B’Sue Boutiques “Change It Up” Blog Hop

B'Sue Boutiques Change it Up Blog Hop

Brenda Lansdowne loves challenging the members of her facebook group – and this one is a real challenge for me.  I not only have to have a blog, but I have to create a piece of jewelry with a “vintage feel but driven by fashion trends” – her words, not mine.  Now to figure out that fashion trend thing.  In Hickory County Missouri, the only fashion trends are long jeans for winter and jean shorts for summer – hoodies for winter (I have 6) and tee shirts for summer (would hate to have to count mine).  Guess I will have to do some googling for this project.  Now that I can do!

We have to use one of these wonderful brass pieces from B’Sue Boutiques.  If you haven’t visited her store, you need to do that!  www.bsueboutiques.com.

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Hey, I’m doing it – blogging, that is.

And this Granny is taking the dive!  All who know me know I love to talk – about almost anything – so this blogging thing should go okay.  Just hope I am not too boring.

My name is Ginger. I am “Granny” to five astounding boys – although three of them are too old be called “boy”.  Daughter, Teresa, and her husband, Charlie, have Cody, who will be 21 in two months, and; Cole, who is 18 and started college this week.  Son, Ryan and his wife, Amy, have Marcus, 22; Jakob, 14; and Carter, 8.  Marcus & Cody are working guys.  Jakob is a freshman this year and Carter is in 3rd grade.  They are all awesome kids.

I have been married 46 years (as of September 20), to the love of my life.  Terry & I met in 7th grade and never strayed very far apart after that.  He is my best friend and I love him to the moon and back.

I retired from federal service at the young age of 50, so at age 68, I have been retired a long time.  I spent 20+ wonderful years working for NOAA, part of that time for the National Weather Service, and 5+ not-so-wonderful years at the Dept, of Agriculture.  I am proof that you should never change jobs just for the promotion.  When Agriculture offered an early-out, I did not let the door hit me on the way out.

I have always been a crafter – learned tatting from my father; crocheting, needlepoint and cross-stitching from my mother,  I began loom beading in my early teens – I made 20+ headbands for my brother’s boy scout pack.  I set aside the beading for a long time because I so loved needlepoint & counted cross-stitch.

When our daughter was three years old, we decided she should have a dollhouse.  My husband’s father built a wonderful 3-story dollhouse, very simple bookcase design, just perfect for a little girl.That began our 35-year journey into the world of dollhouses and miniatures.  Over that time we built about 75 dollhouses.  I still have five dollhouses and about a dozen roomboxes or vignettes. Last year Terry & I dug out all the miniature treasures from the garage, dusted off the old tools and built a few vignettes to sell at craft shows.  They did well.  We hope to add more this year.

After retirement, decorative painting became my passion du jour.  I bought a small shop where we taught decorative painting and sold supplies.  Loved that time of our lives.  There is nothing more fun than having classes of happy painters.  We had a wonderful staff of teachers.  Sadly, we gave up the shop after Terry’s parents were involved in a wreck with a drunk driver.  His father was killed and his mother needed full time care.  My awesome husband, who is an only child, moved in with his mother for months to care for her.  She lived about 4 years after the wreck, the last year with us in Kansas City.

I began jewelry making in 2002, shortly after we closed our shop.  To say I was in a dark place is a huge understatement.  Beading and jewelry making quite literally saved my sanity and probably my life.  In 2008, we moved to the little house at the lake – Pomme de Terre Lake in Missouri – that had been Terry’s parents’ home for 12 years before the wreck.  It is a little 2-bedroom, 1-bath house that sets on a wooded lot.  We added a large family room and built a bunkhouse for the five grandsons.  And we are now in the middle of remodeling the original house – slow work when you are old.

I have a great corner of the family room for my beading/jewelry studio.  The room has nine windows that are 6′ tall so I have a view of the back yard and the woods.  I get to bead and watch the wildlife at the same time.  Who could ask for more? At times I miss my dedicated craft room, but it is nice to have Terry in the same room with me. (I don’t even hear the football, soccer, baseball, racing that is on the TV non-stop.)  I have jewelry in a local shop and we do a few craft shows each year.  I am also working on the Lynn Leigh Designs website – that is as slow as the remodel.

I hope you haven’t been too bored with this first post. I promise they won’t be “all about me” from now on.  I want to share my jewelry journey with you and throw in a few dollhouses too.

Beading Hugs

Ginger