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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month ~ Treasury Tuesday

~ September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month ~ 

In memory of Miriam

Dedicated to those who have been personally affected by Ovarian Cancer and for those whose loved ones have been affected by Ovarian Cancer. He hears your prayers :)

This is a collection of handmade items from various Etsy shops.
Click on each item for the item description and more pictures.
                           Happy Shopping!

















Your comments are welcome


My Do It Yourself Lightbox That Love Made

I have been trying to improve my product photography

but since I don't get very good light in my craft room

I decided to try using a light box to see if that would help my photos.

I asked my husband if he would help me

to make a Do It Yourself light box out of a cardboard box.

I went online and researched some sites to find out

how we should go about making one.

My husband didn't think that a cardboard box would hold up well so,

he said he would build me one out of materials we had in our garage,

and when he was finished he would help me shop for some lights.

(Bless his heart!)

Here is "The Making of My Light Box" in a series of pictures...

A Labour of Love

~ From  the humble beginnings ~

~ To the tweaking of the details ~

~To the finished product ~

I am so grateful for such a wonderful, supportive husband!

"Thank you, Max"

I still need to work on improving my photos 

by learning how to use the different camera settings and 

also learning how to edit in Photoshop Elements 6.0.

I have learned so much but continue to keep on learning

since I have started my Etsy shop, BeadedEmbellishments.

Your comments are welcome

Sterling Silver Jewelry, Understanding The Difference

Aqua Blue Quartz Faceted Nugget Sterling Starfish Necklace

If you learn the differences between silversilver plated

and sterling silver jewelry it can make a

difference to the types of jewelry you decide to purchase

 and it can help you determine if an 

item’s value is worth the purchase price.

Most often, price is a good indicator of what kind of silver

 a jewelry piece is comprised of, but it isn't always reliable.

Even though they all sound similar, there are 

significant differences between silver plated

 items and sterling silver items.

Be sure to read carefully what the item is made up of 

so you will know what you are paying for 

and what you can expect in terms of wear and durability.

Pure Silver Jewelry

Pure silver will always contain trace amounts of other

elements,even though it is 99.9% pure.

Pure silver does not make a very high quality

 jewelry item.

It is extremely soft and therefore it does not

 retain its’ shape very well.

Instead, look for sterling silver jewelry.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver contains another metal mixed in with

 the silver to give it increased

strength and durability.

Sterling silver is a mixture made up 92.5% silver and

7.5% of an alloy such as zinc, nickel, or copper.

Sterling silver jewelry may be marked with 925, .925,

or 92.5% somewhere on the piece.

It may tarnish over time, but it also has the benefit

of being shinier than pure silver jewelry.

To keep this type of jewelry looking its best,

keep it from getting wet and store it in a small,

sealed plastic bag when it isn't being worn.

Silver Plated Jewelry

Silver plated jewelry means that the item is

coated with a thin silver coating;

however the materials used underneath the

 silver coating can vary greatly.

Silver plating is often used for cheap fashion jewelry

that is made of steel or other poor quality metal.

Jewelry made with silver plated material often bends, 

stretches, and breaks,

and the finish can wear off quickly.

When purchasing silver plated jewelry the key is to look for

the thickness of the coating.

In general, the thicker the coating, the longer it will last

so long as it is cared for properly.

Whenever you are looking for handmade jewelry,

being educated about the differences between silver, 

silver plated, and sterling silver jewelry

will allow you to make an informed decision

about your purchase.

If you are looking for a fun every-day piece,

silver plated jewelry is fine.

If you are looking for quality, however, look for

well-constructed sterling silver items

 and wear them with confidence 

knowing that you are wearing an item that is

durable and that will stand the test of time.

        At Beaded Embellishments, 

I use only sterling silver beads 

and findings in my handmade jewelry 

because I am committed to presenting quality jewelry.

My personal preference is for Sterling Silver Jewelry

what is your preference?

Your comments are welcome


More Glimpses of Northern Ontario

Here are some more pics

of my favourite parts of this vacation

 and a couple of videos

I think waterlilies are so beautiful
(I had to walk through pretty yucky stuff in my bare feet to get this pic)

(I was watching this Loon from the dock in the morning)

I love loons and I love hearing their very distinct calls.

I am always thrilled when I get to observe them in nature.

I have been told that loons have a vocabulary of greater than 100 sounds.

My husband and I decided to go for a canoe ride

so we could perhaps get a closer look at them.

 Sights and sounds from our canoe ride

A close look at Momma Loon and her baby loon

More Momma Loon and baby loon

See also my previous post: Glimpses of Northern Ontario

and also

My End of Summer Sale Ends Today Sept 11/11

Your comments are welcome


Glimpses of Northern Ontario

I'm having a week of rest and relaxation

in Northern Ontario this week

I thought I would share with you

 a few glimpses

captured by my camera lens

Summer Fading Into Autumn

Your comments are welcome

My End of Summer Sale continues until Sept 11/11
Click here for details and Coupon Code