Nicola’s Cabin was a UK based business providing our own handcrafted jewelry designed and created by Nicola at Wholesale Prices for the trade and general public.
Because only genuine stones, freshwater pearls and sterling silver were used in the creation of this unique handmade collection they make ideal gifts for all occasions. As a client you’d the option to choose from a range of Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings and other jewelry items, all of which were of the high quality.
All jewelry was sent packaged in it’s own presentation gift box and their was no minimum order so you would purchase as much or as little as you prefer. If you would have liked to order a more personal item with your own choice or preference of stones or settings, Nicola was be happy to undertake your commission. I still don’t know if Nicola ‘s cabin is there any more or not. Some of the jewelry used to make gift on the Cabin include:
Freshwater Pearl Jewelry
Pearls have always been fashionable to Nicola, and although associated with the Far East, they were also popular with the Egyptians, Persians and Romans. They are now available in a wide range of wonderful colors and shapes, and Nicola uses this diverse choice to create a collection of jewelry, which caters for all tastes, using pearls from countries; including Australia, Japan, China and the Philippines.
Through out the ages pearls have been endowed with the properties of good fortune, purity and have been given as tokens of love in many cultures. The pieces in this collection can add the finishing touch to any outfit be it casual or that ‘little black number’ for that special occasion.
Gemstone and Semi Precious Jewelry
Gemstones or Semiprecious Stones are mined all over the world, therefore there is a wide variety of shades and quality for each type of stone and depending on the rarity the price can vary considerably. They are also known for the energy they omit and belief has it that certain stones have calming or healing effects.
All stones used in jewelry by Nicola is personally chosen for it’s quality, color and general feel. Whether you are looking for a specific stone or browsing for an attractive design I hope you enjoy viewing these pages and look forward to hearing from you.
On the site you could buy a variety of gifts for various occasions and ceremonies, but I’m not sure if the Cabin is any more. There are other places that you might find such jewelry such as Ebay.
I bought this domain earlier this year, and part of recognizing the works of Nicola, I will be updating this site with interesting content about special occasions, ceremonies; as well as gifts. As you watch this space, I’ve already created published some content about the same that is worth your time.
Significance of Wrapping Gifts
One of the aesthetics that make a gift more presentable and magnificent is in its wrapping. Awesome wrapping of gifts is a gift in itself. Artistic wrapping of gifts has a lot in speaking about the expression of the giver. Therefore before presenting that wedding, Christmas or birthday gift to a friend or family member or even to the less fortunate members of the society, it’s paramount to take time and configure the gift not only to match the occasion but to have a special wrapping;which adds value to the gift or the occasion in general.
This is an art that I learnt from my late grandma. My grandma used to say with us; because she was ailing from throat cancer. She was much fond of me. She most a times showered me with gift, although not much expensive, but her wrapping was a thing of beauty. The way she used to wrap gives made them elegant and attractive. She also used to go with me when visiting my uncle and she used to take gifts to them.
Wrapping of Gifts is an Art Which Requires Time and Skills
Most of the times when I found Nicola wrapping a gift; I’d claim that the long duration of time that she took in doing so was so unnecessary. I presumed that she did so because she didn’t have much to do at the house hence the extra time. She would spend an average 45 minutes to wrap a single gift.
But whenever she gifted anyone; they were so happy and never failed to complement the efforts that went into making the wrapping so amazing. To me that was absurd. What I presumed mattered was the gift inside; not the wrapping. After all, nobody was to keep the foil used to wrap but the gift.
I used to tell Nicola that but she would shrug and tell me that one day I would learn the significance of presentability.
Excellent Gift-Wrapping Helps Nicola Get Additional Funds for Her Chemotherapy
Grandma also used to be active in the local cancer foundation, whereby she visited the offices at least once a month. She had even made friends there and as usual, she would at times take present to them. That’s one thing she is most remembered for.
One day, she had that they deputy governor of our county would be visiting the foundation. This was one of the days that grandma wouldn’t fail to avail herself despite her ailing condition. As usual she prepared a gift which she wanted to personally present to the governor herself.
It was a beaded bracelet that she made herself. She went ahead to take all her time to ensure that it was well wrapped according to her standards and then left for the ceremony. That day I didn’t accompany her. I was too busy playing PC games and didn’t want to waste my time.
