Stories about dealing with change in the summertime
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Summer Days and Summer Nights

Edited and with a story by Stephanie Perkins

This collection of stories set the stage for a magical summer. I read it a few weeks ago and I have not stopped thinking about it as it took me on a bit of a journey into my past.

As a teenager, I did a lot of talking and contemplating with friends. I honestly do not remember many of those conversations, but I do remember feeling like they were all very important. I remember thinking, “This may be the last time we do this…” In many cases I was right. While at the time we were incredibly close as soon as school ended we went on different paths and things changed. We changed, and we started new separate adventures. While the things we contemplated really did not turn out to be as important as we thought they were at the time, those memories continue to be important. I love them. This collection of short stories kind of reminded me of those deep conversations and mischievous evenings when we would snake out to party. All because that instance might be the last time. It was a magical time in my life and the magic of these stories took me back to those summer days and summer nights.  

Here is my short review of each story.

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Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo

Narrated by Stina Nielsen

I have only read short stories from Leigh Bardugo. They have all been mystical and vivid and beautiful. This is no exception. I, unfortunately, did not understand this story. It was beautiful but obscure. I listened to it two times. I enjoyed them both, but I honestly do not understand the story. I think I need to read it on my own. Slowly. I work better that way sometimes.

Star Ratings

3/5 – Overall

4/5 – Narration

2/5 – Story

The End Of Love by Nina Lacour  - a video review  #bookbloggers #booklove #bookish #lbloggers

 

The End of Love by Nina LaCour

Narrated by Erin Moon.

More about this in my video review!

Star Ratings

5/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

5/5 – Story

 

Last Stand At The Cinegore by Libba Bray

Narrated by Christopher Gebauer.

If you’ve ever had a summer job that was filled with mischief, fun and wonderful experiences, I think you’ll love this story.

This is a spooky story about how an old cinema touches lives—especially those of its employees. Romance and adventure abound and everything sort of becomes a big mess. It’s so much fun!

Christopher Gebauer’s performance is perfect for this story. He is melancholic and subtly dramatic.

Star Ratings

4/5 - Overall

5/5 - Narration

4/5 - Story

 

Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block

Narrated by Jessica Almasy.

This story gave me pause. It followed a group of close girlfriends. They were all headed in different directions after high school and they all knew that change was inevitable. They party as if time stands still, if only for that night, and befriend a group of mysterious boys who invite them to a house party. They attend. My heart started beating quite fast at this point. I personally do not think that going to a house party with a group of young men you do not know personally is a good idea. It often leads to big trouble. Things turn out okay though. One of them enjoys a beautiful evening with a beautiful boy and finds out a bit more about herself in the process.

Jessica Almasy is one of my favorite narrators for quirky paranormal romance novels. This is the first time I hear her narrate a more serious story. She was brilliant. I honestly could not believe that I was listening to Jessica Almasy. She kind of reminded me of a younger version of Juliet Stevenson in her delivery. 

Star Ratings

5/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

5/5 – Story

 

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins

Narrated by Cherise Boothe.

This was such a sweet story! I loved it so much!

Marigold is determined to save her ex-boyfriend, North, from leading a fruitless life at home. She is in her first year at university—learning, exploring and living on Ramen. She and her ex had talked about what life would be like if they went to college together and now she realizes that he needs her help to get his show on the road. Along the way, she discovers more about herself and her quest to save her ex ends up being a sweet enlightening journey.

Cherise Boothe did such a lovely job with this story. She gave both North and Marigold a lot of charisma.

Star Ratings

4/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

4/5 – Story

 

Souvenirs by Tim Federle

Narrated by Michael Bakkensen.

This is a story of two very different boys who are in love. One of them is older than the other hence he’ll be going off to college after the summer ends. Because everyone knows that long distance relationships do not work, they have preselected a breakup day.

I found this story to be sweet, sad and real. I think that we often give too much credence to the idea that long distance relationships do not last, but with so much technology at our fingertips what is the harm in trying? I think that sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and choose to believe the worst before it happens—but what if it does not happen. What if magic happens?

Michael Bakkensen was perfect in this book. My emotions were touched on a heightened degree as I felt as if though I were listening in on his thoughts as a friend.

Star Ratings

5/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

5/5 – Story

 

Inertia by Veronica Roth

Narrated by Stina Nielsen.

