Category Archives: My Art and Craft

Random Thought Process #1


This morning’s random thought process is for those of you who feel like using up a couple of minutes of your lives that you’ll never, ever, get back: I think it’s time that I learned how to sew. You know…with a sewing machine? I haven’t used one since eighth-grade home economics class. It did not go well, and therefore I did not enjoy it. I was intimidated by the sewing machine. At that time the bobbin, and the mechanics of threading the machine boggled my 14-year-old mind and I ended up hating it. Also, putting my fingers so close to a needle going up and down scared me. Several decades have passed, I’ve gotten over my fear of needles, so I think I can handle it now. After all, a person who is able to repair computers and electronics, replace the speakers and glass of her own iPad, and do hand-beaded embroidery should be able to figure out how to thread and use a sewing machine, wouldn’t you think? I CAN DO IT! I think.

Ed knows how to sew. He used to make furniture slipcovers for his father’s business back in the day. I’ve seen him sew tarps and canvas covers. He also owns a sewing machine. However, Ed is not the most patient person in the world, so I don’t think he should be the one to teach me. There would be exasperated expressions, followed by angry words, followed by tears and possibly a door slamming. I would end up hating it all over again. YouTube video tutorials it is! That is, as soon as I do the other half-a-million things I need to get done in the next couple of days. But, by then I’ll be going to Aiken. Maybe sometime the middle of next week?

Now my brain is tired. It’s too early in the day for me to be wearing out my brain. Maybe I’ll make coffee. No, I shouldn’t have coffee when I’m trying to diet, because I only drink it when it’s loaded up with sugar and creamer. But, carrot juice is not going to cut it this morning. Coffee it is!

There. Your time has officially been wasted, along with mine. We’ve just bonded over our mutually wasted time. You’re welcome. Now I feel that we’re close enough that I can ask you bring me a large coffee with extra cream and extra sugar. And a buttered sesame bagel. If I’m going off my diet I’m doing it right! In return I’ll make you a quilt. Someday.


ATTENTION Democrats! Republicans! and Libertarians alike! 


Are you sick of all the hateful bashing on social media? Have you been sucked into a debate by a so-called “friend’s” angry venting? Are you questioning the sanity of some of your Facebook friends? Well then, before you start hitting that “unfriend” button I have something here to re-unify us all – Funny Cat Videos! Why? Because cat’s don’t judge. Okay, maybe cats DO judge, but they can’t talk so WHO CARES? Also, cats will love you unconditionally (but, only if you feed them). Cats will also HATE you simply because you don’t smell right, much the same way we humans do, so put on some deodorant for gawd’s sake.
You say you don’t like cats? Well, that’s just UN-American! Yes, I just judged you, just like a cat would.
So, I present you with today’s unifying funny cat video:

My iPad Art – “Magic is Desire Made Real” – A Discovery of Witches


After playing around and learning the Procreate app on my iPadPro I wanted to make my first real attempt at illustration using the app be a quote from one of my favorite books “A Discovery of Witches.” It’s the first book in the All Souls Trilogy by author Deborah Harkness. I highly recommend it.

I listened to the audible audiobook of same while creating this in my free time over a period of 10 days. My hope is that other fans of the trilogy will get a kick out of it. If you like it and decide to share it all I ask is that you give me credit and do not alter it in any way, including not removing my signature.

If I’m feeling brave enough I may share the Procreate time lapse video of me creating this. I can’t tell you how many times I made changes, and getting the word “Desire” how I wanted it about gave me fits.  It’s all hand-drawn/hand-lettered.





Day 81 -40 Pounds



That’s -40 pounds in 2 months and 21 days.

Here’s what’s happened since my last blog post:

A week after my second followup appointment at the wellness center I once again tried going up to the full dose of phentermine, because the weight loss seemed to have stalled.  I stayed on the full dose for 3 weeks until my third followup appointment last week. I told the doctor I was only sleeping 3-4 hours a night and felt better on the half dose, so he said to go back down to the half dose. Done, and that’s where I’ll stay. Also, last month he upped my dose of thyroid replacement because my blood test still showed a low TSH.

