Archive for April, 2013

What Does Being A Mum Mean To You

When I was preparing for the looming birth of my firstborn, I devoured as much good parenting information as I could; including but not limited to feeding, sleeping, setting up the nursery and raising a happy, settled baby.

I had dreams and aspirations; I’d have a nursery decorated in pastels, a calm baby who smiled a lot, and my hours would be spent playing, tickling and cuddling the baby, and scrapbooking every moment of my cherub’s life.

The scrapbook would be creatively crafted and tell a delightful story, that would be treasured for many a year.  It would be a work of photographic and construction paper art!

The glamorous snaps of the smiling, rosy cheeked baby rarely occurred, and the files mounted up with chocolate smeared, grubby, badly dressed, giggling hysterically infant, followed closely by the mischievous toddler, determinedly smothering his new baby brother.

Captured was the mess, the chaos, printed out and stashed in a disused shoe box, as the digital age took over and candid snaps of long car trips and days at the beach.  The family looks dishevelled, yet happy.

My aspirations altered with each set of prints delivered, the joy was no longer in portraying a content childhood or family life that met the expectations of others, but to encapsulate the craziness that is our lives.

To come across a box of photos, or locate a folder of fond memories on my computer, I find myself calling the cherubs over.  Not so I can say ‘look how cute you were’, but so we all have the laugh from deep within our bellies and say ‘remember that!’ and spend more moments laughing like maniacs.

Capturing a facade means little to me now.  Creating those moments of unabashed freedom stick longer and mean more.  I also have a lot to work with when the 21st birthdays roll around.

Decisions Decisions

Sometimes, it can be difficult to make a decision, especially when you are making a decision between two great choices. When selecting a pendant or other jewellery item to personalise with photo engraving, etching or embossing, one of the first decisions that will need to be made is to choose the type of metal that will be used. Two popular metals that are used in jewellery are sterling silver and stainless steel, but which metal is the best? The correct answer depends on the particular tastes and lifestyle of the person who will be wearing the item of jewellery.

There are two factors to keep in mind when trying to make a choice between these two types of metal. One major factor to consider is how active or physical is the lifestyle of the person who will be wearing this item of jewellery?

By nature, silver is a very soft metal that is easy to work with. While it is easy to carve intricate designs into silver items, silver is also very prone to bending or showing dings, nicks and scratches when it is worn by those who do physical labour or lead a very active lifestyle. For this reason, individuals who work with their hands or who regularly participate in very physical activities might prefer to choose rings, pendants, bracelets and other items of jewellery that are made from a metal other than sterling silver so  that is more resistant to wear and tear.

Stainless steel can be a great choice for people who have an active lifestyle or occupation, as the surface can be treated to resemble pewter or chrome, but it is naturally resistant to dings, nicks, scratches and warping.

The second factor to think about when you are considering stainless steel is that its price can be a selling point to some and a potential drawback to others. Stainless steel is generally an inexpensive metal, particularly in comparison to sterling silver. Some might not view a jewellery item made from stainless steel as special because of the low cost, and others simply prefer the particular lustre and patina that sterling silver acquires as it ages.

Choosing the type of metal to use is only the beginning of the process to selecting the perfect piece of jewellery to personalise. To learn more about photo engraving and other ways to select and personalise the perfect piece of jewellery, please visit Etched in Memories.