How Marlene’s Necklace Affected My Jewelry Making

Marlene-necklaceI belong to a group of ladies who meet once a month for brunch and to exchange the books we have read and pass them around. We originally began meeting to discuss our yearly trips to the library for family research in Salt Lake City. Four of us, Pam, Ruth, Kay and I were avid genealogists and made the trips each winter along with a few other friends. Kay has since passed away, too soon, and the three of us no longer make the trip to Utah although Pam is still involved in finding her ancestors.
It’s been a long time since those days, and as our small group grew in numbers the book exchange was the next step giving us a reason to meet and compare our activities. There are now up to 9 of us who meet, but often there might be 7 or less each month. I am, no doubt, the oldest of the group. One lady who was older recently passed away in her sleep. But I have a story to tell about her and her necklace, and how it affected the necklaces I now make.
All the ladies know that I make jewelry and I wear a different necklace to each brunch gathering. One day Marlene asked me if would make her a black necklace and I said, “I’d love to.”
Marlene couldn’t describe exactly what she wanted, but knowing her, I thought I could create something she would like. I had some beads in mind and I put together three different short length bead patterns with alternating black and silver beads. She chose one and I made the necklace and gave it to her. Needless to say, she was delighted and wore it many times. However, it broke. Beads fell all over the floor. She and her daughters collected as many as they could find and gave them to me. I made a new necklace for her at no charge. I don’t remember what she paid for the original necklace. I had offered it to her as a gift, but she insisted on paying me.
That experience made me think that if that happened to one of my necklaces, it could happen again. And indeed it did. One necklace broke while a friend was looking at it. That is not good.As any necklace is worn there is friction on the clasp as the necklace is put on and taken off. The friction rubs the small wire and wears it away. I finally found what I think will help to keep that from happening to the necklaces I now make.
I use a very tiny metal guard that holds the wire and keeps the clasp away from direct contact with the wire. The horseshoe shape guard prevents that friction so the movement of the clasp doesn’t erode the wire. All necklaces are susceptible to wear and tear, but this guard makes it less fragile.
The guard is very, very tiny and it is a bitch to put the ends of the strung beads together. My hands often shake, making it a tedious process, but I do it now for every necklace I make. Some of my necklaces are long enough to easily pass over the head, but not all. So the guard is used on those.
I think that what I do is a reflection of how I feel about the jewelry I make.

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Managing Your Passwords & Keeping Them Safe

Education is the best protection against computer infection.

My very talented daughter, Circe, has just created a handy book in which you can keep your computer site passwords. The title is “ Keys to the Door” and there are 2 sizes. One is letter size, 8-1/2”x11” and the other is 6”x9” titled “Handy Keys to the Door”. Both books contain the same information and are easy to use and keep safe.

These books were created as a companion to those who understand the importance of computer security. 17 pages in the larger book have several lines and spaces for the date, e-mail or website, user name and password. She recommends you write in pencil so changes can be made easily. Spaces are also available in which to write the answers to your security questions.

The book she gave me is beginning to be filled up. I can now dispose of the bits of paper and scribbled notes I can hardly read, much less find, and locate my password book in seconds. I entered my passwords alphabetically so it is easy to find the site I want. I put 2 letters, more or less, on each page. If you prefer you could enter yours by subject matter. The choice is up to you.

Circe is well qualified to produce these books. She is an experienced computer security advocate as well as a speaker on this subject and other computer information. Her membership in Toastmasters allows her to educate her audience on many subjects. Her speaking biography can be seen on the Qualified Speakers of District 52, Toastmasters website: http://district 52speakersbureau.com/qualified-speakers-of-district-52/. The website for her computer security information is http://malwaretruth.com.

NEWLY PUBLISHED! Password Keeper books. On Amazon
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Sell those vintage items

Do you have any of those old vintage items hanging around your house just taking up valuable space? Have you considered selling them? Did you try Ebay unsuccessfully? I did. Then I found Etsy. Etsy is a world wide marketplace for new handmade pieces and Vintage jewelry, household items, and many other treasures. You can get cash for these items through Etsy. It’s easy to open a shop, post pictures of your pieces, set a price and Voila! You’re an Etsy shop owner. And you’ve cleared out your home so that you can buy more.

There is a new 51 page book created by 2 Etsy shop owners telling you exactly how to do just that. It’s called, “Be an Etsy Store Owner” and it’s available now on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ for only $9.99.

This amazing document takes you through each step of creating your very own shop with detailed instructions and explanations. No other publication is as complete as this one.
It costs nothing to open a new shop and only pennies to list an item for sale. Your item is on sale for 4 months and if it doesn’t sell you can renew it for another $.20 and 4 more months.

Try it. You might be surprised at the results.

Be an Etsy Shop Owner!

Are you a passionate artisan who believes your handmade items could be sold but don’t know how?  My daughter, JP, and I have written an easy to follow step by step 51 page book to lead you through the process of opening an online shop on a site called Etsy.

Etsy.com is the fastest growing craft sellers marketplace WORLD WIDE!  You can be part of it with our instructions and business tips not found in any of  the Etsy books out there now.  We lead you through each step with detailed  instructions.   Everything is covered and explained.  Both of us are Etsy shop owners and have encountered problems along the way that we share with you so that you are aware and can avoid or resolve them.

