A Little Sparkle In My Life

Before I tried my hand at writing, I belonged to a women’s bible study group. In this group were women of different ages, backgrounds, denominations, and faith levels. I learned a lot about God, the Bible, and jewelry.  Yes, you read that right.  One of the lovely ladies in the group is a wonderful designer and maker of beaded jewelry. I always admired the pieces she made. Then my new friend Valerie invited me to her home to learn to make some jewelry of my own, and I was hooked.

So when I’m not writing, working, or spending time with my grandsons, I’m making jewelry pieces for myself, or as gifts for friends and family.

I’m going to attempt to show you through pictures how it is done. Here are some of the supplies needed. There are wire cutters, needle nose pliers, and regular pliers.  Some coiled wire, beads, charms, and a head pin.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture of the beads and charms close up. First I cut a length of wire off the coil that went two and half times around my wrist. Then with my straight nose pliers, I bend one end.

Take the round ended pliers and made a curl in it. This is the hardest part, because this wire does not manipulate well at all.

At the open end of the wire you can string your beads.

I used a total of 17 beads, cut the wire again, made another loop, and attached it to the other end. The bracelet is expandable. The charms add a bit of interest that I like. If you are interested in learning more about making your own jewelry, there are tons of YouTube videos you can watch, and your favorite craft store sells most supplies.

I hope you liked seeing a bit of my hobby. It can be very rewarding after a piece is finished. I like the creative part of making jewelry. You can match it to your own taste and wardrobe.

Happy Summer! 🙂

Writing Prompt:

Valerie danced about the room, pour lemonade in tall glasses for her guest. She suddenly remembered that she had forgotten the napkins, and set the pitcher down at the sideboard to retrieve the them from the kitchen counter. As she swept the napkins off the counter she noticed that her favorite piece of jewelry was missing. She spied the ladies enjoying their refreshment and wondered…………( please fill in the blank)……

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3 Questions Wednesday with Lisa Lawmaster Hess

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author Lisa Lawmaster Hess. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Lisa: I don’t have one particular favorite. I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly psychology and business-related/self-improvement. Right now, I’m on a memoir kick. I just finished listening to the audiobook of Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which I absolutely loved. As for novels, I’ve never read a Jodi Piccoult book I didn’t like.

Sounds like a good variety…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Lisa: See, that’s the beauty of being an author — I get to write about whatever I want! My novels are about women and families, but my latest book (Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff) is a nonfiction book about organization. Since I’m not a full-time author, my day job often informs my work.

When I worked as a school counselor, I worked with a lot of kids like Charli in Chasing a Second Chance and I ran small groups for kids who needed help getting organized. I now teach psychology at a local college, and some of the strengths-based concepts from positive psychology found their way into Know Thyself  while some of the concepts from the development classes I teach have led me to some ideas for my next (nonfiction) book. I love being able to write both fiction and nonfiction.

Being able to write both is a great gift. Lastly…

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Lisa: Another great thing about writing is that I already get to spend time with my characters! Since I write women’s inspirational fiction, I try to create characters I’d like to sit down and have coffee (or, in my case, chai tea) with. If I don’t want to hang out with them, how can I expect my readers to want to do so? If I had to pick one character from my novels, I think I’d pick Bets. She’s funny and loyal, but also a little bit of trouble.

Sounds like it could be an adventurous day. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess talks about writing and a Thirty-One giveaway. #Writer #amwriting

Lisa is giving away an organizer — a Thirty-One Gifts Hang-Up Family Organizer. Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing!


Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff

Organizing and tidying up has become a national obsession. We are on an endless quest for the perfect containers, boxes, totes, bags, bins, shelves, files, folders, and labels to tame our closets, corral our clutter, and eliminate chaos. Books and television shows promise the magical secrets to getting and staying organized. “So,” you think, “if I just buy these things and follow these instructions, I will finally be organized and joyful!”

Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess is going to let you in on a secret: that doesn’t work.

Why? Because you have been chasing one-size-fits-all solutions. But you are not a one-size-fits-all person. You’re unique. (Just ask God, who created you!)

Know Thyself is an effective and fun way to discover your personal and organizational styles, and will help you own your style. You’ll take what you might have thought was a flaw and learn how to make it a strength. And that, plus Lisa’s help and a sense of humor, will guide you toward an organization method you can really stick with.


Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a transplanted Jersey girl who has lived in Pennsylvania for most of her adult life. She is the author of two nonfiction books (Acting Assertivelyand Diverse Divorce) and two novels (Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance) and her articles have appeared online and in regional and national publications.

Lisa blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and Organizing By STYLE and is a frequent contributor to CatholicMom.com,Today’s Catholic Teacher andTeachers of Vision. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. Her new book, Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff just released this month.

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What I Do When I’m Not Writing

What an honor to be invited back to Inspired Prompt. Thank you, Gail, for asking me to share how I spend my time while not writing. Though novel writing takes up a large chunk of my time and I’ve had to make sacrifices (like a clean house and flowerbeds with no weeds), there are some things that are too important to sacrifice.

One of those is time with family, namely, my husband (Marvin) of twenty-five years and our two sons. We’re a farm family from central, Illinois who loves the simple things of life, like being outdoors enjoying God’s creation.

Though our sons are fresh out of college and working full time, when we’re able, we enjoy motorcycle rides down country roads, going to St. Louis Cardinals games, visiting tractor shows, grilling out, bowling, and in the winter, watching movies and playing games with friends.