This story takes place in an alternate reality. I am not sure about how this world works but somehow you are able to talk to people who are about to pass, or people who are in sick and unconcious—I am not too clear. The method of communication is through a dreamlike state where you can reexperience memories with the person you are visiting. It is both a magical event and a sad experience.  

This is a dark hearty story. It talks about love, coping with grief and accepting that it is okay to take daily medication when needed.

Stina Nielsen provides the story a solemn mystical tone. Her heartfelt delivery adds beauty to the story.

Star Ratings

4/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

4/5 – Story

 

Love Is The Last Resort by Jon Skovron

Narrated by Christopher Gebauer.

This is a cheeky story. The tone of the narrator is that of a confidant charming boy who wants to assure you that this is not a love story, whatever you may think. While he personally doesn’t fall in love he definitely helps others along in their path towards connecting with love.

This story is full of different fun characters. It kind of reminds me of the summer-themed episodes from Saved by the Bell where the cast held summer jobs at a resort. Like in the show, the staff is as integral to the story as the guests in the hotel. I loved the tone and the story. I came away from this story feeling refreshed and so happy. 

Christopher Gebauer narrates this story with a bit of mischief and a confidant overtone. He is perfect.

Star Rating

5/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

5/5 – Story

 

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Good Luck And Farewell by Brandy Colbert

Narrated by Cherise Boothe.

Imagine losing your mom as a teenager. (I did not want to do so but I did, ever so slightly, and it was horrible.) Soon after a cousin steps up and becomes a mentor. Said cousin is four years older and now, a few years later, she is to move with her girlfriend to another state.  How do you cope? This is Rashida’s story.  

I was going to talk about this story as well as about The End Of Love but honestly, I would have had a hard time getting through it.

This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story. Cherise Boothe nails the tone of the story.

Star Rating

5/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

5/5 – Story

 

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare

Narrated by Erin Moon.

Dark circus powered by a demon nearly overtaken by an evil genius. That is basically the premise of this story. It is magical and so-so fun! I really enjoyed the magic and randomness of this dark sweet story.

Star Rating

4/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

4/5 – Story

 

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith

Narrated by Jessica Almasy.

A young girl falls in love with a random serious boy. He is focused, unsociable, handsome and autistic. He has so many wonderful qualities, which she clearly sees, and a few characteristics that can be managed but are a bit of a struggle to conform to. Will they get together? Take a guess….

Star Rating

4/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

4/5 – Story

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman

Narrated by Michael Bakkensen.

In this story, the world, or time, has a mind of its own. For some unknown reason, August 4th keeps on repeating itself. Mark is our main character and he seems to embrace this change of pace. He has taken up the challenge of reading through every book of interest, hence most of his time is spent in the library. On one particular day, he decides to go to the pool instead. He has been here before, but he does not really care for the sun or the pool. It is here where he notices a stunning colorful girl who is totally out of place. Not only is she out of place, but she is totally dazzling. Together they relive August 4th over and over and over again and along the way take note of all the tiny perfect things that happen throughout the day.  For example, a skater boy landing a jump after trying a number of times. Of course, there is a reason the world has taken up this stance…it is quite magical…and devastating.

I loved Michael Bakkensen’s performance. He was darling and I totally fell for him in this role.  

Star Ratings

5/5 – Overall

5/5 – Narration

5/5 – Story

Summer And Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins - a video review and blog post. #bookbloggers #booklove #bookish #lbloggers
Summer And Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins - a video review and blog post. #bookbloggers #booklove #bookish #lbloggers

What have you been up to this summer? Have you read any books that have charmed your soul?

 

Affirmations That Inspire Me.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. #qoteoftheday #qotd #mondaymotivation #cbloggers #lbloggers #artislife

Affirmations

Empowering words?

Poetic truths?

Utter rubbish?

All of the above?

Earlier this year I came across an Instagram post from a woman I follow and admire that advised that in 2018 she hoped to see fewer affirmations. Her caption was lengthy and well thought out. She noted how she found them disingenuous and utterly gag-worthy. I understand. They can come across really silly or overly optimistic or quite judgmental at times.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. #qoteoftheday #qotd #mondaymotivation #cbloggers #lbloggers #artislife
Glow like the stars under the midnight sky. #qotd #lbloggers #quoteoftheday #dailyquote #cbloggers #flowerlover

Having said that, I can not resist a good affirmation. When in a foul uninspired mood I can always count on my “Lovely Quotes” Pinterest board to find something that resonates. I also keep a list of quotes on my phone for quick reference as well. Words have power. When we meditate on them, we find our truths—we find our power.