My diet is basically the same, only now eating less soups and animal protein (maybe once a week) and I’m now finding new ways to be creative with flavor. I’ve been scouring YouTube for raw vegan recipes that are not too involved and still keep the food as close to it’s natural state as possible. I’m finding great dip, sauce and food combination ideas from YouTube user TannyRaw — a long-time raw vegan who is very upbeat and personable. I find her videos to be fun and very informative, and she addresses some of the issues I’ve been having while transitioning on this mostly raw diet. It’s still not terribly difficult for me to do because I’m very determined and committed, but having a different flavor and texture once in a while is very satisfying. I’m very lucky that I don’t work outside the home, rarely, if ever, have visitors and live with a very understanding and supportive man. I don’t know how well I could have done this if I worked in an office or had friends constantly coming over or inviting me to lunch. It would have been a lot more difficult psychologically for sure. Sometimes it pays to be a hermit. 🙂

I’m still logging my daily food on MyFitnessPal, but that’s only so I can look back on it and see what worked and what didn’t for my weight-loss. It’s not really raw-vegan friendly, and every day it tells me I need more calories and I tell it to shut up. I feel great and energized enough for the small amount of energy I expend each day.  As I DO more I’ll EAT more. I do definitely need to get back into the habit of logging my food AS I eat, instead of trying to remember it all at the end of the day like I’ve been doing this last month. Not good. I’m probably forgetting things.

I upped my physical activity last month with nearly daily weight-resistance exercises using dumbbells and ankle weights, alternating upper body and lower body each day so the muscles can rest and repair. Then I dragged out my old Gazelle to get some cardio until I can clean out the room with my treadmill. Then…the pollen showed up.  Lots and lots of pollen.  I have terrible  pollen allergies and for the last week have been coughing, sneezing, mucousy and have fatigue. I’ve just felt too terrible and tired to work out.  However, today I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel and plan to work out some tonight.

I’m finding I prefer shopping at Whole Foods over Earth Fare. Whole Foods has a much larger variety of organic produce, and it’s fresher. I still shop at Earth Fare because it’s closer to home, but really look forward to visiting Whole Foods after my wellness center followups each month. I wish they’d open one up closer to my home.

I need to write down a schedule for local farmer’s markets so I remember to go check them out.

If data motivates you the way it does me I highly recommend an app called “Monitor Your Weight.”  It calculates time to your target weight, BMI, body fat percentage, average daily and weekly weight loss and SO much more. I love it.

Positive changes I’ve noticed:
My tee shirts are hanging even more loosely at my shrinking belly area.
I can now fit into an old pair of skinny jeans from 8 years ago.
My cheekbones are becoming more visible.
My lower back pain is mostly gone unless I twist a certain way.
No joint pain.
My left knee pain is 95% gone, but I still baby it a bit so as not to re-injure it
I’m almost at my half-way point and still more than a week ahead of my July 4th deadline for being at my goal weight.


Day 37 -26.5 Pounds – My Diet Plan in an email to my brother



My brother saw my Facebook progress post and emailed me asking what I was doing to lose weight. My answer was lengthy, and since I took such a long time to type it I figured I would share it here. Eventually, someone else will ask and I can just refer them to this:

Note:  This lifestyle change is not for the faint of heart and most people who want to know, when they hear what I’m doing, come up with a million excuses as to why they can’t do what I’m doing. It’s all BS, of course, as most people just want to be able lose weight with a minimum of discomfort and inconvenience. I can’t afford to do that anymore…

Hi!  Thanks. The diet is my own, from years of learning what works for me and what doesn’t.  The only diet advice the doctor at the wellness center gave me was “protein, protein, protein”, but I really limit animal protein to one meal a day. The doctor put me on a medication called “phentermine”, it’s similar in nature to amphetamine and not right for everyone, especially if you have an addictive personality or heart problems. He started me on a half dose for a week, then full dose. After two weeks of the full dose I was not happy at all — the weight loss had SLOWED DOWN and I was having some weird symptoms of lethargy, mind fogginess and insomnia. At my 3-week followup I told him this and requested going back on the half dose, which I did. The phentermine is great for appetite suppression, eliminating cravings and boosting metabolism, BUT it causes constipation and dry mouth. I found 3-4 prunes every morning really helps, and LOTS of water. I hope to be off it soon. You DON’T need phentermine to see results similar to mine if you follow my diet.

As for my diet, it’s a variation of a raw vegan diet I did a few years ago, but now with some animal protein added, and occasional soup. At that time I lost a lot of weight with going 100% raw vegan in a short time, but it was unrealistic and hard for me to maintain while living with Ed, who is a big meat eater. So, rather than self-sabotage I now eat ONE cooked animal protein a day:  2 eggs fried in grape seed oil, OR baked chicken breast (3-4 ounces), OR grilled steak (3-4) ounces. For a larger woman or a man they’d need more to feel satisfied, maybe 6 ounces.  I eat mostly raw vegan the rest of the time, but will occasionally make a cooked bean or lentil and vegetable soup when I feel I need something hot.

