Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Care of Silver Wire Jewellery

The sterling silver wire jewellery pieces I design are always hammered to strengthen the wire then tumbled adding additional strength and brilliant lustre.

I hope you enjoy your piece for many years to come.

Here are some valuable jewellery care tips:

Wearing your jewellery will help prevent tarnish!
Over time oxidation reactions from sulfur and oxygen can occur causing silver to become tarnished. Wearing your jewellery will slow the oxidation process and keep your silver gleaming.

Store silver correctly to minimize tarnish and scratches.
To keep your jewellery looking its best, store it in a plastic bag to prevent tarnishing and scratches. Consider a jewellery box specifically designed with a 'tarnish-free' material lining to keep your silver sparkling and brilliant.

Alternatively anti tarnish paper strips can be cut and placed inside your jewellery box or in the individual plastic storage bag with your jewellery. You may find these strips at your local craft and jewellery stores.

Use a polishing cloth
One of the best, methods to clean your silver jewellery is with a professional jewellery polishing cloth. Cleaning your jewellery after wearing and before placing in it's plastic storage bag will remove any oil residue or fine dust particles and will keep it looking pristine.

Visit a jeweller
Once a year or when needed take your silver for a polish to your local jeweller.


Things to avoid:
- Mineral spas - silver jewellery will turn black.
- Jewellery 'Dip' solutions or commercial cleaning solutions even though it may claim to be safe for silver. It will work the first few times, but after that the silver jewellery may turn colour and never look the same.
- Toothpast, it is abrasive and will scratch the silver

Treasury!!

My strawberry jam tags have been featured in a treasury on Etsy. Check it out here. The theme is Farmer's Markets. It's so exciting to have something noticed.

Back to school Wednesday. Been crazy hope to get some new items listed soon! School, halloween and Christmas...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Strawberry Jam Anyone?

Last year I spent a couple of days with two fav aunties (you know who you are) pickling baby carrots on the farm. Not only were they absolutely delish, but I took home some fantastic memories of days well spent. I usually get a jar or two from one of them, so I decided that I should really learn about this process and what better way than hands on. The only thing I didn't do was actually dig the carrots out of the earth, my Uncle did that (thanks Uncle).

As a thank you to my Aunties I made them each a card and some Jar tags. They loved them so much that I thought I should make some for my shop this year. This time for Strawberry Jam too!




Friday, August 20, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Unisex Baby Brag Album

One album cover with wire word...partially opened
details on flaps (same for both albums).

Fully opened . . .
Close up of rubber stamped images with versamark ink (no colour - very subtle).
photo cards - ready to load with baby photos. I like to use a dark background for photos to make the images really pop. It should be more about the picture than anything else.
Card details

Second album.

partially opened

fully opened
photo cards

Friday, August 6, 2010

word searches

I found this awesome site for creating your own word searches, super easy to use. Definately going to be using this for some cards and albums in the future. Love it!!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Colour scheme for unisex mini baby brag album

Yummy chocolate brown, cream, pale yellow, light green and white. VERY rough sketch for unisex baby mini album:



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back from a Fantastic Lake Vacation

Enjoyed three fantastic weeks at the lake with family and friends. Who could ask for more. Here are a few of my fav photos...

My homemade lake deck chandellier made from wire plant baskets

Ahhhh sunset....



Playing at the park

Just love the simplicity of a single washed up shell...

Honey bee...

simple flower...


my boys can't give up the electronics... DS and camping.... who knew.

quad ride at sunset

Local Rodeo -- cowboys for a day



another quad ride

Chillin at the beach with my beauties...


hand picked wild raspberrys perfect for a raspberry stand



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