dragonratjewellery

Dragonrat Jewellery

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom · 1119 Sales

dragonratjewellery

Dragonrat Jewellery

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom 1119 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Leigh

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Announcement   Based in the beautiful North East of England, Dragonrat Jewellery produces an eclectic mix of quirky and unusual jewellery and accessories, plus a selection of vintage items. You just won't need to look anywhere else! I happily accept commissions, so if I haven't got what you're looking for, message me and I'll see what I can do.

You can keep in touch on each of the following sites:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/DragonratJewellery
Website - www.dragonratjewellery.co.uk
Twitter - @Dragon_rat
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/dragonrat1

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Last updated on Jan 6, 2016

Based in the beautiful North East of England, Dragonrat Jewellery produces an eclectic mix of quirky and unusual jewellery and accessories, plus a selection of vintage items. You just won't need to look anywhere else! I happily accept commissions, so if I haven't got what you're looking for, message me and I'll see what I can do.

You can keep in touch on each of the following sites:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/DragonratJewellery
Website - www.dragonratjewellery.co.uk
Twitter - @Dragon_rat
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/dragonrat1

You can sign up for my Dragonrat newsletter at http://eepurl.com/pOiYb

Leigh

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Leigh

Tiger's Eye Oval Wave Bronze Earrings
US$8.00
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How did a complete technophobe end up running an online business?

I'll be perfectly honest; I never intended to do this as a job. The original plan was to work with animals, which I did for a while, but I ended up in university doing a law degree, and then working for the civil service by accident.

About ten years ago, everything changed for me. I developed serious health problems, which have ended up with my not being able to do what some people would call a 'proper' job any more. I knew I had to work from home, for myself, so had to find something I could do. I had been making jewellery for myself as a hobby for a year or so, and had been asked to make pieces for other people, so thought I'd give it a go for real. It doesn't matter if I have a bad day, because I can work at night if I need to, and I have no boss making me feel guilty for taking time off sick, so it's been quite freeing in some ways.

I haven't mentioned the elephant in the room. While I was perfectly adept at typing, and using Word and Excel, I have always been dodgy where technology is concerned. I can't cope with mobile phones, let alone computer programming; I can't even work the DVD player! So how was I going to build and run a website? I am the person that Eddie Izzard was referring to in his 'Ctrl P print' sketch in the encore for 'Glorious'. Fortunately, a friend came to the rescue and built my site, and is there for me to scream to when I break things. Fortunately Etsy is a boon, as it's so simple.

So here I sit, working away. I'm not working with animals, but I'm still surrounded by them. I'm slave to a rather naughty (under-statement of the year!) Cocker spaniel, a varying number of fancy rats and fish, and the birds in my garden. So, not what I had planned, but not too bad in the end.

You can follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DragonratJewellery and sign up for my Dragonrat newsletter at http://eepurl.com/pOiYb

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  • Leigh Arthur

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Coffee Maker

    Aquarist and herpetologist turned administrator turned jewellery maker. I run my own website, and live in constant awe of the fact that I've not killed the whole internet yet. Coffee addict, rat-loving, book-reading, pagan, frustrated goth, diabetic.

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