6 gift ideas for your parents wedding anniversary…

Its always difficult to buy gifts for your parents or your in-laws, particularly if they are fairly well off.


Here are 6 ideas to get your brain ticking over.

1. A himilayan salt lamp, even the most stubborn scientific brain can feel the energy shift.

2. Something to help an ailment they have, maybe an excersize machine or a latest gadget or similar.

3. Gemstones and crystals can be great, then you can either choose one in the correct stone for the month, the anniversary or each of their birthstones.

4. Books on a favourite topic.

5. Its amazing what handmade items you can find on etsy.

6. Folded book with their wedding date. If you have the money you could get 2 books, each with their name.

What’s in a name?



If you have read some of my older posts around the traps you would know about my tumultuous former relationship and my fabulous new one.

Tin Tiara came to be when Andrew and I decided to turn my hobby into a business, the problem was choosing a name…it’s a tough thing, you know?

Early in the dating game for us Andrew sent me the above quote…it was so very true for us, to most people he is just a retard in tin foil but he is MY knight in shining Armour.

So the thought process followed on that if my retard in tin foil was going to sweep me off my feet, I must need my own Tin Tiara.

Have you got a story behind your name?  Or a goofy spouse that’s just perfect for you…I would love to hear about them…


Happy days and joyful nights, Joy

Who am I? What am I doing here?

Well, golly gee, what a difficult question.  Who am I? I am a looney, I am a Mum of 5 with an at home business and a partner, who single handly puts up with all my crazy and supports me along the way.  Who am I really? I don’t know and I hope I never know.  I have a strong desire to learn and don’t ever want to stop.  If I am not trialling a new jewellery design, I am thinking of a new book folding design, then there are the days I am learning about SEO, followed by how to get the kids to eat something new.   I am as insecure as the next person, and I certainly do not fit the jewellery designer, trendy stereotype.

A funny thing actually happened this week, I got added to a list of best fashionistas a few days ago (well my business did) and although flattered, it gave me a giggle, I am currently sitting here typing my draft of this one handed with teething, dribbly baby swinging off my arm, sporting a effortless up do (read: threw my hair in a pony tail this morning), ready to go for a workout (read: wearing my comfy trackies and a tee).  Just out of interest what do you do with your time and away from work do you meet your stereotype?

When I am not busy working, blogging, being a parent, I like to read tutorials, learn how to do things cleaner, cook at home,  I use gemstones and crystals to support my everyday life and I am currently delving into the realm of aroma therapy.  My goal is to take my family back to a simpler, more natural way of living.  So natural recipes and cleaners are big on my list and I will share these over time.  I can only type so fast.  I have 3 separate blogs as well as my WordPress site, I tend to blog on WordPress then move the post over to the relevant page so that my gorgeous readers that want to know about natural therapy, don’t have to hear about my latest sale unless they wish to.

I am currently doing the Blogging 101 and 201 challenges just to learn a little more about how people are doing things because honestly, talking about myself in text in not something I am familiar with or very confident doing.  I hope to improve over time.  Why not stick with me on this journey of self discovery? I would love the company.

I must add that is one thing they don’t tell you about the glorified world of running a business around your family.  It can get quiet talking to the same family day in, day out.

I am hoping by the end of this year I will have learnt how to live cleaner and happier and hopefully discovered who I am a little more and with a whole lot of luck, love and work, I hope to have helped make your world a little easier, nicer, happier, touched in some way. Do you have a personal goal for the year?  Why not share it in the comments to keep yourself accountable.


Gemstone Meanings: Garnet

This is the first in a new series detailing the interesting information that can be found about this beautiful gemstone.


The garnet species is found in many colours including pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown and black.  The most common being a deep red colour.   The rarest is the blue, which was discovered in the late 1990′s in Madagascar.  This is a very interesting specimen of garnet as it changes colour from a blue-green in sunlight to a purple-red in incandescent light.


ImageRead More… will redirect you to my website blog to read the rest.

5 Blog Posts on Healthy Eating…(Not Dieting)

5 Ways to go healthier – covers some simple steps when your grocery shopping if you budget can afford it to buying healthier options, remember 90% of the food on our shelves wasn’t there 50 years ago, they actually cooked.

Pumpkin and Date Cookies – Great for a snack through the day, or a recess snack for school children.

Healthy Eating Principles of TCM – covers a list of common sense things followed by those practicing Chinease medicine.

Morning Boost Smoothie – We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this smoothie sounds like a simple yummy option for those that struggle.  I know that I do.

What works for me – In this post Rachel makes it acceptable to break the usual rules and shares her experiences.

