Monday, April 7, 2014

Quick Jewelry Care Tip

Morning everyone! Has Spring finally sprung in your neck of the woods yet? It is very slowly starting to creep it's way in here to Western PA. So I guess that means I need to start thinking about spring cleaning. I know yuck right?! Well as you're cleaning out your closets and what not be sure to keep on the look out for those little silica packs that sometimes come in shoe boxes, purses, even pill bottles. You know those little white packets that say don't eat, throw away. Well don't throw them away, save them. But why you ask, because I am going to share a little tip with you. There are two things that can really extend the appearance  life of your jewelry, one- a basic zip type bag, two- those little packets you've been throwing away all these years. Air and moisture are the enemy. Keeping your jewelry,( especially silver, silver plated,silver filled,gold plated, copper, brass or any other jewelry that may have a tendency to tarnish), in an air tight zip top plastic bag will drastically slow down the tarnishing process. Throw in one of those little silica packets and it's a double whammy! The silica absorbs moisture while the bag prevent air from getting to the piece. You can also throw one or two into a jewelry box if you don't want to put your pieces into plastic bags. That along with gently wiping off your piece at the end of the day with a soft cloth removes any oil from your skin. These  simple and easy tips will go a long way to preserving your jewelry for a long time to come!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I love suprises!

Who doesn't love a surprise! The other day I went to the mailbox and was pleasantly surprised when I received an unexpected package from Znet. Znet is a wonderful jewelry supply company that I have was lucky enough to take part in a design challenge for last summer. I opened my box and it was packed with all sorts of lovelies! Several nice strands of chunky sea glass, some pretty pearls and shiny crystals oh my!

Greens, blues and yellows make me think warm thoughts of Spring and Summer. And after the Winter we have been having here couldn't you use some warm thoughts, I know I can! I can't wait to get started making some pieces with all my pretty things! I will post pics as they are done. Stay tuned! ;)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snowed in..

  I don't think there is anywhere in the US that hasn't been hard hit by snow this Winter. Even my kids who love the snow are growing a little weary of it. I'm convinced they will be going to school till July to make up all the snow days! All you hear are people complaining about how they have had enough already and praying for warmer weather. 
  One of my friends is a die hard Winter fan and posted this the other day..
    "I love the snow, why you ask? It mutes the world, it deadens the noise. It causes the world to move in slow motion. It covers everything in a cold embrace. It's beautiful. People gather together to keep warm, to be lazy and spend time with each other. Kids run wild and play in it, whole neighborhoods come outside to play. Dozens of kids work together to make snowmen. It's an equalizer. It's peaceful. It's calming." 
  I have very wise friends.. Thank you Howard for making me see things from a different and beautiful perspective. So enjoy the snow while you can because before you know it we will be baking in the Summer sun.