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Alison Moore Designs


    At this time of year in Orkney, the local agricultural shows are in full flow. Here in Dounby, we sit right next to the show park so the smell of hot doughnuts and burgers filled the shop yesterday (it was far too tempting to resist. There’s nothing quite like a hot doughnut!).  It was lovely seeing so many folk coming by the studio to say hello, we loved meeting you all.

    Horticultural exhibits

    Now we’re preparing for tomorrow at the County Show in Orkney's capital of Kirkwall where we will be setting up shop in the Craft Tent for the day.  It’s always great to see the other businesses there with such a wonderful array of different crafts and talents.  We’re bringing with us a table of sparkling jewellery so feel free to come along and try on some gorgeous things!

    Perfectly groomed bottoms!

    To celebrate the shows we’re offering 10% off of our Nebula collection, both in store, at the show and online (until midnight Monday 13th August).

    Autumn and Moss solid Nebula rings

    The Dounby studio will be closed tomorrow but we will be back open on Sunday.

    If you’re in Orkney, then we hope you have a great show day and look forward to seeing you there!

  • New (old!) collection: Rockpool

    After a long winter the sun has finally poked her head through the clouds and is bringing some warmth back to our island!  We have some absolutely gorgeous beaches here in Orkney, you’re never far from the shore and so beach combing is a great way to spend a sunny Sunday.

    Skaill Bay, Orkney

    Looking down at the sand can become quite obsessive. You never really know what you are going to find.  But I nearly always come away with some beautiful shells.

    Beach combing Shell finds from Marwick beach

    And once you start looking in detail at the beautiful white sand, you soon discovered that it is made up of minute fragments of shell, coral and teeny tiny shells.

    Beach finds

    Inspired by this beauty and variety found amongst the sand, a couple of years back I created a new range of jewellery.

    Cockle shell jewellery

    This collection has slowly worked its way from our shop and now finally on to the website.  So it shall be a familiar sight to those who have visited our studio!  We have a range of shells in the collection including broken limpet shells, cowries and cockles and are bound to make any grey day feel like summer.

    Mini whelk stud earrings

    I know that each person has their favourite shell so have a look through the new pieces and see if you can see yours!

    Broken limpet pendant
  • Snow and Sale Time

    Here at Alison Moore HQ we've had a busy few weeks re-organising ourselves after the Christmas chaos.

    I ventured off the island earlier in the month for a little adventure into England (which included an obligatory trip to Ikea!).  In that time Scotland became coated in snow and Orkney had the most snow it's had in years.  There was a beautiful crisp layer of the perfect snowman-making-snow waiting each morning I was away (according to my lovely helpers).   Thankfully though, as lovely as it was, the snow is now gone and the longer days are creeping in and it's a welcome return to some stunning sunrises which are greeting us each morning, making everyone excited for the brighter mornings and warmer days.

    A wintery scene from my journey home through Scotland, The Hermitage, Perthshire

    So back I am to the workbench where I have just started to experiment, design and create some lovely new things which I think you'll love, and I'll launch throughout the year.

    But to make room on the workbench, we have to say goodbye to some pieces.   Starting today we are having a little End of Line Sale, so whilst stocks last, there are a range of discounts on some beautiful piece from the Secrets, Flutter and Nebula collections.  There’s a fantastic mix of rings, pendants, earrings and bangles so I hope you find something that you love.

    Included in our sale is our pink sapphire Entwined jewellery

    For now though, it’s still winter.  So grab a cup of something warm , get cosy on the couch and enjoy seeing what bargains you could get your hands on.

    Ally x

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