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April 06, 2020
Me, an office aficionado, more than happy to discuss office politics using a variety of acronyms that I don't really know the meaning of, thats just my BAU, all day long until EOP unless theres any AOB. Her, well I don't know - I think it involves drawing... and instagram stories.
It’s been just over a week since Laura wrote her version of events regarding our current working situation, so I thought it was high time I let you know what it is really like, and some of the things I've learnt.
Apparently bacon sandwiches every day is not a healthy diet, I’ve heard Laura tell numerous people she has had a bacon sandwich for breakfast mid week like it’s the craziest thing she’s ever done, I have omitted telling her it’s a usual occurrence for myself. Also the work canteen's offering of chips with every possible meal option has not been replicated at home. The fact I have to make my lunch not just queue for it is most disappointing.
I literally have no idea how she has so much dedication....... for years I have joked that Laura cannot focus on a single conversation, 2 weeks in I have learnt that is a survival mechanism for working for yourself.
The hours and hours we get lectured at in the office about a safe and comfortable working position (seat height, laptop stands etc) do not translate to Laura’s workshop. Within about 10 minutes of sitting in her desk chair it was abundantly clear why she has a bad back. Her chair is BROKEN! She's been sitting on that for the last couple of years, I sat on it for a bout 15 minutes before finding the problem and ordering a new chair for next day delivery......
In fact the office/workshop layout prioritises form over function. Every. Single. Time. The suggestion I brought in a second screen was met with a disgusted look as it would apparently be offensively large and ugly........ as a side note I have also been told my typing is too fast and too loud and comes across as obnoxious, she hasn’t even read the email but I am being told to be nicer to whoever I am talking to.
Laura can go a whole day without saying 2 words, she doesn't respond to my inane office chit chat with anything more than a pity smirk. After the first couple of days I was just about starting to get the hint, but on about day 3 for the avoidance of doubt Laura asked me quite pointedly - "why are you always talking"
2. My daughter on a call is very distracting for my work colleagues, her emphatic agreeing "YEAH YEAH YEAH" with what people are saying on the call doesn't get the positive response or ahhh I feel she deserves.
3. All in all it has been eye opening, I'm not sure I could work from home forever, I'm struggling with the separation of work and home. The temptation is to blend the two, take a break when you need to, put some laundry on and keep working while watching the TV in the evening - you end up doing neither work or rest to 100%.
So over the next couple of weeks I'm going to focus on dividing work and leisure, but I do want to say that Laura has my upmost respect, she manages to structure her day, commit to working when there are a million possible distractions and motivating herself to get stuff done whatever else is going on around her. Louy - if us office workers can learn to have your level of focus and drive we would be unstoppable!
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Last time I blogged we were just finding our feet with us both working from home and juggling childcare, that feels like a lifetime ago now and yet not much has changed.
We all need a little tender loving care at times and your jewellery is no exception.
Here at Louy Magroos I use Sterling silver in all my designs, this is an alloy of pure silver and other metals, usually copper. I chose to use Sterling silver rather than pure silver because silver alone is too soft for everyday wear and will easily scratch and dent. The copper added to the silver to create sterling silver gives it strength, whilst still maintaining its beautiful colour and qualities that have been adored for thousands of years.
Where appropriate all my jewellery is Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver from Birmingham Assay Office alongside my unique makers mark. By UK law all silver jewellery over 7.8g requires testing and hallmarking, meaning you can buy in confidence with Louy Magroos.
Like most precious metals silver will tarnish, this means it dulls and turns grey/black in places, however all that is required is a clean to restore to all its former glory. Your silver jewellery turning a darker colour does not mean your jewellery is faulty, it just needs some love.
General wear and exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can leave your jewellery looking a little dull at times.
A little wipe over with a silver polishing cloth is usually all it takes to bring back its sparkle, but if you would like to have your piece professionally cleaned, polished, and restored to all its glory, I can do so for a small fee of £10 to cover the work and return postage.
If you would like to take me up on this service click here for more information.
To keep your jewellery looking it’s best here are a few tips to follow…
Caring for sterling silver jewellery
Caring for oxidised silver jewellery
Many of my designs use oxidised silver to add contrasts, by blackening the letters of a personalisation it causes the text to stand out more. As my jewellery is hand stamped rather than computer engraved, there is a deep enough recess in the silver to mean that the black will not rub off or wear away, meaning your keepsake jewellery will stand the test of time.
Oxidised jewellery requires little to no cleaning, however these simple tips will ensure your jewellery looks as good as new for as long as possible.
If your oxidised piece has been well worn and you would like it to be re-oxidised just get in touch.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are a natural stone and are much softer than many gemstones so need care taken to look after them and avoid getting scratched.
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