There is no bidding as on Ebay.   You make an item, take a photo of it, and list it for sale.  Following our instructions, we show you how to place your item for sale and collect your money when someone buys it.

A Spanish language version will be available soon.

You can buy our book now on Amazon for $9.99 using this link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ 

OR contact me at HowToOpenanEtsyStore@gmail.com and pay with your card through PayPal and I will send you a pdf copy.   (California residents only $10.90).

You won’t be disappointed, you’ll be a business owner selling your great crafts, vintage items or supplies through your very own Etsy store!

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Do You Suffer From Leg Cramps?

Do you get leg cramps at night?

I found a terrific way to relieve my leg cramps without the danger of taking quinine.  They wake me up almost every night.  Here it is:  Pinch your nose with your fingers as tightly as you can.  I know, that sounds crazy, but it’s a Chinese remedy.   And it worked for me last night.

I have been getting leg cramps for as long as I can remember and tried all sorts of things to stop the pain.  I was told that quinine relieved the cramp.  My doctor suggested quinine soda.  That was useless, it doesn’t contain enough quinine.  I was able to get quinine pills over the counter years ago until the Food and Drug Administration took them off the market.  Then I found that I could get them from a pharmacy in Canada, but they required a prescription and my doctor said he wasn’t allowed to prescribe them.  Quinine is not approved to treat or prevent nighttime leg cramps. The risk of taking quinine may be greater than the possible benefits. Quinine can be dangerous.  The side effects are multiple and serious and could cause death.

I have a few left and I keep them for the severe cramps I sometimes get or if they affect both legs.  I am concerned about the danger connected to quinine. Usually I get up and stand, putting all my weight on the leg until the cramp goes away. But that disturbs my sleep.

Someone recommended rubbing a silver spoon over the cramp.   I tried that with absolutely no relief whatsoever.

Last night I decided to try the nose pinching.  What an amazing result!  It took a couple of minutes, but it gradually went away.  I was astonished!  I found this remedy in a novel I was reading.  The main character was awakened by a leg cramp and just pinched his nose until it went away.  I thought it was worth a try.  If you have the same problem, try this.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

In my research for this article I found an ad for an “amazingly effective fast-acting organic and natural muscle remedy, for both preventing leg cramps or stopping them once they start. It was discovered by the Amish while they were still in Europe and brought to this country sometime in the 1880’s. It is curious that it has never before been made generally available to leg cramp and charlie horse sufferers until now especially, considering that this Amish remedy is the fastest acting relief for muscle cramps of any natural product anywhere.”

Ingredients:
A carefully balanced mixture of certified organic unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar,
juice from the ginger plant and just the right amount of all natural garlic juice in
special combination so as to achieve almost instant relief from leg, foot and hand
cramps. Salt and gluten free.

One bottle is usually enough for 2 to 3 months for most people.  (You only take it when you need it.)  http://www.stopslegcramps.com/links.html

If you get leg cramps the following article will give you some information.  However none of the suggestions worked for me.  I believe that one or more of the medications I take has contributed to the frequency of my leg cramps.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-13/lifestyle/sns-201204131600–tms–mayoclnctnmc-a20120413apr13_1_leg-cramps-restless-legs-syndrome-calf-muscles

One site I discovered stated that a shortage of magnesium in your system can cause leg cramps.  However I take magnesium daily and still get leg cramps.

If you suffer from nightly leg cramps try pinching your nose before taking any medicine, approved or not.

 

Driving in the rain . . . this may save a life.

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was given me by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful . . . even driving at night. One method used by Canadian military drivers for years.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too.

Or the “kickup” if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip in driver’s training. It really does work.

READ THIS ONE TOO About the danger of cruise control on a wet surface.

This next warning is a another good one! I wonder how many people know about  this:

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn, Ontario, was traveling between Kinburn and Ottawa. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air . . . She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the officer told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydroplane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane She told the OPP Officer that was exactly what had  occurred.

The officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sunvisor — NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed — but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

 

Handy necklace length guide picture

This picture shows exactly where each necklace length will drape on you.  It is very helpful in determining which necklace is right for your appearance.  It was shown in the latest copy of Fire Mountain Beads magazine and I pinned it on my Pinterest site under the necklace pin board.  http://bit.ly/HjSpzx

Great new blog

As mentioned before I love to browse the web and this morning I found another blog that I think you would agree is worth a look-see.    It is http://7thhouseontheleft.com.  The blog is written by Greg and Ashley Brown who live on the outskirts of Richmond, VA.  They talk about renovating, decorating and living in their first house, actually the 7th house from the left.

What I found most interesting and helpful on the HOME page was unusual uses for ordinary items like coffee filters, dryer sheets, marshmallows, clear nail polish, and toothpaste.  I was amazed at the multiple uses for these items that most of us have on hand.  Maybe not marshmallows.   The article was written by Ashley and covered all sorts of conditions, like carpet stains, stuck food on pans, resetting jewelry, repelling insects and lots, lots more.   Ashley doesn’t say where she found the uses, but I’ll bet some of them came from their families.

They look like a cute young couple in their first house and I think they would love to know their blog is being read.