Father’s Day Gifts

Perhaps you are well aware that Father’s Day (September 7) is drawing closer and it is only fair to give your old man something for the efforts of bringing you up. Usually, it is the mothers who get flowers and nicely-packed gifts, so getting something for dad on his special day will be a great way to show him your feelings, gratitude and acknowledgment. If you are having doubts about the nature of the gift, however, some of the options below may draw your attention – all of them can be customised to remind your dad of a great moment you had together.

To start with, you can choose from a variety of cufflinks and pendants available in our online store. Both options are available in a variety of forms and sizes, so make sure you check out all the categories and find the one your dad likes the most. In the case of the cufflinks, they can be oval or square. As for the pendants, they come in various forms, including ID tags, ovals and rectangles, as well as square and round pendants.

If you have decided to go for a pendant, you will need to carefully select the material it is made of. The options you have are stainless steel (it won’t change its colour and doesn’t look too shiny), gold plated (it is affordable and looks very stylish), sterling silver (an elegant version that won’t draw too much attention) or 9ct white or yellow gold (it will perfectly match with a gold bracelet or ring). Once you have decided your choice of material, you can then look to customise the gift.

The good news is that both the pendant and the cufflinks can be customised with an image and text. Therefore, pick a great picture of you and your dad enjoying the company of each other and add a text message that will express how special he is to you. If one image is not enough, you can add a second one on the back of the pendant or etch different images on each of the cufflinks. Make sure you choose the picture carefully – your dad will have this precious moment in front of his eyes whenever he wears them!

If you can’t decide which item to choose – the pendent or the cufflinks, you can do well to combine them and create a matching set. As for the pendant, you can request a key chain added to it before dispatching, and for the stainless steel models we can offer a corresponding ball or curb chain, so that your dad will be able to wear it around his neck. All our items can be giftwrapped, so you don’t need to worry about wrapped them yourself.

Remember that you need to place your order very soon if you want the item to arrive on time. If you have already made up your mind and would like to make your dad happy on September 7, visit our website now and choose from the many different options described above. All our gifts offer free shipping in Australia, so all you need to do to create another special memory for you and your dad is choose, customise and order – we will take care of the rest!

The Timeless Beauty Of Yellow Gold

For most folks in the world, the word gold is synonymous with the words wealth, security, strength, value and luxury. Unlike other metals, the shine of yellow gold will never tarnish or fade. Gold can also be alloyed with other metals to increase its strength when it is worked into shapes and designs.

Due to these special properties and its rarity, gold has been used as a medium of exchange as well as the metal of choice for jewellery and other works of art. Since ancient times, it is a substance that has remained highly valued, even in times of war and famine.

Given its lasting appeal, is it any wonder that gold remains the time honored choice when we wish to profess our love for one another or recognise others for possessing the virtuous qualities that most of us value: honour, loyalty, and courage?

While gold can be alloyed with other metals to change its hue from yellow to white or rose, the original shiny and attractive yellow gold remains the traditional, endearing choice for most.

Here at Etched In Memories, we know how valuable your most precious memories are to both you and your loved ones. This is why we provide a way for you to preserve your most special memories in attractive and durable yellow gold.

Our 9ct yellow gold pendants can be customised and engraved with the image or text of your choice. They also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, as well as price ranges. We offer this diverse group so that you can select the perfect yellow gold pendant that best fits your needs and your budget.

Popular shapes for our yellow gold pendants include hearts, squares, rectangles and circles as well as the shape of the familiar ID Tag. The thickness of our pendants range from 0.6 to 1.0 mm thick and pricing begins at a reasonable $283.95.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you preserve the memories of the special people and events in your life in an enduring form that will remain untarnished and valuable throughout time.

Paper Memories

Most folks have some memory of visiting their grandparents or other older relatives, and what it was like to look through their collection of old paper photographs. Do you remember the look of happiness on their face and the gleam in their eyes, as they recalled their old friends, their loved ones, and the times that they shared together in the distant past? If you were really lucky, your older relative also shared a bit of their own story with you as they reminisced.

