I haven't been "making" jewelry so much as stringing. I use semi-precious stones, sterling, and occasionally vintage costume. Started as a hobby but I've managed to sell quite a bit over the last 5 years. I also do repairs and "jury-rigging" - yes, jury-rigging, when it works (nothing worse than someone else being able to tell that's what you've done). Otherwise I like to read, take our dog, Louise, to the park, and have a small display case in an antique mall, which is where I usually "hang" (my second family). Been in Ventura for about 12 years, Santa Barbara the same, and we had a few jaunts to Portland (great city - weather's too depressing), and a year in Eureka (too small).