SALADS — one per day when possible — (NO CROUTONS, NO CHEESE, NO OIL, NO NUTS) JUST the leafy greens and veggies. Make the salad HUGE so you fill up on all those nutrient-dense veggies. I like to follow a lot of Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s (Eat to Live – see video links below) principals — “Make the SALAD THE MEAL.”  IF I use dressing it’s a always on the side, with just the tines of the fork dipped in, and never more than 2 TEAspoons.

Fresh organic fruit – at least 2 pieces a day, or a cup of berries will count as one fruit.  I like bananas, apples, oranges, mangos, pineapple cut in chunks, and all berries. If you like berries it is extremely important to get organic ONLY, as they are the most loaded with pesticides of any fruit – especially strawberries. If someone offers me nonorganic berries or I don’t know the source I won’t even put them in my mouth.

JUICES and SMOOTHIES – I don’t used any prepackage crap. ALL natural organic ingredients.  ONE fruit (which will count towards my daily 2 fruits) and about 3/4 cup of carrot juice OR cucumber juice, and often I’ll pour the juice in a big-speed blender (I have a Vitamix) and add a few leaves of Kale or chard or baby spinach and whip it all on HIGH until you can no longer see bits of the leaves – about a minute. IF I add kale or chard to a smoothie I also include a squeeze of FRESH lemon, as this counteracts the bitter “green or grassy” taste. Occasionally I will add a tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseeds for fiber and the nutrients they provide.  If you want it a little sweet add ONE date or a small squirt of agave nectar. Stay away all processed sugar and honey – it’s too high on the glycemic index.

Even if you simply replace one of your regular meals a day with a green juice or smoothie you will start to see weight loss and other amazing benefits — Like skin issues clearing up, scalp itching going away, mind fog clearing — you will have amazing mental clarity after just a week or two.  

If you want more aggressive weight loss and benefits do 2 or 3 juices a day and eat only salads, but use a large variety of greens and veggies to make sure you’re getting all your nutrients.  Veggies have protein, and don’t let anyone tell you you have to eat meat or soy. You see how big and muscular cows get eating grass? Gorillas? Yes, it may cause diarrhea if you body is used to a shit diet, but it will go away after a few days. You also may get headaches/lethargy and feel like crap as the toxins leave your body, so start it when you know you have a couple of days off, like a Friday.

The first time I went cold turkey with a raw vegan and juicing diet I felt AWFUL for the first 3 days, but I knew this might happen so I toughed it out. When I woke up on day 4 it was like a miracle! My mind was SO clear, I had tons of energy and my mood was absolutely euphoric. 

What I’ve eliminated:

ALL packaged and processed foods.

ALL wheat and rice products.  No bread, pasta, rice, cakes, crackers.



ALL HARMFUL FAT/OIL/BUTTER – I only use a tiny bit of coconut or grape seed oil when frying eggs.




NO ALCOHOL – I don’t drink all that often anyway, so this was an easy elimination. PLUS I can’t have any while on phentermine.


SALT — throw out your salt shaker.

STOP USING YOUR MICROWAVE – it damages food and nutrients at the cellular level.


KEEP A DAILY FOOD JOURNAL – it’s really important and an eye-opener.  I use the MyFitnessPal app. Some days are better than other’s, but I’m not giving up.

My ONLY drink is water, and lots of it. NO diet soda.

The only nuts I eat are in the occasional Larabar I have.

Sometimes I’ll have a small handful of raw, shelled sunflower seeds (1 tablespoon)

Start grocery shopping at your nearest healthy supermarket (whole foods, earth fare, and anywhere they have lots of organic produce and a bulk dry goods section).  Yes, healthy food costs more, but you’ll be eating LESS food so it does average out. Put your money on the plate, and not in the doctor’s bank account. Find a local farmers market for less costly produce.

I consider this a total lifestyle change, and not a temporary diet. I got a good scare when my blood work came back. I’m 52 years old and now at high risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes and have done a LOT of damage to myself eating a crap diet. My cholesterol was sky high, my thyroid TSH was very low, my Vitamin D was almost nonexistent. So I’m now on daily thyroid replacement, vitamin D weekly and daily fish oil. I’m taking this very seriously and I’m not playing around anymore. I don’t feel deprived. I feel like I’m finally being a grown-up and taking care of the only body I have.