You may not have realised it at the time, but you were being a gift, a special treasure. Your elderly loved one was sharing a bit of their true self with you by showing you their old paper photographs and telling you their stories about the people within them.

As we grow older, it can be difficult to remember what our lives were like when we were young. All of us get busy with living our lives: working a job, paying the bills, raising a family. Time passes, and we are no longer 16, 36 or even 50. Our photographs can serve as important touchstones to our past and help us to remember better times and beloved friends and family. These mementos can help us to recall the past so that we are then able to share the past with the people in our future.

With technology, it’s getting easier to grab those great impromptu snapshots that are filled with emotion and character. Now, there are cellphones and laptops with cameras, and we can even shoot video of those important moments in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Despite these advances, it’s still important to make physical copies of these pictures. Files can become corrupted, misplaced or lost. Accidents and unexpected events such as fire can also happen, so it’s nice to have something tangible that preserves our memories. This becomes even more important as we grow older and develop the tendency to forget.

Paper photographs and digital video collections can both be great ways to preserve what is important to us. Paper Memories is a video short found on Vimeo that shows just how important photographs can be to helping the elderly remember the love and life that they experienced in the past. In the film, the elderly gentleman is able to remember the love of his life and share their love story, by looking through his old photographs.

Here at Etched in Memories, we can help you preserve your favorite digital and paper photographs in a more permanent way – a way that will stand the test of time. Using a special process, we can etch your special photographs onto a metal pendant so that your life story will last forever. We offer this service in a wide range of metals and price ranges, so that there is an affordable option for every budget.

Think how comforting it will be to be able to always have the special people and events from your life close at hand? Now, instead of just sharing your favorite memories with your family and friends as you look over old photographs, you have a memento that you can actually pass down to them and not worry that it will be accidentally lost or destroyed. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you preserve the special people and moments in your life so that you and your loved ones can treasure them forever.

I Can’t Remember

Just a line to say I’m living
that I’m not among the dead,
Though I’m getting more forgetful
and mixed up in my head

I got used to my arthritis
to my dentures I’m resigned,
I can manage my bifocals
but God, I miss my mind

For sometimes I can’t remember
when I stand at the foot of the stairs,
If I must go up for something
or have I just come down from there?

And before the fridge so often
my poor mind is filled with doubt,
Have I just put food away, or
have I come to take some out?

And there’s a time when it is dark
with my nightcap on my head,
I don’t know if I’m retiring, or
just getting out of bed

So, if it’s my turn to write you
there’s no need for getting sore,
I may think I have written
and don’t want to be a bore

So, remember that I love you
and wish that you were near,
But now it’s nearly mail time
So I must say goodbye, dear

There I stand beside the mail box
with a face so very red,
Instead of mailing you my letter
I opened it instead

- Anonymous

Eyes Which Don’t See Each Other, Forget Each Other

“Eyes which don’t see each other, forget each other”, said the Bulgarians long ago, long before technological development and photos. And they were quite right for their time. Going away to work sometimes for the summer or for a year or two, young men going to war leaving newly formed families behind with the promise to return as soon as possible – all trying to keep their loved ones in their hearts.

However, it is one thing to promise and another to remember. It is wonderful if you have the right intentions and the ability to keep someone in your heart even if they are far away from you. Most people, however, need certain reminders. In olden times, this help came in the form of tokens, favours and precious little personal belongings that everyone carried away from home – something to keep to their heart and look at when they thought they were alone in the world. Later, with the development of photography, walls in lodgings, barracks, camps and trenches were decorated with small black-and-white photos, shortening great distances and helping people reach out and remember.

One token from popular culture has made a long-lasting impact to my idea of remembering. In the book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, Ali and his son Amir flee Afghanistan for America with the intention to avoid the war. Before crossing the border, Ali “fished the snuffbox from his pocket. He emptied the box and picked up a handful of dirt from the middle of the unpaved road. He kissed the dirt. Poured it into the box. Stowed the box in his breast pocket, next to his heart.” Whether Ali would have forgotten the Afghan land without taking a bit of it with himself, I doubt. However, having it there, for luck, for proof that it all existed once and he was happy there – that would probably be helpful in times of trouble and when he was missing home.

