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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Keeping Your Jewelry Sparkly Clean

I have a guest post today!
I am so pleased to present to you Anna Aamone.
She currently runs a small company 
Domestic Cleaners Abbey Wood 
in London, England
and loves to share her experience.
Today she is sharing with us how to make our own
 Natural Jewelry Cleaner. 
Effective Natural Jewelry Cleaner Recipe
It is great that the market offers such big variety of cleaning products for the home. When it comes to the jewelry, however, it can be really hard to find an effective product or method for cleaning. No matter from what kind of material your precious possessions are made, they also need special care from time to time. There are people who prefer to wear rings, necklaces and earrings all the time, which will inevitably lead to the appearing of unpleasant spots on the surface of the jewelry. Instead of wasting money for professional cleaning, you can just take care of this task yourself. There are different effective recipes you could try, which require only natural ingredients and will certainly give good results.

If you want your jewelry to be always sparkling clean, you will have to start paying more attention to the cleaning. It is easy to forget about your jewelry when you are wearing it all the time. You will need to get used to the cleaning of those objects, the same way you got used to the disinfection of the different areas of your home. This will guarantee the good looks of your jewelry and you won't have to worry about the appearing of any dark spots in the future.

Here are several useful recipes for a natural cleaner, which will definitely work.
  • Baking soda and hot water – Baking Soda can help clean pretty much everything in your home, not just your rings, earrings and other jewelry. Baking Soda is a natural but powerful cleaner and does not scratch surfaces. This makes it the perfect cleaner for the sink, the toilet, the tub and every other similar surface you can think of.  As for your jewelry, you can put one or two teaspoons of baking soda in a cup and add hot water.  Then add your silver necklaces, rings, bracelets and other jewelry. Leave them soak for a couple of hours. After that all you have to do is rinse them thoroughly and they will be like new.
  • Cleaning with white vinegar – White vinegar is another great product, which can be used for the effective disinfection of all parts of the home and of your jewelry as well. Place your rings and other jewelry in a jar and then pour several drops of white Vinegar and one of Tea Tree Oil. These two combined make the perfect disinfectant. Close the jar and leave  overnight. The next morning you can rinse them with cold water. Before you remove your jewelry from the jar, check if something is floating in the liquid (body oils). This is a clear proof that the recipe worked.
  • Dishwashing liquid and salt – For this recipe you will also need water, which you can heat up in the microwave. In a small bowl add the jewelry you want to clean. Add a little baking soda, salt and dishwashing liquid. You can leave the jewelry in there for five or ten minutes, then thoroughly rinse with cold water.
It is very easy to keep your jewelry always sparkling clean. It is simply enough to do one of the previously mentioned natural cleaning recipes every few weeks and you won't have to worry about your special possessions at all. As you can see, you don't need expensive cleaning products which are filled with dangerous chemicals. By mixing several natural and safe ingredients you will be able to achieve excellent results, which will last for a long period of time. Don't wait any more and start organizing your jewelry box to see which objects need to be cleaned immediately.
Thank you so much Anna for sharing all these wonderful homemade solutions with us!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Interview with Home Improvement Blogger Deb Newton

I was recently interviewed by Danielle Lehman from
 Floor Coverings International.
Thank you Danielle, I'm honored. 
At Floor Coverings International of Winter Garden, we love bringing you creative insight and new perspectives. Today we have an interview with Deb Newton, home improvement blogger at Dragonfly Treasure.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I have always loved to make things. Growing up I used my imagination to create things for entertainment. Living on a farm far from any other children, my friends were the animals. Daisy crowns for the Cows, Berry Bracelets for the Chickens, even a collection of empty snail shells from the garden, decorated and painted with nail polish.
I love taking items and re-purposing them in new ways. I probably get this from my Dad. If he needed a tool for example, he made it from what he had. Up-cycling is environmentally friendly and endless fun to me. I’m a big DIY’er. I adore anything old and try to incorporate it into something useful for my home or garden.

2. Why did you decide to start a blog?
At first it was to connect with people through like minded interests; gardening, treasure hunting, crafting, etc. Then it became a way to keep my spread out family up to date on my families happenings. It has changed over the years to reviewing products for companies, but is still peppered with the above.
What do you enjoy about blogging?
It has become a sort of therapy for me. Recently I went through a life changing event, which can leave you feeling like no one else could possibly understand. Being able to talk to others, who have been through a similar event, gave me the opportunity to glean from their experience, which can be invaluable.

3. How would you describe your design style?
My home is Vintage Eclectic Cottage, is that even a style? LOL I am lucky to have items from my parents and grandparents that I incorporate with more current, but comfortable Cottage styles. Any item, be it furniture or accessory has to make me smile or it’s not welcome. I need to be able to walk through my front door and smile that I’m home.
4. Where do you find most of your inspiration?
Pre-Pinterest – I try to look at things differently. It may take a while but eventually it comes to me.  What to do with that ugly thing I just new I could make beautiful, I picked from a garage sale!   I like to make something out of nothing. Grab a bunch of odds and ends, found items, whatever and sit down and create something marvelous. AND I do love magazines! which can give me more ideas in my head than I have time to make.
Since Pinterest started, I’m on inspiration overload! Addicted? Most definitely!
5. Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I’m torn between two. Basically the same technique but one done outside, the other inside.
I painted faux brick on my front walkway. I mixed all the reds, browns, oranges and like colors from my craft paints to get the color I wanted. It had to be close to the old mismatched brick I hauled from the farm, that I lined my front gardens with. I used a sponge to stamp a brick pattern onto the cement and sealed it. I love the crooked way it turned out! Just like my crooked lined gardens.
The other project was to paint my cement floor in my bedroom. I chose white and when it was done it looked plain. I decided to find an image I liked and used my Dad’s old carbon copy paper to use to trace it on. I then used felt tip pens, nail polish, paint, and whatever else I had on hand to color the design. It was then also sealed.  The design I chose describes what I’m currently going through.  Dandelion seeds floating on the breeze that turn into birds.  I am currently learning “to fly free.”
Find more from Deb on her blog at Dragonfly Treasure.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Farm Junk

 Farmers of South Dakota,
if you see John Lopez going through your garbage,
please let him continue to do so.
In his hands, what was unfixable or
unwanted to you becomes art.
Not just any art, though.
Big, striking sculptures that celebrate the American Old West.
 The kind of stuff you’d probably like!
 At the very least, you’ll be impressed by his work.
Who wouldn’t be?
Take a look for yourself
(even if you’re
not a farmer from South Dakota)!



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