I highly recommend two videos:

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (the first movie, not part 2 unless you want to watch it after) – available on Netflix and possibly YouTube. (I learned about Dr. Fuhrman on this video).  “Joe” does an extreme juice-fast diet, which is not for everyone, but even for a few days it is a good reboot for your body. You will learn a lot with this movie and it’s HIGHLY motivating. I watch it every couple of months to renew my motivation.

and Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s videos, especially THIS one in two parts as a good starting point: — Part 1 is 14 minutes — Part 2 is 14 minutes

These two videos alone may well change your life. There is a LOT of information here.

If you want to give people the quickest help just refer them to those 2 videos.

I really hope this helps. It’s amazing the changes that take place with your body, mental processes and mood when you start feeding it what it really needs.


Wellness and Weight-loss Adventure Day 34



After Face-Timing with my sister Barbara two days ago I realized I was not drinking nearly enough water. I THOUGHT I was, but it was only a few sips here and there. I was feeling lethargic and foggy-brained and she suggested I CHUG several full glasses of water throughout the day. WOW! What a difference. Barbara is a nurse and is very health and nutrition conscious and saavy. Her advice is usually good advice.

So, since my last post I’ve lost another 9 pounds (but I’m also counting the 3 pounds I lost in the two weeks before officially starting my diet, so that’s why the myfitnesspal app photo above says -24 pounds). I’ve gotten a bit lazy about eating salads and juicing since the grandkids were here over the weekend, but I’m going to get back to that today.

My brother wrote me an email asking what I was doing to lose weight, so yesterday morning I spent over an hour outlining everything in an email reply. He was shocked at the lengthy reply, and said he would take the time to read it all soon, and pass it on to the women in his family. I hope my successes inspire them.

Today I need to make a shopping trip to Earth Fare in Summerville. It’s about a 15-minute trip on a very busy road and I usually dread going, but I need to get over that. I want to stock up on some white kernel popcorn, Larabars, prunes and organic berries. Supposedly, there is a new Whole Foods that is going to be opening up this year a bit closer to home than the one in Mt. Pleasant, and I’m hoping it’s a LOT closer.

Every now and then I feel the need for a hot plate of good food, so last night I made a pork roast with potatoes, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in my new pressure cooker. I ate two thin-ish slices of the roast and a large serving-spoon portion of the veggies. It was enough. The tomatoes weren’t as sweet as I was hoping. Next time I’ll use carrots instead. First I browned the roast in a little grape seed oil in the pressure cooker, added a cup of water and a half cup of red wine, a ton of chopped garlic, the potatoes, tomatoes and mushrooms and set the cooker for 25 minutes. The 3-pound roast was throughly cooked and tender, but the potatoes were falling apart, and the flavor was great. Next time I’ll cook for only 20 minutes. Ed loved it.

I think I’m finally adjusting to the thyroid medication. I’m feeling a bit less loopy and tired, but that could also be the benefits of the increased water intake. I was probably dehydrated all along.

Postive changes I’ve noticed to date:
My waist is becoming visible again.
Ed says my butt is shrinking.
My stretchy pants are having trouble staying up.
My tee shirts are hanging loose at my shrinking belly area.
My cheekbones are becoming more visible.

Medications are unchanged since my last post, and I started the monthly Progesterone on the 1st.

I made 4 NYC token rings and a quarter pendant in my workshop yesterday:

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My New Wellness and Weight-loss Adventure from Day 1 to 27


Copied from my original post on Live Journal on January 26, 2016:

This entry is more for my own record-keeping than anything else, and it’s viewable by my LJ friends only, but if you also struggle with your weight maybe you’ll gain some useful information from my experiences.

Okay, so after 15-something years of yo-yo dieting I’m finally doing it the right way (for me) — under a doctor’s supervision. I’ve tried WeightWatchers THREE TIMES (being an introvert I HATED going to meetings, but didn’t like the going-it-alone aspect of doing it online). I tried the South Beach Diet, in which I lost 27 pounds in 3 weeks, but felt ill from all that protein and gave it up. I tried the Raw Vegan and juicing diet – which I felt was the most “natural” and healthful, and I felt fantastic eating that way, but I live with a carnivore for whom I have to cook, so that only lasted 3 months (I did drop weight quickly – about 30 pounds in 2 months). I was beyond discouraged, still hated how I felt and looked, and was giving up on living a full life. I didn’t want to go out, not just because I’m an introvert, but because I hated how I looked in clothes, my back hurt from too much standing or walking, my ankles swelled and I was always out of breath. My last thoughts of the day while in bed would be “I’m slowly killing myself. What if I die in my sleep? I need to do something and get control over this”, and my first thoughts upon waking up were always something like: “Now I have to haul this fat body, that I hate, out of bed and try to be productive in it”. That simple thought was daunting. Forget about trying to look good. Just doing day-to-day stuff was enough of a struggle. More and more I was spending the entire day in my pajamas, out of resignation and depression. In the last few months before Christmas my heart would pound just walking from one end of the house to the other. NOT GOOD. I want to be around for my grandkids. I want their memories of me to be the FUN grandma, not the couch-potato grandma.

