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February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day

February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day

February 20th is National Love your Pet Day.  Gallup poll reports that 60% of Americans are pet owners.  It’s not often that we find a companion that  will listen to our complaints, great us with joy after a long day of work and always love […]

Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry :  A Guide For Giving It a Facelift

Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry : A Guide For Giving It a Facelift

As mentioned in my previous post, the best way to clean aluminum jewelry is with soap and water (Dawn dishwashing soap being my favorite). With a little wash down and a good polishing rub from a clean towel, your piece will shine like new. As […]

Aluminum Jewelry: Maintaining That Upscale Look

Aluminum Jewelry: Maintaining That Upscale Look

Aluminum jewelry has been gaining in popularity over the past few years, with jewelers as well as consumers.

A large portion of my business is taking a customers’ idea or motivation and translating it into a hand stamped piece of jewelry. More often that not, those special dates, children’s names or inspirational words are placed on an aluminum cuff.

From a consumer standpoint aluminum is affordable, but looks expensive when worn.  Wide 1” and 2” sterling silver cuffs that would range from $150-250 can easily be reproduced using this less expensive metal alternative.  The pieces are lightweight, making them perfect for layering with other bangles to create a look that is uniquely you. 

Another benefit of Aluminum jewelry is that it’s easy to care for. In the summer months when you are wearing these cuffs, the dirt and sweat from your skin can make them appear dull. You can use a jewelry polishing cloth to shine them up, but the easiest and most effect way to clean them is with soap and water.  Dawn dishwashing soap is my favorite.  With a little wash down and a good polishing rub from a clean towel, your piece will look brand new.

I often wear my cuffs when swimming, and while the water won’t damage the metal, over time it may dissolve the ink off of the lettering.  Lucky for you there is a low tech, low cost way of making your piece look brand new. 

Continue on to the next blog post to find out how…

Master Bath Shenanigans

Master Bath Shenanigans

When I first purchased the Lake house it only had two bathrooms.  The bath that was located on the main floor connected the master bedroom to the kitchen?!  Say what?? Yes, (not a typo) …the kitchen. Over the lifespan of  this home, several additions were […]

It’s time for a time out

It’s time for a time out

Everyone needs a break once in awhile.  Sitting on the beach would be ideal, but a nice couch nap might just do the trick 🙂 Happy Friday!

Transformation is harder than you think!

Transformation is harder than you think!

Not knowing what I was getting myself into I thought a few gallons of paint and a nice couch or two would transform this ugly duckling,  but this house was like a beautiful Monet watercolor.  Gazing from afar, your eyes reveal an exquisite landscape of colors… but up close it was just a hot mess.

My mother bought me this hand built console table (in the photo above) from a local antique store and it turned the entry way into my favorite spot in the house. I don’t know why, but I love cows.

The TV room actually did only need quick facelift.

 

Landscaping, Siding and Shingles.. Oh My.

Landscaping, Siding and Shingles.. Oh My.

The outside of the house was the most daunting task and is still in progress.  Since that is where we spend the majority of our time when we are there, that was my top priority.  New siding, a new roof, and new deck were all […]


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