In the evening, when she arrived, she was all smiles. We all came to learn how the deputy governor was so happy about the gift and specifically commended Nicola for the wrapping. After the governor realized that grandma was attending cancer treatment, she had decided to person ally chip in and was to help in settling the hospital bills. That’s when I realized that good gift-wrapping is as important as the gift itself.
Outdoor Décor for Events
We all have those special days, events and celebrations that are worth sharing with our friends or co-workers. Hence the need to invite them over for that cocktail evening that is worth recalling for long about the fun and liveliness that you shared together.
Talking about the merriment that features such a day, it is usually vital that you have proper arrangements for the day. Part of the attractiveness for the celebration is brought about by the manner and presentability of the venue where you will be hosting your guests. Even if they will be coming over to your apartment, the celebrations shouldn’t be constrained inside the walls of your house.
As a matter of fact, the fun begins the moment when a guest(s) arrives within your courtyard. You need to have the exterior of your venue as attractive and welcoming much as the interior does. There are cheaper ways to do this without incurring unnecessary expenses that may ruin your budget. How do you go about this?
A Classy Welcome Sign
A well designed and classy welcome sign to direct the guests to the venue is vital. This is especially for booked venues whereby the guest may not be familiar with but still applies to residential venues where you may be living but host your party. The sign post should be placed strategically or on the stoop so that nobody has a time locating the place. Above all, it needs be awesome. It can be calligraphically written and coated with gold finishing or colors which are attractive.
An Enticing Entrance point
Then on the entrance to the venue, a doormat with some welcoming snippets also works wonders in making the guest feel at home. The doormat can be accompanied by a name art hanging on the entrance door or engraved on a stone just outside bearing the name plate of the event, for instance ‘Welcome to June’s 26th Birthday’. This too makes it easy for any guest to know that they are at the right party.
A Flashy Exterior Décor
If your guess is good as mine, exterior décor is one way of saying that ‘we are on’ or ‘the party has begun’. I’m talking about suspended baskets of beautiful flowers, vines or even faux plants. Whatever your choice is, make sure that the flowers match the theme of the occasion and add a “feminine” touch to the event overall.
Amazing Outdoor Seating Arrangement
This may be for set for smokers, but in essence outdoor seating arrangement enables guest to have some casual or private chat outside while enjoying the beautiful aura. The seating arrangement here should match the hue of the outdoor decorations and placed strategically in a manner that some privacy can too be given space.
How do you choose gifts?
Agree with me that most of us seldom get lost when it come to ideas of choosing the right gift for a loved one, be it a family member, friend or co-worker. No matter how many guides out there that you may come across with nuggets of ideas of the best gift that may pleasant to one, you may oft go wrong, Actually choosing gifts is hard because you may fail to take into account the little things that interest the life of the receiver.
And, these are the things that make the receiver feel the warmth of appreciating the gift and even keeping it safe as a memento. Once you give a gift, a perfect gift, that touches one’s heart and captures the person’s curiosity, they are bat a better position to be more appreciative as they unwrap the gift. Mark my words, even if it’s an ice cream or chocolate which gets eaten right away, if you did careful selection for the right receiver, it can’t be easily forgotten.
So what makes a Gift so Special
However, I may have learnt the aspect of gifting the abnormal way; but I believe it works. It was my first holiday after joining college. I really had missed my family having not been together for almost 6 months and felt that I should take something home – yeah, not just the transcript bearing my good performance. I also had saved some pennies and they were worth spending with my family.
Nonetheless, I didn’t know what to get for them but after much deliberation; then I decided to buy both mom and dad portable water filters bottle each. However, I figured out that since they are both out most of the days at work, they could use the water filters bottle to ensure that they get sated with safe water each time. For my kid sister I bought some headphones (the latest make in the market at that time) and for my kid brother baseball cap and a baseball glove. As a matter of fact, I definitely knew how much he loved baseball.
When I got home, they were all glad to see me
As a matter of fact, a small house-party to welcome me was well planned. About the gifts that I had for them made the day.
After summer and back to school and then back home again for the December holidays, I realized that only dad and my kid bro were still stuck to the gifts that I had brought them. My dad, an avid golfer, always took his water filter bottle with him whenever he went out practicing in the evening: my bro, no question. On contrary, my mom’s gift was new as I could remember it. And my sister had her headphones faulty; while I was still for my summer holiday.
Looking back, I realized why some people will appreciate and have the gifts useful; emotionally or physically; for long more than others. It is because the gifts were not only appealing but were special to them from the word go. Which brings me to the question; what makes a gift so special?
