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Last Little Bits…and a Question
Thursday, October 17th, 2013

You do know I have a life outside of writing, right? I have a large family that occupies two sides of the highway in my neck of the woods. And no, we aren’t Duck Dynasty. We’re just a multi-generational (five generations!) family, trying to be there for each other. I’m “sandwich girl”–stuck between the elders and the young’uns (my daughter’s family), and doing my best to carve out time to write.

But writing isn’t all I want to do. I need hobbies. And one I’ve found I really enjoy is making jewelry. I sell a few pieces on line and in an Etsy store, but I haven’t put the effort into selling. Mainly, I just love sitting down at the work table, clearing my mind, and putting together little baubles or painting a pendant—things that, for me, don’t require much of my brain.

This weekend, Friday through Sunday, I’m taking part in an artist’s studio tour—an annual event the local art guild sponsors, so I’ve been busily putting together more baubles to display, and hopefully sell. Sales equals validation, here. And maybe I can earn enough to pay for more beads and paint! Here are some things I put together this week. I will be flooding my Etsy site with items after the tour!

amethyst and rutilated quartz bracelet, inked and painted pendant

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howlite crosses bracelet
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coral, ruby, copper and leather bracelet
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dragon’s eye bracelet, with jasper, jade, citrine, and Victorian era button,
plus painted/inked pendant

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What are your favorite “take me away” hobbies?

17 comments to “Last Little Bits…and a Question”

  1. red headed hellion
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am · Link

    I love the mask piece ! The red head! Gorgeous! I’ll be stealing that lol



  2. Charlotte Copper
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 10:12 am · Link

    I have far too many hobbies. In addition to reading & writing (which, yes, unfortunately for me is a hobby), I also cross-stitch, quilt, knit, crochet, scrapbook. I promised myself no more supplies until I got thru some of the existing stock, but then I went into Michaels the other day for a single roll of Halloween ribbon, and came out with 4 balls of wool!!



  3. Delilah
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 10:18 am · Link

    Hey daughter! You know I will make you anything you want!

    Charlotte! LOL! I have to limit my obsessions or I’d never write! But you sound so much like me. Michaels is an evil place!



  4. ronnie cornett
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 10:45 am · Link

    I now love making fused glass jewelery! Reading and writing are a favorite too! Love my book club…those girls crack me up!!! :wink:



  5. Anne
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 10:57 am · Link

    Just reading with the occasional travel which necessitates copious research to get the most out of the trip.



  6. Delilah
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 11:18 am · Link

    Ronnie! We have got to talk! I’m trying to learn to use my kiln, but when I heat up my frit, it balls toward the centers of my molds. Ugh!

    Anne! I love trip planning! And traveling, even if it’s only day trips.



  7. Gemma Juliana
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 11:23 am · Link

    Love your creations, Delilah. That must be your Etsy store on the left – The Emerald Casket? What a great name! DH and I make jewelry, too. I find working with real stones therapeutic as well as a much loved form of creative expression. Travel is my very favorite hobby and I hope to do more of it in 2014 – for research, of course!



  8. Delilah
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 11:33 am · Link

    Gemma! Yes, The Emerald Casket is our store. I really do have to get going on doing something with it, but too many balls in the air. I would LOVE to see what you make. And you’re right, working with stones, sparkly or not, is very therapeutic!



  9. Lisa J
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 1:33 pm · Link

    That dragon’s eye bracelet is beautiful. Definitely love that one.

    I knit and crochet for relaxation. Everyone in my very large extended family has an afghan, plus I donated some to the local senior home. My nephew is an RN at a senior home and he took a couple for some of his favorite ladies. I also put the crocheted tops on towels so you can hang them in your kitchen. I think my family has more kitchen towels than they know what to do with.



  10. Angel Shaw
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    5…you made me count!!! I have 5 hobbies that if I can get the chance to do…I’m so doing…1~Reading. 2~Candle making. 3~Looming hats. 4~Cookie making. 5~Helping plan and organize parties.



  11. Melissa Porter
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    The mask is very pretty. I like seeing what you make. I would love to get a few more bracelets but I have to wait for the funds.



  12. Rachelle Lerner
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Reading, watching tv, sewing



  13. Meredith Jones
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 7:49 pm · Link

    Pretty bracelets! Sweepstaking is my “take me away” hobby.



  14. Charlene Michael
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      · October 17th, 2013 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Reading is my number one, watching football and cross stitching



  15. Mary Preston
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      · October 18th, 2013 at 3:48 am · Link

    These are all gorgeous. I’m right into my knitting at the moment.



  16. Rebecca Merz
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      · October 18th, 2013 at 4:39 am · Link

    I crochet and quilt. Just now finding time to quilt.



  17. ELF
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      · October 19th, 2013 at 1:46 am · Link

    I like to crochet but my wrists tend to object after awhile. Unfortunately I have dabbled in way too many other crafts and have half-finished things all over the place. Beautiful jewelry, you definitely have a wonderful eye for design. Good luck on the tour!