Category Archives: Hobby

2017 Garden Moments

A week ago, it was in the 70s then Fall finally arrived for a few days. Yesterday, it seemed like Winter came early.  Brrrrrr!!!!

Here are some shots from my 2017 Garden to warm things up (Click on the photo to view a larger image.):

Tiny seedlings

Tiny seedlings turn into Great Starts

 

 

 

 

 

Waste not! Eat those thinned out seedlings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miles the Compost Pile is born!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Care and Feeding of Miles…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything in my little pocket farm was grown from seed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta have some ornamentals too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tillandsia (air plant) Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the tomatoes: Baby Beefsteaks, Baby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zuke and Cuke Blossoms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Zuke!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaping and eating the harvest!

Zoodles! (Zuke Noodles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Cukes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home for the Bees ūüźĚ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for viewing.  I hope you enjoyed my little garden tour.

Many blessings,

Cynthia

Naturally Generous: This Year’s Donation for Little Shelter

I mentioned a few times on here that I donate financially and also handmade jewelry to Little Shelter. ¬†It’s almost time for their annual masquerade ball. ¬†I created this piece especially for this event.

Little Shelter Auction

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This necklace is made with sodalite, sterling silver, blue lace agate and Swarovski crystals in an “alexandrite” finish. ¬†These crystals have a little surprise! ¬†They change color depending on the light.

The Masquerade Ball will take place at Water Mill Caterers in Smithtown on Thursday, October 29th from 6 to 11 PM.  Call 631-368-8770 ext. 26 for more information.  Please consider purchasing a ticket to the event or making a donation to Little Shelter.  Check out http://littleshelter.com for more information.

Many Blessings,

Cynthia

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Naturally Passionate: Make Time To Do What Feeds Your Soul

I have a birthday present to make for my friend, Sylvia, who I will be seeing later.  So, I am going to share one of my passions with you today.

These are the first pieces I ever made.

These are the first pieces I ever made.

I started making jewelry almost 15 years ago. ¬†I had a naval ring at the time and wanted to change the bead on it. ¬†Being too… thrifty to pay $10 bucks for a bead change at the tattoo place, I decided to buy a bead and change my own. ¬†It’s very difficult to buy one small bead. ¬†So, I bought a package. ¬†Since I only needed one for the purpose at hand, I decided to get some beading wire and fasteners to make use of the rest of the package. ¬†I was hooked on making jewelry immediately!

I put this chain together link by link and set each of the beads.

I put this chain together link by link and set each of the beads.

I made pieces for myself that other people really dug. ¬†So, I started making jewelry for friends, coworkers and family members. ¬†The more I made, the more I wanted to make. ¬†My pieces began to get quite interesting and complex. ¬†I started selling my all-original jewelry under the name Chickyrhumba (a nickname my mom had for me when I was little) in 2006. ¬†I had just begun to do quite well and then the economy tanked. ¬†Understandably, original, handmade jewelry wasn’t a priority for people to purchase at that time. ¬†I closed Chickyrhumba in 2012. ¬†The truth is I never enjoyed selling it as much I enjoyed making it.

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I took the big tumble down the stairs a few months later, so I didn’t make jewelry for much of 2013. ¬†When finally I started again, ¬† it was just like it was in the beginning. ¬†I LOVED it! ¬†Making jewelry gets me down into my hands and keeps me from over-analyzing anything that may be going on in my life. ¬†I would definitely describe it as a form of meditation.

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It’s such a delightful one because it is so sensory. ¬†I love feeling the smoothness of the stones. ¬†I enjoy looking at all the colors and natural variations in gems. ¬†Bending wire into submission can be like therapy! ¬†I also love getting vintage beads and remaking them into something new. ¬†I guess most satisfying of all is being able to see the fruits of your labor. ¬†Executing something tangible from start to finish that I can give to someone else makes me very happy.

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I made this for Josie Stevens using vintage beads and Swarovski crystals.

 

Ah done!  Do you think Sylvia will like it?  I hope so.  I know I enjoyed making it.

Sylia's birthstone is peridot.  Amethyst is a healing stone.  Who couldn't use an angel?

Sylvia’s birthstone is peridot. Amethyst is a healing stone. Who couldn’t use an angel?

Do you have any hobbies or passions that you need to make more time for? Leave me a reply in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Many blessings,

 

Cynthia

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