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Free Positive Affirmations Poster

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It's been one of those weeks. News of someone too young passing away (actually, more than one person!), a rough interaction with someone I realize isn't the best of friends, my husband had some extra long work hours, and it's just generally been exhausting.
I am NOT complaining though, as some of the aforementioned events were really reminders to put things in perspective. Awhile ago I made this poster and shared it on my old website blog in the hopes it just might help brighten someone's day. Whenever times get tough I tend to find it's helpful to reach out to others so I wanted to reshare in the hopes it might help you or someone you know out.  Below you can download the poster and print it FREE. Frame it in a home or office or anywhere you need a little pick me up, share this link with someone or give it to a friend in need.  I only ask that you don't use it commercially.
I think I'm going to go ahead and stamp some more positive affirmation jewelry.  Somehow stamping words like warrior, namaste, strong, brave and joy is uplifting.

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Jewelry Care Tips

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Want a few tips to keep your jewelry looking good as new?  As a jewelry designer I'm frequently asked by customers and friends for tips on how to care for jewelry.  While some metals like tungsten and titanium barely oxidize or get scratches the majority of jewelry is made from metals that can oxidize, scratch, tarnish, and otherwise show signs of wear if not cared for properly.  As someone who has worked with a wide variety of types of metals and jewelry finishes I do have the following tips that can help you keep your jewelry looking good as new if you follow them. Here are some of the most important ones to follow:

  • Avoid chemicals (e.g. hairspray, household cleaning products, perfume)
  • Don't shower or bath while wearing your jewelry
  • Don't swim with your jewelry on
  • Minimize exposure to sweat by removing jewelry before exercising
  • Dry jewelry carefully before putting it away
  • Giving jewelry a gentle swipe with a soft polishing cloth to remove oils
  • Store jewelry in a soft pouch, acid free baggie or other dry spot.  
  • You may even wish to purchase a commercial anti-tarnish pouch or strips to store with your jewelry.
  • Remove jewelry before going to bed to avoid potential damage, snagging, etc.. 
  • This is a weird one, but avoid contact with most wood (unless a box is specifically designated for jewelry)  A lot of wood can contain acids that can cause jewelry to tarnish.  

Sometimes certain metals require some extra care.  here's a few metals I work with often and my advice for taking care of them.

Sterling Silver Jewelry/ Oxidized Silver
Sometimes sterling silver jewelry has been intentionally oxidized by a designer to give it a more rustic or industrial look or to put emphasis on a texture or design in the metal.  You DO NOT want to use silver polish to clean as it can remove the oxidation.  Use a soft cloth to gently wipe off moisture only.  At times you might wish to use a polishing cloth specifically if you've had a lot of grime build up but be aware that oxidation can wipe off with too much force, or lighten up on a piece you wear often. If your sterling is shinier be careful in choosing polishes and only use those specifically made for silver as it is a softer metal and can scratch easily.

Brass Jewelry
Brass is often a very popular material for jewelry to be made out of since it is a much more affordable alternative to gold, and as opposed to plated jewelry there is no outer coating to wear off.  It can tarnish and oxidized petty easily however.  This isn't always a bad thing.  Brass jewelry that has oxidized can often take on a lovely vintage looking patina, giving jewelry an antiqued heirloom look.  If you prefer your brass shiny and new however use brass polish or a polishing cloth (e.g. Sunshine Polishing Cloth ) to shine it right up.  For solid brass jewelry that has an excessive amount of tarnish you can sand it with super fine sandpaper like 2000 grit or if you can get your hands on jewelers polishing (such as 3M WET/DRY ) going in the same direction to bring back the original shinier color. I tend to like brass because it is so super easy to shine up.

If you have a piece of jewelry you really love, but you find you have an allergy to there are a few things you can do.  Some people find that simply coating the piece where it offends their skin with clear nail polish can serve as enough of a barrier for the metal to not irritate them.  Or you can purchase a commercial product like Jewelry Shield to coat your jewelry.  Sometimes it's not that you have an allergy to the metals at all but things like moisture or chemicals trapped between the metal and your skin can cause a rash, that "green tinge" or itchiness.  Following the above mentioned list of tips can sometimes cut down on this.

  • Store jewelry with chalk since the chalk absorbs extra moisture
  • Keep those silica packets that come in shoeboxes to store with jewelry.  They absorb moisture too! 
  • Run necklace chains through a straw and then close the clasp to keep them from tangling.

My favorite product that I use all the time to maintain a shine are  Sunshine Polishing Cloths

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New jewelry pieces coming soon!

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A few sneak peeks at new work coming soon

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Adventure Awaits

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Why This Years Collection Is All About Travel and Geography

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Those of you who have followed Valerie Tyler Designs (now the Valerie Tyler Collection) may have noticed a trend recently in which the newest pieces of the collection seem to be named after geographical features, e.g. The Islander Haven Pendulum Earrings or the Dotted Ridge Necklace

This wasn't simply because I wanted to give the new jewelry fancy names, but was really quite intentional. As a new mom who went through a heck of a time last year (let's just say there were too many emergency room visits with the little one and medical bills that were really annoying, but don't worry, kiddo is doing great!) I really was experiencing quite a bit of wanderlust while designing the new line. 

Since I had to take a bit of a hiatus this year from leaving the house too much  I literally lived vicariously while designing this collection, checking out dreamy photos of exotic locales, making a travel wish list, and spending entirely too much time on instagram drooling over lovely snaps from travel photographers. (One of my favorites by the way is Travis Burke Photography. Completely Stunning! ) 

Then I started drawing on my own travel experiences and pulled up photos from past trips such as the time we did a nice long Fallingwater, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah Valley to Williamsburg Roadtrip. 


Of course, looking at all the gorgeous nature photos made me realize I really needed to step out my own backdoor a little bit more.  I'm lucky enough to live steps away from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, so I can always take a hike to find a little natural inspiration. 

I drew upon all these things, experiences both real and desired to create this years pieces.  They're rich with texture, unique shapes and definitely have a bohemian flavor. 

The Dotted Ridge Necklace was really inspired by the amazing hikes we took in the Shenandoah Valley National Park and the amazing tree dotted views along Skyline Drive. I wanted to do something definitely earthy, with plenty of texture to remind me of the texture of the mountains and the rocks we climbed. 

The Islander Haven Earrings were born from dreaming of a relaxing beach vacation.  I designed a pair of earrings I'd want to wear with an exotically patterned sundress and a big floppy hat while sipping on a tasty mojito. 

Of course, now that the little one is a bit older it's time to start indulging in that wanderlust a bit and hitting the road more often again. 

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