Books can provide us with such power as well. Once we fall in love with a story, it is easy to reread it, make it your own and pick out some of the quotes that most speak to us.

Alas, I will not be sharing some of my favorite bookish quotes today. That post will come in the not too distant future. My objective for today’s post is to share some of my favorite affirmations. These are simple but when recited with repetition and through deep Ujjayi breaths they live within me and somehow make me feel better for it. These words are powerful and I hope they affect you with great positivity as well.   

Blossom with grace. #qotd #quoteoftheday #lbloggers #flowerlove #flowerlovers #carnations
I am enough.
Que sera, sera.
I choose love.
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Adapt…adapt…adapt.
Patient. Forgiving. Kind. Love.  
With patience and kindness, anything is possible.
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What are some of your favorite affirmations?

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Two patriotic books and a heartfelt show that will steal your heart
Mini review of American Wife by Taya Kyle #patrioticpost #bookreview #bookbloggers #militarybooks

On Memorial Day we honor those we’ve lost in the name of freedom.

It is around this time every year that I gravitate towards picking up a nonfiction book relating to military stories; most have been autobiographies. Some of their authors are no longer with us, which was admittedly what drew me in, to begin with. Their stories were highly publicized, and it was hard not to pay attention. They sacrificed their lives for my freedom and because of that, I felt strongly that I should at least get to know them and their story.

 “If you brave enough to live it, the least I can do is listen.”

Ephram Jennings

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Today I wanted to go over two books and a TV show that has really resonated with me. They follow the stories of soldiers and their families and how they must adapt to various military struggles. I hope that if you give them a go, you enjoy them as much as I do because I believe that they are brilliant. If you have any recommendations, please share them below.

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Army Wives

Let’s start with Army Wives.

I fell in love with this series ages ago. I was still living at home with my mom, and while she just dreaded watching the show with me because I would ball my eyes out she humored me and watched most episodes with me. The thing is I am an emotional person and the older I get the less afraid I am of showing my true colors. She’s slowly figured that out and now comes to understand that I cannot watch a lot of things in public—especially scary movies—so at home will do. Having said that, I do not think most normal people will have the same reaction I did. I think she found it inspirational more than emotional

This series follows the stories of various Army wives and a husband. Each is in a different stage in their lives and their marriage and yet they somehow become friends and help each other out through the course of deployment, adapting to living on base, the expectations of them as supportive family members, cheating, and emotional support when they lose a loved one. It is amazing to see a somewhat realistic portrayal of a strong mostly female friendship group playout on screen under such straining circumstances.

What moved me the most was the dichotomy between the determination of their significant others to serve their country, and the support and fear with which each family member dealt with their families. It was wonderfully moving as most military-related shows follow the stories of those who serve and glean over the effect it all has on the family. The family unit makes up most peoples' support unit, especially for those old school individuals that do not believe in meditation or therapy. So it was quite refreshing to see the lives of these courageous men and women play out on screen so heartachingly beautifully.

Honestly, I have yet to finish the series as to me it lost its footing during its last season. I do, however, watch the first season every so often on Netflix and if you have a chance I think this is the season you should dedicate your time. 

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10American Sniper by Marcus Luttrell

I picked this up shortly after finishing American Sniper by Chris Kyle. I think I was a bit overwhelmed by everything he included in his book that I just needed a bit more and I craved it from a different perspective. I was expecting Marcus’s book to be similar in tone to Chris but I was quite wrong.

Lone Survivor reads very much like a novel. It is descriptive and quite emotional. American Sniper, in contrast, reads in a matter-of-fact tone. Both are worthy reads but I think that if you are not a fan of nonfiction due to most being filled with fact after fact and not really telling a story then I think Lone Survivor will suit you best.

It has been a few years since I read Lone Survivor but what I remember most about it is the underlying theme that while there are truly terrible people in the world there are plenty of brave individuals that are willing to sacrifice their safety for the wellbeing of a complete stranger, and one which you do not understand. That is amazing. That is magic. That is why I love this book.

I have not watched the movie, nor have I attempted to reread this book, I might in the future as a reminder, regardless, it will forever be one of my favorites. 

