I was recently presented with the most amazing opportunity and featured on the cover of the Holiday 2013 edition of the Harford Style Magazine. I was fortunate to get to work with Amy Jones, a remarkable photographer, and interviewed by Anne Fullem, editor/art director of […]
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 […]
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 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…
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.