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#fillourtable : moon + moss jewellery

#fillourtable : moon + moss jewellery

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

#fillourtable

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 :-) 

#fillourtable : Jessica Jane Applegate MBE

#fillourtable : Jessica Jane Applegate MBE

As December keeps leading us towards Christmas, we have more guests "arriving" to our (fictional) Figbar Christmas dinner table! Next to join us is the phenomenal Jessica Jane Applegate MBE. Jessica Jane is an S14 International Para Swimmer and a part of the Norfolk Sports Academy. She lives in a small village in Great Yarmouth with her mum & two rescue dogs.

This woman is a force of nature. She loves her home county of Norfolk and has defied British Swimming by refusing to move to Manchester to the high performance center (we're all quite keen on keeping you here too, Jess! :-). Jessica believes that the local support she has had along with the exceptional training facilities Norfolk has to offer there really is no reason for her to move away from such a beautiful county.

It's hard to simplify her list of swimming accomplishments- so I'm not even going to try. Feast your eyes on the achievements of this talented swimmer:

  • Numerous British, European & World records
  • Paralympic Games London 2012 
  • Gold S14 200m Freestyle
  • 4th S14 100m Backstroke 
  • Honored with an MBE by the Queen in the New years honors list December 2012 
  • World Championships Montreal, Canada 2013
  • Gold S14 200m Freestyle
  • Silver S14 200m Individual Medley 
  • Bronze S14 100m Backstroke
  • European Championships Eindhoven, Netherlands 2014
  • Silver S14 200m Freestyle
  • Bronze S14 200m Individual Medley
  • Bronze S14 100m Backstroke
  • World Championships Glasgow, Scotland 2015
  • Gold S14 100m Backstroke
  • Silver S14 200m Freestyle
  • Silver S14 200m Individual Medley
  • Great Britain's Para Swimmer of the Year award 2015
  • European Championships Funchal, Portugal 2016
  • Silver S14 200m Freestyle
  • Silver S14 200m Individual Medley
  • Bronze S14 100m Backstroke
  • Paralympic Games Rio, Brazil 2016
  • Silver S14 200m Freestyle
  • Silver S14 200m Individual Medley
  • Bronze S14 100m Backstroke
  • World Para Series 2017
  • 4th in the World in the Open age group out of ALL Para classifications
  • World Championships Mexico 2017 (Qualified in 4 events but no team was sent due to the dangers after the earthquake)

Where to find Jessica Jane Applegate: www.jessicajaneapplegate.com twitter - @jessica_jane96 facebook - Jessica Jane Applegate MBE Instagram - jessicajaneapplegate  

We are giddy with excitement to introduce Jessica Jane Applegate as the next guest to #fillourtable :-)

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

This is really tricky... Last year I actually got to meet Micheal Phelps who is my inspiration, so I think Id go for Ant & Dec because they would be so much fun!

2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

It has to be locally produced meat, vegetables & fruit. It is so much better for you & tastes so good. I also eat a lot so I'm really grateful to our local farmers & butchers.

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

Me & my mum always make sausage rolls & shortbread we love doing these together but the last few years Ive been doing the ginger bread house on my own. My nan makes a triffle every Christmas which can be a bit dodgy it depends on how much sherry she's drunk on the outcome....one year the plastic wrapper from the jelly was inside the triffle.

4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

There are so many generous & kind people in the world but recently I was looking at having to retire due to my funding being cut & Kevin Horne from NWES started a funding campaign & basically saved my career.

My dogs are also the most loving & unjudging dogs in the whole world, they are my therapy.


5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Yesterday I received a message from a young man via instagram who had been really struggling with autism. He told me that I had inspired him to start trying new things & to be proud to be different. He said I'd changed his life. Wow if you can reach out & help just one person then thats successful right?

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I'd feed a homeless dog. Both my dogs are rescued & they all deserve so much better. If I could save every single one I would.

 

Thank you so much, Jessica Jane Applegate MBE! We have loved getting to know you better and are so proud to be able to support you as you swim!