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle

Right. So. This was quite a book. Taya was Chris Kyle’s wife. She is a strong driven woman that fell in love and married a Navy Seal. She had an idea of what she was getting into but, truly, I do not think anyone who marries a soldier will ever really know what they are getting into until they are in the thick of it. She dealt with it as best as she could. Of course, what broke my heart was that just when the stress of military life had eased she loses her husband.

I cannot imagine being in her shoes, even after listening to her story. I purchased her audiobook because I thought it would be most powerful experienced in that format. It was quite powerful. If you too choose to listen to this story and tend to be quite sensitive, do not listen to it on your way to work—do so on your way home. While I was listening to it I was hooked and made the mistake of listening to it once on my way to work. It was not pretty.

Taya covers more than her reaction to loss. She touches upon the generosity of loved ones and acquaintances.  She enlightened me as to how friendly neighbors can be of assistance when trying to be supportive, and that is to simply stop by to help with a chore or two because the grief can be overwhelming.

She endured so much heartache during his time in service. She unflinchingly supported him in his military endeavors, she supported her family and our country. I am grateful to Taya for sharing her story because I am sure that it was really challenging to relive it all.

Two charming books for fellow dog lovers
Two charming books for fellow dog lovers #booklovers #bookbloggers #lbloggers #puppylove

This post goes out to all my fur mamas. In February of 2014, Penny Gibson adopted us and since then our lives have been significantly enhanced. Her joy for life and food and pets is infectious. Whenever I’m having a challenging day at work I can always count on coming home and being greeted with genuine love and excitement. It is such an amazing feeling. It is because of her, or rather my love for her, that books about dogs seem to affect me quite a lot—i.e. I was not able to get through A Dog’s Purpose. (Have you read that book? I know the movie was a bit controversial but overall most who watched it enjoyed it.) When I think about losing her…I have a hard time seeing what life would be like...thankfully, there are plenty of wonderful stories that paint that reality, in the best possible way, which allow me to see that it will be okay. Life will be different, but okay. Here are two books that have touched me and that have not totally broken my heart in the process.

Two charming books for fellow dog lovers #furmom #puppylove #bookbloggers #booklovers #lbloggers
Two charming books for fellow dog lovers #furmom #puppylove #bookbloggers #booklovers #lbloggers

Little Dog Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

This little book is written in verse. (Here is a sample.) I was not expecting that given that it was an affordable cover buy from BookOutlet.com—one of my favourite sites to buy books I would never otherwise buy. (Be warned, their prices are incredible.) As soon as I received it, I inhaled it and then read it again because it was so sweet, and I think that Penny was getting her teeth cleaned that weekend so it helped me cope. (Not my favourite time of the year.)

The story follows Buddy around on her journey to reconnect with her owner. She is adorable. She is skittish. She reminds me of Penny Gibson. I mean look at her.

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I love everything about this book. It is a sweet story. It is written in a sweet lyrical way and I think it is a story any dog owner can enjoy as we all love a good happy ending.  

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

This was my introduction to W. Bruce Cameron’s storytelling. Honestly, I do not know very much about him but it is clear that he understands the spirit of a dog lover. He understands that we tend to love hard and have a hard time letting go. I think that his novels are his way of doing us a favour as he attempts to prepare us for the inevitable in a direct yet loving way.

This is a beautiful book and a beautiful story. It follows Josh Michaels who unexpectedly falls in love with Lucy, a very pregnant dog. She is sweet and smart and loving. Josh is going through a challenging time in his life at the time but somehow this little creature provides him with a cure. It is because of her that he meets an amazing woman who helps him navigate the challenges of owning a beautiful pregnant dog and once she gives labour she assists with the puppies. (Here is a sample.)

This is the perfect book for anyone in my shoes; anyone who finds it difficult to envision what it would be like to let go of their furry best friend.  Yes, it was a tough read but it was really therapeutic as well. I will definitly be revisiting this story in the near future. 

What are some of your favorite books about furry friends? 

I hope you enjoyed a loving Mother's Day. 

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P.S. This post is not sponsored. 

A blog post to honor three strong literary mother figures
A blog post honoring three literary mother figures #lbloggers #bookbloggers #booklovers #bookishpost #mothersday

Mother’s Day is right around the corner—happy early Mother’s Day to all my loving goddesses! Thank you all so much for your compassion, patience, and love. Because of your dedication, our world is a better place.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to provide a bit of a spotlight to a few amazing literary mother figures that have touched my heart. When I read/listen to a story, I cannot help but dive head first into a book when I feel a personal connection with a story. As a result, I end up falling in love with characters, thinking about them at unexpected times and somehow making them a part of my life. I know I am not alone in this sentiment as I have watched a lot of BookTube and read blog posts from book bloggers that make similar statements. Today, I am sharing just a few of the characters that have stayed with me, long after finishing their literary journey.

