Music. My first and best love. I started performing folk music when I was about 14 years old. When I was in high school I began to discover classical singing, and have continued performing my entire life. I earned my degree in music education and spent 35 years as a school music teacher. I did more study as a performer and voice teacher. 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! It seems I have never been without a project. I learned to sew when I was in 7th grade 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 passed away. With my siblings we made the decision 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 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 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 stress and pass the hours at home with my mother, I decided to take up a new skill. Back to the beads! I learned to make this jewelry and it became just what I needed. My mother and sister both died in June of 2016. I think the only way I got through everything was having the distraction of having this jewelry to make.
Except for a brief flirtation with 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 family and friends. So this is a new adventure for me.
I hope you enjoy the jewelry.