Ed came to my rescue. He told me of a client of his who posted on social media about a wellness center that changed her life. She described her weight loss and new-found energy. Ed said that if I were willing to go he would pay for it all, no matter the cost. So, I made an appointment for New Year’s Eve. I re-downloaded the MyFitnessPal app and favorite weight-tracker app in anticipation. I LOVE data and find it really helps to keep me on track. The morning of my appointment I made an attempt to look as decent as I could and drove the 20 minutes to Mt. Pleasant full of hope.

I filled out the forms, was weighed, BP taken, talked to the doctor and had blood drawn for a full workup. The doctor prescribed phentermine to suppress my appetite and speed up my metabolism. He warned me “don’t forget to eat”, to eat often, and protein, protein, protein. I’m not one for pills/meds/drugs of any kind, but in my desperation I put my trust in the doctor and started the med. He wasn’t kidding when he told me side effects may be dry mouth and constipation — I have both. I changed my diet DRASTICALLY. No sugar, no sweeteners of any kind, no carbs in the form of breads, cakes, pastas, rice, potatoes, no fat, no processed foods of ANY kind, and low salt. In the first 9 days I lost 12 pounds. Yes, a lot of that was water weight. The next 12 days I lost NOTHING and was very constipated. Metamucil did NOTHING. Senokot helped a little. Then I tried 3-4 prunes every morning and BINGO — I’m regular again.

Last Wednesday I had my follow-up appointment. My blood work results were an eye-opener. Not surprisingly my cholesterol was very high, but I was pre-diabetic, my TSH (thyroid) was low and my vitamin D was VERY low. I was told to continue the good work with the diet, start nature thyroid medication, vitamin D one 50,000 IU capsule once a week, and fish oil, all of which I did the very next day. I weighed myself 5 days after that appointment and had lost another 4 pounds. So, I’m now down 16 pounds from New Year’s Eve. I’ll take it!

So, with a little diet reevaluation every few days I’m finding out what works for me and what doesn’t. My back pain is almost all gone, so I plan to start walking this week as the temperature is warming up and I have a nice park nearby. I also got my old dumbbells and ankle weights out and will start weight bearing exercises.

I have noticed that since starting the thyroid medication I’ve felt a little “off.” I can’t explain it any better than I feel a little fuzzy-headed, blah, and lazy. I’m hoping my body will adjust to it quickly and I’m sure a daily walk will help.

Positive changes I’ve noticed to date:
The first noticeable change was that when I put my rings on they were loose! Then, when I put my sneakers on I didn’t have to CRAM my feet into them — they slid on easily and suddenly the laces seemed longer, LOL! Next, was the little pimple-like bumps on my upper arms were going away and my skin was feeling smoother (I attribute this to the mostly raw-vegan diet – lots of leafy greens and green juices – this also happened the first time I went raw vegan). My scalp stopped itching. My face looks thinner. My double chin is smaller. My pants fit better as my belly deflates. It’s no longer “hauling my fat ass out of bed”, but turning over, sitting up, and standing up with ease – I cannot tell you what a relief, and how encouraging, this feeling is. I’m lighter on my feet. I’m not AS out of breath walking around the house and my heart no longer pounds from the slightest exertion.

