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March 20, 2020
Me, I’m a creative who is very happy to spend her time alone in her workshop, never worked in an office and frankly the whole idea sounds awful. Him, well he works in an office what’s more to know?
We are currently on day 5 of our co-working isolating adventure and I thought a little lighthearted round up of how we were coping would make a welcome relief to the doom and gloom.
So if tonight marks the start of your journey, kids off school and your other half now working from home, here is what I have learnt so far.
I will be the first to admit I have a phone voice, but surely a work voice isn’t a thing? I mean who can keep that up all day. Well my friends I tell you, he’s got one and it’s unnerving. In a 'I’ve known you for 17 years what else don’t I know about you' way!!
Honest to god if she wakes up I will blow torch your face, darling!
(Did I mention she isn't sleeping much at night)
When the same lunch you’ve been eating for days is questioned you wonder what tasty banquets have they been having at work while you’ve been living off toast for all these years.
I hate the phone, I will block my best friends if I can get away with it, phone phobia is half the reason I work for myself.
Conference calls are 90% asking if they can hear each other… For the love of god Nigel take it off mute!!
And from what I have learnt office work is a lot of talking about what to do, another call scheduled to talk about it some more, and at the end of that call they all agree to come back in a few hours and talk about it some more. And I thought I was queen of procrastination!
I am such a good host, I have even let him share the Haribo that came with my envelope delivery. All is calm and we are totally smug about nailing co working life.
The first conference call he took in my workshop, 2 separate people asked why he was working in the shed. THE SHED!!
Errrr actually it’s a beautiful instagrammable workshop, hes just angled the camera wrong so you don’t get the full beauty that is my peg board!
This morning he asked how I would feel if he added an extra big screen to my desk as one screen isn’t enough (what!). I have a iMac, you can use that, no its not right im thinking of hooking up the tv from downstairs up here….. I gave him THE look, he shrank away and it’s not been mentioned since.
SO thanks for asking, we are all getting on swimmingly and finding this time we have been thrown together such a blessing!
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October 28, 2020
July 13, 2020
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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