christmas at Jo Deakin is going to be extremely thoughtful and bright this year.  We believe gifts this year will be given with more thought and attention to where the products have come from and what the story is behind the brands we choose.  As we continue to navigate our way through this weird and worrying time, gifts will be given with even more passion behind them.  Now more than ever, how they are sourced and presented is extremely important as we reflect on missing loved ones and spending time together.  It is important to know where your gifts comes from, and that they are made with attention and care to all areas of detail.

The Online Christmas Fair is a melting pot of over 100 fantastic small businesses, all coming together on one platform, using one unique code, OCF2020.  Discounts are offered across every single stall holder and we are offering 15% off our entire collections, when you use this code.

OCF is a community that shows passion and resilience in the face of such a tough year.  Over 100 brands are showcasing stunning products, brilliant gifts and lots of inspiration for what we might want to treat ourselves to too!

I urge you to shop small this year, support these businesses and give gifts that come from real and authentic places. 

This Christmas at Jo Deakin we have your gifts wrapped up for you.  Our wide choice of fine bone china cups and mugs provide a plethora of gift ideas, and the beauty is we send them out directly for you to your loved ones, right here from Jo D HQ!  Stay tuned to find out about our unique, bright and brilliant gift wrapping service we will be offering in the coming weeks!

I hope you are all staying safe and well in these crazy times, make sure you are putting the kettle on lots and taking well deserved breaks to re-energise and restore yourselves.

Jo xx

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Back To The Old School...

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Got time for a cuppa anyone?....I have!  Well I say that but actually I seem to be so busy trying to catch up on the last 6 months and have written a ridiculously unachievable list of things to do, please tell me I am not alone...?!

With lots of us now back at school, the enormity of what we have all been through with everyone at home, mouths to feed, washing to do and not to mention the days of home-schooling, it has hit me like a pile of bricks and last Monday I felt like a lie down in a darkened room was called for.

I won't lie however, the freedom of walking into my quiet kitchen, putting the kettle on and really pouring a lot of love into that first cup of tea felt pretty amazing!

We have had snotty noses, sneezing and a few exhausted tears but on the hole the littles have loved being back at school, and I have equally loved a little time to myself.

Seeing friends for a mid-morning cuppa (at a socially acceptable distance of course!) was a tonic and a small nod to the old days.  Although things have tightened up again on the dreaded regulations, I feel a sense of calm is washing over us as the routine returns.

Part of the relief of having them return to school has also marked the end of the mum-guilt.  Towards the end of the summer holidays I didn't want to go to too many public places to keep them as well for school as possible, but that meant more days at home, fighting squabble fires, more catering and generally in need of another non-existant holiday!

That is behind me now and I have vowed to ease up on having constant activities and distractions lined up.  With this stunning weather they are so happy riding their bikes and swinging in a tree, I don't need to get the paints out for the 1,000th time...phew and cheers to that!

I hope everyone is coping and navigating their way around these funny times and as always I hope you are taking 5 to restore, re-energise and reset before the children return home!

Get your sip on, Love Jo xx

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Lockdown Love

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It has been a while since I wrote on the blog pages of Jo D but that is all about to change.  If I have learnt one thing during this torrid and worrying time for our Nation during Lockdown, it is in my belief in the reasons I first set up Jo D.

The outlook for me has always been one of 'Slowing Down and Sipping', taking a break, getting 5 minutes in your day to stop, relax, restore and re-energise.  For me, like so many others, that involves flicking on the kettle and making a comforting cuppa of tea or coffee.  Now more than ever before, I believe this is true and yet still so simple!  

We have not just come home from fighting in a 4 year world war, of course it is a different adjustment to change in the path of our futures we now face.  However, with everything we have all experienced, the worry, stress, deep upset but also positivity, now more than ever, we must make time to stop trying to 'Octopus' our way around life.  Splitting ourselves in so many ways to try and complete everything on the 'to-do' list by 4pm when we can work-out, meditate, make a wholesome meal and look our best...this is simply not going to happen, or certainly not in my house.

I started off thinking I could achieve a few of the above, but I quickly learnt this was never going to be possible.  We had to adapt, find new ways and learn a very quick and real lesson in patience.  In not being able to control a single thing, other than keeping our families and ourselves as safe as possible, I have found this powerful and more positive than I ever thought I would.

For me, my home has become even more a sanctuary.  A place of safety, consistency, humour, compassion and warmth, especially in those balmy days, it was amazing to have the sun on our side!

I had a stab at home-schooling with my son who has now left Reception.  I have been trying to grow my small biz through the power of social media, learning a lot along the way.  I have been juggling home life, my little 3.5 year old daughter (who seems to have morphed into a teenager during Lockdown!) the mass catering that goes with everyone at home 24/7, and I feel it is poignant to mention the loss of one of our dearest and oldest friends to Covid-19, so I guess I can say I have also been juggling my grief in there too.

This is not some self-promotion of 'look at me, haven't I done well with my life-juggles'...however having had a bit of time to reflect on everything the past 4 months has thrown at me and my family, a blog page on my website strangely now feels like a really positive outlet to write down thoughts and feelings and to reconnect with you lovely people who visit my website.

I have learnt that my love for tea is real!  It has been the thing I have looked forward to and longed for throughout each day.  Both herbal and fully loaded!  I have needed one first thing to start the often monotonous days. I have needed another half way through the mornings of home-schooling, wiping away tears from shouting at my son for not concentrating, even though he tried so hard.  Another cuppa to comfort myself for shouting and mum failing (a ridiculous thing I know we all do and have to try and stop doing so much...impossible but true!) And oh the 4pm cuppa, it has been the best of the day!

I have learnt above all that being more patient and managing my expectations has allowed me to feel closer to my family and the beating heart of our home than has ever been possible before.  I have needed them more than ever for comfort, humour and hugs.  We have laughed and cried and it has been a rollercoaster.

Going forward, the blogs will have more focus on the wonderful world of fine bone china, promise!  I have so much waiting in the wings to share with you all, I cannot wait to start writing about all that.  It will all be kept much shorter I promise!

In the meantime, this really is a way of sharing my feelings over the last few months and moving forward to what I really hope is a more positive and brighter outlook for everyone.  At least we know a little more of what we are capable of, whatever life has in store for us.

I encourage you to take 5, think of yourselves, make time and finish whatever cup or mug you have made, everything will still be there waiting for you to tackle, you will just feel a bit more prepared for it if you 'GET YOUR SIP ON' first!

Until the next time Jo xx

 

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The Signature Rudding Park Collection

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Get Your Autumn Sip On!

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As I reflect on the first year of being open for business, it has been all about gifting.  Gifting in that Tis the Season right now to be thinking about it, but also thinking about how many people have bought my products in the last 12 months with someone else in mind.

I don't know about you but I prefer giving a gift to receiving one.  The thought that goes into thinking about that person, what he or she would like and what would make them happy, it is a feeling I really cherish and I know lots of you do too.

 

The concept of mixing and matching my range has meant that in a little over a year of business, no two orders I have put together have been the same.  People like to have choice and individuality in their lives, a kitchen cupboard of fine bone china should have exactly the same attitude and approach!

I really hope those of you that now own some Jo D fine bone china really like using it and are cherishing the quiet moment of settling down with a mug or cup of your favourite comforting hot drink.

For those of you yet to join the gang, welcome, enjoy shopping and Get Your Sip On with us as we approach this exciting, and in equal measure daunting festive time. Take a look at the full collection and find that perfect gift. 

Gifting is all wrapped up and ready for you with Jo D!

Love Jo xx

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