Maybe those who say “out of sight, out of mind” are right. Maybe it is hard to keep your promise and remember after a couple of years and a few thousand kilometres? Or maybe it is easy to remember, but hard to keep the old feelings? Luckily, we don’t have to search too hard for the answers. We all have the means to keep in contact, even if we are as far away as we could be. We keep contact with our friends and relatives studying and working abroad, with those who have undertaken a challenging adventure – climbing Kilimanjaro or running with the African lions; we even receive sound and picture from the moon and those living in the International Space Station. Today, the world is small and if we want to remember, everything is in our favour.

So if you are afraid that “eyes which don’t see each other, forget each other”, don’t take the risk. A favourite picture of your loved ones would help you keep everyone in sight and won’t be a burden. And make sure you leave something behind – the eyes that need to remember are two sets, after all. Just choose the form of the memories you want to leave behind or take with you and contact us – at Etched in Memories so we can ensure you never forget!

Far Away From Home

Day after day, the world we live in changes irrevocably. Boundaries are drawn or erased, new highways and air routes come into existence and take children away from parents, separate siblings and put thousands of miles between best friends. By the minute we are provided with new opportunities for work, education, better life – some of them as far as the end of the world, and all of them requiring a certain sacrifice. Years ago, most of them would cost more than we would care to pay, but today we have the means to keep our friends and relatives close no matter where we live.

Visual memories are important – everyone would say that. However, you don’t truly understand how important they are until you are far away from home, in a foreign country, on a different continent. You go home from work, expecting to see the same empty and lonely room. You unlock the door and the faces of your family are there, before you, smiling from the gold-plated picture frame on your wall. Minutes ago, you didn’t even remember that the photo existed; now you are grateful that you decided to take it with you when you didn’t even realise you will miss everyone so much.

A year ago, if somebody told you that you would spend hours on Skype, talking to your family and friends, you would have laughed. Now there’s hardly a day when you don’t send them a message, asking if everyone is alright and answering their concerned questions in turn. And while the smaller members of your family practically grow in front of your eyes thanks to programmes like Skype, you can’t help but spend some of your time on Facebook, checking on your friends, on the latest news from your hometown, staying in touch and being informed.

It really is great that now every one of us can have a profile in a social network, an account in Skype, an e-mail client. Sometimes we can even forget that we are far away from home – as if our parents have gone on a holiday, our siblings are still in their school’s boarding house and everybody is together. Practically, we are together – a small family keeping its distant relationship with the help of the Internet, part of the bigger world family, whose parents are the globalisation and the striving for better life.

Sometimes, the effort to maintain a connection is everything that relates us to our past. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, Skype and Google+, being away does not feel too bad. Because of our visual memories – pictures and videos, digital and real, every place in the world feels like home. If you are far away, you know that feeling when you see the familiar faces smiling from your desktop. If you are planning to go away, save a corner of your suitcase for everyone’s pictures – you will never regret taking them with you.

Creating Memories That Will Stand the Test of Time

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” ? Dr. Seuss

Our lives are filled with precious moments. It’s filled with memories such as cuddling with our children as we read them a bedtime story, going home for Christmas andparticipating in family holiday traditions, driving the car with our mother or father for the first time, going away for summer camp or even buying our first house. Our lives are also filled with less pleasant, but necessary activities, such as spending time away from our family and friends to earn our living by working. Since work is such an important part of our lives, it’s easy to get wrapped up in this and even mundane tasks such as cleaning our homes or buying “things.” Soon, these other activities take centre stage; somehow we get distracted, and forget to live our lives while we are alive.

No matter how long anyone lives, it’s not long enough. Life is short, too short. Before we know it, time passes, and suddenly we are twenty or thirty years older. Our children are grown and have moved far away to raise families of our own, and parents and other loved ones have passed on. Now, they are no longer available for us to give them that one last hug or ask them for one last bit of advice. Eventually, we are all left on our own, alone.

