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Heidi’s EVENT

 

Welcome to my Guest Today

Heidi Lambert McClure

Owner of Sassafras Hill Studio

 

Lynda_ Good Afternoon, Heidi.  What would you like to talk about today?

Heidi_  Two important things!

First, I am having an EVENT on Saturday evening and I want to invite your readers to drop in and see what I have created in my studio. 

I will be showing visitors some lovely and  affordable jewelry I have just made!

I do my work in a  lovely studio in rural Pennsylvania.

Check out my EVENT by clicking here!

Lynda_That sounds like a nice peaceful lace to work.

Heidi_ Yes, it is!

I also want to give some TIPS to those who visit here so that they can enjoy their jewelry for a long time.

 

Lynda_ I am wondering about how I should take care of my jewelry, too.

What would you recommend?

 Heidi_Believe it or not, regardless of price, most jewelry is delicate.

Gemstones can scratch with wear.

This is natural  – so treat it with care.

Exposure to common household chemicals and beauty supplies can damage and dull gemstones.

Avoid direct contact with showers, perfume, lotion, chlorine, and soaps.

A good rule to follow is that your jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night.

When you take it off, always put it away!

PHOTO:  This is an exhibition piece done by Heidi McClure.

 

Lynda_How should jewelry be cleaned? 

You can gently clean your jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft brush to help retain its shine. Try using an old toothbrush to get inside nooks.Make sure to get everything good and dry with a clean cotton cloth or a hair dryer on low before you put it away to prevent tarnishing after cleaning with water. For a quick touch up, use a polishing cloth to brighten up your chains, ear wires and clasps. It’s ok if it the cloth gets dirty. That means that it’s working. Even when discolored, it will still clean your jewelry effectively.

How should jewelry be stored?

Take care to protect your jewelry. Moisture will encourage the appearance of tarnish, so keep jewels dry in storage and never store jewelry in the bathroom. A regular jewelry box on your dresser will work just fine for a few pieces or an armoire with lots of space if you have a big collection.

Plastic food containers are great for storing jewelry in sets so they don’t get separated. Place a folded paper towel inside and lay your jewelry in flat.

These are inexpensive and stackable.

The main thing is that you want your jewelry to be protected from air, dust and dampness when you’re not wearing it.

Lynda_ Thanks for the good tips, Heidi. They are really easy to remember.

Good luck with your live events. I’ll see you Saturday!

 

 

 Heidi McClure

See my imagination at work……Visit me.

 EVENT Information…Get it here!

PHOTOS:  The Variety of bead work done in Heidi’s studio.

Wall works, talismans, Cuff Bracelets, and Traditional jewelry.

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Lynda’s Travel Tips

What is so important that I had to

get up at 4 a.m. to write a blog ?

 

I’m leaving for Louisville, Kentucky tomorrow.

I’ll attend the American Printing House for the Blind Conference.

Why am I going? It’s because my art work is in the annual international art exhibition and I won a prize. I’ll be a guest at the conference along with other artists, and I’ll get a tour of the facilities, attend a reception for the art show, and even attend the banquet where I’ll receive an award for my work. All super exciting.  And, best of all, three of my daughters will be with me on this trip.  It will take us about 8 hours to get there and we will leave tomorrow morning.

Have I packed yet?

Of course, NOT!

 

photo_16_travel-bag

If I pack too soon then I’ll have second thoughts and make myself crazy by selecting and de-selecting everything I picked out for the trip. It’s hard for me to FOCUS with so many choices available. I have to order the chaos.

I’ll force myself to pack my little weekender bag. It’s such a cute one in hot pinks and oranges – happy colors for happy packing, I guess.
Later today – I love to travel but I hate packing for a trip. I’d like to have someone come and make the selections for me, and SECRETLY pack my bag. Let someone else make my choices for me – select the clothing, jewelry, and all. Secretly. Then, when I arrive, I ‘ll be surprised at what I brought
But, I have my own way of making choices. I begin with what is most important for me.
First, I select the kick-A** jewelry I want to wear while I am away. Yep, the jewelry comes FIRST. After that, I go to the closet and find the clothing that will best show off the jewelry. Finally, I pick a pair of shoes that will WORK with it all. Keep it simple. Just one small bag.
But there is one thing I have done in anticipation for this journey. I bought the snacks! But, there’s a problem with buying the snacks too soon, too. Three of the super large size candy bars I bought for the trip are now missing. Well, my friend Rosella once told me that if you stand at the sink and eat, the food has no calories. So, I did.