 

When it’s just the two of us, Marvin and I enjoy taking day trips to hike nature trails or ride bikes.

This past spring, we ventured to the Smoky Mountains for our twenty-fifth Anniversary. What a gorgeous place to visit. It was the farthest we’d traveled since our honeymoon, and so worth it!!

Though life can get pretty hectic in spring and fall for farm families, I love being a farmer’s wife. One of the things I love best about fall harvest is riding side-saddle in the combine with Marvin, and, on occasion, driving. Among the crops we grow (wheat, corn, and soybeans), corn is my favorite. Often the stalks are as high as the cab. Watching it feed through the head is amazing. Wheat is harvested in late June or July, so it’s generally hot and sticky in our non-air-conditioned cab. Not quite as ideal for riding, though I love watching the wheat ripen from green to golden brown.

For the past eight years, I’ve worked as a part-time elementary librarian. It’s my duty to shelve books, check books in and out to students, process new books, and assist head librarian, Kathy Phillips. We have a lot of fun together as we navigate through the various classes, reading to students and teaching them the essentials of finding their way around a library.

I’m also a gardener. With, Marvin busy in the field, the garden is pretty much my baby to tend—everything from tilling to planting to hoeing to harvesting. We grow sweet corn (my personal favorite), green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, and watermelon (Marvin’s favorite). I also enjoy having a few flowers around, especially when the Lord grows them so beautifully!

I’m also a bird enthusiast and enjoy identifying new species I haven’t seen or heard before. Each spring, we enjoy watching bluebirds nest out our sunroom window. Since I feed year round, it’s so interesting to see the various summer and winter birds at the feeders.

I’m still struggling to find the balance between writing time and life. The call to write is strong, but the Lord continually reminds me to keep my priorities in line—my relationship with Him first, then family, then writing. I consider writing my ministry, and so enjoy hearing from readers who have been touched by the words God has enabled me to write.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my world outside of writing. There’s nothing extraordinary about my life or me. But the Lord has blessed me richly with a love for what is simple and satisfying. Hopefully that comes across in my stories. Thanks so much for taking time to get to know the person behind the pen.

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AUTHOR BIO:  

Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Book One: Under This Same Sky (an Amazon Best-Seller) and Book Two: Under Prairie Skies. Book Three in the series, Under Moonlit Skies is due to release September 10, 2019.

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A Day in the Life of Author Melissa Henderson

My day begins with joy in my soul. I wake, and before my feet hit the floor, I thank God for His blessings. Next, I open the front door and say, “Good Morning Lord. Thank You for this glorious day.” Then, I walk to the back door and do the same thing.

When I am not sitting at my writing desk working on another story or blog post, there are many other activities happening. Volunteering in church and community is a vital part of showing God’s love to others.

My husband and I volunteer at a shelter in a local community. We help prepare and serve a nutritious lunch. People are filled with unique life stories, and we enjoy sharing a conversation with each person.

We also volunteer with a group called Hands of Christ. This group provides new socks, underwear, pants, shirts and books for children. Each child is given the opportunity to pick out their own items. This gives the child a sense of responsibility and allows them to feel special.

Local vendor events are a fun and great way to promote my writing. I have participated in several events, and more are scheduled.

Walking on the local beach is relaxing and refreshing. Many story ideas come while viewing the wonders of the ocean. Seagulls, the ocean breeze, sand, sea creatures, and dolphins create a beautiful atmosphere. Good exercise, too.

Attending Christian music concerts is great fun. Casting Crowns and For King & Country are two of my favorites.

My very favorite activity when I am not writing is sharing time with family. My husband and I moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-law, and first grandbaby. The grandbaby is now 19 months old and full of love and laughter. Playing with him brings many giggles and tons of joy.

Each one of these experiences creates new ideas for stories. You never know when something that happens to me will show up in a blog post or story. Our family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons.”

ClicktoTweet: “My very favorite activity when I am not writing is sharing time with family.” ~ Melissa Henderson via Inspired Prompt @mimionlife @InspiredPrompt @GailJohnson87


Melissa Henderson and her husband Alan live in coastal South Carolina. She was taught the love of reading and writing at an early age by her parents. Melissa continues to write Christian stories and also, enjoys writing her blog.

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April and May Winners on Inspired Prompt

Whoops! In the busyness of my regular and my writing life, I have forgotten to announce some of our latest winners. But never fear, there are always plenty of cool prizes to giveaway on Inspired Prompt…

 

April

  • Susan Neal has gifted Janice Garey a mailed copy of 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates. Congratulations!
  • Melissa Henderson has won a copy of Sheila Ingle’s book, Tales of a Cosmic Possum. Woo hoo!
  • Jennifer Slattery is blessing Amanda Hardin with a print copy of Restoring Her Faith. Way to go, Amanda!
  • Anne Clare has won Delilah by Fay Lamb by leaving a comment. Yay!

May

  • Allen Steadham has gifted an e-book copy of Mindfire to Anne Clare. Woo hoo!
  • Jarm Del Boccio will gift a copy of The Heart Changer to Caryl Kane.  Congratulations!
  • Katie Clark has given Regena Wallace a PDF copy of  Whispering Tower. Yay, Regena!
  • Sue Davis Potts is blessing Tracy Crump with a print copy of her book, 101 Life Lessons from Uno. Congrats!
  •  Ginny Cruz is giving an autographed copy of  Mud Holes and Magnolias to Lisa Worthey Smith. Way to go!

We really do love our readers at Inspired Prompt. Please visit often and say “hi!”