This is why it is so important to make an effort to not get wound up in things that aren’t really important in the long run. Take time, each day, to really focus on the people that you love and care about. Spend time with them and do things that are fun and that each of you enjoy while all of you are still here to enjoy it. Live in the present. Enjoy life and people while they are still here.

While you are at it, make certain that you make the time to capture some of these wonderful memories. Take lots of photos; shoot videos, save drawings and finger paintings. Make souvenirs from some of your travels and preserve them – even if it’s just pressing and drying a beautiful, vibrant flower that you discover in your own backyard with your child.

If you have a special photo of a great moment that you would like to preserve in a more permanent way, we can help. Here at Etched In Memories we specialise in turning your most memorable events into more permanent treasures. With our unique process, we can take your favorite photos and etch them into your choice of metal. Who wouldn’t appreciate jewellery that is as much an original piece of art as it is a beautiful adornment? Over time, these preserved memories can be passed down to future generations as treasured family heirlooms.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you preserve the best moments in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Our Three Bestsellers

With Mother’s Day approaching, you may be a little excited as well as a little concerned about what you may end up with as a gift from your children.

The family may also be a little confused and not sure what to get you, so we thought we’d share with you our three biggest and best sellers.

This will make things a little easier for them, and enable you to get something you’re sure to love.

1.  The best by far is the pendant in 9ct yellow gold.  Personalised to include the image of your choice engraved on a heart-shaped pendant, 22cm or 27cm in size, you will be absolutely delighted with this as a gift.  The option for 9ct white gold is there, but the yellow gold is always a winner.

2.  A sterling silver pendant, in the heart shape or round is also a very popular choice.  Similar looking to the white gold pendant, but more doable for the kids’ money boxes, it is another popular item from our selection.

3.  Not just for the New Mum or Mum to Be, our Gift Packages have also been a huge hit.

They really do work for any mum, new or otherwise, and take some of the guesswork out of trying to decide what to buy to show your mum how much she means to you.

Although there is still a selection for the packages, the choice is much simpler and mum will get something to treasure forever.

What will you be getting your Mum this Mother’s Day to let her know how much you appreciate her?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mums out there from Etched in Memories.

Why Bother The Bunny?

Easter so longed for is gone in a day. – James Howell

Do you remember as a child how long it seemed to take before Easter finally arrived?

We talked about it in class and made Easter baskets.  We talked about it at school as we joined in with the Easter bonnet parade.  We talked about it in the playgrounds and then we went home and drove our parents nutty with “How many days now?”

Then Easter arrived one morning and was gone before it was even bedtime.

I’d change James Howell’s quote to say that Easter is gone in less than a day.  The only reminder we had was a pile of torn foil and, on our return to school, the Easter egg comparison charts.

“How many eggs did you get?”

“Oh, I had way more than that…”

Now that I am an adult, Easter still seems to fly past.  Admittedly I spend the lead up time shopping for Easter eggs and gifts for family and friends, but the day itself just disappears.  By the time the eggs have been discovered, we’ve caught up with others, celebrated the day and we are all on a chocolate high, it’s almost impossible to remember the day.

As kids we had nothing to worry about except who we’d see and how many eggs or pressies we might be given, so it is still easy to remember the good bits even after all these years.

Now I struggle to remember anything about last year’s Easter, or the one before that.  It isn’t a faulty memory that is to blame; it’s busyness and the responsibilities of being a grown up that get in the way.

I don’t want to miss out on another Easter memory.

Instead of giving people just chocolate this year I’d like to give them all a little digital camera so they can record the day.  I might not have time to take photos but I can share theirs and we can keep them forever.

How will you remember this Easter?

How Can We Be Happy?

This is a lovely story that is doing the rounds on social media and coming up to Easter, it feels like the right time to post it for you.

We come into these special seasons expecting them to be full of fun and happiness. It’s our source of future happiness, too.

The problem is that we invest the seasons with so much power to influence our happiness that often we are left feeling “robbed” and disappointed.

That’s why I think we all need to read this story…

Once a group of 50 people were attending a seminar.

Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.

Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker began — this is exactly what is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.

And this is the purpose of human life.

Is this not what you are looking for?