It has to be Practical
My dad and brother still possess those gifts 3 years down because the gifts were practical and applicable to them. Had I paid a year’s subscription of Garden & Gun or Fine Gardening magazine; maybe mom could have been so happy about that, but I couldn’t afford that then. I still question myself as to why I never bought a video game for my sister; she is addicted to such stuff.
What is paramount is that you need to get something practical and useful someone and can be of service to one once in a while. Something useful that will keep reminding the person of what you did.
Appeal to One’s Interest
Your gift needs to appeal to the interest of the receiver if at all you need them to be thankful to them. My brother was happy because I gave him something to do with baseball. It all goes without saying; you gift need to be in line with the interest of a person.
A photographer would be happy by gifted a simple selfie stick; something; which a baseball fun will find useless.
Gift Something Inspirational
Who told you that elders don’t fancy about a ‘brighter future’? Yeah; something which inspires someone is more likely to trigger happiness than something dull. Everybody yearn for warm summer holidays because of excelling in what they are doing, hence you can easily touch their hearts by inspiring them to achieve their dreams. Gift them something; which touches their professionalism or entirely their ambitions. An aviator will be a happy if gifted a RC Copter.
Let the Gift Match the Occasion
Is it Father’s Day, Christmas or Valentines, your gift should match you’re the day. Let the gift(s) be tailored well to suit the day and the occasion in a manner; which it brightens the occasion and brings warmth.
Is it winter or spring, let the gift reflect the duration; without you having to explain why you chose the gift at that particular time.
The list may not be exhaustive but you will agree that these are basic components; which makes gifting appreciative.
A Unique way to tie the Knots
Even the most memorable days of one’s life can totally throw one of: that is why it is essential to give them the favorite boost that counts and makes the day. I’m talking about ceremonies like wedding; which happen seldom in one’s life. Make a blunder on a day like this and you will have to carry your cross for the whole life. In fact, I think that shoddy preparation in a way contribute to marriage separation; but I don’t have a way to prove that (though I know of a guy; a friend; who had to part ways with his wife because of how shoddy their ‘big day’ was).
In essence, I’m talking about making your wedding day colorful in all ways. I admit the fact that as hard as you may try at times, constraint to a tight budget; which you are obligated to stick to; your wedding day could be catastrophically embarrassing. And, no, this shouldn’t sound like an indictment to being bound by a from-hand-mouth budget.
Rather it is some sort of the Midas’s touch that you add to the day’s merriment at affordable cost. I’m not telling you to spend a thousand grand so as to please anyone; but to be creative by coming up with new ideas worth a thousand grand.
Inspirational Ways to make your Wedding Day Fun:
Customize all Material According to one Theme
You want all the guest to appreciate and commend about how beautiful the day was, then you should choose a theme; which is magnificent and the theme of the event should feature in all the activities that take place all that day; from the calligraphic sign post that you use to direct guest to the reception area to the guest book and the barware used during the event. Locally, you can have these personalized at cheap rates without you having to stray your budget.
The secret here is to stick to a single; but experienced wedding planner and organizer; who can provide all these at discounted prices as opposed to loitering from one store to another in search for specific merchandise; which could all have been customized by one person given ample time for preparation.
The wedding reception is the single piece of the whole event; which receives much criticism. Nobody cares about your budget; as long as you invited them for the wedding and they agreed to come along; they expect that they will have a fun day (at your expense of course). This typically means that you have to live to the expectations of the guest.
The reception should be magical in all ways. It all starts from the backdrop of the wedding venue, to the bridesmaid dresses, the coasters and napkins used and even to the wedding cake prepared and layered. Every item should be unique and customized in a manner; which clearly depicts the efforts involved to make the wedding successful. Guest at the reception should have choices as to what to eat, drink or seat. This makes them feel special and worth for their time and day they took to be with you.
About the reception; don’t fail to include a photo booth; which should be as glamorous as the bride. It’s the age of selfies; Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest etc, we need awesome snaps.
If they spared the whole day for you; they will stick with you even in the evening, provided the day was full of fun. I’m talking about the guest after party. This is the kind of a karaoke night that reveler look for after a busy week of work. The after-party needn’t have the same theme like the reception. Actually the theme of it need be fun, period. But, also memorable.
Maybe you can include a ceremony exit; which is characterized by some memorable gifts; which your guests will automatically choose to keep. Mind you, a ceremony exit might be heavily photographed more that all other moments as long as you made your guest stay all that long because of the fun provided.
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