Current meds:
Progesterone (trial from the 1st to the 10th every month).
Phentermine: First week was half a 37.5-mg tablet every day, the next two weeks a full tablet. After telling the doctor I felt better on half he told me to just take half again.
Vitamin D: 50,000 IU capsule every Wednesday.
Nature Thyroid: 65 mg every morning one hour before food.
Fish Oil

I DIY’d my iPad’s Broken Glass Last Night…

I DIY’d my iPad’s Broken Glass Last Night…

The story of my iPad 3 is a sad one. After my initial dropping of it on my sister’s concrete driveway a few years ago the glass has had to be replaced three times by so-called professionals, and a small fortune has been spent. The first time they changed the glass there were fingerprints on the underside of it because they didn’t wear gloves when installing it. When I brought it back and they saw the fingerprints they replaced it again for free. When I left the store the second time, I noticed a hairline crack in the newly installed glass. Because I didn’t notice it while in the store, but 10 minutes later, of course they did not take responsibility for it and charged me for the price of the new glass minus the labor. That glass lasted about six months before it started crumbling in the areas where it wasn’t seated properly in the frame.

I did a quick fix for safety’s sake by taping up the crumbling glass with clear packing tape, and after many months of living with it that way I then decided to try my hand at changing the glass myself. So, after watching many YouTube how-to videos on the subject I took the leap last night. Oh, did I mention that after the second time the “professionals” changed the glass they trashed the loudspeaker and it never worked again? I replaced that also. In order to get the old speaker out and new one in the iPad has to be about 60% disassembled. What a chore. Beginning to end took me about four hours, and there was a lot of swearing involved, but it was a success.




The Value of Life — What Are Parents Teaching Their Kids About Respecting Others and Themselves?


Listen, this is how I see it:  Police lives matter. Black lives matter. White lives matter. All races lives matter. Animal lives matter. Plant life matters. Insect lives matter. All LIFE matters. We are all connected in ways we cannot even imagine, and our actions effect so much more than just ourselves. It seems like so many people just do not GET that, or care. It may not be a life that is high on YOUR priority list, but all life is sacred and deserves to be respected. I’m not talking about allowing roaches to take over your home, or a virus to take your life, or not defending yourself against a criminal — there has to be an element of common sense, but we must be very careful about our attitudes towards all living things.

Parents need to teach their children the VALUE of LIFE and every person’s right to be treated with respect and individual dignity, because childhood is where these values are formed, and because if they don’t we will have a society of sociopathic, self-centered monsters on our hands. Respect for life starts in the home, through what your children see you do, how you treat them and others, how you react to things, and what they hear you say, on a daily basis. Do you make snide comments about the homeless guy you just passed in your car? Do you spew verbal hatred at people you see on the news? Do you make fun of people less fortunate than you, or laugh along when someone else does? Do you make it known that you resent people who have more money than you? Do you lack respect for the law and in turn make your kids fearful of the police? Do you talk to your kids in an annoyed, disrespectful and impatient way that makes them feel like they are a burden, keeping you from living the life you want? Do you hit them, or otherwise abuse them? Do you ignore them? This is the poison you’re injecting into your kids that will effect how they live for the rest of their lives. Don’t be surprised if they end up alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, or at the very least spend their lives chronically depressed or angry and making really poor life choices. Mind your mouth and your actions, PUT DOWN the damn cell phone/tablet/video game controller and spend some quality time with your kids, because children are always watching, hearing, and learning more than you think they are.

So, I’ve got this thing now…



I have creative ADHD. I jump around from craft to craft because once I master a thing I seem to get bored with it and want to move on to the next. I kept waiting for something to click — the one thing I would enjoy doing over and over and not get bored with it. I think I’ve found it.

I had an aunt who was an amazing, well-traveled woman. She lived all but the last few years of her life in either Brooklyn, or Queens, NY (my mother, her sister, raised us kids on Long Island, NY). When my aunt passed away a few years ago she left everything to me. I’ve slowly been going through her many boxes of possessions, and a few months ago found a box of coins she had collected during her travels. So, I started search out websites and videos on how to make jewelry out of coins and found a guy making coin rings, and it clicked! In the box of aunt El’s coins were two old New York City subway token rings from the seventies. I thought “these would make cool rings if I put the “New York City” part on the outside of the ring. I made the ring. I loved the ring. I posted photos of the ring on Facebook and my friends loved the ring. Requests started coming in for token rings and other types of coin rings and I haven’t stopped making them since.

I’d like to try my hand at other types of metal jewelry and glass bead making when ring orders slow down a bit, but that may not be for a while. Until then I’m really enjoying discovering new coins to make rings out of. I recently started making rings out of Silver State Quarters and love those too. I’ve found other states and cities that have old subway and bus tokens and plan to put them up for sale in my Square store and Etsy shop soon.

If you’d like to check out my coin rings for sale visit my website at — there are links there to both my Etsy shop and Square Marketplace store. In the meantime, if you have a coin ring request feel free to email me and I’ll see what I can do!