Hello 2019

Happy New Year


Happy New Year! I’ve had a nice slow and steady start 2019 and am getting back into the swing of things now. I hope you’ve had a lovely start to the year. I thought I’d start this years blog posts off with a little bit about me and what I am hoping for 2019. …..

I shared some of these a while ago as part of #marchmeetthemaker so you may already know a few. Can you spot some new facts?


I love to travel and when I was at university I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at SUNY New Paltz. I was a bus ride away from NYC, I became an adopted Australian, made the most wonderful memories and learned a lot along the way. It’s by far one of the best things I have ever done.


My surname is Italian, my Grandad’s family emigrated to Scotland from Italy many moons ago. However there is a dispute about the correct spelling of Manzi - some of the family are Mansi’s. A few years ago we went on a family trip to Italy to try and find out about our family tree. We didn’t find very much but had the best time exploring the Amalfi coast.


I know a little Italian but aim to learn a bit more this year and maybe join a class. I can manage the basics but always shy away from speaking when I’m there.

Engagement Ring - Islay Spalding - Italy

Speaking of Italy, my Fiance and I got engaged in Italy in January last year in a tiny little restaurant in Bologna. We are getting married this Summer (In Scotland, not Italy). I cannot wait.

v & a dundee

When I’m not making jewellery I work as a freelance designer at V & A Dundee. I work with the creative learning team delivering their creative programme of workshops, tours and events. I also occasionally Cat sit through Cat In A Flat.

bullet journal

I love a list and need Google maps to get me anywhere. I have absolutely no sense of direction! I can never find a diary/planner that can accommodate my list making and mix of business with general life, so this year I’ve decided to try a bullet journal for the first time.

Ring Making Workshop - Dundee REP

I am running my first ring making workshop next Saturday at Dundee REP. I’ve been planning to run workshops since this time last year, I’m glad it’s actually happening and hope it will be the first of many,

Balance Drop Earrings - Kirsten Manzi

Over the next few months I am going to be reviewing my current collections and revamping my website which I’ll relaunch in March.

I’m also hoping to launch a small collection of new things in time for Valentines Day and Mothers Day.

I hope 2019 is treating you well so far. If there is anything you’d like to see me write about this year, or make for that matter. Let me know!