Friday, October 25, 2013

Bangles and Beads!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I grew up a tomboy.  I still had Barbies and other dolls, and fell in love with various pop stars, but as I became a tween and then a teen, I just wasn't interested in clothes, make-up, and jewelry.  For a while I made beaded necklaces, but I was never really interested in "real" jewelry.

The exception was rings.  My Dad was a true craftsman and he went through various phases, including a jewelry-making phase.  He even took classes at our local Memorial Art Gallery, making pendants, bracelets, and rings (including techniques like the lost-wax process).  I was drawn to the rings he made.  At one time, I wore about ten or more of the silver (or stainless steel) rings he made, but silver is soft and some of the braided ones broke after a few years.  I currently wear 13 rings (no, I'm not superstitious), and six of them are rings my Dad made.

In the last couple of years, I've gotten more into wearing jewelry, especially bracelets.  I have three or four bracelets Dad made, but I've collected a LOT more--and I wear them, even on days when I'm wearing just sweats around the house.  (Did I mention I also now wear nail polish, too?)  Why?  I just like to.  It's fun.  It feels nice, and who doesn't like to feel nice?

What do you do for yourself that just feels nice?
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