I am so excited to be working with the wonderful Clogau again this Christmas. Following a meeting with Ben Roberts, the MD, a few months ago, we put a plan in place to collaborate once more! I feel honoured to be working with this fantastic Welsh jewellery manufacturer and could never have imagined this would be the journey my book writing would take me on…
Clogau ‘A Dog Lover’s Dream’ Affinity Bracelet and matching Dog Tag
Over Valentine’s we created ‘A Dog Lover’s Dream’ charm with matching dog tag. I hope those of you that treated yourself or a loved one were pleased with the gift set. This time we have decided to do a limited edition silver stretch bracelet, which will feature a heart and the rose gold paw. The bracelet will include Clogau’s rare Welsh gold. The free gifts are a matching silver dog tag, my book ‘A Dog Lover’s Nightmare’ and a Christmas greetings card with an exclusive illustration by the artist Lisa Williams.
Clogau Jewellery Launch Date
The jewellery will be available to order in time for Christmas on Clogau’s website as of Friday 26th October. In addition, the stores in Cardiff, Broughton, Bangor and Llandudno will also stock the ‘A Dog Lover’s Dream Affinity Bracelet’ with free matching dog tag, ‘A Dog Lover’s Nightmare at Christmas book’ and greetings card. 5% of all sales of the ‘A Dog Lover’s Dream’ Affinity Bracelet will be donated to the Dogs Trust.
Creation of the Clogau Christmas Video
With the Clogau Christmas project in the pipeline, I set about getting the support of Bangor University and Santander so that I could produce some promotional videos and photographs. Thanks to Alix Charnley from the University, it was agreed that they’d help me with the videos. I have been lucky to have secured a brilliant team of students to work with once again.
Christmas made easy with Snowdonia Nurseries
The date for putting the video together was agreed and all I needed to do then was prepare my house to look like Christmas! At this point, I want to say a big thank you to Snowdonia Nurseries. This wonderful family-run garden centre in Glan Conwy is local to me and somewhere I have frequented on many an occasion. Following a chat with the daughter Hannah, Snowdonia Nurseries offered to lend me a fully dressed Christmas tree and any decorations and props I would need for the video. I can’t recommend this dog-friendly nurseries enough, their Christmas displays are infamous, and did I mention the delicious coffee and cake at their on-site tea rooms?!
The Video Shoot
At the beginning of October I met up with Hannah Grimston, Byron Dean and Rory Farmer over at Bangor University’s recording studios to capture the voiceover for my book ‘A Dog Lover’s Nightmare at Christmas’. Once the poem had been recorded we set a date to do the filming.
The same team then came to my house, which was by now ready for Christmas thanks to Hannah and the staff at Snowdonia Nurseries. The roaring logburner added a festive cosiness despite it being one of the hottest days in October! I had already been briefed with the storyboard because time was tight and we had to film the entire shoot in a day. Alfie was, as always, very well behaved and the perfect doggie actor. We managed to get all the footage we needed as well as some great photos shot by the multi-talented Hannah Grimston. I must also mention James Gair-Owen, an exceptional Composer, who has created the music for all my films including the Christmas tune that will accompany the Clogau video.
The videos and photography will be available as of Friday 26th October and I very much look forward to sharing these with you all.
Clogau in-store book signings:
Alfie and I will be attending the following Clogau Boutiques to meet and greet customers, launch the Dog Lover’s Dream jewellery and sign copies of A Dog Lover’s Nightmare at Christmas…
- Clogau Cardiff, Thursday 1st November, 29 Lower Grand Arcade, St. David’s Way, Cardiff CF10 2ER.
- Clogau Broughton, Wednesday 7th November, Unit 13b, Broughton Shopping Park, CH4 0DP.
We will also be visiting Clogau Bangor and Clogau Llandudno. Dates for these visits are to be confirmed, but will be sometime in November/December.
I’d like to say a final thank you to the following people and companies who have supported me in one way or another with the Clogau Christmas project:
- Alix Charnley, Bangor University and Santander
- Hannah Grimston, Rory Farmer, Byron Dean and James Gair-Owen
- Hannah, Cat, Tim, Steve and the staff at Snowdonia Nurseries
- Margaret at Dogrobes
- Dan at Ivy & Duke
- Ste Wright
- My niece Emily and her partner Tobz