Making Bracelets for fun and to sell

Written by Janice Wee

In my younger days, I made jewelry for fun, and withrepparttar encouragement of friends and family, I started selling them off too. Back then, I did not wear jewelry, never liked wearing them anyway, though I loved making them. I eventually wore jewelry to advertise my work.

It all started when my cousin showed merepparttar 149788 earrings she had made. I was fascinated and started experimenting with whatever I could find to make my own jewelry.

My mom is a whiz with all sorts of handicrafts. Macrame, dress making, crochet, rug making, you name it, she's probably made it. She has a nice collection of craft materials. Beads, buttons, fabrics, strings.. and she let me use her materials.

I started with bracelets. No clasps. Just plain stretchable bead bracelets that were simply wooden beads strung together on elastic.

Bracelet making is about putting together a pleasant combination of beads, both in size and color. Mix and matchrepparttar 149789 colors. Mixrepparttar 149790 big ones for focus withrepparttar 149791 small ones as fillers. You can thread them through a string first to see how it looks and measure it against your wrist forrepparttar 149792 fit. Once you are satisfied withrepparttar 149793 bracelet. Stringrepparttar 149794 elastic throughrepparttar 149795 beads and tie a dead knot and hiderepparttar 149796 loose ends of elastic underrepparttar 149797 beads.

Surf Fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Written by Elizabeth Edwards

My first experience surf fishing was with my father on Wrightsville Beach, NC inrepparttar 60's. He parked our shiny black Ford Fairlane in a gravel parking lot offrepparttar 149748 beach and we hiked overrepparttar 149749 dunes torepparttar 149750 surf, carrying rods, buckets, tackle box and various other fishing paraphernalia. I remember him catching bluefish, croakers, puppy drum and flounder as I played inrepparttar 149751 tidal pools nearby. Later, my grandmother would fryrepparttar 149752 filleted fish to a golden brown and we would eat them with hushpuppies and coleslaw.

Years later, inrepparttar 149753 mid-eighties, I remember an early winter fishing expedition near Oregon Inlet, south of Nags Head, this time with my husband, 8-month old daughter and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. My husband had come in from duck hunting and had heardrepparttar 149754 big blues were hittingrepparttar 149755 beach! We parked our 4-wheel drive truck nearby onrepparttar 149756 hard sand and withrepparttar 149757 baby playing contentedly in her car seat andrepparttar 149758 puppy chewing on anything he could find, we lined up alongrepparttar 149759 surf with a few dozen other fishermen, castingrepparttar 149760 heavy silver spoon lures intorepparttar 149761 churning waters ofrepparttar 149762 big blue blitz. Cast after cast we were rewarded with huge bluefish, twelve to sixteen pounds, filling up a wheelbarrow in a pyramid of large fish. Later we filleted, boiled and aterepparttar 149763 fish in casseroles made with mashed potatoes. Needless to say, we were eating bluefish casseroles all winter long.

Surf fishing is exciting, rewarding and accessible to all. Most locations can be reached either by car or ferry. With a basic understanding of seasons, conditions, equipment and regulations, an angler can get lucky just about any time ofrepparttar 149764 year, but typicallyrepparttar 149765 very best times to surf fish are spring and fall.

Popular and prolific sport fish species you may catch surf fishing alongrepparttar 149766 North Carolina coast include:

Channel bass (red drum, puppy drum) The spring season generally begins in April. This run will peak by mid May and taper off in early June. Average size in spring is 35 to 50 pounds. In Septemberrepparttar 149767 smaller drum will enterrepparttar 149768 surf. These fish will range between 2 and 15 pounds. They are more plentiful thanrepparttar 149769 larger variety and can be found in most sloughs. In late Octoberrepparttar 149770 bigger drum (40-70 pounds) return and remain until late November. Bait of choice is fresh mullet; rods are 9 to 11 feet with medium to heavy action tips. Size allowed is between 18" and 27" with a daily bag limit of 1 per person.

Bluefish Blues are available in a variety of sizes from April to December to surf fishermen and boaters as well. Large size blues (8-12 pounds) arrive in May and remain until November. Their departure is generally hastened byrepparttar 149771 arrival ofrepparttar 149772 fall run of 15-20 pound giant blues. These later fall visitors are plentiful and powerful. They'll take bait (mullet, spot, or menhaden) or almost any type of lure. Fishing rods 9 to 11 feet are preferred. Bag limit of 15 per day per person. Only 5 allowed over 24" total length (from tip of snout to tip of compressed tail).

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