The countdown is ON!! Only 4 sleeps to Christmas morning! Who better to lead us closer to the morning of cinnamon buns (in our house anyway) and fresh coffee (shout out to Strangers Coffee Christmas Blend!), than the fabulous Sophie Kowalyk of moon + moss jewellery? We are SO excited to have Sophie here to #fillourtable!! OK, full disclosure, Sophie is often here to #fillourtable because she's our incredible manager here at Figbar (a woman of many talents!), but for this (fictional) event, she comes to us with her creative maker hat on because we really want to highlight her side gig moon + moss jewellery because, frankly, it's SO PRETTY.
Sophie is stellar. She is so motivated, so talented, and so creative. She has such a keen eye for detail and beauty, and she brings her artistic force to every aspect of her life. Her beautiful jewellery adorns many a person in Norfolk and beyond, and you can find your very own piece at Elm on Dove Street (This jewellery makes a great gift or stocking filler for you, Santa! Add it to your list, friends, as I'm sure we've all made the 'nice' one!). The aesthetic of moon + moss really highlights the beauty of the semi-precious stones individual to each piece. My personal favourite are the copper star earrings... or any piece with the rainbow quartz! (I think I may just have convinced myself to go shopping...)
Sophie, you are such a superb addition to our Christmas Dinner Party, and we are delighted you are here to #fillourtable!!
Name: Sophie Kowalyk
What you do: Baker by day, Jewellery maker by night
A Bit About Sophie: I live in Norwich with my cat Chip, staffy dog Gypsy Rose and my housemate who cooks the best Chinese food! I work at Figbar during the day and make moon + moss jewellery in my spare time.
Find Sophie @moonandmossjewellery on Instagram
1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?
I would do anything to have my late Grandad there. I never met him as he died when my Dad was 17. He was born in Ukraine and had a very tough early life and lost all his family at a young age due to the war, but seemed to carry on in life with passion! I would also invite the late Carl Sagan, so we could talk about star stuff! Also Tom Hardy because, why not?!
2. What foods are you most thankful for?
Food my Mum cooks and food my fiancés Mum, Gina, cooks. Both do it with love and will always make sure my belly is full. I also absolutely love my partner's scrambled eggs. He makes the best scrambled eggs. (Sorry, Jaime!! - my boss who also always cooks me scrambled eggs).
3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?
I can't really think of a family food tradition that my family has but I have started cooking a roast dinner for my house mate and who ever else is round on a Sunday and this now feels like a little tradition which I hope to carry on when I have my own family!
4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?
I've met the most beautiful group of women through social media and have friends who would help me out no matter what so there's been lots of times when this has made a difference. I also am super lucky to have a pair of amazing bosses in my day job who have made me think differently about food, work and life!
5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
A couple of my friends have told me that I inspired them to start their own businesses and that I gave them the courage to do so. To hear that is very lovely because most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing, it just looks like I do!
6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?
I would give it to an animal charity. My dog and cat are big part of my life and I can't bear to see any animals suffering. Although a pound isn't a lot every little donation helps.
Thank you, Sophie!! We love having you at Figbar, especially for our Christmas Dinner Party :-)