I hope you find this little collection helpful, I know I learned a bit, what do you do to maintain health?

You know your a parent when…

  • Your writing blogs after midnight cos it’s the only time quiet enough.
  • You just wish you could go to the toilet in peace
  • You don’t start doing something because your child will wake up.
  • You announce going for a shower
  • You need to create a date night.
Aside from the obvious what makes you know your a parent?

In the navy! In the navy!

Recently I was asked to fold a book for a retiring Navy officer.

My customer sent me a brand new, hard cover book featuring uniforms over the span of navy years.

To say I was daunted was an understatement.  

It was stunning, I fold secondhand books out of op shops, how was I going to tackle this precious bundle.  
To make matters worse it needed to be done and sent back to make it in time for the presentation, so no procrastination allowed.
I was scared.

folded book art
Head to my page to organise something similar for your special someone.

One little book had me shaking in my boots.  Why was I scared? No idea, I have been folding books for years now, custom orders are second nature.  Was it that the book was brand new?  Was it that I knew it was, a gift for.a member of our military.  Whom although I don’t agree with war I still have a huge respect for those that are willing to sacrifice their lives for us.   

I still can’t answer that but I decided to fold a practice run first, which of course was fine.

So, I sit down with the bundle of scariness in front of me, page after page of folding and the design was coming out perfectly.

It was finished and looked amazing  might add.

Moral of the story.  Never underestimate yourself.  You can do it!

I have since heard from my customer that the book was stunning and the recipient loved it.

 What have you had to do that had you terrified for no good reason?

Dear blogging world…

People keep telling me to be myself online and within business, as though I am being fake, well this is the truth of the matter.

I like my family life, I adore my partner, and I want to work from home.

I also love making things that make other people happy!  
I realise that as a stay at home parent I have the time to make things.  I don’t have any special training and I don’t see myself doing anything other people couldn’t do, (other than having the drive to make it happen), and being happy with a average income.  
I had a successful retail store with my former partner, learnt that money really doesn’t buy happiness and I want stay happy this time around.
I try to post informative posts, at the very least things I find interesting or relevant.

So although I might be a struggling artesian, I am actually a very real person.  
I have had an interesting and varied past, didn’t complete high school, started working crappy jobs at 13, some of which I loved, have run and managed 2 successful businesses, neither of which were my idea.  Had an emotionally and  psychologically abusive relationship, that i still haven’t let break me, I have now found my soul mate. (formally a term I thought new age hippies had just made up).  This is my third business and its the one that makes me happy.
I don’t drive a flash car, I am renting our home, and I am more than happy to answer the door with my children at my feet, my hair not looking perfect, and no make up on.
I have lived on egg sandwiches, because at 16 I was living on my own somewhat by choice, working a low paying job, and supporting a girl that had been kicked out of home and would have been homeless and penniless without me.  
I enjoy making the things I create, I don’t ever intend on living up to public perception, often under charging by the artisan standards, and am happy doing it.  If I can make something, sell it to you for a price you can afford that makes me a little bit too, and brings a smile to your face. I am happy.
That is my goal and just a little about me. I may touch more on it in the future I may not.
What do you want to tell the world about you?
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Gemstone Meanings – Emerald

This is the first in a series of short blogs outlining the sacred healing properties of a variety of gemstones we use in our gemstone jewellery.

This is by no means a definitive guide, just a starting point.

Selection of low grade Emerald Chips

Emerald is often called the “Stone of Successful Love,” Emerald opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. 

A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. 

Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. It was dedicated in the ancient world to the goddess Venus for its ability to insure security in love.  Emerald also increases focus and intent.

Emerald relates to the heart Chakra and is the Birthstone for May
It’s zodiac alliances rely with Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Libra.
Emeralds element is Earth and its planet Mercury.

Do you have a favourite gemstone?  Or advice on a gemstone to use?  Post in the comments, I reply to all comments.
As always feel free to ask any questions, it might just become my next post.
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No Thanks, Travel

I think I am one of the very few people in this world that has little interest in travelling anywhere.  The intended topic of this post was to pick a place I didn’t want to visit.

There are landmarks all over the world I would love to visit, however I would like to time travel there.

I do not like the idea of being crammed into a massive flying machine for an extended period of time without fresh air, I don’t have any desire to be in a foreign country where I can’t communicate.

We need communication, I think that is the exact problem in our world today.  We do not know how to communicate any longer.

Besides, I live in Australia, which is a huge, vast, gorgeous country and I haven’t seen all that I want to here yet.  So why venture elsewhere?

Where are you from?  What makes your area great?