finding an au pair in the UK. Advice on tips on finding the right person and their role in your family

Finding an Au Pair in the UK

Finding an au pair in the UK isn't always easy. As a work at home parent with a full time employed husband means that we've always struggled with childcare. It's difficult to balance the cost of nursery and the logistics...Read More
Resin Jewellery Supplies in the UK from the right UV resin to dust masks and sanding blog by Nikki Kamminga at Tree of Opals

Resin Jewellery Supplies in the UK

Resin Jewellery Supplies in the UK can be tricky to find and are probably the most important (followed by metalworking) for an jeweller working with different media. I've decided to put together a list of the supplies I use in...Read More
How I manage childcare as a work at home parent blog by Nikki Kamminga on Tree of Opals

How I Manage Childcare As A Work at Home Parent

People often ask me how I manage childcare as a work at home parent and there's no simple answer. Things change often and I try to be flexible and manage my expectations. I'm a parent first and a WAHM (work...Read More
making moulds: charm beads Tree of Opals

Making Moulds: Charm Beads

Making Moulds: Charm Beads for European Bracelets Charm Bead Mould Making Tools Making charm bead moulds is very similar to making spheres (you can read about those here) but a little more complicated. It's really important to get the right...Read More
spheres or pearl moulds Tree of Opals Nikki Kamminga

Making Moulds: Spheres

Making Moulds: Spheres for Pearls with Transparent Silicone Sphere Mould Making Tools Mould making spheres is very similar to charm bead moulds but I think a little less complicated, so I'll do a separate post for those and another one...Read More
how to make cremation ash jewellery by keepsake artist Nikki Kamminga or Tree of Opals

How to Make Cremation Ash Jewellery Part 2 of 2

How to Make Cremation Ash Jewellery After some disasters with resin, like a batch of EcoResin turning everything yellow, even hair and fabrics, I went back to using standard epoxy resin and recommend Axson D150 (I don't know if this...Read More
How We Edit Our Photos at Tree of Opals Lightroom Photoshop Blogging Product photography

How We Edit Our Photos

Product Photography: How We Edit Our Photos at Tree of Opals How We Edit Our Photos at Tree of Opals has never been much of a secret but here I'm going to share some of the tricks and tips to...Read More