Please note that I have left out a lot of what makes these women especially amazing as that would be giving away big parts of the story. My hope is that my post inspires others to start their journey with these characters or to be reminded of it.

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A blog post honoring three literary mother figures #lbloggers #bookbloggers #booklovers #bookishpost #mothersday

Abby O’Chanter from Paul Durham’s series The Luck Uglies

Abby O’Chanter is Rye’s mom in Paul Durham’s series The Luck Uglies. She is an amazing enigma. She is the woman I wish I could be. By day she takes on the role of “single” mother of two who runs a shop of random magical artifacts. By night, when needed, she becomes a fearless warrior. She wards off danger with a bow and arrow and, occasionally, with a strategically placed knife aptly named “Fair Warning.” I wrote “single” in quotes because she is completely taken, although her husband seems to always be off on a mission. I think of her as an Army wife—patient, brilliant, fierce. While she is quite a strong character, you do not really get to see her in action in the first book. She takes on a bigger role in the last book of the series, which, by the way, was quite a satisfying book indeed as it provided a lot of action and resolution.

If like me you do not currently have the time to sit down and enjoy a good book, you should look to the audiobook because it is narrated by Fiona Hardingham. Her performances are consistently beautiful and steady in pace.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Mrs. Lancaster from John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars

Mrs. Lancaster is probably the character that most reminds me of my mom. She is relentless, strong, supportive, and nurturing to a fault. Thankfully my own has not had to face the exact struggles Mrs. Lancaster faced, but I could envision her handling the situation similarly. While Mrs. Lancaster has a small part in the book, she made a big impression on me. She somehow guides her family together through great heartache and finds her calling in the process. She is amazing.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green was the first fiction book that totally blew me away as an audiobook. I was captivated from beginning to end, and let me tell you, given the content of the book I am almost 100% sure that I would never have been able to read it on my own if not for the assistance of Kate Rudd. She was brilliant. Her voice lends itself perfectly to this story. While at times I found the story challenging, Kate Rudd brought a bit of levity when needed. I know I would not have been able to provide myself the same experience.  

If you still have doubts about reading this book, if you have not already, you should watch this interview with Kate Rudd. It is lovely.

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Bronwyn from Juliet Blackwell’s series A Witchcraft Mystery Series

Bronwyn is Lily’s business partner and trusted friend in Juliet Blackwell’s enchanting witchy series A Witchcraft Mystery Series. Bronwyn practices Wicca, a spiritual practice, and because of her beliefs has a distant relationship with her daughter, who is unaccepting of her beliefs. Of course. that broke my heart. Bronwyn is one of the kindest, open and honest characters I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She is loyal, friendly, loving, accepting and patient. She is a grounding force in the series and often provides guidance and knowledge to Lily who has serious family & trust problems. If not for Bronwyn, I think Lily would have found it much more challenging to allow so many wonderful characters into her life.

Again, I highly recommend that you listen to this series on audiobook. Xe Sands lends a bit of mystic and romance to the story I am certain would not be present in my own voice. Whether or not you have listened to one of her performances, I think you might enjoy her narration of The Velveteen Rabbit. It is a soothing, short sweet read.

I have digressed—if you love a magical, clean, and subtly romantic series. I think this series will satisfy your needs.

Who are some of your favorite fictional mother figures? How are you celebrating your mom this year? I will most likely be spending the morning with her as he works from 12 pm to 8 pm. Hopefully, we will enjoy a lovely breakfast at home…if I don’t make a mess of things, of course.

A blog post dedicated to literary moms. #bookish #booklove #bookmoms #motherlylove

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How To Take Care Of Your Lovely Brass Jewelry

How to care for your brass jewelry.

Brass jewelry is versatile, affordable and relatively low maintenance. That is why I love it. Second to brass jewelry, I love silver jewelry but unlike brass jewelry, it tends to tarnish quite quickly. Honestly, I do not know of an alloy that does not tarnish but some tend to tarnish more quickly than others and silver is one of those that has caused me heartache over my lifetime. For the price paid for such pieces, I just expect that the tarnishing process would take longer, but it is rarely the case as it simply cannot be helped.  Alas, I have had to learn to work with what I have—and such is the motto of my life.  

