Music. My first and best love. I started performing folk music when
I was about 14 years old. In high school, I began to discover classical singing and have continued to study and perform in this genre for my entire life. I received my degree in music education and for 35 years taught school music and also continued to study as a performer. Over the years I sang as soloist with many groups in the area as well as doing solo/duet recitals, church music and major roles in community theatre.
During all this time I was also making things. I t seems I have never been without a project of some sort. I learned to sew and used these skills to make most of my performance gowns and costumes. Being a proper diva, I had to learn to bead my dresses!
Not long after I retired from school teaching my father became ill and died. The decision was made that I would help my mother by moving in with her. Care-taking was not new to me as I was often helping my parents as they aged, as well as helping my sister who suffered from a chronic illness. Only a couple months after Mom and I moved into our new home she was diagnosed with cancer. She did very well for quite some time, but in the spring of 2016 it became evident that she was becoming much worse. At this time, my sister was also facing a fatal situation. I spent most of my time sitting at home with my mother, or running to Burlington to help my sister.
In order to relieve some of the stress and pass the hours at home with my mother I decided to take up a new skill. Out came the beads and I learned to make jewelry. It became just what I needed. My mother and sister both died in June, 2016. I think they only way I got through was having the distraction of making this jewelry.
Except for a brief flirtation selling macrame belts with a friend in high school, I have never tried to sell any of my items. I just did them for myself and friends. This is a new adventure for me.
I hope you enjoy the jewelry.