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  • Beading
  • You know, the recycle and make something useful theme? One day I decided to make beads out of paper. As with all my projects, I researched on the Internet. The pattern I settled on is triangular shaped and my recycle material is mail order catalogs. After I'd made several hundred beads, it was time to sort them by color, size, quality, etc. Even hand crafted beads need spacers when strung, as well as wired to string them on and clasps. I've turned out a rather nice collection that I sell.

  • Birding
  • I recently went on my first birding trip with friends. I decided I'd make my "life list" only of birds I could take a photo of. Here, I'm posting some of my better photos, that will be updated periodically.

  • Cooking and Baking
  • I like to cook and bake and have made up Christmas gift boxes.

  • Crocheting
  • Crocheting is something I started in the '70s with the Hippie movement. It's a craft I'd forgotten about until several months ago. The thing that's making it fun for me is the new "bamboo" yarns that are so soft to work with. If you crochet or knit, you should give it a try.

  • Exercise
  • Exercise has mostly escaped me for, say the past decade or so. But if I were going to use up some of my aerobic heartbeats, one way might be like this.

  • Genealogy
  • If you've been anywhere around me for the past twenty years you've probably heard about my project of creating a family DVD, From Stones to Space, documenting with stories, pictures and music, the branches of my family tree that have been researched. Noting that my story does not have what I call "full credential" backup, I have made corrections to some incorrect information that I found. This project is something I need to spend more time developing. This link is just a short sample of my research that for one branch goes back to 1410. This is just a collecting place for some of my research.

  • Photography
  • I enjoy taking photographs, but only occasionally get some that I think are worthy of bragging about. My dad was a wonderful photographer and I have over a dozen of his huge pictures hanging in my home.

  • Sewing
  • Sewing is fun when I'm not rushed. I used to do more of it than I do now, but cross stitching is something I still work on. I can't do anything much smaller than on 14 count aida cloth.

  • Soap Making
  • Well...I decided I wanted to learn to make sopa. After hours of research I've got some recipes to try and have stocked up on all the supplies needed.

    When I get really good at it, my friends should expect to be receiving soap as gifts. And then I might try to sell some. If there's a particular kind you're interested in, let me know and I'll give it a shot.

  • Tatting
  • A brilliant though hit me that I wanted to learn to tat, a form of lace making that now many crafters do these days. Again, I consulted the Internet and after some struggling with the instructions, finally did work good enough to give away. I'm pretty much stuck on one bookmark pattern that I've done in several colors.

  • Writing
  • In 1998, I started writing stories and poems in 2002. My purpose was to write for myself. But, I had a "limited edition" of a couple of them "published." The quality of my writing has improved a lot since then, but I still struggle with verb tenses and a suspenseful plot. I have a very difficult time "harming" my main characters.

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