If you are a jewelry lover like I am, chances are you have also run into the unavoidable tarnishing problem and have researched different ways of keeping your gems shiny and new. If this is you, I would love to know which process is your favorite.

My two favorite ways of keeping my brass jewelry clean involve 1) cleaning as infrequently as possible with the help of Ziploc Bags and 2) using water and a gentle soap.

How to take care of your lovely brass jewelry #jewelrylovers #fbloggers #lbloggers #cbloggers
How to take care of your lovely brass jewelry #jewelrylovers #fbloggers #lbloggers #cbloggers

Ziploc Bags

It is not a glamorous way of storing my pieces but it sure is effective. Using a Ziploc Bag has been wonderful for my pieces. I especially love tiny little bags as the less my pieces rattle around the more likely they are to stay detangled, and the less space they take up in my jewelry box.

Soap and water

I like to think of this method as a simple tune-up. No soaking. No harsh chemicals. All you do is run a steady stream of water on your piece of jewelry while cleansing with a nonabrasive cloth & dish soap. I personally use Dawn Dish Soap. Once satisfied with the cleanliness of each piece, I use a nonabrasive dry cloth to remove as much of the moisture as possible. If after doing all of the above I still feel grime on the piece I start all over again and repeat until satisfied with the feel of the piece.

How to take care of your lovely brass jewelry #jewelrylovers #lbloggers #cbloggers #accessories
How to take care of your lovely brass jewelry #jewelrylovers #fbloggers #lbloggers #cbloggers

Stronger Cleaning Solutions

The methods above work great for maintenance but sometimes the grime becomes too excessive. This is when I bring out the big guns. The stronger chemicals, but only when things get to an unmanageable level.

I can not stress enough that I only use the following as a last resort as I find that they can be a bit too harsh if used too frequently. The original finish may be compromised and as a result, pieces may end up raw. Raw alloys tend to tarnish faster and once this happens your piece will lose its original aesthetic. Alloys that have been treated have a stronger defense against tarnishing, hence it is important to use the following options as a last resort.

EZ Brite Penny Brite Copper & Brass Cleaner / Polish 7oz by EZ Brite Brands

The first necklace I ever made was made with a combination of copper chain, a magnetic heart clasp, and seed beads. To this day it is my favorite necklace, maybe because it has such sentimental value. Unfortunately, I stored it in a bag that was not locked securely, and it tarnished. I tried soap and water but when I first wore it I could smell the scent of tarnish grime. I turned to Amazon and found that this little gem is quite affordable and highly rated. Most customers complain that when it arrives it is not clean or a full jar. I totally agree with them. When mine arrived, it was wrapped in some bubble wrap which was also covered in the product resulting in a tub that was almost half empty. Yes, I was disappointed with the shipping and handling but the results derived from using the product were amazing! My necklace cleaned right up, and the smell was virtually nonexistent. I used so little that what I had that I have not felt the need to repurchase. I highly recommend this little tub of magic if you are in the market for something effective and affordable.

Lemon Juice

WARNING - Whatever you do, do not soak your jewelry in lemon juice. If you do, expect that you will forever change the appearance of your jewelry.

The best way to use lemon juice is sparingly. Moisten a soft toothbrush with lemon juice and use it to apply the lemon juice to your jewelry. Brush with as much vigor as you see fit but do be careful. The end game is to clean your piece, not change its composition. (Well, at least in this case.) Once you have brushed off as much of the grime as you can, whip it off with a soft cloth dampened with water. Promptly follow this step by drying your piece with a soft dry cloth.

Following this step, I like to smell and tactically inspect my pieces to ensure that there is no lemon juice residue. If I smell lemon juice or feel the presence of it, I again use my soft dampened cloth and again quickly dry it off. I repeat these steps as often as I see fit as the last thing I am looking for is to forever change the appearance of my jewelry pieces.

I hope you found this post useful. It is by no means all-inclusive. These are measures I have used and tested and found to be most effective and cost-efficient.

Again, if you have a favorite method of cleaning your brass jewelry which I did not cover here, please share it with us as we would all love to hear.

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PS: All of the pieces featured in this post were handmade by me. Some can be found in my shop

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